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White Cowbell Oklahoma: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner

“White Cowbell Oklahoma always live in a chaotic period”, says Clem C. Clemsen. Did anything change during the Corona period? Read in this interview.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Well, we’re on our sixth round from the bar now. We’ve moved on from Coronas to just shots of whisky with pickle juice. I can’t feel my face. Oh, you mean the coronavirus. Well, White Cowbell Oklahoma have deployed to our deep underground laboratory of super-villainy. So we have no idea what’s going on on the outside. We assume some kinda 12 Monkeys-style shit?

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Like every band, we had a tour come to an abrupt halt, and there’s been an eighteen-month vacation. White Cowbell Oklahoma have amused themselves by a scientific project of cloning ourselves to play underground hockey with. We’ve also put together the remarkable rarities album Textos Raros Vol. 1: 2001-2011, to keep our rabid fans amused until we can make an album of newer material and bring a sweet tour to them.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Do you work usually? Well, it’s like that, but with no work.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
White Cowbell Oklahoma always live in a chaotic period. This is just a different chaotic period. The inherent chaos of the universe is what we thrive on. But I secretly film our bassist South Pawl Jones while he sleeps, then I sell the footage to the highest bidder. We’ve kept a lot of fans that way. Just joking. That’s a terrible strategy. We’ve just stayed in touch as well as possible with our wonderful, mad fans, and we put together Textos Raros Vol. 1 for them.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
It will still be shiny and metallic, unless the laws of nature have been altered. Right now the shows don’t look the same. I’m personally not into drive-in theater shows. Or weird cabarets with fifteen widely-spaced fans. That kind of show is really not White Cowbell Oklahoma’s forte. We do shows for drunken, crushed-together piles of deviants. So as soon as we can get out there and do that, we’ll be there for all you filthy souls.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
From the return of White Cowbell Oklahoma to their midst? I think the guardians of the moral order would prefer us drift away. Oh wait, you mean from covid? Hmm, well everyone is suffering equally until it gets back to some normality..

What is your isolation soundtrack?
These questions are depressing. Hmm, Pornhub. And Fela Kuti. And Howlin Wolf. And Deep Purple Mk. III live albums.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
WCO miss “apres-gig” fun almost as much as the gigs. But we have creative ways to debauch still.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
White Cowbell Oklahoma have psychic abilities that allow us to rock across time and space!

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

 

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