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A Dirty Dozen with METAL MARTY – February 2023

| 16 February 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Drop the needle on the opening number “Magic City” from the cheekily named METAL MARTY’S GREATEST HITS (release date: February 3, 2023 via Acetate Records), the new solo album by Supersuckers guitarist METAL MARTY, and for the next 35 minutes you will be taken on a tour of Magic City, Idaho, an unusual lakeside resort town with a penchant for partying and no shortage of odd characters. Dubbed Metal Marty at an early age, the Pacific Raceways Drag Strip wasn’t the only ‘loud’ in Marty’s loud upbringing. “Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, and the Easy Rider soundtrack were always blasting on the stereo,” Marty recalls, “there was also plenty of Willie, Waylon, and George Jones, but KISS was the band I discovered mostly on my own. That really started it for me.” We Marty himself to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

The feel of the record is very direct and honest by design, It’s pretty much all out on the table outta the gate. I can’t say anything is hidden at all!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Hearing records and especially the radio at a young age had a huge effect on me, KISS really sealed the deal on a yearning to perform.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

There are so many, from many different realms. It’s almost impossible to answer. The Rolling Stones have remained a constant for me, they have an ability to run the whole gamma of pop music. Keith was a huge influence for sure.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Mick Jagger, because he’s Mick Jagger.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour? What do you like to do to unwind?

Hanging with the Locals, river rafting, sailing, boating, drinking, getting high.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I guess I’d say I’m a pop music guy, I don’t enslave myself to one thing. I’ve learned that from the greats, fearlessness is an attribute. I can’t say I’ve heard a comparison that has made me cringe, but I’m sure one is coming!

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Chris and I get the drinks, Eddie or I will bust out the guitar, I don’t recall anyone cooking.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

About 8 years ago or so, Joe Elliot.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Creating, performing. My dream job is to be the guy who names Hurricanes in alphabetical order.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

If I like disco music, I do. Where are your glasses?

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I wouldn’t change a thing.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

KISS Music From The Elder, I would have pulled the plug on that session.






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