Slowjoint interview with Patrick “Lazy” Bondig and Dennis “Stinky Pete” Petersen

June 22, 2014

Slowjoint interview with Patrick “Lazy” Bondig and Dennis “Stinky Pete” Petersen

In my further exploits discovering some of the more obscured
and hidden aspects of stoner, doom, sludge and balls to the walls psychedelia
Denmark has proven to be an extremely fruitful landscape, producing another
extremely fine example of the well honed metal that’s made them world famous in
the form of Slowjoint.  They’re a
pummeling fist of sludge and doom, fury incarnate, erupting in the volcanic
lyrics and molten metal fury of riffage encased in the brutal heart of these
tunes.  From the moment you hit play two
things are clear about this band.  First,
Slowjoint are a fucking sludge fest of massive proportions, armed with
deafening, cataclysmic riffs and what’s more, the intent to use them.  Secondly, that there’s no hesitation or
over-complication involved in the creation of the music, it’s straight from the
gut for better or worse, warts and all; just the way I like it.  No questions asked this is some of the
heaviest, most mind deafening sacrilege spinning right now.  The music seeps in through the pores of your
mind and weasels its way into your consciousness, burning swaths of destruction
that cut into your cerebral cortex like the plodding feet of this seething
demon as it shuffles about in the deepest bowels of the hell that is your mind.  With only an extremely limited self-released
tape out there right now there might not be a whole lot of people talking about
Slowjoint in the US yet, but they’re working on releasing their sophomore album
Up Shit Creek right now, and if they’re demo tape Retarded Blues Anthem is any
indicator, when this thing is pressed to wax it’s gonna blow the fuck up!  There’s even talk of an extended and expanded
version of Retarded Blues Anthem and the prospect of that getting pressed up
gets my mouth watering just thinking about it. 
That’s it though, enough cheating. 
If you want to know anymore about this devastatingly effective trio of
sludge lords and doom masters you’ll just have to read on.  Poor you…
while you read: https://www.youtube.com/slowjoint
What’s Slowjoint’s
lineup at this point?  Have you all gone
through any changes as far as the lineup goes since you all started playing?
Dennis:  No not since
Patrick joined us.  We get along just
Patrick “Lazy” Bondig – Bass and lungs
Dennis “stinky Pete” Petersen – Guitar
Benjamin “Benny” Kock – Drums
Are any of you
involved in any other bands or have any side projects going on at this
point?  Have you released anything with
anyone in the past?  If so, can you tell
us about it?
Dennis:  I did the
vocals on a demo for Dirtwrench last year. 
Nothing permanent though.
Patrick:  I’ve been
playing in several rock bands since I was fifteen.
How old are you
and where are you originally from?
Dennis:  I was born in
eighty seven and I grew up in south Jutland here in Denmark.  We all did.
What was the local
music scene like where you grew up?  Did
you see a lot of shows when you were younger? 
Do you feel like the local scene played a large role in shaping your
musical tastes or in forming the way that you perform at this point?
Dennis:  I went to
local shows in a little place called GUMF when I first started going to
concerts.  That venue sure played a large
role in shaping my drinking habits.  They
had a practice space for bands too, so you could hang out there all the
time.  I joined my first band there.  Those were some good times.
Patrick:  Yeah GUMF
was the shit!  For a couple of years it
felt like my second home.  We were always
hanging out, playing music and getting wasted. 
Man, I loved it and still miss it!
Dennis:  It’s like you
can still smell it.
What was your
house like when you were a child?  Were
either your parents or any of your relatives musicians or extremely
involved/interested in music?
Dennis:  We lived way
down a dirt road in the middle of nowhere when I was a kid.  My dad’s a musician and my mom always sang a
lot.  We had a piano and a pretty big CD
collection.  I never learned to play the
piano though.  Guess I was too busy
blowing up old spray cans or some shit like that…
Patrick:  I grew up in
a small town in south Jutland.  None of
my parents played music but I had some relatives that played old Danish music
compared to German schlager. 
What do you
consider to be your first real exposure to music?
Patrick:  I remember
getting a Michael Jackson CD when I was nine or ten.  Listened to it all the time!
If you were to
pick a moment of music, a moment that seemed to change everything for you and
opened your eyes to the infinite possibilities that music presented, what would
it be?
