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Broke-Ass Band Interview: Zodiac Death Valley (Thursday @ Independent)

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Just talked to the dudes from Zodiac Death Valley. Besides the fact that they are playing at the Independent this Thursday, July 21st, with Cannons and Clouds and LILAC (who I interviewed here a couple weeks ago), I don’t know a ton about this band.

But after interviewing them I can tell you a few things. 1) They’re a bunch of smart asses (respect). 2) You don’t want to be hanging out with them the night before one of their shows if you’re a virgin. And 3) They keep condoms and mints in the refrigerator. There’s more, but you can find out yourself. Read on at your own risk.


Introduce yourself!

Hi we are The Zodiac Death Valley.

Describe your sound in five words (or less).

Deep psych.

Tell us about your band name.

What does it make you think of? Then ok.

Favorite thing about San Francisco?

The smells.

Favorite SF restaurant?

Shit, waaaaaay to broke for that.

Favorite SF bar?

The saloon.

How do you prepare for a big show? What will you be doing the night before?

Uhhh, lots of stretching in different positions, making offerings to the gods, blood ceremonies, virginal sacrifices, chanting, and trance-inducing sex.

What can people expect at your shows?

Whatever you thought life was about, that’s all out the window. But don’t worry we can guide you through it.

What do you do during downtime on tour? Any weird hobbies?

Beaches, firearms.

What’s next for the band? (i.e. plug your next show!)

The Independent, July 21st. Album due out in October.

Three things you’d take to a desert island?

Raft and two paddles.

What movie can you watch over and over and never get sick of?


Favorite season or time of year (and why)?

Best times are leaving for the road, and returning from it.

Three things that are in your fridge right now?

Condiments, condoms, mints.

Anything in your sock drawer besides socks?

We need a whole closet for all that shit.


Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty, i.e. money:

Have any tips for aspiring musicians trying to make it on their craft?

Whatever you love that ain’t music…get ready to give all that up.

Best money saving tip in general?

Sleep with the bartender.

Where do you live now and what are some good cheap/fun things to do in that area?

We stay all over the Bay.  We’re not really into “fun.”

What do you refuse to spend money on?

To quote Ice Cube, “Pussy and water.”

What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought and how did that feel?

Karate van.

What’s the best deal you’ve ever gotten?

Omega Records.

What is your favorite free thing to do?


If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?

A bar for orphans.

Any last words?

ZDV loves you.

*photos via Facebook

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    July 20, 2011 at 12:12 am

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    July 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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