Band Name: OPOSSUM HEAD
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Band Members: Christine “Soccer Mom” Anderson-violin
Ian “Dad-Beard” Sonnemann-guitar
How did you come up with the band name?
Christine: Well, um, I found an OPOSSUM HEAD.
Ian: It’d been decapitated by the railroad, by the train.
Christine: And, I buried it in Ian’s back yard to reclaim the skull for later…
Ian: We’d have band practices and halfway through we’d stop and end up digging up this thing [and re-burying it]…I liked the sound of it…it just seemed appropriate.
What are the main ideas behind the band?
Ian: One of the biggest ones is just having a 2-person thing. We decided on that a long time ago; just a duo. It’s easy to develop stuff and you don’t have to be as democratic, basically (laughs).
Christine: Basically, we made it about playing off of each other and filling in the sound as much as we could.
What do you feel sets your band apart from others?
Ian: There’s a certain thing that comes with being a duo-band. That right there sets it apart, umm
Christine: How’d you put it once, “We make everyone shut up and listen”?
Ian: (Laughs) Yeah, it’s definitely not lively music but it has liveliness to it.
Christine: And, we like playing relatively quiet. No earplugs required. Different tones come out, and nuance…it’s enjoyable; you can have a conversation if you want.
Ian: A big thing, too, was doing it within the punk and metal scene and having a band that was made up of people who love that kind of music but also like to play pretty music. Specifically to do it in a scene where it’s not the norm.
Christine: This weekend we’re going up to record with MOROSE in Yakima, WA. We played with them at BLOOD STAINS (Fest) and it was at that point that they said, “Someday we should do a collaboration.”
Ian: We’ll also be recording a demo when we go up there this weekend…they really want to put it out for us, too.
Christine: Which is really flattering and it’s an honor because I love their music so much too. I really felt like they stole the show at the [BLOOD STAINS] fest.
Ian: Also, for out next album we’re going to try to tap into all the friends we have here and record collaborations…our future plan is to branch out and tap into other people’s talents.
Christine: Just because we love and respect all these musicians we’re so fortunate to live in Eugene with; to have this community of musicians with widely varying musical taste.
Ian: Yeah, those are our future plans.
Christine: And, there’s always the option that’s been floating around since the beginning of doing soundtrack work for a film. I think that’d be a lot of fun.
Have you played any benefit shows? If so, what cause did you support?
Ian: We were supposed to play the benefit show for TRANSIENT but I had just played a set with SAVIORSELF and I was ready to pass out. But, we did do a collaboration with LIGHTNING SWORD OF INDRA towards the end of that night….it was nice, too, we made $200 for TRANSIENT by basically just charging people at the Whiteaker Block Party to use the bathroom in the house.
What band(s) have you most enjoyed playing with and why?
Ian: MOROSE from Yakima, NOISE-A-TRON from Seattle, SAVIORSELF from Eugene…
Christine: Yeah, NOISE-A-TRON is always just so badass and thick and full with their music. They’re also really sweet people and they have inviting personalities. We played with them in July when I did the EUGENE DUO Fest, which I hope to do again next year for two-piece bands.
Ian: Yeah, there are more two-piece bands popping up every day. People are realizing how easy it is to do it (laughs).