He’s been the ever-present leading man of Monster Magnet for nearly a quarter of a century, and Dave Wyndorf is showing no signs of slowing down just yet. New album ‘Last Patrol’ is as good as anything the band have done in the past and their live shows are still very fun to witness. Recently I got the chance to interview Dave and talk about the band’s current state of affairs – but I wasn’t expecting him to talk about giving birth or unleashing the creatures of another dimension…
How do you feel your mini UK tour in August went?
It was hell! The British crowd is very demanding. They wanted more rock than I had to give! I almost died.
You’ve been going as a band in one form or other since 1989 – how do you manage to keep things fresh?
Well, “fresh” isn’t a word we use much around here anymore. “Embalmed” is more like it! Various blood transfusions and soul trading with select demons has kept us at the ready.
Next year will be your 25th anniversary; anything special planned to celebrate?
Really!? Next year!? Shit, I gotta get on that!
Chris Kosnick became your new bass player this year. How has he settled in to life as a member of Monster Magnet?
He’s a nutter. A real wild card. I honestly don’t know if he’s going to last. Fucking maniac.
‘Last Patrol’ is your ninth studio release. Have you found a particular writing process for each album or has it been ever changing?
Writing is like giving birth. Sometimes the songs just slide out and sometimes you have to cut yourself open!
Since 1995 you’ve also released a new studio album every three years without fail. Has this been intentional or just a massive coincidence?
We usually hit the road for 2 years after an album. After we’re home for a month we get bored and do another record. Jeez, we really are predictable.
Anything different in the recording process this time around compared to previous efforts?
Recording wise, this one was done with a lot less hi gain on the amps. Made for a more subdued, old school feel. Also we did this one in our home town. Very relaxed.
Do you have a favorite track on ‘Last Patrol? If so, what is it and why?
My favorite is “Stay Tuned”. I enjoyed the simplicity. Not many tracks. Easy to sing!
Do you have an all-time favorite album or songs?
Oh god, where do I start? Early Sabbath, Stooges, Hawkwind…too many to count.
Given that you’ve been around longer than many bands, you must have some memorable tour experiences from over the years. Any you’d like to share with us?
So many! I can’t cite just one. Being in Monster Magnet is like a cross between “Spinal Tap”, “Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!” and “Nightmare On Elm Street”
What can UK fans expect from your upcoming live shows in February?
An “all the way live” rock experience. Life! Death! Babies being born! Dimensional portals opening and demons pouring out.
Any messages you would like to pass on to the readers?
Focus your psychosis, people. It works for me and I haven’t had a regular job for 20 years. Peace!
Many thanks to Dave for taking the time to fill this out. ‘Last Patrol’ by Monster Magnet is out now via Napalm Records. The band play the following UK dates in February:
Thursday 13th – Koko, London
Friday 14th – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
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