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Molotov: 20 Years of Swear Words and Latin Grammys

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How does a guy from Michigan end up in Molotov?

My family is from Michigan, but my father was in law enforcement. He joined the DEA in 1984 and we lived in Louisiana for nine or ten years. From there, he got transferred down to Mexico City. While we were there, I finished high school. I met up with a bunch of musicians here. One thing led to another and I ended up in Molotov two months after I graduated high school. I was going to take a year sabbatical before going off to college, but that was twenty one years ago.

How does a primarily Hispanic band name itself after a Russian foreign minister?

At the early rehearsals, the guys were actually fooling around with Molotov cocktails. They were throwing them outside of the rehearsal space. The name kind of stuck. We talk about stuff that is everyday life. We talk in street language and we have two explosive bass players. We are loud and the name just kind of stuck after really fucking around with Molotov cocktails.

Looking at the aggressive, profanity-laced music that you play, it is odd that the band has one four Latin Grammy Awards?

It's kind of funny. I know that we have won them, but we have only gotten one physically. It is kind of crazy. We don't do our music thinking about pleasing others. When we record an album, we think about pleasing ourselves. We try to make the best record that we can. It's cool that people recognize us.

You are not going to find a band in the U.S. that sings a song ("Chinga Tu Madre") titled "Fuck Your Mother" win any Grammys.

Exactly, it's kind of strange. I don't know if that says something about the Grammys or not. We don't get a lot of radio play. I guess that makes winning a Grammy kind of cool.

How is your Spanish?

I speak Spanish, but I went to an American high school in Mexico City. I didn't really start studying Spanish until I left high school. There's no better way to learn another language than having a girlfriend who doesn't speak English. From that and from working with the band, I picked it up. It wasn't from a traditional schooling. I guess I was schooled in Mexico City slang. It was kind of hard in formal meetings, but the Spanish that I learned was good in the street.

You were not an original member of Molotov.

Yes, they formed in June of 1995 and I entered the band in October of that year. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of me joining the band.

It's been several years since you guys have released a studio effort. Is something new in the works?

We actually have two things coming out; one of which I can't speak about. In 2007, we released a record and we haven't stopped playing shows since then. We have composed a lot of new music and we have been playing those songs. We've run into a little speed bump with the record company and politics and red tape on how to release the record. We finally are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and we are going to be able to release something, hopefully, a single in October and November. A full album could be released the end of February or early March next year.

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Darryl Smyers
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