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Do you have any plans to tour the U.S.? Yes, Hopefully all of Fall, give or take. Being from Canada, what is your opinion of the War in Iraq. Do you feel more protected against terrorist attacks living in Canada? The war on Iraq is garbage, absolutely fucking stupid, Innocent U.S. soldiers dying for lies that there told. Innocent Iraqis. I don't even think about "Terrorists". I will be killed in car accident before anything else. Or get the shit kicked out of me by a drunken meat head. I don't think anyone should be afraid of those things. Live life to the fullest and if some crazy fuckers decide to take lives of another then that sucks, but I believe we are living in a time of strife and wonderment and we should work everyday to better it. If you die from some psycho or accident or whatever at least you died trying. Who are some musical influences that help shape the way Despistado plays and sounds? Barkmarket, Helmet, Fugazi, GnR, JesusLizard, Ghosts of Modern Man, Bullmarket, Bluebeard, Ned of the Bush, Q and not U, Jawbox, Juno, PJ harvey, Mike Olfield, Etc..... Does where you live (Regina, Saskatchewan) influence the way you play and sound? Yes, we all love and support each other, and when a band writes a super wicked song that blows everybody away I think everybody goes home a plays with the instruments for awhile. What are some other Canadian bands, that everybody should be listening to? Constantines, Black Rice, The Doers, No Hands, Bionic, Ghosts of Modern Man, Sylvie, The Grey, Married to Music, Fake Cops, North of America, Kitchens and Bathrooms, Lot's more. What is the music scene like in Regina and in other parts of Saskatchewan? The music scene in Regina is somewhat small but very tight and everybody again "supports on another". In other part of Saskatchewan it is what it is. People are growing getting new ideas, having fun becoming active in the communities, dancing. How was it playing your first U.S. show at SXSW this year? The experience of playing is kind of a fog because we got off the plane, drove straight to the show and then played almost 30 minutes later. When we were finished, that, when realized that we where in Texas at a Jade Tree showcase. I think I got nervous after the show when it was too late. It was a great experience and the rest of the weekend was amazing.

Swimmer's Ear Magazine #14  

This issue of Swimmer's Ear features interviews with skateboarder Jesse Reed and bands Challenger, Despistado, and Sparta. A special feature...

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