Thursday, September 8, 2011

Leftover Sludge

Photo by Samantha Marble
As much as I love the instant gratification of digital media, there really is nothing like seeing your name in print. And though I've kept busy reviewing records and doing the occasional filler piece, it's been a while since I had time to write a full page worth of copy. 

What got me out of my slump was one of my favorite all-time bands, Eyehategod. Though nothing pleased me more than getting them ink in HIGH TIMES, it was much harder than I imagined to craft the article. I wanted to give them their proper due, but I also knew I had to make them a little cuddlier for the HT crowd. (This is the same audience that doesn't always understand why you'd want to taint a photo of giant nugs with a chick in a bikini.) In the end, I hope I succeeded and the band digs it, then goes on to make the comeback record of 2012.

But, of course, there were word restrictions. Naturally I dorked out on Jimmy Bower and Michael Williams during their interviews, and probably have enough material for a hefty Q&A outtake post... which I might do eventually. But for now, I wanted to keep it light—and with all respect to the band—present five completely random Eyehategod omitted quotes without including any context. It's just more fun that way.

"I never thought we'd have a tribute album. I kept thinking, 'Why did they want to do this?' That's a really cool thing to have right there." — Michael Williams 

"The first time we went to Amsterdam in ’93, we got really high on Northern Lights and walked around. Eyehategod’s a really short band, and everybody in Holland is very tall with those ching, ching, ching bicycle bells." — Jimmy Bower 

"Yeah, the guy from Eyehategod likes cats..." — MW
"I used to read that magazine [XXL]... It's an easy magazine to get in jail." — MW

"Not to sound egotistical, but maybe newer fans think we’re like the new Black Flag, kinda? But I don’t want to pat myself on the back. When we play, it’s like, 'let’s Flag this bitch off.'"— JB
For the full Eyehategod feature, check out the November 2011 issue of HIGH TIMES, which also includes an interview with Phil Anselmo.

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