|RNW: Could you tell
us a little about each song on the new album. Let's start with Little
Butch: Little Head
is a song that's basically your classic breakup song. You can't get over
the one who like verbally tormented you when you were together and who
belittled you. You try so hard to get that person out of your head but
Now on song two, Grant Park,
I wrote that song while making "Hey! Album". It didn't come together in
the original recording. Then I re-recorded it and I think it's one of the
best songs on the record. I wrote that song from personal experience. When
I was sixteen years old, I had a girlfriend. That was when I was playing
in clubs and I thought I was the total rock stud at sixteen because I was
getting away with going from high school to playing in nightclubs six nights
a week to 21 and over audiences. They all thought I was twenty-one. I was
leading this double life. I was going out and getting girls every night,
then getting up, being 16 and going to high school every morning. I was
kind of laughing at my high school buddies who didn't know, because if
anyone found out I wouldn't get to do it.
I had a girlfriend who was 21 years old
and she thought I was 21. I didn't tell her, I lied about it. She was a
babe. I thought I was lovin' it, but then she dumped me. I got dumped hard
and it kind of crushed my ego because I thought I was doing good having
an older girlfriend. It turned out she never told me why and when she told
me why, I found this out about two years ago after this had been since
sixteen years old. She emailed me and told me the reason she never told
me why was because she left me for a girl. So that kind of inspired me
to write a song about betrayal for the same sex. That's what that song
The next one, which is Get Over
is what it says, it's about "I hope you never get over me cuz I'll never
get over you."
It's about people who have lost someone and are bitter
about it, jaded.
Sugarbuzz is about the neysayers,
the critics and the people out there that are telling you, not even if
you are in the music business but with whatever you do, telling you, you
shouldn't be doing something because it's not right for you. Or basically
trying to kill your buzz, whatever makes you happy and gets you buzzed.
Because someone's bitter, jaded
and jealous they're trying to bring you down and tell you it ain't gonna
last or try to bring you off of that. It's a message basically saying,
to tell them to stick that sign up their ass! The one that says it won't
RNW: So it's sort of an outgrowth
of Freak of Week?
Butch: Yeah, it's kind of like part
Supernatural Blond is a song
about a guy who's obsessed with this blond knockout who does not exist.
He only dreams about her and she is a supernatural blond.
RNW: It has some tongue in cheek
RNW:: Radio Tokyo,
I heard that came to you in a dream?
In a perfect world to me
radio would not be segregating certain styles of music. It's about people
that are listening to the radio and are getting tired of hearing or being
played only what people think they're supposed to listen to and like. Instead
of being able to listen to what they want. And so they tune into this pirate
radio station at night that takes over the airwaves, called Radio Tokyo
that plays whatever they want. They request it, they hear it instantly
and basically it breaks down any kind of segregated walls they may have
from listening to music and being stylistically driven into a hole. After
a while it becomes so popular that it takes over the airwaves. That's the
Then Cold As Hell was on
the original "Hey! Album" before getting signed(to Elektra Records). It's
another song about love loss.
RNW: What about Beautiful?
Butch: Beautiful is
about a girl that a guy wants and can't have and she's got some loser guy
that doesn't appreciate her for who she is. I think I might have been inspired
by that movie "the Wedding Singer" when I wrote this one. You know, like
the jerk guy who treats her like s***. He has all the money and everything
he wants and the other guy wants the girl real bad and if he had her he
would tell her she doesn't need to change a thing, she's beautiful just
the way she is.
I'm Losing You is a song
about physical abuse and rape. I try not to go too far into it. It's just
kind of one of the songs about someone who gets sedated and messed up and
led down the dark path of destruction.
This Time is a song about
masturbating to a Farrah Fawcett poster.
Butch: Better Off Alone
is basically what it says.
I Could Change is another
rant about me telling you that I can change, you can change and everything
would stay the same. So it's kind of saying let change happen and accept
it. Whether it means trends, cloths whatever. You're gonna be laughing
about parachute pants five years later, your also gonna be laughing at
backwards baseball caps five years from now. We're all gonna be laughing
at everything, so just get used to it.
RNW:: The final song Cigarette
Lighter Love Song, I can't wait to hear that one live, that's gonna
Butch: I can't either.
RNW:: Speaking of live, you guys
are known for your live performances, so are there any major tour plans
Butch: We are leaving September
7th to go out on a co-headlining tour with SR-71. They are
opening the shows and we're closing them. We're doing that because I co-wrote
their hit, Right Now. We're kind of celebrating that by going
out on tour together. We're two bands trying to bring back the rock a little
RNW:: Sounds like a great show.
Butch: Yeah it should be fun. Then
after that we're gonna come to the west coast.
RNW:: RIGHT ON! I can't wait
to see that.
Butch: Me either.
RNW:: Are you gonna be headlining
Butch: I don't think so. I think
we are going to go open some shows for Dynamite Hack and from there who
ever else what's to have us.
RNW:: Ok, one last question for
you here. I read an interview where you listed the biggest influences in
your life... Your dad, Prince, Kiss, Elvis Costello, this guy named
Butch: Yeah,that's right.
RNW:: Who is Matt?
Butch: It was this guy named Matthew.
It's kind of an interesting story. He was my sister's boyfriend, and we
all lived together in this big loft. He was just this amazing songwriter.
When I was just a little young, dumb metalhead and wanted to become a songwriter
and wanted to really focus on being a good songwriter I envied this guy
for his ability to just whip out these lyrically colorful and intense songs.
His influences were Lyle Lovett, Elvis Costello and people like that who
just had that in them. And he came along at the right time in my life,
when I needed it. I needed someone to help shape and learn how to get in
contact with being descriptive and colorful. And paint a picture, tell
a story and set off emotions instead of just filling in the blanks with
RNW:: Thanks for you time and good
luck with the album and tour. I can't wait to see you guys out here on
the West Coast.
Butch: We'll be there!
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