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Exclusive interview for hellfest.fr: NASHVILLE PUSSY [Ruyter Suys (guitar)]

11 July 2016

“We wanna be dirty, funny and we also wanna fucking rock. We wanna continue to make Lemmy proud, you know” – Ruyter Suys – Friday 17 June 2016

 

How has been your day so far?

My day so far has been: wake up early, don’t eat, sleep sitting up right and then rock 35,000 fucking people. It was fantastic and then go to the Gibson bus, play “Ace Of Spades” and then begin the interview trail. And no food but Jack Daniel’s! (laughter)

 

Why are you doing interviews instead of just chilling out?

I’ll chill out later. (smiles) This is my job too: I have to do a little of this.

 

It’s necessary evil then?

No, it’s fun.

 

This is your second time at Hellfest. Any memories from your previous appearance?

Yes, it was fucking awesome. We played in 2009 and it was our first time and it was so good that we cancelled our show the next day. We were supposed to play in Switzerland and we said “Fuck that, man! We’re staying here and we’re gonna stay up all night and party”. It was ridiculous. It was the old Hellfest site and we were doing Ketamine – special K – and our drummer fell asleep in the soccer field (laughter) He woke up in the fucking soccer field! Oh my god! So much fun, such a good time! Heaven And Hell played, the whole backstage was like a whole reunion. There were all these people that we know from all around the world: Misfits, Down, Saint Vitus… Just people that we know and we’ve partied with. We were just all backstage at the same time. Anthrax was there. I can’t remember who else was there. It was a love fest, like heaven: the sweetest thing. It was such a surprise: the greatest festival on Earth. We were very surprised because we had no idea how it was going to be like. And there was a giant picture of me and it’s still there now! I love it!

 

The whole site has changed quite a bit, don’t you think?

I haven’t been out yet but it’s very organised, still. We’ll see if somebody falls asleep in the soccer field tonight! (laughter)

 

Do you think that festival culture is killing touring?

No! Definitely not! Of course not! Rock n’ roll music, entertainment, is a rollercoaster. You never know what the fuck happens next. You might play a show for 50 people or you might play it for 50,000. You have to be ready for everything. Yesterday, we had a practice show and it was a tiny club, tiny cave. Our drummer couldn’t stand up because the celling was really low and it was absolutely fantastic. I think we had 120 people in total. I think 80 people actually paid it. It was a perfect beginning to the tour and today we play 35,000 people and it’s also fun! (laughter)

 

Your latest album was out about two years ago. What are the next steps for the band?

Up The Dosage, our latest album, was out at least two years ago and 10 Years Of Pussy – a retrospective of just the last decade on SPV Records – came out last year. We wanna go in the studio in November. We don’t know who our new label is so we’re “shopping” as they call it, shopping for labels know. We want to record in Kentucky. We have a studio, we have a producer, we have songs: we’re just waiting for the elements to come together perfectly. You know what the plan is: play music until you die!

 

Play music until you die: that’s really your plan, then?

Yeah! Of course! Or get a job – like fuck what! (laughter)

 

You live from the band?

Fuck yeah! For 20 years! (smiles)

 

What about meet and great sessions fans have to pay to attend? Is it something you would do?

We do it in any ways but we do it for free! (laughter) Mostly because we play in clubs and if you wanna drink, you have to go to the bar… So we’re at the bar! So we generally meet a lot of people. Something like this maybe… I’m sure some day someone’s gonna charge to meet us and when that happens, fine. But hopefully, it won’t get crazy like $1,000. I’ll take it, then. By the way, you owe me $1,000 now! (laughter)

 

Twisted Sister is doing it for $995 apparently…

There you go… Wow! To meet the band? To meet fucking Dee Snider? Intriguing… Oh my god… Do it til you can…

 

Let’s go back to you new album to be. Do you have a specific ambition?

I think it’s a big enough ambition trying to keep up our standards as low as they are, I think! (laughter) We wanna be dirty, funny and we also wanna fucking rock. We wanna continue to make Lemmy proud, you know.

 

“Rock til you die” you said earlier… One day, that will be it: the band will eventually die. How would you like to be remembered? What would be your epitaph?

Fucking hell, man… That’s a hell of a question. On our epitaph… “We never gave in, we never gave up”. (laughter) I don’t know… Definitely “Rock til you die” or “Give it all you got”. All the time, like. “Life is short: live it the best you can”.

 

You had the privilege to know Lemmy. What would be your best Lemmy moments?

1,000 moments. The very first time I met him – I’m obviously a fan since I was maybe 13 years old, a huge fan forever – the first time we actually play with fucking Motörhead, which was maybe 18-19 years ago, we’re backstage and someone had written on a wall – it was the name of a band – it was Sinis – a word that reads the same forward or backward. So I come in the room and there’s Lemmy and he points this thing on the wall and he says: “That’s a palindrome”. And I’m “What?”. “It’s a palindrome: it’s the same forward and backward. A palindrome”. As our relationship continued, he became more like a father and he’s always been a very big supporter of our band. I think he thought of us as a little Motörhead for a while. We were very much under his wing. We changed our bass player so many times that every time we had a new bass player, we had to have Lemmy’s blessing. We had to have him say: “I like this new one, she’s even better than the last one. She’s my favourite, you’ve gotta keep this one”. Every fucking time! He’s continuously been on our side. (smiles)

 

Brian Johnson had to step out of AC/DC for a few dates. If Blaine (Cartwright – guitar & vocals) had to step out himself, who would be a suitable substitute?

Probably Brian Johnson! (laughter) Definitely not Axl Rose! Fuck! Who could replace Blaine… Oh my god! Someone who could sing and play guitar like that… Ike Turner? He’s dead… Iggy Pop doesn’t play guitar… Fuck! No one’s ever asked me that! I don’t have to replace him. He is a combination of a madman, a hippy, a redneck… Fuck! The man who could replace Blaine hasn’t been invented! Sorry, no answer! (laughter)

 

You play in France quite often. What do you mostly like or dislike about France?

It’s in my top five countries of the world, I would say. If not in my top three and I don’t even know the other two! (smiles) What do I love about France… I love the views, everything is beautiful. The spirit is pretty unequal in the world. I would say it’s very much like the Southern pride. It’s a very strange, rebellious, defiant spirit in France, that I love. And the food, of course. The people and the food and the view.

 

Any favourite dish?

My favourite cheese is Comté! Oh my god! I could eat that all night long! Brioche, Comté, yummy. Just the cheese itself. My heritage is Dutch as you can tell: the hair and the boobs! But I’m a cheese connoisseur. I like tartiflette too! What else do I like… A lot of good food comes from here.

 

Last question. Please finish that sentence for me: “I’ve never told that story and I probably shouldn’t but…”

Fuck you! (laughter) Oh my god! I’ve never told that story and I probably shouldn’t but… I’m really a man! (laughter)

 

Very last one: any guilty pleasure I should be aware of?

I like Casey And The Sunshine Band. And Abba, I love Abba. Everybody loves Abba. What else is a guilty pleasure? I don’t feel guilty about my pleasures: they’re just pleasures.

 

 

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Many thanks to Roger (Replica).