42 - Acey Slade

There was a two week gap. It is a gap no more. I lost my voice, you see. You can hear it going a little bit in the interview. By the end of that night, my throat was finished, and for week afterwards I was a hoarse, croaky mess.But we’re back in action now.I have noticed that inconsistency has decimated my podcast listening figures. So if you could share this I would be forever in your debt.On this episode I speak to the one and only Acey Slade. He has been in many bands over the years, most famously the Murderdolls and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. He was also in Dope, Trashlight Vision, Acey Slade and the Dark Party, and now he’s a one man army. Something of a nomad, you could say. A musician without a place to rest his head. Constant movement seems good. Being a hired gun is more fulfilling in the long term, I think. You can always go back and focus on your own stuff, and your own vision, but people trust you to help realise their vision. It’s that trust which I find fascinating.Bands are tight knit units, and it’s difficult to enter into one of those situations as a new guy. I have a colossal amount of respect for those who are able to do that and keep doing it.I used to play Murderdolls songs with my first ever band when I was 16. That’s a good 14 years ago now. Acey may not have directly played on the first Murderdolls record, but he was there and he lived it. When I saw them live, he was the guitar player. He was responsible for transmitting that music straight into my brain. It was a formative influence but an important one. That’s why there’s a Murderdolls song in this episode.Billy Liar helped me set up this interview. I had such a good time chatting to both of them. Some cool hangs afterwards too, although I did get a sense that I was outstaying my welcome. Sometimes I forget that I’m socially awkward. Afterwards, when I reflected on the interview and the time we spent together after it, I began to realise that perhaps the medication I used to take for anxiety had more than just the obvious effects, but also much more subtle ones too. I don’t feel like I need it anymore but I do feel like part of me has changed since coming off it. Maybe that’ll go away. Or maybe that’s just who I am.This episode is a diamond, I think. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed it.

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