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A brief chat with Gwar’s Pustulus Maximus


About a year ago, we spoke to Gwar singer Blothar just prior to the band’s Denver show, and now the shock rockers are back for Riot Fest so we spoke to guitarist Pustulus Maximus.A

Yellow Scene: What have you guys been up to over the past 12 months since we last spoke to you?

Pustulus Maximus: A lot of drugs, a lot of hookers, a lot of debauchery. Basically, just crafting new ways to make all you people miserable. It seems to be pretty miserable, especially nowadays where you can put a picture of s*@t on the internet and everybody has a Facebook post about how it offends them. I think we’ve got our work cut out for us this time. It seems like everybody’s digressing back into the 1950s and ’60s where, if you spiked your hair and wore a black shirt, people were afraid of you. It seems like it’s turning back into that. You people made it pretty easy for us to pi$$ you off, and I have to commend you all for that as a society.

YS: Are you looking forward to Riot Fest?

PM: Yeah, Riot Fest is gonna be good. Especially after seeing what happened in Taiwan where they set the front row on fire with some kind of flammable powder. The inspiration is limitless. You guys are just handing us stuff to do to you. Just plan on that. If you’re in the front row, you’re probably going to get immolated.

YS: Is Gwar the heaviest band on the bill?

PM: Well, Blothar and Beefcake together make sure that we’re the heaviest band alright.

YS: What can we expect from your set this time?

PM: More blood, mayhem and carnage. It’s almost a surprise to me. I usually show up at the last minute. Sometimes I show right before the last song, just so I can hit the last chord and wave to all the guys. Make sure they think I was there the whole time.

YS: When Riot Fest is over, what’s next?

PM: They’re having us back for all three Riot Fests and we’re tearing up all those – Denver, Toronto and Chicago. Denver will make Bonnaroo look peaceful. It’s gonna be awesome, especially having fully legal marijuana. That’s a beautiful thing. I expect to have nothing but a cloud of that over the entire event. We’ll finish the tour until the end of September, take a little bit of time off, and then back in the bus doing it all over again until Thanksgiving. We’re all looking forward to that.

Gwar plays Denver Riot Fest; August 28-30; riotfest.org/denver.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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