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Owl Guitarist Jason Mezilis Talks About New Album Thing’s You Can’t See

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Written by Joe Kralovich (@KralTunes)

“Sometimes, I’m a pretty lucky dude.”

Music virtuoso Jason Achilles Mezilis has every right to consider himself lucky, ‘fore over the span of his decade plus career, not only has he played with some of the greatest musicians of the modern era, but he has also run and operated his own boutique analog recording studio in L.A., which has hosted several prominent musicians.  When he is not behind the board twisting and turning the knobs, he can be seen touring with vocalist/bassist Chris Wyse and drummer Dan Dinsmore as the LA/NYC-based rock band OWL, whose third album, Things You Can’t See, is set for release July 28th via Overit Records.

The band re-emerged in early 2014 and began laying the foundation for what would be “Things You Can’t See,” a bold, experimental, and even more musically ambitious album than their previous two.  Parting from tradition, the trio did not work off of completed songs – instead they jammed in the studio, honing and cultivating the music in the moment, a process that Mezilis found to be both challenging and beneficial.  He said, “The bonus of course is you get wild ideas, new flavors, and moments derived purely from a flash of inspiration, that may have not been able to develop otherwise”.

This six track collection’s first single, the exceptional “Who’s Gonna Save You Now,”  showcases Wyse’s raw lyrics encased in tightly structured hooks and overall top shelf musicianship at a level that only decades of experience can bring.  Elsewhere, the band does a tremendous job of diversifying their sound; title track  “Thing’s You Can’t See” is both heavy and melodic, “Witch’s Familiar” is progressive and heavy through a haze of psychedelia, and “Lake Ego” possesses an eerily irresistible groove.  Said Mezilis of the new album, “It’s an exciting new offering with a lot of familiar elements they recognize, but it’s further developed than perhaps they’ve heard previous”.

Owl guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis recently interviewed with Tonight At Dawn about the new album, touring life, as well as some other topics:

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Jason Achilles Mezilis

KralTunes:  What can fans expect to hear on this new album? Is it a natural progression from the previous albums? Are you venturing into new unfamiliar territories?

Jason Mezilis: Things You Can’t See is something that fans of our previous work will really enjoy. It’s an exciting new offering with a lot of familiar elements they recognize, but it’s further developed than perhaps they’ve heard previous. I think you could fairly say it encompasses all the different facets of what Owl does best, from one extreme to another, but pushed to a farther degree than before. And in that regard yes it is a natural progression, although perhaps we didn’t realize that at the time we were creating it. A great example of that is the lead (title) track “Things You Can’t See”, wherein about halfway through the song you’re thinking you’ve digested everything this opening track has to offer, you’re feeling pretty comfortable with it…and then there’s a major gear change and it gets into some seriously crushing musical territory. I love that tune.

 
KT: The incorporation of various alien encounter footage in your album teaser video, along with the album cover, are certainly intriguing. Are those images a sign of things to come thematically on this record, or was it just cool shit to use?

 
JM: Hahah, well it certainly was visually fun, yeah. The concept behind the title of the record “Things You Can’t See”, the idea that just because things are obscured / out of your field of view or recognition, that doesn’t mean they are outside a sphere of influence, either towards you or perhaps others. It speaks a bit of an awareness of influence beyond the surface cause-and-effect, both on a personal accountability level (which I am a big fan of) and perhaps further, and certainly you can have some fun by extrapolating that into those areas you mentioned. I’m a big fan of Coast-to-Coast AM talk radio, and those out there that know what I’m talking about are nodding their heads right now. Regardless of what you ascribe to or personally believe, in those areas, you can’t deny it’s some cool entertaining shit.

 
KT: According to Owl’s bio: “For the first time, the band didn’t work off of completed songs – instead they jammed in the studio, honing and cultivating the music in the moment.” Personally, which method of songwriting do you prefer?

