With their musical roots originating in Houston and currently residing in New Orleans, Caddywhompus is composed of long-time friends Chris Rehm on guitar and vocals, and Sean Hart on drums. Last week was the Caddywhompus tour kick-off show at Fitz, as this two-man band has just set off on tour to more than 20 states in the U.S. and even Canada. I had the chance to ask them some questions before they hit the open road.
FPH: A lot of people have a hard time describing or categorizing your music in a specific genre. What is your best description of your sounds?
Caddywhompus: It’s probably like avant-pop/noise-rock. People always feel compelled to mention we’re a duo, and I guess that defines our sound a bit, or at least explains some things.
Is this your first time playing in Canada? How did you get this gig?
Yeah, it’s our first time in the ‘da. We met a great band called Each Other at SXSW who are from Montreal. They came down to New Orleans a month or so a go and we played a show together. We were in the process off booking when they were in town so we just asked them after the show and they said they could help us out with Montreal and Toronto. The other dates are being set up through friends of Community Records and individuals who reached out and offered to help.
What’s your favorite touring memory, and in which city did it happen?
One time we stopped in Intercourse, PA and there was a huge pile of horse shit on the ground. Chris was asleep in the car and we woke him up to ollie it. He landed it and went back to sleep.
Do you guys share a hotel room on the road, or try to shack up with a friend or local?
We usually stay with friends when we’re on the road. The only times we stayed at a hotel room we’ve shared our room with another band, and once there was what looked like bloody shit on the door of our room. We try to avoid it. Not to say people houses haven’t been more cramped or bloody.
Who snores the loudest?
We are equally silent sleepers.
Do you prefer playing at house parties or venues? Why?
Both types of shows have their place, but I think a house show is more likely to be fun, and some people have gotten the house show thing down to a science. It’s insane.
What is the first thing you want to do upon arriving home at the end of a tour?
I’m not sure, but I know one of the last things I want to do is hang out at a bar.
Where do you guys see yourselves in your 60s? Still jamming?
Discovering Rastafari, making reggae music under the moniker of CaddyLion.
If you had to make out with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, or Michael Phelps, who would you prefer?
Nathan Adrian. He’s got the look! But shotgunning a bong-rip with Michael Phelps and swishing bong-water in-between our mouths with our tongues would be awesome.
Check out caddywhompusband.com for a full list of tour dates and download-able discography. Follow them on twitter @caddywhompus and Facebook (Caddywhompus band page).