Surfers Cooking Up A “Butthole Stew” For Next Album

No hurry to complete new album.

Nothing exceeds like success. So, after more than a dozen years of struggle and
psychic damage, the Butthole Surfers finally surfed to the top last year with
their album, Electriclarryland, mostly on the strength of the trippy
single “Pepper.” And if it was any other band, you might think they’d rush back
into the studio and pound out some more of the same. Uh, but this is the
Butthole Surfers. So, when we caught up with drummer King Coffey yesterday at
his Austin estate, we asked what the group was up to and what we can expect on
their next album.

“Well, right now we’re just shopping for computers and
samplers and some new toys,” said Coffey, his dog barking in the background, as
AOL crashed his computer for the third time that morning. “The next record is
what we’ve wanted to do for a while, which is to say it will be a lot looser,
more like Rembrandt Pussyhorse or Locust Abortion Technician,
where we had no idea where we were going and we just started getting some basic
ideas together and kept building up on them.”

Coffey said the band has
been listening to “a lot of sample-oriented music lately,” and so they’ve been
shopping around for new samplers and computers that will allow them to collage
the sounds they’re aiming for. “We need to find a sampling system that will
work for all three of us, where one of us comes up with an element, then we
give it to the next one and he adds his element and so on. We all want to be
trading samples and elements and building this strange sound. Kind of a
Butthole stew.” Tasty.

Although, the Buttholes are still in the research
phase, Coffey said they’re in no hurry to get back into the studio, and are
certainly not itching to hit the road again. “The success of the last album
hasn’t really changed us that much,” Coffey said. “Actually, we’re more
burnt-out from the last record and tour than we have been in a while. For the
past year we’ve been a full-on rock band, doing big rock shows, the full-on
rock thing, and that’s not really in our heart.

“At the root, we’re not a
conventional rock band,” he continued. “We prefer to do smaller, more
experimental types of things and not have to do the big rock thing every other
night.”

Coffey said the group are ready to just take some time and fool
around with the new gadgets they hope to buy soon and make a less structured,
more experimental type of album, which will come out, “sometime, when we’re
done with it.”



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