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Banane Metalic Interview

BBM: So how’s life been treating you?
Ced: To be honest 2012 was one the worst period of my life. In some words , we had a two years break with the band .During this period I worked on a musical side project “HASTA LA MUERTE”  But after a troma, my health was really bad, I had no other choice to stop all my activities. Now I’m coming back with BANANE METALIK…stronger than ever ! Music is my life, it’s my passion since I was a teenager.
BBM: Tell me about Hasta La Muerte?
Ced: It’a long time project, I was thinking about it 3 years ago. I met a musician “El bastardo” and we decided to work on this project together. My brother and other Banane Metalik members helped us to strengthen the result.
We’re coming  to spice up the musical landscape with a good dose of insanity and authenticity. Killing riffs, striking texts, voodoo rituals, cult of the dead, fiestas, sexy santa muerte, loco luchadores…  Hasta la muerte baby!!!

BBM: How did you come up with the name?
Ced: It’s weird… at the beginning it was a means to say that some people make the choice to have a rock’n’roll way of live till death. Two months after, I went to hospital just after a vocal recording session for this project.
Above all It’s a side project  to express my love for exploitation movies, undead world, cultura Mexicana de los muertos.
To be honest,  I’m tired with the fact that the dia de los muertos has become so fuckin’cool, as a fashion, a proof that you’re so rock’n’roll..
The fist time I wrote and released the song “Santa Muerta” for BANANE METALIK ( in 2003 ), my friends didn’t understand  my love for this universe . Ten years after, they wear mexican  tshirts, the girls did santa muerte make-up, the boys have luchadores tattoos… However a lot of people really likes this universe, so I started with this name and I will keep it.
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Brian Setzer, interview, Lee Rocker, music interview, rockabilly, Slim Jim Phantom, Straycats. The Whammy

Slim Jim Phantom

Slim Jim Phantom has been drumming since 1979 and is one of the fore fathers of modern day Rockabilly. He has played in many bands over the years and is most known for being the drummer of the legendary Stray Cats.  He is working on a new band with Tim Polecat and Johnny Bowler called The Whammy! I can’t wait to hear more on that project as they begin recording and touring in 2013. I recently had the honor to interview Slim Jim Phantom and here’s the man himself…



BBM: How’s life treating ya?
Everything’s pretty cool 


BBM: What was your first major experience with music and how did you know it was for you?
I always knew I wanted to do something in music – saw it as a way to travel, see the world – i tried the drums and was pretty good at it – 

When where you first introduced to Rockabilly?
We found rockabilly by back tracking the current bands and singers we liked – always liked the oldies station – got turned on to some of the original blues guys – eventually found Elvis on the sun label – it was all over after that – Straycats have made it easier for the following Mtv generation to go straight to the source – we really had to dig around – we turned out to be the rock and rollers who did homework for the smart kids

BBM: When can we expect to hear The Whammy?
The whammy plan on recording in the new year – we’ve written some songs and are eager to put them down
BBM: How would you say your Drumming style has evolved since playing with The Stray Cats?
M
y style has pretty much stayed gthe same from when i first learned – i hope i’ve gotten better at it – good or bad, it’s my style – i do own it – luckily, i hooked up with the other two and was able to make some memorable recordings just playing how i know how to – 

BBM: What are some words of wisdom you would give a youth wanting to be a drummer?
M
y advice to young drummers is to play with other people as much as possible – it’s very, important to practice and learn rudiments but you gotta play live
BBM: Besides music what are some of your other passions?
S
urvival is a good passion – i like the kids and dogs and driving around in my vette with my hot rockabilly chick riding shotgun – i’m passionate about having lunch with steve jones, too

BBM: What are your thoughts on Psychobilly?
I feel towards psychobilly like everything else – the best ones rise up and are good

BBM: What’s currently in heavy rotation in your record player?
I listen to the same records as always, new ones are my friends jimmy rip, imelda may and Michael ,m  des Barres have all made new record that i like – the caezars are my favorite new young band – anyone who has i tunes radio should check out venerable radio – plays only 78s – 24/7 and i’ve never heard the same song twice

BBM: Where can fans find the latest news and What’s coming up for you in the future?The whammy website and Facebook – future is a bunch of gigs between now and march

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slim Jim Phantom, Brian Setzer, Buzz Campbell,  Lee  Rocker

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Art Interview, In the box beneath the city, interview, joshua hagler

Artist: Joshua Hagler

BBM: How’s life treating ya? Like Hemlock.  It’s perfect.

