State of Nirvana

By KURT ST. THOMAS  |  March 28, 2007

Novoselic: We finally got to play with them, they re-formed to play with us when we played Edinburgh, Scotland, in early winter of 1990. So we met Eugene Kelly and kind of kept a rap going with him. Then we heard Captain America [the band that eventually became Eugenius]. We heard the tape, and we were totally blown away.

Cobain: That’s his new band, Captain America. They’re really good.

Novoselic: Eugene is a great songwriter. So it was kinda cool. Since our record has done so well, we can open up doors for other bands from where we come from — like Sonic Youth or Mudhoney or the Melvins or L7 or Dinosaur Jr. I could just go on and on.

What do you enjoy most about success?
Cobain: I guess the best part would be being in the position to take other bands who you like a lot on tour with you. It’s definitely a nice thing to be able to do. We took Shonen Knife, a three-piece all-girl Japanese band, on tour with us in England. They’ve been favorites of ours for years, and no one really knows who they are in England or anywhere in Europe. And we’ve taken the Melvins on tour with us, and in the future we hope to take Hole and Jesus Lizard and a bunch of other bands we like.

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