What inspires me is the human condition, society, and the psychological aspect of anything. I like writing about really fucked up things. Every Christmas song we've ever done has been just a bloody massacre. Someone always gets killed or chased around with knives or whatever. I also write about things that piss me off, depress me, or strippers. You can never go wrong with strippers.
Any Songs You Have Created That Hold An Extra Place In Your Heart? And If So, Why?
The Christmas song we did with the band Ministry (A Hell of a Christmas) makes me feel all kinds of fuzzy. It's our biggest seller on iTunes. We once licensed our heavy metal version of Wheels on the Bus to a film company in the U.K. for the television program Rude Tube. I also enjoy singing our song Second Class from The Human Error album and God is an Atheist, although Second Class usually blows my vocals out. Some others are You Are Free (Do As We Tell You), You're So Evil (It's Beautiful), American Gothic, our version of 99 Problems, Scorpio Lover, Fire Ants, Burn Motherfucker, and our version of The Fuck Shop. We don't have The Fuck Shop out for people to hear yet, though. You can only hear it during our live shows.
What Are Your Thoughts On The Recording Sessions?
I hate recording songs. With recording, I do like being able to cultivate a sound that you just can't get with a live show, but recording vocals is a major pain in the ass. If I could have someone else do it, I'd Milli Vanilli that shit in a heartbeat.
What About The First Show You Played, Any Memories?
The first show we played as A Fallen Mind was on Halloween. We barely made shit for money, but it was fun none the less. The first show I ever did in any band was when I was 16 and we made no money. But we got a mosh pit going to a misfits cover of Angel Fuck. That was when I realized that this is something I want to do for the rest of my life.
So Far, What Has Been Your Best Live Experience?
I don't think I've ever had a "best live experience." Almost all of them have been fun in some way. I think my favorite situation that came after a live show was a reporter doing a story on the venue my band was playing at the time. They kissed up to everyone to get all the names and details, then they wrote that all I did was scream obscenities and implied that security should have been more concerned about all the mayhem I was causing. I guess they didn't like the word Fuck.
uh.... I dunnow... Buttsex Brown? Vaginal Blood Red? I Have AIDS and Now I'm Fucking Depressed Black? I am a cheery person, though. Really.
My wife's ass.
Any Memories Of The First Concert You Attended?
Yeah and I'm trying to forget that horrible, horrible day. It was a tragedy, not unlike a PTSD flashback from Vietnam. I was deep in the trenches of shit-kickerville. And the enemy was Garth Brookes. Fuckin' bastard. Actually, now that I think about it, I think my first concert was some bullshit Cop Rock show that they put together to brainwash kids into believing that "Just Say No" actually works. Maybe that's why I'm so fucked in the head.
Any Bands/Artists You Enjoy Listening To That People Might Find Surprising?
Probably Sarah McLachlan, though I don't listen to her very often. Her shit depresses the fuck out of me.
So What Do You Have Planned For Next Year?
Right now we're on a virtual reality tour in Second Life (www.afallenmind.com/sl). We're planning on continuing that for as long as we can. We're in talks about doing a live show opening up for Reverend Steven Leyba's band in Los Angeles next May, but not sure of all the details on that yet. Beyond that, we don't have much planned. Just continuing to kick ass and eat chicken.
What Do You Want To Say To The Fans?
Stay in school, don't do drugs, and buy more shit by A Fallen Mind so I can pay the fucking rent next month.