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    On the Spot

    We talked to bassist Steven Hathaway of local band Cape Suzette at the Battle of the Bands on the UA Mall yesterday.

    Wildcat: OK, you’re on the spot. In a world where climate change is both real and threatening, how do you justify the air pollution you create by playing music?

    Hathaway: I don’t even know we make air pollution. Do we pollute the air by playing music?

    W: Yeah.

    H: As in, from our sound waves…

    W: You know, I’m not really sure. I’m not a scientist.

    H: I didn’t know that. That’s weird. I feel bad now. If we play inside, is it better?

    W: No, because the sound waves go through the windows and spread out even more. I think it might be worse.

    H: Is it just our bad music that’s the pollution?

    W: Well, it’s any music.

    H: Just sound, period?

    W: Even us talking right now. We’re probably killing a child in Asia. Roundabout.

    H: I feel bad. I’m not going to talk anymore, I’m just going to off myself or something. You guys are joking, you’re kidding.

    W: That’s what I read.

    H: Where’d you read that?

    W: (Pauses.)

    H: You didn’t read that.


    H: I just feel bad. I have no comment besides the fact that I feel bad about it.

    W: That’s OK. Do you have eco-friendly lyrics in your songs?

    H: To be honest with you, I don’t think so. We wrote a song that’s about this guy who’s being mean, I guess.

    W: The sky is being mean?

    H: No, not the sky. This guy.

    W: Oh. Because I would get really upset if you had a song about the sky being mean. First you’re ruining the sky, and then you try to demonize it. Is your clothing recyclable?

    H: Yes? Is cotton recyclable?

    W: Probably not. Well maybe if you take it to a thrift store.

    H: After my shoes are ripped up and I go to get a new pair, and there’s an unfortunate individual without shoes that wears my size, I could give them my shoes. And if my feet are too big for him, he can stuff it. He can put recycled paper or a T-shirt that I gave him -a recycled T-shirt – in his shoes to make them fit.

    W: How do you feel disrupting the natural habitat of the grass by covering it with that stage?

    H: If it makes you feel better, I didn’t want to play. Then again, I ride the bus. What about those people that are running on the grass, playing frisby or rugby while I’m riding it? There’s a military group that starts with an “”A,”” ends with “”R-M-Y…””

    W: I think lately they’ve been trying to march on concrete. That’s why they’re building concrete all over Iraq. Because then, they don’t have to destroy the grass.

    H: But now the grass isn’t going to be able to see the sunlight.

    W: Oh, so now you’re an air fan.

    – interview by Andi Berlin

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