By Eileen Tilson
In a place like Georgia, saying the words “dead confederate” could be referring to many things. However, anyone who is even remotely interested in music will immediately know that the Dead Confederate I am referring to are the Athens band who have toured across the States and Europe with the likes of The Whigs, Dinosaur Jr. and The Meat Puppets. After the successful release of two albums, countless tours and TV appearances, Dead Confederate have found themselves in unknown territory; they officially don’t have a label home anymore, thus no timeline, and they are in the studio again writing and demoing to the beat of their own drum. Lead singer Hardy Morris chatted with Atlanta Music Guide about the band’s future..
What is the most outrageous gift you’ve ever received from a fan?
A fan once made a box full of odd things, like charms and guitar pics, and then remembered she forgot something and came back in with an old Mars bar, that she says she thought of me when she saw it.
How do you take your coffee?
One spoonful of sugar, unless I am hungover, in which I put some milk in it, so I am can slam it back quick! Now I have a questions for you! What do coffee and Eric Clapton have in common? They both suck without Cream!
If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?
You know I don’t really think about things like that, but I guess Kevn Kinney; I actually have thought about doing some sort of collaboration with Drivin n Cryin.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Oh Christina Ricci, for sure! Even back in the Adams Family days… we are about the same age, so we kind of grew up together… I like that she still has a dark side.
If you were a girl for one day, who would you most want to take on a date?
Can you play the ukulele?
I have never tried, but I probably could, and I would probably be great at it!
How do you feel about tequila?
I am drinking a margarita right now! Ha, so I feel pretty good about it!
If you were a racehorse in the Kentucky Derby, what would your name be?
“Good God!” I’ve actually thought about how “Good God” would be the perfect name for a heavy metal guitar band… but then I would definitely have to grow my hair out.
If you were the star of your own reality TV show, what would the name be?
Can you dance?
Yes, well in my own way, but probably not to other people’s standards. My moves make me happy though.
What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?
Fishing! I love pond fishing; anytime I can get down to Augusta, I love fishing in the Savannah river.
What are you working on now? Anything you are excited about?
I am really excited about the new Dead Confederate stuff. We just keep writing, demoing, and playing some select shows. It is good because right now the music could go in any number of ways; we don’t have a deadline or a plan for the music. We are just going to take it day by day, and then worry about the rest of the stuff afterwards.
Dead Confederate are playing at The EARL, July 8.
You can win a special vinyl record of Dirty Ammo, which was recorded live at The EARL a couple of years back and includes a rare cover of Elliott Smith song “Roman Candle.” All you have to do is buy a ticket to the show in advance, via the button below, and you’ll be entered to win. The winners will be picked the day of the show and will be notified by email, and the prizes will be at the gig to pick up. Good luck!