(Yeah, my ass!)
Lucky interviews Slunt
This month's search for true Waste rock brought us to heavy rockin', crazy, bad,
hard as nails Slunt. Down at Finally Fred's on Washington St., this is a really cool
hang out where you can listen to bands and tip your favorite bar tender! Charles,
drummer for Slunt, happens to be the bartender here at Fred's... (update: Fred's
has now closed! Bah, Humbug!)
- Abby Gennet: I play Guitar
& lead Vocals - influences, Jimmy Page.
(floating voice in the background
with deep echo on the PA: "Barbara Streisand" everyone falls around laughing)
- Jenny Gunns: I'm bass Guitar,
vocals & inspirational cartwheels!
- Pat Harrington: And that
they are, very inspirational. Hi, I'm pat, I play guitar.
- Charles Ruggiero: and I
play the drums. They call me 'Big Chaaahls'.
- And where does 'Big
Chaaahls' come from?
- Ch: That is info Iím not
willing to disclose...
- Okay, be like that.
Jenny, what happened to Dirty Mary?
- Jen: Dirty Mary just did
a gig last week! Nothing is dead! Slunt's just doing a lot of stuff right now.
- Pat, you were in a boy
band before... I mean a 'man' band!
- Pat: Yeah, 98 degrees
- Ch: Yeah, 98 inches of
loin! (Dirty laugh all round.)
- Pat: I originate from the
Gaggle of Cocks.
- Ch: We were in the middle
of recording our new demo/record and Karen Curious from the New Professionals was
in the band at the time and felt like she needed to do her own thing. We love the
- Pat: I love you Karen...
- Ab: We love you...
- Ch: We all do... We wanted
to find a bass player and we wanted someone who was preferably female.
- Ab: Yeah, a hot female
with nice jugs! Haha!
- Jenny, I love you dark!
It brings out your wonderful smile and your generous mouth!
- Ch: It can unhinge too,
for the right man... I do want that to go on record.
- Ch: I still want to get
on record that Jenny Gunns was the missing piece to make this band go from just being
a really good band to what I feel is being a really great band. What she ads to the
- Abby & Charles,
you two are the originators?
- Ab: Yes, we started off
as a three piece with Adam Small playing the bass.
- Ch: Who we also love.
- Ab: Yes, but we went our
separate ways and then Karen (Curious, New Professionals) came along. Then we decided
to add another guitar so I could focus more on singing and not worry about my hands
messing up. And then we saw this motherfucker.
- Your hands messing up?
Oh, you mean the guitar, not your nails.
- Ab: I don't care about
my nails. (in a girly voice) I'm not a girly girl like that!
- (shrieks of laughter in
background, she has to be the most girly girl in all the bands in NYC!)
- Ab: Well, looks are deceiving.
I have that nice Jewish girl look but...
- Ch: Nice Jewish girl, my
- That was the last thing
I was thinking of! (hoots of laughter!)
- Ch: Yeah, bullshit!
- Jen: It's true, we're both
nice Jewish girls!
- Ab: It's true, people look
at me all the time, they think I'm just a nice Jewish girl from Miami.
- Ch: (seriously now) It's
amazing, because when we first started, Abby came to me and said 'I have some songs
that I want to play, that I want to record' By the way, I must say, Pat too really
adds (is really great.) the addition of the two of them is fantastic!
- Ab: Let me tell you how
we found Pat. I was out at Don Hill's and was happened to catch a Gaggle of Cocks
show, I was watching him play guitar and thought, you know what, that's what I need!
And all of a sudden the stage caught on fire and there was smoke everywhere.
- Ch: Is this really true?
I never heard this story.
- Ab: Yes! The smoke machine
underneath the stage had a mishap and the bartender rushed in with a fire extinguisher.
- Ch: That is rock'n'roll
- Ab: They stopped the show,
threw on the brite lights which totally ruined the vibe. The white stuff went all
over the place. I went over to Pat and said, 'that was hot!'
- Jen: I met Abby about five
years ago at a Ratt show in the parking lot in NJ. I said 'yadayadayada' and she
flashed me her boobs! Which is kinda cute too, because five years later we're in
Cleveland at a 7/11 and she's flashing me her boobs still to this day!
- Ab: I'm a flasher by nature!
- Ch: I'm a ball flasher,
I whip my nuts out all the time!
- Ab: I've seen them!
- Ch: She has seen them!
- Jen: I think I've seen
pictures of them!
- Ab: We call him the Flying
- Ch: I have countless pictures
of them as matter of fact.
- Do you have a hang-up
about being Jewish, as in all these Catholic school children that become incredible
punks, they have to destroy it and spend their life being anti-christ.
- Ab: No, but I always wanted
to go to confession.
- JenPat: (A true Irish lad)
We want school girls, yeah! Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
- Ab: I always wanted to
be like FlashDancer and sin thinking of a man.
- Jen: We're doing a gig
with Satanacide on December 13th at North Six. They are the best! I really love them!
- Yeah, with that name
they must be Catholic raised!
On the NYC Rock n Roll compilation
CD that has just been released...
- Ab: Yeah, Steve Blush is
really getting the community together and pushing everyone and getting us out there.
Slunt, Sex Slaves, Queen V and possibly Joker Five Speed (who will be in LA) are
off to Utah in January. Park City and Salt Lake City.
- Ah, Mormon country.
- Ch: You know what though,
Mormon girls fuck! I had the best sex in my life with a Mormon girl!
- Ab: For the record I've
never fucked a Mormon girl! But, I'm young.
- Ch: We're looking to incorporate
some LA gigs while we are over there.
- Pat: The thing is we just
finished our five song EP which you can pick up at www.Slunt.net for five dollars.
- Why is your website,
www.slunt.net and not .com?
- Ch: The real reason is
because Abby is partial to fish NET stockings! Slunt.NET!
- Jen: You know what my mom
said to me? She was looking at the website and some of the photographs and she's
like: 'you didn't dress like that in Dirty Mary!'
- JenPat: 'Well, I used to
be Dirty and now I'm a Slunt.'
- Jen: My mom is a huge supporter
of Rock. My mom Rocks!
- Ch: My mom would've. She
would've been so supportive of this band. She died a few years ago.
- Pat: My mom loves Cocks,
but now she's got a thing for Slunt!
- All: To Rock'n'Roll moms!
- Ch: My mom was definitely
a rock'n'roll mom. Like when I got into Jazz, she was like, 'never forget that your
first ever favorite drummer was Keith Moon!' I was a real Who-head.
- Jen: I was a huge Dokken
fan. Then I went to high school and it was all Punk Rock. It was all Dead Boys and
all that crap.
- Ch: I was too. Ratt, Dokken,
they were my two. I would sit and draw drumsets in detention. I would draw what kind
of drumset I would play when I finally got there. I was horrible at school. All the
teachers loved me, but I was already a real rabble rouser! Thatís why I'm a drummer.
I would get detention, and if you skipped detention you would get a Saturday detention
which was like a breakfast club. From 8 in the morning til 12. and then I would skip
that! Which brought me to 'in school' detention where you would spend the whole day
in this little room. And all the detention ladies loved us because we were such bad-asses.
They would say to us, 'donít tell anybody, but we love you the most!' You know what
I mean? 'cause we were just fun.
- Abby your history? Weren't
you a VJ on VH1?
- Ab: I was, not anymore
though, that was like a year ago. I was on MTV2, MTV also, and VH1. It was just a
little summer thing. Right now I'm working on Slunt and doing some commercials. I
just did a Sony commercial with a little blue alien who's really cute.
- Ch: Who you actually have
a crush on.
- Jen: She got jealous the
next day when other models were posing with this little blue alien.
- Ch: 'Thatís my blue alien!'
- Ab: 'Get off of him, bitch!'
- Jen: I would like to state
for the record that Charles rules! He really is so awesome to work with.
- Now, remember folks,
he was NY Waste's barmen of the month not so long ago!
