Local favorites Deadly Fists of Kung Fu will bring their superheroic sound to DeLuna Fest. / Phil Bailey/GoPensacola.com
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Don’t be fooled by the superhero-themed music video and action figure “amp toys,” the Deadly Fists of Kung Fu are all business when it comes to putting on a show. The only thing surpassing the band’s love of the comic book world is its devotion to rock ’n’ roll.
With a relationship bordering on brotherhood, frontman Zac Hobbs and guitarist Jason Hurt created a rock monster using pieces of the Replacements, the Justice League, Voltron, and even bits of stand-up comedy.
Enter the Deadly Fists of Kung Fu and exit all sense of seriousness as the longtime bandmates discuss their music, favorite moments on stage, “The Dark Knight Rises” and why Bob Mould will rock their world at DeLuna Fest.
Q: How did you find out that you were playing DeLuna Fest?
Hobbs: (DeLuna Fest Booking Director) Gus (Brandt) called Jason (Hurt) and told him that we were — it’s really pretty uninteresting — he called Jason and said “Hey! Do you guys want to play DeLuna Fest?” and we’re like, “Yes, we would like that very much, please.”
Q: What can the crowd at DeLuna Fest expect when the Deadly Fists of Kung Fu hit that stage?
Hobbs: Man, it kind of depends on who’s playing at the same time. I really don’t…
Hurt: I mean, we’re gonna rock. We’ll be good. Whether we’re on for four or 400, I know the four of us will be there. I know that dude and Tim…
Hobbs: Tim will be there.
You said “four,” and I know you rotate members sometimes, but who is going to be on that stage with you and Jason at DeLuna Fest?
Hobbs: We try not to rotate members, it’s like we have alternate members, but it’s going to be the proper Deadly Fists lineup of myself, Jason, (drummer) Andrew (Bennett) and (bassist) Phread (Touchette).
Hurt: DFKF Prime.
Hobbs: DFKF Prime, if you will.
Q: What other bands are you looking forward to seeing at DeLuna Fest?
Hobbs: Guided by Voices, Superchunk…
Hurt: Bob Mould playing “Copper Blue.” Man, in ’93, that was the only record that I believed existed. Bad Brains...
Q: Such an awesome lineup…
Hobbs: It really is.
Q: You two go way back. In the history of the Deadly Fists of Kung Fu, what were some of your most memorable moments?
Hobbs: There was a time I caught this Skittle through the stage when we opened for Godsmack. That was memorable.
Hurt: That was funny. There was the time we ran everybody out of Sluggo’s trying to learn Danzig covers on stage. That’s probably my favorite show we ever did and everybody pitied our then-bass player because they thought we were picking on him, but we were just really trying to figure out how to play “Mother” (super-evil chuckle)
Q: Are you going to throw any covers in during your DeLuna set?
Hurt: Oh, yeah! Always. Maybe “Mother” (laughs), if our bass player can learn it.
Q: What’s been the biggest influence on your songwriting?
Hobbs: Other bands! No … oh, man. What about you, guy?
Hurt: I mean, if we didn’t say (the) Replacements, somebody would call us on it. Tom Petty, Superdrag, Dinosaur Jr.
Q: Are superheroes still part of the Deadly Fists of Kung Fu?
Hobbs: Oh, yeah!
Hurt: Totally! Just today, instead of learning these songs I’m supposed to be learning, I was picking out which amp toy I was going to use at the show.
Oh yes, the old amp toys (A DFKF tradition; actions figures propped onto their amps and drum kit) And those will definitely be at DeLuna?
Hobbs: Oh yes.
Hurt: At DeLuna, we might bring all our toys.
Hobbs: That’s a good idea.
Q: That would be awesome. I have to ask this question, on that same track, but off the general track, what did you think of "The Dark Knight Rises"?
Hurt: I knew it was going to be a “Dark Knight” question.
Hobbs: It was in focus, and it was three hours long.
Hurt: I have a different opinion on this. Actually, my big thing is, this summer, people who are refusing to ask the hard question of “Avengers” vs. “Dark Knight.” That would make “apples or oranges,” and my whole thing is, you can still compare them as to which was the better apple and which was the better orange. And “Avengers” was a delicious apple and “Dark Knight” was a pretty good orange that wasn’t as good as the last orange that you had.
Hobbs: “The Dark Knight” was like Donald Duck Orange Juice. Remember Donald Duck Orange Juice with the foil cap?
Q: Yes, I do very well.
A: Hobbs: Yeah. Tastes like crap but it was super good for you. It was super good that that franchise is over. But it kind of tasted like … yeah. I tell you what I would like to address … never mind, that would be a SPOILER. There’s going to be a Robin movie. These people are saying that Joseph Gordon-Levitt became Robin and it’s like, “Man, he was on a platform at the end of the movie that rose. It’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” What else does America need? I wasn’t the biggest fan. Jason seems to like it. “Avengers” was better. “Avengers” was better than most things about being alive.
Q: As far as DeLuna, is there anything that you are looking forward to from yourselves? Do you have high expectations, what do you expect?
Hurt: We’re going to try our best to rock really hard. I always wanted to play out on the beach and rock the beach. A lot of people play out on the beach, but they don’t necessarily rock the beach. They rock 311 covers and that’s a disrespectful thing to do to the beach.
Hobbs: Yeah, it’s kind of like we’re playing the bathtub races again, but like awesome. Remember the bathtub races? It was Dash Rip Rock and Bunkhouse Jones every year. It’s like that, but on steroids, and that’s pretty exciting. Plus Bob Mould might see us, and that’s pretty cool.
Hurt: We’ll get some sun.
Q: What would Jason and Zac of today tell a younger Jason and Zac just starting out?
Hobbs: Maybe tell me to start singing about five or six years before I actually did.
Hurt: That’s what I would also tell him. I would tell us to let Zac go ahead and start singing.
Hobbs: Because we spent about five years in the storage facility just waiting for one of us to sing and going through various singers. That was wasted time. Also, don’t eat fried rice for breakfast. (laughs)
Q: In return, what would the young Zac and Jason say to the Zac and Jason of today?
Hobbs: "Hey Fatty, are you ticklish?" (laughs) I’d like to think that I would have liked our band.
Hurt: I definitely would have liked our band, I can’t decide whether I would have said to myself, “I can’t believe you’re still doing this!” or I would have said to myself, “I can’t believe you’re still doing this.” One or the other.
Q: You guys are really like brothers. Where does this friendship come from? What do you think about each other?
Hobbs: (lowers his voice and whispers) I’ll have to call you later and tell you that in confidence.
Hurt: The first time Zac Hobbs ever called me on the telephone was — I mean just out of the blue, I answered the phone, I didn’t know who it was — and he was like, “Hey, man!” and I was like, “Hey!” and he was like, “I just hate Jason Fauble!” And I hated Jason Fauble too. And then my next question was, “Who is this?” and that pretty much sums it up. That’s how it’s been since then.
Hobbs: He was the fifth person I had called (They both laugh).
Q: There’s a big comedy movement going on. Have you guys ever considered doing standup? The music rocks, but you two doing standup together as a team, would you ever do that?
Hobbs: I would like to think that we would have, when it finally goes down, we’ll have a comedy feud. Bitter rivals.
Hurt: I agree. I’m really excited about having a comedy feud with Zac Hobbs.