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Drugs Dragons interview with Tony “The Tonys” Sagger, Eric “Erroric” Mildew, Kevin “Bob Evans” and Luke “Puke Drugs” Chappelle

Drugs Dragons continue to probe into the nihilistic chaos of noise and distortion with their latest album II & I/III.  If you’ve never heard Drugs Dragons before I’m going to say something I never thought I would say, they sound like Wau Y Los Arrrghs in a lot of ways.  The unhinged tunes crash, burn and meld into a perfectly solid unit, stronger than steal and ten times as heavy.  There’s a whole shit ton that I could say about Drags Dragons, about how perplexing and interesting it is that they bring such heavy surf and traditional garage rock driven guitar to the table, about how they exorcise the demons of the past from their sound with a dose of tortured psychedelic punk insanity, about how they manage to create a howling mass of sound that manages to reach out and touch the listener, like shrapnel from a hand grenade!  I’m not going to try and explain the twisted genius that is Drugs Dragons, really.  To be honest, I’m not extremely interested in labeling or defining them and neither are they.  I’ve been into Drugs Dragons for a couple of years and the only thing I can really say fro sure is, this is some real deal shit right here kids.  This isn’t any of that; I wanna be on the radio, canned anger, repetitive, derivative, airwave fodder.  Drugs Dragons are something, well they’re something new.  You could call it occult street rock, primitive noise punk, psychedelic cave rock, bat shit insane surf…  I mean, you could call Drugs Dragons any manner of things!  Instead though, I’d rather you draw your own conclusions.  The harsh, and at times abrasive, sound that defines Drugs Dragons, challenges and almost taunts the listener, daring them to talk back or shut off the record, neither of which you’re be capable of.  I mentioned that they released their sophomore album on Dusty Medical Records not long ago, what I neglected to mention though, is that it’s limited to only two hundred and fifty copies.  So what are you waiting for, a written invitation?  Put some words in your eye sockets below, load the bong, chug a beer, click the link below, and if you thought the afore mentioned combination of mind altering substances messed your head up, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet!

Okay, let’s start with the basics.  What’s the lineup in Drugs Dragons at this point?  Is this the original lineup or have you all made any changes as far as that’s concerned since the band started?

Puke Drugs:  The Tonys Sagger: Guitar and Backup Vox, Erroric Mildew: Drums and Electronics, Bob Evans: Bass, Puke Drugs: Vox, Lyrics, and Electronics.  This is the second line up.  The original line up included my brother Zorach Dragon

Erroric:  Bass players are fags.

Are any of you in any other active bands or do you have any side projects going?  If so, can you tell us a bit about that?

Tonys:  Erroric and I are in The Ornerys, a band not even a year old with a 45 coming out on Terror Trash soon.

Erroric:  Psychedelic landscapes, The Ornerys and Rock for Retards.

How old are you and where are you originally from?

Puke Drugs:  I'm thirty two and I'm a life long south-side Milwaukee resident.

Tonys:  Thirty seven, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Erroric:  I can't tell you that.

What was the local music scene like where you grew up?  Did you get very involved in that scene or see a lot of shows when you were younger?  Did that scene play a large or important role in shaping your musical interests or shaping the way you perform at this point?

Puke Drugs:  Absolutely.  Milwaukee's punk and rock scene has been decent for over a decade now, and the people that consistently create are generally very supportive of each other.  I wouldn't be in this band if it weren't for me doing artwork and drugs for the Night Terrors, the retarded older brother of Drugs Dragons.

Tonys:  I have been playing music in Milwaukee for over fifteen years, and for that part of my life, have been very involved in contributing to what I, and other artists, musicians, etcetera are doing here.  That being said, it’s constantly evolving and changing.

What about your home when you were a child?  Was there a lot of music around?  Were either of your parents or any of your close relatives musicians or extremely interested or involved in music?

Puke Drugs:  My father had a huge record collection, and liked a wide variety of music.  My parents pushed me in the direction of visual art, but fostered a deep love for music in me at the same time.

Tonys:  I've been a ham for attention since I was but a wee lad, and music has been a big part of growing up and showing off.

Erroric:  My Grandpa played accordion and harmonica.  But he died when I was five.

What do you consider your first real exposure to music to be?

Puke Drugs:  It was probably in the womb, but those days are hazy, at best.

Tonys:  I can't even remember, ‘cause it's been so integral to my life.

