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.
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: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11810756-just-my-blood-type
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 http://www.facebook.com/CrookedFang and http://www.crookedfang.com/ 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:
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