A few of us from Fender met up with Gin Blossoms guitarists Jesse Valenzuela and Scott Johnson for pizza and salads on Tuesday night at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Valenzuela flew out from California earlier this week to work in the Uranus Recording of Tempe studio with the rest of the Gin Blossoms on their upcoming album No Chocolate Cake, which will be released early next year under the band’s new label, 429 Records.
After some arm twisting, Valenzuela and Johnson agreed to explain the meaning behind the album title.
“We had a drummer work for us for a while,” begins Valenzuela. “Scotty over there (as he points to his band mate) is a bit of a Lothario (character in the play “The Fair Penitent” whose chief interest is seducing women) and he’s always in love with ladies. So the new drummer started conflicting with Scotty’s ability to score some chicks so a new mandate was ruled by the band – the ‘eat no chocolate cake rule.’ Basically it applied to the new drummer and it was, ‘She’s off limits. Get it out of your head because that’s chocolate cake and it doesn’t belong to you.’”
Needless to say, the drummer didn’t last long.
Fender employee Chris Suffolk will be joining the Gin Blossoms mid-November on tour as a roadie/guitar tech and will be updating us all on his adventures! Stay tuned…