Regina Band Interview Series: Hello, Lady

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The conversation moves from Monty Python to vanilla ice cream

Deadly. / Hello, Lady

Deadly. / Hello, Lady

Well champs, it’s time for another Regina band interview *the crowd roars* *applause fills the room* Alternative/Indie band Hello, Ladyrecently released their EP Not for Her on Aug. 14.

The bandis currently working on a full-length album and hopes to tour all over Canada (with a little sprinkle of the States mixed in there) in the near future.

Graciously, Hello, Lady’s bass player and vocalist Kyle Westberg succumbed to my deep-seated interview questions. Enjoy.

What first got you interested in music?

My sister’s record collection.

How did your band get into the music industry?

Hello, Lady started as Lea’s solo project. [Lea Arngrimson] did that for a while, came out with an album, took a bit of a hiatus from it, and then she started it up again but wanted to do a full band type deal.

What are your future goals as a band?

We just put out an EP, so we want to put out a full-length, hopefully do a big tour of some sort to support it, look into some labels, [and] see what happens.

What is the meaning of life? 

All I can think of is the Monty Python movie…watch that, and maybe you can figure it out.

What is your definition of true love?

If you’re just content with sitting around listening to records or watching cartoons with somebody for the rest of your life, then I think that’s true love.

Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction books? 

Fiction.

Which superhero do you look up to the most?

It’s gotta be the X-Men.

If you could eliminate one of the Ten Commandments out of the Bible, which one would you eliminate?

I don’t even know what they are.

What are your greatest failures?

I regret I didn’t start school sooner. I consider that a big fail on my part.

What are your greatest successes?

This band. Yep, that’s up there I think.

Do you like cats?

No, I’m actually allergic to cats. And, even if I wasn’t, I’m not a big fan. I’m more of a dog person.

Who are your favourite sports teams?

Well I guess I’m a glutton for punishment because I’m an Edmonton Oilers fan…and the New York Mets and Chicago Bulls.

Which musicians inspire you the most?

Daniel Johns from Silverchair and Mathew Good.

Would you like your life to end with a fairytale ending or a tragic ending?

Surrounded by family…that kind of thing. Peacefully.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

False sense of entitlement. That is probably tied with complete ignorance.

If you could go back in time historically and punch anybody you wanted to with no consequences, who would you punch?

Oh, Kurt Cobain. I’d stop him from killing himself.

What are your favourite ice cream flavours?

Honestly, a cup of plain vanilla is just the best thing in the world.

Why is the sky blue?

It has something to do with the sun’s rays reflecting off the atmosphere and what not, but it is what it is you know?

What physical aspects of yourself are you most proud of?

I have a pretty awesome beard.

What areas of life do you take the most pride in?

I take pride in my job for sure and my music. I’ve been playing music for a long time, and I’ve been in a lot of bands, but I’m really proud of this one.

Which historical event do you wish never happened?

Well, the Holocaust.

            Well, there ya have it people! Although I am deeply saddened by the fact that Westberg does not share my sincere love for cats, I am incredibly impressed by his wonderful beard. What a beauty.

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