Nashville Pussy

Nashville Pussy

Talkin’ Pussy with Corey Parks

Although Blaine Cartwright and his guitarist wife, Ruyter Suys, provide the heart an’ soul around which the group is formed, bassist Corey Parks has come to represent what makes Nashville Pussy THE bigger than rock act to hear AND see. At 6’3″ (without her platforms on), this take-no-shit, no-holds-barred, fire-breathing (literally), tattooed Amazon tigress is right out of a pubescent comic book fantasy world. But beneath this veneer lurks someone who’s definitely in control, intent on makin’ some serious dents in the music scene, and has a tendency to purr when she foresees Nashville Pussy’s bright an’ shiny future.

She made threats about bein’ misquoted, so I’m gonna try to do right by her, an’ keep this shit straight.

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So what are some common misconceptions about Nashville Pussy? What are some things out there that aren’t necessarily true?

It’s all true, honey. IT’S ALL TRUE! I’M FUCKING SERIOUS, MAN — IT’S ALL TRUE!! I mean everything from like stories about the Hell’s Angels to Steven Baldwin, to Howard Stern to setting people on fire, and chicks making out on stage, and tits flying outta bras. It’s all fucking true, man. We have a way of attracting these things to us. Trouble follows us around. I don’t know if it’s trouble, necessarily.

What’s up with how long it’s taken you guys to release an album? I remember a year or so ago having friends come back from Sleazefest, and the rest of the show, they were like, “Yeah, yeah, Sleazefest, whatever… ,” but THEN they went on and on about you guys.

Well, basically, as far as the Sleazefest thing went… that’s the perfect set up for us. It’s a buncha garage bands. You’ve got these people that are real traditional rock’n’roll style, or whether that’d be a three-piece, or whether that’d be swing, or whatever it is they’re doing. It’s sounds real thin next to what we’re doing, which is just real straight forward balls-to-the-wall rock’n’roll. Sleazefest was like the perfect showcase for us. It was where we first made our debut a year ago.

When we first got started, Blaine had been doing Nine Pound Hammer for like ten years, right. He was just pretty much done with it, y’know. He had been wanting to do a band with his wife, Ruyter for a while. He was, y’know, just kinda tired and not making any money. So he was like, “Fuckit. Let’s just do a supergroup — I’m gonna form a supergroup!” So he left Hammer after they got back from Japan, and they called me up and asked me to come up and try out for bass. I was living at North Carolina at the time. I had met Blaine at the Sleazefest a year before, when he came through with Nine Pound Hammer. Y’know, we got together without the idea of trying to put out a record or “we’re gonna be this band. We’re gonna get like signed and we’re gonna try to put out this record and blahbity blah.” We didn’t really do it like that. We did it with the intention of trying to be a live rock’n’roll band. All of us wanted to get the hell out of our houses. All of us wanted to travel. So we said, “man, let’s just get together and fuckin’ just rock. Let’s just play some live rock’n’roll.”

We’re all so sick of going out to see bands and it’s like, man, you see all these fuckin’ wimpy white boys with cut-off corduroys, whining about not gettin’ laid, and they’re fuckin’ junkies. Man, shut the fuck up! No wonder all the white youth of America are like listening to rap music, because those are the only guys braggin’ about havin’ a big dick, an’ needin’ lotsa money an’ a nice car, y’know? So Blain’s like, “I wanna make it cool to be a white male in America again.”

So we pretty much got together an’ we had five original songs and six covers and we’re like, “we’ve got our set. We’ve gotta thirty minute set. Let’s do it.” So we hit the road. Our first year out, we did two hundred shows. Ten months of touring and that’s it. Everything else, as a result, just kinda fell into place. We just started playing live shows. And people came to see our shows, and then people wanted to put out records. Everybody we’ve gone into business with or done something with were all people that we liked. We never made or sent a press kit to anybody. It was just people who came to see us live and really liked the show, and really liked what we were trying to do, and wanted to work with us. So that’s how the three singles came about. After we’d been doing it after a year and everyone’s asking “when’s the full-length comin’ out?” — that’s obviously the next step, when you spot somebody to put out the full-length, right? It seems like it took so long…

Yeah, it seems like it’s been a while since I’d been hearing about you guys, and I was starting to think you guys were a myth. Like, “oh man. There’s no girl that big. Breathing fire?!” The stories were fantastic, and it seemed more fantastic when I finally saw you. My jaw dropped.

