'Taking Control, One Persona At A Time!'
Molly McGuire has assembled quite an impressive rock 'n' roll resume. She's recorded with Frank Black, Queens of the Stone Age and Peaches. She's toured with Mondo Generator. She's built her chops on bass with bands like earthlings? and Rhudabaga.
But with the official debut of her latest endeavor, a trio which she fronts known as THE SPORES, McGuire (alongside co-conspirators guitarist Greg "Stunbunny" Biribauer and drummer Kenny Pierce) is finally starting to make things happen completely on her own terms.
Well, almost on her own terms, because The Spores are more than just the three musicians behind their instruments. In fact, there's a set of alter-egos, portrayed by puppets, of which McGuire has conceived and integrated in the band's stage show.
Chatting recently with Molly, and noting that The Spores are a "forward thinking musical project combining alter-egos portrayed by puppets," I first asked her to explain this a little more! "Indyan Summer (the shrunken head puppet) is my alter ego. The paranoid/suicidal/tortured artist."
"Stunbunny represents Greg, our guitar player. Stunbunny is the blistering guitar hero who parties beyond the capacity of any human. Tito Zzorro, the beat-maker represents Kenny our drummer. He creates beats and science experiments in his travel case."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of buying your new CD 'Imagine The Future,' how would youyourself describe your sound? "Fantastical techno-stoner."
Your album title 'Imagine The Future' is an interesting choice, but perhaps it originates from a more personal standpoint for you? "I'm looking forward to by future with this band where I have the freedom to create music, lyrics visual art and puppets. With the chemistry that exists in this band, I feel that it's a gateway to a whole new approach to performing live."
And if we did indeed imagine the future, is there a road map to doing such a thing?! "It's more about not living in the past. Nostalgia is being created now. You experience it later.'
If there was one track on 'Imagine The Future' that truly encapsulated The Spores at their musical and lyrical finest, which one would it be? "Heat Seeker."
And while we're revealing stuff, just where did the bands name originate? "Originally when we started writing this music, we were doing it with a computer and didn't think it would ever be a real band. The title of our first demo was "The Spores: They're there, you just can't see them." Now we're a real band which defies that slogan, but the name stuck."
Please tell us more about both 'Indyan Summer' and 'Stunbunny'!! "Indyan Summer was born on Toronto Island in a heat wave in late September one year. She's the daughter of Luna C."
"Luna was a chunk of the moon that was dislodged during a meteor shower that happened sometime in August that year. When the chunk arrived on the island here on earth, the spores that had been dormant in Luna for millions of years took to the earth's agreeable climate. Luna had landed in a small mud puddle near the wharfs. One day the rock was moved by developers (hippies on this island) and Indyan emerged, fully developed (for a puppet) and began to sing."
"A truffle in the earth was awakened by the sound of her sweet voice and was immediately consumed by a passing jack-rabbit. The truffle also being a residual product of Luna became enraged within the trachea of the bunny, it then by-passed the esophagus and made its way to the sinus passage and found refuge in the rabbit's ear . The rabbit became aware of the sound that was emanating from the puppet and grabbed a guitar from a nearby hippie and began to solo. Hence, Stunbunny came to be."
Just for fun, and taking the titles of a few of your album tracks, please let us know:
'Heat Seeker' - OK, if you were indeed such a missile, who or what would you seek out for destruction?! - "This song is a metaphor for people on meth-anphetamines. They know who their friends are and where the love is. They seek it out and destroy it."
'Big Brother' - Do you watch this TV show ... and especially now this new All-Star version of it is currently on? If so, who are you rooting for?! - "I have no idea what you're talking about. I don't watch TV.'
'Love My Mind' - OK, but if that area was taken on you, what would be the next area we could get to love?! - "Well...again, it's a sarcastic song title. The lyrics actually say, "You don't have to love me for my mind.........."
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today if asked ... and why?! "The only real idea we have is to do an original mash-up of the lyrics to "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" by the Clash with the vocal melodies and music of Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence". Try it out in your brain. It works! It will be a live "mash-up."
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "I prefer men!"
Thanx again for doing this for us today, and we wish you all the best for the future "I can imagine!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
If you would like to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of The Spores' new CD, just answer this easy question: The story of The Spores starts in 2004 when Biribauer, McGuire's roommate approached her with the idea of tracking a few songs. But what city are they both native to?!
Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these great new and AUTOGRAPHED CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before October 15th with your answer and the subject title 'CONTEST: THE SPORES SIGNED CDs' to: email@example.com
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