Texas based stoner metal band Mr. Plow have been around, in one form or another, for better than 20 years now and while their discography may not be as deep as you might assume, each entry is filled to the brim with riff heavy, down tuned rock in the vein of Fu Manchu and Kyuss but with their own unique take. Beach in lieu of desert? YES, that’s the vibe in a nutshell. Ripple Music took notice and recently announced that the band would be joining their family and would be releasing their latest album, Maintain Radio Silence, this summer. We recently had the opportunity to ask the members of Mr. Plow our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say. Also, and in case you missed it, they featured their best of 2017 list with us and you can read that here.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
We got into playing music with the primary goal of just playing music. Although we’d all love to be rock stars of world renown, we haven’t had a lot of success in that regard. We have, however, been very successful at managing our own expectations. These days, we play to literally dozens of people in and around the Houston area on a semi-regular basis, which strikes us as pretty amazing.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
We wrote a song called Hammer Smashed Face, which was inspired by the Brash Brewery Beer of the same name, which was inspired by the Cannibal Corpse song of the same name. We can’t say our song is better than the Cannibal Corpse song, but the typical listener will probably find it easier to understand the words. We wrote the song with the unabashed goal of having Brash, the most metal brewery around, release a beer inspired by Mr. Plow. To our knowledge, this has not occurred and is not likely to.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
Stoner and Doom seem to be making a little bit of a resurgence, which is pretty cool. Mr. Plow is not a household name except, perhaps, in our parents’ homes, which isn’t quite as cool.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
There’s a serious shortage of good sitcoms these days. Our song Festivus was inspired by a Seinfeld episode. We’re having a hard time finding sources of inspiration of that significance and social importance these days.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I (Justin Waggoner, guitar/vocals) am a bit of a latecomer to the scene. Jeremy Stone (guitar), who was big into Van Halen and 80’s hair metal from his formative years, got me into Alice in Chains our freshman year of college. I got Jeremy into Kyuss a few years later, when witnessing the Green Machine video on Headbanger’s Ball changed my life forever. I believe Cory Cousins (drums) was hitting the Maiden pretty hard by the sixth grade or so. I’m pretty sure Greg Green (bass) was born metal. We’ve all been big stoner rock fans for decades (with the possible exception of Cory, who is significantly more than a decade younger than the rest of us).
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Don’t be unnecessarily mean, but definitely be constructive and honest. In this DIY era, there’s way more music in pretty much any genre than the typical person has time to experience and absorb. If a review is going to do its job of directing the reader to stuff they may actually like and prevent them from wasting time on stuff they likely will not, it’s got to be descriptive enough to give the prospective listener some idea of what they’re in for and blunt enough to separate the wheat from the chaff.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
World domination sounds pretty good. Starting a cult also sounds pretty cool, but cult leaders have too consistent a track record of life imprisonment and fatal run-ins with the ATF for us to get fully behind that as a lifestyle choice. We’d all love to share our day jobs with anybody willing to do part of the work for us. Seriously though, we’ve got two lawyers, a chiropractor, and a nurse in the band. Please don’t hold it against us. The most important band member, our fog machine, is otherwise unemployed.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
I’ve been listening to Villains by QOTSA and the new Quicksand album, Illuminant, a lot lately. Not sure what the other guys are listening to. We don’t talk much.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Mr. Plow for their time!