Pop Quiz: Chairlift’s Aaron Pfenning

The Brooklyn-based via University of Colorado band Chairlift (recently featured in BlackBook) has been getting some buzz lately, not the least of it due to their song “Bruises,” which was featured in an upbeat iPod nano commercial last year (lyric: “I tried to do handstands for you”). But this ditty is somewhat of an outlier on the electro-pop band’s complex album Does You Inspire You, which starts off right away with dreamy, haunting soundscapes, easing you in to a moody journey. The remastered album is being re-released on Columbia Records tomorrow, with an additional two new songs “Dixie Gypsy” and “Le Flying Saucer.” This week they’ll also be hitting the road with Peter Bjorn and John, swinging through New York on April 29 and 30. But first, guitarist and vocalist Aaron Pfenning explains to us about his astrological sign and his great affinity for Star Wars and the restaurant Diner in our quixotic (and now hungry) Pop Quiz.

When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? A Pisces. But I’m a Scorpio, so my dreams were unrealistic.

Do you have any tattoos? No, but if Tauba Auerbach (the artist) would design a tattoo for me, I would get it.

Are you superstitious? Not at all. If anything I’m super-repetitious. I’ll listen to the same song on repeat for hours. Prime example: “Seven” by Fever Ray.

First album you bought? It was either the Mission: Impossible soundtrack or The Wallflowers’ Bringing Down the Horse.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose? I would choose to be able to access Wikipedia with my mind.

What restaurant would you eat at every day if you could? Diner, in Brooklyn. And I do eat there every day when we are not on tour. They have the freshest ingredients and genius chefs and beautiful waitstaff.

How many times a day on average do you think about sex? I’m a Scorpio, so, all the time. Probably 37 times a day.

Have you ever been arrested? I would answer but if Canada reads this, they will not let me cross the border. How about I’ll tell you in person over brunch at Diner?

What’s your guilty pleasure? Anything Star Wars and anything ice cream. Star Wars ice cream?

Do you have a favorite bar in New York? Monday nights at Union Pool. Monday is country night, and it’s usually empty, so you can have a few drinks and actually talk at a reasonable volume with friends while listening to Hank Williams.

Ever been star struck? I misread this as “Ever been in Star Wars?” … I wish. No, I never get star struck anymore, but the last time I remember was when I met John Elway 13 years ago.

When you get good news, who’s the first person you tell it to? I usually just Twitter the good news, so I suppose I tell everyone.

What do you always watch if it’s on TV? Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.

What do you normally sleep in? I have no normal sleepwear. One night it may be a bathing suit, another night may be a parka, another may be nothing but socks. The list is endless, depending upon what trouble I find myself in.

Where’s the craziest place you’ve had sex? Nothing too crazy, actually. But the craziest place I wish I’ve had sex would be on the Death Star during the final battle in Return of the Jedi.

What’s on your computer wallpaper? A photo of northern California during a freak dust storm. It looks like the moon!

If you could be any literary character, who would you be? Howard Roark from Atlas Shrugged.

Where do you really want to be right now? Not in Florida (where I am). I’d like to rewind 10 hours ago: hot tub on the rooftop of hotel in New Orleans.

What’s the first job you ever had? Editing video footage for a local news station in Colorado.

Favorite Muppets/Sesame Street character? It’s hard to beat Kermit. Especially when Kermit and Steve Martin team up. Those scenes kill me.

What’s the best advice you ever got? A friend advised me to read Ayn Rand. I owe a lot to that friend and to Ayn.

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