So I’m watching “Dog, the Bounty Hunter” and my wife walks in with a punk magazine, Razorcake #33, which her brother had lent her. (Anyone interested in the magazine can check out their website.) And she shows me this interview with a band called The Mormons. The interview is by Gus Straub and Amy Adoyzie, and the band mates are Patrick (vocals), Vince (guitars and vocals) and Louie (guitars). In an apparent effort to avoid the rock “fashion show,” they dress up on stage like Mormon missionaries, complete with short-sleeved white shirts, ties, back packs and bike helmets. The interview is a little fuzzy on where they are located, but I think it is Los Angeles. Their website, which includes lots of pictures, is located here. I will type in here part of the introduction and brief excerpts from portions of the interview (having to do with Mormonism).
The idea of dressing like Church of Latter Day Saints missinaries serves two purpses for the Mormons, the band. For one, it’s retty damn funny to see Mormon missionaries rocking their asses off. And two, it’s a big f— you to the idea of rock stars dressing or looking a certain way: the “fashion show.” It can have its drawbacks, like how everybody assumes they really are Mormons, or when they’re accused of religious intolerance. But beyond their use of certain imagery and the analogy of rock bands also being on a mission, the Mormons, the band, aren’t about religion at all. Well, not directly.
Gus: How many of you are current or former members of the Church of Latter Day Saints?
Vince: None of us.
Gus: So why “The Mormons?”
Patrick: It started out as just an image, just kind of a funny idea that grew into a concept. Basically, we’re just trying to rock out corrrectly, and so we try to break down barriers of playing on stage, that sort of image, all that kind of stuff. We’re not really focusing on anything in particular.
Gus: What exactly is “rocking out correctly”?
Patrick: We don’t know exactly. But we try to do it every night. We try to rock out correctly, because that’s our mission. As Mormons, that’s our mission.
Gus: Polygamy: sexy? Not sexy?
Vince: You know what? It’s a hassle. Because ijt’s hard enough to be with one woman. I’ve seen this TV show that’s on HBO now and this poor guy has to deal with three female personalities.
Louie: Three wives.
Vince: Yeah. It’s hard enough being with one broad and now you gotta deal with three.
Amy: Why’re you looking at me? What the f—? I ain’t married to you!
Vince: So we’re not trying to cap on anybody. We’re just trying to play music and it’s a surreal kinda thing to see Mormons playing rock music. It contradicts itself because the Mormon religion is known as being straight-laced and conservative. In fact, we ran into one guy who was Mormon who said he got kicked out of the church because he listened to Slayer.
Gus: In your experience, have you known real Mormons?
Patrick: Most of them that come up to us are real positive.
Gus: I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt. Are Mormon girls kinda slutty?
Patrick: I don’t think we’ve met too many Mormon girls, or too many girls in general.
Vince: No, you don’t want to say that. We meet a lot of girls. The girls are just crazy about us. We don’t know why.
Amy: It must be the uniform.
Vince: Must be the uniform, which is another reason why we wear it.