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Traveling dare-devils The Squidling Brothers are currently touring Europe before making their way the Shakedown on Midway to court death with their entourage of rock and roll sideshow freaks.

In anticipation of the preternatural pageant, Matterz The Impenetrable Music Man and Jelly Boy The Clown spoke with The Reader about Ron Paul, Primus, and Jelly Boy's scrotum's Dutch television debut.

Do you have any weird stories from sharing the stage with Primus?

On our way to perform with Primus during their Oddity Faire Tour, we got lost in North Jersey and showed up super late, so we didn’t have time to hang out with Primus. We were stuck in traffic and desperately trying to get to the venue, but we made it in time to find our friends Mucca Pazza, a marching band from Chicago, that was also opening for Primus. We walked past Les Claypool playing the guitar in a back stage room and didn’t register it was him until we were already up the stairs. So we swallowed some swords, chopped melons on the skin and had a chant of Primus Sucks going for the sold out crowd (which is a known saying among fans meaning the opposite- they rock!). Afterwards we enjoyed the hell out of the show from back stage!!! Primus Sucks!!!!

Have you toured through San Diego before and, if so, how was it?

We have family in San Diego, however this will be our first time performing there and we can’t wait to amaze the audience!!

Any anecdotes from the current European tour?

Well last summer we performed with Exploited in Croatia at the Opatija Barufe Festival and became instant friends with them. Penguin got up on the shoulders of Rob, the bass player, while they played and the crowd stormed the stage. They both fell but they kept on playing. Earlier at the border we saw a band pulled off to the side by police. We told the cops that we had no expensive equipment and they let us pass. We sent a "haha" to the band not knowing it was Exploited. Later that night they helped us carry our gear into the festival and we all had a good laugh about the border.

Jelly Boy's ball sack was also broadcast live on national TV in Amsterdam from our performance at the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum. This only happens if we collect 100 euros/dollars so it was a special occasion! We also appeared on national television in Croatia and were the first sideshow ever to perform in Serbia!

Who would you rather have for the next president: Mitt Romney or this dill pickle that's been sitting out in the sun for a week?

If Barack Obama is the dill pickle you speak of I would say Obama over Romney. But it doesn’t matter who the president is, because obviously they aren’t really in charge. We don’t like to talk about politics, that’s boring. BUT if we really had a choice we would vote for Ron Paul.

Have any of your stunts gone awry during shows?

There have been a few incidents but we are still alive and fully intact. One time a few years back Jelly Boy stuck a running power drill up his nose and his long hair got caught in the drill. This ripped the bit out of the drill and Jelly squirted blood all over the place. But we continued with the show, burying Matterz in broken glass and Betty stuffed some cotton in Jelly's nose. There are pictures out there, somewhere....

What do you have in store for your San Diego performance?

A night of hilarious stunts with Jelly Boy the Clown, Matterz Squidling, Betty Bloomerz and the Illustrated Penguin risking our lives for the people of San Diego one night only! Acts include sword swallowing with a flame thrower sword, playing a trombone while walking up a ladder of machetes, live brain surgery performed by a man with no arms, and the human volcano Betty Bloomerz with her amazing fire manipulation. Our shows are truly unforgettable!


The Squidling Brothers

March 1 at the Shakedown.

Doors 8 p.m. – Show 9 p.m.

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