DUSTIN: How do you feel the band would be received if the album was released in 1974? DUSTIN: I think we’d be killing it. I think we’d be killing it now if people weren’t afraid of the controversy of the times. But it is what it is.
RED PUB: Parasol is another great song and very creative video. How do the videos come into reality?
DUSTIN: Thank you. Everyone has ideas and throws them into the pot and we have a saying in our band... “best idea wins”. Then Ryan “guitar” is our video guru, then we nag him till it’s done.
RED PUB: It’s admirable the spirit of the entrepreneur that you have as a band and an artist! RED PUB: Which leads me to Adam Pike. Who is Adam Pike? Listed as the Producer, who mixed and mastered the album and was also a backup singer. Where does all of the talent come from?
DUSTIN: Adam is someone I call a friend. He and I played in “White Orange” together, we are partners in crime in music and he is the person I trust most when it comes to making a record. I always give Adam producer credit because I’m constantly bouncing my ideas off him in sessions. Without him, I could possibly go off the deep end. He’s super talented and I’m lucky to know him.
RED PUB: Being from the Pacific Northwest, You’re near Tacoma, the hometown of the legendary garage rock band The Sonics and Seattle’s grunge SubPop scene; How did all of that influence you and where did the 70’s influence come from?
DUSTIN: I love “The Sonics” and am a huge fan of early garage and psychedelic. It’s funny I got back into the 70’s during the 90’s subPop explosion; it got hip so fast I shunned most of it till around ‘99 and then I fell in love. I think listeners of my songs can definitely hear all the influences.
RED PUB: Was the band formed out of the ashes of earlier projects? How did you get together?
DUSTIN: The band was formed out of the ashes of what I thought was my whole life at the time. It’s was actually the first time I had ever quit music and sold most of my gear I spent years acquiring. I had finally hit bottom and that’s where I found “Black Pussy”. The initial formation was in 2008; which nothing really came of it except a hand full of gigs. So it got moved to the back burner as I did a couple of other projects and five records. BP was like a love that keeps haunting you; I couldn’t shake the idea. so I actually had to track most of the first record by myself due to circumstance. I had to beg my bros to play some shows with me cause we were all so busy with our other projects. I think it was 2012 at the Ash St in Portland OR; what a sweet night... and as time went on this became our main project. Same dudes for the last 5 years plus.
RED PUB: Truly amazing because it is so difficult to find a team that will stay together AND likes each other! Tell us more about your passion for albums? Are all of you collectors and who are the aficionadi?
DUSTIN: If we’re talking vinyl, it’s really the only way I listen to music unless I’m on the road. We are all collectors and I think if we had the cash we’d all be pretty even. RED PUB: You can get the album in a cool purple special order! Check it out!
RED PUB: Got an odd coincidence, my Father was Evel Kenevil’s private pilot and your album was dedicated to Evel Kenevil. What’s the story?
DUSTIN: I just loved Evel as a kid and wanted to show some appreciation for his influence on me. Being a child of the 70’s he was huge; I had all th cool Evel Knievel toys. He was a rock star.”
RED PUB: You’ve also dedicated your album to The Trammps and Father BadAss? Who are they and what do they mean to you?
DUSTIN: The Trammps are a soul/disco band I’m obsessed with. I think the drummer is credited with creating the disco beat... and father bad ass is Jesse Hughes from EODM. We’ve become bros over the years and he is also a great mentor to me. I just like thanking people on my records that have made this all possible in their own roundabout way.”
RED PUB: What do want Fans to take away from this album? Besides more Mojo.
DUSTIN: Besides “less info more mojo” which is a record I’m writing, I’d say I hope people feel the Love we have for the songs and I hope that love infects them. I also hope it inspires kids to keep playing the rock for the future.
RED PUB: What would you say to the new generation of Rock Bands following in your footsteps?
DUSTIN: Tour, Tour, Tour!
RED PUB: You’re playing some great cities across the US; What’s your favorite real-life “spinal tap” moment?
DUSTIN: There are so many, but the one that comes to mind is we were playing this place in Springfield MO and I kept feeling shit hit my head; then I see plaster all over the ground like the ceiling is about to collapse. I start screaming into the mic that we need to clear the room, that the ceiling is caving in. Of course, no one is as freaked out as me, they just kept rocking out. I finished the set under a doorway.
RED PUB: Tell us about your relationship with the Houston Fans?
DUSTIN: Just like all places we have friends there not just fans; people we’ve known since the beginning. That’s what make the road fun; you have family everywhere.”
RED PUB: How’s life on the Road? Between the travel, gigs, and motels what make it work?
DUSTIN: For us, it’s our drug of choice. We all love this more than anything. We are family, we are just the luckiest group of guys that fully get along and can handle anything together.
RED PUB: That’s pretty amazing to hear! A strong tribe! Beyond the name, What makes you “controversial”? Are the band members and music equally as controversial?
DUSTIN: Well it seems rock n roll is still controversial and that would be the only thing controversial about us.
RED PUB: Well said and well done!
RED PUB:If you were doing a soundtrack to a movie, who would be your leading man?
DUSTIN: Burt Reynolds
RED PUB: How do you want to end this thing?
DUSTIN: I don’t ever want it to end.