They call themselves a magical duo from Cleveland OH. And after you read these answers, you are gonna want to try whatever magical dust they have been consuming….or maybe not. Mr. Gnome joined us for a little Q&A before their show tonight at Drunken Unicorn.
What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you? or at your show?
This guy who had obviously been doing cocaine in the bathroom for multiple hours followed us around the bar after we played and told us how much he wanted to lick and eat our buttholes (that’s the PG rated version of what he was saying). That was very strange and uncomfortable and made us laugh nervously until we got outta there. Our fans are actually really awesome and respectful and we’ve received many gifts of artwork they’ve made for us or pieces that were inspired by us. That’s always extremely flattering. I guess the only problem we encounter is when people completely invade our personal space…two inches from your face, clearly wasted, screaming over the band that’s on stage while spit flies out of their mouth and onto ours…not cool buddy!
What is the funniest moment you have had as an artist/band so far?
Probably the screening of our video, “Vampires” at the Cleveland International Film Festival. We had a pre-party at our place with the cast and crew from the video and then hopped on a party bus that took us downtown for the festival. One of the cast members brought along his brother who had just turned 21. This little guy was quite excited about drinking and started the night with 2 Four Lokos and many tequila shots. When the bus pulled up to the festival we all stumbled out and proceeded to get in line with the other attendees who were much more sober, serious and well-dressed. It wasn’t soon after we got our tickets that our newly-turned 21 year old friend turned completely green and proceeded to vomit all over himself and all over the floor. The festival attendees looked shocked and disgusted. He was quickly escorted out by the police and we very well may be blacklisted from all future film festivals.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Stretch, vocal warm-ups, sex with groupies, vocal tea, do whatever drugs were brought to us that night, 10 quick minutes of meditation (not in that order).
If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?
How do you connect with a crowd?
With no banter and as little eye contact as possible.
How did you come up with your band name?
We took Iowaska and met our spirit guide, a tiny, naked, bearded man. He led us into a small cave filled with baby animals that screamed in joy upon our arrival. Our new furry friends picked us up, giggling with excitement and led us to the middle of the cave where a plethora of instruments sat. Our spirit guide turned to us and said, “With these gifts I give you purpose.” The cave started to swirl around us and created a vortex that sucked us inward. We screamed up at the tiny man – “Wait! Who are you?” He said, “I am you. I am mr. Gnome.” And that is the end of that story.
What is the best way to write music?
While we’re not condoning intoxication, it certainly does help – a bottle of tequila at your side, darth vapor in the corner and a tape recorder because you most certainly are not going to remember what you’re doing.
Go see them at Mr. Gnome this weekend at Drunken Unicorn!