Pucumber Sasssquash Family band are a band you do not want to miss at Supercrawl this weekend. Part punk, part psych, part noise – they are incredible. The band is made up of many talented local musicians who go by funky stage names. Fun fact: two of the best singers in Hamilton, Annie Shaw and Sarah Good, play bass in this band. How wild is that?!

I caught up with Mark Raymond to do a little Supercrawl Q&A. I’m told that Mark was sick when answering these questions, which explains why this Q&A is extra awesome.

Q –  We are really excited to have you play Supercrawl this year. What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word “HAMILTON”?
Marriage, sushi, The Highway Traffic Act, a squirrel eating an entire bagel, waterfalls, entropy.

Q –  Where are you most likely to be spotted at a music festival? (gallery, food trucks, beer tent, on some plush grass, in a café, music venue, by a stage, side walk, back alley, etc etc)
At home, in bed.  Music festivals are invading my neighbourhood.  Every year they get closer.  They’re flash mobbing my front porch with download cards.  The other day I tried to get the mail and a music festival jumped me and stole my shoes.  Who needs shoes anyways.  It’s so nice to be barefoot in the summer.  I’ll be on my front porch!

Q –  What is the best thing your parents listened to when you were growing up?
Me trying to learn the saxaphone for three weeks.  My dad said it sounded like a dying cat.  I love cats.  Stupid saxaphones.

Q –  What’s your favourite rap song?
Bright Moments” by the Pedestrian

Q –  Do you ever listen to a song and think, ‘Damn, that’s perfection. I wish I could have worked on that’? What is that song?
The ballroom waltz movement from Shostakovitch’s Romeo and Juliet.  That riff makes me want to take it off and fall into tragic star-crossed fatal love with everything on the planet for three and a half minutes.

Q –  What is the most inspiring, or most memorable, show you’ve ever attended?
Maybe Bjork on Toronto Island with fireworks from boats in the harbour exploding in the sky on the downbeat of the chorus of that “All is Full of Love” song or maybe Robin Lee playing Chet Atkins riffs on James Street.  That guy shreds.

Q –  What’s your idea of the perfect day off?
Going to work.  Days off are for suckers.

Q –  What inspires you to make music?
Silence, usually.

Q –  What is the last thing that crosses your mind before you get on stage?
Crippling mortal fear or a nice cold cup of coffee and a tomato sandwich, otherwise probably something hilarious Garfield did

Q –  What are you listening to a lot this week? Can you recommend a track for us to check out?
The Ladies “So Much For the Fourth Wall” from They Mean Us. Also thunderstorms and my cat.  That dude never shuts up.

Q –  What’s the best thing you did all summer?
Grow a gargantuan pile of vegetables and eat some of them.

Q –  What do you hope to be doing a year from now?
Reminiscing, being late to get somewhere, finding someone who needs a hug and squishing them, talking mindlessly about restaurants, solving the cold fusion debacle in a kitschy way so it immediately jumps the shark, taking a nap.

Thanks, Mark!