It’s no surprise that Zack Kouns was once described as, “THE wild man on planet earth” in Ashland, Kentucky’s daily newspaper The Independent. I spoke with Mr. Kouns by telephone during the final days of this summer, and he gracefully provided details concerning his experiences with eggings, roadside attractions, the “sadistic drinking game” known as Doctor’s Orders, and his country musician alter-ego, Mr. Midnight, amongst other topics.
You can keep up to date with Zack’s musical activities at his official Facebook page and read contributions to his monthly online magazine And Some of His Sons Were Horses.
When I heard Mick Harvey was touring in support of his album Sketches From the Book of the Dead, I decided immediately to set off to Malmö, Sweden to catch one of the concerts. At club Babel, Mick (pictured center) was joined by friends and regular collaborators Rosie Westbrook (upright bass - pictured left) and J.P. Shilo (violin and guitar - pictured right) for the evening of September 22. Before the concert that day, I spoke to Mick about his ongoing series of European tour dates (full details of which are available at http://mickharvey.com ), plans for his next album, and also topics relating to his past involvement with The Birthday Party and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
Spring Heeled's first interview is with visual artist and performer Bryan Lewis Saunders. Topics from the August 2012 discussion include Bryan’s large personal archive of found photographs, his forthcoming book Authentic Soup Kitchen Menus, decomposing bodies, and Totally Messed-Up Toes(!) Visit his website to learn more about his upcoming performances in Europe, and be sure to investigate the scans found therein from his ongoing daily self-portrait series.
In 2011 I was asked by Alice Tragedy of The 405 to do a write-up on my favourite album, for which I selected Hilt’s The Worst of the Flu 1985 - 1996. What follows is an updated version of that article.
Pictured above: Explosions in My Head. 2007-8. A painting inspired by equal parts strange life circumstances, drinking too much, and listening to this record.