Wisconsin radio station 107.5 The Rock recently conducted an interview with guitarist Mikey Doling of the reunited Santa Barbara metal/punk rock hybrid SNOT. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excepts from the chat follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On SNOT's decision to go back on the road:
Doling: "We've been friends ever since the old days, 20 years ago. And the reason SNOT stopped is our singer [Lynn Strait] passed away in a car accident. So we stopped, but we have remained friends for many years — I mean, through the whole time — like, we're the closest of bros. And we just we wanted to jam together again, as friends, and that's just what it comes down to. We've got something cool, we have a band called SNOT, and we have a great legacy with a killer record, 'Get Some', and we were, like, you know what?! Why shouldn't we go out and rock, man? And it turns out people wanna see it, and they wanna hear the songs live, and we're gonna do that, with all due respect to Lynn, of course."
On whether it was hard to find a singer to replace singer Lynn Strait, who died in December 1998:
Doling: "You know what?! Well… I don't wanna say 'hard.' There's nobody that could replace Lynn, so there's no replacement. But I've got a good friend of mine [Carl Bensley of VITIATE and CONSUME THE FIRE] who's a great singer and he loves SNOT and he's a good pal. So it's more, like, 'Hey, man, you wanna sing for us?' We didn't really go looking around nationally or putting out any kind of search or anything like that. I've got a good friend, he's in a great band and he's a great singer, so I just called him and asked him, and he said, 'Sure.'"
SNOT's U.S. tour, during which the band is performing its classic "Get Some" album in its entirety, kicked off on November 28 in Palm Desert, California and wrap up on December 23 in Pomona, California.
SNOT played its first show in five years on February 11 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
Singer Tommy "Vext" Cummings (ex-DIVINE HERESY) fronted SNOT in 2008-2009 before he and guitarist Sonny Mayo exited the group amid "strained relationships."
SNOT disbanded in 1998 following the death of Strait, putting an end to a career that generated considerable promise but only one studio album, the 1997 Geffen Records release "Get Some". Also killed was the band's mascot Dobbs, Strait's dog who adorned the cover of SNOT's debut album. The band had been writing material for its sophomore CD and had completed 10 songs at the time of Strait's tragic passing. As a memorial to Strait, SNOT eventually decided to release those tracks, with lyrics and guest vocals provided by a host of stars from the alt-metal community. The resulting album, "Strait Up", was a fitting tribute from Strait's peers and friends, featuring members of LIMP BIZKIT, KORN, SLIPKNOT, SEVENDUST, (HED) P.E., COAL CHAMBER, SUGAR RAY, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SOULFLY, and more.