BBM: What was your first major experience with Art and how did you know it was for you?
When I was in kindergarten, I had a “twin,” a classmate with whom I shared a birthday. He was a drawer of fantastic castles and I populated them with occupants, humans with fascinating powers. We knew we had something special, a yin and yang if you will, and they started an after school class at this little public school in Idaho for him and me and few other kids that year. It seemed we had artists among us. The ordainment was conferred.
(prevailing)


BBM: Give our reader a little history about yourself:



I was born to a military/working-class family on an airforce base in Idaho. A tragedy in my family lead to the death of my youngest brother and we moved to a small Illinois town a couple years later, which consisted of a library, some churches, and a few fast food joints o the famed Route 66. I drew constantly on my classwork at school and my parents were called in because it was thought I was a “morbid” child, but my parents defended me because my grades were unafected. I attended the church youth group regularly and went to church camp in the summers. I was the second in my extended family to receive a college education and got a BFA in visual communications, which is a combination of illustration and graphic design from the University of Arizona. At U of A, I did a daily comic strip in the school paper, which my church ministers didn’t much care for. This was the beginning of the end for me and organized religion.The entire world seemed insane to me at that time. When 9/11 occurred, the news media in Tucson ran stories about how terrorists might use tunnels dug by illegal Mexican immigrants to stage the next attack on American Soil here in Tucson because Raytheon, which builds missiles and other military weapons, was located there.  

My parents divorced and my father went through a period of intense religious fanaticism, first brought about by the church I had earlier urged him to attend. Shortly after, I was ostrisized by the campus Christian group Wildcats for Christ, to which I had previously belonged.  When I graduated, my first item of business was to hightail it out of the desert quick as I could, and that brought me to San Francisco, a city of freaks and searchers much like myself and the only interesting  city I had spent time at that stage of my life.  My would-be wife joined me a few months later.  


Back then, I thought I wanted to be an illustrator, and I took what illustration and design gigs I could while working a variety of jobs to pay the rent that included a frame shop, construction for Cirque du Soleil, and participation in UCSF studies for things like pain research where I learned that given the choice between being shocked, burned, or frozen, it’s best not to pick freezing because it requires the most endurance. Whenever I couldn’t get freelance gigs, I just made my own art and was occasionally
at a club or salon  or something. I was plugging away at that when, in 2007, my wife and I had an arson in our building and left us without a home for four months.  I was able to borrow a studio from a friend of a friend until I could finish work for my first real solo show. This was a period of intense focus and transformation. I think I might have made my first good painting around this time, and soon after I was ridiculously lucky to meet a collector online who would become a patron of my work.  Until then, there had never been a time when I had a cent or had anyone who believed in or supported my work. For the first time, I was given an opportunity to make art as a way of engaging in a more authentic search than what was possible as an illustrator. I’ve continued my education on my own, which has lead to new ideas and leaps in the way I think about what is important about art making. I feel grateful to work and exhibit in various places throughout the world. For instance, last year I lived and worked in southern Italy for six months as part of an artist residency, where I had my first opportunity to create paintings for a deconsecrated baroque church on Lecce. That was an amazing feeling. I exhibit with galleries in San Francisco, Miami, and LA, with a show coming up next year at the University of Illinois, where I’ll also give a talk.


BBM: What are some projects you’re currently working on?

I’m working on two projects at the moment: a graphic novel as part of my current residency at Alter Space in San Francisco and a series of new paintings for the U of I show entitled “The Unsurrendered.” You can read more about it here: 
http://joshuahagler.blogspot.com/2012/10/introducing-unsurrendered.html.

The graphic novel is called “In the Box Beneath the City.” To create this project, I’ve been interviewing certain individuals in a jail cell in the basement of Alter Space. The building itself was once and S&M leather shop/sex club and is now an art gallery.The first question I ask each interviewee is, “How do you plead? Guilty or Innocent?” The conversation is improvised from there. I then take parts of the conversation and rewrite and reframe them to tell a story in graphic form. The same basic process was used in my animated video projection “The Evangelists” which I exhibited earlier this year at Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern in San Francisco and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Doing it in graphic novel form has allowed me to go back to the first medium I ever fell in love with, which is comics.
BBM: Three words that describe your art? “What is religion?”


