GWAR’s Oderus Urungus Talks New Guitarist, Upcoming Album, Hurricane Sandy + More
GWAR front-thing Oderus Urungus was the guest on Full Metal Jackie's radio this past weekend. The menacing monster talked all about the 2012 presidential campaign, new guitarist Pustulus Maximus, Hurricane Sandy and more. Check out Full Metal Jackie's full chat with GWAR's Oderus Urungus below:
It's Full Metal Jackie bringing you two hours of metal each and every week. On the show with us again, our friend, Oderus of Gwar. How are you?
[Sings] It's been awhileeeeee since I could - Oh whatever, I hate that song.
It's great to see you. It's obviously very entertaining to have the Mad Minute that you've been doing for the show. I hope that you've been enjoying it.
Yeah haven't I? I've been doing those. I don't remember really much of it but it's funny, I think. I listen to my voice and I'm like, "That guy he's hilarious! Somebody should give him a comedy record deal." They're like, "That's you Oderus" and I'm like "Really, that sucks!"
Full Metal Jackie with Oderus of GWAR on the show. I gotta ask you, the 2012 presidential campaign was obviously heated. What aspect of the campaign trail was so absurd that some sort of GWAR lampooning needed to happen?
Um, well basically, both of their existences -- the fact that they settled their disputes with gladiatorial combat and they both have to die innocent, but we can't come across as having any side. It's all this pointy, spikey, bloody burning wheel of death. They both end up on it but we do kill Mitt first. I think that says something.
It's Full Metal Jackie. Oderus of GWAR on the show with us and we've got to talk about your newest member. How has Pustulous Maximus acclimated himself and settled into the band?
Quite well, he moved right on in, as it were. Actually Santa Ana was the first anniversary of Flattus' returning to the stars and it could of easily bid us a morbid, gloomy affair but instead it was a true celebration and we turned a corner on a year that was a journey through a dark valley but then again the female vagina is also a dark valley and there's much pleasure to be had in that. So it's a good thing, he's doing the impossible now hasn't he? He's filled the shoes of one of the greatest rubber monster guitar players ever lived, damn it. Even the non-rubber monster guitar player, and there's not a day that goes by where we don't remember Flattus but Pustulous full of piss and vinegar and acne has truly carved out his swarth in GWAR and the fans seemed to have accepted it. It's going very well.
It's been a couple of years since 'Bloody Pit of Horror,' so what are the plans for the next GWAR album?
Well we're already deep into it.
That's what she said.
That's what she said... That's what she said to the bishop. But that is something we've been doing all year, of course we were searching for a new guitar player that took a lot of time. A lot of the Maximus clan, it took them many months to reach the planet in order to lay down tracks for the records and these guys with their gigantic space battle barges, these things, they are not death stars but they are big. You know you'd think in Antartica, all the ice planes everywhere, that you could park these things without running into each other. But we just had terrible parking problems and then we found out the penguins were getting high so we had to get, we migrated workers from South America to come down and then the penguins were like "labor strike!" and then there was just open warfare between the Mexicans and the penguins and I believe Mexico is actually at war with Antartica right now or at least the penguins of Antartica.
But I digress, in fact, I can't even remember what the question was. Oh the new album, yes, so we've been hard at work on it. We have about... pretty much the whole album is written. The only bad part about it is after this tour is over we have to go back and remember them all. We wrote them and we recorded them so we're pretty sure if we play them we can figure out how to play them again.
Of course, you can catch Oderus with the Mad Minute on the show as well as on the website at fullmetaljackieradio.com. I do have a question for you, non GWAR related. Hurricane Sandy obviously devastated the East Coast.
Yes. Mother nature is no fan of the Jersey Shore.
Being on tour while such a catastrophic event was happening back home, how tough was that?
Oh it wasn't tough at all. As a matter of fact, we think that a grave misjustice has been done. Everyone's throwing these reliefs and benefits for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and what about poor Hurricane Sandy? I mean she came onto land and then she began to break up. She lost strength and soon she was no more. What about Sandy? Who is holding a benefit for her? GWAR is -- that's who! I mean, if you don't want me to feel sorry for these things, don't give them names!
I hadn't thought about that actually.
Yes you hadn't thought about that! Bruce Springsteen wrote very prophetically a song all about living on the Eastern Shore, all about the Jersey Shore and I think this was mother nature's revenge for writing such an awful song.
Thanks a lot, Bruce!
Thanks Bruce. Thanks Snooki, you didn't help any either.
See GWAR out on the road for about another month or so and of course we're looking forward to a new GWAR album. Thank you as always for the Mad Minute and for being you, sir.
Keep em coming. We had plans for an Oderus 'Spoken Turd' album, but we decided to put that back until a new album had come out. I've definitely been honing my abilities through your show and it'll come out. So I think the new album about halfway through next year and the 'Spoken Turd' album will be sometime after that. Just wrapped the second season of 'Holliston.' A lot of stuff going on, so it's going to be a really big year for GWAR.
By the way, really awesome to see you on the side of the bus. The billboards came out. I almost crashed trying to take a picture to text it to you because I was so excited.
Yeah I'm used to being under them, not so much on the side. So it was a new experience for me.
Thanks again for being on the show.
Thank you Jackie and for your remorseless support.
Full Metal Jackie will welcome drummer Chris Adler of Lamb of God on her next show. Full Metal Jackie can be heard on radio stations around the country — for a full list of stations, go to fullmetaljackieradio.com.