Sound Check: June 2008

I have to admit something: Back in February,
I went to see Sia perform at an in-store in Chicago, and later that night, I went to the MEN
DJ set. I had hoped I’d be able to confirm that Sia was dating JD Samson — so I
could be a master of lesbian gossip — but unfortunately, there was no Sia in
sight. I was unable to confirm any of the rumors after Sia’s AfterEllen.com
interview
that she was dating the ex-Le Tigre member.

However, a reader alerted me to a recent sighting in New York City, where the two were getting
comfortably close at the
opening event of House of Campari last week. Thanks to this hot tip, I can
speculate further that Sia and JD are (maybe, possibly) sitting in a tree,
k-i-s-s-i-n-g.

JD Samson (left) and Sia

But this news I got
straight from the horse’s mouth — more specifically, the mouth of An Horse. I
made the trip to Milwaukee,
Wisc. to see the Australian duo open up for Tegan
and Sara
on one of their last U.S. tour stops. Out front woman Kate
Cooper met with me before sound check at the Mason Street Grill, where I
discovered she is not a vegetarian (for those PETA card-carrying members
keeping score).

Don’t hold that against
her — she’s an incredible musician, and she has an accent. She’s also brave enough
to open for crazed Tegan and Sara fans, whom she said are actually "so
lovely and polite."

"It’s amazing,
a lot of fun, awesome and crazy!" Cooper told me. "It’s always scary
when you’re opening for a big band, you never know what’s going to happen."

The drawback? Her accent
can be thick on some songs, and Americans don’t get all of the lyrics right.

Kate Cooper

Photo credit: Denise Chambers

"I like people
to come up with what I’m saying, but I like them to have a meaning separate
from what I mean," Cooper said. "But then my sister called me and
said, ‘Do you really sing about a large c–t? And I was like, ‘No I did not,
where did you read that?’ Oh my God, I have to get to [making my lyrics available]."

And while she isn’t
singing about monstrous girlie parts, she is always, as she admits, truthful.

"Otherwise I’d
be a liar," Cooper said. "I lie a little bit but not in music. Music,
to me, is honest. Maybe if I was a little more dishonest, I’d be a little more
popular. Otherwise I’d be a f—ing fraud. Much to my detriment sometimes."

Hmm, so that line "You
want to camp out/and I want to screw around in the dark" is her being
honest? Honesty is good.

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