This week I got to nag metal and noise visionary Mookie Singerman, half-jew and front man for the cybergrind trio Genghis Tron. I’ve been a big fan of their innovative style and twisted genre-play for a while, and touring with my buddies in Black Cobra doesn’t hurt either. Mookie just came back from SXSW (we were on the same flight!) to play a huge show with Converge in NYC, but he somehow managed to find time to let me in on some of his Jewy habits. Though Mookie’s band skips the drum and bass in their lineup, he certainly doesn’t spare me any Woody Allen-type charm. What a mensch.
How many times a week do you speak to your Mother?
It depends. Sometimes I’ll go two weeks without talking to her. Is that awful? My mom’s a strong lady with a more active social life than me, so I let her spread her wings and fly.
Your nose. Friend or foe?
BFF! My nose is so big it’s practically my conjoined twin. We’ve had our spats over the years, but I’ve come to embrace its general huge-osity.
Are you good with money?
Um, not really. I’m very un-Jewish in that respect. I love to gamble, I don’t really know how to save, and I buy my friends way too many drinks.
You have a cold. You can either treat your illness with over-the-counter cold medication or stick to a diet of chicken/vegan-chicken soup, sleep and a strong dose of complaining. Which do you choose?
None of the above. Whiskey and aderrall please.
On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most guilty, how would you say you feel on average? Now, say that you’re eating a cheeseburger/playing a show on a Friday night. How guilty are you then?
I’d say an 8, but it has nothing to do with not being kosher/breaking shabbat (i’m only half jewish and have never been a practicing jew). It has everything to do with all the beautiful, heartbroken girls I’ve left in my torrid wake.
Did you go to summer camp? If so, please share a mortifying/awesome summer camp tale.
I went to Kutsher’s Sports Academy–a hilarious Jewish sports camp in the Catskills. The one field trip they took us on was down the road to the Legendary Kutsher’s Country Club to see Air Supply. It was totally boring!
And last but not least – favorite Jewish song and the likelihood of you covering it for us.
Ummmmmmm…I’m drawing a blank. Can a Bob Dylan song count? And if so, can I stretch it even further and make it a Bob Dylan/The Band song? If so, definitely “Tears of Rage,” and it’s very likely I’ll croon the shit out of it.