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Viva Phx Q & A: Playboy Manbaby

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Rubber Brother RecordsPlayboy Manbaby will perform a close-out set at the Phx Alley Stage at 11 P.M. on March 7.

Read The Spec‘s Q & A with vocalist Robbie Pfeffer and bassist Chris Hudson…

Robbie Pfeffer – Vocalist

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
My mom forced me to see Celine Dion in Las Vegas when I was about 12. The deal was that if I came to see Celine Dion I would be allowed to see The Blue Man Group the next night. I remember hating it so much that I snuck out into the hallways of the venue and they were still playing Celine Dion, so I went into the bathroom and spent the last hour of the show in the bathroom because it was the only way I could escape Celine Dion.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Tom Waits.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
My first show was at an art show in front of a vintage shop in the Melrose District. I was so nervous I got really drunk and then after the show was over I drank a room temperature “Thanksgiving” flavored beer and proceeded to vomit out of the back window of some girl’s car, who I didn’t really know, for the next 30 minutes while driving up the freeway.

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
David Lynch.

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
If it wasn’t for music I would almost certainly be a hermit.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
Answer emails, make tapes and book shows.

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
Elephant Eyelash and Alopecia by WHY?.

Earliest music-related memory you have?
I got a gift card to Sam Goody or something like that and I bought a CD by Chumbawamba. I remember being really disappointed that every song didn’t sound like “Tubthumping.”

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
We’ve gotten some fan art recently, that shit is so awesome. As a guy who likes to draw and go to shows I remember making fan art for various punk bands I liked and it’s a trip to be on the other end of that spectrum.

Interesting fact about your newest release.
I was really sick when we recorded our new stuff so I have this really nasty voice that I’m really sad I will almost certainly never be able to reproduce.

Xperience you will never forget.
Our set at The Trunk Space at the PHX FMLY FEST 2013 after party.


Chris Hudson – Bass

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
My very fist concert was Anti-Flag and Against All Authority at the Nile Theater. The kid I went with was part of a pretty rich family. They rented a driver who drove us there in a really expensive looking SUV. I remember being really embarrassed when the driver got out and opened the door for me like I was someone important (even at 15 I was self-aware enough to know that was, in fact, not important at all.) right in front of all the peacock punk rockers.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
The 1986 Los Angeles Rams

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
My very first concert was the Sunrise Middle School talent show with Iliterate Zeeros. The song was called “16 Minutes” and felt like it took that long to play. It was very monotoned and stupid.

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
I feel like Prince would kill it as a member of Playboy Manbaby.

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
Whenever you’re with a group of friends and one of them asks, “Did somebody fart?” more often than not, if you look closely, you will find me walking past. I am the Batman of farts. I go where I am needed and leave with only one trace of evidence being left…my fart.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
Fixing stupid computers that kids break at their school. Why is anything a kid touches always sticky?

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
MenomenaFriend and Foe

Earliest music-related memory you have?
When I was four or five my dad told me he has heard every song thats ever been made and ever will be made. I believed for far longer than I should have.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
“I know who you are.”

Interesting fact about your newest release.
We had never played any of the songs as band before the day we recorded the them.

Xperience you will never forget.
When Tim Heidecker pulled me on stage and asked how many candles I have at my house.

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