A.D. — I first came to know your work through Will Oldham (the Summer In The Southeast tour). How did that come about, and how was the experience? Had you been performing/recording prior to that tour?
P.N. — the procurement of my services in will’s band for the southeast tour was born from a series of frenzied, hard balling, hand wringing negotiations. once he agreed to my terms, fees, per diem and cut of his tour only eps and mini singles i signed on. in turn i gave him some of my back end! hehehe. BUT SERIOUSLY…he liked my brothers
Black Nastys sex raps and asked Black to open for him and thru that he decided he wanted me for his own band as well so i had to pull double doody! i hadn’t performed much except for the shawn colvin covers at high school assemblies so it was weird to be playing sold out shows in front of his sweaty, slobbering, erect fans. i pretended that they were there for me sometimes. i think i’ve been spoiled cuz now when i play for 5 people i kinda wanna kill myself.
A.D. — You come from a musical family, your two brothers formed The Kevins and one records/produces under the nom de plume Black Nasty. Was music, and the playing of music, a big part of your childhood growing up?
P.N. — Yes. We had a band called Satans Undercover and we would freestyle all these weird, vibrant, enchanting, visceral, exuberant midwestern pop songs that i like to dip back into when im stuck. i was also a child model but a facial scarring accident involving the neighbors cat made me cut a new path. but the cat and i are cool now and he’s a real cool cat.
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A.D. — Is there a story behind the “Pink” and “Black” Nasty recording/performing monikers?
P.N. — Yes! thats Black’s story though but i know it involves a homeless african american man, turtle soup and a mini bar in the windy city! Seriously. but whats in a name?
A.D. — What was your process with the recording of Mold The Gold; were a lot of the tunes worked out in a live setting? Did you go into the studio with fully formed ideas and songs or was there some room for composition and experimentation?
P.N. — Black and i wrote the jams together then i demo’d them on my digital 8 track that i got for christmas 3 years ago. the songs are pretty much identical to the demos–not because of a profound belief in them but mostly due to the limitations of talent and will. oh, if you asked the fella who drummed on the record he would say that he basically wrote
the songs. he would also say im a spoiled cunt.
A.D. — Mold The Gold was recorded with the Oldham brothers in Paul Oldham’s KY studio. Other than the duets with Will, do you hear/feel their nfluence on the album, or are they fairly hands off in terms of production?
P.N. — Paul was so hands off i sometimes wondered if he had hands. i love bonnie prince’s records but i dont think i hear much of his influence on it. i think its cuz my first cd was more “ALT COUNTRY” and i wanted to ditch that sound and make the mold the gold cd more “ALT ROCK”. i think that decision made it “ALT AMAZING”.
A.D. — You’re a Kansas native, but have been living in Texas for a couple of years now, no? What brought you to Austin initially? How do you like the local music scene? Has any of Austin rubbed off on your artistically?
P.N. — im from wichita, kansas. i moved to texas 2 and a half years ago. when i came thru town on the will oldham tour i fell in love with an usher that worked at the bar we played at. he was so cute in his little regulation tuxedo and flashlight. so when the tour was over i loaded up my lexus suv and black nasty and moved into the neighborhood by Whole Foods. i went by the club to see my beloved usher but the bartender said they didn’t have an usher. i like austin. the local music scene is ok. i have made some good friends and i like a few of the local bands a lot. but then again, a lot of the bands here make me fucking sick.
A.D. — What do you have planned for 2007 in terms of performing and recording? SXSW appearance no doubt?
P.N. — im playing sxsw, yes! then i am going on tour in april with another austin band, The Black–im playing bass for them and they’re gonna be my backing band. quid pro quo, CLARICE!!! im gonna record an EP when i get back from tour in may and do some work on the new Black Nasty record and hopefully find a label, booking agent, distribution, a mate
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