In this edition of Driving Force, we journey south to Americas' borderlands to track down the mysterious leader of Powered Wig Machine, the infamous Dr. Wayne Van Halen Rudell Esq. Our good friend Wayne is not only the driving force behind heavy Western rockers Powered Wig Machine, but he has also recently started to establish Sierra Vista as a regular tour stop for traveling bands by reaching out to a local bar named JR's Pub and enticing them to open the doors to bearded, vest wearing rockers from across this continent. We tracked Wayne down as he was attempting to sell some nu-metal kids a BOSS Metal Zone pedal (no mods) outside the local Hastings and forced him at donut-point to answer some questions for us.
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Wayne Rudell. I am the lead singer and dancer in the dangerously sexy flash mob group Powered Wig Machine. We have also been know to moonlight as a stoner rock band from time to time.
For the people unfamiliar with Sierra Vista's scene, tell us what you're trying to accomplish down there.
Well, originally we were trying to have the largest per capita of hot-dog eating musicians in the state. After reaching that goal within the first week we then decided to move on to something more challenging. Over the past two years we have worked hard at creating a safe-haven for out of town bands. We have recently set our long-term goals higher by attempting to move JR'S bar into national market, by attracting national acts as they pass through from California and Texas.
What exactly is a Powered Wig Machine?
Not entirely sure, but reliable sources say it is a device used by slumlords and Tina Turner impersonators.
Do you need a license to operate a Powered Wig Machine and is it OSHA approved?
No, you do not need a license but your should beware of the side-effects which may result in and are not limited to: sore neck, inflammation of liver, rectal discomfort, nausea, confusion, and short-term memory loss. If OSHA only knew what was going on...
Full stack, half stack or combo?
Hmm, tough call. If you going just on looks nothing can stand up to the way a full stack looks on stage. I have had my guts blasted at a Fu Manchu show by Bob Balch's monolithic "Marshall Mountain", but on the other side of the coin I have also had my face uber-melted by Clutch's Tim Sult's Vox AC30 set up. It all comes down to preference. What level of brown note your trying to achieve.
Gypsyhawk; carnivorous bird or vagabond human? Or is it some weird scientifically engineered nightmare?
With riffs that gnarly Gypsyhawk is definitely a byproduct of something brewed in a underground laboratory. Word on the street there are half Man, half Gypsy, half Hawk.
Is this the same Mothership as in Close Encounters Of The Third kind? If so, can I have a ride home?
This Mothership is more along the lines of the Death Star. Stowaways are more than welcome, but don't bring any bad vibes aboard or you will be hog-tied and forced to listen to Rob Thomas jamming with Santana on an endless loop.
Oooooh. That's SMOOOOTH. Is there ever a time when we should take a band playing through solid state amps seriously?
Hahaha, sadly no. I know this first hand. My old late '70's Ampeg SS140C couldn't hold a candle to my new high gain Hovercraft Dwarvenaut. My new amp goes well with my proven winning combo of high self-esteem and low blood sugar, equaling a rocking good time. If you wanna be a jacket wearing, card carrying member of any respectable stoner, doom, or sludge band its HAS to be loud and its got to be tube.
Why is it called Alcoholics Anonymous when the first thing you do is stand up and say, 'My name is David and I am an alcoholic'?
All that is is a litmus test to see if you are a true alcoholic. If you can still remember your name you're not drinking enough...Boom!
The last words are yours, make 'em count...
For the last words I will drop two pearls of wisdom upon you:
1. Never trust a white man driving a black van because he is just saving his voodoo for you.
2. When you are on tour in a van it is always important to remember what happens in your shorts, happens in your pants.
Gypsyhawk/Mothership/Powered Wig Machine @ JR's Bar in Sierra Vista: Facebook Event
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