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Lord Grunge of Grand Buffet
Not F*ckin' Nerdcore
by Matt Crawford on Nov 02, 2007
Grand Buffet has been rocking tributes to Satan, songs about candy bars and finding furry little animals for more than 10 years, but donít call them nerdcore -- the new buzz term for geeks that rap. Lord Grunge is not feeling the label him and his partner Grape-a-Don were suddenly boxed into. Grand Buffet returns to San Francisco for a three-night stand opening for Of Montreal at the Great American Music Hall that starts on November 12th. Their latest album King Vision is due out later this year. Lord Grunge spoke with SF Station from Pittsburgh during a break from the tour.
SF Station (SFS): How did you hookup with Of Montreal?
Lord Grunge (LG): We have the same agent that has booked us both for a long time. He had a vision that our bands would go well together. I guess they threw him a bone and they let us open for them for a couple of shows in 2005 and we hit it off real well. This is our third time touring with them, which is really fuckiní cool.
SFS: That seems like a pretty big deal for you, in terms of exposure.
LG: Definitely, but if there is one thing we have learned over the years -- itís that opening for a really successful band doesnít necessarily do shit for you. You have a good time and hopefully get some pussy. But seriously, itís a great opportunity and they are really cool to hang out with. But Iím not expecting Johnny Bigshot to see us open for Of Montreal and then I get to fuck Paris Hilton or something.
SFS: It seems like King Vision has more rock influences on it than your previous albums.
LG: Yeah, I have my solo track, which is kind of a pop-punk anthem. Itís more ďMean StreetsĒ Van Halen then some Blink 182 shit. The prog influences and pop influences are coming out more. I think there are only three or four songs that have rap, which Iím psyched about.
SFS: Are you getting tired of rap?
LG: Itís honestly just a natural revolution. It just happened; we didnít have a powwow or anything.
SFS: Someone once wrote that you are part of the nerdcore genre.
LG: I hate that label. If people like us because we are a fuckiní nerd rap group, that is fine, but I donít like that label. I resent it twofold because as far as Iím concerned we invented that genre 10 years ago with our first record. We didnít mean to, itís basically just pop culture references -- shit that nerds and geeks like. Now, with the whole nerd thing you are a tactless self-conscious asshole.
If people dig us, they can call us whatever they want, but that is not something that we take pride in. And donít think Iím off the mark when I say we kind of invented it. I know for a fact that we influenced some of the people that went on to make some of the worst music in the fucking world. Iím not proud of it, but fuck it, there are way worse things out there than shitty nerd rap. Iím not psyched about it. Call us the biggest poser, limp-dick half-assed rappers, but donít call us nerdcore.
SFS: Do you and Grape-a-Don always get along?
LG: We are really tight -- I know we love and respect each other -- but I definitely wouldnít say that we get along.
SFS: How do you survive as a duo that is on the road a lot?
LG: This is not a slight, but he is almost a sociopath and can tolerate almost an insane amount of isolation and boredom. I drink pretty heavily and Iím getting more and more into uppers, so that is how Iím dealing with it. We each have our different kind of method of dealing with the fucking insane monotony of being in a car with a dude youíve know for 20 years for eight to 10 hours everyday.
Grand Buffet performs with Of Montreal and MGMT at Great American Music Hall on November 12-14. Tickets are $18. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.
by Matt Crawford on Nov 02, 2007