 
JM: It really depends on the situation, or in this case the progression of what project or band you’re involved in.  For Owl it was the right decision for this record, based on the work and methodology we’ve applied previously. It was tough, sometimes that’s a manner of songwriting that can lead down a dead-end, and you have to find your way back. That can be a discouraging period, but we’ve got a level of trust that’s developed in this band where it just takes one voice to raise the alarm and steer the ship back on course. Our drummer Dan is really good at that. The bonus of course is you get wild ideas, new flavors, and moments derived purely from a flash of inspiration, that may have not been able to develop otherwise. But of course it takes a good producer to make sense of it all, and our frontman Chris did a great job of pulling it all home.

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Things You Can’t See album artwork

KT:  Tracks ‘Things You Can’t See’ and ‘Witch’s Familiar’ are early standouts for me.  While they are both great heavy rock songs, they are two different styles; one is a straight rocker with groove, while the other relies more on mood and atmosphere. When it comes to writing new music, which style do you feel you gravitate to more often?

JM: Thank you, that’s very kind. I think that’s part our signature, that ability to gel those seemingly disparate elements. Both Chris and myself are big fans of The Doors, and they did a fantastic job of the same. Dan is basically a rhythmic beast waiting to be unleashed at any moment, being in the room with his energy is shocking if you’re not prepared for it. So there’s always that energy seething underneath, even if you’re not hearing it a the moment and I think that’s the continuity that really allows it all to work. There may be atmospheric passages and moments, but you always can feel that energy lurking there, ready to cut loose.

KT: You band has played with several prominent musicians throughout your careers (Ace Frehley, Ozzy, etc.). What, if any, is some advice any of these people have passed onto you that you found valuable?

 
JM: Well of course I can’t speak directly for Chris, but I think he would agree that probably the best thing you can do is watch, take private notes, study the methods of those around you that you are fortunate to be in rather intimate company with, and observe all the little clues as to how they maintain that level of prominence and respectability. And to that end, on a personal note, the best thing you can possibly do in any of those situations is be prepared. Do your homework. It’s an assumed given that if you are in the room, you deserve to be there, and that can be a tall order, so you need to be ready to deliver. It’s expected.

 
KT: What is some of the gear you use to create the OWL sound?

 
JM: My consistent gear throughout all three records we’ve done together is my lefty mid-70’s Antoria “Les Paul” semi-hollow body guitar, to which I added a newer, more high output pickup in the bridge position and had some fantastic overall setup work done on by Greg Coates over at Future Music in Los Angeles. I also used my trusted old Ibanez Flanger which has this really crazy resonant sweep to it, and your typical Boss delay pedal. That’s the foundation of my sound – and as far as amps, on this album I had the good fortune of having an amazing studio backline of top-shelf amps provided to me by Pete Vroman, which was just a real pleasure in terms of being able to get creative and precise with all the different tones and attack. It was like a hi-end boutique tonal buffet!

 
KT:  I’m sure you’ve been asked about your favorite spots to play…whats the worst venue you have ever played in? Was the experience so vile that no amount of $$$ would convince you to return?

 
JM: It really all comes down to the audience. I recently played an after-show party in an attic at a house party out in the sticks in Nebraska through the most low-rent craptastic gear you could imagine, that was way more pleasurable than some of the best back line and stage setup that you could hope for. Because the kids were into it, there were smiles all around, and it wasn’t just a “performance”, it was a party. When it comes to rock n’ roll…that’s the ultimate goal, the music of course is the focal point but at the end of the day it’s all about leaving folks with an experience, something to tell their friends about. And the best way to do that is to show them a good time. If they’re smiling, I’m happy.

 
KT: Follow up: Are there areas of the country/world that you are super excited to get back to on future tours, and why?

 
JM: I am personally most excited every time we reach into a new market, either domestically or overseas. Of course NY and LA are our two homes, and it’s great to see friends and familiar faces…and believe me those fans are SUPER supportive, it’s amazing. But what really gets me charged more than anything are the new audiences, the new faces. The new converts 🙂

 
KT:  You run your own digital recording studio (Organic Audio Recorders). What can you tell us about your business? Who are some of the artists that have used your facilities?