Erroric:  I had a dream about meeting Ray Charles and the Pepsi Girls at the mall.

Kevin:  My two older brothers had already started collecting 45s by the time I was in kindergarten, so it was always around.

If you were to pick a moment, a moment where everything seemed to change for you, a moment that opened your eyes to the infinite possibilities that music presents and set you on the path your on musically, what would that be?

Puke Drugs:  I went to primarily African American schools as a kid.  In one of my music classes in middle school we had to invent an instrument and play a song in front of the class.  I made a shitty drum out of a coffee can that had like bells and chimes on the inside of it.  So, I covered the Offspring's “Come Out and Play” on a shitty drum using only my shitty twelve year old voice to a bunch of black kids that were howling with laughter.  At this point I knew that I was headed for greatness, because music is a journey.  You know?

Tonys:  I would say Puke's answer, but I didn't go to retard public school.  So, I'll say the release of the first Sagger 45 on Big Neck records.

Erroric:  The Expo at the Wisconsin State Fair, 1994.

What was your first instrument?  When and how did you get that?

Puke Drugs:  My first real instrument was a computer with the Sonic Foundry ACID program.  I made Sub Par, Muslimgauze, and Coil electronic music with it.  I also used the computer for masturbatory purposes.  With pornography.  So, aside from that time John Coltrane beat off into his saxophone, I started the trend of musicians using their instruments in auto-erotic escapades.

Tonys:  I've had so many instruments since I was a wee little boy, trumpet, keyboard, banging on pots, a cat…  I got a couple toy pianos last year and smashed them.

Erroric:  I got a whistle at that Expo in ‘94.

When did you decide that you wanted to start wiring and performing your own music?  What brought that decision about for you, or was it just kind of a natural progression of being given the ability to create something and express yourself?

Puke Drugs:  The Tonys asked me to be in Drugs Dragons.  I said yes because he had beer and there was a promise of pot.  It's been six years now, and I'm starting to think that he didn't really have weed after all.

Tonys:  Whoa buddy, I never promised shit!  I've been performing all my life and probably decided around sixteen I could write my own songs to go along with my performances.

Erroric:  When I got a double sided tape deck boombox with speed controls.

How and when did the members of Drugs Dragons originally meet?

Puke Drugs:  The Tonys and Erroric met at a salsa dancing class.  Bob Evans met them shortly there after, when he was their boss at the Mrs. Fields Cookie Kiosk in the Southridge Mall.  I met Bob at a 2k Fun Run.  Then, I met the Tonys and Erroric at Bob's fortieth birthday.  We immediately bonded over how funny his fortieth birthday card was.  It said, “Lordy, lordy, look who's forty!” and there was a picture of the grim reaper looking at his watch.  Can you imagine?  It's like, “forty is old, and this card is just reminding everyone that you're not young”; priceless.  It still gets me to this day.

Tonys:  Me too!  He's old!  It reminds me of the time we met your not literally deceased brother Zorach.  Me, him, and Erroric all laughed and laughed at the time he was telling us of his camping expertise and then dropped all of those hot dogs in the fire and pissed on the tent.

Erroric:  We met at Bob Evans' gangbang in 2001.

What led to the formation of Drugs Dragons and when would that have been?

Puke Drugs:  Beer and the unfulfilled promise of pot led to the formation of Drugs Dragons in 2008.  I'm checking online with a number of different law firms to see what can be done about this weed situation right now.  Most of these websites are asking for money though.  Pfft, lawyers.  You guys know what I'm talking about; I'm talking about how they always want money.

Tonys:  I'm a lawyer, lawyin’ all over the place.  Lawyin’ left, lawyin right, lawyin hard all night, every night.

I almost laughed out loud when I first came across your self-titled album in the record shop.  There’s something about your name that’s just unforgettable and infinitely entertaining to me!  What does Drugs Dragons mean or refer to in the context of your band name?  Who came up with it and how did you go about choosing it?  Were there any close seconds you almost went with you can recall at this point?

Puke Drugs:  I like to think our name is about Vlad the Impaler getting dusted and throwing bodies on stakes, but Google says our name is a reference to the third episode of season two of “Mad About You,” where Paul Reiser accidentally drinks a glass of liquid PCP and hallucinates Helen Hunt as a dragon, and then wakes up in a pool of gore with his wife's entrails strewn around the room like streamers at Satan's birthday party.  Marriage humor!

Tonys:  Our name is about C.H.U.D.s!  Too many fuckin’ C.H.U.D.s!

