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Sam: Just got
the Mondo Generator cd a few days ago, there's a really
interesting mix of stuff on there...
Nick: "Yeah, it's a bunch of stuff
that, you know, there wasn't room for on the last Queens
record. And stuff that maybe I wouldn't even attempt
to put on a Queens record. I feel like I didn't even
Sam: A couple of the songs actually
reminded me of Queens songs.
Nick: "Yeah, some of the stuff,
was stuff that you know...there are 3 different singers
with Queens, so, maybe there's not enough room for, on
an 80 minute cd, which I think is a long disk, but,
there's not enough room for it, on one record. Some
stuff gets left off, and I think it's all good stuff.
It's just another avenue for me, so Mondo is definately
a nessesary thing for me."
Sam: Do you plan on touring with
that project anytime?
Nick: "Yeah, I want to do November
and December for starters you know. Queens, we're
going to be busy for um...we're on tour until
Halloween. Then we have November/December off and I
plan on doing that with Mondo. And hopefully doing
Australia with Mondo and with Queens in January.
Sam: That should be cool
Nick: "Yeah, that should be fun,
then we're going to make a new Queens record. I'm
hoping everytime I do another Queens record, the songs
that I don't put forward to the Queens record, I'll
put on the next Mondo record.
Sam: I read somewhere the Mondo
Generator was supposed to be a short-lived project,
how long do you see it going on for?
Nick: "It's one of things where
it could go on for as long as I want it to really.
I can always do another record, you know what I mean?
I'm gonna keep it that way, you know, not have anything
that says I have to, or I don't have to. I just want
it to be able to happen as much as it can. It's a cool
band, you know, it started out as just something I was
doing, but I've got a really good band backing it. So,
it's interesting, it's really cool, it's alot of fun.
It's different than Queens, so it's a nessesary thing
for me, you know?
We're doing Lollapalooza right now, so with the
barriers and security that's beyond Queens' control,
we don't like it but I guess it's a nessesary thing,
but with Mondo, there's no barriers, there's none of
that. You're playing with people instead of to people.
It's a nessesary thing for me to do, it helps me
appreciate this thing, (QOTSA) you know?"
Sam: Are you guys playing any
Mondo songs right now in your set?
Nick: "Well, "13th Floor" which
is "Tension", is originally a Mondo song. I think
we're gonna start doing "So High, So Low". Lanegan
sings "Four Corners" which is that last song on the
Mondo record, so that's something I can see happening
as well. We cover some Desert Sessions songs as well,
it's one of those things, if we like a tune it doesn't
matter where it comes from or who wrote it, or anything
like that, it's is it a good tune? Do we enjoy playing
it? kinda thing. So, I think we're gonna do some of
the stuff, just because it's fun to do. I love pulling
out some of Josh's Desert Sessions, and sometimes
we'll do like 'Rick Shaw', or 'Ecentric Man', or
'Groundhog Song', and stuff like that we'll pull out
every now and again and it's alot of fun to throw
that into the set you know? It's an enexpected thing,
maybe for the people who are at the gig as well as us,
you've gotta keep it new for yourself as well. We
change our set every night, so we do inject some of
the songs from Desert Sessions and from Mondo as well.
Sam: Why did you leave Kyuss
when you did?
Nick: "I was moving in a different
direction, that's all. The thing with Kyuss was that
it was...it's not that it was limited, but it was
kinda confined to...I don't know, what's the right
word for it...we had to play a certain way and we
couldn't really move around from song to song maybe
as much as Queens can. And it was set up that way.
It was set up to be heavy, and heavy only, and that's
it. We were kids when we did Kyuss, we were 17/18
years old, some of us were 16. We were still growing
up as far as musically, and we were kids, you know?
I was moving in a different direction, I wanted to
play faster music, and it wouldn't have been right
for Kyuss, so I did the right thing and I left. I
went to the Dwarfs which was fun for me to do, and
it ended up working out because my favorite Kyuss
records are the ones I'm not on. I'm on the first
2, I'm on 'Wretch' and I'm on 'Blues For the Red Sun'
but 'Sky Valley' is my favorite one and maybe if I
was on it I wouldn't be able to enjoy it to this day."
Sam: I though it was interesting
that you went from something slow and heavy to a more
Nick: "I've always liked fast
punk rock, but I love heavy music too. I guess there's
only a few bands that have really been able to come
across with that and be heavy and punk rock, I guess
some of the Exploited records have been the heaviest
things I've ever heard. Most bands can't get away with
the heavyness and still have the attitude, you know?"
Sam: Are you working on any
videos for this project?
Nick: "I don't have any plans
for it, I haven't really thought about it. I'm thinking
of doing maybe...put together a cheap, cheap DVD
just because I have footage of all the different
shows. Maybe put together the best footage and sell
it for like a cheap $9/$10 DVD on the website or
something. Other than that I don't plan on doing any
video, I don't see it really getting played anyway.
It's not really what it's about, it's not really, you
know, let's get a single and push it out there kind
of driven thing. That's not what Ipecac needs either,
it's not that kind of vibe. It's about art and putting
out a record as a whole. It's another avenue for
Sam: Is there any meaning behind
the title or is it just more of a humorous thing?
Nick: "It's kind of a humorous
thing, just to, you know, some of the content on the
record is kind of fucked up and dark. I got a divorce
so alot of the shit sounds bitter or whatever. It's
all a good thing, but yeah, I mean the title of the
record it's from this band The Frogs and that's why
it just says on the inside 'A title that never
exsisted - the Frogs'. It's a band, they say in their
song, 'it's a drug problem that never exsisted' so...
I thought it was kind of funny, the ripped up picture
of me on the front...it's something that I used to
get yelled at...past relationship shit, so it's
sillyness really. I think it's funny, but, it's kinda
Sam: I thought this was funny,
awhile ago, I think it was one of the songs off "Rated
R" ("Feel Good Hit Of The Summer"), I guess one of
those crazy political religious groups went all nuts
and put up an internet site trying to ban you guys...
Nick: "Yeah, I don't know what
that was about, it's silly you know? It's funny because
we censored ourselves on that record."
Nick: "We called it 'Rated R'
so they wouldn't put the...we didn't want it on the
new record either, the parental advisory, 'cause that
isn't what we wanted on our artwork, you know what I
mean? We turned in a red cover with a pitchfork, we
didn't have a parental advisory on it. That's
something that they just put on there, and I think
it's bullshit. So the other record, before they could
touch it and try to censor it, we just censored
ourselves and just called it 'Rated R'. Like, 'this
isn't for kids', not that what we're saying was bad,
or we're saying yes or no, or you should do this or
do that, 'cause we're not. But we just went ahead and
censored ourselves before anyone could fuck with our