The Spits: Seattle punk legends. Bastard child of The Ramones and Devo.
Who are you wearing?
Erin Wood (bass): I’m wearing Levi Strauss. An outfit by Levi Strauss.
Did your stylist pick it out for you?
Erin: Absolutely. I wouldn’t be seen without consultation.
Thee Cormans said that all the bands on In The Red are shit. What are your thoughts on that?
Erin: Well, coming from Thee Cormans, I’d say, they’re pretty much right! I agree with Thee Cormans. Pretty much shit. Including The Spits.
Who has the best and who has the worst tattoos in the band?
Erin: That would be Sean and Sean. Because his are so bad they’re really good. And I did them, so. I tried [tattooing] when I was younger, in my twenties.
Now you just rock full time?
Erin: Full time rocker!
What did you think of the Cakeshop show last night?
Erin: Amazing. Yeah. It’s better every time we do it. I still wanna do it, I just don’t know how we’re gonna approach it next time. It got so hot, so packed.
We’ve never seen it that packed.
Erin: Yeah, it was nuts.
How hot on stage is too hot?
Erin: Last night! It was about a hundred plus degrees – that’s way too hot. My kidneys hurt, they’re like, drained. I’ve had a hard time rehydrating today.
Do you guys play a lot of places that are that small and that hot?
Erin: No, no, we don’t. But it’s fun when you do. And you get a god turnout and get paid decently, like you do there.
I’m just gonna do a free association. Tell me what comes to mind when I say a couple words.
Erin: You got it. Hold on, let me shake it off. Okay.
Erin: I see…Fruit Loops.
Erin: New York? Hmm. I see…Williamsburg.
Greg: Body painting.
Lance: Oh yeah.
Erin: Body painting. Yes.
Greg: Body painting party.
That’s a group concensus?
Greg: A body painting party.
Greg: We walked by one on the Bowery.
Lance: Yeah, there was like this big window and all these nude girls getting painted on.
Did you go in and check it out?
Greg: No, we just stared at the window.
Erin: Knitting? Kittens.
And TV Ghost?
Erin: No, no. TV Ghost? I see…
Erin: (laughs) Tim’s hair is what I see when I think of TV Ghost.
What’s the worst place you’ve ever slept after a show?
Erin: Oh that would be European squats. They’re all really bad.
Lance: Actually, I slept in a dog bed.
Erin: Oh, that was bad, yeah, a really, really hairy one too.
How’d you end up in a dog bed?
Lance: I was wasted. And I thought it was, I don’t know, I just thought it was a big pillow. And it happened to be a dog’s bed. And I have asthma too, so I woke up and I’m like [makes wheezing sounds].
Erin: What was the dog? It was like a Newfoundland or something.
Lance: Yeah, it shed like crazy. I remember waking up and I had a black t-shirt on I think, and black Dickies, and I was just completely covered in white hair, everywhere. It was in my mouth and my nose, in my eyes.
What are some road survival tips?
Erin: Ooh. Well, bring Preparation H.
Greg: Fiber pills.
Greg: Fiber pills.
Erin: (laughs) This should be survival tips for The Spits, yeah.
Greg: Fiber pills, Preparation H…
Erin: Throat spray.
Greg: Ben Gay. Foot cream.
Erin: Yeah, for sure, foot cream. And bring enough money to eat.
What’s The Spits preferred form of contraception?
Erin: Oh, the rhythm method.
Lance: We use the withdrawal method.
Who has the sexiest beer gut?
Erin: Oh, that would be Sean.
Lance: I don’t know, that’s a toss up between you and Sean.
Erin: I guess it’s coming in quite nice, isn’t it?
Lance: Mine’s just beginning. I have a little roll right now.
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