Dave, Jeremy and Josi of
1. Piss Ant - give us a brief history of your band and explain where the name Piss Ant came from. Also for a chance to win a VIP lunch with the anal hairs of Margaret Thatcher could you tell us how to measure the actual amount an ant can indeed piss?
JOSI KAT: Piss Ant was born in 1995 with gnarled guitar sounds and guttural vocals. I asked Dave FossFass who was playing with Texacala Jones at the time (Tex and The Horseheads), if he wanted to be in band that I was attempting to put together and he shockingly said “yes”. Texacala moved to Texas and I ended up with her entire band which comprised of Dave FossFass, Randy Willis and Johnny Hell. I never thought we’d play pass two or three shows. Look at us now, 12 drummers and 15 years later we’re still here. We had a really difficult time coming up with band names we debated calling the band Body Paint or Dutch Oven, until someone made a comment to the effect of “You guys are just a bunch of piss ants,” and it kinda stuck.
FOSS: You can measure this Ant's piss by the pint glass.
JOSI KAT: I was born in Los Angeles to an entertainment family, so it’s always been in my blood. My parents were both musicians my Father plays drums and my Mom played bass. My grandparents owned the historic Hollywood Professional School, famous for its legendary attendees such as Judy Garland, Betty Grable, Ryan O'Neal, Val Kilmer and Melanie Griffith. My first punk band was called S.I.D (Society in Decay). My first introduction to punk rock was in high school. Punk was like a shot to the arm, I’ve been hooked from the moment I heard that first initial riff from The Misfits, Earth A.D album.
Foss: There isn't a music scene. Everything is global and internet based that there seems to be little buzz that generates from a particular 'scene'.
JOSI KAT: I had to Google “Slug and Snail Society of Sex” and between that and my research on serial killers for our Whips & Chains video (officially banned from YouTube do to the sexual & violent nature)………I’m now officially on the FBI terrorist list, thank you for that. I did however learn that the male snail wants to spread their genes, fuck all the female snails in town, while female snails want to settle down with the fittest male snail they meet. The unholy lettuce test is a Herbal Sexual Enhancer. It involves sticking whole heads of lettuce in you anus for long periods of time.
FOSS: Hmmm, not sure where this one is going. A Unholy 'Let Us" test maybe? But what would they Let Us test? Maybe this has to do with a video game.
JOSI KAT: Probably Sonic Reducer by the Dead Boys, lol. I love performing that song because everyone knows & loves it. We do a kick ass job covering the song and if someone in the audience hasn’t seen the band before -it instantly gives them a song they could relate to. As far as songs we’ve written recently? Public Opinion is such a good sing along pub song (written by Ray Zor) because it’s just a good old fashion sing along pub song . “Victoria” is totally different from all the other songs, it’s my favourite. I wrote the lyrics and I love the creepy moodiness of the song and the storyline of a ruthless female vampire.
FOSS: The Poop Song is likely the best Piss Ant song. But I haven't finished it yet, I’m having a hard time getting it out.
JOSI KAT: I’ve been working my ass off and it hasn’t lead to much. I’m going to leave it up to Lady Luck from now on! Foss: I've tried the work darn hard angle. Maybe paying Lady Luck is a better route. Ambitions in life would be to never want. Ambitions in music would also be to never want.
JEREMY- first off..what do "frogs have to do with music? ..oh wait that doesn’t say amphibians..damn spell check.. and I am not a musician, I play guitar...
JOSI KAT: Fit a plant up my posterior? Are you implying I have a fat ass? I’ll leave the psychological guess work out……..I’m a chick, I have body image issues, ok?!!
FOSS: Eat a Leper? Would I then become a Leper? I hate flying, but if Stu built it, I'll drink the Koolaid and jump on. Erotic dumper trucks, can someone send me the movie?
JEREMY-who's writing these questions? Charlie Sheen? I have Leper blood! Winning.
JOSI KAT: I try not to have any crappy CDs and there are too many good bands to mention. Both of my parents were hippies who owned a studio and played in a band together. Therefore, my earliest influences were bands from the 60 & 70’s like Hendrix, The Cream, Rolling Stones, Blind Faith and Black Sabbath. I love to listen to classic punk bands like The Ramones, The Saints, X and The Clash. Some of my favourite UK bands are GBH, Exploited, The Damned and Vice Squad. I would have to say the artists/ bands I dig the most are Motorhead, Joan Jett, Blondie, David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Read? Who said I know haw to read? Don’t let that out there. The worst movie that I’ve seen would have been some chick flick that I can’t remember. I hate chick flicks. I love horror movies so my favourite movies are probably most people’s worst movies.
JEREMY- Best CD, hmm, that’s always a bitch of a question.. There are CD's that I will always love, Adicts, Dr. Know, Dead Kennedys, Angry Samoans. And ones I will always hate - the scratched ones, bring back Cassettes!
JOSI KAT: This band has had some crazy shows. Everything from strip clubs to yoga studios. We have played for Marines at the Base, we had chairs thrown around in Orange County, bottles smashed in Vegas where I got tipped $150 by a drunk. I’m always getting in trouble, I love to dance on the bar or antagonize people, it is usually the drunken men. But sometimes things aren’t always silly we played a show in Lake Tahoe and the cops came and told me to “tone it down” they had it in for me. Shortly after they left, someone got stabbed. Ugh, and the cops were worried about the noise levels. I think however the biggest stunt pulled off was getting the band on VH1, I informed the producers we were on Playboy TV and they ran with it…next thing you know, the whole entire country thinks I’m a porn star…
JEREMY-The best gig, I was too fucked up to remember. The worst one, I was too fucked up to make it to.
JOSI KAT: It’s just another word. Foss: I think 'punk rock' means something different to people depending on age. When Avril Lavigne is called punk rock, then I'm not sure I'm in tune with those who think that. And even in what I do consider punk rock, it can vary from Black Flag to Green Day. If you're looking you can see a punk attitude in today's society. I believe anyone who does something contrary, not because someone else does it, but because that's who they are, that's a punk attitude.
JEREMY- Punk is a lifestyle, a mindset.. nothing to do with clothes, hair, makeup or an anarchy cover for your iphone.
JOSI KAT: Keep those fibreglass genitals to yourself please!
FOSS: Dangerous. Imagine interchangeable parts with different colours, sizes, etc. The possibilities are endless.
JEREMY- A nod is as good as a wink, to a blind bat.
FOSS: SPEAK UP
JOSI KAT: No shrivelled peckers please hey and don't forget dudes artwork for "Speak Up" was done by RedArtbyJames.com - check it out and but the CD.