An Horse on “Letterman,” Favorite Bands, and Favorite Things

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Between sets at this year’s annual music festival South by Southwest (SXSW), I sat down with the duo that make up the Australian band An Horse — out lesbian lead singer and guitarist Kate Cooper and drummer Damon Cox — to ask them about playing on Letterman, which bands have influenced them, and their favorite things.

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AfterEllen.com: Tell me about the band name "An Horse."

Kate Cooper: It was a

grammar conversation I was having with my next door neighbor at home

in Brisbane, years ago … about the use of “an” before hard H’s. It

became an ongoing debate we had because we lived next door to each

other. I liked the way the two words sounded together. My neighbor

made me a sweater with “an horse” on it and i loved it. It’s still my

favorite sweater.

AE: How did you two meet?

Damon Cox: We

were aware of each other because we both played in Brisbane bands. We

actually met when I was working in a record store and Kate ended up

getting a job at the same place…so we got to know each other fairly

quickly from working together.

AE: So when/why did you decide to start playing together?

DC: Well, we didn’t really start playing together for a

good two years or so.

KC: We talked about it a lot.

DC: We

realized we had a lot of common interests. We liked the same bands and

went to see shows together … and toyed with the idea of playing

together one day. Kate ended up supporting one of my bands, playing a

solo set. She said "why don’t you get up and play drums on a couple

songs?"

KC: It made sense.

DC: The timing was finally right to

play together. We went into the rehearsal room and it clicked really

well. I think [Kate] played 8 songs and I went up for three songs.

From there it quickly progressed into a real thing.

KC: Yeah, I

remember it was really exciting straight off. It just worked.

AE: It’s great how you can pull off being a two-piece band

without it sounding like something is missing.


DC: We

didn’t set out to be a two piece. It just happened. We didn’t feel

like we needed to bring anyone else in. Mainly, on a personal level

more than musically.

KC: Even before we started playing together,

we were talking about music. We were really comfortable with each

other. We’re on the same page musically and I think adding someone

else into that situation is unnecessary. It didn’t feel right.

DC:

We have quite a few friends trying to join the band and we’re just

like no, no.

AE: Maybe for fun. At a live show…?

KC:

No.

DC: No.

KC: No, I don’t want them getting comfortable with

the idea.

AE: What bands/musicians have made an impact on you? Or

possibly made you want to be a musician?


DC: We were

talking about this the other day and when I’m asked this question, I

didn’t really think I had specific influences. We kind of figured out

that we do.

KC: Sleater-Kinney, Go Betweens

DC: Fugazi and At

the Drive In
inspired me. Fugazi was the first band

I got into. They were honest in the way they made music.