Q&A Scene: Primitive Race

Tell us about your new album/?

It was a really fun and rewarding record to make. Mark, Chuck, Erie, and I were all really proud of it. Dale kicked ass on drums. It was just a great experience. Soul Pretender has some great riffs and grooves. I know that’s what drew Chuck to it. He came up with some crazy harmonies and melodies. There were times you’d think he was going to do something and then he’d turn it on it’s head. I think there’s something for everyone in there. Good heavy stuff some punk and goth rock vibes. I think if you’re into stuff from Killing Joke, Faith No More, Joy Division, or goth rock type stuff there’s something in there for you. Dale’s drums are huge and Chuck has these great croons and grit.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

Soul Pretender seems to be getting a pretty good response and I’m very happy about that. I have a whole different perspective on it because all I really care about is that people hear Chuck’s work and I find a way to honor him. Personally, the record I’m listening to most right now is Gruntruck’s self-titled album. You should check it out. I met Ben, their singer, when I was 15 years old. From that very moment I wanted to have a band or be involved in music.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

One time when Erie Loch was on tour some freak pulled a gun when an unnamed old band from Chicago had finished doing all his drugs and tried to kick him out. They definitely tried too hard to live up to their reputation on that tour. Those guys are losers. You’ll have to ask Erie about it though.

What, or who, inspires you?

Right now, not much. My singer and friend died less than a week after our album came out. It’s hard to feel much inspiration while trying to come to terms with that. It’s been great to see and hear the outpouring of love for Chuck though.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Well, Michael Jackson’s Beat it gets a lot of publishing, so I guess that would be a good one. Or, maybe Hulk Hogan’s “I Am A Real American”…Hulkamania going wild! That’s actually a tough one. I don’t really wish I wrote anyone else’s song. If I had it wouldn’t have turned out the way it did. I’d rather just admire someone’s art and enjoy it.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Soup. Chuck loved to eat soup while he was writing and recording the record.

What’s next for you?

I’m going to bed and then I’ll get up and go to work tomorrow. I also have to drop off the dry cleaning and get my back waxed. Seriously though, just keep supporting the record. I want everyone to hear it so I appreciate you doing this. I want to make sure people really know how special Chuck was. I want people to find inspiration, awareness, and strength to learn from his mistakes. Drugs fucking suck and more often than not it doesn’t end up with a happy ending.

What’s your scene?

I’ve always been the odd ball. I don’t really fit in with any scene. I don’t wear enough black for the goths. I’m not sporty enough for the gym rats and jocks. I’m not metal enough for the metal dudes. I’m not smart enough for the nerds. I’m not cool enough for the cool kids. I’m too old for the millennials. I’m not pious enough for the Church. I’m too god fearing for the science folks. I’m just kind of a nothing but I like a little bit of everything. Oh yeah, and I don’t have a beard or man bun, so lumberjacks and hipsters don’t get me either.


About Primitive Race

On November 3rd, Primitive Race released their compelling new, Alternative Rock album Soul Pretender, with vocals handled by Chuck Mosely (Faith No More, Bad Brains, Cement, VUA), music by Erie Loch (LUXTBlownloadExageist), Mark Gemini Thwaite (Peter MurphyTrickyGary Numan), Chris Knicker, and drums by Dale Crover (The Melvins). On November 9th, Chuck Mosley died after many years battling addictions, making the long awaited album the legendary front-man’s swan song. The band, with members being long time friends of Chuck’s, chose to re-direct the album’s focus to honoring the legendary singer’s legacy.

Track List:

1. Row House
2. Cry Out
3. Cranial Matter
4. Take It All
5. Bed Six
6. Stepping Stone
7. Turn It Up
8. Soul Pretender
9. Nothing To Behold
10. Dancing On The Sun

Early Praise for Soul Pretender:

It’s hard not to view Primitive Race’s sophomore outing, Soul Pretender, as the next chapter in Chuck Mosley’s epic comeback story. On the record, out Friday on Metropolis, Mosley is positively radiant, sounding better, sharper and more engaged than he has since the heyday of Faith No More’s Introduce Yourself. After years of being relegated to the struggles of “solo” outings and hard-to-find Cement discs, Mosley here is raspy – he wears his age incredibly well – and utterly menacing as he lurks behind lurching guitars and the occasional twinkle of a keyboard, the landscape darker than his previous work. And, damn, does it work! – Pop Dose
If Primitive Race’s stylistic trajectory is to be considered, as exhibited in the group’s two albums; add to that, the invigorating (but at the same time, inadvertent) inclusion of Mosley’s memories into this latest offering – then there should be something more that can be expected from the collective’s future projects. For the meantime, let your senses get drowned in pleasant torture in the sonic machinery of this scorching undertaking. – CrypticRock
Time will tell what the next incarnation of Primitive Race will hold, but if the first two albums are any indication, then it should be just as great while continuing to establish the supergroup’s place in the world of punk and industrial rock. – mxdwn

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