 
JM: Well, actually it’s primarily an analog recording studio, or you could perhaps say analog / digital hybrid…there’s not a lot of folks still using tape, and for me it really is a special part of the process. I even love the way it smells (seriously), and taking a razor blade to a performance edit is certainly not something that gets old. To me it feels palpable, real.

As far as artists I’m working with, I believe this might actually be the first formal announcement of this, but over the past year or so I have been mixing a solo record for Dizzy Reed (of Guns N Roses). It’s his first solo release in 20+ years since he first joined those guys, and I quite literally just mailed off the final mix for the final tune tonight. Pretty cool thing to be entrusted with, for a guy on a level that’s basically seen and done everything you can imagine in the world of rock n’ roll. He’s got a crazy amount of musicians on the record, and in some cases I didn’t even know until after the fact that I was mixing performances by some friends of mine, on drums or bass or what have you. In fact one of those was Greg Coates, whom I mentioned earlier and also happens to be one of the best bass players around, a real monster. And I say this as a guy in a band [and very close friends] with Chris Wyse, one of the best bass players you’ve ever heard, anywhere. Sometimes I’m a pretty lucky dude.

 
KT: You have worn many hats throughout your music career (producer, musician, etc. I’m sure you didn’t need me to remind you of this). Which role do you find the most satisfying?

 
JM: Ha yeah…well, If I had to give up everything for one role, it would be that of artist / producer. There’s nothing to me more satisfying than cultivating a sound in my head and seeing that realized to satisfaction. I do certainly love working with other people, and I’m good at it, particularly the production role – getting the best out of people. I’ve always been fascinated with sound, and I’ve got a good ear…that was the blessing, if you will. But it was something I sort of fell into as a result of slowly cultivating my own recording studio over the years. At some point I realized I had a pretty good thing going, and certainly it’s good work if you can get it. But yeah, taking something from a flash of inspiration, through the writing & recording process and ultimately to the stage, and have it reflected back at you by the audience with the energy you felt the whole time…that’s really something, man.

Find Owl Here:

Official Website        Facebook          Twitter          Youtube

See Owl Here:

7/17 New York, NY @ Lucille’s Bar & Grill in BB King’s Blues Club
7/18 Saratoga Springs, NY @Putnam Den
7/19 Providence, RI @Aurora Providence
7/21 Los Angeles, CA @Whiskey A Go Go (with Philm featuring Dave Lombardo of Slayer)
7/23 San Jose, CA @Rockbar (with Philm featuring Dave Lombardo of Slayer)

*more dates to be announced

Dr. Nina’s What You Need To Know About Public Restroom Sanitation

Remember the diaper-wearing astronaut that drove hours to confront her lover? The story got me wondering, not about the sordid love triangle, but about her diaper. As we know, the job requirements of an astronaut can preclude them from taking a bathroom break. To deal with this conundrum, they wear Maximum Absorption Garments, or adult diapers, under their space suits. And while the media proposed that she utilized diapers to cut down on travel time, I wonder if she suffered from “lutropublicaphobia,” the fear of public restrooms (no, I did not make that up). While few actually have the phobia, most of us have a healthy concern about the germs lurking in every nook and cranny of a public bathroom. To that extent, let’s take a look at how we can maintain hygiene in a public restroom.

Dr. Nina’s What You Need To Know: About Public Restroom Sanitation:

What types of germs are lurking? The list is loooooooong and ranges from E. coli to salmonella to hepatitis A to the potentially deadly, antibiotic resistant MRSA.

What is the dirtiest surface? Surprise! It is not the toilet seat, but the floor that contains the largest concentration of germs. One study showed that when the bottom of women’s purses was swabbed to detect bacteria, one-third of them demonstrated evidence of fecal (poop) bacteria! Other danger areas with a high concentration of bacteria include the outside of the sanitary napkin disposal, sink, and faucet.

