Daily Archives: September 4, 2012

Matt Pence: Then and Now


Matt Pence: Then and Now.

this is Kittenpants’ excerpt from their podcast interview with Centro-matic drummer / producer, Matt Pence.

Matt Pence: Then and Now

My podcasting co-hort, Ladybird J and I just interviewed drummer/producer Matt Pence from Centro-matic for next week’s episode. Then I remembered this isn’t the first time I have interviewed Matt–the band was interviewed in the November 2000 issue of Kittenpants. Here’s some of what Matt had to say back then.

kp: What is the secret to making the perfect slurpee?

Matt: Not too much syrup, very very cold, in an insulated mug w/ one flavor on top of, not swirled in w/, another flavor.

What is the secret to trimming the perfect beard?


What is the secret to playing the fuck out of the drums while still wearing a giant costume of the periodic table of the elements that covers your whole body?

Superpowers, of course.

What is your favorite Centro-matic song?

Tied to the Trailer

What is your favorite DEVO song?

Mississippi Queen (they did that one didn’t they, that’s an awesome jam!! cowbell central, U.S.A!!! !! !)!

When you are on tour, which ‘road song’ would you say best represents the band’s mood: Wheel in the Sky by JOURNEY, On the Road Again by WILLIE NELSON, Surprise, Surprise by X, or Wanted: Dead or Alive by BON JOVI?

On the Road Again. We make sure we’re not on the road for very long stretches (2 weeks is pretty much the max so far), and that makes it so much fun, just like a vacation. Except for the lifting and the smoke, and the lack of site-seeing. Really, the only thing that is the same as vacation is the driving and the hotels. Except I guess when I go on vacation I usually don’t stay on people’s floors.

That whole thing I said about touring being a vacation is a big lie, made up by me as an excuse to align myself with country superstar Willie Nelson. Hell, I barely know the words to “On the Road Again”, I don’t know if that’s representative of our experience. I don’t know anything anymore.

That’s fair. Will you tell me a joke?

Matt: yes.

I don’t get it.

So that was 2000. Listen to the 12-year follow-up (coming in a few days!) on Episode 12 of Me Three Podcast.


Duquette Johnston, a start


don’t want this blog to be The Centro-matic Show — no matter how huge and overwhelming and talentedly awesome everyone in the band is. i mean, there’s going to be 12 bands at W’12 so it doesn’t seem right to prattle on and on like i have been.

at Sunday breakfast post-W’10 i was fortunate enough to meet Duquette Johnston and his wife Morgan (of Rugged & Fancy fame) and it was just a great, sweet gift after a weekend that was so intense and wild (crazy wild to meet people in real life i felt like i knew for years from postcard).

Duquette and Morgan were the nicest people, and although i am a fanboy geek about a band Duquette was a part of — more later — i was struck by how great his solo performance on Friday, pre-W’10 was. and to break Sunday bread at Sawmill Family Restaurant with them was such an honor.

so the thing to know — or maybe NOT know — about Duquette Johnston is that he was a founding member of this band called Verbena.

living in New York for so long, and going to lots of shows, i heard about Verbena’s music and had devoured it like candy. it really pulled at my musical likes: reminiscent of X, the Cramps, the Velvet Underground, some Detroit bluesy rock in there. I don’t describe stuff as well as some but the two records I had of theirs, Souls For Sale and Into The Pink were on heavy rotation for a good long time. I think Souls For Sale, which Duquette played bass on, was and continues to be my favorite Verbena record.

Into The Pink saw the exit of Duquette and the entrance of a major label where the band got Dave Grohl-ized, which not that there’s anything wrong with that (except i think he’s sort of a giant tool now and the Foo Fighters give me upchuck reflexes)…. but Souls For Sale i just love love love.

Duquette is part of the Gum Creek Killers, who have some mp3s for download on their website here.

it’s sort of hard to pin down the talent that is Duquette Johnston. and maybe that’s the point. he and his wife seem to live a seriously creative, lovely life in Birmingham making and curating great art, either they make or share with others.

stream and download links

free for email address / mailing list signup. you won’t be sorry.

Rugged & Fancy

It Sings Because It Has A Song

buy Etowah on iTunes