TRIXTER's STEVE BROWN Says Drummer MARK 'GUS' SCOTT 'Is On The S**t List Right Now': I Don't Know If That's Ever Gonna Get Repaired'
June 27, 2020
In a brand new interview with That Metal Interview, TRIXTER guitarist Steve Brown was asked about the current status of the band he co-founded in 1983. He said (hear audio below): "I'll be honest and say that we're a fragmented band at the moment. Some internal business stuff went on, which I don't really wanna talk about right now. But, yeah, the band, we're kind of shut down; we're really not working. Pete's [Loran, vocals] got a day job and he's taking care of his kids. So, there's really no band live stuff in the works, sadly. We're celebrating our 30th anniversary of the first album right now. I'm in the process of working with the record company and also with Universal Music in getting the rights and the master tapes back from the first TRIXTER record to be able to do a properly licensed 30th-anniversary remixed and remastered deluxe edition vinyl of the first record. So there's a lot of behind-the-scenes TRIXTER stuff that I'm doing as far as transferring old demos and getting the material ready for an unbelievable deluxe edition, if the powers that be allow us to do that.
"But regarding Pete and Gus [drummer Mark 'Gus' Scott], there's nothing really going on there. And really, the beef between the band is with Mark Scott — he's kind of on the shit list right now, and I don't know if that's ever gonna get repaired. So let's just enjoy the fact that P.J. [Farley, bass] and I are out there making great music. I'm finishing up mixing P.J.'s new solo CD right now. I have the new TOKYO MOTOR FIST record coming out. P.J. and I play with Eric Martin from MR. BIG — we do this MR. BIG/TRIXTER-type show with Eric, which I sing the TRIXTER songs, and fans are loving it. So there's always a lot going on. But I don't foresee the original TRIXTER band playing anytime soon."
Last month, Mark "Gus" Scott discussed TRIXTER's future during a chat with Totally Driven Radio. He said: "Let me say right off the bat, there's no hidden agenda. It's not like I can't say anything. There is nothing to say. There really has been no talk about it.
"I think, at this point, people understand there's almost two schools of thought between the East Coast and the West Coast of what's going on," he said in regard to the possibility of TRIXTER performing again. "But that being said, Lord knows I've said things in the past. I said, 'Oh, this won't happen,' and then two days later, it happened. [Laughs] That's just the way it works — you never know what can happen. So I don't wanna say I'm negative about it; I'm open to any idea. But the way it looks right now, no, it doesn't look good, to be honest with you — no.
"It's been about two and a half years since we've done anything together, and that is not by my choice, that's for sure," he continued. "It's a very sad set of circumstances. I love TRIXTER more than anything in the world — I really do — and if someone said, 'Hey, we have an opportunity to do this tomorrow,' I'd be, like, 'Well, there we go. I'm in.' And, unfortunately, not everybody shares the same sentiment."
According to Mark, the blame for TRIXTER's inactivity doesn't fall squarely on the shoulders on one or two members.
"I have to say, in defense of some of their actions, the circumstances have to be right," he said. "You can't just do it for nothing; we have to do things in a proper fashion. So if the circumstances are right and everybody's attitude is in the right place, is there a possibility? I think there's a possibility, yeah. But right now, I just don't see it.
"I think at the end of the day, there is a lack of desire — there really is," he explained. "And maybe that's on everybody's part — I'm not just gonna pass the buck. But I've gotta say there's probably more desire on my part than most.
"I was always the guy [who would say] I'd do it for nothing. And a part of me wants to do that. And that's really what it's all about. We didn't get into this just for the business end. I wanted to rock, hit my drums and kick butt — that's really what it was all about. But at the end of the day, if you're gonna be a pro band, you've gotta act like a pro. And if you're not going to, then you do the brand a disservice, you do TRIXTER a disservice, you do the fans a disservice.
"If you own a convenience store and you've got four owners, and four different guys have four different opinions, how are you gonna run a good convenience store?" Mark asked rhetorically. "Now, let's throw that in rock and roll with a bunch of rock and roll moron mentalities. It's hard to drive a ship in a certain direction if you're saying, 'Let's go four different ways.' It's not just a rock band — it's anything — and I think people have to understand that. It's a shame, but people's priorities are in different places."
Since reuniting, TRIXTER has released two studio albums via Frontiers Music Srl — 2012's "New Audio Machine" and 2015's "Human Era".
Scott celebrated the 30th anniversary of TRIXTER's biggest MTV hit, "Give It To Me Good", by releasing a solo version of the song on May 14. CDs and downloads are available through Apple iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Music and CD Baby. Personally autographed CDs are available at www.MarkGusScott.com.
TRIXTER toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan in support of its five major label releases. They have performed live in arenas and amphitheaters with crowds up to 35,000 people, appearing with such rock superstars as KISS, SCORPIONS, POISON, TED NUGENT, NIGHT RANGER, CINDERELLA, TWISTED SISTER, DOKKEN, WARRANT, GREAT WHITE and FIREHOUSE.