NLTS: First record you bought?

MLV: Nirvana : Incesticide

NLTS: What song made you want to be a musician? 

MLV: Molly’s Lips (Nirvana). My brother already had all the other Nirvana CDs which I really liked, and I think ‘Scentless Apprentice’ was my favourite song as a kid. Just that drum beat and guitar. I just loved screaming it. That’s when I woke up. ‘All the temper tantrums I threw as a kid make sense now…’

NLTS: Best frontman of all time? 

MLV: Freddie Mercury is hands down the greatest frontman that will ever exist. No one will touch that ‘Live Aid’ performance. Ever. He’s perfect. 

(On Adam Lambert & Queen) 

It’s SO shitty! [Adam Lambert] is a talented cat, he can sing, but SHIT! NO! I’d rather a 2-Pac Hologram version of Freddie Mercury than some bonehead. Or like ‘Journey’ - I hate Journey by the way - but find some Filipino guy that sounds exactly like him. Then it’s more of a tribute. 

NLTS: What are you listening to at the moment? 

MLV: Ron Gallo. He’s been kicking the shit out of us. He’s being doing the trio thing right and I’m really down with his vibe. Kevin Morby is another one that I really enjoy. Love his lyrics. There’s lots of good stuff out there. There’s more good stuff than there’s ever been. 

NLTS: Who is the most overrated band of all time?

MLV: Oh, damn. I don’t know. That might be a tie between Third Eye Blind and…It just depends on who you’re talking to. I could say that something like ’30 Seconds To Mars’, but then that would fall under just TOTAL shit and not overrated! Just fucking garbage. You know what I mean?! The thing that goes with every overrated band is just like…it’s either shit or it’s not shit, you know? 

‘Suburbanite, singer, opportunist, hot songwriter…


Jared Leto!


NLTS: Well who deserves more success, then?

MLV: There’s so many. I think Dr.Dog a band that deserves admiration. I think they have it in America, and it’s kind of there in England but not the way it is here.

NLTS: Finally, what song do you want played at your funeral?

MLV: Well if I was British it would have been Sid Vicious’ cover of ‘My Way’, but I’m not, so…It would either be Louie Armstrong’s ‘What A Wonderful World’ or…man. Shit. I’d probably record it myself! (Chuckles) And I want to be, like, raised on wires! Like, my dead body before it gets given away to science!

NLTS: Like Weekend at Bernie’s. You’re just on puppet strings..

MLV: Yeah, haha! Red wine! That’s my song, I want it to be ‘Red Wine’! Everyone has to be wearing Hawaiian shirts like they’re in the Bahamas.