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Matthew Woody Woodley

Plants and Animals

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Impounded Inquiries: Plants And AnimalsSmart people tend to also be smart-asses, and that’s certainly true of Plants And Animals. This trio of wise-yet-wriggly East Coast Canadians seems wiser than the average monkey but also ever-ready to grin or put a cheeky spin on things. Their fab recent album La La Land has serious loft and obvious smarts but often paired with pop culture tickling titles like Tom Cruz and American Idol along with a clear grasp of pop techniques. Amidst a sound that’s both strangely familiar and endearingly elusive, Plants And Animals strike one as thoughtful guys, which is why we asked them to chime in on our philosophical segment. Here’s what drummer Matthew Woody Woodley had to say.

What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you see the word “God”?
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the “Creation of Adam.” I started trying to come up with something funny, but that image popped into my mind before I could even think, so I have to shout out to my boy Michelangelo.
Which has the better cosmology, Star Wars or Star Trek? Why?
If you’re just talking cosmology, Star Trek takes the cake. The ideas are more diverse and there’s always a reflective or existentialist element. Star Trek is interesting and Star Wars is awesome.
Name one album that has spiritual resonance for you.
Bach: The Goldberg Variations, played by Glenn Gould. One of my favourites. Bach was all over the God thing.
Woody Allen once said, “I don’t know the question but sex is definitely the answer.” So, what’s the question?
I’ll take Sigmund Says for 200?
You can have a dinner party with any three people throughout human history. Who do you invite, what’s on the menu and what intoxicant do you share for dessert?
Jesus, Nina Simone and Oscar Wilde. Mexican. Scotch.