Erroric:  Hobo assassins.

Is there any sort of creed, code, ideal or mantra that the band shares or lives by?

Puke Drugs:  Get money, fuck bitches, eat plenty of fiber.

Tonys:  Don't forget to feed Bob his sausages and penis medications.

Erroric:  Leave me alone.

Where’s Drugs Dragons located at these days?  How would you describe the local music scene where you’re at?

Puke Drugs:  We're still on the south side of Milwaukee.  Our local scene is pretty good, if you can count a “scene” as maybe thirty people doing something at least interesting.  The rest of the music being made in Milwaukee is the product of floppy-hat models, with impeccably quaffed facial hair, doing their best imitation of music made for commercials that was popular five years ago.  We just got our first Postal Service knock off band!

Tonys:  Have you noticed Milwaukee has at least five (gasp!) partially running record labels!?!  Wow, we’re in the big time!  This shit can only happen in the rust belt.

Erroric:  We live in a town with bands.

Are you very involved in the local scene in your opinion?  Do you book or attend a lot of local shows or anything?

Puke Drugs:  Bob and I used to book and DJ shows as the Get Drunk DJs.  We don't do it so much anymore, since the punk and rock national scene was hijacked by some squirrely zippity-do-dah motherfuckers, only interested in social climbing and the corporate pay day that rewards those bland enough to write poppy, peppy garage rock with no discernible edge.  I'm still active in the “scene”, in that I go to shows and talk shit with my buddies and watch bands rise and fall.  Occasionally I will produce art for some of these bands, or try to get them booked for opening slots with touring bands.

Tonys:  Not so much anymore...  There’s always working, band practicing, writing/dreaming shit up.

Erroric:  I go to every show we play.

Has the local scene played a large or integral role in the sound, history or evolution of Drugs Dragons, or do you feel like you would be doing what you’re doing and sound like you do regardless of where you were at and stuff?

Puke Drugs:  The local scene has no effect whatsoever on what we're trying to do.  I feel like Detroit's music scene is closer to what we are.  Drugs Dragons isn’t really a band that tried, or tries to go for a singular sound or image, we're an ugly amalgamate of our individual personalities and tastes.  So, we'd probably sound the same if we lived in Brooklyn or Branson.

Tonys:  I agree with Puke, however, just as in Detroit or Chicago, I believe my friends and peers have definitely influenced me personally.  So much love, so little heart.

Are you involved in recording or releasing any music besides Drugs Dragons?  If so, can you tell us about that here briefly?

Puke Drugs:  I recorded a neo-gospel group called the Hormel Chili Singers, which was a challenge due to the theological differences between Christianity and me wanting to get my dick wet.  Look for the album in early 2011 on Fat Wreck!  Bob runs Dusty Medical Records and Pet Supplies, Inc. from atop a giant pile of cash, shrieking orders at malnourished Malaysian orphans slaving over online vinyl orders, and fancy tins of high priced dog food.  Once, he caught one of these starving children eating the gourmet dog food and threw a beaker full of acid in his face.  We all had a good laugh.

Tonys:  I run Terror Trash Records and also recorded Static Eyes’ side for our split. I’ve recorded too much to tell all...

Erroric:  I release music from my butt every morning.

How would you describe Drugs Dragons’ sound to our readers who might not have heard you all before in your own words?

Puke Drugs:  Lovecraftian mutant street gang rock, with a dose of humor, and totally political stances on the issues that matter.  Smash the state!  Someone once called us the Bell Biv Devoe of psych punk, but I like to think of us as the Terry Bradshaw of poundin' puss.

Tonys:  A nightmare you will never wake from.

Erroric:  Primitive death.

You all seem to take whatever sounds you want and toss them into a heady stew of psychotic noise, but there’s an underlying plan that unites it and gives it this higher sense of purpose if you catch my drift.  I’m curious who hear who you all would cite as your major musical influences?  What about influences on the band as a whole rather than just individually?

Puke Drugs:  We're all on the same page when it comes to The Hunches, Clone Defects, Country Teasers, and The Spits.  Tonys has been really pushing a Big Head Todd and the Monsters angle for awhile now, but the reception by the rest of the band has been weak to say the least.

Tonys:  I write the music and am inspired by what I want...  Gonna get “Bittersweet” stuck in your head one of these days.

