Today’s Feature, January 8th-9th: The Gay Blades

January 9, 2008 at 12:55 am (Today's Feature)


Featuring a new artist every two days, we here at PensEyeView conduct A LOT of interviews.

#1 – It never gets old.

#2 – The artists giving them… awesome.

#3 – The Gay Blades may have provided the most ground-breaking set of answers yet.

For example, what do members Clark Westfield and Puppy Mills find themselves doing during some spare time? Well of course, “offering free scary rides to unattended kids at public parks.” Who wouldn’t wanna party like that?

Clark and Puppy started off doing the usual – shipping off to school to receive a well-rounded education. Fortunately for us however, they soon realized the real money was in entertainment; they sold their books, bought some instruments, and now form the power duo we see today, the group behind songs like “O Shot,” a concrete busting barrage of snare and tempting guitar riffs.

The Gay Blades have shared stages with Jimmy Eat World, Hot Hot Heat, The Detroit Cobras, Hot Rod Circuit and An Albatross and are currently on the road supporting their latest work, “Ghosts,” an album written in the fall after several screenings of the depressing classic, “Old Yeller.” The record contains showmanship and bravado not found in any other work out today, and jumps from fast-paced high spots to tunes that calmly take it down a notch like “NHDN” and “Dog Day Afternoon.” Upon sampling the collection, you’ll debate for at least one afternoon as to just how two musicians can create such a huge sound.

If you can, get out to a Blades show and prepare yourself – the experience will be “the singularly most engaging and disturbing show you’ve ever seen, from which you will take home haunting memories that last a lifetime.” Pick up the album (it comes with a stick of gum) and jump into the XXQ’s.

XXQs: The Gay Blades

Pen’s Eye View: Was there a certain point in your life when you told yourself that music was going to be a career rather than a hobby?

GB: Totally. We were both in college working towards degrees in Education, when one day we decided to look up the mean salary for people working in that field. The next day, we sold all of our books back to the college bookstore and bought our first instruments. Of course, a few years after that, we invented mp3’s, unknowingly screwing ourselves in the long run.

PEV: Growing up, what kind of music were you listening to? Do you remember the first album you ever purchased?

GB: “He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. They are the original twoGB: man band. Without them, there probably never would have been Hall & Oates, Ike & Tina, and eventually The Gay Blades.

PEV: Tell us about the first time you performed live. Did you think, then that you would be where you are now?

GB: We had no idea! When we first started performing live, we were in one of those underground dancing troupes that you see in the subway, all taking turns breaking to some kick ass dance beats from 1989. Eventually, the matching velour tracksuits became too expensive (you have to replace them regularly after all that spinning on subway floors), and we quit and became the band you see today.

PEV: Having invented “Trash Pop”, what exactly is “Trash Pop”?

GB: Trash Pop is the musical equivalent of the taste of soda (or “pop”) after it has been strained through a bag of garbage or (“trash”).

PEV: What can people expect from a live The Gay Blades performance?

GB: The singularly most engaging and disturbing show they’ve ever seen, from which they will take home haunting memories that last a lifetime.

PEV: Tell us about your debut release, “Ghosts”.

GB: Well our debut release of ghosts was back in 2002 at our practice studio in NYC, when we unplugged a wire in order to plug in a guitar amp. Turns out, the wire we unplugged led to the ghostGB: containment facility upstairs run by these four dudes with weird suits and an old ambulance. After many months of litigation, The Gay Blades were found not liable for damages caused as a result of their debut release of ghosts. Years later, we finally finished “Ghosts”, our first full length album, which details the arduous legal battle that began back in 2002. So technically, “Ghosts” (used in quotes) is our second release.

PEV: How is “Ghosts” different from other albums out today?

GB: It comes with a stick of gum.

PEV: What is your take on today’s current music scene?

GB: It’s like in third grade how the teacher has an emergency phone call to answer and she puts the smart, responsible kid in charge of the class for the next five minutes. Only the smart kid is us, and the teacher is the music scene. And the other kids in class are bloggers who make fun of us because the teacher likes us better than them.

PEV: Finish this sentence, “The most embarrassing time for the band was…”

GB: the show we played in Chicago where robot versions of us from the future showed up and we jumped on stage to kick their asses and play a set, but then they totally kicked our asses because they are robot versions of us, and everyone knows robots are totally stronger than their non-Gay Blades robot counterparts. Then they told everyone that they were the real Gay Blades and sang out of tune for the whole show, which was also really embarrassing.

PEV: Is there one artist that you would like to collaborate with that you have not had a chance to yet?

GB: Well, ?uestlove’s afro pick said that it would engineer and produce our upcoming split 7″, but of course now we’re not getting any return calls…

PEV: Who is currently in your CD player right now?

GB: A piece of bologna with a bite taken out of the middle so it looks like a CD.

PEV: What up and coming artist do you think we should all be listening to now?

GB: Any of the bands in our ‘top friends’ on our myspace page. They’re all way smart and smell like Kiss.

PEV: In all your travels, which city do you think offers the best appreciation for music?

GB: Any city that’s not full of dudes with their arms crossed or slutty chicks with too much makeup who talk really loudly over quiet love songs they wish were written about them.

PEV: How is life on the road for you? Best and worst parts?

GB: Life on the road is great. The best stuff is all the back rubs and flash cards. The worst part is paying Ronald Reagan’s country club dues in the form of gas money. That is how taxes work, right?

PEV: What’s one thing people would be surprised to hear about The Gay Blades?

GB: That we didn’t discover electricity. Ben Franklin did. But thanks to him, we were able to invent things like the electric chair, electric scissors and the 1984 movie “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” where all the breakdancers from town had to band together against the local evil developer and breakdance for justice.

PEV: When you sit down to write music, what kind of environment do you surround yourself in?

GB: We usually wait until our Seasonal Affect Disorder kicks in during late fall and then watch the last ten minutes of Old Yeller over and over again. After that, the songs just seem to write themselves.

PEV: What one word, best describes The Gay Blades?


PEV: What can we find The Gay Blades doing when you have some down time?

GB: Offering free scary rides to unattended kids at public parks.

PEV: So, what is next for The Gay Blades?

GB: We’ll probably just keep writing TV show treatments for FOX so we can keep the lights on at our practice studio. Check out the latest treatment they picked up; it’s the one where they hook people up to a lie detector and ask the husbands where they really go on their “business trips” and then ask the wives how many dudes she really slept with in college.

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