Mike Pride Interview

Source: Please Kill Me.

From 2002 to 2005, drummer and composer Mike Pride, a New York City avant-garde jazz stalwart, toured relentlessly and recorded one album with legendary first-wave hardcore firebrands MDC (Millions of Dead Cops), a seminal group who rank way up there in the annals of punk rock with the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag. On the recently-released I Hate Work (RareNoise), Pride combines the two worlds of hardcore and avant-garde jazz, transforming MDC’s politically-minded ragers into swinging acoustic piano jazz that is a thing of beauty. For this project, Pride was ably assisted by pianist Jamie Saft and bassist Brad Jones, alongside guests JG Thirlwell, Mick Barr, Sam Mickens and MDC vocalist Dave Dictor.