Which part have the lyrics in the band and are they important for the Bitchwax?
We have only lyrics when Chris feels like writing them, that's why we have so many instrumentals!!
One of my personal faves on the "II" album is "SmokeScreen", the song with Warren Haynes of GOV'T MULE. How did you get together with him and do you like his band?
I met Warren Haynes a few years ago when Gov't Mule were playing in San Francisco, and Magnet had the night off and he asked me to come down and jam with them at the Fillmore... actually, I met him when he jammed with Raging Slab in, like, 1995....anyways, we stayed in touch and when we wanted slide guitar on "SmokeScreen", we called him up. I think Gov't Mule are great... they are still carrying on after the unfortunate loss of Allen Woody (bass player of the Mule...he died this year / the editor), and they have a new album coming out which I can't wait to hear...
There's again a cover version on the "II" album. You have chosen "Play The Game" from Atomic Rooster. What other bands do you like from the late 60s/early 70s ?
I listen to so much music, from big bands like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and Mountain, to more obscure bands like Stray Dog, Buffalo and Captain Beyond... geez, I have a lot of music I like... these days I listen to a lot of Brian Eno, Hendrix, Sun Ra, T. Rex, and Mahogany Rush...
Isn't it hard sometimes for you to play in two bands, because one of the bands is really popular? I think, that you haven't so much time left for The Atomic Bitchwax, because Monster Magnet have grown to a big act.
It's hard sometimes, but I hate not to play. I like to keep busy playing or I get into trouble!! I would rather play than not to play, so if it gets a little crazy sometimes, I don't mind. . .Sometimes MM is really busy, but when we are not busy we are not doing anything. . .I wish there was more time for Bitchwax, but I like playing in both bands for different reasons. . .
What is the difference for you between a live performance of MM and Bitchwax ? Do you prefer one of this "jobs" ?
Bitchwax is a lot more improvisation, whereas MM is more of like putting on a well rehearsed "every note is pretty much the same every night " kind of thing... well, not really, but it´s more planned out whereas in Bitchwax there are a lot more things that are gonna be different every night...
Two questions about MM, Ed... at first, it's about the nude female dancers on the "God Says No" tour. Are they really important for the music? Maybe some people only come for the girls and not for the music. What do you think about it?
Monster Magnet is a show... there is the music of course, and there is the "show"... and we want to entertain, and that is part of the "show"... it is nice to have girls dancing to our music onstage, but they have nothing to do with the music, it's just part of the show sometimes. We don't do it every night!! I hope people don't come just for the girls!! We like to play music!!
The second question goes back to the time, when you became part of the line-up in MM, instead of John McBain. What was the reason for him to leave the band in, I think it was in 1992?
I'm really not to sure of the whole John McBain thing. I know he is a great guitar player with a great sound ALWAYS, and I have seen him afew times over the last few years, but we never really spoke about that...