Youve been around as a band since the early 80s right what would you say is the big difference between now and then?
CDs and the internet. Plus theres a lot of stuff bands would swear to never do then that they do without thinking twice now, like video and commercial endo
How come youve been sticking around for so long? Its quite a feat..
Ahhh .quitting is for quitters. Actually, theres not much else Id rather do.
Tell me about how you got started and what it was like..what were some of the bands that you started out playing with for instance?
I was barely a teenager in about 1973-74 and I was in a trio called The Stepping Stones - two guitars and drums - we used to play the hits of the day (like Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh, Smokin In The Boys Room by Brownsville Station and stuff like that and easy 60s garage stuff like Wild Thing and Hang On Sloopy (and Stepping Stone). I didnt want to sing lead, but the other two guys didnt want to sing lead so I had to do it. So in exchange for having to sing I got to boss them around. We played at a couple of birthday parties and in peoples backyards and stuff.
Moving up til now - whos in the band?
Right now theres me on guitar and vocals, Laurence Museum Of Death on rhythm guitar, JJ Champion on bass and Ryan Guitar Murphy on drums.
Youve been kind of busy and definitely had an upswing of interest in the last few years..with tons of singles, reissues, new cds, euro-tours etc - How do you think that came about?
I decided to work harder than I used to. Im a very sleepy person and I need to be motivated. Ive been drinking energy drinks lately and thats helped.
Have you been over to europe before the tour in 2004?
We were in Europe in 2002, but we never made it to Scandanavia. It was pretty much Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czech Republic.
How was Europe compared to the US?
Much different. European beer is much better-tasting than our weak-kneed American barley pop.
What other bands on the scene today do you feel closer to, or just like as a fan?
I like older stuff these days. I wish new bands well, but Im too old to like much new stuff. Im an old stick-in-the-mud.
Whatt the upcoming future look like for MOTO?
We will be busy - weve been in the studio recording and mixing songs for upcoming releases, including a 7″ for Savage Recordings. Then we hope to tour extensively!
Anything else you want to share with the readers?
The Bush administration is our national shame. On behalf of all Americans, we apologize to the world. And when in doubt, rock your brain off!