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Shockwave Magazine’s Natasha Cawthon recently sat down with legendary guitarist Doyle (Wolfgang Von Frankenstein) and frontman Alex Story when the band, Doyle, made a stop at Empire in Springfield, Va.
Shockwave: After being part of some of the most influential bands in history, how is it to self-sustain your own band?
Doyle: Still working on it.
How did you come up with the title for Abominator?
Doyle: We had no title, so me and Alex were just coming up with crazy ass and nutty things right for titles. And I’m driving down the street and I just … You know how you talk to yourself in the car? I wasn’t talking to myself or nothing, and I just blurted out the word abominator. So the next song I sent Alex, I said, “What do you think about this one?” I said, “Here’s a Black Sabbath-y sounding song for Abominator,” and we named it Abominator, and it was the last song we wrote.
So what’s your favorite song from the album to play live?
Doyle: The last one [“Abominator”].
How did Alex end up coming into the band?
Doyle: Ask him.
Alex: I heard he was wanting to start a band, and I said, “With anybody else that will suck,” and it did. So I was like, “I’m going to have to help him with that,” and so I did.
Graham is not on tour with you. Tell us about your fill-in bassist.
Doyle: I can’t … I don’t even know him. I met him when he showed up.
Alex: He’s quiet, like, he don’t talk a lot, or he may be asleep. I don’t know. He’s like a ninja; he just pops out and he’s there all of a sudden.
What’s the writing process like when the two of you are together?
Doyle: We're never together; he writes in Alabama and I write in New Jersey.
Do you use Skype or anything like that?
Doyle: We’re too stupid for anything like that.
Alex: We do it the most difficult way possible: We, like, send smoke signals and shit. We’re like goddamn cavemen. We’re still sending shit on, like, fucking CDs back and forth.
He comes up with riffs and shit, like, fully composed pieces. I try to leave it how he’s got it so that it’s more him and not so much my writing style. I just flow over it. A lot of times we just go with the first thing I free flow over, and then we’re like, “There’s a song.” … Other than that, he comes up with the music, I come up with the vocals, and we do that.
Everyone knows you make your own guitars and amps, did you want to talk about that?
Doyle: Not really.
Do you want to tell us about the next album you are working on?
Doyle: Sure. We’re just going to do the drums over. You know, we almost finished the drums and then our drummer left, so we’re going to have another drummer come in and do it. There’s 13 songs, and we have no title and no artwork and we have no money.
You’re running a pledge music campaign to fund the new record?
Robin [the tour manager]: Yeah, fans that participate in that will get an exclusive fun item from Doyle, so keep an eye out on officialdoyle.com.
Doyle: They will not be going out to dinner with me.
Do you have any future plans for another band or tours that are coming up?
Doyle: We just have our booking agent trying to get us more shows.
Are there any places you want to go that you haven’t gone yet?
Doyle: Anywhere but the United States.
What are your thoughts on the upcoming tour with Mushroomhead?
Doyle: I have not thought about it.
We know that you make some hot sauce.
Doyle: I do. Do you want to taste it?
I do, because I put hot sauce on everything. Do you want to tell us a little bit about it?
Doyle: Sure. It’s really good, which you are about to see.
You have a new one coming out as well, right?
Doyle: A super hot one for everyone who wants to be a tough guy, and their assholes can bleed when they shit. It’s called Abominator; it hasn’t been fortified with vitamins yet.
We noticed you didn’t put sugar in it.
Doyle: Sugar? Why would there be sugar in it? It’s vegan.
So you are labeled as one of the fittest musicians.
Doyle: No, the fittest. Did you read it? That’s what they said.
How do you stay so fit?
Doyle: I work out every day.
What about your diet?
Doyle: My diet? It’s a vegan diet.
Do you have any future plans for another comic?
Doyle: They’re doing a sequel or, um, working on an animation, like a cartoon.