Friday, July 11, 2014


Maybe you already know, but there has been a resilient element of weirdo rock in Billings over the years. Every now and again, it surfaces it's Mike Patton-worshipping head or Melvins-loving arm or Primus-damaged foot long enough for the locals to scratch their heads in confusion before freaking out and forming a pit (for a couple notable past exemplars, see: Krunk, JM vs. JM/W.E.T./Dixie Dies). If Pi-Fire were to belong anywhere (can an oddity "belong" anywhere?), it would be in this group of speech impediment-riddled circus freaks-turned prank comedians-turned musicians.
When they play, right after you wonder "what the-?", make sure to flip your wig and thrash around like a wild animal.
Pi-Fire rules. Accept it.

There is a strong sense of angry sarcasm coming from your direction. Does it extend to cynicism/would you say you are misanthropes?
Phil: It's like people only do these things because they can get paid. And that's just really sad.
Steve: I mean Led Zeppelin didn't write tunes everybody liked. They left that to the Bee Gees.

I'm guessing- given the nature of your music- that you've got fairly varied taste. ...But what I'm more interested in is: what are your non-musical influences?
Luke: Let me put it this way, I have extensive collection of nametags and hairnets.
Mike: You know, if you stab a man in the dead of winter, steam will rise up from the wounds. Indians believed it was his soul escaping from his body.

Is there an element of the band that you enjoy more than the other elements (lyric writing, jamming, finding sounds, constructing, etc.)?
Steve: I can't talk about it anymore. It's giving me a headache.
Mike: Here, take two of these Steve: Ahh, Nuprin. Little. Yellow. Different.

If it were possible to control who heard your music, would there be an ideal audience you'd like to reach?
Mike: Cassandra. She's a fox. In French she would be called "la renarde" and she would be hunted, with only her cunning to protect her.
Phil: She's a babe.
Luke: She's a robo-babe. In Latin she would be called "babia majora".
Steve: If she were a president she would be Babe-raham Lincoln.

This has been a common question for us to ask locals: Since there are plenty of bands coming to the fest from out of town, what would you suggest they do in Billings to pass the time?
Mike: Yeah I know what you'd like to do. You'd like to find the guy who did it, rip his still beating heart out of his chest and hold it in front of his face so he can see how black it is before he dies.
Luke: All I have to say about that is "asphinctersayswhat".

Blow a big secret of yours:
Phil: I once thought I had mono for an entire year. It turned out I was just really bored.
Steve: I'd never done a crazy thing in my life before that night. Why is it that if a man kills another man in battle, it's called heroic, yet if he kills a man in the heat of passion, it's called murder?

Complete these well-known phrases:
"The only thing we have to fear is the Suck Kut."
"May the force party on!"
"No one can make you feel inferior ..... NOT!"

Television and movies have created a lot of fake bands over the years. Who is your favorite fake band?
Mike: The Shitty Beatles.
Luke: The Jolly Green Giants
Steve: Crucial Taunt

Is there anything else you'd like to say to the readers?

Steve: Zang!

This has easily been one of the best interviews ever conducted for Dreyfest.

Hear some Pi-Fire:

Other than that.....

I really don't have too much to say right now... What's that?


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