Nashville Pussy are from Atlanta Georgia and for twenty years they have been pounding out the kind of sweaty, sexy, hard drinking, cow punk rock’n’roll you are never going to hear on the radio. The name of the band alone (taken from a rant introducing Wang Dang Sweet Poontang, on Ted Nugent’s classic Double Live Gonzo album) has been enough to keep them off festival bills, banished from airplay and make them a band you don’t discuss in polite company. But you know what?

Fuck polite company. The Cramps barely ever got played on the radio. The Hellacopters were never MTV darlings. Turbonegro were not getting any Grammys that I know of. But one thing is for sure Nashville Pussy can (and do) play all over the world to rabid audiences who can not get enough of their truck drivin’, turbo boosted, whiskey fuelled devil’s music. They sing about fighting, booze, sex, drugs and the glory of rock and fucking roll music. And they are coming back to Australia and not a moment too soon.

Nashville Pussy is husband and wife team Ruyter Suy (pronounced Rider Sighs) on guitar and Blaine Cartwright on guitar, vocals and trucker hat and Jeremy Thompson was in the drum seat for most of the bands career, a position currently taken by Ben Thomas. There is always has a female bass player, originally Amazonian Corey Parks who left early on to form Die Hunns and on their last visit to Australia the kick-ass Karen Cuda. Currently bass position is being held by the ferocious Bonnie Buitago.

They have released six studio albums albums but it’s playing live that continues to see their audience grow. That’s because when Nashville Pussy hit the stage, they are not fucking about. They are taking no prisoners and are going to work you into a lather wether you knew who they were or not. They were buddies with the late great Lemmy from Motorhead, they tour with acts like The Reverend Horton Heat, so they are in excellent company for non-compromising raw rock’n’roll.

Hi-Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles had a chat to Blaine Cartwright about a bunch of stuff in the lead up to the tour.

It seems like the kind of down and dirty, sweaty, drinking, drugging, fucking rock’n’roll that Nashville Pussy makes comes from areas away from the latte drinking gentrified cities. You guys are from Atlanta, but I’m also thinking bands like The Hellacopters from Sweden, Turbonegro from Norway, Australia’s Six Ft Hick from Brisbane what are the things the bands from those places have in common?  
I think all the places you mentioned have a certain toughness to them. Whether it’s just dealing with a severe winter or dealing with crime like Atlanta, you have to make your own fun. Atlanta is fun. But it’s not a polite town. People are tough.

Many of the bands you love (AC/DC, Ted Nugent, Motorhead, Black Crowes etc) all had a particular style of ‘couldn’t give a fuck’ about being polite, or falling into line for record companies and radio stations. Is it harder than ever to be a band who doesn’t give a fuck what people think in such a PC world?   
Personally, I swear constantly. That can be a problem when you’re in public around kids. But that’s just how I talk. I don’t mean any harm. I just like writing dirty songs.    As far as falling in line with the radio stations and record companies, it’s little late for that. The time for selling out has long past for us. We’re stuck being cool and crude from now on out. We’re just out to entertain ourselves. If we entertain you also, that’s a bonus.

Given you are uncompromising about how you play, what you sing about and even the band’s name, has that made life harder for you as a band? 
It’s such a great name. But it hadn’t actually made things easy for us. It can keep us out of some more mainstream festivals, especially in the USA. Americans can really be a bunch of fat, dumb pussies sometimes.

The last time you guys played Adelaide (2006?) it was in a tiny bar called Enigma, the place was packed and everybody was dripping with sweat and totally exhausted by the end. Is that how Nashville Pussy always want gigs to end?
That’s how they usually end! Yeah. If I’m going to be exhausted, I’m going to make the audience exhausted also. Sweat or go home!

Nashville Pussy have played all over the world for the last 20 years, is it correct to say that in some ways you have been more successful outside the USA? Europe, Brazil, etc? Where are you most over the top crazy motherfucker fans?        
The French are our best audiences. It’s always special to play there. We have a younger crowd there. Everyone goes nuts.

We lost Lemmy Kilmister just over a year ago, he was a vocal fan of Nashville Pussy and I know you guys were of him and Motorhead. What are your memories of Lemmy and will we ever see his like again?
We miss our friend. That’s what’s going on in our heads at the moment. I miss texting him about music. I miss hanging with him too. Musically, it’s a void that will never be filled. But you gotta try. Keep on rockin’! Lemmy would’ve wanted it that way.

Nashville Pussy are playing with former Kyuss and Fu Manchu drummer, turned stoner rocker front man Brant Bjork at The Gov on May 9th. Tickets from Oztix.

Interview by Ian Bell

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