Dennis:  When I mixed
weed with alcohol for the first time.
Paller: Ha-ha.  Good
When did you
decide that you wanted to start writing and performing your own music and what
brought that decision about for you?
Dennis:  Well, I’ve
been in a couple of bands as a singer.  I
wanted to make my own thing with Slowjoint, so I figured I’d write all of it
myself.  But I’ve never been that good on
a guitar.  So I got an old busted up bass
from Patrick.  I had never made a riff
before, so that was kind of new to me. 
It went pretty well though.
Patrick:  As I
mentioned earlier, I played in some different rock bands in the early
years.  We always made it all by
ourselves.  I was never satisfied playing
other people’s music.
What was your
first instrument, when and how did you get it?
Dennis:  I’ve
collected a lot of instruments so far, but my first was an electric guitar that
I got from my dad.  My favorite is still
my old Squier P Bass.  I’ve built a
couple of guitars myself too, from old oil cans.
Patrick:  I think my
first instrument was an old electric guitar; a shiny red thing that I spent a
lot of time jamming on.
How and when did
the members of Slowjoint originally meet? 
Dennis:  Patrick and I
have known each other for ten years or something like that.  Benny and I met at the school for cooking
education, which we of course dropped out of.
What led to the
formation of Slowjoint and when exactly would that have been?
Dennis:  A couple of
years ago I met up with Benny and our former guitarist and started
jamming.  We got complaints a couple of
times about the noise, so we moved out of that location pretty fast.  We don’t practice that much anymore, but when
we do it’s in my garage.
It seems pretty
self-explanatory but what does the name Slowjoint mean or refer to?  Who came up with the name and how did you all
go about choosing it?
Dennis:  I came up
with the name.  It fits right in…
Patrick:  It sure
Is there any sort
of shared creed, code, ideal or mantra that the band shares of lives by?
Dennis:  I don’t think
we have one.  Maybe we should…
Where’s Slowjoint
located at these days?
Patrick:  All over the
country!  I recently moved north for a
job in a zoo, working with Lions and shit! Benny went east for school and a job.
Dennis:  You have to
drag me to get me away from south Jutland, ha-ha.
How would you
describe the local music scene where you’re at right now? 
Dennis:  I don’t go to
a lot of concerts.  Usually I’ll have to
travel a couple of hours to see live shows in the genres I like.  And you’re not allowed to drink and drive
so…  Either that or I forget all about it
until the day after the show.  I wish I
went to more shows though.
Patrick:  Me too!  We did it a lot when we were younger, but now
we don’t have the time or money to do it. 
It’s a shame.
Dennis:  When you put
it like that, I feel really old dude.
Do you feel like
you’re very involved in the local music scene? 
Do you book or attend a lot of local shows?
Dennis:  We drive
around and play at small venues wherever they’ll let us in.  Usually, it’s us and some local bands from
the town we play in.  We get to meet a
lot of people that way, and I guess we do ours to keep those small local shows
Are you involved
at all with recording or releasing any local music, and if so can you tell us
about that briefly right now?
Dennis:  I fool around
with some old tape recorders and do a little recording myself.  Unfortunately, it’s not as much as I’d like
to.  We have secret plans on recording
some of our new stuff ourselves.  Don’t
know if we’re gonna let any of that shit out.
Has the local
scene played a large role or important part in shaping the sound of Slowjoint
or in your history as a band, or do you feel like you all would be doing what
you are and sound like you do regardless of where you all were at or surrounded
Dennis:  There aren’t
a lot of bands in our genre where we live. 
We’re pretty much inspired by American sludge bands and blues.  I’ve always liked that southern sound.
I love talking to
new bands and I seriously dig sharing great tunes and some sweet words with
awesome musicians such as yourself but there’s one thing that I do not
particularly enjoy; describing how a band sounds to people who’ve never heard
them before.  It’s an integral part of my
job but I get really subconscious about it a lot of the time and I will
literally stay up night worrying about my descriptions, obsessing over the fact
I might have put too many of my own thoughts and reflections about the music in
there.  Rather than my neurosis giving me
a panic attack, how would you describe Slowjoint’s sound to our readers who
might not have ever heard you all before?
Dennis:  Sometimes,
it’s like when you throw dynamite into a tool shed and run like hell.  Other times, like slowly sinking into a thick
boiling stew of bourbon and hash.
