The first time I heard The Kathys’ album Paradise, I couldn’t get over the sound of the first track, “Mundane.” It sounded as if Sonic Youth and Joy Division had a baby. The rest of the album is an eccentric mix of indie, punk and psychedelic rock. Have a listen for yourself at thekathyys.bandcamp.com, or find the band on Facebook. The Kathys’ drummer, Juan Gonzalez, recently answered the Lucky 13.
What was the first concert you attended?
D.R.I. at Chain Reaction (in Anaheim) when I was 17.
What was the first album you owned?
The Holes motion picture soundtrack.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Christian Death; Eddie and The Subtitles; The Blue Hearts; and Grupo Mojado. I listened to those today.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
I don’t know. I can usually see why people are into something that I’m not into, so I guess I get it, but I’m just not into it.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Don’t really have one. I ain’t ashamed.
What’s your favorite music venue?
I don’t have one.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Las noches frías son. No brilla mas el sol. Desde que tu no estas. Llorando estoy,” Los Ángeles Negros, “Murió La Flor.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
The Beatles. The first song I learned to play was “Misery” by the Beatles.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I’d ask (Descendents) drummer Bill Stevenson: “Do you still have that big drum set you used in the ’80s?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Nadie Es Eterno en el Mundo,” by Adan Chalino Sanchez. It’s a heavy song.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Dang, tough question. I’m gonna have to say With the Beatles.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Vanishing Act” by Lou Reed. (Scroll down to hear it.)