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Beside the Question: Reptar

by Austen Diamond
- Posted // 2012-05-21 - A Retrospective of Post-Disco Neo-Soul Southern Investigations in Pop: The Reptar Story

OK, that’s what bassist Graham Ulicny of Athens, Ga.-based four-piece Reptar imagines a biography of the band would be titled (see below), not what this blog is about.

What this blog is about: You know those silly questions that some interviewers sneak in at the end of an interview with a band? Well, this is blog series is dedicated exclusively to those random, ridiculous wringers. The first one was with Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, fyi.

Because, after all, you can’t be serious all the time. So, Reptar’s Ulicny answered some ridiculous questions with some mighty ridiculous answers. If the band’s post-Vampire-Weekend-minus-boat-shoes-plus-vodka-lots-of-vodka sound hadn’t already won our hearts over, we are now totally on board.

Check out Reptar when they open for Grouplove Tuesday, May 22, at The State Room.

Now, here’s bit of randomness:

City Weekly: I made Jesus-shaped pancakes, but I burnt them. Am I going to hell?

Graham Ulicny: We just made Texas-shaped waffles. Am I going to Oklahoma?

CW: What song best describes your life right now?

GH: Donna Summer's "Living in America"

CW: What's been the weirdest thing on your to-do list this week?

GH: There's nothing weird about having to do stuff! Everybody does stuff. I need to figure out what this weird rash on my leg is, though.

CW: What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria from your uncle?

GH: First, add kimchi pizza to the menu. Jace works at a pizza place in Athens when not on tour and always talks about how one time he made himself a kimchi pizza and how it was the greatest thing he ever ate. After adding it to the menu, I would hire a full staff to cook me kimchi pizza continuously. I would eat it as much as I physically could until my lipids became structurally integrated into the pizza shop.

CW: Who's your favorite Avenger?

GH: The littlest one, because little ones are always the most resilient and cool.

CW: Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10: How weird you are? Why?

GH: Never weird enough. That's a tough question, because there are so many kinds of weird and so many weird contexts. I'll give myself a 6.5 with a note that I'm working on improving that grade.

CW: When was the moment that it just sort of clicked and you knew that you were going to be a musician?

GH: When I first started playing the bass guitar. It was all I wanted to do. I loved it more than anything.

CW: Do you miss playing house parties?

GH: We love intimacy so we still do them. We would miss intimacy if we stopped doing them, so why stop? It's nice to play nice venues with great sound systems, but we started as a band in a house and we want to hold onto that as long as we can, and as long as there are houses to play at, we'll keep playing there.

CW: If someone wrote a biography about your band, what do you think the title should be?

GH: A Retrospective of Post-Disco Neo-Soul Southern Investigations in Pop: The Reptar Story


Join City Weekly music editor Austen Diamond on Twitter: @AustenDiamond

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