Indy: Similar to the fateful day when chocolate deliciously mixed with peanut butter, take us through how you (The Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers) and Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age) came together to record the recently released debut Saturnalia.
GD: Mark and I were friends first, and the first songs that we played together were sung on my front porch in Los Angeles. So Mark conceived The Gutter Twins in his own mind.
Indy: The song that is seriously kicking our ass is "Front Street," which appears to be a conversation between a drug addict and his addiction. In fact, don't you think it's the kind of song a smiling Michael Madsen would be singing before he cut off someone's ear?
GD: Nice. Wow. Uh, well, um, I can't confirm or deny, but I will tell you that you are at least in the parking lot.
Indy: It has to be noted that other side projects The New
Pornographers and Gnarls Barkley come to mind have become successful endeavors on their own merit. Has that gone through your mind?
GD: That's your hope every time you make a record, bro. When I'm doing a record, I don't think of things from a marketing aspect. Maybe that's why I've traveled the fringes for the past 20 years. [But] I'll tell you what, if we become Gnarls Barkley '08, then I'd imagine we'd both have to rethink our respective careers.
At Boulder's Fox Theatre, March 29.