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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Skerik: Psychic Rushdie Saxophone

posted by on January 31 at 12:56 PM

skerikdevil.jpgSkerik is a bi-coastal man who plays the saxophone. He is a sax lord, a cyclone of skill and activity. His musings are flashpaper origami bulls. Skerik has many musical incarnations. He is Les Claypoolís sax player. Heís toured and played with Roger Waters, Ivan Neville, Medeski Martin & Wood, Mad Season, Stewart Copeland, Screaming Trees, R.E.M., Funky Meters, Bonnie Raitt, the Coup, Shock G, and Corrosion of Conformity.

On his sax, Skerik is a psychic Salman Rushdie. He plays things you knew he was going to play, but it boggles you just the same.

Four of Skerikís more active Seattle creations are Critters Buggin, Crack Sabbath, Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet, and McTuff. McTuff plays tonight at Eganís in Ballard and Crack Sabbath plays tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 1st at High Dive.

Skerik also has a band called the Dead Kenny Gís. We spoke:

What do the Dead Kenny Gís sound like?
Skerik: Like a free-jazz version of the Melvins.

skerikdeadkg.jpgDoes Kenny G know about it?
I played the Carson Daly Show with Warren Haynes and wore a Dead Kenny Gís t-shirt designed by Les Claypool. Itís got a dead Kenny G with a soprano sax stuck up his ass. When I was introduced, I pointed to the shirt on camera. Carson was amused and mentioned the shirt, and my strange behavior. I later received the following letter:

After I saw your recorded performance on the Daly show, I contacted my lawyers. They embellished information that relinquished my thoughts of not punishing your possee(sp?) You are not Jewish. So as it would appear, consider your ass sued. You are not my friend.

Dutifully,

Ken Goerlik

P.S…. I am mean.

After reading this threat, I forwarded it to the other two band members. One of them became extremely concerned. I decided to take advantage of this and had an actor friend call this concerned band member and threaten him with a lawsuit to cease and desist. The band member became highly agitated and scared. The actor did a very good job. Maybe too good. We still receive emails from this person which are highly prized.

We want Kenny G to produce our first record. I donít know if anyone would survive the first day though. I smell a reality show. The Making of the Dead Kenny Gís with Kenny G. It would be like Henry Rollins marrying Ann Coulter, live on TV.

Could you talk about your sax for me?
My saxophone is black, and made of metal, and I only play STRIBORG saxophones and reeds.

Where does all the saliva go?
It goes into a special de-humidifier that is attached to my soul, I rent it at the tool rental place in White Center. It needs to be emptied regularly.

skerikfactory.jpg

Photo: Lisa Raimondi

Whatís all this about mouth exercises and embouchure? Do you do mouth exercises?
My mouth is pink and is filled with ponies and a castle, the embouchure is connected to the moat in front of the castle, no exercises.

How did you first start playing the saxophone?
I was forced to play by parents seeking amusement, with a guilt-ridden self-deprecating agenda.

Talk about the mechanics of the sax, how do you play?
You blow as hard as you can and twitch your fingers fast as possible, that makes the metal heat up under the keys, causing a fissure of undulating magma.

Any special treats for the Crack Sabbath show?
We will be featuring a regular tirade against ANYTHING by our Jewish organist Ron Weinstein. Because there is right, and there is RON. He makes Rush Limbaugh sound like Martha Stewart. We will also play a cover of the new WEEDEATER song ďGod Luck and Good SpeedĒ. Every show for us lately has also been a tribute to the MELVINS and CHARLES MINGUS.

You should come and break some shit.

RSS icon Comments

1

Trent, this is without a doubt your finest one of these posts to date. Skerik is an absolute legend. I need a Dead Kenny G shirt. It hurts me how badly I need one.

Posted by DrumSchool | January 31, 2008 2:15 PM
2

Quick question,

"They embellished information that relinquished my thoughts of not punishing your possee(sp?) "

Is that a triple negative?

Huh?

Posted by DrumSchool | January 31, 2008 2:19 PM
3

McTuff!!!

Posted by dc | January 31, 2008 2:25 PM
4

And let's not forget the Taint Septet. 'Husky' was one of my favorite releases last year. Wicks is the sickest drummer around!

Posted by Anna | January 31, 2008 2:44 PM
5

While I understand the Rushdie reference, I see Skerik more in the Irvine Welsh / Palm Reader light.

Posted by Mirabou Stork | January 31, 2008 2:54 PM
6

bird, coltrane, cannonball, stitt, rollins, dexter, dolphy, skerik. serious. need i say more.
(aside to skerik: there's a virgin roll of 2-inch w/ your name on it, here, waiting. and many fashionable ladies saying "please" ....)

Posted by bosch | January 31, 2008 3:00 PM
7

No, Skerik is Orwell. Sex Farm. wait...

Posted by Val | January 31, 2008 3:25 PM
8

Dead Kenny G's shirts are - here.

I could see Skerik as Orwell. Welsh too. There is no wrong here, just Skerik.

Posted by trent moorman | January 31, 2008 4:43 PM
9

I like the twitch finger fast heat up the keys. Think this sax could heat up any Orwellian adventure. Maybe even twitch and bring dead kenny to life.
Tante

Posted by tante | February 1, 2008 4:20 PM
10

hey bosch: you're an f'in moron.

Posted by wtf | February 1, 2008 8:55 PM
11

WTF @ 10,

Wtf?

Posted by WTF2 | February 2, 2008 11:01 AM

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