Are all public restrooms created equal? No. In general, hospitals have the cleanest thrones because of the strength of disinfectants they use. On the other end of the spectrum are airport and airplane restrooms; they are considered the dirtiest. Airplane restrooms are tiny, thereby making it difficult for people to properly wash their hands or even want to wash their hands in the first place.

Eenie, meenie, minie, mo. Which stall to choose? Middle stalls are generally the dirtiest because people tend to choose them the most; it appears we like company on both sides. When possible, choose the first stall.

Toilet seats Before flushing, lower the toilet seat (preferably with toilet tissue as a barrier). The reason being: toilets can spray fecal-infected water into the air. What do we do if there is no lid? Flush and run.

What is the most effective thing I can do to prevent an infection? Wash our 2 hands and 10 fingers of mass infection. Rinsing with water followed by a 20 second soap scrub is the best defense against those treacherous germs. It’s a small price to pay to avoid eye, respiratory, and urinary infections, skin irritation, and digestive problems. To ensure we scrub for the necessary 20 seconds, sing “happy birthday” twice while getting every nook and cranny, front and back. Sounds easy enough? Unfortunately, only 77 percent of men and women attempt to wash their hands in public restrooms.

Should I use soap or hand sanitizer? Soap and water is the BEST way to reduce the number of germs, especially when they are visibly dirty or greasy. This is because the friction from rubbing our hands together helps dislodge germs. If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Sanitizers with higher alcohol concentrations are more effective at killing germs than those with lower concentrations and non-alcohol based ones. Make sure to utilize a large enough volume of sanitizer and allow it to dry; do not wipe it off.

Avoid re-contaminating After completing our business, we reach for one of the dirtiest surfaces—the sink faucet. Not a problem since we will be washing our hands, right? Wrong! Because we make contact with the faucet again to shut off the flow of water after washing, we can re-contaminate our hands. Automatic faucets obviate this problem. However, when they are not available, use a paper towel as a barrier.

Drying our hands Bacteria thrive in wet environments. Therefore, drying our hands is crucial. Paper towels and high-speed hand dryers have been shown to dry our paws equally well. However, high-speed hand dryers produce less mess, produce 42 percent less carbon dioxide, and are cheaper than paper towels. Only dilemma…how to shut off faucets and open the door to exit.

Let’s put the dilemma of public restrooms in perspective. Although they can be cringe-worthy, the possible infections from the dreaded stall are no different from the ones we can get anywhere else in public, including shaking hands. Additionally, germs are everywhere and we cannot live in a bubble, wear adult diapers, or gloves when out and about. However, we can follow proven techniques, in particular, washing our hands properly, to decrease our chances of becoming infected.

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Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should be aware that many of these techniques have not been evaluated in scientific studies. Use of these remedies in connection with over the counter or prescription medications can cause severe adverse reactions. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness.

Artist Spotlight: Surfin’ Mutants Pizza Party

Interview written and conducted by @KralTunes

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While the notion of forming a band, cranking out some songs, touring the world, and making millions has invaded the dreams of literally every teenager in existence, seeing those dreams come to fruition can be quite the oddity (you could say it about as rare as cool songs about mythological Krakens and high school graduating werewolves).***listen to the album to get those two references***

Julian Maltais is one of those millions, only he took his vision about fifteen steps further.  As the brains behind the cult punk of SURFIN’ MUTANTS PIZZA PARTY (SMPP), Julien not only writes all the songs, he plays every instrument on the album, and even designs the albums’ artwork, all from the comfort of is bedroom.  At only 22, he has already amassed an impressive collection of material over the course of his burgeoning career.  His first full length album, ‘The Death Of Cool’, was released this past May, and has garnered some international press praising his energetic performances, as well as his do-it-yourself attitude.

SMPP’s music is a punchy collection of lo-fi, indie surf rock that incorporates a variety of imagery, ranging from sci-fi flicks, comics, video games, and skateboarding.  Julien’s vocals vaguely resemble a Mike Ness or a younger Billy Joe Armstrong on several tracks such as ‘Can’t See Straight’ or ‘Cocaine Lipstick’.  Not only can Julien bash the listener over the head with his brand of power punk, but he shows his range by crafting some wonderful slow jams, such as the ’50’s sounding ‘I Need A Cigarette’.  This album will warrant repeat listens throughout the summer.