What’s the songwriting process for Drugs Dragons like?  Is there someone who usually comes to the rest of the band with a riff or more finished idea of a song, or do you all get together and kick ideas back and forth until you work out an idea that you’re interested in working on and refining together as a unit?

Puke Drugs:  Tonys writes all the riffs, him and Erroric jam on it, come up with different parts and shit, then I ruin it all with lyrics and tone deaf animal noises.  As we've played together more and more, we refine songs in a group dynamic, and Bob has been invaluable in this regard.  We have another entire album written, and it's some of the best stuff we've ever done; which is, admittedly, not very impressive.

Erroric:  Tonys yells.

What about recording for Drugs Dragons?  I think that obviously most musicians can appreciate the end result of all the time and effort that goes into making an album when they’re finally holding it in their hands.  Getting to that point, though, getting things recorded and sounding the way you want them to, especially as a band can be extremely difficult to say the least and recording has been the death of many a great band over the years.  What’s it like recording for Drugs Dragons?

Puke Drugs:  We treat recording as a party.  We don't tend to get hung up with how we want things to sound in our heads, versus how things sound in reality.  We're not control freaks, we tend to let things play out as they are.  We want our records to sound like they were made of filth and slime, not the product of a sterile recording session where every sound is intentional and all life has been squeezed out of the songs by demanding egos and OCD perfectionists.

Tonys:  Also breaking toy pianos!

Do you all like to head into the studio and let a technician handle the technical sides of things so that you can just concentrate on the music and getting things to sound the way you want them to, or do you like to take a more DIY approach where you handle that stuff mostly on your own, so that you don’t have to compromise or work with anyone as far as the sound is concerned?

Puke Drugs:  We go into the studio with a game plan, but the last two 12-inches would not sound the way they do without the assistance of our super-bro Josh White.  He's like Phil Spector with better hair and machetes instead of guns.  He taught us how to free-base wasp venom and the value of having a library card.  Have you ever seen Where's Waldo?  It's a good reading book we got from the library.

Is there a lot of time and effort that goes into working out every aspect of a song before you record it, with the arrangements and compositions meticulously planned and airtight beforehand?  Or, do you just get a good skeletal idea of what a song’s going to sound like, while allowing for plenty of room for change and evolution during the recording process?

Puke Drugs:  Both, actually.  We got this other book from the library called Danny and the Dinosaur.  Long story short, this kid fucks a Velociraptor.

Tonys:  True story.

Do hallucinogenic or psychoactive drugs playa a large or important role in the songwriting, recording or performance processes for Drugs Dragons?  I mean the name would imply some sort of relationship, but I’m never quite sure how seriously to take such things as I have a tendency for over analyzation.  I don’t mean it in a negative regard either, I mean, people have been tapping into the altered states that drugs produce for thousands of years for the means of creating arts and I’m always simply curious about their usage and application when it comes to the art that I personally enjoy and consume.

Puke Drugs: We all smoke weed nearly constantly.  And I myself have taken psychoactive drugs semi-regularly since I was eighteen.  I'm pretty sure all of us would live in a constantly altered state if it were at all feasible.  I view psychoactive drugs as the key to the origins, evolution, and transcendence of the human mind, so of course they play a huge part in our music.  Fuck, they play a huge role in me making scrambled eggs, petting a dog, cleaning the sink, mocking clouds, pissing into an open grave, filling a mylar balloon with rotten broccoli farts and giving it to a dying kid at the children's hospital, etcetera.

Tonys:  Are you a cop?

Erroric:  Bring me some drugs.

Tonys:  Do you guys like my hat?  It's really, really small!  What do you think of sharks that ride bikes?  I like them.

In 2010 you all put out your material that I’m aware of, the self-titled Drugs Dragons 12” for Dusty Medical Records.  Can you tell us a little bit about the recording of the material for Drugs Dragons?  When and where was that at?  Was that a fun, pleasurable experience or more of a sort of nerve wracking proposition at the time?  Who recorded it?  What kind of equipment was used?

Puke Drugs:  We recorded with our buddy Justin Perkins at his then studio.  It was an okay experience, but since we were a new band at the time, and half of us had zero recording experience, we sorta view that record as a dry run to the latest record.  Err, I mean, it's an amazing record that can change lives and open up new musical frontiers for the listener and it’s available now on Dusty Medical Records and Pet Supplies, Inc!  And on iTunes; iTunes is a website that has music on it.

Tonys:  Maybe on youboob too?  They’re a musical website that has videos!

