Welcome to Napalm Flesh! This week we have an interview with drummer David Witte of Richmond, VA thrash revivalists Municipal Waste. They’ll be in town on June 18 with 3 Inches of Blood and Black Tusk at In the Venue. We also have a lengthy rundown of this week’s metal happenings throughout the state.
Compiled by Bryer Wharton
Friday, June 15 Corrosion of Conformity plays the Urban Lounge (21+) with Torche, Black Cobra and Gaza. Tickets, $16 are available, show gets underway at 9 pm.
Also Friday, 18 and Life is calling up in Park City with Skid Row performing at Park City Live, 427 Main (21+) with openers Liberty Lush. Tickets, $17 are available, show starts at 9 pm.
Yet another Friday option: re-united nu-metal crew Spineshank plays In The Venue (all ages) with The Agonist, 9 Electric, Mureau and locals Blood of Saints and Orion's Wrath. Tickets, $15.50 show starts at an early 4:30 pm.
Saturday, June 16 The Mentors return to Burt’s (21+) with Pottymouth (members of Green Jelly), Shit and Gnawing Suspicion. Tickets, $10, show starts at 9 pm.
Also with some metal type bands playing amongst the punk and every other genre, The Warped Tour hits the Utah State Fairpark on Saturday June 16. Music kicks off around 11 am. Tickets $28 in advance or $35 the day of.
Monday, June 18, check out party thrash crew Municipal Waste with openers 3 Inches of Blood and Black Tusk at In The Venue. Tickets for the all-ages show are $15, show underway at 7 pm.
Also Monday, Faster Pussycat and Pretty Boy Floyd play Ginos (21+) with Heartbreak Hangover opening. Tickets, $10 are available, show starts at 7 pm.
Shake hands with beef, as Primus plays Tuesday, June 19 at the Rail Event Center (21+). Tickets, $36 are available, the show starts at 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, June 20 Def Leppard and Poison play USANA with Lita Ford. Tickets, $35-$100 are available, doors open at 6, show starts at 7 pm.
Lastly, the lengthy Crucial Fest (June 20-23 and 27- 29) starts Wednesday June 20 kicking things off at the Woodshed (21+) with the Red Bennies, Danger Hailstorm, Thunderfist, Blackhole and the Suicycles. Show starts at 8 pm, wristbands for the whole shebang are available for $25.
Interview with Municipal Waste drummer David Witte
Just before their April 10th show with Legacy of Disorder, Ghoul and GWAR, I managed to snag an interview with the David Witte, drummer of Municipal Waste. As we stood outside the Saltair, the din of a sound check echoed from within, so he and I piled into my friend's car, talking the whole way about the tour, and the release of their new album, The Fatal Feast (Waste In Space). He adjusted his plastic sunglasses and occasionally tugged at his scraggly beard, but he had nothing but good things to say about the tour. On June 18th, they'll be returning to Salt Lake City to incite a riot at In The Venue, so now is as good a time as any to let you in on the conversation we had.
SLUG: Firstly, how's the tour been going so far?
David Witte: The tour's been super good, really high morale. All the bands are great, everyone on the tour is cool. All the shows have been really good. We toured with GWAR years ago, and we've played a bunch of shows with Ghoul, so we're really friendly with everyone. The new record's out now, it came out today, and people have been really into it and showing a lot of support. It's been awesome in every way possible. Lots of good food and beer on the tour, too.
SLUG: Awesome. What's it like to tour with GWAR and Ghoul again?
Witte: Oh, it's great. They're our buddies. Not only are they our buddies, but their music's cool. I get to enjoy it each night. And they both have great stage acts, it's definitely a lot to see, besides hearing. We all hang out every night. Actually, sometimes we all take turns riding on the GWAR bus. Everyone's cool, it's a good older group of people, so everyone's chill. It's a little more adult and relaxed, everyone's having fun.
SLUG: The Fatal Feast (Waste In Space) released today. How long have you guys been working on the album?
Witte: We took a year off from touring, maybe like a year and a half, and really concentrated on writing and pre-production for quite a while and abstained from doing heavy touring. A quick example, for the last five years we've done like 200 shows a year, but last year we only did 20. So we had a lot of time home, a lot of time to focus on writing really good songs. I think it really paid off. I'm super happy with it.