Julian was more than gracious to answer some of my nonsensical rambling.  So without further ado, here is the One Man Music Making Machine, Julien Maltais:

Julien Maltais
Julien Maltais

KralTunes: Lets get it out of the way..the name..WTF?!  First thought that comes to my mind is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but that seems too obvious. Where does the name come from?

Julien Maltais: Haha! Well, there really isn’t much of an interesting story behind the name other than wanting something that looks and sounds cool to me. Typical reactions to the name are “Dude! The name’s awesome, but I forget it on my way home” or “That’s stupid”. The TMNT connection was not something I was aiming for, but I did realize it was similar at one point. Kinda similar to CHUD too.

KT: Tell us a little about yourself?

JM: I was born and raised by vampire werewolves in Russia (well not really).  I don’t know, I’m 22, I enjoy video games, horror movies, skateboarding and comic books. Lately I’ve been reading these UFO books my dad had for a really long time, it’s pretty neat. I also have a college diploma in Social Science that is completely useless.

KT: Surfin’ Mutants Pizza Party appears to be a one man outfit…is this true?

JM: It is true, I record in my bedroom (vocals are recorded in the closet, ‘cause of better acoustics) and I also do the artworks. It’s practical, I don’t need a schedule to record or having to wait on someone and it’s also a lot of fun to create something from scratch and shaping it up to what you want it to sound like.

KT: Your latest release, aside from digital, is available on cassette. Is there really a contingent of people out there listening to music on crappy walkman’s? Vinyl I can buy into, but cassette, I don’t know. What do you feel about this current cassette craze?

JM: I like ‘em, and when they’re blasted through a sweet ghetto blaster they can sound pretty awesome. As far as I’m concerned, I think it’s more about owning something physical the band or artist put out to show support. Who knows, maybe 8-tracks will make a comeback or laserdisc for movies haha!

KT: To these uneducated ears, your music appears to be rooted in punk with a dash of horror and dreampop for good measure. Am i off with this assumption? How would you describe your sound?

JM: That’s a great way to describe it I’d say! There’s a whole bunch of influences from different subgenres of Punk and I always aim for catchiness. As far as Horror goes, it’s surely inspiring the visual aspect and some lyrics.

KT: You seem to have garnered a decent amount of international press lately with your music. Is this something you set out for accomplish, or did this catch you totally off guard? What do you think is the driving force that is getting your name out there in these distant lands?

JM: Caught me off guard, and it was a pleasant surprise, I’m very proud of the album and was kind of hoping to get some press for it, but I got way more than I thought and that’s sick, now I don’t want it to stop. Maybe the weird name I chose is kind of driving force, I have no clue haha!

KT: Any plans for live shows in the near future?

JM: I did a show last Saturday as a two piece (my best bud was drumming) with an awesome band from Québec called Ponctuation. I do plan on playing more shows.

KT: Typical music interview question…What are some of your biggest influences?

JM: Misfits, FIDLAR, Jay Reatard, Wire, Wipers, Descendents, Weezer, The Replacements. I’d say those are my biggest influences.

KT: What can we expect from the band in the upcoming year? (Yes, I know that you just released a new album of material this past month, but us greedy American f***s always want more).

JM: Haha, well I’ll definitely start recording some new stuff, I’d like to shoot a music video, play more shows, all that fun stuff. I’m pretty active on my Facebook page, so if people want to stay up to date that’s the place to go.

Find Surfin’ Mutants Pizza Party here:

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Dr. Nina’s What You Need To Know About Some Not-So-Healthy ‘Health’ Foods

The best advertising campaigns are ones that go unnoticed.  They become so ingrained in society that they slip right under our nose and create a mainstream movement. As a result it requires us to investigate and dissect out what is what. In others words: to become knowledgeable.

Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know: About Some Not-So-Healthy “Health” Foods

  • Fat-free foods. Let’s face it, the label is appealing. After all, who wants something filled with fat? But before you choose that fat-free option, consider this: Removing fat from foods often leaves them pretty tasteless, literally. To return the taste and make it edible, manufacturers may add sugar or salt. Sugar is converted into fat and can be stored in our bodies like other fats until it is burned off as energy. And we know that salt is responsible for 1 in every 10 deaths in the United States. Make sure to check the nutrition labels and consider all aspects of nutrition: calories, sodium, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Energy bars. Cleverly named, we have come to accept them as healthy meals that give us a boost, while on the move. However, some energy bars are full of high fructose corn syrup, added sugar, saturated fats, and very little fiber. Again, look at the nutrition label to determine the best choice for you. And opt for bars whose protein comes from soy, milk, whey or egg as opposed to collagen or gelatin, and fat calories less than 30 percent of the total calories.
  • Breakfast cereals. We would never condone having our children eat ice cream or cookies for breakfast. But did you know that a bowl of kid’s cereal has MORE sugar than ice cream by weight and is equal to 3 chips Ahoy cookies? We are literally and figuratively feeding our children sugar laden dessrt. Fortunately, there are healthy breakfast cereal choices on the market. Make sure to look at the labels and opt for choices that have less than 5 grams of added sugar per bowl.
  • Energy drinks. A young high school athlete recently died from a cardiac arrest while vacationing in Mexico because she drank too many cans of an energy drink. While the labels claim to boost energy, endurance, and performance, these drinks are loaded with mega-doses of caffeine which can increase our heart rate, blood pressure, and stimulate our central nervous system. Additionally, these drinks have been shown to increase the occurrence of headaches and migraines, insomnia, diabetes, risky behavior, nervousness, and vomiting. They can also be addicting.
  • Flavored yogurts. Yogurts are touted as a healthy food. But be careful when it comes to flavored yogurts which can contain up to 15 grams of sugar in those tiny cups! Many times there is no fruit and the flavor comes from sugars, artificial fruit flavors, or pureed fruit that is loaded with sugar. A great alternative is to choose plain yogurt and add fresh fruit.
  • Frozen yogurt. I have read that frozen yogurt is not an alternative to low fat yogurt, but an alternative to ice cream. The definition of yogurt is that it needs to be curdled milk and cultures. However, some frozen yogurts include multiple hard to pronounce additives: guar gum, maltodextrin, sodium citrate, cellulose gum, disodium phosphate, and propylene glycol monoesters. In fact, propylene glycol is used to dissolve medications into a water solution (e.g., propofol, an anesthetic agent). While it may be a healthier dessert than ice cream, make sure to keep serving sizes small and minimize unhealthy toppings.

Marketing gimmicks are clever. And the burden falls on us to wade through the waters especially when it can become a little murky. The Surgeon General states that “People are empowered when they have the knowledge, ability, resources, and motivation to identify and make healthy choices. When people are empowered, they are able to take an active role in improving their health, support their families and friends in making healthy choices, and lead community change.” Let’s live wise, healthy and empowered!

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Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should be aware that many of these techniques have not been evaluated in scientific studies. Use of these remedies in connection with over the counter or prescription medications can cause severe adverse reactions. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness.

Artist Spotlight: The Skulx

Written for Tonight At Dawn by @KralTunes

Typically, A seven second video of wailing guitar, pounding drums, and an ear-piercing scream is not worth getting too excited about.  However, when those seven seconds are the world’s introduction to the Foxy Shazam/Cadaver Dogs collaboration known as The Skulx, even this minimalist offering is enough to make fans of their respective bands’ (and good music in general) restless with anticipation.

