PRP: Lets spit out the basic question, how did you guys get together?
Mudd: Well.... Long story short, Eric the bass player and
Stinger the guitar player hooked up and ended up getting me through an ad in the newspaper. We played together for a year and replaced our singer with Chris. About a year later we asked Jose to join. We had been playing gigs with his band at the time. He was so fucking great we had to ask him to join... and he did, of course.
PRP: Hehe putting good ol ads in papers.
Mudd: Yep..... I was between bands and dying to play.... I had to resort to the frickin' paper...
PRP: Haha poor guy. Is the Dj who's name I forget how to spell a permanent member now?
Mudd: His name is DJ Duckin' D and he's our DJ for live shows. He's not part of the writing process........
PRP: The hired gun.
Mudd: Well.... he's the man....
PRP: Hehe alright.
PRP: It's not well known that you guys started off as a somewhat pop band, was it a direction to differentiate yourselves to go heavier and rapcore styled or something that just had the creative spark?
Mudd: It kind of molded into that. Chris came from a rap/rock act. We all are into the rock thing from childhood. We're really getting back to our roots again though. Not much rap and alot more ROCK!!!
PRP: Yeah the new material kind of evidences that but it sounds dope as hell.
Mudd: Thanks man...
PRP: Hehe anytime.
PRP: You guys have had the opportunity to work on your 2000 demo with
Malcom Springer who has worked with Full Devil Jacket before, how was that?
Mudd: It rocked. He's a great producer. We're hoping to work things out so he's producing the
Lava/Atlantic record. It's looking good... We should have that all tied up within a week or two...
PRP: Here's a very thought invoking one, When's the last time one of the
Liquid Gang had a "Liquid Fart"?
Mudd: I literally have them on a daily basis. The guys hate me for that. I wait until their all in our rehearsal space with the door closed....THEN IT'S ON!!!
PRP: The groups songwriting style is very unique, It seems to be very digestible and always grabs and hits at the right time, do you think this comes from the pop roots?
Mudd: We all have pretty diverse as well as similar roots.
Jose, me and Chris have a pop background. Jose and Stinger love stuff like
Jane's Addiction and The Cure. I'm a Rush fan from way back. Nagy...... He's a freak. I have no idea where he comes from. He frightens me....
PRP: Hahah. Perhaps he has W.A.S.P. roots or something.
Mudd: I don't know. He's a weird dude though. He sits in his apartment shooting roaches with his bee bee gun...
PRP: The people really want to know this one, Is Kentucky Fried Chicken 80% grease or 80% chicken?
Mudd: Damn straight....
PRP: How has the scene been in PA, an area not known for producing heavier acts.
Mudd: There's a little of everything. There's some really great bands... and some shit ones Pretty much like most other cities.
Tidewater Grain is a really great band that we're buds with from Philly. They have a CD coming out in the spring of
PRP: Cool. So has Will Smith ruined the scene? Or was he even from Philly? Haha.
Mudd: He was.... from Philly that is. Hmmm..... dare I diss???? Nah... I think not....
PRP: The man is probably worshipped in your fine state haha.
Mudd: I worship his white suits I see him wearing around on TV....
PRP: Who was the first person you called when you recently found out you guys got signed to
Mudd: Well...it was in the works for along time... I can tell you who I called first after we signed the papers..... One of my best buds... Kurt and Meg.... The family.... and my AMAZING girlfriend....
PRP: Aww yeah, I imagine it's not like winning the lotto or something but its still damn cool.
Mudd: For me...it's pretty much like winning the lottery. This is what we've all worked for all our lives. There's alot of competition out there. We have a good business team surrounding us. I'm happy as shit...
PRP: If I told you I was doing this interview in nothing but a pair of Italian cut speedos would you be offended?
Mudd: Dude..... I've got you beat. I'm wearing bunny slippers.... that is all.....
PRP: Hahah. Such a pleasant mental image..
Mudd: Not really..... I'm sure you're sporting your speedo with pride...
PRP: Hahah, speedo patriotism indeed.
PRP: The group has taken a bit of off time recently and the new material seems to really show a more evolved style, was there alot of focus and time put to tightening the bands songwriting or was it just the natural progression of the band?
Mudd: I would say it's natural progression. Jose was the final piece of the puzzle we needed. We got back to our roots and that's where we all needed to be to define the LG sound. We wanted a bigger sound and consider brining in a second guitarist but we already had an awesome one in the band. That would be
Chris... (Stinger is the man...but he already was playing guitar) We kept it in the family.
Chris is now playing guitar with Stinger and Jose is taking on the job of the soul lead singer. It's working out great.
PRP: You guys have always seemed to have been supporters of mp3's how do you feel about their impact on the scene?
Mudd: I thinks it's great.... and it's not. I love the fact that you can access so much great music, easily and for free. But... if it's abused it could be tough on the music industry as a whole. Time will tell....
PRP: indeed, I guess it just has to make bands strive for more interesting cover art and stuff if anything hehe.
PRP: Extra incentive for the fan to buy the damn disc.
Mudd: Yes it is.... It's really cool to have it to take with you and affordably listen where ever but when the MP3 player come down in price, that could change everything.
PRP: Yeah, definitely especially if they become as cheap as a walkman or something.
PRP: When's the last time you saw two animals fornicating?
