An Horse Takes Our Pop Quiz

Some things to know about Aussie duo An Horse, who released their debut album Rearrange Beds last month, before we move on to vocalist Kate Cooper’s answers to our Pop Quiz:

● They met in an independent record store in Brisbane, which shut down shortly after the duo started playing shows. They don’t think it was a coincidence. ● Drummer Damon Cox was once kicked by a goat. ● Their name came from something written on a hoodie that vocalist Kate Cooper once received from a friend. She thought “An Horse” was grammatically correct. It wasn’t. ● Kaki King covers one of their songs, and Ben Gibbard requested them as openers when Death Cab for Cutie played dates in Australia. ● For toothpaste, they favor Colgate Total — Kate because she gets it for free from her dentist, Damon because he usually forgets his toothpaste on tour and uses Kate’s. ● They are playing two shows at Mercury Lounge this Saturday the 18th.

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? I don’t know if I gave it too much thought in primary school. I think I probably wanted to do what my Dad did … but I remember not knowing what a lawyer meant. Do you have any tattoos? Yes I do. The record store Damon and I used to work in also had a tattoo parlor in it. So all my tattoos were done by my friends … which is really nice.

Are you superstitious? No. First album you bought? Michael Jackson, Dangerous. If you could have any super power, what would you choose? I would like to be able to read two pages at once. One page for each eye. People can do that, you know. It’s not world-saving super hero stuff, but it would mean I would get through my pile of “to read” books.

What restaurant would you eat at every day if you could? I would love to eat at any really good Japanese restaurant. How many times a day on average do you think about sex? Hah, as if I would ever tell you that. And as if I have enough time to count.

Have you ever been arrested? Nope.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Pleasure should never be guilty. Do you have a favorite bar in New York? Whenever we get to New York we are usually run off our feet. I do try and get to Five Leaves in Brooklyn. Heath Ledger had something to do with it, so they sell flat whites, which is an Australian type of coffee. They also sell Cooper’s, which is a good Australian beer. Ever been star struck? Yes. Often. Most days.

When you get good news, who’s the first person you tell it to? Usually Damon because it often is something to do with An Horse. If he doesn’t answer, then my I call my sister.

What do you always watch if it’s on TV? I don’t have a TV, but I do watch the news or shark documentaries.

What do you normally sleep in? Love. Where’s the craziest place you’ve had sex? Again, as if. I don’t even know you.

What’s on your computer wallpaper? An amazing picture of a storm blowing over Brisbane City. If you could be any literary character, who would you be? Holden Caulfield. Where do you really want to be right now? Here is just fine, but the beach would be awesome.

What’s the first job you ever had? I was a dishwasher in a local cafe. Favorite Muppets/Sesame Street character? Grover. What’s the best advice you ever got? Just be honest.

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