"Whenever I am feeling particularly sluggish, there is one musician I turn to time and time again to get me up and going. He has never let me down," said Alex Cohen about the frenetic, high energy, low growling Jon Spencer.
On this most recent album Spencer and the band honed the music by playing secret gigs in clubs around New York City, his home base.
"We've taken a lot of inspiration from other music and other bands... You can draw a line from people like The Velvets, from people like The Dolls, or Suicide, or Run DMC or Public Enemy.
You can draw a line from those people... to Blues Explosion.
So, it's not just that we've taken tremendous inspiration from our musical heroes. It's also that this city is such a huge place. Such a... noisy scary place and in a way a very cruel place. And it's hard not to live... here and have it just sort of rub into your every pore."
Spencer recently joined Cohen to talk about the latest album, being a creative in New York and why his classic growl is more than just a growl.
To hear the full interview with Jon Spencer, click on the audio embedded above.