Interview with Charles The Space Lord Bizarre Alien of THE EARWIGS
Are The Earwigs dead? You used to be more prolific dig stuff and seem to have disappeared the last few years? Anything new/releases?
Nope! I have quit many many times but i keep coming back! One day i just realized i just shouldn;t say anything! Instead of saying "I quit!" I just don;t say anything at all, i just figure i am taking a break and it is just ridiculous freaking out with the whole "I quit!" bullshit . I came to the conclusion that i am a sado or whatever it is someone is that enjoys being tortured . I quit then a few days later "I'm back!" Pathetic is all i can say for myself . No, The Earwigs are still at it . I did vow to take a break from recording ANYTHING at all til i mixed down the stuff i have done the last near 2 years but low and behold, one night i had David Bowie stuck in my head and i was feeling a bit sad as well as inspired so i did a new song called "Starman", dedicated to him! I had done a song before this as well and continue to find myself recording when i haev inspiration whcih has been coming back alot more than usual lately and makes me happy! It would be nice if my 4tracks 'stop' button would work better and i could find my damn audio cords for my tape deck so i can finally mix down all that stuff i have recorded! I have recorded even more post "new album" stuff and i can;t see myself stopping anytime soon . I don;t get shows anymore and i finally just gave it up! I asked about playing in basements for crying out loud and 0 responses, as usual . No surprise! Why even bother anymore . I'm not cool, hip and i don;t play "indie folk rock" hipster horse shit which has been the big "hip" trend for awhile now out here . Too each their own but i HATE this music and i have no interest in it whatsoever! Give me Neil Young thanks! I don;t hate these people nor wish them any ill but i am beyond SICK of it! Everything else music and/or non music wise is completely ignored for the most part . If i got off my lazy ass i might be able to play a show but honestly i am DONE with establishments! The last show i played was pure BULLSHIT! I was having some audio problems to begin with then when i was trying to do stuff the owner of the bar has my noise turned down! NEVER AGAIN! The people siting at the bar were louder than i was for crying out loud! My buddy Shaun(After3Birth) was the headliner whom also set up the show played last for about 10 minutes! He did no introduction and played to like 2 people and his sound was really low! I was really pissed off and that's that! He was very humble with all that crap and i respect him so much for that but i am STILL pissed off for all that and clubs, bars,etc. can FUCK OFF! I am trying to get $$$ together and get some portable amplifiers! My goal form now on is to play in parking lots, fields and anywhere eles i feel like! I need no rules and won;t follow them! The Earwigs are far from dead! I will never stop til i myself am dead! I have posted list of stuff for sale i do and barley any responses! The usual "Send me a list, i;ll order something!" and they never get back to me! Oh well! I'll keep recording, doing stuff and it will continue to collect dust in a pile! The last several months has seen my split cd with L'eclipse Neu which is really great noise form Japan with a morbid undertone in sound as well as pretty harsh and varied! Unfortunately i believe this great band is now dead but i am honored to have done a split cd(200copies made on Daniel's label) with them! Recently a split cdr with Hell Garbage(Fl.) was released and i am really proud of this one too! I also am really happy about my collaboration with this other great experimental noise improv. group called Waste of Tape! I got asked to record some spoken word/rant/stand up stuff and sent it off to the guys and they mixed it with their cool experimental sounds! It's pretty weird and cool! I am hoping to release the recording i did as well of my rant stuff i did for it! I have plans for other splits in the very near future! I DO also have a 3 way slit cdr with Extreme Hair Stench(Ger.) and Gorgonized Dorks(Ca.) It was supposed to be out quite some time ago! It is DONE but i am having problems getting the layout/cover together! My buddy Daniel(E'N) was going to help but he had to leave Japan but i'll get this done and out one way or another! I have a TON( literally!) of stuff out on cdr now but problems/laziness getting covers/layouts,etc. together has held me back for too long . I have a double cdr also that should have been out years ago and it WILL see the light before to long . That's about it for all this! I use dto do "Xenomorph Records" but changed the name to XTSGM quite a few years ago!
