Remember Shawn Mafia and the 10 Cent Thrills? That band is now known as Gutter Candy. Fronted by Jersey Dagger (aka Shawn Mafia) on vocals, and featuring Lixx Candy on guitar, Sin Balls on drums, and newest-member D.D. Gunz on bass, Gutter Candy plays regularly at the Joshua Tree Saloon and recently performed at Schmidy’s Tavern in Palm Desert. Gutter Candy performs a blend of heavy metal and punk with a lot of comedy thrown in. D.D. Gunz was kind enough to answer The Lucky 13 to introduce himself to all five of the Gutter Candy fans who recently downloaded the band’s new single on iTunes.
What was the first concert you attended?
That is really difficult to recall, as I am 40 and have been going to see shows since I was about 13. The first few were just some local punk-rock bands in the L.A. area. My first memorable show was the Ramones in 1989. It was a great show from an iconic band that will never be duplicated by anyone.
What was the first album you owned?
Suicidal Tendencies’ “Institutionalized” was the first record in my possession that was not borrowed or a sixth-generation home-recorded cassette tape.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Gutter Candy, The Ramones (always in the rotation), Social Distortion (regularly), Faster Pussycat, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, Hank Williams, Sham 69, and a little Guns N’ Roses for good measure.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
All this electronic garbage, I don’t get. It’s so popular, and there are no instruments. I said the same thing about hip-hop back in the day, but this new age of electronica boggles my mind. Pick up a guitar, for God sakes!
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
The Ramones again! Guns N’ Roses in 1988 with all the original members and before Axl started wearing those tight white bicycle shorts.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
I am a sucker for country music. I can put it on and kill a 30-pack, no problem.
What’s your favorite music venue?
When it was open, The Back Room in Austin, Texas. Texas knows music, and they also know how to put a good venue together. All of my favorite venues are in some part of Texas. There’s nothing like loud music and a little down-home Southern alcoholism to set you free.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. Man, I hate that fucking song!
What band or artist changed your life? How?
The first and second waves of British punk rock changed my life. Bands like The Clash, The Exploited and The Partisans just gripped me and still have a hold on me today. Those bands really made me look at music differently and changed my whole outlook on life. They also contributed to me dropping out of high school and various other nonprofitable decisions.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I already asked him. When I auditioned for the bass-player position in Gutter Candy, I couldn’t help but notice the killer pair of pants that Jersey Dagger was wearing. I had to know where he got them. I asked; he told me; I bought a pair; and all is well in rock ’n’ roll.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams Jr. But more importantly, what song would I like to have Angelina Jolie strip to? “Sweet Little Sister” from Skid Row.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
That’s a tough question. I have many favorites. I will go with White Light, White Heat, White Trash from Social Distortion, only because I like every fucking song on that record.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Put it Right Here” from Gutter Candy. Grab a 12 pack, and pop it on; when you get to beer No. 9, turn it up to 10, and enjoy. (Scroll down to hear it!)