Hey MTV, Welcome to Our Cribs

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Inside Sucker Magazine’s Staff Rooms All Over The World + Personal Playlists

Words by Yvonne Villasenor

 

“You can make whatever you want when you’re alone in your room.” – Kathleen Hanna

 

…Although some would be surprised to discover I am introverted, it is no secret that I enjoy solitude and need a place to recharge after busy days that are often filled with a number of social interactions and anticipation to go home. That place is known as my room…

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Madison Killian – Editor in Chief & Founder of Sucker Magazine

Seattle, WA

…This is where the magic happens.
And by magic, I mean scribbling down words until I hit writer’s block, watching Buzzfeed videos or science/philosophy/paranormal/conspiracy Youtube channels, adding clothes I can’t afford into my shopping cart, singing along to my favorite jams and of course, swooning over animals on the internet….

Jenn Endless – Sucker Staffer

Chicago, IL

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Kayla Gutierrez – Sucker Staffer

Bronx, NY

 

…In a loud, chaotic world, I find peace within these four walls. Never “peace and quiet” though – there is not a moment in time when I’m in my room and not listening to music with the exception of sleeping. Even still, I have to use my noise machine in order to fall asleep…

 

Jess Petrylak – Art Editor

Upstate NY

…In my room, I have different components that keep me relaxed: my laptop, music via Spotify or record player, books, candles, plants and flowers. I wish I could say my cats too, but most of time, they wake me up with their fighting or try to eat my plants. One thing I especially cherish is the very thing my cats are invading in the picture above. For someone who’s only 4’11, I constantly hog the bed and absolutely love being able to wake up sideways, diagonally, upside down…you name it. I also have a huge window to the right of my bed that allows me to get some fresh air and natural sunlight in my room, which is refreshing. To the left of my shelves, I have built in storage space that has pictures, stuffed animals, more books and candles, as well as miscellaneous items I should probably throw away but won’t…

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Yvonne Villasenor – Sucker Staffer

Orange, CA

 

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Tracie Wilkerson –  Sucker Staffer

Salem, OR

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The 69th Best Drummer of All Time

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An Interview with founding Melvin’s drummer Dale Crover

Interview by Dylan Conner

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Dale Crover at The Showbox, Photo by Dylan Conner

I arrived in downtown Seattle during rush hour traffic on May Day, a massive line of fans already forming outside the Showbox. After dodging a riot (yeah, perfect timing I know), armed police officers and a lot of studded belts I finally made it inside. Dale Crover of the Melvins was recently named among the top 100 drummers of all time by Rolling Stone, so I was eager to finally get inside and talk to the legend himself. I sat down with Dale in a small room backstage and chatted with him about life, and the long awaited album titled “Three Men and a Baby.”

Sucker: So *loud guitar riff in the background* How’s it going?

Dale: Great!

Sucker: How’s the tour been treating you so far?

Dale: Great, it’s been really great. We’ve been out since March 18th, so it’s been a long one.

Sucker: Kinda ready to be done?

Dale: I mean yeah, we got a little bit of a break and then we’re doing one more.

Sucker: Well hey, a break is always nice! So, do you consider yourself to still be part of the local scene here in Seattle?

Dale: Well, we haven’t lived here since- well I haven’t lived here since the 80’s- so it’s kinda hard to say. But I mean, people still think we’re from here anyways. See… it’s weird, we have like 3 home towns. Here, San Francisco ‘cause we moved there when we left Washington, and then Los Angeles. So all these shows are kind of a pain in the ass cause all our friends and relatives are coming out.

Sucker: Ah yeah, the relatives.

Dale: I mean it’s fine! It’s just kinda stressful ‘cause it’s like “okay make sure everybody is cool” you know?

Sucker: Oh yeah for sure. Do you feel like anything since the 90’s has changed for the worse?

Dale:  The worse? Gosh.. I don’t know. Good question!

Sucker: How about for the better?

Dale: I mean not really, maybe bands selling more records. But I mean, I don’t know. Things are great now.

Sucker: So do you think the booming music scene from the 90’s in Seattle would have had the same impact had it happened today?

Dale: Umm, hard to say. I mean probably considering the way that the music scene is today, certainly a band like Nirvana or Pearl Jam- any of those bands- wouldn’t sell as many records as they did. Because, people don’t buy records anymore. So it might not have, but it’s hard to tell because now- everything is so much more available, looking at that now it’s pretty phenomenal that that had happened at all.