- Ab: Should have been 'dirty
bar slut fucker of the month!'
- Pat: With regard to Jenny
and I, coming in from different bands, we kinda look at it, well I look at it like
this, because of my experience as a front person and Jenny's experience as a front
- Ch: And actually mine also,
because I've led bands too.
- Pat: The point is, Charles
being one of the most incredible drummers in this city, this really is a NY Super
Group! It's like taking Eric Clapton and the other cats and putting together Cream,
this is what you're looking at with Slunt. And I think when you hear the CD, the
results show, it's one of the best recorded, best sound... Weíre putting together
a Slunt video which is going to blow everyone away! We figure between the NY Rock
n Roll compilation and our five song EP, we're basically saturation the market right
now and we're going to take the motherfucker over!
On women in rock...
- Ab: NY City is full of
hard working women! But for some reason the record companies aren't signing them...
- Ch: Yes, in the NY City
Rock'n'Roll compilation, there's only eight bands that don't have women in them.
- Jen: And there's only two
bands that don't have Pete playing drums. (Laughter
- Ch: Here's to Pete for
being in every single rock 'n' roll band in NY City!
- Jen: Pete rocks!
- Pat: Yeah, let's just say
right now, for the record Pete from Meow Mix, Pete the drummer, Pete in every band.
- Where are all the female
- Ch: Mary from the Slags
is my favorite drummer in NYC.
- Pat: Mary Katherine is
not just an excellent female, she's one of the best drummers in NY.
- Ch: Absolutely, she's got
a big fat groove! I love watching her play!
- Jen: And Dirty Mary's Carrie.
- And Sarah Vasil from
The Drive is a good one. Describe your music. (pregnant silence)
- Jen: One of my friends
heard our music the other week and said it was like beer and Aquanet.
- Ch: I used to take Aquanet
and spray it on my pants and light my pants on fire.
- Pat: I did it with gasoline
- Jen: You said 'once'!
- Pat: I was driving, pulled
into a gas station. I needed to get gas.
- Jen: Oh, no. You mean you
didn't pull up to get more beer?
- Pat: (ignoring that remark)
So I was filling up the car and the gas spilled right on my jeans. So now I'm sitting
there and I've got gas on my jeans, I need to go out. I'm stinking of gas. I've got
gas all over me, and I don't want to go home to get changed, and even if I did that,
I couldn't put the gas jeans with my laundry because it would fuck my whole scene
up, so I said the only logical explanation is to light the bitch on fire. Which is
exactly what I did. I took our my lighter and l lit my jeans on fire.
- Bitch? Your jeans are
- Pat: So I took out my lighter
and I lit up my jeans.
- Jen: This is rational when
you are drunk.
- JenPat: (still ignoring
it) Don't try this at home.
- Jenny, do you feel smarter
as a brunette?
- Jen: I've definitely gained
- Ch: When I was looking
at the NYCRnR compilation and the pictures of each of the bands. I looked and I didn't
even realize it was Dirty Mary, and I was 'Who is that blond girl?' and then I was
like 'Fuck! It's Jenny, damn it!' The good thing about these girls, not including
Charles, because he's not a girl, but, I've been in (man) bands who were bigger pussies
that these girls. These girls got more rock than most guys out there!
- Ab: We've got big balls.
- Ch: I actually do have
a big set of nuts! (hoots of laughter!)
- Ab: I just have one big
- Where do you keep it?
- Ab: To the left. I suck
it in for the shows.
- Ch: I tape it down!
- Merry Xmas & happy
I let them go and they went
merrily on to their way to rehearsal where they wrote a new song, no doubt called
January 14th Slunt will be hookin' up with Joker Five Speed in LA to do a gig at
They will also be doing a show at the SLAMDANCE Film Festival in Park City Utah on
January 17th as part of the Steve Blush's NYCRNR extravaganza.
And on January 19th at the Viper Room in LA with Metal Shop, should be a good one!
Their 5 song EP is available at www.slunt.net, along with t-shirts and SLUNT panties!