Mighty Sphincter On Alice Cooper, Phoenix's Punk Past, and The Future

2012 is looking to be a comeback year for infamous Phoenix-born "deathrock" combo The Mighty Sphincter.

The mythic band -- part of the same Placebo Records scene that birthed JFA, International Language, and many, many more -- has always been lead by songwriter Doug Clark, and he says that this year should see a flurry of Sphincter activity, courtesy of mostly-hardcore label A839 and Germany label Cathedral Records, including a new record and a couple reissues.

Fans looking to hear a taste of the new material needn't wait long: Doug Clark is scheduled to perform an acoustic set tonight at Rips Ales and Cocktails.

Read on for our discussion about Alice Cooper, the early Phoenix punk scene, and the future of Mighty Sphincter.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.