For a show focused on two skeevy, aimless teenagers, Beavis and Butt-Head sure has done a lot of good for the world. In its original run, the MTV program delivered endless numbers of gloriously stupid dirty jokes, set the stage for Daria, and gave hundreds of musicians exposure by way of playing music videos alongside the duo’s inane commentary.
That last practice inadvertently led to the creation of The Koffin Kats, as a music video aired on a 1995 episode served as a cultural eye-opener for then 12-year-old Zac “Vic” Victor.
“That's how it all started,” the Kats’ bassist and vocalist recounts with a laugh.
His introduction to Beavis and Butt-Head occurred at an impressionable age — a time when one is just beginning to learn about music outside of what one’s parents like — and when he caught the clip for Reverend Horton Heat's “Psychobilly Freakout,” it stuck with him. Today, echoes of the Reverend’s mutated Rockabilly reverberate through his band.
“It was just kind of a wild sound that Reverend had that I had never heard anything like before,” Victor says. Plus, RHH received Beavis and Butt-Head's seal of approval, further heartening the boy's new interest.
Throughout high school, Victor played in Punk bands with Eric Walls, the Kats' current drummer. After graduating, Victor acquired an upright bass and joined some Rockabilly groups.
“I kinda got bored with that, so I started trying to start bands that had a more Punk Rock sound, and then eventually Koffin Kats happened,” he says.
The Koffin Kats play the Southgate House Wednesday with Dr. Bombay, The Returners, Vice Tricks and Switchblade Syndicate. Go here to read Reyan Ali's full interview.