An Interview with Kathy Foster (The Thermals) - January 2014
It seems like you enjoyed touring this summer? How was it ? Do you like France? I’ve heard you got a tattoo !
No, I didn’t get a tattoo. Where did you hear that? Haha. Yeah, we had a lot of fun in France over the summer. We played three shows and they were all on boats! Boreaux, Lille and Paris. We’ve never played on a boat before, so that was really fun.
I saw you 2 years ago in Lyon, you seems like a cool and positive person. Is this your real personnality? Are you angry sometimes? What kind of attitude would you like to share?
Yeah, that’s pretty much my personality. I don’t get angry very often. Most things aren’t worth getting angry over. Its a waste of energy, and I would rather take on a positive and problem-solving attitude. I’m a very mellow person.
In France, it’s bad considered to be friend with boys. My best friend are boys and it’s difficult for people to understand. How do you feel about it ? How is your relation with Hutch and Westin ? Is there a big difference between having a band with girls and having a band with boys ?
Of course girls can be friends with boys! It’s ridiculous for people to think its bad. Hutch is my closest, bestest friend in the world, and I feel so lucky to have a such a great friend in my life. Westin and I are also very close friends. The three of us spend a lot of time together and we have a lot of fun. Be friends with whoever you want to be friends with! For me, it doesn’t feel that different being in bands with guys or girls. I’ve only ever played with my friends, so its always been fun no matter what.
I’m still learning to play bass guitar ! How do you start learning bass? Do you have any tips to share?
Cool! I think playing with people is the most helpful thing. Also, trying to play along to your favorite songs is fun. Just play a lot and experiment. Don’t ever feel like you’re doing it wrong because there is NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO PLAY.
I’m trying really hard but i can’t find wich one of Thermals’ LP is my favorite. Which one is yours and why?
I like them all too! But I think my favorites are The Body The Blood The Machine, and Desperate Ground. They were both really fun to write and record. I had the best time working on both of those. And I really love the lyrics on both. I always like Hutch’s lyrics, but I especially like these.
My zine is about everything you loved and lost. Can you tell me a story about something (or someone…) you were attached to ?
I’m a pretty hopeless romantic and very emotional, so when I’m in love, I feel it very deeply and when I get my heart broken, it crushes me. The first time you get your heart broken is the most devastating of course. My first love happened when I was sixteen. I resisted at first, but then I fell in love super hard. Then we broke up after only a few months, and I was so miserable! I was in so much pain! Then we got back together a couple months later, and stayed together for about a year and a half. It was very painful again, but after some time, we were able to be friends again, and we are still friends today! He was one of the most influential people in my life. He got me into going to shows, he taught me how to play guitar, he exposed me to so much music. He is a big reason I became who I am, and he is still a special person to me.