Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Interview: Valient Himself of Valient Thorr on Rowing, Donating Kidneys, the Avett Brothers and a Special Motorhead Birthday

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"Night Terrors," sans rowing:

I read that you donated a kidney to your dad a few years ago. How are you both doing? I'm doing great. He's doing great. It took him awhile, but I was fine the whole time. I just needed my incisions to heal and I was fine. For him it took a little longer but now he's doing good. He's adopted a new little dude, so now I have a new little brother. That's helped him get through it, I think, with being depressed and being sick. It'll take it out of you. He was sick for a long time before that. It's good. It's good to see him back, having an appetite. It's a world of difference. Hopefully people see that. It didn't stop me at all. It didn't make me flinch. If you can help somebody by doing that, it encourages other people to do the same. It has. People write to us all the time, tell me that they either have had someone do it for them, or they did it for someone because they saw that it really is a miracle surgery.

No problems with one kidney from Venus and one from Earth? Right. We weren't even matches, but it works from sheer positive operations. [laughs]

What bad movie recommendations to you have for us? I just put up a review yesterday. It's hard to do them on the road because I'm so busy. I'm taking a break today because I drove all day yesterday. I'm actually sitting in the back of the van now, eating a pizza and driving through South Dakota from Fargo. But yesterday I did one for this movie called Deadly Prey. You can't buy it. It was only released on VHS. Came out in 1987. Terrible Rambo-meets-The Deadliest Game mash-up. It's really, really bad but really, really funny at the same time. You can watch a couple of clips of it on my blog. If it's something you can buy, I don't download it, but if it's out of print, I don't mind downloading those kinds of things. I don't mind if people download our first album because it's unavailable. The other four, they're out there, buy them. I want to support artists in making a living. But this is an old movie, and it wasn't that good, so you can find it on the torrent sites. Deadly Prey. I highly recommend it.

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