BBM: What are your tools of the trade?
Paint, action figures, brushes, blunt objects, university podcasts, books, other people’s minds.
BBM: How would you say your art has evolved since starting? It has become more complex in form and content, but more focused and self-aware as I’ve become more skillful at making it. I try to look beyond the first available cliche to represent an idea and have been rewarded for that creatively. I’ve learned that sincerity itself isn’t enough, that in the desperate state of self expression a lazy kind of decadencearrises, one which can seduce the artist into believing himself without question. The work has become more aware of its deceptive qualities, and I try now to bring that forward, so that if the work is to be self-evidently deceptive, I at least have the opportunity to be sincere about my propensity for deception. Each new body of work responds to or even reacts against what came before it. My approach to making art has changed as dramatically as the way in which I think about what matters to me
in the world.


BBM: Funniest/ Most Memorable career moment? Everything about an art career is funny. The decision to have an art career at all is to know the absurd, and I mean that in both the colloquial and existential ways. The art world is a pack of hand-eating lunatics in wigs and high heals and the artists their trained sex monkeys. When you shoot at our feet we dance.  This is an art career. Seen through this lens, almost everything that is said or transpires within the current of an art career is a farce about what happens when something created in a state of full aliveness and out of a primitive need for survival becomes academic and commercial. What I want to learn now is how to live without thinking about a career. As for what is most memorable, I would have to say that my month in Norway at the LKV residency was among the most important times for me creatively.  I spent the month of December 2010, the coldest in Trondheim in 110 years, where the sun never rose above the horizon, where you had about three hours of grey or pink light each day and the rest was a dark festival of nightmystery. I was able to be present with my work in a way that was similar to 2007 after our fire.  I got rid of the clock, I ate and slept little, lost a bunch of weight, worked anytime I was awake, tried reindeer sausage and whale steak.   Fell in love because that’s what beauty and hunger does to weak men. One has the feeling of being at the edge of the world when in Norway. Magic certainly exists there, and it squeaks at you when you pass through the snow alone on a hill in the middle of the night at 3pm.


BBM: Where do you find inspiration in life?

David Foster Wallace said in his commencement speech to the graduates of Kenyon
College not long before he killed himself, 

“If you’re automatically sure that you know what 
reality is, and you are operating on your default setting, then you, like me, probably won’t consider possibilities that aren’t annoying and miserable. But if you really learn how to pay attention, then you will know there are other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.”  Which is meant earnestly while also meant in jest.  I think inspiration is like that–at once important and ridiculous to talk about.
Where I find my inspiration is in the everyday experience of sitting alone at a table with a plate
that I’ve eaten off of a million times before but never really looked at and now see for the first time, taking notice of its chips and cracks on the day after my wife moves out. A question or a phrase or a vague impression creeps up and I save it and it sits in my weary brain for a long time and after a while it coalesces in to a monkeyball and becomes what it will. Then I find it in the rare genius like Wallace, who noticed something and told me about it and got the whole monkeyball rolling. Then I find it in the fact of what he said in contrast with the fact of his short life and the largeness of it all flattens me against myself. Everyday you wake up you commit at least one act of faith, and so you approach everyday, whether you like it or not, with a religious impulse. The history of religion’s driving mythologies confront us with this and tell us about any version of reality that could matter to anyone.  It’s comforting to know that what matters now is what has always mattered. That makes me feel deeply human, which is how I want to feel when I make art.


BBM: A fact a fan may not know about you?

Better to keep it that way.
BBM: How’s the art scene in your city?
I’ve been here making art for a decade and still feel like an outsider. One key that I’ve found to understanding the scene is that the pretentiousness and cliquishness common to scenes in general perpetuate from individual and group insecurities, which I have some sympathy for. People want to be recognized for their brilliance, but don’t want to risk saying something that hasn’t already been said, which of course subverts their brilliance. I used to introduce myself to certain names and faces right away like a good corn-eating white boy who just wants a friend, but found that I startled them, the captains of culture; they were forced to regard me as a philistine because they couldn’t bring themselves out of a narrow-eyed social anxiety, which is infectious here. Now I let them ease into it, give them some room, allow for snuggle time in the safety blanket of name dropping and trailing equivocation. I used to be skeptical of the intentions of hipsters, but now realize that they aren’t usually the ones who shape the scene anyway, but rather just perpetuate certain currents already flowing quite handily without them. Hipsters, as it turns out, while often the first to know about other things, are often the last to know about art on any scale beyond the local. Who- and whatever the scene ends up favoring is rarely interesting, but that’s how scenes are. San Francisco is a strange place because there are so many opinions floating around in the political sphere, and yet to have one about art seems dangerous.

