WWAD: You guys are touring in support of one
of your most recent release
From Hell to Texas (Steamhammer / SPV Records
2009). What is up with the obsession you guys seem to have
with Texas? And when are you guys just going to go ahead and move
NP: †Iím going to
try and move down there at some point and try and go back and
forth to Atlanta, but Iíd like to spend as much time in Austin
as possible. Itís too hot for Ruyter.†
Remo might move
back down there, but Karen
will never leave Denver.
WW: Oh, she lives in Denver? I had no idea.
NP: Yeah she lives in Denver. We fly her
in from Denver everywhere. She likes it there. Austin is too hot.
WWAD: From Hell to Texas was recorded and engineered by Gordie Johnson and Jacob Sciba.
What prompted you to choose those guys?
NP: Our manager was managing Grady at the
time and we were recording for ten days at Willie
Nelsonís studio, so those guys basically came with it.
WWAD: I know you guys have numerous side projects
going onÖCould you tell us something about them?
NP: I recorded a gospel record in April with the Kentucky Bridgeburners which is basically
all of the guys left over from 9lb
Hammer except the singer. Ruyter has another band called Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles,
and we have a group together called Buzzard.
WW: A gospel album?
NP: Yeah, itís pretty amazing! We went in
the studio for about a week and recorded a gospel album.
WW: Did you find Jesus, or did he find you?
NP: If you listen to it, if I didnít find
him, I was sure trying.† I
gave it a hell of a try.† Itís
kind of an obsession with me lately. I watch the History Channel,
anything to do with Hitler or Jesus.
WWAD: How do you guys find the time to be
NP: We had a lot of down time this past
year so instead of getting jobs we just decided to play as much
music as possible. Hopefully it paid off.
WWAD: Who or what first inspired you to pick
up a guitar and start playing?
NP: Believe it or not, seeing Bruce Springsteen.
WW: Bruce Springsteen? Holy crapster!
NP: Yeah I know. Itís weird huh?
WW: Yes it is.
†NP: He just looked like he was having a lot fun.† Iím talking about before the Born in the USA stuff. Iím talking about
27 or 29 years ago.
WWAD: How does your reception in Europe differ
from here in the states?
NP: Itís a thousand times better there.
We probably average about 600 people a night. †Europe is where Iím like a rock star.
WW: You guys are still rock stars here.†
You know that right?
†NP: Oh, in Austin? Yeah, but Europe is where I have young Scandinavian
girls follow me and stuff. Everyone else in the band gets a little
testy being over there after a few weeks about the weather and
stuff, but I could go over there forever.
WWAD: What are your top 5 tour destinations?
NP: There arenít really any surprises, just the basics.
I like L.A., Chicago, New York, Austin and Atlanta. I like to
play all the big cities. Overseas I like playing Oslo, Norway
and anywhere in France.† We do really, really well in France.
WWAD: Having been together over a decade now,
what do you think is key to a bandís longevity?
NP: I guess just making sure that everybody
gets along, which is why I just try to be extra nice. I have no
WWAD: If your house was on fire and you could
only save 5 albums, what would they be?
NP: James Brown - Live at the Appolo, AC/DC - Powerage, Iggy and the Stooges-Raw Power, something by Johnny Burnette & the Rock and Roll Trio, Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers.
WWAD: How do you like to spend your time when
youíre not on the road?
NP: I smoke weed, go hit baseballs, go out occasionally,
do drugs and talk to friends.†
I grill a lot of chicken.
WWAD: What can we look forward to from NP, Buzzard, or any of your other projects
this upcoming year?
NP: Nothing from Buzzard yet. Ruyterís other
band, Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles has an album coming
out next month.† The gospel
record I recorded with the Kentucky Bridgeburners called Hail
Jesus is coming out mid-October.†
Weíve got a Supersuckers
tour for about three weeks, then back in the studio around winter
time to work on the new album. Iím getting Jason
McMasters from Broken
Teeth to help me out.† Thatís
another reason I need to go to Austin is to see if I can actually
get some work done while Iím there and not just party.
WWAD: Parting words of wisdom to your ever-growing
legions of fans
NP: Wow. Theyíre ever growing? Right on!
I donít know. Fuck anything that moves.†
definitely going to be hearing about that one later.
WW: Oh well!
Blain Cartwright - Vocals, Guitar
Ruyter Suys - Guitar
Karen Cuda - Bass
Jeremy Thompson - Drums