Erroric:  I sleep through the recording process.  We have a trained cat that plays drums on all the records.  His name is Lil’ Erroric Meowldew.

You also released two 7-inch singles in 2010, “(I’m In A) Brain Grave” and Cold Controls.  Were the tracks for those singles from the same session(s) that produced the self-titled album released that year or were they recorded during different session specifically for the releases?  If they were part of different sessions can you tell us a little bit about the recording of the material for those singles?

Puke Drugs:  We recorded those songs as demos, previous to our recording session for the self-titled album in the Tonys' basement/musky sex dungeon.  It was my first time singing on a recording, and it sounds like it.  I believe we made a frozen pizza afterwards and enjoyed a round of Wii bowling.

Tonys:  All true!  My sex dungeon has sadly since been retired.  Recorded by Ben Kastner.

In 2011 you followed up your first album and the two singles with The Milorganight 12” EP once again for Dusty Medical.  Was the recording of the material for that EP very similar to the session(s) for your first album?  Who recorded The Milorganight material?  Where and when would that have been at?  What kind of equipment was used this time around?

Puke Drugs:  We recorded the EP with Josh White in a place in Milwaukee called the Fortress.  I can't exactly remember what equipment was used, but I believe there may have been a guitar involved, and possibly some microphones.

Tonys:  And a piano graveyard!  At least two walls were there.

Last year in 2013 you released a split 7-inch with Static Eyes fro Terror Trash Records.  What song of yours was featured on that?  Is that still in print at this point?  Do you know if it was a limited release or an open ended pressing?  Where did your track from this split come from?

Puke Drugs:  We have two tracks on that split, “WAITING AROUND TO DIE” and “FESTER/BREED/SCATTER”.  It's still in print and probably will be for the next decade or two, so act fast!  We recorded with Jordan B. Davis, of Mystery Girls and Space Raft fame, in our practice spot.  We love Jordan; the person, not the country.

Just recently you all released your sophomore album follow-up to 2010’s self titled album, II & I/III as always for Dusty Medical Records.  What was the recording of II & I/III like?  When and where was the material for II & I/III recorded?  Who recorded it?

Puke Drugs:  We recorded II & I/II on the twentieth anniversary of Jeffy Dahmer's arrest for creating unlicensed sex slaves in his dingy one bedroom apartment.  Goddamn government won't let you do anything anymore.  The album was recorded in a gutted house in the Milwaukee suburbs by wasp venom freebasing enthusiast Josh White.  It was a whirlwind, adrenaline fueled, white knuckle trip into the heart of tenderness and comfort.  Afterwards we got high and went swimming.  Well, Tonys and I went swimming.  Erroric didn't swim because he forgot his water wings, and Bob Evans wasn't in the band yet.

Does Drugs Dragons 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?

Puke Drugs:  We have some stuff that wasn’t included on the first album, some stuff from a live performance at Milwaukee's only radio station 91.7 WMSE, another song from the Jordan Bench Davis sessions, and a whole album yet to be recorded.  We also have numerous demos of shit that has never seen the light of day.  Maybe Burger Records wants to put out a cassette once we buy the requisite neon-plastic sunglasses, brand new leather jackets, and dumb retro mop-top haircuts all the fey west coast dweebs are rocking.

Tonys:  Matador be knocking on the door if we move to Brooklyn, but c'mon.  Fuck that.

With the recent release of II & I/III album, is there anything else planned or on the horizon as far as releases go that you can share here with us?

Puke Drugs:  We've got another album written and will release songs on 7” in the rare event that any label is interested in wasting money on us.  WINK MOTHERFUCKING WINK, RECORD LABELS.

Erroric:  I think we're done.

Where’s the best place for our US readers to pick up copies of your stuff?

Puke Drugs:  Probably through the Dusty Medical Records and Pet Supplies, Inc website.  If you buy our albums, I believe there’s a free download code for cat litter.

Erroric:  In Wisconsin.

With the completely insane international postage rates these days I try and provide our readers with as many possible options as I can for picking up imports!  Where’s the best place for our poor international and overseas readers to score copies of your stuff?

Puke Drugs:  I assume you can pick up our albums in the ninety nine cent cassette bins at most car wash places.  Do other countries even have cars?

Tonys:  ...Or ask Goodbye Boozy Gabriele.  I think that's in that Italy place.  Italy’s real, right?

Erroric:  Buy us plane tickets to tour in Europe.

