Interview: Kate Cooper of An Horse

photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net
photo: fran ruchalski www.ishootmusicians.net

by Jack Diablo
An Horse will be visiting Jacksonville soon all the way from Brisbane, Australia. So far they’ve toured with such bands as Tegan & Sara and Death Cab For Cutie. The two-piece of Kate Cooper and Damon Cox started a few years ago while working in a local Brisbane independent record store. Tegan & Sara immediately asked An Horse to join them on tour after hearing their unmixed EP and the rest, they say, is history. EU caught up with Kate just before kicking off the current tour with Silversun Pickups. Here’s what she had to say:

EU: An Horse’s first tour was with Tegan & Sara. How did that come together and how did it turn out?
Kate Cooper: It came together because Damon and I were working in a record store and making music. We made an EP recording and they were friends of mine that I had met in the record store a few years earlier. I gave it to them while they were on tour one day in Brisbane and they liked it and asked us out on tour. Pretty simple, yeah.

EU: I hear you guys got together while working at the record store and played your first shows there. What’s the story there?
KC: Well, Damon was actually working there a couple of years before me and I got a job there then we started playing as a band. One day we were pretty bored and decided to hang around after work and put on some shows together and we did. It was pretty quick. Yeah, cool.

EU: Cool, so how did you get from those early shows you put on yourself to where you’re at today?
KC: A lot of luck I think. We got asked on the Tegan & Sara tour. Then in New York City, a man named Michael Goldstone saw us play and he signed us to his record label. And then we just kept touring and that’s what we’re still doing.

EU: What is your impression of the Australian music scene?
KC: I haven’t actually been home since February. There’s a lot of good bands there, it’s just a pretty small scene, you know what I’m saying? We have some good friends in bands at home that are making some amazing music. It’s just so far away. I wish that they could get over here. It would be great if they could get out there and get exposed a bit more.

EU: Two-piece bands tend to share an interesting dynamic compared with larger groups. Describe the relationship between you two.
KC: We get along really well. We were friends before. We have a good relationship and we talk a lot of shit but we get along well. We worked together for a long time before then so it’s not that different from going to work each day.

EU: So now you find yourselves on tour with Silversun Pickups. How does touring with them compare with previous tours?
KC: The tour actually starts in a couple of days. We’re just playing a festival in Victoria today with Tegan & Sara oddly enough. But we toured with them in the UK earlier this year and they’re great. We get along really well with them so we’re really excited to get back out on the road with them.

EU: What plans do you have after the tour?
KC: We’ve got some more touring planned for early next year and then I guess we’ll write and eventually make a record.

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april, 2022

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