The Daily Texan, Life & Arts: 11/09/09
Though Headdress often disappears to record their sprawling albums, the band calls Austin home for now.
The duo’s music swings back and forth between acoustic campfire ruminations and dense psychedelic drone, filtering classic Americana through peyote-tinged desert nights.
After touring in support of Lunes — the dense, swirling album the band released this summer — the nomadic group plans to find a location to craft a set of new songs. But, before they do, we asked guitarist Caleb Coy to answer our Music Monday questions.
01) What album have you listened to the most in the last week?
Our Mother the Mountain by Townes Van Zandt.
02) If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, who would it be?
La Monte Young.
03) What was the best show you’ve ever played?
Ballroom Marfa with Psychic Ills. It was a huge room with a great sound, a good vibe and lots of friends drinking tequila in the desert. Not to mention it was a full moon. It was far out.
04) What was the worst show you’ve ever played?
Maxwell’s in Hoboken, N.J. with Dungen. It was the first gig of that tour, and we just didn’t have our shit together. My pedal board kept cutting out, and there was feedback all over the vocals. It just wasn’t our night.
05) What is your favorite song to play live?
“My Enemy, I Come After Your Good White Horse.” It’s a new jam.
06) When you were forming the band, were there any alternate band names you didn’t pick?
Our first EP was [released] under the moniker Worship, but we didn’t want to be mistaken for the infamous German doom outfit by the same name. So we went with Headdress.
07) Where is your favorite place to eat in Austin?
Las Cazuelas on the East Side.
08) Do you have a day job?
I sling hot dogs and cold beer at a joint called Frank on Colorado and Fourth.
09) What is your favorite Web site?
10) What is a perfect day for you?
Waking up in a tent, making fresh yerba maté over a fire, going for a morning swim in the river. That would be followed by a soak in the hot springs and an afternoon spirit walk with fresh coca leaves, watching the sun set behind the mountain. Then, cooking dinner over an evening fire and staring at the stars until I fall asleep.