What’s the
songwriting process with Slowjoint like? 
Is there someone that comes to practice with a riff or more finished
idea for a song that you all kind of work out together, or do you all jam a lot
and kind of kick ideas back and forth until you kind of distill a song from the
Patrick:  Dennis
usually comes up with some main riffs and then we just jam the rest until we’re
Do drugs play a
large part in your songwriting process? 
You all seem pretty open about your drug use, at least in respects to
marijuana.  Does weed or any other
psychotropic substances play an important role in writing or performing
Slowjoint’s music?
Dennis:  Of course
man.  Have you heard our songs?  There’s hardly any songwriting in there, most
of the time it’s just riffs thrown together. 
Riff A, riff B and that’s it. 
Weed goes great with a good jam.
I know you all
just started recording as a band, but I don’t know how many sessions you all
have done so far.  As a musician myself,
I think that most of us can obviously appreciate the end result of all the hard
work, time and effort that goes into making an album.  There’s not a whole lot that beats holding
your own album in your hands knowing that no one can ever take that fact away
from you.  Getting to that point though,
getting everything recorded and sounding like you want it to, especially as a
band, can be extremely difficult and trying to say the very least.  What’s it like recording for Slowjoint?
Patrick:  It’s all
fun.  We have an idea of what sound we
want before we go into the studio and once we’re there, we just concentrate on
getting the tracks recorded.  Besides
that, we just hang out and drink dark beer.
Do you all go into
a studio environment when you record and let someone else handle the technical
aspects of things so you can concentrate on playing and performing, or do you
all take a more DIY approach to recording where you handle things on your own
time and turf?
Patrick:  Maybe in the
future, but this album was in the hands of the studio technician.
Is there a lot of
preparation that goes into figuring out every aspect of a song before Slowjoint
goes into record?  Or do you all get a
good idea of how you want a song to sound and then give it a little room to change
and evolve during the recording process? 
How much of a role does improvisation play in your recording sessions?
Dennis:  We booked
time in the studio before we even had the songs finished.  I’m a last minute kind of guy, so I finished
it just before we went into the studio; no time to think it through.  Mostly, when I write new songs I just turn up
the volume and jam until something comes. 
Again, weed’s quite a great help here.
Patrick:  We really
don’t improvise during a recording session. 
The songs are usually done before we go into the studio.  We actually threw away a track because it
sounded like shit when we listened to it. 
In the garage everything sounds great!
You all put out
your first release in 2013, the three track Retarded Blues Anthem Demo cassette
tape.  Can you tell us a little bit about
the recording of the material for Retarded Blues Anthem tape?  Who recorded and where was that at?  When would that have been and what kind of
equipment was used?
Dennis:  We recorded
it at CB Studios.  I really don’t
remember what equipment we used.  I was
too busy trying to figure out how to play bass. 
We went into the studio about four months after we started the band.  It took us one day to finish the whole
thing.  We didn’t know what we were
doing.  Before that, I’d only recorded
vocals, without having to think about guitar sound and what ever.  But it’s getting better.
I know that
Retarded Blues Anthem was a limited edition release.  Is that out of print at this point?  How was Retarded Blues Anthem originally
released and distributed?  Do you know
how many copies the cassette tape was limited to?
Dennis:  Yeah we
uploaded the whole thing to YouTube.  I
made those limited editions myself from old second hand tapes, limited to 27
copies.  We sold about twenty of them at
shows until the rest got stolen.  I’ve
have been planning on a re-release with some extra features and stuff, would be
cool to find a small label to work with on that.
You are getting
ready to follow up Retarded Blues Anthem with your self-released first
full-length album Up Shit Creek sometime soon, if I understand correctly the
artwork is in and the tapes are just getting dubbed at this point.  What can our readers expect from your new
album?  Did you all try anything new or
radically different when it comes to the songwriting or recording of Up Shit
Creek? Do you have a projected release date for it at this point?  I know that Up Shit Creek is going to be a
strictly hand numbered limited edition affair, how many copies is it going to
be limited to?
