30 Seconds with Wo Fat's Kent Stump

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From the bowels of the bayou comes Wo Fat, rock and roll that oozes, pulses and frankly makes me want to storm a compound. Good, good stuff if you're in the mood to hunt Bigfoot in the Big Thicket. I braved the rage of singer Kent Stump to see what I could learn about him in 30 seconds.

Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world?

Kent Stump: Well, this could apply to any number of mainstream rap and R&B "artists," but let me just single out Lil Wayne and say anything he has ever done is the worst song in the world. Reason being, he, along with the current wave of rappers and so called R&B "artists," have managed to destroy black music by completely taking any funkiness out of it.

Wo Fat plays heavy-ass rock and roll, which comes from heavy-ass blues, which is inherently deeply funky, and R&B (which stands for rhythm and blues, btw) also comes from that same place and should also be deeply, if not even more deeply, funk[ier] than rock and roll.

There was a time when rap definitely had the funk, but today's rap and R&B is so devoid of the funk and unaware of its roots that The Carpenters groove harder than Lil Wayne.

RO: What is the best lyric in the world?

KS: What comes to mind first is the lyrics from the Sleep song "From Beyond" from their masterpiece album, Holy Mountain. The lyric is "Stoner Caravan from deep space arrives..."

I mean, how much more metal can you get than that? It's drug-induced, sci-fi/fantasy genius where the stoner caravan arrives to save the world from certain doom. Sleep took what Sabbath, who started heavy metal, did and turned it up to 11.

RO: Someone throws a beer bottle at you onstage. What do you do?

KS: Throw it back and proceed to rock harder.

RO: Without worrying about space, time or the laws of physics, what would be the ultimate gig to play?

KS: That's a really tough question. One of the coolest gigs to play would probably be to play a club gig with Black Sabbath in 1969 before their first album hit, before anybody knew the heaviness that was about to change the face of rock and roll. I think it would've been cool to experience that in the moment.

RO: What would you buy with a million dollars?

KS: I'd pay off my house, buy the recording studio where I currently work, buy a couple additional guitar amps and guitars, and spend a bunch of money on vinyl. My wife and I would probably go out to eat at great restaurants a lot, too. We really love good food.

RO: What would you buy with your last dollar?

KS: A dollar doesn't buy much these days, but I'd probably give it to my wife for whatever she wanted. Or, if I couldn't do that, since a dollar isn't gonna buy a good beer, I guess I'd have to find a great song on some band's bandcamp page to spend it on.

RO: If you could canonize another musician, who would it be and of what would they be the patron saint?

KS: Hmm...another very difficult question...Without obsessing too much over it, I would probably say John Bonham and he would be the patron saint of heavy groove. He had a feel and a groove that sat in the pocket like nobody else and he basically created the blueprint for rock drumming.

RO: What will be written on the plaque beneath the giant statue future generations erect in your honor?

KS: Kent Stump: "Man, he had the blues."

Wo Fat plays with From Beyond Saturday. January 5 at Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak.

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