Cheers for the interview, here are the questions
F&G: Firstly, what's the band up to right now?
Fred Ped: Putting together material for the 10 year anniversary.
F&G: How would you describe the Peds sound?
Fred Ped: We like to think of our sound as a new creation called rasp.
We have often been described as Gwar without the costumes. I had someone tell me
I sounded like the bastard child of Zakk Wylde, Ace Frehley and Johnny Ramone.
There are so many titles labeled on music today I can't keep up. Like the Billy
Joel song says "It's still rock n' roll to me".
F&G: How did you get involved with the band?
Fred Ped: At the time Dunbar and I were in this band called 4 Speed
Overdrive. We were very unhappy with the musicians in that band and it was just
a stepping stone to get where we wanted to be. One night some friends got
together to drink and jam. After the band played a couple songs P.J. and Mark
joined us on Black Sabbath's War Pigs. It sounded so good we tried a few 4 Speed
songs, that was it, the line up was complete. Then all we had to was convince
Mark & P.J. to do it.
F&G: Can you remember your first gig (how did it go)?
Fred Ped: Our first gig was at a small club called Triple B's near
High Point NC. The club was owned and ran buy this family. The booking agent was
this crazy girl named Alicia. Every time you would call her on the phone she had
some crazy tale to tell you. I'm sure they had to be true because who could make
up such things? One time her gold fish jumped out of the tank and her cat had it
in it's mouth, meanwhile something was on fire and her friend was just in a car
accident. It was always a very long conversation involving her crazy stories.
One time she booked us, and when we got there she forgot about it. They let us
play anyways, Ha Ha that place brings back funny memories. We played there quite
a few times during our first year.
F&G: Are you involved in any other projects and if so how do they compare to the Peds?
Fred Ped: I finished working with a local cover band called the
Nugghawks. We played "Long Tall Texan", with me doing the lead vocals.
Very similar to the Peds when it comes to how much beer we drank during a
F&G: What are your favorite Peds tracks?
Fred Ped: My favorite recorded track would have to be
"Guns". I'm very happy with the way everything sounds on that one. The
only thing I would change are the gun sounds. I don't feel they need to there,
but overall that is a great sounding song and I love playing it live.
F&G: What are your favorite all time songs?
Fred Ped: The Beatles "You never give me your money" from
Abbey Road. It also happens to be me and my wife Jennifer's song. I turned to
her onetime in a bar and said "this is our song" for no reason at all.
It was suppose to be funny, then it just kind of stuck. My favorites change all
the time, this month it is Metallica's "Escape" from Ride The
Lightning. Last month it was "Shedding Skin" by Pantera off the album
Far Beyond Driven. I've been listening to that song nonstop since that crazy
killed Dime. I met him back in 94, he was such a great guy and an early
influence on me as a player.
F&G: What was the first record you ever bought?
Fred Ped: It was Quiet Riot's Metal Health on cassette tape. That was
the first one I bought and also the first given to me. My dad gave me the record
for my birthday one year for my 9th birthday. He left that same year and I never
saw the record or him again. I missed that one so much I had to buy it on
cassette years later.
F&G: Which album was it that got you into metal and can you explain why?
Fred Ped: It was probably that Quiet Riot album. That was the first
one I owned and I loved the guitar solos on that album. But as a kid I grew up
listening to lots of Kiss and Def Leppard. Guns N' Roses Appetite For
Destruction was also an early favorite. I remember cranking the shit out of that
and turning it down every time Axel said the F word so my mom wouldn't get mad
at me. My first step into the darkside of metal was Death's Scream Bloody Gore
and Slayer's Seasons In The Abyss. A friend made me copies and brought them to
me in school. I would sit in the dark listening to headphones with Seasons
playing. The little kid on the end of Dead Skin Mask use to scare the crap out
F&G: What's the last album you purchased and what did you think of it?
Fred Ped: I can't remember the last album I purchased. I have to admit
I'm a pirate, I download everything or burn it from a friend. I went clean about
6 month ago, Dave from the Nugghawks said I might need to check into a download
clinic. I actually just bought Gardy Loo's Socially Unacceptable on ebay
yesterday again. Those guys are great I recommend checking that out. "We
like shit" is a classic loo tune! El Duce would be proud.
F&G: What would be your dream band line-up?
Fred Ped: My dream line-up would suck because I would fill it with all
these bad ass guitar players. It would just be a bunch of guys wanking on solos
all day, it wouldn't work.
F&G: If you could do a cover for a tribute album to any band, which song of which band would you pick and why?
Fred Ped: The Ramones "Death Of Me". Most tribute albums
feature bands playing the same songs over and over again. Everyone wants to do I
wanna be sedated or if it's Ozzy, crazy train etc... Most people don't know that
Ramones song and when they hear us play it, they think it's ours.
F&G: What do you think of the position of metal and music in general today?
Fred Ped: Metal today is still strong, it's just laying low waiting to
come out in another form. I'm really into the Dark/Black Metal stuff and Stoner
Rock these days. Music in general these days overall sucks. I think that's the
reason everyone likes to download. I like the new Green Day track
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" but I'm scared to buy that album. I've
never been a big fan of that band, so I'm not sure I would like it all.
F&G: Which other bands stand out for you at the moment?
Fred Ped: The Haunted, Darkness & Dream Evil.
F&G: Do you have any funny stories about the band you can share with us? and finally, what do you see in the future for the Peds?
Fred Ped: I pulled a Gene Simmons at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte
NC one night. I had a flash pot explosive thing Dunbar made mounted on my Les
Paul's headstock. When it exploded, it shot into my hair and caught fire. I ripped
the burning stench out of my head and threw it down onstage. That same night he
had this thing he made called the tiny crapper. It was loaded with fireworks,
gun powder and flash paper. After that thing started going off the smoke buried
me. I could hardly breathe from all of the smoke. The club owner was pissed but
said we sold more beer than most acts so we were welcome back, but no more pyro
shows. We were lucky we weren't the first Great White incident. Then again we
still have many more years ahead of us to create destruction and mayhem across
Thanks for the Interview, good luck for 2005 and Stay Insane!
-F- & -G-
39 Lincoln Road
Tyne & Wear