French Cassettes on Hangover Cures & SF’s Music Scene
French Cassette’s singer/guitarist, Scott Huerta aims for the Death Star.
On a cool Thursday afternoon, Scout’s producer Casey met with French Cassettes’ members Scott Huerta and Mackenzie Bunch at an Outer Richmond dive bar for beers, pinball, an infamous meat cone, and a round of questions.
Upon arrival, the bar was undergoing renovations and the kitchen was closed, so there was no meat cone or ping-pong to be had, but we got a round of beers and talked about lots of random things.
To start things off, a surprisingly-appropriate question for the day (not naming names): Go-to hangover cures:
Mac: Michelada, hands down. And steak.
Scott: Kombucha & ice cream & cheese (not together)
2. Ice cream flavor:
Scott (kept it old school): Rocky road
Mac (went for a classic): Mint chocolate chip
3. New Star Wars: Yay or nay?
Consensus: Yay! (Mac was wearing a Darth Vader shirt)
4. What are your “day jobs”?
Mac: Amnesia bar, and screen printing
Scott: Just had his first day as a designated shopper for Instacart
5. Thoughts on the current state of San Francisco and how it affects the music scene?
Scott: Snapchat had taken over and it’s lame. I try to never take videos at shows.
Mac: It’s boring.
6. If French Cassettes were a cocktail, what would be in it?
Scott: Something like a Negroni
Mac: Tequila, vodka, and whiskey. And then we spit in it.
Hanging with French Cassettes in a dive bar in the afternoon! (L-R Casey, Scott, Mackenzie)
7. Best band name
Scott: I like when a bands name kind of tells you what they sound like. Like Beats Antique. Or The National.
8. Favorite band(s):
Mac: Currently I’m all about Anderson Paak. It’s like D’Angelo and Kendrick Lamar coming together, if Kendrick Lamar could sing.
Scott: ELO forever, and Violent Femmes
9. Favorite smell:
Mac: B.O. (honestly)*. It’s kind of a turn on if a girl is stinky. And tube amps.
Scott: Irish Spring! And skin warmed by the sun. Warm hide.
*They all also make their own deodorant and swear by it. Recipe: coconut oil, baking soda, scented essential oil of your choice. Optional: cornmeal.
10. Favorite SF restaurant:
Mac: Two Jacks Nik’s Place on Haight. On Thursdays they do a #tbt menu and throw back to the prices on their 1977 menu. $2.45 cheeseburgers, 70 cent french fries and salads!
Scott: The Tee Off makes a mean veggie burger. The pupuseria at 16th and Valencia. And Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar & Izakaya.
11. Favorite movie:
Scott: La Bomba
Mac: The X-Files, seasons 1-7*
*Scott: You just like Scully. Mac: Yeah she’s pretty hot. Scott: And you know what, so is Mulder. Mac: Yeah totally.
12. Favorite local bands:
And last but not least, we discussed David Blaine’s captivating powers. Here’s Scott’s favorite: