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    Fri, 07 Dec 2012 11:29:57

    Interview: Cusses - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    Cusses make the kind of rock 'n' roll the world needs more of.

    It's as haunting as it is hypnotic, and it's as dirty as it is daring. The group's self-titled debut remains an inimitable and infectious affair. The record's easily one of the year's most exciting by far, opening the door into Cusses' wild world.

    In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Angel Bond and Brian Lackey of Cusses talk the record, movies, and so much more.

    Did you have one vision or vibe in mind going into the record?

    Brian Lackey: We have a library of about two more records actually under our belts. We had our producer help us pick and choose the strongest first record. It goes without saying that Dan Hannon did a great job picking out the songs that would make a solid first record for it.

    Angel Bond: He picked a lot of our favorites, of course.

    Brian Lackey: He also brought a few out that we had on the backburner and pushed them.

    What's the story behind "Blood Everywhere"?

    Angel Bond: It's a story about family struggles and working through them and burying the past and moving forward with it. A lot of my lyrics are about having a positive outlook at the very end no matter how difficult times can be.

    Brian Lackey: Angel sat down and wrote that together, and it was like a play on words. Even though, there's a lot of death everywhere you're surviving through it like, "I don't care. I'm going to make the best of it anyway".

    Where did "Memorial" come from?

    Brian Lackey: That's my favorite. It plays on the same thing, but it's more of the serious side.

    Angel Bond: It's one of my favorites on the album too. It's definitely the most telling of them all, but I try to keep it a little vague so you don't know exactly what I'm talking about. It's telling enough so you can feel the emotion behind it. I think it's one of the strongest songs, but it's one of the most emotionally powerful. I wanted to end the album like that. It brings everyone down to room temperature at the end [Laughs].

    Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs and paint visual pictures?

    Brian Lackey: You're the only person who's relayed that to us other than Dan [Laughs]. That's great. We're going for old school storytelling in rock 'n' roll.

    Angel Bond: We have a heavy handed in everything we do visually such as our artwork and things like that. You want to paint a picture, if you want people to feel something. We're movie whores too [Laughs]. That's the one time I can get my brain to start for a second.

    What movies do you collectively bond over?

    Brian Lackey: There are a lot of foreign films like Songs from the Second Floor and Into the Void.

    Angel Bond: War/Dance! We love a lot of documentaries and, of course, bad comedies [Laughs].

    Brian Lackey: We'll watch anything with Jason Segel. We might not always like it, but we'll watch it [Laughs]. Brian Lackey: Jesus Christ…

    Angel Bond: I'd say War/Dance. It's basically a documentary about the children who go to North Uganda to play in a music competition. All of these children are from rebel children from the war forced to kill other people. I think it's a very beautiful movie about children trying to get to this destination and be happy and play music. That's what I would choose. It's dark, but there's a really beautiful ending, which is where we're at.

    Brian Lackey: That works. It's nothing like Star Wars [Laughs].

    Rick Florino

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