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GWAR's message is heavily scatalogical. Would you say the band takes influence from shock rockers of yore like the Dwarves or G.G. Allin?
I have a lot of respect for those guys. Poo-flinging, ahem, is something that GWAR has delved in many times. I don't know about influence on us. It's hard to have an influence on us when you're an ant in the afterbirth and we're godlike supreme beings. But maybe there's a little bit of love there.
Your new record is titled Battle Maximus. Is that a tribute to [now deceased] former GWAR member Battle Maximus?
The Battle Maximus is the great conflict that had to be waged between the different members of the Maximus tribe in order to qualify [to be a new member of GWAR]. They all came to Earth and fought outside of the GWAR temple for the right to fill the void that had been left by the mighty Flattus. And at the end of the day, when the fireball had burned off, we heard a great booming sound at the door and Pustulus Maximus damn near knocked the thing off its hinges.
His songwriting is amazing, and he is very violent. There are times, onstage, when I'll be doing my thing and I see Pustulus just tearing into a monster from behind. Usually the guitar players are too busy playing guitar to get involved. But I really like how Pustulus found a way to work in some violence.
As time goes on, society's threshold for the crude and the profane seems to increase. Could you ever see GWAR on TV or maybe even in a Broadway musical?
It will happen eventually. In the wake of GWAR, we have had everything from Slipknot to South Park. And everything in between. Beavis and Butt-Head. Whatever. It was time for people to lighten up a little bit. GWAR is still leading that charge. And maybe society isn't quite ready yet for a full-frontal nudity variety show featuring undead alien overlords having sex with dead animals. But they will be at some point. And considering the fact we are immortal, it's just a question of how long until it happens.
GWAR has historically always played rock 'n' roll. Have you ever considered another sound or direction? Could we ever hear a GWAR electronic album?
[laughs] I wouldn't put it past us. We've been working really hard to reestablish ourselves as overlords of the metal scene. We've played a lot of derivative music, a lot of parody music, comedy music. Whatever. Right now the last two albums we have really settled into the metal pantheon. But I never want to put boundaries or boxes on this idea. 'Cause it could go anywhere.
GWAR, with White Chapel, Iron Reagan, and Band of Orcs. 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 4, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $23. Visit jointherevolution.net.