Crustermutt may sound like a pretty mean mongrel, but The Weekender learned he's actually a pretty nice guy.
Arlyn Parlor of Crustermutt is a solo artist currently living in Kingston, and he is in the process of officially launching his first album, titled “BloodWoodMetalBone.”
With a background influenced by varying styles of '90s music, the album offers a mix of appealing sounds. The Weekender sat down with Parlor and asked him about the new record and his music.
THE WEEKENDER: What brought you into the local music scene?
ARLYN PARLOR: When I was probably 15 or 16 years old, I started playing drums and stuff like that. I was never really into music, but my friends needed a drummer and said, “Oh, you should be our drummer.” So I took a lesson and decided I could do this and gradually moved to guitar and started writing my own songs.
THE WEEKENDER: Where does the name Crustermutt come from?
AP: It just always comes back to it. It took forever to come up with a band name. My old drummer wanted to call the band Gonzo just because he felt it was weird. So OK, we decided to try that, but it didn't really stick. Then, when I thought about things like all the song titles, the lyrics, everything, it had to have a meaning, so Crustermutt was how I just described my band. It comes from so many influences from all three of us that it made the music a mutt of sound, and “cruster” describes the gritty, raw personality of it.
W: When will your first album officially be released?
AP: It is complete, but I have yet to be able to press copies, but all of the files are ready. It is online and can be listened to that way for right now.
W: Why was album named “BloodWoodMetalBone?”
AP: The album is supposed to describe a personality of people, like a type of person. It takes place in an old western with the old, gritty outlaw, with the guy who will shoot you on the street and no one would do anything – back to when society was more tooth and nail and about survival.
W: How would you personally describe your sound?
AP: Authentic. Original. I ask people what they think, and they try relating it to something they already know. I've heard from Everclear to Sonic Youth to Nirvana, but it all depends. It has its randomness to it. It comes down to some things you cannot truly describe.
W: Are there any artists you look up to or any inspirations that led you to where you are now with your music?
AP: Artistically, my biggest bands that I have latched onto are the Pixies, Modest Mouse, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, and the '90s stuff like that. The grunge scene and punk scene I'm big into because of the attitude. I just started listening to Blink-182 again. At the time, you feel you listen to it because it's big, but when you go back and listen to it now, they actually had a lot of really cool stuff. My biggest thing is I like bands who are original and underprivileged, the fact that they have no other benefit except their music.
W: Are there any labels or brands you are looking to get signed with?
AP: I just started looking into that since, when you are not that popular yet, they aren't looking to sign you, but I also do not want to bend for my area. I mean I would love to quit my day-to-day job. I would like to be touring and recording all the time and let the art become my lifestyle.
W: Are you into any other art forms?
AP: I always drew growing up. My teachers would laugh at me because I would always doodle while taking my notes. I didn't know what to do after high school, and a teacher lead me to graphic design. I created my album artwork and all the images I use.