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Imperial China

April 23, 2012

Imperial China at the Black Cat, 5-20-10 by Ben Chang
Washington D.C.’s Imperial China is a taught experimental punk three piece. Their songs are jagged little gems that defy genre. They describe themselves as “post-something or other” on their Facebook page, and whatever they come after, we’re glad they’re next. Never devolving into indie-rock cliches, their sound is just the right balance of raw and arty, melodic and pure noise.

Imperial China are Matthew Hoyt Johnson, Brian Porter, and Patrick Gough. Their newest album How We Connect is out now on Sockets Records. Give a listen to “Limbs” and learn more about these talented rockers.

1. What is your hometown?

Brian = Minnesnoota. Matt = Jordanville, Phillippines. Patrick = displaced Yankee in Redneckington, New Confederacy.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Tempted to say Dracula, because of our obvious goth tendencies; but everyone knows that vampires are real, so he’s out. Have to go with Count Chocula instead.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Brian = Kate Jackson. Matt = Farrah Fawcett. Patrick = Jaclyn Smith.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

This question implies that we have souls. Probably going to say either Rodin’s “Penseur” or anything by Borf.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

If by books you mean “The Internet”, any video in which you’re looking at something closely and then a monster jumps out and scares the shit out of you.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

As a rule, we generally despise music. But when we do listen to something, it’s generally afro-caribbean grindcore, post-post-psychedelic bluegrass, or Mongolian rectal chanting.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Scarface. All that cocaine gone to waste at the end.

8. Cat person or dog person?

They’re both delicious.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Well, you know when your girlfriend asks you if a particular dress or pair of jeans makes her ass look fat? More often than not it does, so it’s better to lie than to hurt her feelings.

10. How do you define sin?

Apart from the moral code that almost all humans can abide by (don’t murder, don’t sexually abuse kids, etc.), there’s really only one sin: forcing your own narrow-minded religious beliefs on people who just want to live their lives in peace.

11. How do you define virtue?

Comes from the Latin for “truth”. Which is not as important as kindness, so let’s skip it.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

My will stipulates that my headstone be an exact 1:1 scale replica of an Easter Island head statue, and carved in the base in Comic Sans font will be words “THE FUCK YOU LOOKIN AT?”

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Yaphet Kotto.

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