Mommy and Daddy | Band interview

Mommy and Daddy

By Jay Riggio with Vivan Sarratt

On my first attempt to interview Mommy and Daddy I literally almost shit my pants. Sixty seconds into my subway ride, an impatient sensation began to rise and nearly erupt within the confines of the train car. If it weren’t for my lovely girlfriend, her compassionate friend and various scraps of discarded newspaper, I would have surely been drenched in my own excrement.  Needless to say, I never interviewed Mommy and Daddy that night; mainly because my symptoms persisted in such a violent and explosive manner that a comfortable Q&A was out of the question. Instead, I opted for a casual phone conversation with the band in a spot where a bathroom was in close proximity. 

Mommy and Daddy consist solely of the married couple, Edmond Hallas and Vivian Sarratt; and for those who don’t know, rock then muthafuckin’ house. When the band’s publicist told me I would be conducting the phone interview with Vivian, I couldn’t help but feel a bit apprehesive. You see, I think Vivian is totally hot.  I feared that I would only be able to fabricate my voice’s sexiness for so long, before she’d sense my physical ugliness and completely abandon our interview in the name of beauty.  But nothing of the sort happened.  Vivian was cool as hell.  In fact she was one of the coolest ladies I’d ever spoken to.  She’s genuinely psyched on her band, her husband, her cats and pretty much anything that has to do with the pleasant things in life. If Edmond is anything like Vivian, I would like to take this opportunity to ask the band if they would like to adopt me and be my Mommy and Daddy.  In the event of another subway incident, I’m certain that both Edmond and Vivian would pamper me wonderfully, freshening up my soiled pooper with baby wipes and talcum powder shortly cradling me to sleep like a little newborn puppy.  And I’d get a good night’s sleep, knowing that I have the hottest Mom in the world.

WHAT’S BEEN UP WITH Mommy and Daddy LATELY?

We got back 4 weeks ago from the four-month tour and that was crazy.  It was pretty much non-stop movement. We found a sub letter for our apartment and just kind of did it (the tour) ourselves completely.  We didn’t have a tour manager or anything, so that was another stressful

thing that we had to do.  And then we got back and both found jobs immediately because we don’t have spare money lying around to pay our rent.  So we found jobs, we’re still playing shows and just made a video. We’re doing CMJ and than we’re doing a record release party and than we’re leaving for tour in the begi ning of October.

The  NEW Mommy and Daddy ALBUM WILL HAVE DROPPED BY THE TIME THIS THING COMES OUT. IS IT ANY DIFFERENT THAN FIGHTING STYLE, KILLER PANDA?

I guess the difference is more along the lines of just like how we’ve been writing songs together.  It’s a little harder I think and a lot of the songs are a lot more raw.  But at the same time we wanted to make them really catchy.There are a lot of cute harmonies and stuff.  I would say it’s cuter but it’s more raw [laughter].

EVERY TIME I WRITE SOMETHING, I MAKE DAMN SURE THAT COUNT TO 10 FORWARD AND BACKWARDS.  WITHOUT DOING IT, I’M COMPLETELY LOST.  DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANY WEIRD RITUALS WHEN YOU PLAY LIVE?

Yeah we totally do. Ed likes to eat a loaf of bread. Not the whole thing, but he’ll eat like 5 slices of bread. We went on tour with this Swedish band and their sound guy said to eat wheat bread all day and right before you go onstage, have a slice of white bread. The balance of complex sugars and the refined sugars give you a really big energy boost.  So that’s pretty much the only weird ritual. I like to practice in my pajamas; I don’t have any other weird rituals.

BEING A HUSBAND AND WIFE BAND, HAVE YOU EVER ENCOUNTERED SOME “INDECENT PROPOSAL” TYPE SHIT FROM FANS?

[Laughter]  I don’t know if I can say anything because what if they’re reading?  We usually turn them down very nicely.  There were these people in England, oh my God, I think they were on something because they were just all over the place; I think the girl was a stripper.  They were pretty wild, but we were just like, “We have to get back to the hotel, see you later.”  And we had somebody knock on our hotel door once.  That was really scary actually; I think she followed us back.  We didn’t open the door.

YOUR SITUATION IS COOL BECAUSE YOU NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GROUPIES HIJACKING YOUR HUSBAND ON THE ROAD.

Exactly.

YOUR MUSIC MAKES ME WANT TO STAND UP AND SHAKE MY MONEYMAKER.  WHAT KIND OF REACTION DO YOU HOPE TO GET FROM THE CROWD AT LIVE SHOWS?

That’s exactly what we want. Even if they’re not comfortable dancing, if people could just dance in their heads [that would be good].  Ever see the scene in Hedwig And The Angry Inch when the little kid is dancing like crazy on his bed, that’s what we want to accomplish with our music. If they can’t actively let loose, at least they could do it internally.

MOMMY AND DADDY COULD EASILY BE A SOUNDTRACK TO AN ALL NIGHT METHPARTY.  DO YOU GUY’S PARTY ALL NIGHT OR ARE YOU PRETTY DOMESTIC?

I think a lot of bands tend to not have the music be an expression of themselves as people.  I think outside of the music they have a completely different persona. Ed and I are crazy and we’re funny together.  Not like we party a lot, I think we play off of each other’s energy, but I wouldn’t say that we go on many all night meth binges.

ARE THERE ANY BANDS THAT YOU LOVE AND THAT ED HATES?

There’s this band called Extol. They’re so annoying. I think they’re like Swedish and have hair down to their ass.  We tend to agree on most stuff except for like some metal.  Sometimes I listen to classical music and Ed’s like, “Oh, I’m not in the mood for this.”

I DON’T HAVE ANY MUSICAL TALENT WHATSOEVER, BUT I WOULD SACRIFICE MY FIRST-BORN CHILD TO SHARE A MINUTE’S STAGE TIME WITH EAZY E.  WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO PLAY WITH, PAST OR PRESENT?

Eazy E? Oh, he’s awesome.  Well it’s really hard. Ed’s always wanted to get dance lessons from James Brown.

NICE.
We would totally share the stage with James Brown.  As far as me, I think I would either want to share the stage with KRS-One who is like my favorite rapper ever.  Definitely James Brown, Ed and I could agree on. The Live At The Apollo stuff is amazing.  I don’t know how somebody has that much energy. But Eazy E, oh my god!

 

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