The Great AmeriCon's Sin Quirin And Salvador Krk Talk Tit Cakes, Bathhouses, And Tour Plans
Featuring members who have been involved with the likes of Ministry and Revolting Cocks, The Great AmeriCon is a new force on the rock and metal scene, having just released a self-titled EP and currently working on a debut full-length.
I caught up with the guys from The Great AmeriCon while the band was embarked on the Pros and Cons tour to chat with members Sin Quirin and Salvador Krk. Below you can find a transcription of our conversation about erotic cakes, find out what the group has in store for the coming year, and read an assurance that the band members are not sexually active with one another.
xFiruath: I was just looking at your Facebook page and there appears to be a tit cake picture that was just uploaded. I need to hear this story.
Sin: The tit cake was brought to us in Seattle by some big fans of ours who always bring us cakes when we come through. A couple of years ago when I came through with Revolting Cocks they brought a naked Barbie Revolting Cocks cake.
xFiruath: Are you guys going to Salt Lake on this tour? They have a fun erotic bakery there that specializes in nude cakes.
Sin: We’re supposed to be going but whether we’re going to play Salt Lake or not is a different question. The venue we’re supposed to play at shut down, so we’re still waiting to hear on that. I heard yesterday that they’re changing the venue.
Salvador: A bunch of fans were emailing us and saying they were excited to see us in Salt Lake because every show that gets booked there ends up getting cancelled for one reason or another. So we wrote that it wouldn’t be cancelled and sure enough two days later the venue closes.
xFiruath: Where has the Pros and Cons tour hit so far?
Sin: We’ve done about a week and half, mainly West coast and that’s been fun. We’ve got a lot of stuff planned for 2012. I think we’re going to take time to write and get the album ready the rest of the year and 2012 we’re scheduled to go to Australia for Soundwave festivals in February and March. Then we go to the U.K. right after that, and hopefully the full-length will be out in April or May. We also go back to Europe next summer to do a different part of a four band package, and we’ll do all the festivals.
xFiruath: What’s going on with the album? Do you have any titles to reveal yet?
Sin: Nothing yet for the full-length. We have an EP out now, which is self-titled, but no name for the full-length yet. It might be something like “Blow Me Then Leave.” Like it will say “Blow Me” on the front and the back will say “Then Leave.” That’s one idea we’ve been toying with.
xFiruath: For fans of the bands you guys have been involved with in the past, like Ministry or Revolting Cocks, what does The Great Americon sound like and what can they expect to hear?
Sin: Some of our older fans have said they can hear the power of sound in The Great Americon that we had with Ministry or Revolting Cocks, so I think it’s inevitable that that’s going to be there a little bit, but with The Great Americon we’re trying to drop all our influences, not just the bands we were in. It’s going to be some rock, some metal, some electronic stuff. There is some stuff that’s a little bit more melodic. We don’t want it to be Revolting Cocks part two, or Ministry part two.
xFiruath: How did you guys come together and form the band?
Sin: There’s this local bathhouse, no, no, we’ve actually all played together, not sexually. He and I were in a band together in 2004, 2005 and we’ve been friends since then. Josh and Clay were in Revolting Cocks with me, and then Karma we met on that Revolting Cocks tour in 2009. We’ve all played together in when form or another.
xFiruath: With a name like The Great Americon it seems like you’re going for a very specific theme. How does that tie into the lyrics and what ideas are you putting forth with the band?
Sin: Not really.
Salvador: It’s about going out and having a good time.
Sin: It’s not a big message or anything. We all listen to a lot of ‘70’s music and rock bands and we’re in it just for having a good time. Everybody thinks they need to have a big message, but the bottom line is we’re a rock and roll band, and that’s what we want people to have a good time and walk away with.
Salvador: We don’t recycle.
Sin: Yeah, we don’t recycle.
xFiruath: What are you listening to on the road for this tour?
Sin: I listen to a lot of ‘70s music, but I listen to a bunch of different things. On my iPod I was listening to Alice in Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Queensryche. New stuff, I haven’t really heard any new bands lately. I tend to go back to the older stuff for inspiration.
Salvador: For me it’s Queensryche, Phil Collins, Primus, a lot of things that are interesting and theatrical with a lot of energy.
xFiruath: You guys Opeth fans? The new one "Heritage" is supposed to be all ‘70s prog rock with none of the death metal growling.
Sin: I am, but not a huge fan. I played with them when Ministry did a festival with them in 2008. Great band. I didn’t know that though, that’s awesome. Great players.
xFiruath: Any parting words?
Salvador: It’s been a blast being on the road, and we can’t wait for 2012.
Sin: We appreciate everyone’s great response to the band because people seem to be getting into it and enjoying what we’re doing.
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