TGE: What would the official candy of Halfsour be?
zoë: Probably Take 5 because we're a little bit of all the things, and at least 2 of us can never make up our minds.
matt: Since Take 5 is the best candy - I agree with Zoë regardless of the analogy's merits. Although it is pretty accurate.
ian: I’ll go along with Take 5 because it’s the bomb, though we might be better represented as a band by some weird flavor of saltwater taffy or possibly broken Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies.
If the band was to be a cast on any television show, including reality television which show would you want to be on?
z: We would definitely have had a lot of fun and also would have done really badly as one of the teams on Legends of the Hidden Temple.
m: That just made me think of Double Dare and how it would be funny if I got to see Ian and Zoë slimed. So let's go with Double Dare.
i: I think it would be the bomb to open for the band PMS on Degrassi: TNG.
You're curating a day festival - which six other bands would you include?
z: ANY bands?? Probably Cold Beat, The Amps, classic line-up GBV (Tobin Sprout is our savior), Broadcast with a reincarnated Trish Keenan, 3Ds, and Eddy Current Supression Ring..
m: Six screenings of Some Kind of Monster in a row.
i: Fake Bastard, Prizehog, Donna Parker, Built to Spill, Jean Grae, Black Moth Super Rainbow
Give us a halfsour fun fact.
m: Our first practice space as a band was in the corner of what was basically a flower and plant warehouse.
i: Our first show as Halfsour was actually a comedy show for which we were the only music.
How did the band form?
z: We decided to start playing music together because we are three nerds that love guided by voices. So yeah, we started out as a GBV cover band and never looked back.
i: Matt and I played in a couple bands together in the past and used to be neighbors, so he asked me to drum for that GBV cover thing since I was the right level of bad at the drums to simulate a drunken good drummer.
What would the title of the halfsour netflix documentary be?
m: halfsour - they probably could have tried harder
i: Faster, Mediumer, Hungrier
When you're not playing in the band what can you be found doing?
z: Ian spends all of his "free" time playing in other bands. Matt is usually either playing in another band or watching bad sci-fi. Zoë works on booking Ladyfest Boston and gets stressed out and then binge watches The Great British Bake Off.
What did you wanna be when you grew up?
z: When I was like 5 or 6, I definitely wanted to be a violin and guitar maker. Like, I was very inspired by the idea of Stradivarius as described in my nerdy classical kids CDs. Oh, and also I believed I was Ringo Starr. So, I guess I wanted to be Ringo Starr the luthier. By the time I was 9, I was pretty set on growing up to be Tina Weymouth.
m: I don't remember ever having an answer to that question. I still don't have an answer to that question. Some things never change, I guess.
i: I honestly just wanted to live in the city, play in a rock band, and be able to afford a burrito any time I felt like eating one. So, the trick to having your dreams come true is to dream small.
What's the first video game you ever bought or played?
z: I have never purchased a video game, but I played a whole lot of Mario Kart when my little brother bought it. I mostly played computer games before that, though - Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiago was my JAM.
m: Like every other 80's kid, I got an NES and played Mario when I set it up. The first game I remember buying myself wasn't a game but a GAME GENIE for my Genesis. Whatever, cheating is fun.
i: Played: Some primitive pinball game on my dad’s old work PC back in like 1989. Bought: Mario 64
If halfsour could have an official animal mascot what would it be?
m: I want to say something really cool and majestic or something, but I bet it's closer to some small tweaky mammal like a squirrel, unfortunately.
i: Whichever animal is loud and takes a lot of bathroom breaks.
If we came to visit, describe your dream day and what we would do.
z: We would spend the entire day floating around on a lake on gummy bear floaties, eating sour patch kids, and drinking polar tangerine limeade.
m: I'm not really fun so it would probably just be sitting on my back deck drinking some beers, really.
i: Early Morning: Coffee, blast all the way up to Hampton beach and hang out on the jetty before it gets crowded. Afternoon: Go Carts. Evening: Burrito + what Matt said
Describe your dream sandwich or dream pizza.
z: Definitely anything with buffalo cauliflower or bbq jackfruit or some other novel meat substitute. Always on the crustiest bread possible.
m: I'm simple in my wants so just give me a pineapple and jalapeno pizza with good quality cheese and crust. The crust can't be too thin but also not thick and doughy.
i: Lightly toasted multigrain bagel with almond butter, pepper jack cheese, BBQ kettle chips, avocado, sliced green apple, mustard greens, hot sauce. Don’t h8 until you try. But also, is a burrito a sandwich?