Interview with GARBAJ KAETZ
GARBAJ KAETZ is Erin Weber aka Lady Fantasy and Prickle. Glamorous trash, jamming guitars and the drive to break the chains. Consider all the best power duos in rock and roll, Abbot and Costello, Pryor and Wilder. Consider Heart and Judas Priest with production by way of Psychic… Powerlesss… Another Man’s Sac- that is, the best production values devised to date. Just something to think about. Working in brightly lit shadows. One of the only bands left in LA without a team of hacks driving their horses. Also one of the only exciting rock bands left.
Prickle: I’m up late on the night before Valentines Day, listening to that ridiculously absurd red velvet NWW box and dealing with a bad case of heartburn.
Where are you from:
Erin: Chicago! via Elk Grove Village
Prickle: Southern California. Otherwise known as the end of western civilization.
Where are you now:
How long have you been at it:
Erin: Long ago I used to wrap myself in a towel evening dress and interview myself after i was presented with an imaginary award for my song writing skills. I guess my self importance as a child was a result of being an awkward loner. Prickle and I have been playing since the summer of 2007.
Prickle: Since conception.
What got you started:
Erin: Man, Prickle was just like “I know what kind of songs you want to write” and he was right!
Prickle: Hearing Zeppelin’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” blasting from a ladies clothing boutique in the local mall when I was nine.
What else do you do:
Erin: Scraping by, currently scumming it as an audience member of stupid TV shows. I moved to Berlin a few years ago to try and make “art” but…I do various projects and collaborations. Lazer and I have a Ventriloquist Act, we auditioned for America’s Got Talent.
How do you keep it together:
Erin: Good Food, Water, Breath Work, Understanding
Prickle: By embracing nothingness.
What are you reading:
Erin: Al Jazeera
The Broom of the System, The Divine Proportion, The Biology of Cognition, An Abundant Harvest of Sun.
What comedy and/or comedians are you into:
Erin: The Unknown Comic, Sam Kinison, Stephen Wright, Gallagher, George Carlin, Dick Gregory, Judy Tenuta, John Ritter, Jeffery Tambor. I guess I’m stuck in the Seventies.
Prickle: Mrs.Betty Bowers
What are you listening to, lately:
Erin: Bluejeans and Moonbeams and Steely Dan always. So many great song writers and musicians passed away this year.
Prickle: The freeway next to my house at about 3am. John Duncan-The Nazca Transmissions, Vum-Strange Attractor, Current 93-Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain,Christ vs. Warhol, Riechmann-Wunderbar LP, any Cluster and related, h3o, Andrew Chalk, my girlfriend while she sings celtic folk ballads in the shower.
What art, if any, you seen worth talking about:
Erin: Yes art…well the thing that I prefer about music over art is the ability to become void of an object. Although there is an object involved with music, superficially it seems void. I can’t say too much about contemporary art although there are so many great artists, of course AIDS 3D is great for their dialougue they create with technology and art. But I am a sucker for Flemish tapestries, German wood carving, the kind of stuff you would find in castles.
Miriam Wosk, Grau-Garriga, Nora Keyes, Owleyes, Lee Mullican, Ron Rice, Lee Bontecou, Hollis Frampton.
Worked any fucked-up jobs? Do tell:
Erin: Every job is fucked up in this age. The system is completely screwy. If more people were able to able to apply their talents, and even encouraged at a young age, the world would be a better place.
Prickle: I work with the disabled. I suppose you could say it is “fucked-up” in a naked reality sort of sense.
Played any fucked-up shows:
Erin: Every show is kinda weird because the whole viewer viewee thing is very narcissistic and exhibitionist
Prickle: Our first show of 09′ was for me the single most disaterous sonic nightmare of my life. It was a club called “The Cocaine”. Details are superfluous.
With whom, if anyone, do you roll:
Erin: Oh man my family…my tribe, my brothers and sisters all the beautiful people who really get it and help guide and be guided.
Prickle: My inner circle of misfits.
Where are you headed:
Erin: To the top!
Where is the rest of it headed:
Erin: I hope not to Hell in a Hand Basket like my grandmother used to say.
Prickle: I am not a prophet.
What can you do about it:
Erin: Stay positive and use intuition
Prickle: That’s a personal matter.
Are there any people you’d like to mention who’ve helped you work it out:
Erin: GK’s got a nice team
Prickle: My grandmother, Lorraine(R.I.P.)
People to look for:
Erin: positive healthy people (in mind)
Prickle: Humberto Maturana, Craig Hogan ,Gordon Pask, Heinz von Foerster.
People to look out for, because they are bad news:
Erin: Encourage your family and friends to really think things through fair, critically and consciously and not fall into the great divide that the government, corporations and media are trying to impose.
Prickle: Authoritarians, intellectual bigots, master planers, the absolutely certain, worshipers of resentment, spiritual con men, anyone who is more concerned with answers than questions and would prefer to guillotine than to be guillotined.
Anything you have in the works, on the ready, or on the horizon:
Erin: We’re slowly finishing a bunch of songs we’ve recorded. Our lovely friend Nic Amato shot a nice vid for GK.
Prickle: Our first 12″ single.
Anything else you want to pass on:
Erin: We are looking for a label or someone to put out, on vinyl. we welcome any inquiries.
Prickle: Something said by Francisco J. Varela:
“Minds awaken in the world. We did not design our world. We simply found ourselves with it; we awoke both to ourselves and to the world we inhabit. We come to reflect on that world as we grow and live. We reflect on a world that is not made, but found, and yet it is also our structure that enables us to reflect upon this world. Thus in reflection we find ourselves in a circle: we are in a world that seems to be there before reflection begins, but that world is not separate from us.”