Andrew Novick is known for many things in Denver such as being a crazy collector, an artist, and, of course, Warlock Pinchers. The infamous Denver band that brought you “Morrissey Rides A Cockhorse,” is treating their fans to a one time show in August. With all the original members, they also have a new addition. They have replaced their drum machine, named Bill Ward, with human drummer, Dale Crover of the Melvins. Before the live show, they are releasing an 18-track CD of rarities and unreleased songs this month, called Bomb the Franklin Mint. The CD release/ listening party acts as a pre-party for a show with Murder Ranks in August. Andrew took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with The Met.
JM: What made you guys decide to get together and do a reunion?
AN: We always said that we would never play together again. But lately, it seems that there is a lot Denver retrospective going on. People are talking about Celebrity Sports Center, Casa Bonita, Teletunes and Warlock Pinchers. It seemed to fit. Younger people who were way too young to ever see us live want to see us for the first time. We kept selling albums to this day, none of them have ever been out of print. Last fall, Daniel [Wanush] (King Scratchie), has this band Murder Ranks and he asked me if I wanted to do a secret show where we would do Warlock Pinchers songs together. I hadn’t really talked to him much in the last 16 years so it was kind of a surprise. So we planned this secret show and people were talking about how something cool might happen if you go. We played five songs and people went nuts. There were 300 people there on a rumor that it might happen and it was really cool. It felt the same as it did 20 years ago.
JM: Do you plan on making any new music together?
AN: We’ve talked briefly about it. We haven’t really gotten together to even practice yet so it remains to be seen. Stylistically, the songs that we are doing will probably sound different because we did so much impromptu stuff in the past. We always add in different songs so I think that they will morph that way. When I’ve seen bands in the past at reunion shows, they play new songs they wrote and you know that no one wants to hear that. The fans want to hear the songs they know so that is what we are going to do.
JM: What is the reasoning for bringing on a real drummer this time?
AN: We never intended to play again, so we erased our drum machine. Everyone kept asking us to play these special events and we kept telling them, ‘seriously, we can’t play. We don’t have a drum machine.’ We knew the Melvins well because we were on the same label. Their drummer, Dale Crover, said that he would play for us if we ever played again. So I called him up and asked him to play! It is somewhat new in that aspect but when we played last fall, as Murder Pinchers, the initial drum tracks were turned into real drum tracks by their drummer. We always hated the idea of having a drummer because they took up too much space in the van with their stuff.
JM: Are you planning a tour or are you just keeping it local?
AN: It was designed as a one off thing. Everyone got on board keeping in mind that we were just going to do it once. I guess if someone offered us a lot of money we might consider it but at this point it’s just the one time thing.
JM: What should people expect from the new CD?
AN: I would call it a fans only thing. You know how some people just want absolutely everything from someone? This is for that person. People who just kind of know our stuff or who have just heard of us should just get our CDs that are produced well and sound good. There are a lot of studio outtakes and demos. It goes in chronological order. The first song is from our first cassette in ’87 when there were nine people in the band at Heritage High School. It was recorded with a crummy drum machine on a 4 track. The band was actually called Warlock Pinchers Or-kee-stra then.
JM: Do you feel like this takes away from your current endeavors or adds to them?
AN: It adds to the other stuff I’m doing. I never really edit. I don’t have time to do all of these things. Orchestrating this whole thing has been very time consuming. I’m excited to do the marketing and stuff on it though. We used to put flyers on cars and we even had a mailing list where we mailed actual postcards to people when we were having a local show. It’s like the old band in a whole new way. A whole new way of conveying things. It’s really exciting.