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08 May 2015

The Lucky 13: Cliff Horn, of Safety Net

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Safety Net. Safety Net. Kenneth David Geiger

Remember the band Plastic? The group is now known as Safety Net, featuring Carrick O’Dowd (vocals, guitar), Austin Lawrence (bass) and Cliff Horn (drums). The band participated in The Hood’s Battle of the Bands last year; catch them at the Coachella Valley Art Scene on Wednesday, May 13. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/safetynetmusic. Cliff Horn was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

I was really into this tiny band from Bakersfield called Lost Ocean, and they played a show at one of our local popular venues called The Dome, which was a boxing ring repurposed into a music venue. They were one of those bands that weren’t confined to a singular genre, and they pulled it off live without fault. It was one of the first real concerts I attended, and probably my first introduction to indie and DIY culture in the early days. Lost Ocean doesn’t exist anymore, and they became a total indie “hair pop” band once they signed to a major label. R.I.P.

What was the first album you owned?

Oh man, I went crazy over this weird tape which was a collaboration between Disney and Michael Jackson. I was probably 5, and I had to special-order it through a magazine. I remember waiting ages for it to arrive via snail mail and then listening to it until the tape warped and fell apart.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Too many. This has been a really active listening year for me: Nils Frahm, Vessels, Ryan Adams, Pile, Jon Hopkins, Dan Deacon, Father John Misty, Evening Hymns, Sore Eyelids, Viet Cong, Mister Lies, Three Trapped Tigers, and the absolutely stellar To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

I really can’t seem to wrap my head around the whole EDM culture. I grew up consuming a lot of house/trance/techno/drum ’n’ bass/deep house stuff, yet for some reason, I can’t seem to really follow along with the current hype. I even went out of my way to see Kaskade at Coachella this year. It was fun, but I wasn’t converted. Maybe I’m too old and too sober. Who knows?

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Refused just reunited again for a tour. That is all.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

There’s this side project of Owl City’s Adam Young called Swimming With Dolphins. It’s totally just syrupy-sweet candy-coated bubblegum pop music, and I can totally get down to it. I usually have to contrast it with something brutal, like Napalm Death, just to maintain a sense of balance and normalcy.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Cathedral of Hardcore, aka the Arseo house (in Cathedral City). The shows there are my church. It’s a tie with FUNZONE in Santa Barbara.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

I constantly have Tom (DeLonge)’s verse from Blink 182’s “I Miss You” on loop thanks in part to the Weird Wide Web. It’s really great because you can contextualize that verse with anything, i.e. craving a really bomb pizza, donating old toys to a thrift store, or thinking deeply about extinct animals.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Another tie. When I was young, Radiohead and Sigur Rós really did change my life when I first discovered them. They helped me digest exactly how music can be evocative, even overwhelming, by cleverly layering some of the simplest elements and tones.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I want to ask John Lennon if he saw it coming.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Good question. “The Show Must Go On” by Queen, I suppose.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Radiohead’s Kid A.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Ryan Adams’ “Gimme Something Good.” There’s something just so yearning and sexy about it. (Scroll down to hear it.)

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