Cenobites, interview, music interview, Netherlands, Psychobilly


Cenobites have been Rockin and Rollin since 1994 and are one of the best Psychobilly bands from the Netherlands. The band has been very busy the last few years heavily touring. One of their most recent albums is “Paradise for the Damned”, which is a killer album!!  Cenobites most recent tour was in Indonesia and it looked like it was a blast. If you’re not familiar with the Cenobites make sure to check them out, you won’t regret it. I had a chance to talk with Peter G. Vogell and here’s the man himself…

BBM: What’s your name and what do you do for the band?
Peter G. Vogeli, entertainer, driver, a lot of thinking, realizing our bizarre plans & bass player.

BBM: How’s life treating ya?
Nice, I consider myself a lucky guy! Nothing to complain, I have some hairspray left, my wheels are still rolling, my wife says she loves me and we have a gig coming up this weekend.

BBM: What was your first major experience with Psychobilly and how did you know it was for you?
Some guys in school said I was a psychobilly because of my haircut. I didn’t know what they were talking about as I considered myself a punk.  They gave me a tape with the Quakes and the Klingonz, which stroke like lightning.  I was doomed to be a teenager forever; now I knew what I was made for and what I wanted to do in live….. No politics; which bored me to death in the skinhead and punk scene, just party hard and slapping basses!  Around that time I met the current Ceno-singer, with whom I went to a lot of legendary festivals and party’s over the last 20 years.

BBM: Are the Cenobites currently recording new material?  If so tell us about it!
We are always busy making and creating songs, which for me, is the sign a band is still healthy. We are doing some test recordings in new studio’s we have not used before, to check if these will meet our expectations. As soon as we have found the right one, we will start recording a new album.  The songs are ready but in the mean time we’ll keep on writing to see if we can get 100% hits.  >8-)

BBM: How would you say the sound of the band has evolved since forming?
As I look and listen back at it  we were more of a loud, voodoo, garage, out-of-tune, charming, swamp-trio which started playing faster and meaner, more guitars, steel strings on the double bass, instead of the blubbery guts-strings. All getting older with musically preferences also changing, some line-up changes with fresh metal, hardcore and grindcore blood in the band. (We used to pick out our new members only on their haircut and if we could party with them, some never left!) Evolving in what we are now. We are very proud we can say, we always did what we liked and what we thought was good, never tried to be hip or go with some sort of fashionable musical flow.

BBM: Three words that describe the band?
Rotterdam, Psychobilly , Fuck all

BBM: If I remember correctly the band broke up for a few years? What made you decide to reunite? You remembered wrong. We have never split up, going strong since 1994. There have been quite a lot of line-up changes, but we never stopped.  We are not releasing albums on a regular base of 6 months, so maybe it’s quite sometimes around Cenobites, we’ve been busy with other bands at times, but we never gave up Cenobites.

BBM: Tell us about the psychonesian tour how was it?
The Indonesian tour was a real success, all shows took place, we met a lot of nice people, saw some really good and crazy bands, (I never knew there were psychobilly bands in Indonesia!). We enjoyed the weather and the food and we’d like to go back!
BBM: Any funny/ memorable moment from the tour you care to share?
We’ll I never combed my hair in a mosque! During a festival they all stopped rocking and wrecking and went praying for about 10 minutes and came back and went berzerk again.
Another strange story was; that the amplifier for the vocals broke down at a show, the signal was coming in and the speakers were connected. The lady from the bar said it was due to “the Dutch lady”. As I’ve not seen other Dutch people around, I asked where she was and why she did it.. It turned out to be a ghost from a Dutch lady who lived in the house which was colonial and who got flowers every week from the bar owner, but got the wrong flowers that week?!   How psycho do you want it ?! hehehehe

BBM: Any plans to come to the US?
I heard rumors form our management of June 2013, but nothing sure yet.
If anybody feels like booking us… feel free to contact!

BBM: Where do you find inspiration in life?
Mostly from music, touring, the parties and fun at concerts we play, stupid movies, Beavis and Butthead,  weekends, travelling, my wife and my weirdo friends all over the planet.

BBM: A fun fact a fan may not know about you?
I’m a teenage party freak in a body of a 37 year old dude, who turned into rocknroll so he didn’t had to grow up.
Click on Pic to go to Cenobites official site!!

BBM: What’s currently in heavy rotation in your record player?
Toxic holocaust: An overdose of death

BBM: What are some words of wisdom you would give a youth wanting to be in a Psychobilly band?
          Make sure it’ll always stays fun, of course there‘ll be moments in a band you want to hang yourself, but in general it’s about having fun with your friends.
          Stick to the plan, it might take a few years but in the end they’ll know you and you will play life shows and as a wise Dutch man once said regarding playing shows: “ Bigger is not always more fun”
          Don’t try to be hip or something like that, be yourself.
          Don’t think you’ll headline a festival because all the old psychobilly hero’s first have to die before you’ll step up that ladder.
          Don’t take it too seriously, it’s all for fun!

BBM: So 2 of the members from Cenobites are in Stealers. Can you tell us a little bit about the band?
A punk band with which we will release our first album on Rebellion records 14.12.2012, the guitar player and me are playing in Stealers and receiving some good response. We can’t get enough of rehearsing and playing hehehe so most of the Cenobites members  have other bands, which keeps us enthusiastic and brings in new ideas. Check out Stealers Rotterdam.

BBM: What’s coming up for the band in the future?
As I said we are busy with new songs, rehearsing and fine tuning them and we hope to start recording beginning next year. In the mean time we’ll keep on playing and partying.  We are preparing some shows in Italy in April, not sure yet if we can call it a tour, but who knows how it will turn out.

BBM: Where can fans find the latest news and get some merch?
We can be contacted via our website or facebook and we will send you whatever you want and we have left from merchandise.

BBM: Any Last words anything you want to add?
Support your local punk, psycho & skinhead scene! 

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