Business Suit Guy was born out of the ashes of 5/12. Why 5/12??? Well, let's just say it was a really bad day for the stock market and one Paul Panula (who just so happens to be Angus Young's Finnish cousin—perhaps a great in for a rocker but not so much for a stock broker who now considers himself a “Rock Broker”). On that fateful day (5/12) the dot com stocks which Panula had so diligently pushed came tumbling down along with his credibility (in the stock world). Panula went almost overnight from wearing fine Armani suits to the clashing suits he now dons on stage. The only other training Paul Panula had ever undergone was from his cousins (Angus and of course Malcolm Young of AC/DC), so when Panula found himself jobless the transition was a natural one. Since brainstorming this beast (BSG, The Suit Guy) Panula has found himself faithfully backed by Troy Stutzman (a.k.a. Buttman, BHS, or P2) on drums who has worked w/ numerous Portland bands (including the Venarays, the Six Foot Underground, the Plastic Age, the Wild Dogs and King Black Acid), but he's had the worst luck w/ bass players (none of em' will really “quit,” and none will “commit” to the band) so we find ourselves w/ 3 of em'... Patrick Young (formerly of Black n Blue, currently w/ the Boys Next Door), Erin Bartley (who coincidentally played concert bass along side Patrick at Lake Oswego High School and who currently plays for the Strange) & Alejandro Bassman (currently w/ Brush). The music is a poppy punk, buttrock, comedic blend that always keeps audiences on the edge—(of what???) doesn't really matter they're on the edge... Business Suit Guy has been around in one form or another for years and has played every where from the Bitter End, the Ratskellar and Lanora's Ghost to Outlaw's, La Luna and Satyricon... "Have Dough??? Will travel" seems to be the motto. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming full length CD release to be entitled Screaming for Rogaine (insert Judas Priest's screaming for vengeance w/ Paul's head). [answer courtesy drummer Troy Stutzman]
Disgustitron plays Tuesday, Nov. 20, with Bumtech and Fade 13 at Mississippi Pizza. 8:30 pm. $4. All ages. Images: courtesy of the band's MySpace.