Sucker: Yeah it’s pretty incredible. The new record, Three Men and a Baby has been a long time coming since 1999 correct?

Dale: That’s correct.

Sucker: Damn, what’s the story there?

Dale: So we started the record with Mike Kunka from this band called “godheadSilo,” he lived in Olympia for a while and they had a deal on Sub Pop Records. And the band kinda fell apart, I think Dan the drummer cut his hand really bad and he couldn’t play. Anyways yeah they had a contract with Sub Pop and Mike came up with this idea to do a record with us. We started it in 1999 and had it almost finished then he just kinda… lost interest or things happened and he, uh, didn’t finish it. Kinda went away for a while. *Laughs* Disappeared into the woods of the Olympic Peninsula someplace. Anyways, I got a message from him on Facebook a couple years ago and he was like “Hey! Wanna finish this record?” And I was like.. Yeah. I mean for that long we had just blown it off and it never happened. So, after all this time, we are finally on Sub Pop Records.

Sucker: Woah, that’s insane.

Dale: We have never been on Sub Pop. People don’t know that! They think that because we’re from Seattle then we must be on Sub Pop.

Sucker: Yeah there’s definitely a Seattle/Sub Pop association!

Dale: Yeah we’re latecomers. It took a loooong time.

*Cue a long pause… it was very loud in that tiny room, folks.*

Dale: (on the volume) yeah this might last for a while.

Sucker: I mean they sound great!

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Dale Crover at The Showbox, Photo by Dylan Conner

Dale: You know these guys?

Sucker: I actually don’t, I gave them a listen while I was stuck in 2 hours worth of traffic on the way here though, not too bad at all. So… What was it like going back and revisiting an unfinished project from 17 years ago and finishing it now?


Dale: …. Strange. We hadn’t heard some of the songs in so long so we had forgotten about that record completely. So going back to it was strange but still cool to hear it you know? Actually, it wasn’t a bad recording. I mean all we really added to that record was vocals and some overdubs. Most of it was finished, and we finished it up completely in our recording studio. We have our own place and our own engineer and he finished it up.

Sucker: That is so awesome, wow. So do you think it would have sounded the same had you finished it back in 1999?

Dale: I don’t think so.

Sucker: Yeah that’s a lot of time. Especially with all the changes in the recording technology and equipment and what not.

Dale: Yeah and you know what’s interesting, the bass player at the time when we started that record had been kicked out of the band. He had his own personal problems and we really weren’t friends with him for a long time and then not too long before that he had kinda cleaned up his act and so we became friends with him again. So he was actually involved in the project so the whole thing came full circle. Very strange how that happens.

Sucker: Strange, but super cool I bet.

Dale: Definitely, so finishing that record was great. To be able to do that after that long.

Sucker: So in regards to content, is there anything you’re trying to get across with this record?

Dale: *laughs* I don’t know. Umm… each one of us wrote different lyrics for different songs, like Kevin the bass player, his are pretty creepy. He’s the creep. All those guys are creeps. *laughs* So there is no real message.

Sucker: So, you probably haven’t heard the end of it- but Rolling Stone named you one of the top 100 drummers of all time? That’s fucking incredible.

Dale: No, no, no. They named me the 69th best drummer of all time.

Sucker: Well that’s pretty good!

Dale: I kinda like the number. I had to laugh about that. Like alright 69 duuude. So… that’s better than being number 2 in my opinion.

Sucker: Literally nothing wrong with that.

Dale: Right! I mean 23 would have been cool, I’m a firm believer in the number 23.

Sucker: Also a good number, 22 is one of my lucky numbers! So any end goals when you got into music?

Dale: Angle?

Sucker: No, no. End goal.

Dale: Damn I thought you said “angle” and I was gonna be like “oh yeah man to pick up chicks” or something haha. But uh… No I didn’t. And still don’t really, just wanted to do it.

Sucker: What would you tell yourself as a young punk kid from rural Washington about your future?

Dale: Get out faster.

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Sucker: Would you make any changes to your career and how it happened?

Dale: Oh I’m sure I could have. But, don’t look back as Bob Dylan says.

Sucker: Hell yeah, I was named after him!

Dale: Oh really? Bob Dylan fans in the family?

Sucker: Yeah definitely. That’s a great mantra. So did you have any idols growing up?

Dale: Yeah you know I still listen to the same stuff I did when I was a kid. Funny enough, we were in Salt Lake, Utah the other day and we were listening to the Osmonds. Cause they are from Utah, and that was a band I liked as a kid cause they were on TV and they looked cool, at least to a little kid. But yeah we were driving through the mean streets of SLC, wondering what life would be like for a young Donny Osmond. But I guess they’re from Provo… but whatever.

