GWAR has been around a long time, lead vocalist Oderus Urungus swinging his rock n roll dong to and fro and covering audiences in blood, sweat and jizz for well over two decades at this point. Love’em or hate’em, they don’t really care. With their legacy in metal rightly established at this point, the band suffered a setback with the unexpected passing of Flattus Maximus but with new recruit Pustulus Maximus having replaced him on guitar, the band soldiers on. Their latest album, Battle Maximus, came out in September and before it hit the streets, Rock! Shock! Pop! was given the chance to interview vocalist Oderus Urungus. Of course, we jumped at the chance and then had to pester their poor PR guy for months to get it done. Why? Because, well, Oderus is Oderus and he hates email interviews. But the PR guy is great and eventually Oderus followed through, like a good alien overlord crack head should. The results are below, preserved for posterity and for future generations to both admire, and hopefully learn from.
So without further ado… Rock! Shock! Pop! VERY proudly presents our talk with Mister Manners himself, Oderus Urungus! Hi mom!
Rock! Shock! Pop! - So Flattus is gone and Pustulus is in. Obviously we all know why Flattus had to go... but how did Pustulus come to replace him? How does he enter into the GWAR mythos?
Oderus Urungus - Why are you asking me questions that you already know the answers to? Haven't I been going around for months spouting off about all the particulars involved with the situation? About how after Flattus returned to the stars we blew the mighty Horn of Hate that let all the Scumdogs know what had transpired, and how the Maximus tribe all came to Earth to fight one another for the sacred task of following in Flattus' clawed footprints? How the BATTLE MAXIMUS was waged to see who would prevail? And how Pustulus' out-thrashed everyone, kicked in the front doors of the GWAR temple, and told us the job was his? And how I vandalized his spaceship just to make sure he could never leave? Didn't you pick up ANY of this already?
R!S!P! - Battle Maximus is the first record cut in the new GWAR studio. It sounds great. Way better than the last album did, the drums in particular. What makes this new studio great and what went into putting it together? What makes it 'home' for GWAR when they're not ass raping slaves and smoking crack in Antarctica?
OU - Are you saying our last album wasn't great? I think you are! Well actually, that’s exactly what makes it home, the fact that we can ass-rape and smoke crack in our studio to our black hearts content, and not have to worry about going halfway around the world or paying somebody else to do it in their studio. Flattus designed a lot of Slave Pit Studios and a lot of the credit has to go to him. And we were not about to follow up the reign of Flattus with anything less than a maximum effort. The band truly stood at a crossroad after we had lost him. We were either gonna make a great record or die. Luckily that crossroad was located in the Slave Pit Studios, and we didn't die.
R!S!P! - What can friends and enemies alike expect to see during the stage show for the new tour? Who gets killed?
OU - Well, that would take all the mystery out of life, now wouldn't it? But I guess I can talk about it because we have been doing it all over the fucking world. We are being attacked by this super-powered asshole named Sawborg Destructo from like the future or some shit. He says he has traveled through time to chop off my balls and he needs to drain them of Jizmoglobin in order to figure out how to live forever. I know, it's totally confusing and ultimately asinine, but along the way I get to kick the shit out of a lot of stuff and play some fucking great tunes, as well as blow a buncha loads everywhere. Plus we kill Justin Beiber and the fucking Pope, plus I blow load everywhere. Did I mention I shit? And trolls that spit blood.
R!S!P! - Rumor has it that your slave Dave Brockie was born in Canada and moved to the United States. I was also born in Canada and moved to the United States, so there you go. Canadians are a beer loving people. Are Brockie's Canadian roots what inspired the new GWAR beer, and can I have some of that GWAR beer?
OU - I don't know what you are talking about, Brockie is a Slave of GWAR and is constantly drunk, so I can see why you might think this except for the fact that I can't imagine why the fuck you would think something like that. Brockie is constantly trying to suck up to me and take credit for all that I am and honestly I am getting sick of his shit. He may well be from Canada, that would explain why he is such a fucking moron and also almost as drunk as I am all the time. Plus his fucking head is WAY too big for his body; he looks like a fucking freak. But he is a slippery one, I will give him that. I can never seem to get in the same room with him and if I did I would fucking choke the life out of him! And no, you can't have any GWAR Beer!
R!S!P! - Speaking of Canada, when I lived there as a teenager we drove across the border to see GWAR play in Buffalo. It was cold outside and we got there really early and had to stand outside. Slymenstra and Balzac stuck their heads out the side door and told us it was too cold to wait out there and had a security guy let us into the lobby. On the way home, crossing back into Canada, we got stopped at customs. When the border guard asked us why we were covered in blood we told him we'd been to a concert and he asked us if it was Alice Cooper. We told him yes, because we didn't think trying to explain GWAR to this guy was a good idea. As the official leader of GWAR, do you have any handy tips for crossing into Canada?
OU - What the fuck is wrong with you that your questions are longer than my answers? It's bad enough that I have to sit here trashing laptop after laptop typing out this bullshit because you are too lazy or stupid to type it out yourself, or maybe you are just scared to talk to me because you heard the rumors about peoples’ heads exploding when they do. At any rate, why the hell do you think I would be interested in your idiotic story that I have heard about a 1000 times already from people who have even more mental problems than you do? And you obviously have a butt-load, a moat-load, a moat-load of goat-load. Do I have any handy tips for crossing into Canada? Sure! Be in GWAR, so you can fly in a fucking bat-shaped helicopter 30,000 feet above the border! That’s usually when we dump the bog, a la Dave Matthews style.
