1.How did From Parts Unknown form?
FPU: “From Parts Unknown emerged from the shadowy defeat that was Kyle and Ben’s last band. It was summer time and we wanted to record some of the songs we had written, so we called Chris, who had previously filled in on the bass in the last project, and asked him to join us. As the months of procrastination went on, we went down to Austin to play a show, got drunk for two days and committed some felonies; all of which while fueled by Denny’s and other shitty food. In the end, we decided to make this union permanent, and married ourselves. To keep it neutral, we took on the band name. The end.”
Who are your influences?
FPU: “The Short List: Meshuggah, Motorhead, NOFX, Hank Williams, Machine Head, Hank 3, Reverend Horton Heat, Alkaline Trio, Misfits, Killswitch Engaged, Al Green, Brian Setzer, ZZ Top, John Lee Hooker, Stray Cats, Pantera, The Ramones, Link Wray, Billy Joel… We are really all over the place.
With regards to our overall sound; we like to take punk rock and mix it with metal and filter it through American roots music like rockabilly, country or blues. With that being said, we usually just call it rock and roll to avoid any confusion.”
Tell me about this release you guys have coming out?
FPU: “Our upcoming release is a three song collection of unfinished material that we’re calling Rough Mix. We decided to go ahead and release these songs early so that we can use them as an interim promotional tool allowing us time to finish these and other tracks and prep them for the official release.”
What shows you have coming out?
FPU: “We have several shows happening over the next few months:
June 14 at Reno’s Chop Shop in Dallas
June 20 at Sons of Herman Hall in Dallas
July 19 at Boiler Room in Dallas
August 8 at RBC in Dallas
August 23 at the Prophet Bar in Dallas”
What is your favorite song to play live?
FPU: “There was a bit of debate on this one; it came down to a three way tie:
“Burn Your Home” This is our angst ridden, relationship song. It’s angry and all over the place. We call it Burger Home when it’s almost lunch time…
“Cowboy Cab” This song came from a hatred of Dallas cab companies and love of sleazy, 70’s rock. Some of it is about getting your genitals tested for certain diseases.
“Lemmy” This song is the heaviest country song we could write. Inspired by Motorhead and shitty jobs, the lyrics ended up being about Louisiana voodoo; which Ben happens to know nothing about.”
What would you like to tell your fans?
FPU: “We’re not too certain of any one thing to say, not being Bono and all. Really as long as anyone’s going to our shows or buys our merch, they can kind of do anything they want.”