Dennis:  We don’t have
a release date yet, but it’s coming out on vinyl and cassette.  It’s the same old shit, just more of it.  This time, limited to 60 copies, but I’m
still dubbing them all myself.  The
vinyl’s gonna be out in an edition of three or five hundred copies, I just
received the finished cover design a few days ago.  It’s hand painted with watercolor and it
looks fucking awesome; just needs a little finishing with some titles and
such.  The plan is to release it
ourselves, but I’m hoping to find a small label to work with for future
What was the
recording of the material for Up Shit Creek like?  Who recorded it?  When was that?  Where was Up Shit Creek recorded at?  What kind of equipment was used?
Patrick:  Again, we
recorded at CB studios.  He knows what
sound we’re looking for; besides that he’s just fun to hang out with and he
brews his own beer!  I don’t know so much
about the equipment we used, but we ended up using some of his instruments
because our own sounded too bad.
Dennis:  For some
strange reason I got to keep my shitty old bass.  I remember the look on Christian’s face when
he saw Benny’s beaten up drum heads, ha-ha. 
I actually think one of them was pretty close to having a hole in
it.  Of course, Benny couldn’t see the
problem and the whole situation was just a pretty funny thing to watch.  
Does Slowjoint
have any music that we haven’t talked about yet, maybe a single or a song on a
compilation that I might not know about?
Dennis:  There’re a
couple of songs from Up Shit Creek on YouTube.
With the release
of Up Shit Creek right around the corner, does Slowjoint have any other
releases in the works or on the horizon at this point?
Dennis:  We’re
definitely making another one.  On the
next one we’d like to take our time, but if I know us right, it’ll be a last
minute thing once again.
With the
completely bat shit international shipping rate increases that have gone on
over the past few years and show no sign of letting up, I try and provide our
readers with as many possible options for picking up imports as I can.  Where’s the best place for our US readers to
score copies of your stuff?
Dennis:  I don’t know
man.  We’re working on that.  I didn’t think it through when I decided to
distribute it myself.  Hopefully we
figure out something good.
And where’s the
best place for our interested readers to keep up with the latest news like
upcoming shows and album releases at?
Dennis:  You can
follow us on Facebook.  I try to keep it

Are there any
major goals or plans that Slowjoint is looking to accomplish in 2014?
Dennis:  We have a lot
of ideas, but we don’t plan that much…
Patrick:  I just want
to go on the road and play our shit to the people; national or international I
don’t care.
Dennis:  I’m in!
What, if anything,
do you all have planned as far as touring goes for the rest of the year?
Dennis:  We’re working
on some shows here and there around Denmark. 
We’re hoping to get a lot more of them, maybe do a small tour south of
the border.  I’d love to tour some more.
Do you all spend a
lot of time out on the road touring?  Do
you enjoy being out on the road?  What’s
life like on the road for Slowjoint?
Dangerous!  We’ve only tried
touring for a day or two, but it’s a lot of fun.  Lots of alcohol and weed!  I hope we can get out on a longer tour
Do you remember
what the first song that Slowjoint ever played live was?  Where and when would that have been?
Patrick:  Do you
remember?  I don’t remember a damn thing.
Dennis:  That’s
because you’re a fucking drunk, dude ha-ha.
Who are some of
your personal favorite bands that you’ve had a chance to play with?
Dennis:  Tjeck out
Katla and Doublestone here from Denmark. They’re pretty cool. We’ve played with
the Shit Blizzards too. That was a pretty crazy night.
Do you have any
funny or interesting stories from live shows or performances that you’d like to
share here with our readers?
Dennis:  I remember we
played a show in Roskilde.  We went over
there in the early afternoon and got wasted. 
Benny passed out, really fucking drunk, and we almost couldn’t wake him
up.  Finally he woke up fifteen minutes
before showtime, with his phone in his hand, and started trying to drink from
it as if it was a fucking beer.  For some
strange reason he played a pretty good show that night.
Patrick:  We also
played a show with the Shit Blizzards one time. 
We all ended up at our place after the show to get wasted, and the night
ended up with the drummer from Shit Blizzards stepping on a rusty rake in the
garden when he was out trying to take a piss. 
There was blood everywhere, funny shit!
Do you all give a
lot of thought to the visual aspects that represent the band like posters,
flyers, shirts, covers and other artwork? 
Is there any kind of meaning or message that you’re trying to convey
with your artwork?  Do you have anyone
that you usually turn to in your times of need when it comes to that sort of
thing?  If so, who is that and how did
you originally get hooked up with them?
Dennis:  We don’t give
a lot of thought to anything in this band. 
