For all the bile and rage that Oliveri has radiated throughout his career (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, The Dwarves, The Knives, his own Mondo Generator) and the aggression that leaps out of Death Acoustic (beloved deviant G.G. Allin’s “Outlaw Scumfuc” closes the disc), Oliveri is relaxed and in good spirits on the phone.
“My band was off making babies and they wanted to take time to do it, which makes sense,” Oliveri says, explaining the motivation behind Death Acoustic. “I had a bunch of time off and I couldn’t afford to stop playing mentally, physically or financially.
Basically, I just wanted to have some fun. I take a different approach than the traditional singer/songwriter dude. I like to do songs that freak people out, even me a little.”
On this subsequent tour, Oliveri is doing material from Death Acoustic — his favorite songs by his favorite artists — as well as some surprises, including a cover of Kyuss’ “Green Machine” (“Some nights it’s faster than others, some nights it’s brutal and slow and chunky...”) and new originals, some of which are posted on Oliveri’s MySpace page. The result is an exciting, engaging presentation that has little in common with your garden-variety Folk club.
“I’ve got this gal, Michelle Madden, singing a few songs with me, but the rest of them I’m doing myself,” Oliveri says with a laugh. “It’s sink or swim, for sure. It’s real. I’ve played (literally) nude before but it’s truly, in every sense, playing naked. You don’t get a second chance. When you break a string, you’re like, ‘Shit, I’ve gotta transpose this as we’re going and make this happen.’ You can’t do a bass slide and get out of it or hide behind the cymbals and drums, it’s all you standing there. It’s making me a better singer and player, I hope. There’s always room to get better, so I’m hoping that’s what it’s doing for me.”
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