The Ultimate Jam Night Interviews with Budderside
Patrick Stone and Budderside have been a consistent, supporting presence at Ultimate Jam Night at the world famous Whisky a Go-Go on the Sunset Strip – always ready to entertain with either their hard rockin’ originals or some pretty nifty cover song action. At the particular show, we caught up with Budderside backstage right before Ultimate Jam Night #69 – The Naughty Edition to find out more about this amazing band on the rise, their brand new Self-Titled album on Motorhead Records, working with Lemmy and his son on the album, and other super naughty topics of intrigue. Read on…
Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in Budderside.
Johnny: Johnny, I play guitar and sing backgrounds.
Patrick: Patrick Stone. Guitar and vocals.
Rich: Rich Sacco, drums.
So how did you wind up being involved with Ultimate Jam Night, and how many times have you played in the past?
Patrick: I think this is #69, right? I’ve probably done 60 of them. We did a lot. Chuck showed me a lot of love, really put me up there a lot when they were getting started. Since they’ve been doing the Tuesday nights here I haven’t been here as much but they’ve been sweet enough to have us back as Budderside and have the whole group play. So now we’ve been back for a couple of Tuesday’s.
So this Ultimate Jam Night #69 – The Naughty Edition. How naughty do you think you are on a scale of 1-10.
Johnny: Well, I don’t know if I can answer that question. Sorry, I can’t.
Patrick: I’m definitely an 11. I’m definitely a very kinky person and any chance I get to get super kinky, I definitely go as far as I possibly can.
Let’s talk Pain, the first single. What inspired the lyrics for that?
Patrick: Strife, a lot of hard times. A drug addiction that just wouldn’t let go of me. Constantly being bombarded with “you can’t” and trying to fight it with “I can” and accepting the reality that the pain does come over day and you just better get fucking used to it and plow through it and find the good and stick with the good and overcome all evil.
Select any other song from the album and what inspired the lyrics?
Patrick: Let’s jump to “Open Relationship,” our second single that’ll be coming out. That’s inspired by the love of our lives, all of us. Particularly for me, the girl I’ve been seeing, she’s drop dead gorgeous. Then, overcoming all of the jealousy and the problems you get in relationships when you’re trying to possess the other person and the song is really just about accepting people for who they really are and finding the love for them no matter how much it hurts you at times. You still gotta love that person because you know deep down that’s the person that you do truly love. You stick with them through anything, you get over it and you stay friends. You keep the other good stuff going too.
How did you wind up on Motorhead Music?
Patrick: It’s a long story. I roadied for Lemmy and Motorhead way back when on the Everything Louder than Everything Else Tour. I became super good friends with them and their management and Todd, our manager, (and their manager) would swing by my place, hang out and we would listen to my songs in my little recording studio that I had at the house. He always told me I had hit songs and when I’m ready to get serious, give him a call. After a couple of tour with some of my heroes, singing for other guys and trying to replace people, I got sick of it and finally said I’m ready to do my own thing, our own thing. I called Todd and he put us in the studio with Lemmy’s son. Lemmy was always very fundamental in getting things done for us, kicking down doors for us. He brought us with him on the Motorboat [Cruise]. We just wanted to start this new label together and we’re proud to be a part of it. Todd and Motorhead and Lemmy started that label and they gave us an opportunity and we’re happy to be a part of it.
What was it like working with Lemmy’s son as a producer?
Rich: Working with Paul Inder-Kilmister, nicest guy in the world. Great experience playing at his studio and working with him. He was able to achieve all the sounds we wanted and I think the album was a complete success with him at the helm.
Patrick: Working with Paul Inder-Kilmister was the most educating and gratification experience I could possibly have. Not only did we turn our music into something more than it was to begin with, there’s a layer and an atmosphere within the music that is definitely on a higher level than it would have been without him. Not only that, he just became one of my closest friends. He’s one of my best friends and always will be.
What is a Ska Bra (besides a song on the new album)?
Patrick: It’s more about the sound because it was – the rhythm is really ska-ish. There’s a horn section. It’s very Ska. It’s more about the sound than the story but the bra part. It’s kind of a story I’ve kept to myself and I’m not gonna reveal much because I’ll get in trouble with some of my friends but one of my buddy’s was in jail. Anyway, just listen to it and make up your own mind about the lyrics if you can. There’s a lot of personal stuff attached to it for me. It’s a story, just a story. Three stories in one on that one. But the Ska is definitely about the sound of it.
What’s up next for Budderside?
Patrick: We’re going for our European tour which kicks off at the Wacken festival in front of 80,000 people in Wacken, Germany. Then we’re touring all over Europe up through Sweden and Norway and back. Then we might even stay out there for another month, there’s another tour brewing but we’re definitely out there for a month.
Editor’s Note: Budderside is scheduled to play Ultimate Jam Night 88 – Thank You David Bowie on Tuesday, November 29th at The Whisky!!!
Thank you to Lisa Woodard and Ultimate Jam Night for setting up this interview. Be sure to check out Ultimate Jam Night every Tuesday at the world famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip!
(Interview and Photos by Ken Morton)