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Sean Michael Coale: How
was it, first off, finding a new singer. Then recording and
writing songs with him?
Erik Larson: "Finding the new singer (Johnny
Weils) sucked. We spent all summer reviewing demos from all
over the place. To put it politely, most were not 'what we're
looking for'. As for writing, basically musically, it was all
done before he joined. Lyrically, Johnny has had total control,
that's his place in the ban, and I have been working very
closely w/him on the vocals in terms of backups and such. We
start recording friday Feb. 6th, so I can't say right now how
he'll hold up in the studio, but I have 100% complete faith
in him and his abilities."
SMC: Who is the new singer?
EL: "Johnny Weils from Columbus, Ohio"
SMC: What different type of blends are
being worked into the new record ? (more southern stoner
EL: "Well, as always, we tend to reach back
a little into what we have done, but always moving forward in
what we write. Basically ATP has always been a band w/out
limitations. If it sounds good to us, we go w/it. The listener
will be a better judge as to how it differs from what we've
done before. I will say that I think 'Fulton Hill' is going
to turn the genre on it's ear in terms of what's acceptable.
And fuck what's acceptable."
SMC: Where did the name Alabama
Thunderpussy come from?
EL: "It's a quote from a 1970's B-porno
SMC: What do you think of the sudden
rise of stoner/southern rock?
EL: "Is there one? I don't really pay
attention. We just do what we do, and hopefully that is a
testament to our longevity over some bands."
SMC: What bands out of the genre have
you wanted to bring on tour or perhaps do aproject with?
EL: "Lot's, but like most things, it
doesn't always work out. I don't really want to mane names
because some may feel slighted or left out, but there are a
tremendous amount of great bands out there."
SMC: Any new side projects in the works?
EL: "Well, Axehandle should release an
album this year on Small Stone Records. That's myself and Ryan
in that band. The Mighty Nimbus is a band that I play guitar
in that will have an album come out on Threeman Recordings
this year, hopefully Bryan's other band Suzuki Ton, will
finally get their album out, and I'm currently working on my
2nd solo album."
SMC: Top 5 records...(you have to have
on tour or just in general)?
EL: "That's easy, the entire Entombed
SMC: last thought?
EL: "Thanx for the interview, we'll see
y'all on tour. !Hasta la victoria siempre! eRIK"