In truth there isn’t one scene here, but several. If I want to be general and reductive I can split them into two camps 1) The Dude Art Camp (Dude, that’s fucking sick! Look at those rainbow lasers!) and 2) The MFA Camp (Even though I have no particular skill set and lack experience, my thesis will explain why you should care about my art.)  The in-between is hard to find, but its there and flourishing, because this is after all a  remarkably creative place to live, whether or not anyone outside cares to take notice. I can satirize it because it’s busy and dynamic enough to capture my attention. All told, I think the Bay Area scenes are vibrant and healthy, if at times self-sabotaging and predictable.
I’m also excited by all the new activity taking place in Oakland, even when the crowds overwhelm. With San Francisco’s willy-nilly techno-optimist start up beat-down sensitively slapping the shit out of poor people and artists, there is compelling reason to pay more attention to the crash landing that’s happening in Oakland.
BBM: What is currently in heavy rotation in your record player?
All I can listen to over the past few days is stuff without lyrics. My friend just sent me Max Richter’s compositions of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and I can’t turn it off. Before that I was being all sensitive with Phillip Glass’s piano music. Before that I had been listening Patrick Watson, Future Islands, Exitmusic, The Dead Weather, and James Blake.  Also I like me The Boss when he’s on fire about something political.

BBM: What was the last good movie you saw? Holy Motors. I depend on the French for film and philosophy. 

BBM: If money was no object I would…

Pay for health care for those self-employed in the arts and humanities, contribute mightily to an organized labor movement for visual artists in eort to reverse the art world food chain, and buy a massive church and start a collective called “The Church” where we would make whatever the hell we wanted without the permission of institutions slow to catch on.  When I wasn’t busy financing the revolution, I would collect art, travel, and buy a dining room table, some more bookshelves, and a bed because I need those things.

BBM: Where can fans get the latest news about you and get some prints?
I’m not so much into making reproductions of my paintings. I do make one-of-a-kind prints, the latest batch presently available from Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco if you go to their website or give them a call.  I did a series called “The Shadow People” who were included in my solo show there earlier this year.
watch an abridged version of “The Evangelists” here: https://vimeo.com/joshuahagle
BBM: Any last words?
I’ll have an open studio at Alter Space in San Francisco occurring on 1-4-13 from 7-10. I’ll be presenting progress on “In the Box Beneath the City” and showing some new paintings. If you’re in the Bay Area, come on out.

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Goth, interview, music interview, Psychobilly, rockabilly, The Black Rose Phantoms

The Black Rose Phantoms

The Black Rose Phantoms are a Psychobilly band from Cali. More than that; they are a hybrid of the genre with a heavy dose of Metal and a twist of Goth music. I have been a fan for years now and I think there latest album “Among Dead Men” is there most solid recordings too date.  “Beyond Purple Hills” adds some very smooth and melodic vocals and guitars and “A Sailors Tale” really brings the speed from the upright bass and metal guitar licks we have to come love. The Black Rose Phantoms are one of the few US Psychobilly bands I haven’t seen live and hopefully that will change in 2013. Keep your eyes open for TBRP in a town near you. I had a chance to interview Ozzy and here’s the man himself….



BBM: What’s your name and what do you do for the band?
My name is Ozzy and I sing and play stand up bass for Black Rose Phantoms

BBM: How’s life treating ya?
Life is amazing

BBM: What was your first major experience with music and how did you know it was for you?
My first major experience with music was at a young age my father and older brother introduced me to a lot of 1950’s Rock n Roll, Doo-Wop, Country and Metal. I always knew it was for me because I was always fascinated by the life style, image and what bands I was listening to were singing about

BBM: Give our readers a little history on The Black Rose Phantoms?
The Black Rose Phantoms started in late 2002 by our old rhythm guitarist (Grim Phantom),our original singer and myself. We recorded our first demo in 2003 and at the time of the recording our singer decided to depart from the band. So I went in a redid the vocals and took on the responsibility of fronting the band within a month or two we were invited to do our very first tour with psychobilly legends Nekromantix and its been on ever since.

