Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Cutthroats 9 Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

We went on a short West Coast tour with Black Cobra and are looking at doing a full U.S. tour with Whores. We're also looking forward to a European tour in the near future. We've also been working on some new stuff to come out in the Winter.

2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Personally, I wanted to work more with slide guitar. I think we'll be exploring that more in the near future.

3.The band was broken up for a long time, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to the reform?

I wouldn't actually say that we were broken up. I was working with my other band Unsane and our drummer Will Carroll was working with DeathAngel, both of which kept us very busy. We both wanted to keep doing stuff with The Cutthroats 9, but simply didn't have the time.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

We generally write about things that we know. How fucked up people are, How society and technology are homogenizing the human spirit or how humanity is eating the planet alive. Light subject matter...

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "The Cutthroats 9'?

It's taken from an old 70's gore western called Cut-Throats Nine.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

SXSW I think in 2001. We smashed everything at the end of our set and the singer from the next band stood next to me looking at the mess and said "What are we supposed to do after THAT?" We generally smash as much equipment as possible. I really like fixing things.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Yes. A U.S. tour in the Fall followed by a European tour in the Winter. Also, hopefully a new record this Winter.

8.The new album was released as a joint effort between Lamb Unlimited and Reptilian, can you tell us a little bit more about those labels?

Lamb Unlimited is a new noise label that''s vinyl and downloads only. It's run by me and a friend. We licensed the cd rights to our friend Chris X at Reptilian mainly because he has the previous Cutthroats 9 releases.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new material by fans of sludge and noise rock?

Amazing! It's really surprising that there has been such a good response.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I'm not sure which musical direction we'll want to take. We really enjoy what we're doing now, so I think we'll just try to improve on what we love to do.

11.What are some of the band or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

That's a very long list. Anything from Flipper to Hank Williams Sr. to The Birthday party to Robert Johnson to the Stooges to the Velvet Underground. The list could go on for quite a while. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Jimi Hendrix and The Fall.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Shooting guns, Riding motorcycles...

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 

Support yr local noise scene!

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