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The Clockwork Mercury track “Blue Steel,” for example, makes it easy to see his point. A slithering, diabolical
ode to a beloved handgun, the half-sung/half-spoken piece would lose much of its menacing impact were it to appear only in cold print, devoid of Sikora’s smoky sax and Mingus’s nimble bass—not to mention his jittery, serial-killer ticks at the close.
A devoted and focused artist, Mingus has no plans to settle down and start a family any time soon. “No, I couldn’t have kids. I’m on the road too much,” he says as he prepares for the upcoming Italian tour. “Right now, I’m actually trying to find someone to take my dog before I go away. It’s really hard to give him up, but it’s just not good for him that I’m gone so much.”
Should he ever change his mind when it comes to having children, however, those kids would find themselves in a tough place. With a dad like him, they’d have a lot to live up to.
Clockwork Mercury, featuring Eric Mingus and Catherine Sikora, will play at the Knitting Factory in New York on December 13. Eric Mingus’s Healin’ Howl is out now on Intuition Records. www.myspace.com/ericmingus.