Independent readers are familiar with the garage-rock outfit known as Osees, as we’ve talked with frontman John Dwyer a number of times. One of the band’s two drummers is Paul Quattrone, and he’s a huge reason Osees’ shows are so high-energy; I’ve personally seen Quattrone on the drums nonstop for nearly two hours. (Have you ever seen a drummer with steam coming off of him?) He is also half of the experimental band Warm Drag. When he’s not performing, he’s often admiring the Yucca Valley scenery in his backyard on his Instagram. Osees recently released “Funeral Solution,” a metal-punk rager—less than two minutes long—off their upcoming LP, A Foul Form. Quattrone is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
The Monkees’ 20th anniversary tour, 1986.
What was the first album you owned?
Van Halen, 1984.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Container, Armand Hammer, and Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
1990s rock, all of it. Except Ween.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Otis Redding with (the band) Can backing him up.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
45s played at 33 rpm (Wanda Jackson, “Funnel of Love”; Led Zeppelin, “Immigrant Song”; pretty much any Dolly Parton song).
What’s your favorite music venue?
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“So I went to the doctor, see what he can give me / He said, ‘Son, son you’ve gone too far/ ’cause smokin’ and trippin’ is all that you do’ / yeeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,” “Fairies Wear Boots,” Black Sabbath.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Suicide. They taught me the importance of minimalism and repetition.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
Jimi Hendrix: Is it true you used to slice open your forehead and drop LSD into the wound, and that’s why you always wore a headband?
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Price Is Right losing horn, on repeat.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
This will probably change in 10 minutes, but Funkadelic, Funkadelic (first album).
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Merzbow, “Woodpecker No. 2,” wait, no … Bob Fryfogle, “Six Feet Under.”