Pop Quiz with The Coffin Daggers

BAND NAME: The Coffin Daggers

NAME: Viktor Venom

LABEL: Cleopatra Records

BAND MEMBERS: Viktor Venom – Lead Guitar, Theremin, Echoplex; Rob Morrison – Keyboard, Rhythm Guitar; Peter Klarnet – Bass; Pete Martinez – Drums

GENRE: Instrumental Psychedelic Surf Punk

HOMEBASE: New York City, NY

WEBSITE: http://www.coffindaggers.com/


Who made you want to be in a band?

It was my idea.

Who helped you get started?

My mom, she bought me a guitar.

Who is the ultimate band to open for?

Dick Dale.

Who is the best band to open for you?

Any band that isn’t better than us.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

I’m afraid there’s no actor talented enough or good looking enough!

Who do you go to for advice?

Anybody wiser than me.

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

Gotta pee.

What was the first song you learned to play?

“Smoke on the Water” of course.

What inspires you to write a song?

Being bored of the old songs.

What do you love the most about being in a band?

The comraderie.

What do you hate the most about being in a band?

Being expected to play for peanuts.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

KISS at Madison Square Garden 1977.

What are you doing today?

Answering these questions.

What was the last picture you took with your phone?

Of my cat.

What music projects are you currently working on?

The Coffin Daggers

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever been?


What is the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?


What do you think is the greatest invention of all time?

The wheel.

What is the best sound in the world?

A well played musical instrument.

What are 3 albums that really shaped you as a person?

Are You Experienced, Ace of Spades, The Ventures in Space.

When do you get up in the morning?

When I have to.

When and how did you get introduced to music?

Hearing it on the radio and TV.

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

A spliff and a good record.

When did you finish your last album and when are you going into the studio again?

Last year, and as soon as we have enough new songs.

When is your next tour?

As soon as we can book it.

Where were you born and raised?

Born Lynchburg, Virginia, raised in Queens, NY.

Where did you get the idea for the name of your band?

From the lyrics to “The Monster Mash”

Where is your favorite spot to chill?

At home.

Where is the best place to buy equipment?

Wherever you can get a good price.

Where do you itch most?

My curiosity.

How did you feel when you got your very first gig?

Excited and nervous.

How many days out of the year does your band play live?

As many as possible.

How has technology changed your career?

It’s made it harder to make a living from.

How important are politics in today’s society?


How do you start a conversation?




Favorite gig of all time?

Blizzard of Oz and Motorhead at the NYC Palladium 1982.

Favorite thing to spend money on?


Favorite time of day?

Late morning.

Favorite smell in the whole world?

New car smell.

Favorite hobbies or past times?


Favorite place to eat?

At a table.

Favorite movies?

Forbidden Planet, Clockwork Orange, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Alexander Nevsky, Planet of The Apes, Big Lebowski


If you had a brainwashing machine, who would you use it on?

All the idiots on Fox News… Oh wait, somebody already beat me to it!

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

Two guitars, an amp, the clothes on my back and the money in my pocket.

If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, who would you pick and what would you do?

Donald Trump. I’d do the world a favor and kill myself!

If you could ask your pet 3 questions, what would they be?

What are you thinking? Are you happy? Am I doing a good job?

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Spidey sense.

If you had a clone, what would you have the clone do?

All the unpleasant tasks I don’t want to do.


Black Flag OR Circle Jerks: Black Flag

Dead Boys OR Cro Mags: Dead Boys


Agnostic Front OR The Germs: Both

The Casualties OR Pennywise: The Casualties

Adolescents OR New York Dolls: Neither

Suicidal Tendencies OR The Dead Milkmen: Suicidal Tendencies

Fugazi OR Subhumans: Subhumans

Misfits OR The Clash: Misfits

Bad Brains OR Minor Threat: Bad Brains

Bob Marley OR Peter Tosh: Bunny Wailer

Operation Ivy OR Dead Kennedys: Dead Kennedys


The easiest way to piss me off is: telling me to turn down.

What I do to piss people off: not turning down.

If I ruled the world for a day I would: abdicate.

My Mom wanted me to become a: decent person.

The most inspiring band of all time is: Motorhead.

My stupid human trick is: “playing” the Theremin.

The best band I’ve heard lately is: Black Flamingos.

If I could hang with anyone in history for a day, it would be: Django  Rheinhardt.

My message to the people is: Wake up!


Being in a band is the perfect job.  FALSE

Bad free food is better than no food. FALSE

Mosquitoes have teeth. FALSE

Music has charms to sooth the savage beast. TRUE

Most critics don’t know their ass from their elbow. TRUE

Music is a drug. TRUE


Before I was in a band I was …

a) Broke

b) A virgin

c) A menace to society

d) Other: Twelve.

When looking for a date I most want …

a) Sense of Humor

b) Loose Morals

c) IQ

d) Heart Beat

The human race will …

a) Destroy itself

b) Evolve like the Jetsons

c) Make great pets for aliens

d) Be sponsored by Nike, McDonalds and AT&T

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