Black Pussy, Mothership, Waxy

Black Pussy

*NOTE*
Black Pussy does not condone or endorse any sexism, racism, ageism, violence, or any other douchebaggery that has been spoiling the party since the party started. If you are offended by the band's name please refer to the following quote...

"Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them."
-Robertson Davies


On Blonde was written and recorded by Dustin Hill, it's his baby. He's usually in White Orange with Adam Pike (who guests here), and rocks Black Pussy with bassist Pike, guitarist Ryan McIntire, and guitarist Peter Meissner (the latter also did the mind-blowing pop art album artwork). Wild and furious White Orange drummer Dean Carroll is drumming for Black Pussy when they play out live as well.

Black Pussy's distinctive tag? "The Rolling Stones song 'Brown Sugar,'" he says. "We heard a rumor that they wanted to call it 'Black Pussy' but for some reason or another they had to bring it down."

The album is another sleek, inimical machine from Adam Pike's Toadhouse Studios in Portland, OR; responsible for White Orange's recent press-busting self-titled full-length and various EPs and singles. "He's an engineering wizard and with a super solid personality," Hill says.

For a long, lovely, midnight desert ride, it makes a stunning companion, jaw-grindingly full of dangerous ideas snug in cigarette-burned red leather car seats. "I got death on my shoulder / and the girl with the sweetest ass," Hill melodically boasts in the chugger "Blow Some Steam Off." "She's my high heeled cocaine ... I got my switchblade suitcase." You want to fly down the road alongside him, just lit up by the blunt you're sharing.

On the bold as love, big beat "Ain't Talkin' About Love," the serpentine, sensual come on feels as threatening as it is intoxicating . Using some form of time travel, "Indiana" chops up dusky minimalism to its long, sinister tale of a restless beer run in a crumbling town. "Is it any wonder that I'm lonely / Twisting and turning above my head." It's like a Springsteen epic deconstructed and set on fire outside a Mexican garage.

"Dream weavers, fortunetellers and creators alike," Hill casually mentions as his influences, "Heart, Brant Bjork, Prince, The Cars (circa 1978), Guns 'n' Roses, Fleetwood Mac (ca. '78)." (Bands that were big back when it was more about the stirring of loins than upholding vanilla indie Puritanism; the Crue's Shout At The Devil changed Hill's life and his first LP was Judas Priest's Diamonds And Rust.)

"We just want to make as much rock n roll as possible," Hill says of the full band that will be performing his dream ride live. He longs to perform the songs that come to him from "the umbilical chord of the universe attaching itself to me (with lots of weed). As long as we are playing music we're getting our fill. It could be live playing to one person or a sold out show, in the studio, rehearsal room, or alone in an empty room. It's all one in the same in the big picture."

Like the blues players who extolled short, thrill-filled lives, Black Pussy's On Blonde is a hedonistic binge road trip, eating up and inspired by everything but the bullshit of power politics and organized religion: "Cigarettes, coffee, booze, woman, it's all rock n roll," Hill says. "I want listeners to feel sex on opium when they listen to us."

Hill's favorite quote is "Careful people and careful poetry last long enough to die safely." (Charles Bukowski from Septuagenarian Stew: Stories & Poems, 1990)

Rock n' Roll history is rife with brothers working together to create their artistic vision. But rarely do we hear about a full-fledged family unit embarking down the treacherous path of a musical career. In the case of Texas based Mothership, the Brother Juett (Kyle on bass, younger brother Kelley on guitar) enlisted the aid of their father, John Juett, to help get the 'ship off the ground. Raised on a healthy dose of their father's 70's-era record collection, the brothers began crafting songs fueled on the raucous and raw good time vibe when music seemed to know no bounds. Lifting off the pad for the first time in 2010, the band began to gain momentum and notoriety with their unabashed live shows. Knowing that the service of the family patriarch was temporary, Father Juett actively helped his boys find his replacement, and in late 2011, enter the mighty Judge Smith to hammer away on the skins.

In early 2012, Mothership entered Crystal Clear Studios with Wo Fat mastermind Kent Stump manning the boards and by mid-year, the band self-released their debut album. It was the combination of the 70's-era heavy rock fuzz and fury mixed with the blistering guitar solos of the NWOBHM-era that drew the bands attention to California-based Heavy Rock label, Ripple Music. In the waning months of 2012, after a successful year of traveling regionally throughout Texas and opening for national acts such as Prong, Red Fang, Gypsyhawk, Earthen Grave, and Lo-Pan, Mothership officially dubbed Ripple Music as its Home Port and began plotting a course for their first U.S. Tour in early 2013. The band's debut album will see its official Ripple release on February 12th, 2013 in the way of CD, LP, Deluxe LP, and Digital releases.

Waxy

Straight out of the Desert of Southern California comes WAXY. Without Any eXplanation whY, retro-infused musically influenced throwback musicians decided to mix amped-up raw stylings of garage rock with a healthy dose of classic psychedelia to create something fierce. Some people describe them as Desert Rock…Europeans call it Stoner or Psychedelic Rock. You might even hear Riff Rock or Avante Garde/Art Rock as a category. Use whatever label you want but it's simply good music full of sincerity, soul and volume. Filled with a revolving cast of musicians full of power and originality that is constantly changing, developing and evolving.
WAXY has been performing and making records since 2004. Things really got going in 2006 with the release of their first full-length album 'Chainsaw Holiday.' Many guest musicians including Jessie Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal, Dessert Sessions) John Garcia (Kyuss, Slo Burn and Hermano) Alfredo Hernandez (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age) Ed Mundell (Monster Magnet) Gary Arse (Yawning Man, Fatso Jettson) and Zac Rae (Alanis Morrisette, Macy Grey) were involved in their debut release. Since then WAXY has been on club tours up and down the West Coast of the US and toured Europe. In 2006, WAXY was lucky enough to open for Brant Bjork and the Bros. (formerly of Kyuss) in Munich to a sold out crowd. In September 2008 WAXY got invited to open for VolBeat on a three week sold out tour with much success. VolBeat is a Danish band who at that time had the number one rock album in Germany and Denmark.
Currently, WAXY is working on their sophomore LP due to be released January 2011, followed by new West Coast and European tours.


ROBERT OWEN is the bands primary songwriter, producer and creative catalyst. While performing in WAXY, his main role is to play guitar and sing. While Robert is capable of being ferocious in his songwriting with riffs that will tear your head off, he is also capable of a softer more gentle side of music. "With the infinite places to explore in music and songwriting, why pigeon hole yourself to just one style? Music is a journey…a life long experience. Songwriting is a reflection of who you are."

LANDERRA has more soul in his fingernail than most people have in their entire body. His drum playing and style are all his own. Powerful, primal, spiritual, beautiful… These best describes Landerra's ability. Landerra is WAXY's spiritual guide as well as their drummer. "Playing music with WAXY has been a very wonderful thing. We all play well together and have a good time doing it, you know (loud laughs).' Landerra is also a gifted songwriter and has been playing music ever since he could crawl.

OWEN STREET was born in Wales with a bass in his hands. His timing and phrasing are as powerful and enchanting as anything you've ever heard. His presence makes any band better. "I heard WAXY for the first time when I was touring and found myself drawn to the music the more I listened." Robert, Landerra and Owen quickly became friends and musical soul mates.

BRETT STADLER is the bands co-lyricist as well as a published poet. He plays a crucial role in the bands creativity and lyrical content. "WAXY is a concept like any art form. Robert and I just do our best to navigate through a dark room of possibilities and try to find answers to questions we didn't even know we had." Robert and Brett are the closest of friends and are practically brothers.

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