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Interview

Making No Sense With Al-Ce-Mi's Ned Barrett

Alchemy—(Al-Ce-Mi): the transmutation of base metal to heavy metal such as platinum and gold. Like the alchemist that fuses together elements to make potions this band combines the sounds based in the Los Angeles streets. Whittier, California's AL-CE-MI is a band that doesn't pull its punch when it comes to expressing itself across all dividing lines of rock music. The band has just finished recording its debut EP with legendary NoFX producer Ryan Green and are gearing up for a new round of shows throughout the Southland. I got some Q&A completed, amazingly, with their rough and tumble and always ready to poke you in the neck with a stick guitarist, Ned Barrett.

Rocket: Are you originally from Whittier, California?

Ned: I grew up in the back woods of North Caorolina. My dad was a soda can, and an evil genius bent on world domination. I escaped from my training in the dark Lord's army when I was a but a guppy, swimming to freedom through thousands of pounds of discarded army-grade jello. Also, I lived in Maryland.

Rokcet: Haha. We're gonna have some fun with this one I see. Right on. When did you first start playing electric guitar?

Ned: The guitar is a weapon that every warrior in my homeland is born with. You learn to wield it as an extension of your body from a very young age. Like Ted Nugent in the Damn Yankees video where he destroys everyone with rock and roll, that was the only previous expression of this martial arts form in your dimension prior to our arrival.

Rocket: Them Damn Yankees! Ha! Did you ever take any formal lessons? Or are you pretty much self-taught?

Ned: Well, I was taught by a Clone of myself sent back from the future to train me for my unholy duties. I don't know if that counts...

Rocket: Haha. Who are some your biggest playing influences? Past or present.

Ned: Calligula, Trout, Roseanne, and of course Ed Begley Jr. I would be remiss if I didn't expose my childhood fondness for Vincent Price. I would mention Adam Jones, but if didn't already know this then you are already dead.

Rocket: Dude, you just dropped Vincent Price's name into a metal interview. That is hardcore. What kind of guitars are you playing live and in the studio?

Ned: Tom Anderson, PRS, and a Fender Squier Bullet. Hooray, Korean child labor!

Rocket: Dude, did you dose before you started this interview? Haha. What kind of amp rig are you rockin out of?

Ned: Gorilla. What were you expecting something special?

Rocket: I just want to make it through this interview with my sanity. How did you initially join this band?

Ned: I had to defeat the previous lead guitarist in the sort of ritualistic dueling as portrayed in Michael Jackson's epic "beat it"

Rocket: Oh, man... the MJ card's been flashed. Let's talk about the new album you guys just recorded with famed producer Ryan Green of NoFx fame. How do you feel about the final product? I personally have heard the two new tracks available on MySpace and they seriously kick ass! 'Singing Frogs' is a classic! And it totally has the killer L.A. vibe to it. What can we expect from the other tunes?

Ned: Ryan Greene is a genius. My expectations for this project were far exceeded. He really helped us redefine our sound.

Rocket: Is this album and EP or LP and what's the title?

Ned: The gap in your reality is approximately 30 minutes long. It is self-titled, like when you put two mirrors facing eachother. Do not attempt this at home.

Rocket: Bro, you gotta hook me with your acid connect! Haha. Alright, there's been a ton of great metal albums released this year. What's been your favorite? And you better not say Roseanne!

Ned: They started making albums out of metal? Why was I not informed of this! I had a dream where the chicks from Wilson Phillips tried to rip my face off, does that count?

Rocket: Haha. Even fucking worse than Roseanne, he brings on Wilson Phillips! Haha. Now I like having fun with this next one. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on stage?

Ned: I gave birth to a cylon. You'd be surprised what insurance doesn't cover.

Rocket: Haha. A lot of MySpace music page's are run by the band manager nowadays or some person working for them. Do you ever take time out to anwer fan mail on the Al-Ce-Mi page. How does that work?

Ned: This is why I was sleeping with the cylon in the first place. They're awesome web designers.

Rocket: So now what are some of the upcoming shows for this band?

Ned: Your Mom's house.

Rocket: Dude, you're a comedic genius and a helluva rock n roller! Thanks for taking the time with me on this. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.

Ned: I wanna say thanx to those about to be conquered. God save the queen.

Visit Al-Ce-Mi on the web:

http://www.myspace.com/alcemi

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1. ZeroTolerance writes:

hahahahah!!! that was a funny and weird interview.

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2. Real Fuckin Funny!!! writes:

Ned you f***! Still as Crazy as Ever! Ya Whitefluff Mongloid Baby Beater!

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