Seth Putnam Of Anal Cunt Talks Cock Rock And Leopard Pants
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Anal Cunt has been offending the senses for decades. With infamous vocalist/guitarist Seth Putnam, who has been known for starting fights with the crowd, blatant drug use, and dying multiple times, the grindcore outfit has remained a fixture of the genre.
Anal Cunt has now released the band's latest album "Fuckin' A," (reviewed here) a tribute to cock rock, and is currently touring in support of the release. I had a quick and strange talk with Seth Putnam about the new album, the cock rock outfits he wears, and his drug of choice. A transcription follows. (Sorry for all the "That's awesome"'s. I was a bit nervous.)
Buick McKane: How are you doing today?
Seth Putnam: Great.
Buick: How is the tour going so far?
Seth: Pretty good.
Buick: Yeah? How’s your leg doing? Because, I think, the last time you were set to play New Orleans…
Seth: Yeah, I fucked my leg up, but it’s back to normal now.
Buick: That’s awesome. Well, your latest album just came out in January, and it’s a bit different than your other albums because it’s cock rock, right?
Buick: That’s awesome. I love cock rock. I went to a Motley Crue concert, you know.
Seth: I saw them in ’84 when they were opening for Ozzy, or whatever. They were pretty good.
Buick: That’s awesome. So why don’t you wear the leather pants when you sing?
Seth: I was wearing leather pants last night. I have these stupid pants on today. They have these stupid lace things on it.
Buick: Lace! That’s awesome. That’s cock rock.
Seth: Yeah, I have all these awesome pants. I had these purple leopard-skin pants the other day. I have a variety of pants.
Buick: I have leopard pants I call my party pants. I love those fucking pants. You should invest if you’re going to do cock rock.
Buick: Do you have scarves you tie on your microphone?
Seth: I have some, but I’m trying to collect bras and panties on tour and put them on the mic stand and shit.
Buick: I might give you mine.
Seth: That would be cool.
Buick: We’ll see how it goes.
Buick: Anyway how have your longtime fans, that are hardcore grindcore fans, liked this album?
Seth: Well, most people like it, so it’s cool.
Buick: And it’s in a series of two, right?
Seth: Well, we recorded it as a whole record at the same time, and we ended up splitting them into two; all the cock rock songs for the “Fuckin’ A” record and all the regular A.C. songs are coming out in May in two to four weeks on a vinyl album called “Wearing Out Our Welcome.” That’s more like the usual A.C. stuff. We decided to split it up, make it a little bit different, you know.
Buick: After that many albums, you got to switch it up a little.
Buick: Especially adding humor. Well, you said you were going to Europe pretty soon.
Buick: So you’re not playing any festivals?
Seth: No. We were supposed to be at HellFest, but they threw us off.
Buick: That sucks.
Seth: Yeah, it’s pretty gay.
Buick: I’d like to go to France to see yall. I like France.
Seth: Well, its gay enough that we had to play in France, but them throwing us off kind of sucks.
Seth: I don’t really like wine.
Buick: What do you like?
Seth: I like whiskey, heroine, cocaine.
Buick: Awesome. You should have went to the Jack Daniels Party.
Seth: Well I was sleeping.
Buick: It sucked anyway. So you have a lot of side projects too. Are you working on anything with them right now?
Seth: Back in March this band I’m in called Full Blown Aids went on tour, and we finished that right before we started this tour. Like, there’s nothing else right now, we’re putting it on hold until the two A.C. tours are done.
Buick: Let’s see. So you got kicked off of HellFest. What did you do to get kicked off such an awesome festival?
Seth: Well the mayor from the town the thing is happening in said he would pull the permit if we play. He told us we were too racist or something like that. Its kind of gay.
Buick: Well what are you going to do at Siberia tonight?
Seth: A bunch of songs.
Buick: Are you going to do awesome cock rock moves like David Lee Roth?
Seth: Hopefully. Every show is totally different. I don’t really plan anything.
Buick: What’s the craziest thing that’s happened on the first few dates of this tour?
Seth: We played Atlanta and we did this new song called “Beating Up Niggers Who Sell Fake Crack” and like three seconds into the song, the power got shut off. And it was basically because of a fucking tornado. We thought a bunch of [expletive] shut the power off, but actually the power got shut off because of a thunderstorm.
Buick: Geez, the tornado didn’t come near yall, I guess.
Seth: No, it was, like, a big hailstorm outside. There were no lights on in the place for three hours.
Buick: Is there anything else you would like to say or talk about?
Seth: No. I’m ready to get my ass up the road, it’s really boring. I’m not drunk enough to have a good conversation yet.
Buick: Well let’s go drink some more.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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