"The Great Rock N Roll Revival"
An Interview with Nashville Pussy!
Initially my interview was to be with Blaine but then I was told Blaine was sick so then I was supposed to get Jeremy, then when I was escorted to the bands dressing room I ended up chatting with the entire band, so here's how it all went:
Rock N Roll Experience: As far as guitar players go, who are some of your favorites?
Ruyter: Jimmy Page is one of my biggest heroes, I like Angus (Young), Ted Nugent
Rock N Roll Experience: Ted Nugent is where the name Nashville Pussy came from, correct?
Ruyter: Yeah...from Ted, definitley...I love Motorhead...Nancy Wilson (laughs)
Rock N Roll Experience: How was the Motorhead tour?
Ruyter: It was f**kin...like livin' the dream baby! Motorhead is the funnest band in the world to tour with! You've gotta learn how to drink though man...even if you think you're a f**kin alcoholic, those guys will make you seem like nursery schoolers! They will school you!
Rock N Roll Experience: Plus they play loud as hell too
Ruyter: Yeah...it's f**kin retarded up there..they just, they have it written in their contract that their monitors have to be a minimum of 115 db's & like Switzerland doesn't allow front of house to be over 95 db's so Motorhead's monitors are louder than the entire country (of Switzerland) & it's f**kin' ridiculous, we played one song with them onstage one time & we were completely floored by the volume, it was amazing! They are all f**kin deaf too, so they have to turn up really loud.
Rock N Roll Experience: As far as guitar players go, what do you think of guys who use Drop D for every song?
Ruyter: I don't know...I'm not very impressed with it (laughs), it sounds sloppy I think, like, I never thought Bonnie Rait was all that great because she plays slide guitar with open tuning, but if you're a really good slide player like Allman Brothers or something like that...but, I don't think much of it.
Rock N Roll Experience: Thank you guys for saving rock n roll, because not many bands are out there playing real, pure, raw rock n roll like Nashville Pussy does!
Ruyter: We have no choice! (laughs)
Rock N Roll Experience: How long have you & Blaine been married?
Ruyter: Seventeen years last January.
Rock N Roll Experience: How did you & Blaine meet?
Ruyter: We met...I saw his band play & we got it on (laughs)
Rock N Roll Experience: So do you mostly live on the road?
Rock N Roll Experience: And that's what makes your marriage work, right?
Ruyter: Yeah...the band makes the marriage work...I don't know what the f**k man, I don't know...we are kinda different when we are home, we are like husband & wife when we are at home, but when we are on the road we are like band mates who get to sleep in the same bed.
Rock N Roll Experience: So when you're not on the road, do the members of Nashville Pussy have day jobs or are you guys full time musicians?
Ruyter: Oh f**k yeah, yeah...we try to stay away from having real jobs...we try to stay on the road long enough to prevent real job seeking (laughs)
Rock N Roll Experience: Have you & Blaine though about having children at some point?
Ruyter: Nope..that's totally NOT going to happen (laughs) NO! Too late for that...for me it's like, Kids & Tattoos...I should have had one a long time ago, but now it's too late!
Rock N Roll Experience: How come you never got any tattoo's?
Ruyter: These guys help me out with that (Points to Jeremy & Karen). If I want to remember somewhere we've been all I have to do is look at their arms (laughs)
Rock N Roll Experience: Do you have any good Lemmy stories?
Ruyter: Any good Lemmy stories Jeremy?
Jeremy: Yeah, but I can't tell any of them! (laughs) I was talking to Lemmy one time right after "Inferno" came out & I was telling him it was my new favorite record & that it was so great that there wasn't a bad song on it from beginning till end & I thought he was going to go, "Cool, thanks man, I'm glad you liked it." but he looks at me and goes, "I know, I wrote it!" (laughs)
Karen: My Lemmy story is being in Vegas with him & he was handing me hundred after hundred to set next to him & play slot machines! (laughs)
Rock N Roll Experience: So Lemmy is a big gambler?
Ruyter: Oh f**k yeah!
Jeremy: Yeah....we'll get to some places & be hung over & tired & drinking Gatorade & water & stuff & he's already in their with a Jack & Coke in his hand & has the high score at every single video game in the venue, whether it's pinball, or Ms. Pacman, or one of those touch screen games, he's got the high score on every single game.
Ruyter: Yeah, and he always signs his name as something like..
Jeremy: King Henry the Eight or...he just never puts Lemmy
Ruyter: It's just in case you might ask him about it so he can tell you an interesting fact about the name he used, (does a Lemmy impersonation) "He died when he was only 13..."
Karen: Lemmy used to show me every day...he'd invite me into his dressing room & show me the sketches that he drew the day before, he'd draw these funny little cartoons of like stick figures & like this one stick figure...it said "papa was a rolling stone" & it had a stick figure pushing a rock down a hill going "Ohhhh, Daddy!" (everyone in the room starts to laugh)
Rock N Roll Experience: How was the Marilyn Manson tour?
