Slender is the night...
Slender - Zarathelma
I was lucky enough to meet Rod Damnit (vocals) through work, a chance thing. They even agreed to one of my formulaic interviews.
Rod Damnit - Vocals
Clint Grubb - Guitar
Kent Carter- Bass
Joe - Drums
1) What is your first musical memory?
Clint - Elvis dying. I was like 3 or something.
Rod- The Batman Theme
Kent - Watching Sound of Music on the TV.
2) What was the first album/CD/tape that you remember purchasing? The last?
Clint - Disco Duck. Bitchin record, still break it out from time to time.
Rod - First: Devo, Are We Not Men & Elvis Costello, Armed Forces from the local head
shop/record store Last: Paul Anka, Rock Swings
Kent - Ozzy Osbourne, "Diary of a Madman." I had to actually buy it twice because
my parents through it out because it was so "evil."
And they know how to cover a song, making it their own:
Slender - Bye, Bye Love
3) Has there been anything lately in your life that unexpectedly struck you as beautiful?
Clint - I see beautiful things everyday.
Rod - panini machines, and they way my lady looks at me - that‚s right
Kent - Lands End here in SF on a nice day.
4) Of all of the things that you own, what is the one material thing you couldn't do without?
Clint - My truck
Rod - pants that fit loosely in the crotch. But not too loose.
Kent - My 1978 Fender Jazz Bass Guitar.
5) If you could go back and change one decision that you made in the past, what would it be and why?
Clint - There's too many for me to pick just one.
Rod - drinking that Brain Hemorrhage Clint made me recently (why? One word: hawaiianpizzabarfinthebathroomsinkat3am) Bitchin.
Kent - Play Rock and Roll sooner. I would have been able to take more advantage of my youthful good looks.
6) What's your favorite part of the music making process?
Clint - Playing live, and recording.
Rod - writing new stuff and playing with my brethren for a rabid crowd. Not real rabies - but you know what I mean.
Kent - Rocking out with my buddies.
7) What's your best musical memory?
Clint - Again, there's so many. Any good show with any one of the bands that I've ever played in. Even some of the crappier shows we've played all have good memories attached to them.
Rod - Seeing Johnny Cash at the Alameda County Fair two years in a row when I was in high school. I guess that's actually two memories. Sorry.
Kent - Performing to a packed house in the old CW Saloon on Stinky's Peepshow night.
8) What's the most frightening thing that's ever happened to you?
Clint - Getting mugged at gunpoint. No fun at all.
Rod - The time the Denver SWAT Team stormed the friend's house two of us were staying in after a show there (about 7:00am)∑ they weren‚t after us, they were after the roomate, and I was actually sleeping in the RV out front, so I slept through it all - Clint and our old drummer Joe were pretty scared though.
Kent - Watching my house burn down, along with our band's master tapes for our new record.
9) What's your favorite television show, film or book?
Clint - Anything on discovery channel.
Rod - Lately, any news outlet that isn‚t controlled by the White House in some fashion. George, you're an asshole.
Kent - The new Battlestar Galactica pretty much rocks.
10) How old is your oldest piece of clothing?
Clint - About 30 yrs. old.
Rod - 74 years. I think.
Kent - My Eagle Scout uniform. I think it's about 20 years old.
11) What instrument strikes you as being capable of producing the most beautiful sound?
Clint - Skin flute.
Rod - Steel Drums, hands-down.
Kent - French Horn
And speaking of covers, here's my favorite track off their new album:
Slender - Train in Vain REMOVED
Lots of other tracks available at their site, so run over there and check it out. You can buy their latest album for only 9.95, what a steal. Check it out at Interpunk.
They've also recently finished a music video, which you can dig right over here.