And where’s the best place for everyone to keep up with the latest news, like upcoming shows, tours and album releases from Drugs Dragons at?

Puke Drugs:  Facebook, which is a website devoted to pictures of food and cats, and the inane ramblings of idiots.  The Tonys' favorite movie is about Facebook.  He's a real The Social Network head.  He has tattoos of the Winklevoss twins on each of his testicles.

Tonys:  I love Social Network!  Zuckerberg is dreamy!

Erroric:  The leprechauns will tell you.  So will lepers.

Kevin:  Facebook.

Are there any major plans or goals that you all are looking to accomplish in the last of 2014 or in 2015?

Puke Drugs:  I'm hoping to finally learn Malay so I can taunt Bob's orphan slaves, but this Rosetta Stone thing is a bunch of bullshit.  So, instead I'm just hoping to have some real good pancakes some time soon.

Tonys:  I'd like to buy a duck.

Erroric:  Goals are for losers.

What, if anything do you all have planned as far as touring goes?

Puke Drugs:  We can't tour all that much because we're real people, with real shit going on in our lives.  Touring is for delusional souls that think that playing Carbondale on a Tuesday night will somehow lead to a life of opulent luxury.  We'd jump at the chance to tour Europe or Africa once this whole Ebola fad blows over, though.

Tonys:  Bob can't be five miles away from his fridge at any given time.  Or a Culver's.

Erroric:  Nope.

Do you all spend a lot of time out on the road?  What’s life like on the road for Drugs Dragons?  Do you enjoy being out on tour?

Puke Drugs:  We just tend to get fucked up and pick fights with each other, which is fun. Once I farted while getting out of the van and it almost made Erroric barf. Life on the road with Drugs Dragons is like life on a highway, in that I want to ride it all night long.

Tonys:  Going to play Detroit (Urinefested) this year Bob had to walk up to two drive thrus after forgetting his food and/or getting irritated with wait times.

Erroric:  These guys suck.

Who are some of your personal favorite bands that you’ve had a chance to play with over the years?

Puke Drugs:  Your usual Midwest weirdo punk bands and your usual surly southern punk bands.  Our first show ever was with Wizzard Sleeve; that was pretty cool.

Tonys:  Timmy Vulgar, Sonny Vincent, Bon Iver featuring the Backstreet Men; nee Boys.

Erroric:  Human Eye, Liquor Store, and Static Eyes.

In your dreams, who are you on tour with?

Puke Drugs:  Diamond Dave era Van Halen or maybe Mozart.  They both seem to have a knack with snaring snatch.

Tonys:  Timmy, or people that aren't the people in this band.

Erroric:  Little Richard.

Do you have any funny or interesting stories from live shows or performances that you’d like to share here with out readers?

Puke Drugs:  Once, we were playing and I had a beer.  Beer is an alcoholic beverage.  Another time we played a show and I had a beer again.  That's about it.  Oh, and one time I killed a seeing eye dog with my bare hands, but that's pretty unremarkable.

Tonys:  We do dumb stuff.  Someone has to be there to witness it.  Will it be you?

Erroric:  Like when Puke pukes or Tonys falls down?  Nope.

Do you all give a lot of thought to the visual aspects that represent the band to a large extent, stuff like flyers, posters, shirt designs, album covers and that kind of thing?  Is there any kind of meaning or message that you’re attempting to convey or get across with your art?

Puke Drugs:  I’m generally in charge of art work.  I try for psychedelic, Lovecraftian, cave-man visions, and pledge-huffing plastic 80's horror movie schlock.  We're just trying to get the message across that libraries are a great place for learning.  They're also good for masturbating behind potted plants while you watch people read.

Tonys:  Shut up with the library shit.

Erroric:  I close my eyes.

Do you have anyone that you usually turn to when it comes to the visual aspects of a band?  If so, who is that and how did you originally get hooked up with them?

Erroric:  Puke draws.

Puke Drugs:  We settled on me doing most of it because that little bitch Banksy was all like, “Sorry, I'm too busy with my dumb tags and crap.  I'm British or something, so cheerio mates”!  And that lazy fuck Picasso is dead, so we settled on the next best thing, having me do it for free.

With all of the various methods of release that are available to musicians today I’m always curious why they choose and prefer the various mediums that they do.  Do you have a preferred method of release for your own music?  What about when you’re listening to or purchasing music?  If you do have a preference, what is it and can you tell us a little bit about why?

