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Best known as the lead singer of Mindless Self Indulgence,
Jimmy Urine also boasts talent in the realms of voice acting and musical
programming, with both currently on display throughout every boss battle, and through
the voice of zombie rock lord boss, Zed in the upcoming LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW. BioGamer
Girl was able to catch up with Jimmy to talk LOLLIPOP (out June 12), Mindless
Self Indulgence's upcoming world tour and when we could expect a new album from
the band. Enjoy!
FANGORIA: How did you first learn about LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW,
and when did you know it was the perfect place to utilize your many talents?
JIMMY URINE: My friend James Gunn (SLITHER, SUPER),
co-writer for LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW, told me that when he was working on the game
he saw the design art for the Zed character and said, "This looks like my
friend Jimmy Urine from Mindless Self Indulgence." The producer was like,
"Get out of here! We sent pictures of Jimmy to the character designers to
use as a basis for Zed." So when James told me that, I was like,
"Damn man, do I even need to audition? I gotta do that voice." So,
Gunn brought me in. When I read the script, I was like, "This is stuff I
say everyday!" It was so over the top and nasty; I loved it! The overall
game is so up my alley that if you could look at the lead character Juliet’s
iPod, my band would definitely be on it. So, it was a great fit from the start.
FANG: In LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW, you voice the boss character Zed.
Can you tell us who Zed is and how he's involved in the storyline?
URINE: Zed is the first boss battle you encounter, and Zed
himself is a great first boss, because he is very cocky and overconfident. Like
every first boss, he thinks he is going to beat you quick. His taunts are very
nasty and funny. He’s an overconfident smart ass like me, so it wasn’t too much
of a stretch for me acting–wise.
FANG: How did your
background with Mindless Self Indulgence prepare you for the game’s boss
URINE: Each boss in LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW is based on a different musical genre: punk,
funk, rockabilly, etc. So, I started with each zombie boss's basic musical
style, and then, messed it up until it started to sound more “mindless.”
FANG: What do you
believe fans will enjoy most in the game?
URINE: I think this game is like a huge art project.
Everyone involved is super cool, and comes with their own following. I’m a fan
of Suda 51, James Gunn, Tara Strong, Akira Yamaoka, Michael Rooker, Michael
Rosenbaum, etc. It's crazy how much cool talent is in this game, and I believe
that’s a big draw and will give the game a cool cult following.
FANG: What’s next for Mindless Self Indulgence?
URINE: We will be touring the UK, France, Germany,
Netherlands, and for the first time, Russia—which is going to be super fun as
hell. I’m going to Ivan Drago it! You can check out all the dates at Mindless Self Indulgence. And immediately after the interview, I am getting off my ass
and writing a new record, finally!
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