by Tipsy McStagger
The second Friday of this month is once again SLUG Magazine's night of the living Localized concert at the slightly sleek Urban Lounge (a private club for members). If there were a concert that matched the overall mantra of the Urban, it would be this months line up including dirty rock and roll from the Pleasure Thieves and some hardcore pop-hop from the Rotten Musicians. The opening act is DJ Shanty, otherwise known as the guy that DJ'd for Aceyalone. July 14 is sure to be a night of fun and frolic, fancy footwork and hopefully no frontin'.
The Mother Fuckin' Pleasure Thieves are:
Shred Master General- Guitar and Vocals
The Tain- Drums
The Pleasure Thieves like to smoke and drink like any good rock and roll band should. They play straight ahead rock and roll and are poised to liven things up a little at the Urban. They are loud, fast and melodic with those really rapid harmonized guitar parts that may lead you to believe that there is a little metal in their bones.
SLUG: How are things on the Pleasure Thieves front?
SMG: Life sucks
Tain: No! That's not the image we want to portray. We want to portray the thievery of virgins.
SLUG: I heard you guys smoke a lot. How many cigarettes do you think you guys have smoked as a group?
Tain: SMG alone has smoked about 500,000 packs.
SMG: Yeah, that's about right.
Tain: He's already bought three packs of Marlboro Reds today.
SLUG: What was the first concert you ever went to?
Tain: Whitesnake with Steve Vai.
SMG: The Beach Boys at Bryant Elementary School and it sucked. Mike Love is a candy ass.
SLUG: What recordings do you have out right now?
SMG: We have a song on the SLUG Death by Salt 2 compilation. Our first Ep was recorded before our first show but it became one of the casualties of Jeremy Smith's computer homicide.
SLUG: If your band was a cocktail, what would the ingredients be?
Tain: Gasoline and wisdom.
SLUG: How about a real drink that we can drink right now?
Tain: You guys just want a free drink
SMG: I don't know what it's called but it's Jaeger and Absinthe and it's delicious.
SLUG: Can you remember all the lyrics to your songs?
SMG: Most of the time. You know drinking goes on before, after and during the show so....(makes the "you know" shrug)
SLUG: Do you prefer playing short or long sets?
SMG: Short set. So we can play and then talk shit on every one for missing our show.
The Rotten Musicians
Mike Danner- Bass
D.J. Shanty- Vinyl
These guys may put up a front like they are terrible, but they are well versed in the ways of after school special sounding hip-hop. It is obvious that they are more concerned with making sure everyone has a good time, without the pretense of being hardcore all the time. Their music is about as close to sounding like a joke without actually being one. That is part of the appeal of these purveyors of a good time.
SLUG: How long has this group been together?
Madman: How long has there been bad music? I know I shouldn't answer a question with a question, sue me. We recorded our first song "Famous Burgers" near the end of 2004 and had our first CD done in 2005 [Make A Face]. We have all known each other for years though.
SLUG: What other bands have you guys been in?
Madman: Some of us are in this other group called Numbs.
SLUG: What recordings and/or releases are available to the general public?
Madman: One CD so far, Make A Face. I think we are going to start to record the next one this summer. Oh yeah, on our MySpace we have a song that we recorded for Death By Salt 2 called SLUG Song. Unfortunately the song didn't quite make the cut.
SLUG: What are your biggest musical/lyrical/lifestylical influences?
Scarecrow: Is Lifestylical a word? I would have to say Public Enemy, Pee Wee's Playhouse and PEZ.
SLUG: Do you guys tour or play out of town? Do you have any tour or show stories?
Madman: Nothing out of state yet. If there are any bands/groups out there that are headed out around the good ol' U.S.A. and need a lukewarm opener, let us know. We did the Best Of Utah gig earlier this year and right before we had to go on we noticed that DJ Knucklz took all of our show music. We had to adlib most of the set. Good thing people were too drunk to figure out the con was on.
SLUG: What was your first live concert? Was it good?
Madman: Gloria Estefan And The Miami Sound Machine. I saw them in New Jersey. She was off the chain.
SLUG: What do you really like about hip-hop today?
Madman: That for every Ying there is a Yang. You have your B.E.Ps and then you have your Dangerdooms. Also, it seems like promoters in SLC are bringing a lot of good quality acts through here. Good job promoters! Now, put us on the bill.
SLUG: What do you really dislike about hip-hop today?
Madman: When you can sign up for "Learn To Hip Hop Dance" at places around town, that's a little ridiculous. I mean, I don't see places teaching "Ska Horns" or "Punk Rock Guitar" or "Screamo Vocals." I'm starting to teach "Beatboxing Like Buff Love From The Fat Boys." R.I.P. Buff.
SLUG: Can you fill our readers in on any cool new slang? Preferably some slang that is currently hip on the streets.
Madman: Swagger. It can be used as a verb, noun or pronoun. I employ everyone reading this to use it at least once a day as it commands the utmost respect. You know what Im saying! You know my Steez! You go girl!