BBM: How did you come up with the band’s name?
Our original singer came up with the name so I’m not to sure. But we all loved it and felt that it fit us perfect.

BBM: Tell us about the new album Among Dead Men”?
Among Dead Men is our second full length album. That just came out a few months ago. It is also our first album that we recorded as a 3 piece which is the current line up.

BBM: How would you say the sound of the band has evolved for this album? The band has a very diverse sound.
For this album we really took our time in composing the material and we really wanted to show how we have grown as musicians. We wanted to show our different influences and really tap more into them. So the metal sounding stuff sounds metal and the country sounding stuff sounds really country and of course the psycho stuff we wanted to keep it to what fans are used to.

BBM: What type of crowd do you usually see at your shows?
The crowd is always very diverse we get a little bit of everything metal heads, punks, psycho’s

BBM: Three words that describe the band?
Brutal, Epic, Loud

BBM: One reason you’re a musician?
The satisfaction of knowing that I made an impact in some one’s life through my music

BBM: Favorite Place to tour and why?
My favorite place to tour is in the Washington and Oregon area. The crowds, our friends and the weather are just awesome and the drive up there is  amazing

BBM: When will y’all be in Texas?
We will be in Texas again sometime in March or April of 2013

BBM: Funniest/ Most Memorable career moment?
One time we played a show at the Keyclub in Los Angeles it was a wild night and I had to many drinks. And I forgot my standup bass at the venue. The next day when I called to see if my bass was still there the manager was like “ How do you forget a standup bass somewhere” lol

What are your thoughts on the current Psychobilly scene?
I feel that the scene is a bit different from the way it was years before. At least here in LA. The kids that are getting into psycho these days seem to be more into the traditional neo psychobilly stuff as appose to years ago they were into harder sounding stuff like Os Catalepticos and Banane Metalik

BBM: Where do you find inspiration in life?
From friends, relationships, books that I read and being on the road


BBM: What are some words of wisdom you would give a youth wanting to start a Psychobilly band?
Don’t be afraid to tap into other musical roots and mess around with different sounds. Find your own sound

BBM: What’s currently in heavy rotation in your record player?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Gaslight Anthem, Terror and Jd Mcpherson lately
BBM: A fact a fan may not know about you?
I don’t like roller coasters

BBM: What’s a long term career goal for The Black Rose Phantoms?
To do what we love every day. Write music, tour, meet amazing people and make a mark on people’s lives

BBM: What’s coming up for the band in the future?
We have a show with Nekromantix coming up December 21st 2012 and we will be touring out of the country for the first time next year and a lot of Us tours as well

BBM: Where can fans find out the latest news and get some merch?
On our facebook and or on our website that will be up soon. Merch can be purchased through us directly, Interpunk, Itunes, Amazon

BBM: Any last words anything you want to add?

Thank you to all of you that support us


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Buzz Campbell, Hotrod Lincolns, interview, music interview, Neo Rockabilly, Psychobilly, rockabilly, stray cats

Buzz Campbell

Buzz Campbell is modern Rockabilly great and future legend of the genre. Buzz plays a wicked guitar and smooth vocals for Hotrod Lincoln and his self-titled band. In the past, he has also played guitar for Shanana and the legendary Stray Cats. Another project you may know him from is his guitar playing with Lee Rocker for the last 8 years.  Buzz Campbell released “Shiver’s and Shakes” and is one of my favorite albums of 2012. In my opinion it’s one of the best kept secrets of Rockabilly and hasn’t got the publicity it deserves. Buzz and Lee are also having a contest for a sweet, sweet Gretsch 6120! All you have to do is enter your email on his or Lee’s site; what more could you ask for?! I had a chance to speak with Buzz Campbell and here’s the man himself…

To enter in the Gretsch contest go to http://www.buzzcampbell.com



BBM: What was your first major experience with music and how did you know Rockabilly was for you?
I come from a music family and when I was 5 I would play songs on the piano by ear. I first was really moved by some old cassette tapes my father gave me. There was these old doo wop tapes and it really struck a chord for me.  After that I really started to gravitate to 50’s rock n’ roll and Rockabilly.

