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A Dirty Dozen with MATT DUDZIK from POISON BOYS – February 2024

| 10 February 2024 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Chicago glam punks POISON BOYS have announced their Spain Tour 2024. The tour launches on February 23 and runs through March 10. If you crave the primal roar of The Stooges and the infectious swagger of The New York Dolls, but with a dash of late ’70s punk rebellion like The Heartbreakers and The Dead Boys, POISON BOYS are your fix. Throw in a touch of Hanoi Rocks’ flamboyant glam, and you have a band that’s both familiar and refreshingly unique in the contemporary punk and rock scene.” We get founding member Matt 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 Headed for Disaster LP has a bunch of material we had in the vault for years, but hadn’t had any way or real reason to release them. I wouldn’t say anything’s “hidden” per say, but there are some songs that are easy to overlook. “In the Night” is a T. Rex style ballad we had to leave off of the “Poppin’ Eyes and Flashing Feet” 7″ back in 2018 because it was too long to fit on the B-side of the 7”. “Fluctuation” is a favorite of mine that I knew we had to cover the first time I heard it, which was on The Chesterfield Kings record Here are the Chesterfield Kings from 1982. It was only later I discovered they were doing a whole covers album thing like the Stones first couple albums, and that the song was originally a single by a one-off band called Shades of Night from 1966. Both versions are great but I’d say ours is a bit more like The Chesterfield Kings version. Other than that, just the demo tracks we didn’t originally add in on the 3-song cassette back in 2014. These 2014 demo session tracks are the only recorded Poison Boys material with the band’s co-founder and rhythm guitarist, Mike Lippman.

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

Tough question… Probably hearing oldies music on the car radio as a kid that my parents used to put on. The rhythms and melodies of those songs stick with you forever. The moment I realized I wanted to be a musician was honestly when Mike Lippman (we grew up together) told me we should start a band. There was a drum kit my older brother’s friend left in our basement, since they used to jam together a bit, and I’d bang around on it sometimes. Mike showed me a bass he was learning to play, and so I asked my mom for drum lessons. From there we started jamming around and got pretty good. We played in local punk bands through our teen years, fell off for a while, and then decided to start this band in our early 20’s.

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

KISS – The Very Best of KISS, Motorhead – Deaf Forever, and The Riffs – Death or Glory, among a ton of other punk and rock n roll records. Those ones probably impacted me the most and were the basis for starting Poison Boys. We wanted to be a mix of those bands, plus Flamin’ Groovies and Exploding Hearts.

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

Keef of course, because he’s… well, Keef.

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

I’m a movie nerd of old 1950’s and 1960’s Hammer horror films, and also a big fan of comic books. I used to read a lot of Marvel because there was an app where you could find every Marvel comic ever made through a subscription.

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?

We’re a Rock n Roll Punk band. I’d describe it as snotty, aggressive, but poppy and sweet sometimes too. With ripping guitars and high energy. We try to sound like a band from the 1970’s with no later influences past, say, 1983 or so. One person said we reminded them of Green Day which was just horrendously off. We have no similarities outside of being a three piece. Think they were just trying to say we sounded like what their experience of Punk was.

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?

None of us for any of that really! The other guys drink sometimes but I don’t.

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

Probably when I looked in the mirror this morning..! Nah, I just don’t really get starstruck. I remember that people are just people regardless of where they are in life.

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?

The best part is just playing a gig or rehearsing, and really locking in tight with the band. When the song really hits the way it should, and you yourself feel the sensation you want to be giving others when the music is full blast in their headphones. That’s the best part. Well, my dream job is to be a full time musician. We’re hustling pretty hard but are in no place to say we’re just musicians only! We have day jobs. If I had to pick a dream job outside of that, well, maybe work in a forest doing something peaceful.

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?

“Would you be okay with me giving you a million dollars real quick?” “What kind of music do you play?” – this second one is just because it’s sad that Rock n Roll is such a niche genre now.

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?

Wouldn’t change a thing!! Everything in the past has brought us to this point right now.

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?

Maybe the sessions for “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” and “You Gotta Move” by the Rolling Stones at Muscle Shoals in December 1969. Just to witness it would have been incredible.

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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