It’s amazing. I get such a kick out the stuff, especially me being as big as I am. I mean, everything that’s happened has been exaggerated like a hundred times.

Maybe the reason you’re saying you heard about us for so long before the record came out is because that’s the way you’re SUPPOSED to do it! You’re supposed to get out there and bust your ass and play live. The live shows should always be better than the record you’re puttin’ out — ALWAYS! No one does that anymore, with all the saturation with all these indy bands. Y’know, there’s thousands and thousands and thousands of crappy bands out there that can’t fuckin’ play, man! THEY CAN’T FUCKING PLAY!! It’s like they picked up a guitar one day, practiced for three months, and decided to form a band, and somehow finagled their way into a million dollar record contract on a fuckin’ major label. It like that’s all there seems to be out there. So for everybody who says they heard about us — it’s just because we played live before we ever even thought about puttin’ out a record. We just wanted to get good. We didn’t think we were good enough to put anything down, yet.

At any rate, I’m real excited to see where it’s gonna evolve from here, too. Like I said, man, this is our first record. It’s as raw as we wanted it to be. We say “fuck” on just about every song. I think one song we don’t say “fuck” on, and we say “dick.” So we got the cover as raunchy as we wanted… We’re just about the most non-political band you’ll ever meet. We’ve no hidden agenda. We’ve no causes we’re fighting for. We don’t give a shit about anything and we DON’T VOTE! We just like rock’n’roll. We just wanna play a good show an’ have fuckin’ fun, y’know? Travel around an’ that’s about it.

Are you “having fun?”

Are we having fun?! We’re having a fucking blast! Are you kidding me?! It’s like this crazy fucking whirlwind that we’ve all gotten caught into. I happen to think that we’re that band that’s at the right place and at the right time [purr]. Y’know, that’s pretty much all that success is — being at the right place at the right time. I think everybody’s ready for Nashville Pussy, especially in the wake of all that bullshit that’s being shoved down their throats right now.

It just shouldn’t really be like that, y’know. I just think we’re gettin’ such a good response, and people are talking, because it’s like nobody really gives a shit anymore about putting on any kinda show for people. Nashville Pussy aims to please. We’re here to entertain you. [purr]

How important do you think it is to have sex appeal?

Very. Yeah, sure. I mean, look, we don’t have any rock stars anymore. Look at Aerosmith or the Rolling Stones, any big rock band from the sixties or seventies. They had rock stars, man. They had really young, sexy motherfuckers that could play the shit outta their instruments, or, if they were the front man, could work the fuckin’ mike. You ever noticed, too, no singers anymore know how to work their mike stands? Shit, man, that’s what we’re all about. I mean, I wanna be turned on by somebody when I go to a show. And we have a double advantage, which is the fact that we’re women. It’s like we’re women and we can actually play, y’know. We’re actually pretty good — very good. Mostly when you see chicks really rockin’ out, they look like dykes. They’ve got on cutoffs and like dread-locked hair, trying to be men. As if they think, in order to rock with your cock out, you’ve actually gotta have a cock. That’s not necessarily true. Yeah man, like I really like the Runaways. I’m a huge fan of Joan Jett and Suzie Quatro — of course — so I think women can be really sexy. Both of us are straight. We like to kiss girls, we like to mess around and stuff, but we love men. I think that’s appealing to people.

What’s the best thing about cunnilingus?

Giving it — the taste. Gettin’ it — finding somebody that knows how to do it good and do it right. You’d be surprised… I’ve really come to feel that all you men deserve a little discipline now and again… You’d be surprised at how many men out there want to have their asses kicked. I swear to you. I had three guys last night — we played San Diego — come up to me. The first guy said, “Hey Corey, I just wanna thank you for spitting on me.” And the second guy came up — I kicked him in the stomach because he threw a full beer in my face and I hauled off an’ kicked him in his gut. And he came up after the show and said, “I jus’ wanna thank you for kickin’ me in the stomach.” Jeezus Christ! You guys are pathetic! We’re not afraid to tell you what we want. We’re not afraid to go after it.

What’s the best thing about rock’n’roll?

Finding somebody that knows how to do it good and do it right. And I’ll give you one guess about who that somebody is.

Nashville Pussy?

Aww. Bless your heart, guy. [purr]

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I think I’m in love!!

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