Sucker: Well damn that’s cool. Anyways I won’t subject you to a long interview. Thank you so much man! 

Dale: No worries at all. Enjoy the show!

 

And enjoy the show I did. The Melvins blew the roof off of the Showbox. Their record Three Men and a Baby was released on April 1st and can be found just about anywhere. I encourage you all to give it a listen because frankly, it fucking rules.

What You Call Love, Baby I Call Hell

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A Conversation with Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards of Deap Vally

By Madison Killian

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Deap Vally and Wolfmother at The Showbox, Seattle

I’m sitting backstage at The Showbox in Seattle across from Pikes Place Market. The walls are a shiny valentine’s day red, the couches are purple velvet. As I stared at the band sitting in front of me, it was apparent that there was going to be no beating around the bush, they had nothing to hide. Sitting atop the purple throne was a fresh-faced brunette in a tattered black t-shirt, wielding a crochet needle. Directly next to her is a stunning blonde with wild curls, holding a contraption up to her breast, pumping.

I interviewed Deap Vally on March 31st before their show in Seattle opening up for Wolfmother. After shaking Julie’s left hand (her right hand was occupied…) and Lindsey had set aside her yarn ball- I realized that this was the most rock ‘n roll thing I could possibly witness in my lifetime.

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Photo by Rebekkah Drake

Sucker: How are the two of you enjoying Seattle?

Lindsey: We went yarn shopping. I’m stoked because I have two half done hats, and I didn’t have the yarn to finish them.

Sucker: How’s touring with Wolfmother been?

Julie: Good.

Lindsey: They’re killer, great guys.

Sucker: Were you fans of Wolfmother before the tour?

Both: Oh, yeah. Yeah.

Sucker: What’s a band that you’ve toured with that’s really inspired you/ been an honor to share a stage with?

Julie: Queens of the Stone Age and Yeah Yeah Yeahs for sure.

Sucker: Yeah, last time I talked to you guys you mentioned being big fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Lindsey: Well, yeah and then, I mean, Nick [Zinner, of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs] ended up producing our new record. I learned a lot from him. He’s a good guy.

Sucker: You guys have a new album, is there a release date at all?

Julie: It’ll be coming out around the Fall.

Lindsey: Not that release dates stay true anyways…

Sucker: Out of curiosity… What makes a release date so ever-changing when the album is basically done?

Julie: Yeah, so the albums done… But we haven’t signed on the dotted line with our label yet. So, you know… At this exact moment in time, there can’t technically be a release date.

Sucker: What is the hardest song for you to play live?

Lindsey: There’s a new song on the record that we haven’t played live yet, cause it’s like, really fuckin’ hard for me to do. We just have to practice it. In a weird way, a lot of our songs- we’ve been able to play with a minimal amount of practicing. We have this new song that we love- it’s great. We don’t record live and all at once- we do some multi-tracking. And we wrote the vocals after the music was written; I think when you write vocals like that, it’s harder to learn how to sing and play at the same time. Whatever you write and play at the same time is going to be natural.

Julie: We just have to rehearse it. Another one from the first record is “Woman of Intention.” That one’s hard for me. Maybe it isn’t still hard, but it was hard the first couple of years. It would just like, wear me out, it was really exhausting.

Lindsey: We just never knew how that song ended. The ending was just an eternal question mark. *looks at Julie* remember? *Lindsay sings a few ending “oohs”*

Julie: *laughs*

Sucker: If you guys weren’t musicians, what would you be doing?

Julie: I would be a psychologist. I’d probably go back to school for that.

Lindsey: Maybe a writer or filmmaker/ actor. Or a live drawing model. I like the idea of being one of those naked models for a drawing class. Iggy Pop just did that!

Sucker: How do you handle juggling your personal life and touring? Like… Julie, you’re breast pumping right now. How do you factor it all in?

Lindsey: It’s how she gets pumped up!

Julie: Right now [Lindsey’s] boyfriend is on tour with us because he’s documenting the tour- so that’s perfect. She has her personal life here with us. In the past, my husband has tour managed and come on tour for a little bit. When we were at South By Southwest my baby was there. It’s tricky, because when you’re on tour you’re in the little bubble of the tour family. Life continues on without you back home. Everyone you know continues to have their lives together and your life doesn’t really advance with everybody back home.

