INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS: Lars Frederiksen of Rancid/Old Firm Casuals discusses Cody & AEW, WWE creative issues, thoughts on Joey Ryan

By Sean Radican, PWTorch Columnist


The Kevin Gill show issued the following highlights of their interview with Lars Frederiksen of Old Firm Casuals and Rancid:

This week on the Kevin Gill Show, it’s outspoken punk rocker and lifelong wrestling fan Lars Frederiksen who is best known for his ongoing work with RANCID, and just released his latest full length album “Holger Danske” with his prolific band The Old Firm Casuals.  
 
The Kevin Gill Show is a weekly interview series, recorded in person, face to face, all around the worlds of wrestling and music.
 
Recent guests include Brody King, Darby Allin, Amigo The Devil, Damian Abraham (F—d Up), Timothy Thatcher, and Andy Williams (Every Time I Die)
Thoughts on CODY RHODES and AEW-
“I’m backing it. We’re talking about Cody Rhodes who’s a great wrestling mind. His dad was one of the best, if not the best wrestling mind/booker.  You’d have to be an absolute idiot to not pick up on something, and I don’t think any of Dusty’s sons are idiots.  Goldust was one of my dudes, always will be one of my guys.  My favorite thing in the world.. what got me excited about wrestling times one million was GOLDUST / STARDUST… That would have catapulted that company (WWE). If they just listened to their audience……”
On what he wants to see in wrestlers 
“In WWE, there’s nothing to get behind. There’s nothing that pops. Like Lemmy (Motorhead) once said: You want your rock stars to look like outer space aliens. I want my wrestlers to look the same way. Or at least have some sort of character or personality.”
On the lack of connection and character development in todays WWE –
“Look at Dusty Rhodes or Dick Murdoch; they weren’t in the best shape but they were performers and they could bring you in and make you believe in something. Steven (William) Regal; last of a generation really. Who else is in that company that can even pull you in like that?… It’s like these guys that they bring in for the big shows; you still have me at Undertaker. I don’t give a ****. The Undertaker is the dude right? You’re still going to have me at certain dudes… I’m not saying there’s a lack of talent, it’s a lack of developing the talent or letting the talent take control of their character.”
What’s working in WWE
 “The women are the best thing there.”
On Joey Ryan
 “I love that ******* guy! Part of the reason why this guy got over is because he’s got the strongest dick!!!!!     It’s wrestling! It’s ENTERTAINMENT!! There’s a gimmick and there is something to get behind.”
On the song Motherland from The Old Firm Casuals new record Holger Danske
 “My mom would always be like don’t bury me in the cold earth, set me on fire and put me in the ocean. I remember that as a young kid and growing up with Norse mythology and paganism. That song for me lyrically is how I want to be buried, how I want to leave this earth. In a way it’s like facing your own immortality in that song.”
On Pirates Press Records
“What I’ve learned over the years is that you want to be at a place where you feel like you’re being supported, like they believe in you. They took a chance one us. I always felt cared for and looked after. I knew it was the only place for us to be.”
On the independent wrestling boom
 “I am so ******* happy. When you go to an indy show it’s great to see all the poeple coming out to support this. I love seeing all these new guys. I love seeing some of the older dudes come back and do their thing. They’re exciting. They’re getting all this great talent and to see the Japanese stars making it here is pretty rad.”
On independent wrestling
 “You’ve got all these little indys now that are popping off, putting out a great product, with storylines that are believable, great talent, great gimmicks. It’s something that you can get behind.”
Plus Kevin Gill announces his participation in Punk Rock Bowling May 24-27 (coincidentally during Starrcast / All Elite Weekend) in Las Vegas as a backstage interviewer and breaks it down on his experiences doing commentary on the matches for  Game Changer Wrestling and Joey Janela’s Spring Break Weekend shows, and Josh Barnett’s BLOODSPORT which are available now from FITE TV! and SMART MARK HOME VIDEO!!
Instantly stream or download the 60+ minute discussion with Lars Frederiksen episode 164 on AudioBoom iTunes TuneIn 

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