We Interviewed GOBLIN COCK!

From [UTG] Matt:

On the crisp winter evening of February the 17th, I had esteemed pleasure of spending a few minutes conversing with Robcore Records label-head Rob Crow. Mr. Crow was there for the evening as guitar tech for (and presumably lead singer of) doom metal rocker Goblin Cock.

Rob Crow (RC): I’m speaking today as label-head and roadie

UTG:
All right, thank you for meeting with me. Let’s get started. Could you tell me how the band went through the writing process for this album.

RC: It’s weird in that Lord Phallus (Goblin Cock lead singer) is not so much of a control freak as he is a control fetishist. He has to do everything, and then divvy out. Each part he divvies out is like a gift from pure rock creation itself.

UTG: Where did the band record this new album, Come With Me If You Want To Live?

RC: I think this one was in a Friesian Tomb. Sometimes we do the drum tracks in an Agorath Temple in the Middle East. If we have to do anything direct, it’s our line of attack.

UTG: Is that how the typical Goblin Cock album goes?

RC: It’s never the same, because the name of the game is adventure. If you don’t end up doing at least one mosh part on the back of a donkey lost in the desert, then you really haven’t finished an album as far as they’re (Goblin Cock) concerned.

UTG: This album is put out by your label, Robcore, as opposed to being put out by Absolutely Kosher Why did you find the need to create your own label?

RC: Because I have so many projects that need to come out. I’m still slow going at getting them out, because I want to make sure I don’t screw it up. As soon as I’m doing screwing up my own life for a while, then maybe I’ll work on screwing up other people’s albums. I don’t want to be the kind of label-guy that everyone’s bummed on.

UTG: Do you have specific things in mind that you want to do for your artists.

RC: I want to make sure that no one starts or ends up with any misconceptions of money or popularity. I want to make sure I’ve got it all figured out. I’m learning everyday. I’m learning a lot. I’m constantly busy doing what I love, and learning – not making a dime. Hopefully I won’t starve my children.

UTG: How do you go about allocating your time between different musical projects?

RC: Somebody else is usually the one to say “can work on this now?” and I say “yes we can.” I’d love to spend more time on Optiganally Yours, but the other guy is always gone on 6-month long hikes. Zach Hill has got like 5 other bands that he’s constantly on tour with, so we hardly get to work on the Ladies stuff.

UTG: Do you ever consider past projects totally dead? Will we see more Aspects of Physics?

RC: Aspects of Physics is still a band. I’m still trying to find the time to finish up the new album.

UTG: You’re back on the road, how do you like the touring lifestyle?

RC: I love it. The only thing I don’t like is being away from my family. When I’m with Pinback, I can have my family with me almost all the time. Being a dad is the most important thing to me. There’s this crazy thing though. You can’t take care of your family unless you’re on the road, and you can’t be on the road and take care of your family at the same time. A lot of people are on the road 8 months out of the year and never get to see their family.

UTG: Are there places you absolutely love to play?

RC: Japan. Geneva. There aren’t a lot of places I don’t like. I love meeting new people. I try to avoid Albuquerque.

UTG: All right, here’s the lightning round. One word answers if you can. Is Goblin Cock more metal than Maiden?

RC: Differently metal than Maiden

UTG: That’s not one word

RC: Differently

UTG: Is Pea Hix, as out of his mind as he appears to be?

RC: Yes, but he would say the same thing about me, and he would be absolutely right.

UTG: What’s your favorite musical project?

RC: The one I’m most looking forward to is the new Optiganally Yours album. Then it’s probably the new Goblin Cock album, Cock Opera. I think the new Optiganally Yours is going to be the most appreciated of anything that I’ve ever done. OY in Hi-Fi is going to be the shit.

UTG: These are not one-word answers

*Note: at this point in the interview Rob leaves to help the opening act load in, because he’s a gentleman.

UTG: Who would win in a game of musical chairs, Sid Vicious or Johnny Rotten?

RC: Johnny Rotten

UTG: Is it good to be Rob Crow?

RC: It all depends. I wish was thinner, but I love my family, and I love the opportunity to do what I can do.

UTG: How many licks does it take to get toe the center of a Tootsie Pop?

RC: Three

UTG: What’s your favorite song to play on this tour?

RC. Streuth

UTG: If you could be one other musician who would it be?

RC: Don Van Vliet… I’d want to be an extraneous to the Shaggs that just got to see them every day, but didn’t get raped by their father.

UTG: Can you sum up Goblin Cock in word

RC: Necro-nomically… No

UTG: Is your room still a mess?

RC: More than ever

UTG: What are your plans for the rest of 2009?

RC: Write, record, tour, repeat.

UTG: All right, well thank you for taking the time to meet with me

RC: Thank you, man. Enjoy the show.

*Written By: Matt  Bullock*
*Posted By: James Shotwell*

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