name of the band:
THE ANNA THOMPSONS
Ana Catala, Karen Thompson, Ambika Thompson, Kristen Munchheimer
Ana: As of my emails 11.11.11 that's kind of a cool day to start...
where are you from:
Raleigh, North Carolina, Toronto, Ontario, Winnipeg, Manitoba & Valencia, Spain
instruments you use:
guitar, Juno 60, bass, drums and a choir of angels
style of music:
Ana: definitely new grunge
Kristen: Rock n' Roll
what’s your message?
Kristen: Just do it
Ana: save the palm trees
Ambika: Please leave one after the beep
do you play shows and how do they look like?
Ambika: We play shows. How they look like depends on which wavelengths you can see. I bet our shows look deadly to Tetrachromats.
Ana: They normally look like banana splits
what was the craziest show you’ve ever played ?
Ana: Kreuzberg with King Khan and The Shrines, definitely! that was pretty crazy
Kristen: I’ve only played one show with this band, I guess it was crazy because it was in Dublin, Ireland and we flew in just for the show, very rock n roll
Karen: Opening for King Khan and the Shrines at Festaal Kreuzberg, because it was motherfucking King Khan and the Shrines at Festaal Kreuzberg.
what was the worst and why?
Ambika: Probably the one where I had the shits.
Kristen: That one hasn't happened yet.
Karen: All of our shows to date have had their ups and downs, along with their charms and uncomfortable moments. I like to take credit for most of the uncomfortable moments. I'm actually bragging right now.
what are your future plans?
Karen: To keep creating songs that we like to play.
Ana: to save the palm trees
Ambika: Settle down, have a garden, be the first band to play on the moon.
Kristen: Lot’s of shows and I wanna go to Japan
are you going for the big deal or are you more the d.i.y. type?
Kristen: Not sure if the big deal exists anymore and anyway it’s kinda more fun to do it yourself if you’re able
Ana: definitely d.i.y but if some one wants to help out that's wonderful!
Karen: d.i.y all the way to the top.
your 3 favorite bands:
Kristen: Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, The Fugs maybe
Ana: The Feelies, The Beach Boys, Love
Ambika: David Bowie (till 1981), Kate Bush & this week The Go-Go's.
your 3 favorite colors:
Ambika: I don't favour certain colours over other colours
Karen: Various shades of green, yellow and brown.
Ana: sky blue, yellow, and light pink
your 3 favorite dishes:
Ana: mom's sunday's paella's, tim's pancakes, bibimbap
Kristen: fried chicken
Karen: Ana's Paella, Spaghetti, Rice cakes with Tahini and kale.
Ambika: nymphenburg porcelain, stoneware, and the one I have with a rubber duckie on it
your 3 favorite movies:
Kristen: Night of the Hunter
Karen: Opening Night, Cat On A Tin Roof, Days of Heaven
Ana: Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai), I am Cuba (Mikhail Kalatozov), Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder)
Ambika: Sedmikrásky, Fando y Lis, and then there's a tie between Mega Shark vs. Giant Octupus cause the sharks jumps out of the water and eats the golden gate bridge and an airplane, and that's so silly it's brillieant, and Shark Attack 3: Megalodon, where there is the best pick up line of all time
. Neither of those movies are actually worth watching though.
your 3 favorite books:
Kristen: Faithfull, autobiography of Marianne Faithfull
Karen: The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Cellulite: Those lumps, bumps and bulges you couldn't lose before by Nicole Ronsard
Ana: Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected, Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities
Ambika: Autobiography of Red, Orlando, everything by David Sedaris and everything by George Saunders, and I'm also with Kristen on Marianne Faithful's Autobiography. Do you have a copy, Kristen? I lent mine out and would really like to read it again. I promise that I'll return it.
your 3 favorite records:
Ana: “Psychocandy” The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Summer Days” The Beach Boys, “Os Mutantes” Os Mutantes
Kristen: The Basement Tapes
Ambika: “Hunky Dory” David Bowie, “Taking Tiger Mountain” Brian Eno, and “Metro Music” Martha and the Muffins
Karen: “Safe as Milk” Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, “Fun House” The Stooges, “Let England Shake” PJ Harvey
your 3 favorite venues:
Kristen: it was pretty cool to play at Crazy Girls in Los Angeles in between stripper poles and strippers. Is the term stripper offensive?
Ambika: The one on the Moon, which I hope will be called Moonlighting.
Karen: Wowsville, Trickster and Monarch in Berlin. All quite small and intimate but with enough space to go wild.
Ana: Wowsville!!!, Festsaal Kreuzberg, La Residencia
your 3 favorite hobbies:
Ana: travelling, travelling and travelling
Kristen: basically making things with my hands
Ambika: Roller derby, cursing at teenagers and old people on the street, and learning how to play different instruments badly
Karen: Dancing, push-ups, and reading.
your favorite joke:
Karen: Why don't you ever see elephants hiding in trees? Because they're really good at it.
Ana: son tres y con harrison ford
Ambika: A guy walks into a bar. Ouch.
Kristen: I love you even though you’re my husband
your 3 favorite animals:
Ana: Timothy Lalonde, Antonín, Trufo: my sister's dog
Ambika: Tardigrades! Nothing compares 2 u.
Karen: Lions and Tigers and Bears.
3 things you totally need on stage:
Ana: Ambika, Karen and Kristen
Kristen: A notebook and a pen
Karen: My bass, my band and my Big Muff pedal.
Ambika: clean underpants – three pairs. (See worst show ever!)
Kristen: no more rent due, to see Johnny Cash perform, a vacation in Jamaica
Ana: Deutsche Krankenkasse, John Lennon's resurrection and the Dinosaurs too
Ambika: That my brain could be downloaded onto a computer, we'd all stop being such dicks, and transporters à la Star Trek actually existed.
what do you fight?
Ana: Fight? What's that?
Ambika: getting up in the morning
Kristen: stoicism is totally overrated
Karen: laziness and hopelessness.
what’s your best song eva and why?:
Ana: Castillos, cause it's dedicated to a very beloved person of mine
Karen: Spain Attacks. I have a lot of fun playing it and I think that the rest of the band does too. Especially Ambika because it allows her to yell 'Si!' while simultaneously doing high kicks. Watch for them.
Ambika: I can't choose one of my children over another!
Mixed by Timothy Lalonde
The Anna Thompsons - Castillos
final words, wishes:
Ana: Save the palm trees
Kristen: Bye y'all!
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