Interview: Munkey Juice

Nelly Heise – Git & Vox
Bub Heise – Bass Git
Vladimir Stak – Bangin’ and such
Columbus, Ohio; and St. Paul, Minnesota
www.munkeyjuice.com

1. You’re in hell…what’s on the radio? 
Nelly: I was once told all the good bands are in hell. Anywho, Catherine Zeta-Jones singing anything, J. Lo, Cher, and Limp Bizkit. Bub: I think if I was in hell, Mahler’s 3rd would 
be perfect to keep you forever ill at ease, but I think the sad but true answer would be Nicole Kidman and Robbie Williams singing the soundtrack to Moulin Rouge, Mahler would be so much cooler though. V. Stak: “Have You Forgetten?” by Darryl Worley.

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2. What was your first musical experience? 
Nelly: My Mom playing the Beatle’s “White Album”, and asking “Doing what in the road?” Bub: Banging on my Mom’s Baby Grand, now I bang on a Casio that lights up and automatically plays Celine Dion songs. 
V. Stak: Goofing around on a drum set my friend had at his house. The cymbals were so cheap I had to bend them back into shape after playing.

3. What is in your cd player now? 
Nelly: Wilco- A.M. Bub: A Bootleg of Jeff Tweedy at the Living Arts Theatre in Chicago. 
V. Stak: Tray 1: Ween “Pure Guava” Tray 2: Ween “Chocolate and Cheese” Tray 3: Ween “The Pod” Tray 4: Mysteriously empty for some odd reason Tray 5: Flaming Lips “Transmissions from the Satellite Heart” Yeah, I’m on a Ween kick.

4. What is the best live performance you’ve ever seen? Worst? 
Nelly: Camper Van Beethoven, the first of the reunion shows at the Knitting Factory in NY. 
The worst was Tesla, but hey I was 14 and it was my first concert and a couple of seniors took me. Firehouse was the opening band. 
Bub: A Dutch Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s 3rd at the University of Salzburg in the Autumn of 2001. It was flawless. Worst? A modern production of Aida at the same theatre. I’ve never seen a director stray so far away from such a simple theme. V. Stak: Probably a Wilco show I went to a few months back. The worst is easily a They Might Be Giants show I saw at Denison University about 7 years ago. The band played fine. It was the crowd that sucked.

5. Musical influences? 
Velvet Underground, Modern Lovers, Kinks, Pavement, Pixies, Stones, CVB, T. Rex, Wilco, The Minus Five, Superchunk, My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo.

6. What’s the weirdest gig moment or road trip you’ve had? 
Nelly: Being Applauded. 
Bub: Not getting booed every time we play Jesus On The Run. 
V. Stak: Seeing a couple dry-hump each other in front of the stage during a set.

7. What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
Nelly: Late Night Buggy Vendor 
Bub: Server at Applebee’s. 
V. Stak: A letter sorter in the mailroom of a factory.

8. Do you think people should be able to download music from the internet for free? 
Nelly: Yes, with the band’s permission. 
Bub: Hell yes. 
V. Stak: Sure. Usually when I download a free song I end up buying the album later on 
anyway. Plus, it’s great exposure for lesser-known bands.

9. Have you ever been in jail, and if so, why? 
Nelly: Yes, Public Intox, and DUI. Now I’m in Recovery and training to be an alcohol and drug counselor. (This is true.) 
Bub: Does detained count? I was illegally detained for open container and under age and forced to listen to the country station in the cop car. I got off not guilty, but it was a pain. 
V. Stak: I’ve never had the pleasure. Though twice in 1999 I came close.

10. What is the performer and/or song are you most ashamed for liking? 
Nelly: Duran Duran and INXS. 
Bub: Norah Jones. 
V. Stak: Ladytron. Mostly because of the flak I get from the other band members for liking them.

11. What product would you endorse for free and why? 
Nelly: Cell phones that killed people who used them, or Diet Coke since I drink a 12 pack a day, or my dad’s pizza shop: Earl’s Village Pizza! 
Bub: Railways, Bus Lines or electric cars- something has got to be changed about our transportation system. 
V. Stak: Nothing. No one gets a free lunch from Stak.

12. Major accomplishments in your band (besides keeping it together)? 
Nelly: Putting out 5, soon to be 6 albums in two years. 
Bub: Staying prolific and diverse in sound. 
V. Stak: I guess designing and developing our web site. It was the first major web project I took on after quitting my lame-ass job.

13. Tell us a groupie or gushy fan story you’ve experienced- be it yourself or someone else? 
Nelly: A show we played in Zanesville, Ohio, a couple of fourteen year-old kids were worshipping us like rock stars and begging for autographs. They continued to email us for a while, until the recent Iraqi war started and I stated Bush was a Nazi, er, I’m sorry that Bush is a Nazi. As for girls, see V. Stak’s answer. 
Bub: N/A. V. Stak: I really wish I had a good one, but I don’t. We don’t seem to attract the ladies too well.

14. How did you find your bandmembers? Through friends, ads or poaching? 
Nelly: Bub is my little brother, and I made him play bass, and V. Stak and I where in a band called “The Giddyup Jesus” in college. 
Bub: Nel is my brother; V. Stak was in a band earlier with my brother and went to school 
with him. 
V. Stak: I met Nelson through a mutual friend, and Bubba through Nelson.

15. You’re in heaven…what’s on the radio? 
Nelly: Endless live performances of the Velvet Underground with the original line-up: Lou Reed, John Cale, Mo Tucker, and Sterling Morrison. 
Bub: “She’s a Jar” – Wilco, or “Heaven” -Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. 
V. Stak: All of the Minus Five albums 
looping in order of their original release.