Twenty Questions with...Dr Midnight & the Mercy Cult

DMTMD guitarist Anders Odden is the first man to brave Metal as Fuck's all-encompassing grilling on everything that's important in the world today...

(1) Who are you, and what do you do?
I am Anders Odden. I play guitar in Doctor Midnight & the Mercy Cult

(2) Where are you?
I am in Norway, but try to get out of here as much as I can.

(3) What will the next food that passes your lips be?
Whale sashimi

(4) If we’re speaking to you, it may well be because you’ve got something to sell – tell us a little about it.
Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult have just released our debut album called I Declare:Treason.

(5) What’s the best thing about being in your band?
Its to hang out with weirdoes like myself and travel the world.

(6) And the worst?
All the time things take to materialize in the music biz.

(7) Where would you most like to perform that you haven’t already been to?
I have never been to Australia or South America. Both places would have been great to do.

(8) Was it a bad thing for Judas Priest to appear on American Idol?
They did? They already have a gay singer, what is wrong with playing there then?

(9) Who or what first alerted you to the fact that you’d like to be a musician?
Seeing a Kiss poster in the local record store when I was 7 years old. I just knew instantly that if you could look like that and play guitar you had to have a lot of fun.

(10) Who would win in a fight between a badger and a baboon? Why?
The Baboon would run up in the trees so I guess the badger would win with pride.

(11)  Motley Crue or Nirvana?
Mötley Crüe – easy.

(12)  A genie grants you 24 hours as a member of another band – who do you join?
The original Black Sabbath helping Tony out with the rhythm guitars. That would be fucking incredible.

(13)  Are Cds a dead medium for music delivery?
My 10 year old daughter just came home from school with her debut CD as a choir girl so I would say it’s staying alive. It’s like the Bee Gees. They wont go away no matter how hard you try.

(14)  Only a fool comes off tour with less money in his pocket than he started with. Discuss.
Most musicians never get paid more than pocket money on tour. They start the tour all broke and skint, so I guess they should be able to go home with more in their pocket than they had before. Having said that, I know musicians who cannot hold on to any kind of cash without spending it all  as fast as they can on crap.

(15)  What sort of music can you absolutely not abide?
I listen to a lot of stuff, but I those R’n’B guys with autotune vocals and Eurodance music under it must be the fucking worst. What’s his face? Akon! DIE!!!

(16)  Which of your songs would you like the cast of Glee to record?
I have never heard of Glee. Is it a medical show?

(17)  What one item of non-musical equipment can you not do without on tour?

(18)  Can you do a Hospital Corner?
I used to when I was in the civil service, but I have no use for it anymore.

(19)  Here’s one last chance to spruik your band/tour/album... What else should we know about it?
We combined the dark musical forces of the north with the elegance of LA and mix all the music we loved into a higher unit. Love it or hate it, but we are here to stay!

(20)  20 questions was brought to you by?
My PR rep from our label. Gunnar Sauermann.