The Genesis of King's X: The DUg Pinnick Interview, Part 1

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The Genesis of King's X: The DUg Pinnick Interview, Part 1
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"My house in Texas is a really great thing," King's X bassist/singer DUg Pinnick says. "So I don't want to get rid of it."

Pinnick now lives in Los Angeles, he says, "to further my career." At 62 years old this year, he's got the energy and ambition of a man one-third his age. He's been in L.A. for a couple of years now.

"Doors just started opening last month, so maybe I'll have everything fall into place," Pinnick says.

He doesn't sound like a man who has literally dozens of studio albums and as many world tours to his credit, does he? Pinnick is driven to make music like few men ever are, and the music just gets heavier as he gets older.

"Not metallic, but weighty," he says. "I want to make the heaviest funky music that there is, and I'm pushing it as hard as I can."

He says he has five different albums coming out in 2013, including one with the supergroup Pinnick Gales Pridgen and his fifth solo album, Naked.

Pinnick came to Houston from Springfield, Missouri, with future Kings X bandmates Ty Tabor and Jerry Gaskill to take a job at Star Song Records as the backing band for local chart-topping Christian artist Morgan Cryar.

"They put us on salary and the whole deal," he says, figuring that was the origin of Kings X's being called a Christian band.

"We wanted to sing about love and caring for each other, but somehow we got branded a Christian band, which screwed it up pretty bad because at this point, we're still considered that Christian band," adds Pinnick.

"At this point I don't think any of us really believe that way."

Pinnick can't help noticing that another band, Creed, made it big with a drop-tuned grunge sound and a dubious link to Christian music.

"I remember seeing them at a Buzzfest. And even the band reminded me of King's X." he remembers.

"And then I met them and I found out they're not Christian at all. Far from Christian. Evanescence is the same thing. They said they're Christian and I've been around them. They're not Christian. I don't even think they're believers."

King's X tried to get away from that scene early on, playing tiny clubs up and down Westheimer, with maybe ten or 15 people showing up for months on end.

"Sam Taylor said we were going to go and try to get a record deal," says Pinnick. When their record came out, the Houston scene was reluctant to accept them as a Houston band since they got a record deal first. Jealousy reared its head.

"People had a problem with that," he says, but soon the script was flipped. "After we started blowing up, people jumped on the bandwagon like Houston might be the next Seattle."

Read more from our interview with Pinnick tomorrow here on Rocks Off.

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