!Yes Indeed! Fest Tiger Beat Rundown: The Ex-Optimists

Here we are again, with the second installment of our SCR Tiger Beat Q&A with bands and musicians playing at this Saturday‘s much-heralded (and rightly so) !Yes Indeed! Music Fest up in downtown.

Today we’re picking the brain of Kelly Minnis, singer/guitarist for excellent, excellent, College Station-dwelling, Sonic Youth-y drone-rockers The Ex-Optimists. We reviewed their “Nitemare City” 7″ back in July, and yeah, it was/is pretty damn awesome; check the review out over here.

Anyway, here are Kelly’s answers; more insightful questioning on the way…


SCR: How would your mother describe you in one word?
Kelly Minnis: Absent.

What is your favorite flower?
White tulips.

What is the most insane question you’ve ever been asked?
Seattle Police to me: “Who have you offended so much that they would mail you a Tupperware dish full of excrement?”

What word in the English language do you wish you had invented?
Society. Always loved that word, even as a kid.

Where would you like to live?
I like where I’m at right now, mostly.

What is the first quote that comes to your mind?
“Well, actually” — my 7-year-old son Rowan.

What animal best describes the kind of woman you’re interested in?
A bison. Long story.

What do you miss about your childhood?
That sense of having an entire town as your backyard and being able to just ride your bike across it without fear.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Rex. Sounds tough, right?

What is the main fault of your character?
Larcenous tendencies.

Who is your favorite historical figure?
Lester Bangs.

Describe how you kiss in one word.

If you met the right woman today, would you propose tomorrow?
I don’t think my wife would appreciate any answer other than “no.”

What in the world do you least desire?

Why do you think most men date you?
Because I am a sexy bear.

Finish this sentence. “Happiness is a thing called…”
Ass. END

Interview by . Interview posted Friday, September 28th, 2012. Filed under Features, Interviews.

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