Steel Panther: Suck My Dick

"Australia was one of the quickest places to embrace us because you guys just get what we do"

Ohh you know them. They’re prettier than you on your prettiest day, they have stocks in the Taft fortune, everything you say can and will be used as innuendo and of course it will comfort you to know that you will always have their hearts but their cocks are community property. They are Steel Panther! Love them or hate them, they keep resurfacing like a groupie’s questionable STI.... Metal As Fuck caught up with Stix; the drummer (funnily enough) of the Californian outfit. We teased the hair shook off the cobwebs from the ol’ snake skin pants and entered the world of revived Glam Metal.... It wasn’t all insinuations and sexual overtones (ok maybe a little) but we got to some serious stuff too... I promise.... We chatted about the birth of Grunge, how heavy metal dropped the ball a little as we came into the 90’s and the weather.... Ooooh tantalising. According to Stix, things are really, really good at the moment. And good is good....

Steel Panther are hitting Australia next week! We’ve always loved having you guys down under so what are your anticipations for the tour? “A lot of sex, a lot of drinking. Somewhere in the middle of that there will be some concerts and we’re going to put on one hell of a show. This tour will be fun. Australia was one of the quickest places to embrace us because you guys just get what we do. It’s fantastic. It’s beautiful and everyone comes to party. Honestly it’s like going on a vacation that you know is going to be an epic raging party”. It is extremely cold here at the moment Stix, so I thought I should warn you “When you say extremely cold - what is extremely cold to you?” This would be an Australian’s version of extremely cold, so 8 - 10 degrees. [Laughs] “So that’s like 60 to me right, that’s still shorts weather for me. I live in Southern California so my winter is not far off from yours. So we don’t get crazy, crazy”.

Steel Panther is a lifestyle so what would you say are some mantras you all live by? “First and foremost, heavy metal rules and everything else falls under that umbrella. Everything we do revolves around enjoying what we do. I get to rock for a living. So many people get bummed out about their jobs or relationships so basically our mantra is ‘fuck it’ you get one shot at this, so you might as well enjoy it”. What would you say was missing (or had been lost) from heavy metal that needed the touch of Steel Panther? “In the 80’s there were some really great heavy metal bands; a lot of people blame Nirvana for the death of heavy metal but I don’t blame Nirvana – I blame heavy metal and the reason why is very specific; the power ballad came along and so you had all these heavy metal bands doing power ballads and I think heavy metal kind of lost its way a bit which created the opportunity for a new style of music to come in. When Steel Panther came back on the scene it was like ‘oh wait a minute’ we’re not going to just do all these crazy power ballads; we’re going to rock and sing about having fun, fucking girls and doing drugs. I think it just got too emotional. It got too emotional, too serious and it just got silly. It’s like ‘come on dudes, you’re in a heavy metal band – sing about cool stuff. Don’t sing about when you walked in on your girlfriend cheating and how sad you were’ who cares”.

Why aren’t there more bands like Steel Panther do you think? I mean you guys represent the quintessential rock star, whatever happened to wanting to be a rock star? “That is not a question for me because I have no idea why people don’t want to be rock stars – I think people are afraid. People are scared to put it out there and say look, these are the things I like, these are the things that make me happy and feel good. So many bands are concerned well I don’t want to offend this group and I don’t want to offend that group but seriously if you do what you do for the right reasons you aren’t going to offend anybody, just go out there and just fucking do it. Stop being sensitive”.

Now the ‘Fanthers’ as you call them [Steel Panther fans for those of you playing at home] do they get crazy? More specifically the ladies – do you find yourselves fighting them off with brooms at times? “We don’t really have very high standards so there isn’t a lot of fighting them off. We are equal opportunity when it comes to that. So there isn’t much broom fighting but we’ll try and prevent the girls from fighting each other to try and hang out with us, because we don’t want anyone to get hurt – we just want everyone to have fun”. And who would be able to talk you out of your pants, Stix? “You’re doing a pretty good job.... I think the question should be who ‘wouldn’t’ be able to. It gets pretty crazy after a Steel Panther show and sometimes I don’t know which leg is going out the pants and which leg is going in the pants”. So who couldn’t? [Long pause] “Well, a dude couldn’t talk me out of my pants.... Unless he was Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt could totally talk me out of my pants. After that, honestly.... Not a lot” [Laughs]

Moving along! Steel Panther have released Live From Lexxi’s Mom’s Garage earlier this year – the first full length film for the band. Can you take us through the process of the project? “It had been a while since we put out a regular studio album with all new material and we wanted to keep our fans appetites strong. We wanted to give our fans something but didn’t want to just do a re-release of songs the way they exist so we were talking about what we could do – Lexxi’s Mom is super easy and we’ve all been there so we figured let’s just shoot it there but the film component was something we had talked about to be more than just an acoustic record, something to accompany it that people could watch and enjoy – and from the feedback, people seem to be really enjoying it”.

The band plays around with some pretty controversial lyrics at times, all in good fun however the some who don’t see it for what it is – how do you react and what have been some of the most memorable reactions you can recall? “I guess to those people who think we’re being sexist or misogynistic I would say, ah suck my dick. That’s one thing I would say. Honestly though, to the people who don’t feel what we’re putting out, I don’t have anything to say; negative or positive because those aren’t the people we are trying to reach. We’re trying to reach people who want to escape into the music and have a great time and if anyone is offended by it, I feel bad that they are offended but not nearly bad enough to do anything about it”.

Now you guys are renowned for reinventing the live show, so after you’ve left Australia wanting more where else will 2016 take the band? “So after Australia we come home for a little bit. July we’re touring Canada for about two weeks. Come home again, then in August we’ll do a few festivals in Europe, including Wacken – I love playing that festival. We have a lot of support in Germany and a lot of fans there and whenever we play Wacken we are such a contrast to everything else, covered in pink and glitter. [Laughs] It’s a break from the rest of the day when you think about it; the black, the testosterone [Laughs].... Yeah, then in September we’re back to Europe for a full blown tour, wrapping it all up in the UK with a series of arena shows. We’re going for it, this summer is a lot of work but it’s going to be great and people are ready to go!”.

 

STEEL PANTHER AUSTRALIAN TOUR:

June, 17 2016 - Sydney - Big Top

June, 18 2016 – Melbourne - Festival Hall

June, 20 2016 - Brisbane - Eatons Hill

June, 22 2016 – Adelaide - Thebarton Theatre

June, 23 2016 - Perth - Metro City