Archive for July 19th, 2010

The Anti-Room is thrilled that singer, songwriter and guitarist Kristin Hersh is the first person to answer our new regular questionnaire. Hersh founded the much-loved band Throwing Muses in 1981 when she was just 14 years old. The band went on to release seven critically acclaimed albums until they called it a day in 1996; they reunited in 2003 to release another album. Since 1994, Hersh has released a string of dazzling solo albums; her latest project, Crooked, is a book of essays accompanied by an album.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

X’s “Wild Gift”

What’s your favourite smell?

Grass (and watermelon, but only if it smells like grass)

Have you ever had a nickname?

Cuckoo Bird

What is your favourite room in your house?

My kids’ room…it’s fun in there

What are your guilty pleasures?

Codeine, the “Hey, Vern, It’s Ernest” show, fishing with my seven-year-old

What would people be surprised to know about you?

People are often surprised that I’m goofy… which is weird, ’cause I’m *really* goofy

Who is your closest female friend?

My dog, Kitty

Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

No, I don’t want any distinguishing marks… in case I need to commit an important crime someday

Where would you most like to live?

Home… my hometown was bought up by rich people

Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?

I disappeared all the kisses before my husband: camping in the woods, covered in bug spray, too shy to kiss each other until almost dawn, our lips burning with Deet

What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?

A Spanish journalist once asked me why I play “fuck music.” He meant “folk music,” but I didn’t figure it out until much later. I don’t think I play either one, really…

What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

I don’t know what it was, but I treasured it because my grandmother made it. It was shiny, donut-shaped and confusing. It could have been a hat…?

What is your favourite word?

Cellar stairs… I know that’s two words, but it’s so pretty

Who was your first love?

Speed Racer

If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?

I was studying to become a herpetologist when my band was signed

What’s the most useful piece of advice you’ve been given?

Be nice

Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?

Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”

What happens after we die?

We dream

What female historical figure do you admire most?

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Sum yourself up in three words:

A small person

And finally… What are you anti? What are you pro?

I don’t like preconceived notions. I haven’t found academics to be smarter than other people or fashion models to be more attractive than anyone else, for example. I guess that makes me pro-real. I like real.


Kristin Hersh’s new album Crooked is published in book format by The Friday Project. She plays Whelan’s, Dublin tonight (Monday July 19th). Her memoir Rat Girl will be published in the U.S. in September. Its UK/international title is Paradoxical Undressing and it will be published in January 2011. For more information, visit www.kristinhersh.com

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