Within their preceding factions, Alex Nauth (Foxy Shazam), Mathew Franklin and Lex Vegas (Cadaver Dogs) have been creating soaring anthems packed with limitless energy and boundless creativity for over a decade.  Unifying their unique talents  can only make for a truly wild and unpredictable listening experience!  The first track, ‘Do What You Do‘ (released last week), is proof of that seemingly exaggerated claim.  To further whet those appetites, the debut album (due for release later in 2015) will also sport a slew of guests, including members of Slash & The Conspirators, Bad Rabbits, and Larry & His Flask.

Sadly, little more about the group is known at this time (one could say this Ohio threesome are as elusive as an NBA title in Cleveland).

However, the trio agreed to humor me and answer seven prying questions; one question for each second of their initial video (how clever am I?!)

Read the complete transcript below:

 

KralTunes:  First question…What the hell is a Skulx?!

Alex Nauth: The Skulx isn’t so much a who as it is a where. There are times for everyone where you get “down in the dumps” or “on the skids” and as hard as it may be to recognize when you’re “in the thick of it”, these times can be the most enlightening. Times where you have to pull yourself up, or get out, or move on, these moments force us to make changes and find qualities in ourselves we never knew existed. The Skulx to us stands for that place and the great things that can come from dark times.

KT: For those uninitiated, let’s get to know the band, Alex Trabeck-syle. I’ll walk from podium to podium and ask each band member where they’re from and to reveal some tidbit about themselves. Any interesting factoid will do.

My name is Alex Nauth and I can fart the entire alphabet.

My name is Lex Vegas and I’ve had my mouth on things in (almost) every state.

My name is Mathew Franklin and I’m fully self-actualized.

They appear to be big fans of each others' faces.
They appear to be big fans of each others’ faces.

KT: Can fans expect this new album to be an amalgamation of Foxy Shazam and Cadaver Dogs’ style and sound, or will this be an entirely different beast?

AN: The three of us have made tons of music together in the past before we were a part of either of those bands. What’s been amazing about this ride so far is that The Skulx is a culmination of all those bands and friends spanning over 10 years now. It’s our histories, together and separate, along with many friends/musicians from incredible bands we’ve had the honor of playing with that make this upcoming record what it is. It’s something larger than anything we’ve been a part of before.

 

KT: How did the three of you come to form this group? Was it something you talked about doing for a long time? Spontaneous?

LV: Not so much talked about as supernaturally understood. We all saw the Skulx signal and answered the call.

KT: The trio seems to be big into art (that’s the vibe I get from stalking all your Instagrams, at least).  Other than music, what are some mediums the band members dabble in, and can fans see, or expect to see, some of your works publicly?

MF: All of us are extremely creative, it’s never been forced, just flows out like the Nile. I actually have been a painter for years, got some art degrees, and am a tattoo artist. You can see my work all over my social media and ingrained into everything we put out. So yes we are into art. It’s rare to hear a band anymore and not have some visual to put with it. That’s why we say dress for the job you want. We want to melt your face off so expect us all to be in welding masks live.

KT: When can we expect to see the release of this highly anticipated album, and will there be touring in the future?

LV: Album and shows will definitely be happening, if we don’t die trying we’ll keep trying until we die.

AN: And we should probably die around August or September so expect it around then. We’re not cruel though, some music is going to be released in the next coming weeks so everyone knows what they’re getting themselves into.

KT: Finally, both of your bands (Foxy Shazam in particular) are without doubt some of the more ‘vigorously active’ groups in rock and roll (particularly Mr. Nauth). Have any of you sustained notable injuries due to your acrobatics?

AN: Oooooh yeah. I’ll start and say that I’ve had too many to count, black eyes, split lips, and forehead or body chunks taken out by flailing limbs, instruments, or just by letting the demons out on each other on stage. The worst is when I pretty much broke my ankle and had to finish the rest of a tour while half standing with my knee on a stool every night.

LV: I’ve chipped a few fangs on drumsticks and I bleeding constantly but usually its the stage that leaves hurting.

MF: In my case I tend to break my body post show. Whether jumping off balconies or trying to convince a crowd of people I can do a front flip… I always wake up in a pool of blood.

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