Hi guys welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Good – Halloween is finally behind us, thank goodness, and the dark spirits of the netherworld have returned to Hades where they belong! Now we can walk about the earth in peace, no longer having to look over our shoulders for evil spirit animals. The pumpkins have begun melting which is a glorious sight. All the candy has been ingested. Life is good. Life is also an bountiful harvest of energy and positivity as all our focus now turns to Thanksgiving and the ingestion of starchy breads and potatoes and, well for a few of us, turkey meat. For the vegans in the group, Thanksgiving is a bit more like a day in memory of the annual turkey genocide for which we will undoubtedly spend the time fasting and crying. Also, we’ll hang out at the beach with some friends.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Low Payout”?
Sure. When it came time to write this song, we had a humble goal – to save rock and roll from extinction. I’m happy to report that we succeeded. Fender guitars is on an upswing, Guitar Center is opening more stores. Too bad about Gibson. Metallica is still around, so is Journey (albeit without Steve Perry.) And so as is evidenced by all the above, we can safely report that “Low Payout” with the explosive rasp of Dicky Barrett, has saved rock music from termination. Once again. Three cheers for us! One cheer for Dicky!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
There was an election in November of 2016 which might have had an impact. Essentially, the white working class feels abandoned by the Democrats. This song is written from their perspective and why they’ve chosen to tune out. There’s a low payout for them. Not a lot of opportunity. So they learn to do without.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was unique, to say the least. For the band footage, we hired a 19-person camera crew, flew them in from London but they forgot to put film in their cameras. Luckily, we had an iPhone being held by a friend of the band. We’ll call that a $25,000 loss I guess. For Dicky’s part, he happened to be in NYC that week working his day job on the Kimmel Show. So, he hired another film crew, this one from Sweden, and, can you believe it? They also forgot to put film in their cameras. Luckily, Dicky had a friend with an iPhone also. Thank goodness so many people have camera phones! We brought in Steven Speilberg to oversee the editing but when he showed up, he forgot his scissors to cut the film. So, we ended up using iMovie. So, about $125K later, we have the glorious, untouchable brilliance of our video.
The single comes off your new album No More Questions – what’s the story behind the title?
No More Questions – what’s the story behind the title?
It’s a bit of a double entendre. Not in a frisky, naughty or sexy kind of way. Those are like “Once I drew to an inside straight…I was one Jack off” or when Hannibal Lecter says “I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend for dinner.” On second thought, I mean that it has a double meaning. It’s not at all a double entendre.
How was the recording and writing process?
Long. We recorded the first few songs back in 2016. Some of the songs were written in 1996 or 1997.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
Of course! Don’t you?
After 20 years and the scene having changed so much – did you try to fit the mold or you rather brought some of the nostalgia and approach from back them?
This one time, we lived in a house that had black mold. We had to hire a company to remove it and we were pretty worried about our health. Luckily, we got it taken care of. The most effective way to get rid of black mold is to let is harden and then break it in half. Hence the term, “breaking the mold.” This is not dissimilar to how Big Mother Gig approaches music. Each and every piece of music released since we broke up in 1996, has been a plague of dangerous spores, filling our lungs, dividing our country and killing people left and right. We have destroyed all of that by our return. It is now safe again to listen to rock and roll music and breathe deeply. Unless you live in a swamp. Then, you still need to check for mold.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Everywhere around us. Hipsters in hipster neighborhoods (‘Alvarado”), the Trump administration (“The Great Heist”), social media and marketing “mavens” (“Lets Make Compelling Content”), the forgotten working class (“Low Payout”) and on and on and on and on and back again and repeat and then on and on again and then stop.
Any plans to hit the road?
Hammers are no match for pavement smashing but I suspect you are using the euphemism for “touring.” We’ve done lots of mini-tours over the last year and a half – 3-5 dates stretches. That seems to work best for us. Yes, we plan to do more of that. Nothing ready to announce yet.
What else is happening next in Big Mother Gig’s world?