Puke Drugs:  We only like vinyl because then we can prove to other, less-intelligent people that we alone are fans of music.  Everyone else with their iPods and cassettes and such are just vapid posers.

Erroric:  I like records.

Do you have a music collection at all?  If so, can you tell us just a little bit about it?

Puke Drugs:  Fuck yeah!  I got everything Alvin und ze Chippenzemunks (Germany) ever released, including their rare and adorably Teutonic cover of “The Whisper Song”.

Erroric:  Don't touch it.

I grew up around my dad’s collection of music, and he always let me listen to anything that I wanted to.  But it was him taking me around to the local shops and picking me up random stuff that I was interested in that really left its mark I think.  I developed this whole ritual, where I would rush home, grab a set of headphones, read the liner notes over and over, stare at the cover art and let it drag me into a whole universe that it created along with the music.  There was something about having a physical, concrete object that’s connected to the music that always made for a much more complete listening experience for me.  Do you have any such connection with physically released music?

Puke Drugs:  Absolutely.  I did pretty much the exact same thing with my dad when I was a kid, and still do to this day.  We try to create the same universe building thing in our music, but either a) the general populace isn't insane enough yet to dump their minds in our junkyard, or b) we're a terrible band and no one gives a shit; probably ‘b’.

Erroric:  I like records.

On the flipside of that picture, digital music is here in a big way these days, like it or not.  If you add the internet to the mix, well you really have something on your hands at that point.  Together, they’ve exposed people to a literal world of music that they’re surrounded by and allowed for an unparalleled level of communication between bands and their fans, which has eradicated geographic boundaries that would have crippled bands even just a few years ago.  It’s not all peaches and cream though, while people are being exposed to more and more music, they’re not necessarily very interested in paying for it at this point. Not to mention, it’s harder than ever to get noticed in the chocked digital jungle out there with everyone being given a somewhat equal voice at this point.  As an artist during the reign of the digital era, what’s your opinion on digital music and distribution?

Puke Drugs:  It sucks for the reasons you've mentioned.  Beyond the information static drowning out the signal, there's no mystery any more.  And when there is mystery, it's a carefully crafted gimmick.  It just seems like people buy, or like music, as a status symbol now, like it's a badge of coolness to be a fan of whatever flavor of the week bullshit is being pushed on gullible and eager to impress kids.

Erroric:  Boo!

I try to keep up with as many good bands as I possibly can, but it’s hard to even know where to start these days.  Is there anyone from your local scene or area that I should be listening to I might not have heard of before?

Puke Drugs:  Head on Electric, Static Eyes, Phylums, Aluminum Knot Eye, Space Raft, Holy Shit!, Moon Curse…  There's more, but you’ve got like fifty fucking questions here and my mind is in the bathroom taking a dump right now.

Erroric:  Static Eyes, Indonesian Junk, and Head on Electric.

What about nationally and internationally?

Puke Drugs:  Have you heard this Miles Cyprus girl?  She looks like Dopey from the Seven Dwarves and sings about love and stuff.  I also think Taymart Swifter is pretty good at singing about love and stuff.

Erroric:  No Bails, Liquor Store, and Timmy's Organism.

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me so in-depth about the band!  It was awesome talking with you all and getting to learn so much about your creative process and history.  Since you all were so kind and generous with your time, I’d like to take this opportunity to open the floor up to you for a moment.  Is there anything that I could have possibly missed or that you might just want to take this opportunity to talk to me or the readers about?

Puke Drugs:  Library cards are great because you can find good reading books to look at.  There's these series of books called The Berenstein Bears, about this family of bears that go around messily mauling and devouring people, which is really what family’s all about, you know?

Tonys:  Seriously, thank you for your time and patients.  Shut the fuck up about the library.  Do drugs!  Fuck books!

Erroric:  I quit.

(2010)  Drugs Dragons – Drugs Dragons – 12” – Dusty Medical Records
(2010)  Drugs Dragons – “(I’m In A) Brain Grave” b/w “Predator Weapons” – 7” – Terror Trash Records
(2010)  Drugs Dragons – Cold Controls – 7” – Terror Trash Records
(2011)  Drugs Dragons – The Milorganight EP – Dusty Medical Records
(2013)  Drugs Dragons/Static Eyes – Split – 7” – Terror Trash Records
(2014)  Drugs Dragons – II & I/III – 12” – Dusty Medical Records (Limited to 250 copies)

Interview made by Roman Rathert/2014
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Some kind of failed joke.