SO YOU'RE STUCK in a rut. Shit's been a monotonous drag and too even keeled, and you can't tell one day from the next; it's all tedious flatlands and no peaks and valleys. "Am I, what, emotionally dead now?" "Is this how it feels to get boring?" These are all questions you ask yourself, questions you find no answers for.
Solution: Go see Get Hustle live, and they'll shake all the stultifying soul glue from your crippled-ass self and spit you out feeling refreshed and clear-eyed.
This beautiful clamor (from Ron Avila's drums, Mac Man's organ, and vocalist Valentine Falcon) is a sound that steps outside genres; it lets everything boogie loose and disjointed, and shags ass in three different directions, all arriving at the same good and glorious state of mind: freedom.
MERCURY: What's the Get Hustle of 2006 saying to its listeners?
FALCON: I don't think Get Hustle has a platform, but there are basic themes Get Hustle agrees on: "If ya want it done right you gots to do it yourself!" and, my favorite 'cuz I'm the one that uses it, "When you give it to me, give it to me raw" (that's some Method Man). The first point is pretty self-explanatory: DIY. The "everything raw," that's all performance and straight-up human interaction. We don't have time to front—although the ego is a wily thing and sometimes you don't realize you are—so let's get to the bottom line fearlessly.
Since Get Hustle has such an original sound, how do you book shows with similar bands?
I say this not to you but in general, this question drives me crazy; I don't like it. Music is music. I would hope I never played with anyone matching. That is what makes life interesting. We play all shows. The last show we played... "mellower" by most people's standards, waaay more interesting by mine.
In comparison to when you first started out, what are the shows like now?
After Dream Eagle [2002, Three One G], I hated performing so much. It was so hard, literally, and I kept losing my voice. I thought, "this should not be such a struggle." I read in voice books you shouldn't even feel like you're singing and I wanted to physically let go, like Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, any of the faves. Not do like them, but be FREE like them and, as I say in every interview, once I came upon MC5, that was the switch. Rob Tyner taught me to sing, and I wanted that energy/love/power from the songs. So with that came us upping the energy and me letting go.