The Cliks and Hunter Valentine Interview Each Other

As we’ve mentioned last week, two of Autostraddle’s favorite bands – The Cliks and Hunter Valentine – are currently traveling around the USA on their ‘Guts ‘N Glory‘ tour, and we’re really excited about it!

Typically when we get this amped up about a tour, our first instinct is to interview the bands. However in this instance we’ve already been there and done that. So we thought the only thing left to do was ask the bands to interview each other.

Lucas (The Cliks) and Kiyomi (Hunter Valentine) took some time out of their hectic tour schedule to ask each other hard hitting questions about topics ranging from life on the road, to sushi parties, sanity and Linda Perry’s bad-assery.

This interview also exists in video form, which we’ll hopefully get our hands on once these bands return from tour. ‘Til then, have a listen to the mp3 recording below. It’s probably going to be the best thing you hear this week.


Here are just a few of excerpts – listen to the recording to hear the full context and find out who said what.

On life on the road:
“Your bag is like your home, right? It’s your anchor. You’ve got all your compartments, like the net part of your bag is like your living room.”

On favorite cities:
This time around, oddly, I would have to say San Francisco. When I say oddly, it’s because I have such a weird history with San Francisco, of coming in and out of there with death on my back … I was like, “What is up with this city? I am always depressed here!”


On rock ‘n roll:
We had a sushi party. We had too much sake and not enough sushi.

On staying sane:
I try to escape to my own little place because I’m very much a person who likes to spend a lot of time alone.
Me too, I get that. I think it’s very important to place that as a priority … just so you don’t completely lose your mind.

On favorite tour moments:
“Kiyomi and Laura proceeded to take my shirt off.”

On missing home:
[I miss] Sleeping alone in my bed.
Or not sleeping alone.
Yeah, I kind of miss sex.

Tour dates

If you haven’t caught these bands on tour yet, it’s not too late! The Cliks and Hunter Valentine might still be coming to your city with The Dollyrots:

Aug 25: Bender’s Tavern, Denver, CO
Aug 26: The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Aug 27: The Firebird, St Louis, MO
Aug 28: Phoenix Hill Tavern, Louisville, KY
Aug 29: Radio, Indianapolis, IN
Aug 30: Skully’s Music Diner, Columbus, OH
Aug 31: Frankie’s ,Toledo, OH
Sept 3: The Studio @ Webster Hall , New York, NY

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  1. Actually, it was the second best thing I heard this week. The first best thing I heard was The Cliks/Hunter Valentine/Killola concert I went to. *thumbsup* :D

  2. super-cute interview i love it! also continually amazed by how good looking everyone is in hunter valentine?

    • They are super good looking, it’s rather amazing how good looking they are.

      I love how Portland was one of Kiyomi’s favorite places on the tour.

  3. i feel like that compartments comment is really adorable. also i hope you don’t mind me commenting on this, because it seems like maybe only phonetic rieses are allowed to be here.

  4. This was this best thing I’ve heard this week, until I just heard that Hunter Valentine are coming to the UK as part of their European tour, in Autumn-November time!! Can’t wait!!

    • Whaaat where when how?! Saw the Cliks years ago back when there were 4 of them…Lucas signed my arm :)
      I must see HV…fell in love many yrs ago…even more so from this interview. Tour in UK? Sorted.

    • Lucky! I’m really hoping that they do an Australian tour one day. It’s a little out of the way though.

      • It sucks balls that so many ppl avoid Australia coz its too far away. But really its not, its just a hellava-long plane flight, which I imagine would be rather enjoyable if they travelled fancy-pants-first class!!
        So heres another hoper!!!

        • ps. did anyone know that itunes bleeps the word bisexual…. I find that just a little bit odd….

  5. I didn’t know their before read this article and I love their now, I search her album in France.

  6. I’ve only just discovered this but I feel like this article hasn’t been given enough love.
    Two of my favourite bands interviewing each other? Autostraddle just made my day.

  7. Loved it! I love how real they are. I just wish they’d be coming to PA. Id be one happy lezzi if Hunter Valentine was in my area. Maybe i need to make a trip to NY…

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