BBM: Let’s talk about your last record Shivers and Shakes.  How would you say the sound of the band has evolved since earlier recordings?
I released quite a few records with Hotrod Lincoln since forming in 1991. We’ve always had a cleaner traditional Rockabilly sound.  With Shivers and Shakes I was really trying to add an edge to it. I used some distortion, Overdrive on my vocals, Hoped up a little more. I wanted to give it almost a 50’s vibe with a modern twist. The guitars scream a little Johnny Bowler joined me he’s the upright bass player of the Guano Batz. He’s definitely coming from a Psychobilly and neo-billy background. Our drummer stinky is almost a punk, buddy rich player. It brings a lot more energy and edge. I think the song writing was a lot better.

BBM: Definitely a killer album, I love the beautiful guitar licks! Let’s talk about you playing with all the original members of Stray Cats that kind of major…
It’s major, idk how much of my history you know but I’ll give your readers a brief history. I was hugely influenced by 50’s Rock n Roll, like I said from my father’s cassettes. Later I picked up a guitar and in high school I was really into Chuck Berry and the Beetles. Eventually I got into Carl Perkins, you know bands the Beetles liked. I started playing all that stuff at an early age and a girlfriend of mine said “Hey, I’m going to take you to see this band I think you’ll like them”.  There were maybe 300 people there and I walked in with one expectation and walked out like wow. I dropped out of college and I was; I’m going to be that, it was that much of an impact. I met Lee Rocker shortly after my bands going got (Hotrod Lincoln) he produced my first record, which was mind blowing! Years ago Brian Setzer wrote (Blue Café) on my 3rd record, which was a pretty major moment in my life also.

BBM: Really I didn’t know that?
The short story is I was in San Diego and he was with the orchestra in the early 90’s. We had met up a lot of times over the years and one night I was at a club and he was next door at another club. My friend told me he was there and I went to go see him. He was like “Hey bud, how you doing?” and he came next door and we got loaded. He stayed at my crappy apartment and slept on the couch. Shortly after that he called me and said I wrote you a track (Blue Café). Slim Jim Phantom was the last one I got to know he called me and I did a sub for him when he was in a trio. It’s amazing, the coolest thing in 08, I was support for the Stray Cats on a European tour. The last night they invited me to play and I played on the encore and it was such a trip to me. You got to understand, I was that kid in the front row and all of a sudden I’m playing beside Brian Setzer on stage. It was like what just happened, it’s unbelievable.

BBM: That’s amazing,  so great…
It’s kind of like that movie Rock Star with Mark Walberg. He was a fan of a band and then he’s in the band. I’ve been with them for 8 years now. It’s kind of how I feel some times; I’ve been with Lee Rocker, in his band 8 years now and we’ve been friends for 20. Sometimes it’s like holy shit; I’m playing with the Stray Cats. I guess it’s good, it keeps the energy high.

BBM: I saw Lee Rocker’s latest animated video, are you still doing guitar?
Yeah anything he’s doing or goes for the last 8 years I’m on. I’m like his right hand man; for instance where going to England for a duet thing in a month or two.  There’s supposed to be a cartoon version of me.

BBM: On both or your sites you have a contest going on?
Of course I’m a big Gretsch guy and they are always good to me. Email is kind of what’s happens now so to get a good collection going. We got them to donate a guitar and there’s no trick to it. It’s on the US cause there’s some crazy stipulation about shipping guitars overseas.  It’s going on till the end of the year and you get entered for the free contest and we ship it to a lucky winner!

BBM: Three words that describe your music?
Roots influenced with a modern twist. Some country, heavy blues, and rock n roll and I would also like to think there’s originality I bring to it that’s just Buzz. I’ve never been one to try to copy a style, I’m a huge fan of Roots music. I always felt I have to be myself for it to be entertaining for myself and real. Whatever I’m into at the time is what I like to write about.

BBM: I definitely love it I’m really big into Psychobilly and Rockabilly. Even my wife and my little girl where jamming out to your music earlier. In 2012, it’s great to see great Rockabilly out there!  Favorite place to tour and why?
That’s a good one, I’ve had some wonderful tours all over the place. In the states, idk California has always been good. There’s a great solid south California Rockabilly/ Psychobilly/ Punk scene that is very supportive of us. Especially the Social Distortion fans and it’s just fun in the East coast. The food, the people, everything is different but nothing compares to the tour’s I’ve done in Europe. Some of my fondest memories are riding a train in Europe with a beer in one hand and a sandwich in another. Riding the train’s from country to country and the people are so into it. There’s so much culture over there and they make me feel so appreciated. To pin point one country is hard to do. Too many great countries over there.