Ruyter: That was an education! (laughs)
Jeremy: That was our first arena tour, it was like training for our Euro-Festivals.
Ruyter: We went right from clubs to arenas to festivals & it was a really good stepping stone to learn how to play.
Jeremy: We'd heard horror stories from other bands about touring with Manson, that they were handed all these rule books like don't look Manson in the eyes, don't talk to him unless he talks to you first, even if he does start talking to you don't talk about sports, like all kinds o' weird shit like that but we never got handed a rule book, we were pretty much just drunk on that whole tour & I thought it was kinda fun! Rock N Roll Experience: (I'm addressing this statement to Jeremy) Do you know who you remind me of? You remind me of Jack Black alot...do you ever get that?
Jeremy: Yeah...lately I've been getting that alot...I don't know why, like, you're probably the 5th or 6th person who's said that in like the last 6 months.
Karen: What's that?
Jeremy: A comment that I look like Jack Black.
Rock N Roll Experience: It's partially the way you talk & partially looks.
Karen: When he's drunk he's hilarious, he reminds me of Jack Black, because Jack Black is f**kin' hilarious, that's for sure.
Blaine: Jack Black is great!
Jeremy: Yeah, he's awesome! I don't know whether to say thank you or to say fuck off! (the entire room laughs!)
Rock N Roll Experience: I don't mean it as a bad thing, Jack Black is a cool guy!
Karen: It's kinda like when some people tell me I remind them of Nikki Sixx!
Jeremy: Jack Black actually came out when we were on tour with Motorhead & he showed up & he was promoting that Brutal Legend video game & he had his big muscle arms on & he was...he was using his fake roadie name, like Derrick Riggs or something...Eddie Riggs! So he'd talk in his roadie voice &...
Karen: Jack crashed the concert, he crashed the Motorhead show & he was behind Mikky Dee's drum set like hitting on him & looking over the monitor & doing the thumbs up & thumbs down & saying that's good & they were all like, "What the f**K?"
Karen: Jack was f**king around with cables & stuff & then they just started playing...
Jeremy: Kyle Gast was there too & they came out & did some song to promote the video game.
Karen: Lemmy got really mad when he found out they were onstage..he was REALLY f**kin mad! I had to leave it got so bad!
Jeremy: Kyle came into our dressing room, ate a doughnut & left.
Karen: Yeah, he came in & I was like, can I see your pass sir? He just walked right in & started eating food! (laughs)
Rock N Roll Experience: Does the band have any plans for the Summer? Karen: We are going to be in Europe doing festivals but only for like 2 & 1/2 weeks.
Jeremy: Yeah, festivals in like July, then I think maybe some in August.
Karen: Then Blaine goes to Europe with his other band Nine Pound Hammer in August so that means that we get vacation!
Jeremy: That means that I get to go to baseball games, Disney World...
Ruyter: And get a Job! (laughs!)
Rock N Roll Experience: I'm surprised Nashville Pussy isn't doing Ozzfest this year!
Ruyter: We've never done Ozzfest.
Blaine: It's because they charge too much money to be on that bill.
Ruyter: We can't afford it!
Blaine: We go where our breads buttered!
Rock N Roll Experience: So who has been the best & worst bands you've toured with?
Ruyter: That would be BOTH Motorhead! (Everyone in the room laughs!)
Jeremy: Motorhead is alot of fun!
Ruyter: But it takes some serious drying out afterwards!
Jeremy: You have to constantly be on your toes around those guys.
Ruyter: At the end of the tour we slept for....
Jeremy: We didn't even try to keep up with them! Those guys are like party robots!
Ruyter: When we came home from that tour we slept for like 50 hours & it was just like bam, woke up for a little bit, ate, then went back to sleep for like another 24 hours! Man, I had no idea how much that tour had taken out of me, because at that time it was like, come on, I don't wanna f**kin quite, let's do some more, woo hoo, but then once we were done with the tour...so it was definitely the best & worst. Rock N Roll Experience: Have you ever considered playing the entire "From Hell To Texas" record in it's entirety onstage?
Ruyter: I don't think we could.
Jeremy: Maybe we should do that! We could do 5 nights in each city & play a different album each night.
Rock N Roll Experience: What is the song "Why, Why, Why" about or rather, who is it about?
Blaine: I just make shit up
Karen: It's not really about your Cousin makin' out in a ditch?
Blaine: Hell No
Ruyter: And you didn't really shave your balls for that?
Blaine: No, I wouldn't shave my balls for that!
Rock N Roll Experience: Is there anything else you'd like to say?
Ruyter: Nope! (the entire room laughs)