I caught up with Minneapolis Sludge crew Couch to ask them some super run of the mill interview questions and nothing about the album we’re trying to promote as I’m a fucking interview mastermind!
Still they manage to make it entertaining, a testament to these upstanding individuals. Huge thanks to the guys for taking part! Rodge: Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to chat to us. How are you guys doing?
Couch: The world is dying, but I guess it could be worse.
Rodge: So what first got you into music?
Couch: Mostly for the same reasons everyone else does: to get laid. But I guess it could have
been watching Michael Jackson on TV coupled with boredom.
Rodge: Who inspired you to make music?
Couch: Sometimes people just do things because they feel like it. When this band started we were all already in other bands for years and we found out we had the same interests and decided to fuck around with some songs. It was a pretty straightforward thing, really.
Rodge: How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Couch: It's loud and sometimes its ugly and stupid but mostly its like watching a monkey fuck a football.
Rodge: What is your creative process like?
Couch: It's not a cryptic or magical process but it usually starts with either a bong-load or pint of vodka and goes from there. Right now we just send each other shit on the internet.
Rodge: Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Rodge: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Couch: Hank III for sure. We've talked about opening for El Toro Loco for the Monster Jam Finals at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida in 2021. Sturgis would be fun, too.
Rodge: What is one message you would give to your people new to Couch?
Couch: We're in no position to give anyone a message unless they're mailing it for us.
Rodge: You guys are clearly very talented, but do you have any useless talents?
Couch: Pissing in water bottles in the van while driving but that's not exactly useless if you're late getting to your next show. Smoke multiple cigs while packing a lipper of chaw and nic patches.
Rodge: How have you been dealing with Covid?
Couch: We're still alive so I guess "well"? It sucks for sure but collecting unemployment has been pretty chill.
Rodge: Do you have any upcoming shows or is everything still closed up over there?
Couch: We can play Florida anywhere, anytime. They do what they want in Florida.
Rodge: Where would be your dream venue to play?
Couch: Anyones shitty ass smelly basement with one light and bad electrical. Basement shows are our favorite.
Rodge: Do you have a favourite song to perform?
Couch: Night Shit is a good time
Rodge: Which famous musicians do you admire?
Couch: Yngwie, Alice Coltrane, Sun City Girls
Rodge: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Couch: Lots of bar fights, possession. We're not criminals...
Rodge: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Couch: "Don't do what I do" - dad, day drinking. "Double flush the upstairs toilet" - mom before I flooded the upstairs bathroom with shit water. "take these beers with you on the road" - also dad.
Rodge: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Couch: Industry? Well to start, we'd like to see materials extraction done fairly and efficiently without ass-fucking the planet. Probably also would be cool if all the god-damn sprayers took a break from hosing the planets food sources with fungicides, pesticides and herbicides. The healthcare industry could use a good kick in the balls to all these gutless Big Pharma execs astronomical incomes. Information industry needs to take a break from beating off on and analysing all their useless "data". Political industry, we don't have to even say anything...
Rodge: What’s next for you?
Couch: Got a bong-load and a pint at the ready. We'd like to play a show again one day, preferably away from this piece of shit country but hey, we'll take what we can get.
Tazed by a Bum is out now! Stream/Order here: https://cursedmonk.bandcamp.com/album/tazed-by-a-bum