BBM: Where do you find inspiration in life?
All the early Hotrod Lincoln stuff you hear are great drinking songs! As I get older I want to write about more meaningful things. I have kids two, a 6 and 8 year old. You know you get older and aren’t drinking and chicks all the time. It’s funny, back then it was easy; I just wrote about what I was doing every weekend. I try to come up with a clever, interesting idea like with Shivers and Shakes song Time, was a song I wrote a long time ago. No pun intended kind of a happy up beat song we didn’t use. It was too tongue and cheek and not what I was going for. All of a sudden it went dark, from I want to spend time with you to creepy. A stalker love song that’s what I would call it and that’s where I like to take music. Still have an old vibe but put something modern to it.

BBM: I love that are you currently recording new material?
Shivers and Shakes was my first solo record, but I haven’t set a date to get back in the studio. It definitely is in the back of my head, I’m just so busy. Shivers and Shakes hasn’t  got a lot of exposure. Or I would like to do touring for it. It’s just what it is for me right now I’m just trying to put out good music and I’m definitely doing staying to do some writing.

BBM: Yeah it’s a great album I love it! What are some words of wisdom you would give a youth wanting to be a professional guitar player?
Don’t do it stay in school!  I remember me and Lee Rocker where talking one time and I asked him if his son would pursue a music carrier he was really talented. Lee told me “you know as well as I do Buzz you don’t choose to do music. Music chooses you” and that’s so true for me. You don’t make a plan your obsessed with it and the only way to be a professional is to be obsessed. Just do everything you can to develop your craft. For me I took a lot of lessons and took music theory. Gig, gig, gig, put in the hours it’s the best you can do same for singing. I was a decent singer and it was pure passion, I just wanted to be good at it.  Don’t let it go to your head. Everyone is going to tell you your great in the beginning. Everyone has something they can improve?

BBM: What are some hobbies?
I do a lot of eating (laughs). On tour, we love to try the food ever where we go. I like the entire tour experience and to see everything I can. I enjoy cultural different weather east, west coast, French, German’s. I love to get a vibe of new cities from 2004-2007 I worked for Shanana and I remember being at an after party in Crocket, Tx., in the mayors house. It was mind blowing, this is how people live. Then the next week, your in Chicago, such an interesting way to live…

BBM: Where can fans find the latest news?
The website is the best place to go www.Buzzcampbell.comand www.Leerocker.com I’m involved in everything he’s doing. 

BBM: It’s amazing to play with a legend like Lee Rocker all the time and you’ve had such a great carrier. Here’s to many more years and I hope you come out to San Antonio some time!
Year’s ago with Hotrod Lincoln we played at the Roaring 50’s in San Antonio is was fun. Lee Rocker doesn’t go through Texas that much it, just seems like the offers aren’t there. Of course we’ve done Austin and I’d love to come back. I was also born in Dallas and left when I was 3, I consider myself a Texan. There’s also a lot of great music out of Texas…

BBM: Any Last words anything you want to add on to this interview?
I just want to thank people for checking it out and keep in touch. I like to talk with people on Facebook, it’s great; I love talking to people from so many places. I’m very open and receptive and I love when people come to a show. I should say I hate when people come to a show and say I wanted to say hey but didn’t want to bother. No! Come talk to me, it’s what we do. It’s such a labor of love and I’m glad to hear what you said about the record and glad you like it. I want to get out there and do more shows. I think what has hurt us the most is the economy crashing. Right after the Shakers tour I thought I would be in Europe and I haven’t been back since. Were returning shortly just Lee and I.

BBM: Tell us about that duo with Lee Rocker?
It’s not something we do all the time there’s situations where he’s asked to perform, but he can’t bring an entire band. Last year he was doing the Million Dollar quartet show and he did a cameo for that for two weeks. After two weeks, they introduced him being in the Stray Cats and he did a tune and he said Buzz string me out and we did the morning news as a Duo. There’s a good video on his website just the two of us and it’s him clipping bass and singing and I play the guitar. People are always blown away about it. People are like, you sound great just the two of you. You’re a little more exposed that way.

