Eddie from It’s Casual Interviews Fatso Jetson
Larry, everyone knows you’re a maniac when it comes to cooking…what are your favorite dishes to prepare within Mexican and Italian cuisine?
Larry: For Italian …Braciole is a fave, pizzas, aglio di olio; for Mexican, I love Carnitas, Ceviche, Pozole, Albondigas….the soups are the best
Tony, you’re from the desert – have you skated the nude bowl?
Tony: Oddly enough, A friend of mine and I hiked up to the bowl today to check it out!
Yes, I grew up skating that pool, it was soooooooo Goddamn good!!!! The first time I went up there was in the early/mid eighties, there was still a roof on the building back then. That place was pretty magical, when they bulldozed it it was like losing a good friend. It was sad seeing it all filled in and fucked up today…
I have been riffing a lot with my boy Dino, he has a lot of excitement for the guitar…still kinda new dicovering stuff, its inspiring. The band writes best all together in the jam room.
I hear surf elements in Fatso Jetson. You into that stuff? If so, which bands?
Mario: My first record LP was the Ventures “Where the Action is.” First lick I fumbled with on guitar was “Walk don’t run” and “pipe line”….I love instrumental guitar greats like Dick Dale, Davie Allen & the Arrows, The Ventures, Link Ray…more recent bands I love are Pell Mell, The Mermen, The Ray Beats, Lawndale, Dead Bolt…East Bay Ray from the Dead Kennedys was a big influence…it’s like my folk music.
How long ago did the last record come out?
Mario: 2010..aptly titled “Archaic Volumes.” A new record is long overdue for this band.
How far along are you with the new one?
Mario: Not far enough
What is your favorite Black Flag lineup?
Mario: Kieth, Chuck, Greg, Robo or Dez…Dez is a bro.
Larry: Chuck D, Ginn, Chuck B, Dez, Henry R.
Tony: Ginn, Chuck, Dez, Biscuit’s, Dezo!
Tell us about your upcoming European trip and how your fan base is over there? What’s the vibe?
Mario: We will be playing the Desert Fest in Berlin and London in April…it’s crazy that there is a genre of music called Desert Rock…very cool, but wierd. The Desert Fest is a eclectic mix of hard rock and more jammy-vibed bands…it will be interesting. The music scene we travel in there is great – very great people, the bands are cool…people are very stoked….good spirit.
Tony: The fans over there are great! Seems a lot more open-minded than your average American audience.
Mario, your son Dino is in Fatso Jetson…can we expect him to be handling any vocals and frontman duties?
Mario: He is steppin’ up to the mic a bit with some backing vox….I’m pushing him to do more….we’ll see, maybe he will sing a tune and I can just play my guitar!
When was the last time Fatso Jetson played the Troubadour?
Mario: I think we played with Brant Bjork and Fu Manchu…or maybe with the Queens of the Stone Age…Tony do you remember???
Tony: Yeah, I think the last time we played there was with Brant… We played the Troub a lot back in the late ’90s early 2000s. I really like that place.