I was at work today when I realized that I hadn’t posted a second entry this week. Lucky for you, dear reader, I already had this interview I conducted with former Ockym’s Razyr guitarist Paul Ode typed up. I just have to dust it off and give it a once over to make sure their aren’t’ two many typos.
The Other Interview
After last weeks interview with Adam Gillis where he told me about the changes occurring in Ockym’s Razyr the next logical step was a sit down chat with Paul Ode. So I caught up with Paul last weekend at his new girlfriend’s parents’ house. He was happy to see me and a tad disinclined toward answering my questions.
The Audible Stew: So how have you been?
Paul Ode: I’ve been doing good. How about yourself?
AS: I’m good. I heard there was a bit of a falling out between you and the guys in Ockym’s Razyr.
PO: Yeah, it was time for me to move on. I haven’t been feeling the vibe with those guys for a while now, so it felt like it was time to get out and focus on something else.
AS: Would that have anything to do with your banging a band mates girlfriend?
PO: That was something that happened after I split with the band. That had nothing to do with it.
AS: Really? Adam told me that you moved here (Nora Tomason’s house) right from the apartment.
PO: Yeah, well… I moved out of there and moved here. I made up my mind that I wanted out of that atmosphere and decided to move somewhere else. I made up my mind, then I changed. It’s not like we were screwing around behind his back. Nothing was set in stone before I moved here.
AS: SO you guys weren’t sleeping together before you moved here?
PO: Well, we did a couple of times, but nothing serious… It wasn’t like we were together or anything. We just screwed here and there.
AS: They were always up each others’ asses, how did you manage that?
PO: Well, occasionally we’d meet in the bathroom or after everyone passed out. It was just something that kind of happened. A few times.
AS: OK, OK. Enough with the soap opera stuff. I came to talk about the music. What’s in store for you in the future?
PO: Well, I got really sick of playing that math-metal shit that Ockym’s Razyr always wanted to do. It’s fun and technical and nice to be challenged and all that, but I just want to be doing something different.
AS: Something different? Like what?
PO: Well, I’m a big fan of radio-friendly hard rock so that’s what I’m going to try to play. I figure that’s a good idea because a lot of people like that type of music. That’s why it’s on the radio right?
AS: What kind of bands do you mean by “radio-friendly hard rock?”
PO: You know, the good stuff they play on the radio. Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Five Finger Death Punch.
AS: You want to sound like Nickelback?
PO: I like Nickelback. A lot of people like Nickelback.
AS: I’m not disputing that fact it’s just that… I’m not one of them and I don’t know anyone else who admits to liking them.
PO: They’re still really popular.
AS: So is Tom Cruise.
PO: Whatever man. People like to hear stuff like that.
AS: Yeah, my mom likes Nickelback.
PO: Are you gonna be a dick the whole interview?
AS: Sorry, sorry. Anyway, I heard you’re part of the Murphy’s Law reunion.
PO: Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The bass player and drummer wanted to reform that band so they got a hold of one of my friends to be the singer and he suggested me as the guitarist.
AS: Wait… the bass player and the drummer?
PO: Yeah, they’re the only original members involved in the reunion.
AS: That doesn’t sound much like a reunion though. Shouldn’t you get the whole band back together? Or at least a singer or a guitarist?
PO: We have two original members.
Fleetwood Mac, the greatest soap opera of the seventies.
AS: But you only have the rhythm section. It’s kind of like Fleetwood Mac.
PO: We’re nothing like Fleetwood Mac. How do you even come up with that?
AS: Well, the only original members still in Fleetwood Mac are the drummer and bassist.
PO: We’ll be more nu metal. Like Murphy’s Law was in the old days.
AS: Are you going to be playing the old tunes?
PO: We’re not sure yet, we may just write a completely new set and throw in some new covers.
AS: So… you’re going to play different songs with the same rhythm section and just cash in on the name recognition?
PO: No. It’s a REUNION. Put that in your blog.
AS: Alright man, I will. I just think it seems a little silly is all. What do the other guys from Murphy’s Law think about this.
PO: Who knows? One’s in Nebraska or Iowa or something and the other is playing in some other band. He’s too busy and doesn’t want to be involved.
AS: Well, best of luck. Tell Nora I said hi.
PO: Will do.