THE EARWIGS is a self described "Alienoise Destruction Musick" band that began sometime in later August 1990 in Spokane,Wa. when "Bizarre Charlie" was visiting his best friend at the time! The 1st recording was about 5 1/2 minutes long consisting of a suitcase, electric guitar/amp and vocals with no pedal or microphone and everything was recorded on a boombox . The result? A muddled mess of homemade bottom of the barrel sloppy lo-fi grind/noise noisecore and guiatr solo wankery and a fun good time! The "band" was inspired directly by a letter from Food Fortunana(Sockeye and about 2000 other bands!) when he wrote Charles a letter one day saying "Everyone should form a grind band! I am convinced of that!" and musically(?) by Impetigo, Anal Cunt, Minch, Nuclear Death, Misfits, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Sockeye, etc.
As years went by the band "progressed" from total lo-fi sloppy grind/noise and noisecore to harsh noise then back to noisecore influenced by Sore Throat then to total noise! Occasionally delving into weird heavy electronics and power electronic noise .
Inspirations are many and include a large gamut of sci-fi, outerspace, the stars, dreams, love, emotions, films( especially science fiction, cyberpunk, anime, post apocalypse,etc.), the Earth, insects, 8-0's hard rock and heavy metal, glam rock, punk, industrial, techno, new wave, avant garde jazz, outsider music, etc. GG Allin and many other things .
The whole "Bizarre Alien" thing is NOT a joke or something 'wacky' and is real . I have never felt like a human being and i wanted to come up with my own 'nick name' so to speak as i was really inspired by "Weird Al" Yankovic so long story short it was "Bizarre" Charlie then later added the "Alien" then a dear friend kept calling me "Space Lord" and i loved it so i added that as well! I feel normal with this and it fits my ideals, thoughts and everything else! It's kinda like Vincent Damon Furnier/Alice Cooper, José Mojica Marins/Coffin Joe, etc.
I look up to and have total respct for bands/people including GG Allin(r.i.p.), Alice Cooper, Gwar, Mentors, Satan Panonski(r.i.p.), David Bowie(r.i.p.), Wendy O. Williams, Clive Jones(r.i.p.)Doctor Who and his many incarnations, Hijokaidan, Lori Beth Bravo, Bloody Mess, Klaus Nomi(r.i.p.), Food Fortunanata and Poopy Necroponde, Boyd Rice, HP Lovecraft(r.i.p.), HR Giger(r.i.p.) and others as unique individuals and inspirations/thanks for my own being!
(Halloween 2015 Biz Alien & Youthful Bizward! )
STAR WARS, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, BUCK ROGERS, STAR TREK, MAD MAX 2, MAD MAX FURY ROAD, FIST OF THE NORTH STAR(anime/anime film), SHOST IN THE SHELL, WIZARDS, FIRE & ICE, HEAVY METAL, ROCK AND RULE, THE BLACK HOLE, 2010 A SPACE ODYSSEY, J-MEN FOREVER, METAL STORM:THE DESTRUCTION OF JARED-SYN, TETSUO:IRON MAN, TETSSUO 2:BODY HAMMER, TOKYO FIST, ERASERHEAD, WILD AT HEART, DEAD OR ALIVE, ICHI THE KILLER, FUDOH:THE NEW GENERATION,RUBBER'S LOVER, 964 PINNOCHIO, DEATH POWDER, BLADE RUNNER, DEATH MACHINE, HARDWARE, BURST CITY, ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000 V, THE THING(1982), GUNHED, NOSFERATUR(1922), BATMAN( 1966-1966 series, 1966 film, early serials and all films except for BATMAN & ROBIN and BATMAN FOREVER), DOCTOR WHO, SPACE 1999, HELLRAISR 1 & 2, and to many other films and television series are a major blueprint of inspiration to the creativity, ideas and magic!
Bands have come bands have gone and still The Earwigs go on and on and on and on occasionally stumbling and tripping over but always getting back up! It is all i know and all i am really good at! I am not a musician though i do like to attempt to play and create music, noise is my calling and always shall be!
My biggest loves are my kitties, my dreamgirl who has disappeared though does appear in a dream every so once in a very great while and the impossible dreams that may or may never be . Hail true love though it may be just a dream, forever,.....
Keep watching the skies! May the stars be aligned just right for you and for me! KEEP THE FILTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Charles SPACE LORD BIZARRE ALIEN 4/4/16 Earth