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(Capinch Zine - Oct.2004)
letís start. Tell us about your european tourÖ what about the Eur peoples,
foods, girls, venuesÖ? What the best gig, and what the worst? Some
particulair strange tales happened on the road?
people treated us with alot of respect, and were very nice. The food
(especially Italy) was fantastic, the girls were...we had a little luckÖ
they were very sweet. The best gigs were Stockholm, Paris, Mestre,
everywhere in Switzerland, Strausborg, Madrid, San Sebastian, London, they
were all good. We really didnít have a bad show because there was always
food, beer, and a bed.
Black Lips have hold over the girls a lot? Whoís the bandís member that pick
up more girls than others?
We dont do
too well with the girls. We smell bad, and we are never in the same place
for more than a day or two so most girls are afraid to give it up. its too
bad, because we love them so much.
any differences between touring the States and the Europe? Which the things
that mostly struck you guys?
europe is much easier. There is much more hospitality. Food, beer, sleeping
places. You donít really get this in America. It can get very rough
you playiní the gig with the Coleís exploit in Mestre. Has there been some
other place where that happened? Do those kind of events frequently happen
during your shows?
happens quite a bit. It all depends on the show. Sometimes it gets cut open
so he stops for a while. Usually anything can happen.
you feel when you are on stage? Everythingís so out of control!
are very drunk and excited. I dont really remember much of what happens when
we play. alot of times im hurt, but dont feel it until later.
Cole does to puke when he want? What about this fab technique?
mean to puke. Itís a problem he has with his stomach. He canít control it.
It happens all the time even, off stage. Like if we are sitting around
talking he might explode and get it all over. Its a problem we try and fix.
But I guess it works okay with the stage show. Except when club owners get
mad and kick us out, or beat us up.
have seen a video on the web - recorded in L.A. - with a generous helping of
his puke and pissing. Greg Shaw was in audience there? Has he taken that
shower too Ė like me?
was there, but he stayed away from the front of the stage. I donít think he
would like it if Cole puked on him. I dont think anyone likes it.
not least about this thing Ė Have these performances ever caused you any
troubles with the audience?
and other bands and club owners can get really mad. We have gotten kicked
out of alot of clubs. Sometimes they want to fight us when it happens.
People run away and act scared. But theres nothing to be scared of, its all
natural bodily functions. I think its funny when people get mad.
about the music now. Too punk to be garage and too much garagey for
punkrockers. But I think both like you a lot. What about the Black Lips
sound and songs? Do you think you are a kinda sixties punk-oriented band or
are you also influenced by other stuff?
definately influenced by alot of sixties punk (Los Saicos, Swamp Rats etc.)
but alot of punk music too (Germs, Red Kross). Most garage type people donít
like us because they say we dont know how to play, and were too shitty. Fuck
it. We like alot of psychedelic music and blues, country and gospel.
about the Black Lips songwriting? Itís so various and very acid. Is it all
the bandís work or someone write most of the stuff?
We all write
together for almost everything. Cole writes the most though. We like to
drink cough syrup and write songs together.
differences in the bandís sound and practice/songwriting Ė and whatever -
between Ben (r.i.p.) and Jack on line-up? Is something changed?
quit two days before Europe and we have a new guy named Richie. Jack wrote
alot, more than Ben. Ben made us practice and tune more, Jack made us drink
more. They were both great and added their own sound.
the official new bandís guitar player? Have you already recorded some with
record our next album with him. It might be on In The Red or Crypt. we dont
know yet. But he is our new guitarist.
know you had a Dobro guitar in the van during the last tour playing some
Rolling Stones numbers. How do you like them? Maybe some of their songs in
the future covered by Black Lips? Which would like you to play?
We love the
Stones, but I donít think we will cover any of their songs because they do
their songs better than we could. We only do covers that we think we can add
something to. We had the Dobro to write new Black Lips songs, and to play
Stones songs for fun.
your albums are on Bomp! Records Ė one of greatest and famous RnR label of
ever. Will the next full lenght go out for the same label orÖ?
We dont know
what will happen with the next record. there are a few options, and we are
talking to different people, but nothing definate yet. Only time will tell.
your coming issues? Over the mine of courseÖ
yours we have singles on Slovenly, Screaming Apple, and Die Slaughterhaus
coming out sometime in the future, maybe Kenrock and Cass too.
recording is your own choice? Donít you give a fuck about recordings
techniques? How many time do you spend to record a song?
lo-fi but we dont always mean for it to be that way. We never have money to
record so we have to do it anyway we can. The first album was done in a few
different studios, but the second was done for free in a basement on a
four-track because we barely have enough money to eat. Being in a band is
very expensive and you always lose lots of money. We have to steal food alot
and equipment sometimes (but only from crappy bands).
your in-house label Die Slaughterhaus Records. What about its records and
bands? What the next issues?
Slaughterhaus is our label, so far its mostly singles but we have alot
coming out so we might go to full lengths. We have put out the Lids (Rip
Off Records) the Carbonas (also Rip Off) and we have a Tyrades single out
SS (featuring King
and ex-Persuaders) and the Frantic from Atlanta and Die Rotzz from New
Orleans. We have a Spooks LP (Black Lips side project) out around
christmas, and lots more.
What about this band and its members? Do we must consider it a band or a
the Black Lips and other SLAUGHTERHAUS people *(LIDS). Itís more synth type
stuff. Like Screamers stuff going on, but scarier. We have a full length
coming whenever we feel like it. Itís going to revolutionize the rock music
about the Atlantaís scene. Is there any great band to mention? Iíve seen the
Subsonics playiní here a couple of years ago and they smoke!
Atlantaís great. Subsonics are really good, the LIDS and the Carbonas are
really good. The Frantic. Itís a very good scene. We have alot of all age
clubs, and alot of young people starting bands, and its really cheap to live
there. New Orleans and Memphis bands come alot. Itís nice.
did you play since you started the band? What the bands which youíve played
with you most like?
playing with the Spits alot, and the Tyrades. We did a tour with the Tyrades
where nobody came to any of the shows, it was just us at every show, but it
was alot of fun.
played with fear and got into a fight with Lee Ving. It was a funny show.
Playing with King Khan And The Shrines was a great fucked up experience.
you come back here again? It was so funny to experience a Black Lips show!
We hope to
come back very soon. We had the best time. We want to come back all the
shot. What the records you ever most like, and what are the records which
are you listeniní at this time?
Dead Moon is
great. LOS SAICOS from Peru are killer, Back From The Grave, Horror Stories
by the Dwarves, Germs(GI), Red Kross-Born innocent, Moderrn Lovers, Jerry
Lee Lewis, Gories, Teengenerate too many to name right now: Reverend Charlie
Jackson, Reverend Louie Overstreet, lots of old country music. I guess
thatís it. Thanks alot motherfucker
too and bye
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