By Jon Chattman
Marriage is hard enough as it is while living at home domestically – imagine what it must be for couple Elizabeth McGrath and Morgan Slade, who tour together as Miss Derringer. The LA-based rock band, which also includes Sylvain de Muizon on bass, Cody James on drums, and Ben Shields on lead guitar, are a 60s throwback group that have already opened up for Blondie and Bad Religion to name a few.
The band have released two albums, but you’ve arguably heard them from the above song “Black Tears” off an EP. That amazing song has been heard on the television show “How I Met Your Mother.”
Anyways, their latest album is “Winter Hill” and it’s friggity great. I spoke with Slade and asked him about the band, his spouse, and everything in between.
As a married couple, how do you deal with each other on the road?
There’s a lot less stress on the road than at home since all you have to do each day is play a great show for people. Bills, rent, dogs, dishes etc. don’t come up as much so it’s actually easier to be on the road than at home.
Where’d you get your band name from?
The Derringer was a small gun that ladies carried back in the 1800′s, and it seemed like the kind of gun the character in our songs would have if she were real. So she became Miss Derringer
“Black Tears” was a breakthrough song of sorts, how’d you come up with that dandy song?
We got challenged by our manager to come up with a faster, more “upbeat” kind of a song after our last record was really dark and slow. We really enjoyed the process of honing it down and working on it, and I think it came out pretty good.
Do you think Michael Hutchence’s death was never covered the way it should have been? That guy was a god as far as I’m concerned.
I used to idolize that guy when I was little. I had probably all my walls covered in INXS stuff. He also had really cool hair.
How long did it take you guys to put “Winter Hill” together?
It took us a couple years to get everything how we wanted it, find the funds to record and put the record out.
What do you aspire more – a hit single or a loyal fanbase?
Fanbase – definitely though a hit wouldn’t hurt either!
What’s the oddest thing that has ever happened to you guys on the road?
Late night hotel room tattoos in New Orleans, blasting Metallica while the band tattoed me after we had about 100000000 drinks. Good times.