Randy Scott Slevin
Hails From: New York City
Sounds Like: Northern State, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
In Their Words: "I think 'Pepper' was a turning point for what can be considered pop music. We're making a record that blends all these different styles but ultimately, because of the song structures and hooks, is a pop record, or a new idea of what a pop record can be.
[Hesta Prynn bandmate] Chuck Brody and I are kids of '90s New York and we work with no rules besides just doing what we think is cool.We're naturally blending genres to the point of creating a kind of nameless new genre that I sometimes describe as "post-everything" and one of those "everythings" would be 'Pepper.' Us being fans of the band [Butthole Surfers] and the song, it's something we always talked about doing live. Blending rapping and singing is one of the signature elements of what I do, plus it's this heavy track with dark lyrics about death which is my s---.
[Slipknot percussionist] Clown became sort of an unlikely fan of my music and we struck up a friendship, talking about music and art on email and the phone. One time I offhandedly mentioned that we were talking about covering this song and it turns out that Butthole Surfers are his fave band ever. He never played on a cover song, Slipknot never covered anyone, but he really wanted to play on this one which was exciting to me because he gets what we're doing. Brody had him record to a much faster bpm then cut up and slowed down his tracks so that we got his super-hard hit but stretched out over time. It gives it a thick quality that you hear in the low end of lots of the music I like."
-- Hesta Prynn
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