BBM: Man that’s awesome. I heard about the Million Dollar Quartet but Lee Rocker and Buzz Campbell on Broadway! That’s so awesome!!
Isn’t it crazy. I was like it’s on my resume, I did Broadway…
   

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Cenobites

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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Creepin Cadavers

Creepin Cadavers is a good ol’ fashioned Psychobilly band from Michigan. Other genre influences that can be found in their music are Rockabilly and Punk. The band will launch a kickstarter for their upcoming full length album “Now in 3D”. Make sure to check the page out and donate if you can! A release date hasn’t been set for the album yet, so stay tuned to Creepin Cadaver’s Facebook and website for the latest updates. As a special treat the fine folks from Creepin Cadaver’s shared a band photo from the upcoming album art. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the band…

from album “Now in 3D”

BBM: Give our readers a little history on your group
Creepin Cadavers came out of the ground in the spring of 2007. When my horror punk band, called it quits. Around the same time Jeff and Al’s band was breaking up as well. I was bored with the music scene in the area, dozens of bands all sounding the same. I had finally saved enough to purchase an upright bass and asked Jeff and Al if they would like to do something different. We hit the ground running and have been moving ever since.
BBM: what was your first major experience with music and how did you know you wanted to be in a band?
We as a band really started from the beginning with clear goals set and have been doing our best to achieve those goals. Touring, making new records, having people have a good time at our shows. That’s what’s most important about being in this band.
BBM: How did you come up with the band’s name?
We came up with the name one day sitting in Al’s room after practice. I think we blurted it out due to our love of classic zombie movies. It’s cheesy but I wouldn’t change it.
BBM: Three words that describe the band?
Loud Fast Melodic
BBM: Tell our readers about the new album;
The new album “Now in 3D” is a long awaited culmination of the bands evolution over the last few years. While not a complete departure from the last ride, we as a band have grown, as people have aged, and the music somewhat reflects that. The packaging we are doing is really going to be worth actually getting a hardcopy of the cd.
BBM: I love the name of the album “now in 3d” Who came up with it?
We were discussing cd layouts and artwork, and it was the first thing to pop into my head. I spent a lot of summer days when I was young sneaking into black and white horror movies, as well as some 3d Slasher movies and it’s been something I’ve always had an interest in.
BBM: How would you describe the sound of the album? 
A blend of music for everyone. We have always been a punk/Psychobilly band that didn’t really fit in either genre really well. This record really goes above and beyond to have a wide spectrum of all our musical tastes. Sure, the songs may seem campy at first, but if you scratch the surface you see that the songs hold something more. The songs range from aggressive and heavy, dark and broody, to happy and upbeat.
BBM: When/where can fans get their hands on it?
It will be available on our big cartel sitewww.bigcartel.com/creepincadavers as well as itunes, and interpunk, but mainly the best place to get it is to come see us at a show! We also will be launching a kickstarter for the new record in December, which has some great rewards for anyone who wants to be a part of us making this record. www.kickstarter.com/creepincadavers
BBM: Where do you find inspiration in life?
Life experiences, and movies and books.
BBM: Favorite place to tour and why?
We have a few favorites. La, so much movie history there, we spent the day traveling to see see old movie locations. As well The great lake areas. Detroit, Milwaukee , Chicago. Over the years, we have made family with the crews and kids in those cities and we have a blast every time we head up there.
BBM: Funniest touring moment?
Too many to list, some I couldn’t say due to issues with the law. I will say. When driving through Texas and you are stopped at border patrol and asked if everyone’s an American citizen, SAY YES! They will drag you out of the van at 5 30 in the morning and search all your gear for drugs.
BBM: How’s the scene in your city?
Scene? What scene? Western mass is a difficult place to be a band.
BBM: What’s currently in heavy rotation in your record player?
Right now I’m on a big 1476 kick. It’s a band from Massachusetts, who puts out great broody dark but upbeat music.
BBM: A fact a fan may not know about you?
A fun fact of our band, we listen to strung out before our set to get syked up.
BBM: What’s coming up for the band in the future? I think a tour in Texas is in order!
The future of the band is to just keep making music , as well as hit the road as much as we can. Touring is where we shine. we love being out there and meeting new people and having a good time.
BBM: Where can fans get the latest news and some merch?
You can check our website www.creepincadavers.com for new, shows and info and we have a new big cartel just opened. www.bigcartel.com/creepincadavers
BBM: Any last words anything you want to add?
I’d like to add please check out our upcoming kickstarter and come see a show !
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