AltMusicHub’s Ryan Dunne chats with Michael Starr front man of Steel Panther
How are you today Michael?
I am good today, winding up my day by playing some Xbox.
What are you playing?
Madden Football, not an Australian thing but it is for me.
Steel panther have blown the world away as late; reviving glam metal. Do you have anything to say to that?
Well it has been our goal and do exactly what we are doing right now. Terrorise people and infiltrate our style of heavy metal to those who don’t listen to it. Because when you see a show and we are singing about fucking chicks in the ass, it freaks people out at first. Hit her in the shitter. Treat her like a critter.
On Steel Panther, many have said that you are a parody/joke band just about sex. What do you say to that?
The cool thing about Steel Panther is that you either love us or hate us. There is nobody in the middle that says they are pretty good. Some say “they are fucked; they are stupid I wish they would die.” Then there are others who would say “I want to suck the lead singer’s balls if they were in my mouth.” All I have to say is, if you don’t like it. Take the cd out and give it to someone else. So then they can see if they like it or not. It doesn’t matter to us, heavy metal is coming back like it or not.
On your new album Balls Out what things inspired you apart from sex, more sex and tiger woods?
We got the most inspiration from when the record label told us that they were going to let us do another record instead of dropping us. That gave us the inspiration to go to the next level of unadulterated heavy rockiness. Feel the Steel was a great debut but Balls Out solidifies us as a legitimate band, we just rule.
Balls Out has had a great amount of positive feedback, we gave the album 8 ½ of 10.
You guys love the album because you have great taste.
Balls Out is more technical and complete compared to Feel the Steel. Was this something you wanted to do?
Satchel really took the bull by the horns with this one. He sat on his guitar for hours and hours, doing a little bit of crystal meth to keep him going. He wrote and wrote, a lot of the songs show how much effort he put in learning different techniques and doing different drugs to get different feels. We all got together to write around what he had written was just awesome.
Steel Panther have grown over the years do you see yourself writing a Metallica like Lulu album in the future?
Nope, never. If we ever get green lit for another record, which Satchel has already started writing for the next record; I already have an idea for another song called teleporter. It is about fucking a chick and you cum in her and she tells you that she isn’t on the pill. You just wish you had a teleporter. That is what the song is about.
I am sure that will hit home with most males in the world.
Could you pick your favourite track off Balls Out?
Yeap, Weenie Ride it is so intimate. It features Stixx our drummer who plays piano. It is heart-warming that the drumming steps up. The song is about what chicks love the most… cock.
This will be the first time the band comes to Australia and we are going to have high expectations.
Don’t worry we are doing a massive tour with Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe the week before so we will be warmed up. We will be ready to rock. People don’t realise we play every week, for like 11 years. So we are seasoned and ready to rock.
You will be coming to Australia for Soundwave Festival are there any acts which you want to meet with?
I want to meet Marilyn Manson and get some make up tips from him. I am having trouble with my eyeliner. I also want to see if I can out do him on cocaine. I think he is a bit more intimidating that what he really is.
Steel Panther are also playing two club shows with Alter Bridge and the Melbourne one sold out on the first day. What is your reaction to this?
I can’t believe we are playing with Alter Bridge. That is an odd mix do you think?
At first I thought it was a bit odd, but when I thought about it more. Alter Bridge are really becoming a rock force and lead by Myles Kennedy who I think is one of the best vocalists to come out over the years. It made sense in the end.
We have been offered to do shows with them in the past. It is the first time we both decided to play the shows. I know Myles Kennedy he gave me some vocal tips before going on stage at Download Festival in England. He is a super cool guy. I am stoked that they are selling fast.
What can we expect at the festival shows and the club shows?
It is going to be so different to any other band you have ever seen before because we are going to rock your balls off. Not only are we unique but we are really handsome.
And humble as well, which is very endearing.
Apart from sleeping with some Aussie girls, what are your plans in Australia.
I want to go surfing, I surfed Mexico and Hawaii and want to surf Australia on my day off.
Any last words?
Yeap, do drugs and have a good time. Life is short and enjoy the heavy metal life while you got it.