R!S!P! - There's also a GWAR-B-Q sauce out now. Why would anyone want GWAR flavoring on their meat sandwich? And what's next in the merchandising world, are we going to be seeing some GWAR cereal with ads for missing children on the shelves of our local grocery stores? Maybe talk to Trader Joes and work out an exclusive?
OU - I don't know why anyone would want to put anything that had anything to do with GWAR on something they would eat. It might taste good for a minute or two but then it certainly would start to melt your tongue and also I am fairly sure that you would regret your decision. But people are raving about it and saying that it actually tastes good. How can we have gone so horribly wrong that we actually did something good? What is this world coming too? As far as future products it would be really nice to have something special for the 30th anniversary of our de-thawing, like a boxed set, or a movie, or maybe rape your mom...wait, that’s not really a product, but it could be a porno movie. As far as this Trader Joe goes if you set it up and I get a bunch of crack out of the deal then I am cool with it. And good crack, not hunks of drywall like that one guy sold me. If not he can go fuck himself, or better yet you can fuck him with your head. Make sure you say hi to your Mom while you are up there.
R!S!P! - The GWAR-B-Q festival in Virginia just ended recently. This looks like it was a blast, great bands including Municipal Waste, COC, Pig Destroyer and a bunch more. You guys ever think of touring the GWAR-B-Q or do you only want to keep it a 'once a year' event for now?
OU - No, it stays in Richmond for now and probably forever. A lot of people wonder why the fuck we hang around Richmond and I will tell you it is for two reasons-- the great crack, the large number of art students here that we can exploit, kidnap, torture, enslave and ultimately kill, and of course the profusion of excellent metal bands. Wait. That's three reasons. I was never very good at counting anyway! We want to get everybody in the world to come there, and save us the trouble of travelling to them. You only need to see us once, and then you should be dead. Still people manage to escape our wrath by hiding under bodies of their dead friends. This practice must cease!
R!S!P! - What happened to Slymenstra Hymen? You guys just figured you didn't need any chicks around anymore or....?
OU - No not at all, we just decided that the only chicks we wanted hanging around were slutty ones that we could fuck and kill. Slymenstra is neither, I assure you. And that’s not even the whole story. It really was her decision. She got sick of hanging out with a bunch of asshole dudes and constantly saving our skins from obliteration. So she moved to Hollywood and started taking over that town. We still stay in touch and who knows, she might even come back for a tour one day. As much as I hated getting hit by that giant bloody tampon, I still miss the girl.
R!S!P! - Getting back to Battle Maximus, it's once again being released by Metal Blade. At one point you guys had stopped releasing your albums through them, but you've since gone back. Was this just a matter of convenience or did they make some sort of unholy sacrifice in your honor to get you back on their roster?
OU - No, we were just seeing if maybe a re-alignment of the powers that be would do anything to shake shit up. We went with DRT Records for a while, did War Party, shot a video in Times Square, and things were pretty much exactly the same as they were when we with Metal Blade, except we weren't hanging with the cool folks at Metal Blade. We missed them, they really are like family to us. DRT saved us having to murder our way out of the deal (although that would have been fine) by being grossly mismanaged and ultimately going broke. So it was back to Metal Blade, no questions asked except maybe where’s the shitter?
R!S!P! - You maintain a pretty active presence on Twitter where you keep fans up to date on GWAR related stuff and people misinterpret your thoughts on things like Tim Lambasis. Do you find this is a good way to interact with human filth and do you guys have wi-fi in Antarctica?
OU - We have something called the "compu-net" or maybe the "inter-web", I don't know if that’s the same thing, but yes, I actually enjoy it. People are always getting upset at shit I say, but they don't seem to remember that I am from outer space and a whole different set of circumstances apply to me. To get mad at Oderus for something that I said that was either stupid or vulgar or even completely inappropriate or possibly even true is about the same as getting mad at King Kong for eating a banana, I mean the original old school Kong, not any of the remake's, even though Peter Jackson's was pretty good, even though it had that idiot Jack Black in it. And it's "Lambesis".
R!S!P! - Are you and Dave Mustaine friends yet? I think he's probably secretly attracted to you.
OU - I have a ton of respect for Dave as a metal warrior and a truly great musician. I love Megadeth and think he's great. I have a ton of disrespect for his homophobic and right-wing rantings. He's smart enough to keep it out of his music but it slips out a lot. Not that I have never been one to hold my tongue, I would rather hold other peoples tongues with a pair of white-hot tongue pulling tongs. Such behavior has alienated lots of people while hopefully delighting lots more. What do I care, I am fucking high!
R!S!P! - Last question - what do you consider, at this point after a long and storied career, to be GWAR's crowning achievement, the high point of the GWAR legacy?
OU - It's something that hasn't happened yet...when I fucking kill myself! I have been trying for 50 years and so far I am still unsuccessful. Maybe one day, but til' then I'll keep doing what I do best...whatever that is. It has a lot to do with killing, maiming, tweeting, singing, dancing, being a fag and also gay. But not, not at all. Anyone who thinks I am a gay Nazi can send me some fucking flowers. One last thing--I hate doing email interviews. Do you have any idea how many laptops I have broken during this? HAIL GWAR!
And on that note, thanks to Oderus for getting past his hatred or email interviews and allowing us to pick his brain. Oh and thanks for correcting my misspelling of Lambesis. GWAR are touring. Go see them - tell them my mom says ‘Hi!’ – and check out their website here. Also, the new album is killer, you should probably buy it if you haven’t already. It makes a great Christmas gift.