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the Vox Q interview with eux autres singer, heather larimer

Posted Tuesday November 2nd, 2010 at 3:41pm | Comments Off on the Vox Q interview with eux autres singer, heather larimer

Heather Larimer with Earl

My fabulous client, Heather Larimer and I love that we share the same name. Ms. L is a singer and songwriter in the garage pop-band Eux Autres. Their third record, Broken Bow, comes out in November. Hear her at euxautres.com.

What did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a vet, an actress, and most of all a singer–but I was too scared to admit it. My public stance was a vet. I’m glad I kept my little dream so close to my heart–that way, no one ever told me I wasn’t being realistic.

What singers and songwriters have inspired you?

The Go-Go’s, Ray Davies, John Lennon, Bob Pollard, Doug Martsch, Lou Barlow, Chan Marshall, Sleater Kinney, The Carpenters, Colin Blunstone, Agnetha from ABBA.

When do you feel musically free?

In practice, when it’s dark and only the halls are listening. Or when I’ve just written something that gives me goosebumps.

Any moments of mortification and/or awe along your path as a singer?

Oh so many.

Mortification: I first took the stage very unprepared. It took me a very long time to figure out how to hear myself in a live situation–the results were pretty brutal. So was the feedback.

Awe: Anytime I see people singing along, it still shocks me and thrills me. It’s like being Punk’d in the best sort of way. Also, I remember the Dead Moon drummer telling us he liked our band at one of our first shows. That one endorsement kept us going for ages.

What are your creature comforts?

I love nice candles–Diptyque especially. I wish they would sponsor my band. Hot tea–English breakfast and Genmaicha. One inch of Maker’s Mark, neat. Hand sanitizer. Matte red lipstick. Great jeans. Bravo TV. And dogs. Most of all, dogs. They instantly lower my blood pressure.

What is one of the best moves you’ve made as an independent artist?

Putting things out ourselves, starting from the beginning. We’ve worked with several record labels, which have all been great. But I think putting a lot of things out ourselves–has forced us to look at our music more comprehensively. We have a well-developed ethos and aesthetic.

What helps you stay on track?

My relationship. Exercise. Always trying to get better at things–like singing with a vocal coach. Facing things head on instead of avoiding them. Taking the long view when all else fails. But most of all, my brother/bandmate. He kicks my ass daily.

Heather Larimer + Eux Autres by Ray Gordon

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