(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (Like in this case Brooklyn based Psychedelic Alt Rock Crew KARABAS BARABAS) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains.)
Tell me why your music rules. Or why it sucks.
We shout “I’m gonna Cum in your face every night”. And usually it makes people very happy, and that rules!
Which Muppet would you marry, which one would you wanna knife fight in a swamp, and which one should be our global emperor? Why?
Marry – Janice
Groovy stoner chick…
Knife Fight – Bunsen Honeydew
He doesn’t stand a chance, we’d say Scooter but he’s a shifty little bastard he’d probably slit your achilles.
President – Swedish Chef
Listening to the Swedish Chef will be a relief after Trump.
Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.
In October 2015 we started rehearsing once a week. In March we cut an EP The Truth About Gordon Bombay, with producer Dean Jones. We already had another batch of really solid tunes ready. They were more rockin than the first batch so we decided to try an analog approach. We booked a session Memorial Day weekend with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio and found it to be a very rewarding decision. Steve’s methodology and precision really helped us capture the raw sound that we were looking for. All in all we made the album in 6 days, with a little help form the great Jon San Paolo and Greg Norman who recorded overdubs and vocals. We flew back to Chicago to mix with Steve labor day weekend. It was mastered October 13th by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.
What are you working on right now?
Currently we’re booking up our summer. We’ve worked a half dozen new songs into our live show including “The Fuckarana” and “Lahey”, an ode to a favorite Trailer Park Boyz character. The video for our second single Brighton Beach video goes into production this week.
Why do you make your style of music? Why not polka? or Japanese symphonic folk metal? or..?
Karabas Barabas is a bunch of bizarre freaks from Mars. Our music is made by the doomed, and for the doomed. The songs are an unapologetic tirade of the nonsense that is modern civilization. We aim to connect with the inner self and commune with the collective insanity and blow it open. Plus it’s a very gratifying to play these songs live, a real feel good atmosphere emerges.
What is your philosophy? Motto?
Fuck it Dude let’s go bowling.
Who are your influences?
Primus, Ween, David Blane, John Edwards, Gary Condit, Jeffrey Lebowski, Os Mutantes
Peace or freedom? (You can’t have both.)Why
Fuck it dude lets go bowling.
Which band member are you positive is an extraterrestrial and what does their planet look like? Details!
Josh Davis: it’s very clean and its always 1955.
What was the last song you listened to before this interview?
“Let the Eagle Soar” by Jim Ashcroft
What really pisses you off?
Canadian Goose Coats, White BMWs, Bad Coffee. Josh hates people who drive with their high beams on.
Top 2 stupidest things you’ve ever done.
Asked the God Loki for money, sneak into a buildeburg meeting. Josh stole a bread truck on 92nd and Broadway and drove it 10 blocks and then just left it there.
What’s the stupidest thing you have ever heard someone say?
“I aint no Scientist ……..”
What legendary musicians would you like to play badminton with?
Sticky Fingaz from ONYX, Mick Jagger, Mariah Carey, DMX.
What’s the most embarrassing band you listen to?
Tame Impala, Hall & Oates
Why should people experience your music?
Well, they really shouldn’t, but if they want to listen to something funkier and more absurd than real life, we’re the band for them.
If you were facing unbeatable and fatal odds what song would you want to check out to? Why?
“I believe in miracles, since you came along, you sexy thing”.
Stella or Guinness? Why?
Guinness cause in Europe Stella is what bums drink and we ain’t no bums.
Where do your song names come from?
Slim Jim baby Jesus send them to us in our dreams.
1. In Waves
3. Barbara and the Boys
4. Being a Man
5. Sexy Guy
6. Brighton Beach
7. Zebra in Heat
8. Ode to the Disenchanted Cottage