Lindsey: Restaurants close, new restaurants open. That’s the wildest part. It’s like watching a time-lapse video when you go back to your neighborhood and your favorite restaurant is closing and a new douche-y bar is opening up.

Julie: I think the thing that’s closest to what touring musicians do is military deployment or oil-rig jobs, or long haul fishing.

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Suddenly a mess of  dark hair appeared next to me, and a warm smile greets the three of us. Ian Peres, the bassist and keyboardist for Wolfmother stumbled in on our conversation. *************************************************************************************************

Ian: How do you guys know each other?

Julie: We’re doing an interview!

Ian: Oh! I’m so sorry…

Lindsey: *To Ian* How was your night? You got hammered, it was awesome.

Ian: Yeah…

Lindsey: That’s what you gotta do, man.

Ian: Portland was good to me. It was good… to US.

Sucker: What’d you guys do in Portland?

Lindsey: We stayed with my cousin. We got to stay there for two nights! She has a nice big house- with a full fridge, fresh eggs from his chicken… really nice. You know? It was a luxury for us. We kept it pretty mellow. These guys *gestures to Ian* got to party a bit more.

Ian: I’m a bit more hardcore. I went straight to ground control and played video games for a couple hours.

Sucker: When was the last time you guys played Seattle?

Julie: We played here a year ago, opening for Marilyn Manson.

Lindsey: That was a trip. I played bass with White Lung- my friend’s punk band- over the summer, and we played a couple shows in Seattle as well.

Sucker: What are you guys like on tour? Do you do a lot of partying?

Julie: We’re pretty mellow…

Sucker: Has that changed throughout the course of your band?

Julie: There was one tour we had where I feel like we really went for it. Most of them aren’t like that. You really need a stamina to party like that when you’re travelling. I know I don’t have it…

Lindsey: She’s also been married… Like, I was single for a long time and I was partying more than her- which isn’t really saying much.

Julie: If you drank a beer right now, you’d be partying harder than I do.

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(I supress the urge to tell her that I, in fact, drank half a bottle of wine before this interview to calm my nerves)

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Photo by Bryan Sheffield

Lindsey: You know, we have the nights that we let loose. You just can’t do it every night- I’ll get sick.

Julie: Yeah, also Lindsay really has to protect her voice when we’re on really long tours. Alcohol doesn’t always really lend itself to that.

Lindsey: Also, when you’re stuck in a van all day… you don’t want to have a hangover. It’s not great.

Julie: These guys [Wolfmother]… they’re in a bus. So, the bus drives all night, and they wake up in the city. I think that environment lends itself to… doing whatever the fuck.

Lindsey: And don’t get me wrong, there are nights we’ve partied really hard. I partied really hard the night before we went to Auschwitz. They party there. All the people were showing us a really good time. They drink a lot of vodka and stuff. The next day I was like… trainwrecked. I was not happy, and it was pouring rain. I couldn’t face it. Julie went, (To Auschwitz) and the rest of our crew went. I just felt like a piece of shit.

Sucker: What’s the first thing you guys are going to do when you get home from tour?

Lindsey: I’ll probably have some girl time with my L.A. bestie. I’ve known her for like 7 years.

Julie: Hug my little baby. She’s at home with daddy and grandparents.

Julie proceeds to lean forward and show me not only adorable photos, but videos of her infant daughter. I remain composed, but just barely.

Sucker: How old is she?

Julie: She’s almost 4 months.

Sucker: Have you already planned out which instrument she’s going to play?

Julie: She’s going to be a figure skater.

Keep in mind, during this entire part of the conversation, a video of Julie’s daughter laughing at an electronic whoopee cushion is playing in the background.

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Julie ended up having that beer and announcing to the crowd “I don’t have to breastfeed until tour is over!”

After some face melting guitar riffs and eardrum perforating drum solos, Lindsey’s icy stare locked onto the crowd while she began to chant “I am not ashamed of my rage.”

Deap Vally had taken Seattle by the throat. The band finished up the show and walked offstage to roars of applause.

After the set, I decided to do some recon in the ladies room (where else?) What I found was complete mayhem.

“What was that band’s name?!”

“They were so good. The singer was fucking amazing!”

“I’m going to buy a CD and a t-shirt… they’re my new favorite band”

By the throat.

As for the band- you can keep up with them

As for the band- be sure to check out their latest release Royal Jelly, and if you haven’t already- check out our last interview with the band where they talk Nick Zinner, the band’s formation, and more…