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Getting Earnest With Movement

We asked Movement's Sean Walker and Jesse Ward a series of questions designed to test if someone is a “good guy”.

25 September 2013, 4:48am

Recently we’ve been subjecting bands to gruelling getting to know you questions in an attempt to become one with local artists and understand their journey. Nah, only joking—it’s just funny to ask strangers personal questions off the Internet. This time we asked Sean Walker and Jesse Ward from Movement a series of questions designed to test if someone is a “good guy”. Obviously the Internet can’t tell if you’re a decent human, but it sure can bring out some earnest responses.

Noisey: What are your favourite quotes?

Sean: “Any fool can criticise, condemn, and complain—and most fools do”; and “Always remember to look up at the stars”.

Jesse: “There are doers and there are watchers”; and “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t”.

They were less movie based than I expected. Who is the person you admire the most?

Sean: I admire anyone who does what they want; there are many people I admire, anywhere from my father to John Lennon.

Jesse: My dad.

What did you want to be when you were still a kid?

Sean: An astronaut.

Jesse: A marine biologist, but a clown on weekends.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Sean: When I figured out I wasn’t getting the most out of life.

Jesse: There have been a few: some of the songs in the first band I was in weren’t really that great. Including the lyric, “thrash with red flash, thrash ‘til it’s down”.

Oh man, I hope you pull that out at shows. If you were omnipotent for a day, what would you do?

Sean: Put an apple tree in every person’s back garden so no one goes hungry.

Jesse: I’ve always wanted to stop time, I feel like you could take everything in much more if you could stop it—if only for a few hours.

If you could become a fictional character, who would you want most to be?

Sean: Luke Rhinehart from the Dice man.

Jesse: Tyler Durden.

Two very powerful men. If your life story was turned into a movie, which actor would you choose to play you?

Sean: Harold Perrineau, but in 1996

Jesse: Can’t go past Leonardo.

So your life would be Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. What would you want to learn if given the chance to learn it instantly?

Sean: I would want to learn how to feel real empathy.

Jesse: I think to learn the piano intricately would be an amazing feeling, something like Yann Tiersen, or sing like Stevie.

What’s the wildest or most reckless thing you have done in your life?

Sean: Got chased by a gang after egging their house. I got chased into a backyard where a man tried to hit me with a golf club so I fled into another yard where a pissed off German Shepherd was waiting for me.

Jesse: I recently slid down a really steep escalator after a Christmas party, I ended up going a lot faster than I expected. I still have the scars, and was lucky to walk away without “otis” branded on my side.

That leads pretty neatly into, when was the last time you cried?

Sean: When I got my heart broken.

Jesse: Too long ago.


Check out Movement’s empathy levels at tonight’s VICE Presents in Sydney. RSVP here.

Listen to Movement’s new track “Us” here.