a rooftop high above Kensington. We were pretty blown away by their retro, guitar-shredding, '70s-style rock 'n' roll. So it kind of makes sense, we think, that they'd be playing tonight on the same stage as White Cowbell Oklahoma, the most theatrical '70s-style band in the city. Add Diemonds onto the bill and you have what promises to be one of the most exciting shows of the fall. We recently caught up with Little Foot Long Foot frontwoman Joan M. Smith to ask her some of our silly questions. You'll find her answers below and you can check out the Facebook invite for tonight's show ($15 at Lee's) here.
How do you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard you before?
Neko Case Hate Fucks Kurt Cobain (yes...that is the name of one of our songs).
If you could play one venue you've never played before, what would it be?
It might be a cacophonous disaster considering how loud we can be... but Massey Hall.
Your all-time, all-star supergroup?
Vocals - Janis Joplin
Guitar/Backup Vox - Jack White
Drums - John Bonham
Bass - John Entwhistle
Organ - Jon Lord
What's the worst album you own?
I think I still have a cassette tape of Pieces of You by Jewel in my teenhood basement room at my parents’. Or no, wait! I also must have a cassette tape of Dave Matthews Band’s Crash down there too. I am not proud of some of my musical choices from high school.
If you absolutely had to get a face tattoo of album art from one record, which record would you want to have on your face for the rest of your life?
If you could work with any producer in the world who you haven’t already worked with, who would it be?
What’s your favorite solo ever on your favourite instrument ever?
Well, I used to be a french horn playing band geek, so I’m gonna stay true to that band geek and say the french horn solo in Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush. It’s very pretty, and how often do you get to hear a french horn solo?
If you were going to be a groupie for one band, who would it be?
See my answer below — not in a ‘sexy’ way necessarily... but certainly in a ‘I would like to hang around Dave Grohl a lot and be amused by his shenanigans and snort beer out of my nose due to laughter’. If you can’t have a sense of humour while being in a band... blech. What’s the point? Imagine hanging around Coldplay? I would take a lot of naps.
If you could switch places with another musician in some type of "Freaky Friday" type incident, who would you want it to be?
I would switch places with any of the members of the Foo Fighters who are not Dave Grohl. I’m not that partial to Foo Fighters songs — most of them are fine, but I’d really just like to hang out with Dave Grohl for long periods of time. He seems like a truly hilarious and nice dude. I bet touring with that guy would be the best (look up ‘fresh pots’ on YouTube — now).
Photo: Little Foot Long Foot play the rooftop Slapback Media BBQ during NXNE 2012. (By Adam Bunch.)