You might call Sean Lennon’s music Neoclassicism, and considering his background that shouldn’t be far off the mark. Adorning a black bowler cap, bowtie, and heavy glasses, he came ready to play performer lastnight as his new project, Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, took over our Union Pool. GOASTT, which recently went through an almost unnoticeable name change, is co-founded by Sean’s girlfriend, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, and after a very up and down set (some blamed the sound guy) I got the chance to catch up with this duo. Charlotte was a little busy loading out the gear amidst the questions (but props to them both for being their own roadies). And though their relationship seems to have been the most over-publicized part of the musical project, let’s just say nothing stops these two from stealing loving glances at one another.
How do like playing in Williamsburg? What’s your relationship to the ‘hood?
Sean: I guess I have a feeling of slight envy– Williamsburg-envy. I grew up in Manhattan and my friends didn’t tell me where they were always going, and [when they left] I was suddenly left alone in downtown Manhattan. But I always miss the city when I leave because my mom lives there.
Charlotte: We always said, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the Williamsburg Bridge!”
Check out the rest of the interview after the jump!
How did the band Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger form, and how would you want it to die?
Sean: It began as a joke, really. My girlfriend and I were playing around… and then it quickly became my favorite thing, and now, well, I hope it never dies. It feels great when you know at least someone listens to you.
What was it like to score the soundtrack for a movie? [Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead is now playing at Village East Cinemas]
Sean: Jordan [the director, and opener last night] is one of my best friends, and… you know, I think I always wanted to do it but its just something that had to wait for the right opportunity. I always loved guys like Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota… even Danny Elfman. I love film scores, and I’d love the chance to do more!
As you say in your song “The World was Made for Men [or Lesbians* as Charlotte joked onstage],” when you die can I make a ‘kite from your bones’?
Sean: Yeah! [Charlotte] always talks about keeping my skull; that the skull is the cathedral of the soul. I mean you can chuck my body in the river but… I think we should start a new ritual where we keep the skull, and my kids could see my father’s skull, my grandfather’s skull, all of it… because its the most beautiful part of the body and we don’t get to see it until we’re dead. My girlfriend says…maybe I could get mine gold plated. She should pimp out my skull.
GOASTT now head off to England to shoot a music video in a castle.