Bands with cats- Andrew Lee from Holy Hum and Lunch Box
– by Cheena Jean Normandin
Your bands and role/instrument:
I have a musical project called Holy Hum which I started in 2014 after the disillusionment of my world view and the dissolving of my previous band In Medias Res. I write, record, and perform the music in Holy Hum with a lot of help from my friends Ryan Flowers who plays bass and does a lot of the video work, Ash Poon who plays guitar/synth and takes care of a lot of the paper work, and Rob Tornroos who does the drums.
What’s is your cat’s name?
What’s Lunch Box’s origin story?
My partner and I talked about getting a cat for a long time before we found Lunch Box. She was one of three kittens who were a part of an “accidental” litter of cats that was mothered by a cat that the owner previously thought was spayed. So Lunch Box is kind of like our happy little accident.
What does Lunch Box usually consume?
I feed Lunch Box in the morning and my partner feeds her in the evening. She’ll eat anything but we have her on a raw food diet. She particularly loves tortilla chips and ice cream.
What do you think Lunch Box’s theme song is?
I’d like to think it’s Miles Davis’ “Concierto De Aranjuez” from his magical album Sketches Of Spain.
What is the most impressive thing that Lunchbox has murdered?
My cat will murder any and all of my ear buds that I use to listen to music.
If Lunch Box sees a GIANT spider. What is the course of action?
I’ve taught Lunch Box to go into hunting mode when I snap my fingers. So if there is a giant moth or a spider in the room I can snap and point to the potential threat and she’ll go insane with blood lust. She starts making these weird mouth noises that’s half meow and half lip smacking from hunger as she hunts her prey.
Where is the last inconvenient place that Lunchbox has fallen asleep?
Lunch Box is a lap cat. So anytime I sit down on the couch she nestles in my lap. And if I’m working on music she’s usually laying on the mixing board. If we are on the computer she’s on the keyboard. If we’re laying in bed reading she’s trying to get in front of the page by sitting on our chest.
If Lunchbox threw a raging party, what are the staples on the playlist?
She would probably be blasting Gucci Mane’s “Wasted”, Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, and maybe some Sade, “By Your Side”, to wind down the night.
If you wake up in a Freaky Friday situation with Lunch Box what’s the first course of action on her behalf? On yours?
I think I would be pretty bummed that I had to eat the shit that I feed her. This is like one of those experiments that they try in couples therapy – role reversal. Honestly, now that I think of it – I think it would be pretty weird to see myself acting like a cat but looking like myself. I would probably resign to living as a cat. I don’t think it would be that bad. We’ve seen it happen in that movie Witches with Anjelica Houston. I wouldn’t have to pay rent, or work and I could sleep all day.