Dirty Sanchez and the Cleveland Steamers – Interview

I sat down with Nick Newert from the San Diego comedy rock duo “Dirty Sanchez and the Cleveland Steamers” and as the name denotes, they are not your average band.

IAR: Where did the name come from?

Nick:  It was kind of a running joke we had for years.  Without going in to the graphic details, me and my partner , Mark Link,  had an eventful night in TJ that cemented that title in our brains.

IAR:  It sounds pretty raunchy.

Nick:  Oh yeah.. it was.  We wrote two songs about that weekend once we got back to San Diego.  “Little Donkey Girl” and “Mamacita”.  They were horrible but all our friends loved them.  I guess that was the start of “Dirty Sanchez”.

IAR:  All your songs are hilariously so wrong that I felt bad for laughing at them let alone listening to them.

Nick:  Yup.  That’s our goal.  We tend to illicit the same response as you get from watching a fat kid fall downstairs or an old lady getting torn apart by a rabid pack of platypus, or is it platypi?

IAR:  Platypussies?

Nick:  Hot damn!  That’s a new song.  Thanks man.

IAR:  Your songs have tremendous production value for the odd subject matter.

Nick:  We’re musicians first.  Although we may sing about masturbating to the sounds of your parents having sex it should at least sound good.  We both have extensive studio experience and it just seems unnatural to put out a track that’s not polished.

IAR:  I see you haver a pretty loyal following online but not too many live gigs listed on your site.

Nick:  It’s kinda hard to get gigs in your average bar when you sing about sleep assaulting your mom’s drunk friends.

IAR:  Have you ever thought about writing more mainstream songs?

Nick:  Hell no!  We’ve both been in serious bands and it just wasn’t any fun.  We enjoy making people laugh and we get a kick out of seeing people’s responses to our songs.

IAR:  What do you say to people who think you’re just a gimmick band.

Nick:  We really don’t get that very much.  I think our skills as musicians kind of shows that we are serious about music although our songs are anything but serious.

IAR:  Any upcoming projects?

Nick:  We actually just started writing a rock opera about a guy who falls in love with his friends retarded sister.

IAR:  Is that politically correct?

Nick: Hell no.

IAR:  I look forward to hearing more from your guys.

Nick: I’ll be sure to send you a rough draft of “platypussies” when I write it.

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