Austin's My Education falls somewhere between the instrumental interludes of Rasputina and Pink Floyd. It's like New Age music for highly disturbed people. Fresh off their SXSW showcase, we basked in the ether of bassist Scott Telles' presence to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds.
Rocks Off: What is worst song in the world?
Scott Telles: I'm gonna hafta go with "Stairway to Heaven" on this one, largely due to overexposure.
RO: What is the best lyric in the world?
ST: At this particular moment, I'm thinking of the line in "Charley's Girl" by Lou Reed where he sings "I said if I ever see Sharon again...I'm gonna punch her [pause] face in" largely because of the pregnant pause right before he says "face" where you just know the word "fucking" belongs, but is omitted due to good taste.
RO: Someone throws a beer bottle at you onstage. What do you do?
ST: If they're in the front couple rows, I thwack them over the head with my Fender Precision, a la Sid Vicious. If they're further back, I wade into the crowd, swinging my Precision above my head like a battleaxe, and beat them up, a la JJ Burnel.
RO: Without worrying about space, time or the laws of physics, what would be the ultimate gig to play?
ST: I've always wanted to play the rings of Saturn. What a view!
RO: What would you buy with a million dollars?
ST: Myself out of debt, a house, a new van, new gear and a recording studio.
RO: What would you buy with your last dollar?
ST: More beer.
RO: If you could canonize another musician who would it be and of what would they be the patron saint?
ST: Eno, Patron Saint of Oblique Strategies, Faux Leopard Skin Jackets and Deep Time.
RO: What will be written on the plaque beneath the giant statue future generations erect in your honor?
ST: My Education: If Only They'd Tried Harder.
With Super Robot Party and A Sundae Drive Friday, March 30, at Rudyard's. My Education's latest album, Sound Mass, is a joint improv project with Theta Naught available on vinyl and CD.
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