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August 29th, 2007 Erik Bader | Special Section Stories
 

The Fucking Champs

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[HESHER METAL] The Fucking Champs isn’t so much a band as an art project. Here’s the guise: A few indie dudes who don’t listen to metal at all—in this case, drummer Tim Soete and guitarists Tim Green and Josh Smith (later replaced by Trans Am’s Phillip Manley)—nonetheless asked themselves a most pertinent question: “What would it be like to be the greatest technical metal musicians of all time?” Thus began the Champs’ journey. From there, the band (who, rumor has it, added “Fucking” to piss off their parents) went ahead and added keyboards—ostensibly because the only thing more complicated than metal is prog metal. Did I mention one of their members was in Nation of Ulysses? Yup, Green was. But if I told you Judas Priest, you’d probably believe that, too.
 
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