Interview with The American Black Lung
By: Mike SOS
Dusty Rhodes from the band The American Black Lung took some time out to answer these inquiries about his Arizona-based troupe and their latest disc SUDDEN DEPARTURE OF VULTURES with his tongue firmly in cheek.
How did ABL form and how did you get the band name?
Oddly enough, we all met in '03 as we all happened to be employed as traveling carnies. Diamond (a.k.a. "The Bearded Woman") thought we ought to start a band that paid respect to the working class (coal miners, carnies, hustlers, etc). Thus, The American Black Lung was born. True story.
How did you come up with the title for the new record?
SUDDEN DEPARTURE OF VULTURES: a title with a message of hope.
Describe the process of recording the new album.
We first recorded the drums... After tracking 'em, we went into the computer and digitally placed each double bass hit to be in time, and in fact changed the bass drum sound completely. This was done with all the drums.
How would you describe ABL to someone that never heard you before?
If Prince and Jonathon Davis went out to a nice seafood dinner, and then made a love child, Black Lung would be the product.
How does an ABL song get written?
You know those claw machines in grocery stores? It's something like that. We get a ton of raunchy riffs, and try to make one work. Sometimes we get it, other times not.
How has living in Arizona shaped your music?
We drink whiskey in saloons and ride around on our horses. It really sets the tone for our songs.
When I'm not in ABL, I'm...?
Working towards becoming shift manager of our local video game store.
What bands have you been compared to that you agree/disagree with?
Most of the time we get MC5, Black Flag, Stooges. What a compliment to be compared to such revolutionary bands. On the other hand, I've heard Maylene once or twice...I vomited in my mouth.
What's the toughest thing about being an indie band?
Figuring out what to do with all the money we've been raking in. I mean, we just can't keep up with the royalty checks coming our way!
What's the best advice you ever got?
"Fuck you I won't do what you tell me." - Rage Against The Machine
What can we expect from ABL for the rest of 2007?
A new drummer, new riffs, and more hair on our faces than Johnny Detroit's lower back... That's a lot of fuckiní hair.
Any final words?
Don't fall for the AP magazine trends. Find the real music behind the curtain.