Party Battleship – Full Interview


Here is the full interview with the band Party Battleship, thanks to John Morris for answering our questions with a sense of humor and making the interview fun. It’s always nice to talk to someone who can think on their feet and roll with the dumb questions. Check out the band here- Party Battleship.

1. Some people say your music is devil music, how do you …..wait that’s a question for another band, sorry. Here we go, is your music about Satan?

Why does Satan get all the credit? What about Adramlech, Budsturga, Nergal, and Nihasa? Why must they be fated to illegible metal fonts, and naught much more? There’s even a demon, among the thousands out there, named Leonard, yet no one ever accused a rock band of backward-masking Leonard worshipping chants into their records.

I suppose if I was to write about Satan, it would be in the Byronic hero/Miltonic context, of the freedom seeking outlaw who gets tossed out of his digs. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

In short, no, not about Satan specifically— personal demons probably, interpersonal demons possibly, but no. And the band of demons definitely beat Johnny.

2. I’ve realized later in life that I’m really just a basic kind of idiot. What is something you’ve realized about yourselves lately?

I’ve realized that I should stop worrying and accept the fact that I’m a Adam West Batman kinda guy, and that really I can accept no substitutes, with the possibility of Michael Keaton. And I’m ok with that.

3. In the Navy, Party Battleship is the designation for a cruiser that is carrying heavy armaments. True or something that I just made up?

You can put your mind at ease. Our Battleship is only built for sailing the seven seas. Can’t you see we need a hand? Come on and join your fellow man. 

4. Alf is to stand up comedy as Party Battleship is too…..?

The gang-being-chased music on Scooby Doo.

5. Rowdy Roddy Piper, great wrestler or the greatest of All Time?

DEFINITELY greatest of all time. He came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass—and he’s all out of bubblegum. May he rest in peace.

6. in the song “El Condor Pasa” after they say “I’d rather be a hammer than a nail” they say “Yes I would, If I only Could, I surely Would” , it makes me think that in life we are always the nail wishing in vain to be the hammer, which will never happen. A futile existence. Talk me out of this theory.

I never liked Art Garfunkle’s voice.

7. Kiss Army, Bay City Roller Brigade or Jugalo, which group would make it out of the corn maze first? How much corn would they eat?

I’m going to go with Kiss Army on this one. I think the Roller Brigade would be a bit too old to beat anyone at a race, god love ‘em. (And they are my favorite out of the lot). The Jugalos would get into too many Springer-esque shenanigans along the way, and probably get diabeetus from all the Faygo. Plus they’re just sorta troubled, aren’t they? I think at this point the Kiss Army members would be a bunch of working professionals and tradesmen, who would be able to rely on their daily experience to navigate the maze.

8. Which is dumber or a bigger waste of your time, the comedy of Jim Varney or these stupid questions?

These questions. Do you have an inking of what I am intending, Vernon?

9.Frank Zappa Hologram going on tour, good idea or sacrilege?

It seems to depend on which side of the Zappa family you ask. I have a certain fondness for Dweezil, because he has been the apparent true legacy-keeper of that gonzo stuff. Whatever Dweezil wants.

10. Boredom on the rode, stuck in a moving vehicle, how do you pass the time? What is a good time waster? who in the band handles this situation and how do they do it so well?

We generally pass the time badmouthing millennials. That will burn up a few hours. That’s pretty much all of us, but Shalini and me in particular.

That, and team jazzercise at the occasional rest stop.

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