Friday, September 16, 2011

Some Men Are...Well...Dogs. Seriously...

After leaving Pale Rider, I wandered into a neighboring area in Colorado that seemingly had a jumping nightlife. I ducked into Celsius, a bar frequented by a motorcycle club called Dark Breed. I ran headlong into the club’s Sergeant At Arms, Knox Barrett. Equally unimpressed with my “press pass,” Knox conceded to my sweet southern charm and had a drink with me anyway. Now, y’all may have a certain perception of these werewolf type guys. Well, let me tell you something, I wasn’t prepared for this wolf.

Every bit the gentleman, Knox pulled my chair out for me, offered me a cigarette and bought me a drink. Here’s what transpired…

JJ:    Hi, Knox. Thanks for sitting down with me.  

KB:  No problem, babe.  Not sure why you have any desire to BS with me, but I’m all ears…

JJ:    Tell me a little bit about Dark Breed. 

KB:  Is this on the record? Or off? Hmmm…. Okay, well we’re an MC out of Colorado.  Sorry, that stands for Motorcycle Club.  Good group of men all around.  We do charity events, big bike runs and typically create hatred and discontent amongst the locals *grins*

JJ:    How long have you been involved with Dark Breed?

KB:  I’ve been with the club for a little over 16 years now.  They really are my only family. Parents are long since dead, no other siblings… so now, I have a shit ton of brothers.

JJ:    Are all the members werewolves?

KB:  Who told you that?! Werewolves? Are those even real? Okay, okay… yeah, we’re a bunch of filthy dogs.  No accounting for taste, right?

JJ:    You’re obviously that “alpha male” type that drives the girls crazy. Are you spoken for?  

KB:  Now, now, babe… You’re just gonna have to read the story, like everyone else.

JJ:    What’s “A Day in the Life of Knox” like?

KB:  You want another drink? Well, I’m the Sergeant at Arms for the club, so I have to take care of a lot of political crap for the MC world, but I also check in on our investments, make sure the brothers are all doing what they’re supposed to do, and generally make sure we continue to run like a well oiled machine.

JJ:    What do you do for fun?

KB:  I guess the stock answer would be riding around on my Harley, chasin women and creating a general nuisance to the local citizens.  But, honestly, I love workin on my bike, camping, drinkin, playin pool.  I love to ride out through the forest at night, it makes the hair on my arms stand up.  Great fuckin feelin.

JJ:    When can we expect to read your story?

KB:  I’m really hoping it will be out there sometime the end of next year, but who fuckin knows… I keep kickin my writer in the ass, but he can be just as temperamental as me sometimes, so I’ll just have to keep you posted.

JJ:    Anything else you’d like to share?

KB:  I’ll leave you with this, babe… “If you can’t be good, be good at it.” Words to live by.

Lightning Round Favorites:

Drink:  Top shelf Irish whisky
Color:  Red… straight up, obnoxious, in your face, fire engine red…
Season:  Spring
Flavor: Female
Movie:  Unforgiven… The good Clint Eastwood one         
Band:  GnR …. Love me some damn good rock.

Follow Knox on Twitter @Knox_Barrett

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Crooked Fang...Live and In Color

On a recent trip to Denver, Colorado, I had the opportunity to see Crooked Fang play live at Pale Rider. After the show, I tried to impress the bassist, Xan Marcelles, with my “press pass.” The tall, brooding vampire laughed at me but was gracious enough to grant me an interview anyway. It went something like this…

We sat at a table in the back of the bar. I sipped a Diet Coke while Xan hit the whiskey and lit a cigarette.

JJ:    Hey, Xan. I enjoyed the show tonight. Y’all really draw in the crowds. Is it always this electric?

XM:  Well, there was the time that the power went out and the generator couldn’t fully support the show so we kind of switched to some cool daddio-style acoustic shit. But yes, we are an electric band. The power company loves our business. We kill trees with pride.

JJ:    Tell me a little bit about Crooked Fang.

XM:  What’s there to tell? We’re a shitty cover band. Just like all the other jerks that can’t write their own music.

JJ:    Are you the only vampire in the band?

XM:  Hmm, you sure you’re with the press? I should have patted you down. Last guy that asked that had a stake with his ale. ‘Course that doesn’t work. He found that out. There’s at least one more. Thinking you might be able to point him out. He’s the loudest one in the band.

JJ:    Who is your biggest musical influence and why?

XM:  Hendrix. I know, I’m a bass player. But really, if you look at it that way, I’m influenced by Peter Steele, Kurt Cobain, Jimi, even Danzig. Strong people inspire me. Even if they never believed it themselves.

JJ:    What’s “A Day in the Life of Xan” like?

XM:  Day? It’s like this: Zzzzz.

JJ:    Any hobbies?

XM:  Besides pretending to know more than two notes? Well, I like to fix things. And Charlie, the owner of Pale Rider, knows that very well. Other hobbies include: women, whiskey…wait, those are habits…well I don’t collect stamps, if that’s what you’re asking.

JJ:    Now, you know all the girls want to know. Are you taken?  

XM:  Haha. I was asked this by another gal recently. I guess I should start expecting this question. I have what I call, “hallway commitments.” You’re not releasing this interview here, are you? They’d fucking kill me. Bottom line: I’m single.

JJ:    When can your fans expect to read your story?

XM:  There’s a freebie out right now, available for easy download off that shithole of a site, Smashwords, but I found out Goodreads does that too, so here’s the link:
Click the green button that mysteriously says “download ebook” and there you go. Crooked Fang, the novel? It’s dropping late May, 2012. Just before the end of the world. Fucking fitting.

JJ:    Anything else you’d like to share?

XM:  I have a Facebook page and a website, links are and which also has a sign-up on the sidebar for my newsletter which I’ve been quiet on, but those people get the good stuff first.

Lightning Round Favorites:

Drink:  Whiskey
Color:  Blue
Season:  Autumn
Flavor:  Heheh.
Movie:  Shaft
Band:  Type O Negative and Hendrix I can listen to all day. Nirvana. Roy Orbison. See, I can’t just decide.

Thanks for indulging my curiosity, Xan. I had a great time talking to you. If you’re ever in my neck of woods, drop by and say, “Hello.”  Oh, I’ll be expecting an autographed CD.

For a good time, follow Xan on Twitter @CrookedFang