I was able to snag a bit of time with Adam from Prideswallower for a quick interview:
1.What is your Name? How did you guys come up with it?
Our name is Prideswallower. One of the original name ideas was “Relationshit”. I guess that Prideswallower just had a better ring to it, haha.
2.What is your quest?
David customizes bad ass vans and Matt turns them into time machines with mathematics, Back to the Future style. I’m simply along for the ride so that I can throw a wrench into the whole thing when we find ourselves in a bad spaghetti western.
3.Who’s in the band and what instruments do they whore out?
Myself, and I play guitar and…gargle? I’m not sure how to describe my vocals. David whores out the bass, and Matt gently makes love to his drums.
Adam--Prideswallower, Photo by Brittney Cat
4.How long have you guys been playing together?
The band has been a band since late 2005. We didn’t start playing shows until 2006. We’ve had a revolving door of members due to college, other people’s bands, so on and so forth…David and I are the longest standing members. Matt just joined the fold this year.
5.How would you describe the bands music/sound?
We host a grunge séance with Hammerhead and Melvins records on in the background. I gargle with gravel and/or marbles in my mouth and occasionally we manage to conjure up Cobain for a second or two. We mostly conjure feedback though.
David--Prideswallower, Photo by Brittney Cat
6.Three musical influences for the band?
Drive Like Jehu, Hammerhead, and Nirvana.
7.You guys were just in the studio recording–tell me about it.
It was really strange, to be honest. A lot of fun, just a new experience for this particular band. We recorded our first 7″ EP a couple of years ago in a practice space with Garage Band on a laptop. That was a lot of fun, and it ended up being completely filled with feedback and noise – which rules, and is a big part of our sound live. We recorded with Trip Barringer at Studio K this time, and he managed to really capture our sound, but it’s not as noisy as the previous record. We’re still in production right now to try and get a grittier feel, but I’m more proud of these songs than ever.
Matt--Prideswallower, Photo by Brittney Cat
8.If you could pick ANY three musicians/bands–dead or alive–to play on stage with who would they be?
I don’t think I’d want to have the intimidating experience of playing with anybody but people I know and respect! However, if I could get drunk with any three bands or musicians, I would probably choose Led Zeppelin in their prime, do PCP with Henry Rollins in the early 80′s, and smoke weed with Black Sabbath in the late seventies.
9.What is a normal practice like for you guys?
It varies. Sometimes I bring in an idea and we hash out a song really quickly and get it done within a practice or two. Other times, we jam and try to write material that way. Jamming usually takes a little longer for songwriting to take place, since we only practice once or twice a week, but some of the cooler ideas come out that way. I’d say we’re pretty focused and productive, and we try to set goals to work toward.
10.When is your next show and where can Prideswallower be found on the interweb?
We’re playing Saturday, October 2nd at the Cropped Out festival with Pissed Jeans, Straight A’s, Young Widows, and more awesome bands. We also have a split 7″ coming out in the next little bit with Straight A’s. You can find us online HERE
for now. Thanks!
Special thanks to Adam because he was unknowingly the inspiration for this photo/interview blog. One day over coffee he reminded me that I should never give up what I love. Thanks.