Interview with: Heather & Nicholas Larimer (Eux Autres)
Location: Via email
What is your musical background? Any previous bands?
H: I was a tambouriner and singer in the Jicks. I was also in a cover band called the Shee Bee Gees.
N: I played in a couple of bands in college, but that's about it.
At what age did you start writing songs?
H: Hmm, like 3 or 4? Our house was pretty musical. Nick wrote tons of ridiculous songs. He was a fairly quiet kid, but the dude could write a tune about GI Joe that would make a Mother blush with pride.
Can you tell us about the first song you ever wrote?
H: My first song was called She Never Lets Me Stay. I was around 4 and my Mother wouldn't let me keep playing at my friends house. So I wrote a revenge song. It was very trippy, experimenting with time travel. It said 'She never lets me stay, and she never lets me play... in the future'. My Father typed up the lyrics for me. I still have them.
N: I can't remember exactly. It was probably about GI Joe or something like that. The first song we wrote as a band was 'Other Girls'... must have been 2003 or so.
How has your music evolved since the band began?
N: I guess that they've become a little more complex, though they are still pretty basic by most peoples standards. At first, they were all verse - chorus - verse, and now maybe we'll throw in a bridge or coda sometimes. Some of this is probably aided by the fact that i've gone from completely terrible to somewhat passable as a guitar player. In our mind, the songs keep getting better, but I imagine every band thinks that.
I have Cold City, what else have you released so far and do you have any forthcoming releases?
H: We have our first album called Hell Is Eux Autres. We were still learning to play at that point, so the songs are pretty simple. We also released two singles and an EP last year. We are working on releasing our third currently. I guess it's a little moodier than our previous stuff.
What has been your biggest challenge that has confronted you as a band so far?
H: Geographic separation. We've switched sides of the country twice so far - I was in Portland and Nick was in New York. Now i'm in New York and he's in SF. It's probably the down side of being siblings - you have the sense that you'll see each other no matter what, so you're a little too cavalier about the logistics.
When you were young, were there any musicians that you wanted to be like when you were older?
H: Belinda Carlisle. I thought she was gorgeous and had a cool voice. I also loved Liz Phair.
N: When I was four, I wanted to be Neil Diamond. My Mom had a cassette of The Jazz Singer soundtrack and I made her play it on the way to pre-school everyday. So yeah, I was into the absolute worst material he ever made.
I keep reading that Eux Autres are 'indie pop', even 'twee'. How would you prefer your music to be described?
H: Hmmm, I guess if we have to be pigeonholed, garage pop seems more accurate. I think that the word twee implies that your music is 'cute'. There's nothing wrong with cute music, but I think that our music is a bit darker than that.
What make of guitars do you use? What would be your dream 6 string?
N: I use an Epiphone dot studio or a Fender Jaguar Baritone. The Epiphone is a pretty cheap model, but I really like it. I don't have a dream 6 string picked out... probably a vintage Jaguar or Telecaster.
Who were your heroes growing up and did you ever get to meet any of them?
H: In the 90's I thought Courtney Love was pretty damn cool and I actually got to talk to her on the phone once. She asked me what I was doing for the 4th of July. It's kind of a blur now, I was beside myself.
If you could choose any three bands to tour with who would you choose and what would be your reasons for choosing them?
H: Beach House, because their songs are so damn beautiful. Camera Obscura because they're an incredible live act and I dream of singing a duet with Tracey Anne. And the Monsters Of Rock tour in the Eighties (Motley Crue, AC/DC, Ozzy) because that was about as debauched as rock ever got.
Who would you fire a Verbal Rocket at?
H: Dick Cheney, but i'd have to wait in line for 100 years. He'll answer for his atrocities in another life, I hope.