How did the band come to exist?
Gzus and I met through a mutual friend who at the time was managing a few different rap artists in LA. Gzus was working with the Game, helping him get his career up and running. We started to doing some work together and we soon realized that our vices were stronger than our work ethic. We would do sessions and then the next thing you would know it would be three days later and we would still be partying. Needless to say no good music was being made. So we decided that either we were going to sober up or become another tweeker running through the Hollywood Hills. So we got clean together and started crafting our sounds. We spent about six months getting clean and a freind of ours introduced us to Jizm aka Ericb. His boy knew him and toted him as the hottest guitarist in LA. We met up and it there was an instant connection. In the first day we wrote one of our songs "Wasted". Within a few weeks we had written most of the material that ended up being on our debut album "Pity Girl". We have gone through other band members and we have just decided that the core of this movement is us three, the triumvirate. This is what works for us and we have no intention of fucking up a good thing.
What was the most interesting band you have toured/performed with and why?
We're very much to ourselves so we don't know much about other bands. It seems like every show we do we are stuck on the bill with seven different death metal bands so theres not much to say about them. They all sound like their tryna sound like somebody else. We did happen to catch a Band of Orcs who do thrash in Orc outfits. That was pretty cool. Besides that there was a thrash band in El Paso that had mariachis with them, which was pretty cool. There was another band that had this repetive hook that went "I'm a big fat beener, with a big fat weiner", which always makes us laugh any time anyone says it. Like I said we try to keep to ourselves when it comes to shows.
What is the best piece of gossip on the other band members?
We don't necessarily do gossip cuz we are all a little bit off...Its kinda like "never talk shit about the crazy kid, he might come kill you in your sleep". So we make sure to keep all that in house. But I will tell you if you would happen to be a fly on the wall around us its kinda like the sedation tank at the psych ward. We keep it all in and pretty chill until showtime then its no holds barred straight Junkie madness. We are all addicts so now as opposed to blowing lines or staying locked up in the closet for days on end we just hit the fucking stage with maximum intensity. Its the easiest way to stay outta rehab.
What should a prospective label know about you before signing you?
That we are not fuckin' suckers. We are not and have not ever looked for a deal nor will we ever look for a deal. If we happen to sign one then good for us but that will have to be if someone comes down to the hood and finds us and fully understands that we are not puppets. Last I heard the record companies were dying anyway and that was from a music industry executive. Mary Magdalan is not industry....We are in the streets.
When can we expect the new album?
We are dropping our mixtape "Fear & Loathing" this summer. Its gonna be something new to the rock community. With us we're so fucking anti-genre that we do what feels good. In the hip hop community you are either doing mixtapes or you ain't doing shit. In rock its never heard of. So we figured that we'd just do a muthafuckin Junkie mixtape and give that shit away for free. Why not? To us its just fun and it keeps us on the grind. We got some dope guest appearances and we got to cover some songs that people wouldnt necessarily expect us to do, so for us it was just a way to have fun. We should be heading back into the studio to record the third chapter of our trilogy in November after we burn a fucking hole in the US with the System of Freaks Tour.
What can fans expect from the band in the future?
WTOTFW. Our motto is we're taking over the fucking world. So thats what we've been planning for the last couple of years. We do'nt need some big corporation or Jimmy fuckin Iovine to tell us we're takin over. We know we are taking over. These days you don't need 1/2 the shit you needed 10 years ago to be successful. We want to be the blueprint of that. We do every fucking facet of our business ourselves. From recording, producing, mixing, manufacturing, designing and shipping all of our own merchandise and cds to sitting and getting to know every one of our fans personally. Thats why its Junkie love. We are fiends for this. This is our drug. As long as it doesnt kill us we're gonna keep shootin' this shit up every day all day.
What would you say is your biggest mental illness?
We are one big fucking mental illness! Our music is an illness! Junkie Love is an illness. Thats the beauty of it. Mary Magdalan is the fucking illness.
If you have to die a true "rock n roll" death of your choosing ..... what would it be?
It would probably be the Elliot Smith samurai suicide. When I heard about that I was like" thats fucking bizarre" but after a while I thought "that as really ballsy of him". After that I would say that the way Dime went out was pretty sick. Fucked up situation but to go out right in the middle of rockin' could be pretty fuckin' sick. As long as I don't go out like Amy Winehouse. She's a fucking walking corpse.