An interview with Andrew Wilson of Comrade Nixon

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Times Boredom:
Ok. Begin record.
Your band Comrade Nixon’s brand of indigent hardcore punk is too fast. Why won’t you slow down?

Andrew Wilson:
Well, for starters, I never set out to sound hardcore at all. I first envisioned my band as an acid rock hippie band that would travel the frozen north in covered wagons exclusively, making us more akin to gypsies. That’s not really hardcore per se. As for the speed of my songs, i guess it has to do with me being high strung. I get accused of being speed metal on occasion, although I don’t even listen to speed metal or am I interested in that particular genre.

TB:
Interesting you mention speed, since your songs are notoriously 3 minutes or less, and are about 1 minute when you play them live. Do you think wizards are cool?

AW:
Wizards? I like Jimmy page. Is he a wizard?

TB:
No. He’s a satanist.

AW:
Funny you mention Satan. I’m reading a book of Crowleys poetry at the moment.
I’m not really into wizards, sadly. I’m a political junky and like to be grounded in reality. Fantasy is for dorks. I do read a substantial amount of William Seward Burroughs, which is quite the opposite of wizardry I fink.

TB:
Not even dragons? Dragons are fuckin sweet dude.

AW:
Do you know about Wyrms?

TB:
no. are they like really cool dragons?

AW:
Lord of the rings. More like bored of the rings! It’s a dragon before it sprouts wings and breathes fire

TB:
so like just a lizard. lame

AW:
Kinda

TB:
Your second album, Wine and Circuses, was recorded with Don Fury. Is he cool?

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AW:
Don fury breathes fire!
He’s quite a relaxed guy. And his studio rates are low.
Don can jibber jabber about the late seventies for days!
He knew Richard Hell. That’s cool!

TB:
I did not. I did meet one of the guys from Sebadoh once.

AW:
Who Lou?

TB:
No Jason. Lou can suck it.

AW:
Hahaha!!! You don’t like Dino Jr.?

TB:
Course I do. That’s why I think Lou can suck it. J. too!

AW:
I like the first two albums. Then they started writing the same song for thirty years

TB:
I have a personal bone to pick with you.

AW:
What?

TB:
I have repeatedly asked you to make me an XXL t-shirt but you still only have large at the largest. It’s not fair because I’m a HUGE Comrade Nixon fan. wtf?

AW:
You can always make your own bootleg shirt with my face on it. Thanks for your support! I’m not opposed to bootlegging. I think my great great grandpa was a bootlegger

TB:
Mine was too fat.
I am going to draw your face in magic marker on my shirt and write ‘Comrade Nixon T-Shirt’ above it and ‘AW: said I could make this t-Shirt’ below

So what’s going on with your drummer situation? Legend has it ‘antwon’ was none other than north country legend matt hall. Did he quit? Is north country legend Sam officially your new drummer?

AW:
Sam is in. And we just finished recording our new hit album ‘odd Todd’ due out in January of twenty eighteen.
Matt hall joined a new age electronic band

TB:
Yeah I heard he’s in the War on Drugs now…

AW:
Oh god not them!
I think I listened to .05 seconds of a Kurt vile song
It was quite trite!

TB:
How come Kurt Vile is so popular when he sucks so much yet Comrade Nixon isn’t world famous when you rule?

AW:
People like the taste of poop in their collectives mouthes.

TB:
Speaking of the taste of poop, why is Times Boredom your favorite site on the internets?

AW:
Y’all speak the troof!
And you offered to adopt my ass.

TB:
We filed the papers and everything

AW:
I come From a loving family but the offer was much appreciated! Cheers!

TB:
Pisser.

Since 2014, you’ve released 3 studio albums and 3 live albums. That’s too many in such a short period of time.

AW:
Wait till you hear ‘Cucamonga Peep show Live’ coming this spring!

TB:
You’re doing it again! We need time to digest so much awesome.

AW:
I’ve had a lot of near death experiences. So I’m trying to put out everything before my cards are up

TB:
Makes sense. For the past 3 years, you’ve been playing, recording, and touring pretty much non-stop. How many beers would you say you’ve drank in that time? Please estimate to within one beer.

AW:
Nothing but Schlitz! mind you!
Probably a bus load of schlitz

TB:
That’s not a number. We need hard statistics here. We’re a reputable publication. I suppose we can get someone in our research dept to calculate exactly how much a busload of schlitz is.(Chris can you get me those figures?)

AW:
We’ve seen more ass than at the beach and drink more beer than Stacy Keech.

TB:
i don’t know who stacy keech is but sounds like a party

AW:
He’s the guy that smoked Chongs weed and turned into a lizard

TB:
Another wyrm huh?
being that you like to party so much, why would you say a painfully harsh doom band like Fucking Christ is your favorite band ever?

AW:
Every show our goal is to move the masses and smoke spiritual grasses
Fucking Christ was good when they were the party band, the horny Hindus. After that they got boring quick

TB:
True dat

AW:
First saw em play with Long Richard, tupper lake NY
In upper tupper lake

TB:
That was a while back. Though I saw em back when they were from Sweden.

AW:
That was Bout a decade ago
My memory is hazy

TB:
Legend has it they pre-date Black Sabbath

AW:
Sabbath number four is a beast

TB:
When does Comrade Nixon plan to return its whirlwind tour back to the Capital District?
Will you play my basement?

AW:
I’ll play yer fucking basement sure! Early tour in January!
River street pub on the eleventh. I’m playing a most sacred acoustic set.

TB:
Is that a
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show?

AW:
Oui

TB:
sweet
i would play one of those shows but Shane says Fucking Christ is too dark

AW:
Hahaha
Zing!
Y’all should play some monkeys songs

TB:
Anyway, thanks for sitting down with us on the internet and saying some funny stuff. We reserve the right to change anything you said to make ourselves sound funnier and make it sound like you were threatening us physically. Promise us you’ll keep up your whirlwind of rockin and recording and touring until your next near death experience at least?

AW:
I almost died the other day! Thanks for having me! God shave the queen!
No future!

TB:
Anarchy or the highway!

AW:
Anger is an energy!
May the road rise with you!

TB:
Thanks again. Later dude!

AW:
The check is in the mail right?

TB:
Um, yeah…

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