We just do what we feel like and take it from there.
With all of the
various mediums of release that are available to musicians today I’m always
curious why they choose and prefer the methods that they do.  Do you have a preferred medium of release for
your own music?  What about when you’re
listening to and or purchasing music?  If
you do have a preference, can you talk a little bit about why?
Dennis:  I like the
sound of analog. I’d love to do the next record all analog.  It has a more open sound to it, sounds more
real.  I’ve had the feeling of sitting
right next to the band when I listened to vinyl, YouTube can’t do that.
Do you have a
music collection at all and if so, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Dennis:  I think I have
about 30 vinyl albums or something like that. 
Different shit.  A lot of old
stuff.  Like, ragtime jazz and some blues
as well, and of course some Weedeater. 
My son likes that one a lot.  He
likes to take an afternoon nap with some fuzzed out sludge spinning on the
record player; daddy’s boy.
I grew up around a
pretty massive collection of vintage garage, psych and blues and my dad really
encouraged me to dig in and enjoy his collection.  In fact, he basically encouraged me to listen
to anything that I wanted to and a result I am completely obsessed with
physically released music.  For me it’s
an obsession collecting all this amazing stuff that I hear that’s out
there.  There’s something about popping
an album in, kicking back with a set of headphones, reading the liner notes,
staring at the cover artwork and letting that just transport me off to another
place!  Do you have any such connection
with physically released music?
Dennis:  There are no
cool record stores around where I live, so I don’t get new records that
often.  Mostly at flea markets and places
like that.  But you don’t find your
favorite underground sludge band on vinyl in a secondhand store.  If it’s a band I really like, I feel a
certain need to own their album, but most of the time I don’t have money for
things like that.
As much as I love
my collection of music I was never able to take it on the go with me
before.  Digital music has all but
eliminated that problem overnight, being able to have basically anything that I
want at my fingertips and disposal has really changed the way that I listen to
music.  That’s just the beginning though,
when you team digital music with the internet you have something really
incredible on your hands.  Together
they’ve exposed people to the world of music that’s all around them and allowed
them to interact with and listen to just about any band anywhere on the
planet.  It’s also allowed musicians like
yourself to interact with their global fan base like never before and changed
the way that music is produced and distributed. 
Nothing is ever one-sided though, and with the good comes the bad.  Illegal downloading is running rampant and
it’s harder than ever to get noticed in the insane digital scene out
there.  As an artist during the reign of
the digital era, what’s your opinion on digital music and distribution?
Dennis:  It
sucks.  It’s as simple as that.  There’s not much heart left.  The only good thing is that you’re able to
get the word out there pretty fast.  But
then again, the internet is gonna have to deal with shitty annoying bands like
us.  I guess it’s a love/hate
I try to keep up
with as much good music as I possibly can, but there’re only so many hours in a
day and ninety-nine percent of stuff slips past me unfortunately.  Is there anyone from your local scene or area
that I should be listening to I might not have heard of before?
Dennis:  Denmark seems
to have a growing sludge/stoner scene. 
Katla made a song; I think it’s called “Desolution”…  That riff is fucking awesome.  Oh, and Drön. 
We played a show with them in Aarhus. 
Two guys, one on vocals and guitar and one big bear behind the drums.  They’re fucking heavy!
What about
nationally and internationally?
Dennis:  I still
listen to Bongzilla and Weedeater.  I
discovered Dopefight a while ago, that band’s pretty cool.  Drug related names seem to be the thing to
look for.
Thanks so much for
taking the time to get this done, I know it wasn’t short but I’m totally stoked
to learn so much about the band and I hope you all at least had a little bit of
fun looking back on everything that you’ve managed to accomplished since you
started.  Before we call it a day and
sing off, is there anything that I possibly missed or that you’d just like to
take this opportunity to talk to me or my readers about?
Dennis:  There’s
nothing to talk about, just legalize it goddamnit!  Ha-ha. 
Thanks man, have a good one!
(2013)  Slowjoint –
Retarded Blues Anthem – digital, Cassette Tape – Self-Released (Limited to 27
(2014)  Slowjoint – Up
Shit Creek – digital, Cassette Tape, 12” – Self-Released (Cassette Tape limited
to 60 copies and 12” limited to 500 copies)
Interview made by Roman Rathert/2014
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