Mudd: Ummmm..... In person... It's been awhile. I just saw a really gross vid that a sick friend sent me of a human and a horse... I won't go any further about it though....
PRP: Haha I think I might have seen that video recently too. Except the one I saw the girl got a mouthful, scary stuff indeed.
Mudd: Uh.... yea...... I couldn't even save it....
Mudd: I bet you did though.... haha.
PRP: Hahaha yes, I am a sick bastard.
PRP: Would you eat salsa that was made in New York City?
Mudd: From Spanish Harlem..... Yes....
PRP: Are they any plans to include songs off your 1999 demo or 2000 demo on the new upcoming full length? Or will it be comprised of all new material?
Mudd: I'm sure that some of that material will be on the CD. We've been writing shit loads of more stuff. We'll record all of it and pick what we all think sounds the best.
PRP: Sweet indeed, I love songs like "Diagram" and stuff and I imagine the fans would too hehe.
Mudd: Thanks man. That happens to be one of my faves....
PRP: Heheh same here.
Mudd: The new stuff is rivaling "Diagram"... It will be tuff to decide what ends up on the CD.
PRP: Does the name "Liquid Gang" have any deep dark sinister meaning?
Mudd: Nope.... I don't even remember where it came from. It was there before I entered the picture. I love the way it sounds and that's cool with me....
PRP: Hehe cool.
PRP: Here's one that could keep you up late at night.
PRP: Have any of the band members ever sniffed your drumseat after a rocking live show?
Mudd: No....but..... I used to play in a band as a side project called "Dick and the Deergutters". One time I was using another bands kit before they went on. I came out in a g string... Well... it's pretty damn hot up on stage... He didn't appreciate it all that much... haha.
PRP: Hahahaha. I won't ask where ya got the g-string from.
Mudd: That's a true story by the way...
PRP: Hahaha, I don't know what's worse the band name or you in a g-string.
Mudd: Me....trust me.
PRP: Spam the meat byproduct, Friend or foe?
Mudd: Friend...for sure....
PRP: How do you feel about the current state of heavier music taking presence on the airwaves?
Mudd: I love it. Some can get too non melodic for my tastes. When it's done with melody... IT ROCKS... It's a good thing for the music scene. There's too much bullshit out there.
PRP: Indeed, the boy pop groups are beginning to cannibalize themselves and dilute their scene thankfully.
Mudd: Yes...thankfully. I'm sure it will always exist though. There's way too many little pre teens out there that eat that shit up...
PRP: Hehe agreed.
PRP: Did Cobra always lose to G.I. Joe because of Cobra Commanders incompetence or were the Joe's just that damn good?
Mudd: I'd say both.... I was more a..... dare I say... Big Jim kinda guy. Oh fuck.... I said it....
PRP: Haha, *gasp*.
PRP: You guys combine a very hard rock sound almost reminiscent of grunge with rapcore to provide a unique sound, was this a set idea or something that just clicked?
Mudd: It just clicked. We never set out to sound like anything but what we are feeling and we will continue along the lines of how we feel when we write and not a contrived sound. Too many bands are trying to something there not. We go with how we feel and what we are.
PRP: It works out really well I feel, very unique.
Mudd: Thanks again. We work hard at what we do so appreciate the props.
PRP: Hehe not a problem its well deserved.
PRP: Are capes set to make a comeback in the new millennium?
Mudd: Capes.... We've been considering a sort of... Vampire Goth look...so I hope so.... (not)
PRP: Hahaha. Mortiis has got you beat.
PRP: What are you looking forward to more, the recording a of your major label debut or the relentless touring to follow?
Mudd: Both equally. We can't wait to record the new shit we've been writing recently as well as the demo stuff you've mention. The thought of touring all over the place will rock to. We are a live band and give are all when we play live. It's a great feeling to be up on stage.
PRP: Dope to see you guys dig on both sides of the coin too.
Mudd: Would that be your Canadian coin or our USA coin???
PRP: Haha, American, ours are too cheap.
Mudd: (Say nothing Craig).
PRP: Who would you love to tour with?
Mudd: Shit... there's tons of bands. I can't even think.... We all love
System Of A Down.... Tool... but who knows when there gonna be touring again..... There's too many to think of right now.....
PRP: Yeah alot of bands are actually getting their due lately, its good to see the scene thriving.
PRP: Will Ronald Mcdonald ever become a full fledged member of the
Insane Clown Posse?
Mudd: I thought he already was in the band....
PRP: Who are you currently listening to most?
Mudd: Recently..... Staind, Type O.... and I've been rediscovering
Tool over the past month or so....
PRP: Yeah, sucks that their label has stopped them from putting out new stuff for so long.
Mudd: Yea it is. Everyone I know says they put on the best show ever and I'm a dick and haven't seen them yet...
PRP: When do you guys expect to hit the studio and what can we expect from you guys in the future?
Mudd: We start pre production in a week. We hope to hit the studio by Mid March. If all goes as planned the CD should be out by late June or July. Then.... we'll be touring our asses off...
PRP: Well That's about it, any shoutouts or words of wisdom?
Mudd: Yea.... To you and everyone else involved with PimpRock. You guys do an awesome job..... It's a great site and keeps getting better every fucking day... Rock on.....
PRP: Haha you're too kind. But thank you for the kind words.
Mudd: Just sayin' it the way I sees it.... thanks for the interview man. We appreciate the support...
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