The Pitch: What's the difference between the Slow Death and Pretty Boy Thorson and the Falling Angels?
The Slow Death and Pretty Boy Thorson have shared members and sometimes the Slow Death do PBT tunes. Basically, what happened was the drummer and guitar player of PBT moved to Brooklyn and Portland, respectively, and I figured the band was over. So, me and Dave [Strait] started a new project called the Slow Death. New tunes and new dudes. We filled out the empty slots in our set with PBT covers.
Well, then Dan Johnson (PBT guitarist) moved back, and we got PBT goin' again. It was just gonna be a reunion show, but it was fun so we kept doin' it. But, basically, PBT only does PBT songs and is always the same members and is the more country-leaning band, and the Slow Death is me and some dudes and we do Slow Death tunes and sometimes we will slip in a PBT song. To answer your question: I don't know.
Avi approached us about doin' some records with him. He and Mitch [Clem] had the idea and he pitched it to me, and I was super stoked on the idea. We weren't gonna do a 7-inch 'til our full-length was out, but it was such a cool idea, I couldn't say no.
How closely did you work with Mitch Clem on the comic?
Not very close at all. I told stories to Daryl Gussin from Razorcake — he interviewed me, I should say — then he sent a recording of that interview to Mitch. Mitch had some follow-up questions, and then I didn't see the final project 'til it was done. I was super excited, and super happy with the way it came out.
When's the full-length due out, and what can folks expect from it?
The full-length will be out in the middle of October, and I think people will be pleasantly surprised by it. There were a lot of musicians that contributed to the record, like Paddy Costello of Dillinger Four doing all the bass and Annie Sparrows of the Soviettes singing all over it. The finished product was a record that sounds different than anything I have done before, and I think it is easily the best thing I have ever done.
Is there a title?
Born Ugly Got Worse.