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Mad Margritt – Raging On The Sunset Strip

Mad Margritt at The Viper Room

Mad Margritt – Raging On The Sunset Strip

Mad Margritt is a dynamic hard rock/heavy metal collective from Atlanta, Georgia that recently made their way to the Los Angeles area – unleashing a mighty sonic explosion at the legendary Viper Room on a Saturday night.  Their latest album Love, Hate and Deception was recently released on Perris Records, showing the long running band at the very height of their hard rocking madness.  Prior to their standout 2017 Pre-Grammy Rockfest performance at The Viper Room, we caught up with Mad Margritt’s wickedly charismatic front man Eddie Smith to find out more about this underground sensation raging onto the wilds of the Sunset Strip at last!  Read on…

Give us a little background on Mad Margritt. When did it all begin?
I started the band back in early 90’s. So we are veterans, we’ve been around for awhile now.

What are you looking forward to the most about your show here at The Viper Room tonight?
You know, just being a fan of rock and music history, there is just so much history out here in LA. And The Viper Room is just a legendary place. So just to be out here and being able to play, to me, this is the best music city in the world. It’s exciting. So we’re hyped up about it.

When was the last time you played here in Hollywood?
I have never played in LA. I’ve played as far as Las Vegas a million times.  We were booked at The Whisky before and some things happened and we had to cancel out. So it’s been a long time coming.

What’s the overall concept or story behind Love, Hate and Deception?
When I was writing, I didn’t originally have a concept to it. We were just writing the songs. As I got near the end, I noticed they all had a common theme to them. They either dealt with betrayal or liars. That’s the name of the first cut (Liar), but there’s several songs that deal with deception and stuff. I just know that every song kind of had that same theme. So that’s actually where the title came from.

Select two songs and what inspired the lyrics for you?
I’ll go with Liar, I was just really getting angry that there was a lot of people I was dealing with that were just feeding me a bunch of BS. And it was building and building. And one night I just came home and I had a bad day with someone giving me a bunch of BS and I went on the internet and someone had put an ad out, and they said a band looking for guitar player and drummer. And they were using our pictures. And I was like, that was like the final straw. So this band was trying to make people think that it was us looking, because then they would get more auditions. That was it! I just wrote Liar that night. Just words came flowing out…

Another one, The One You Love To Hate is one of my favorite songs on the CD. And it just kind of deals with people that – you ever had people in your lives that they don’t want to see you succeed, or they get like angry if you’re doing well? And it’s almost like if you fail they get happy about it. And there’s just a few people I know like that. And that was just another thing I just decided. This album was kind of like therapy for me. And I never do that. I never write about personal feelings or experiences – I always take more of a story teller type approach. But on this CD, I really just let things out this time. Things that were bothering me or things I was witnessing. So it was like the most personal album I’ve ever written. Just about every song was something that had a lot of meaning behind it.

What was it like opening for KISS, did you get to meet or hang out with them at all?
That was one of the few bands that we didn’t get to meet when we opened for them. Usually we get to meet them, a lot of time we get to hang with the bands. Sometimes we share a dressing room with them. I guess KISS, because they’re such a big and iconic band, things are a little different for them. The backstage area there were areas we weren’t allowed to go. So I never did get to see them. The only time that’s ever happened was with Poison, but we did actually get to meet them because C.C. (DeVille) came out and was walking around and stuff, and I met Bret (Michaels). We’ve opened for Bret solo before, I’ve met him prior to that. KISS was one of the few times where we just weren’t able – to me KISS would have been so cool but we just didn’t get the opportunity that day. It was only one show. We only played with them once.

Eddie Smith of Mad Margritt

If you could open for any band either now or in the past, who and why?
Oh wow. A bunch of them. I guess I would say just because what they meant to me when I first started, like Led Zeppelin. Just because when I was a kid and I first got into music, they were one of the first bands, and that would have been awesome to be able to open up for them.

I noticed the older Mad Margritt albums are selling for a pretty penny on EBay. What do you think of that, and will they ever be re-released b