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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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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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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Trix ‘O’ Treat


Trix O’ Treat is a band from Thailand and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite bands. They have a very infectious sound best described as Rockabilly with a twist of Psychobilly. Trix O’ Treat brings a fresh sound to Rockabilly and Psychobilly. As you would imagine there original songs are in Thai but they definitely break the language barrier. You can also find a number of great covers on you tube ranging from Rock this Town to Woo Hoo. Make sure  to check them out and we included one of their songs  “Dreams”.  I had a chance to talk to Tooktar and here’s the woman herself…

BBM: Whats your name and what do you do for the band?
I’m Tooktar and I’m the singer and only female in this band. 
BBM: How’s life treating ya?
My life right now is great! Good being busy really. 
BBM: What was your first major experience with Rockabilly/Psychobilly and how did you know it was for you?
Our major experience was a few years ago, with probably more ten thousand viewers, we played on father’s day, which in Thailand is a big day off and celebration for our King. As for how we know that this is for us, would probably be because throughout our whole music life, we feel like this kind of music best suits us as we enjoy this kind the very most. 
BBM: Give our reader a little history on Trix ‘O’ Treat?
Myself and the bass player (Vans) left our own bands, i came from a ska band, and Vans came from a punk band. Then the both of started on psychobilly, just the two of us which went on for 4 years. Then it finally started to get serious, so we started to search for more members in the band, and we did.  After having to play with everyone for 3 years, our guitarist passed away. So we kept searching for the right new guitarist but couldn’t really find anyone who could fit with us, until we finally found our current guitarist, Watt. 
Who came up with the band name?
As for our band name, I named it, as for why? Basically you want trick or treat, but what I’m trying to say is Do you want to listen Or Not.
 BBM: Three words that describe the band?
Three words? Hey ho let’s go!
BBM: Infuences?
Band influences, reverend Horton Heat, Mad Sin, Mad Marge and the Stone Cutters, Johnny Cash, Social Distortion, and Stray Cats.
BBM: Are y’all currently working on new material?
Currently working on our album right now actually, we’ll release two new singles no later than February next year!
BBM: How would you say the sound of the band has evoloved since forming?
As for the sound of our band? I’d say over the years we’ve evolved in a few ways, before our first guitarist past away our sound was more punk rock, different to our current guitarist who has a more of a slight hint of country in it. Also, Our sound is improving more and more as our members are gaining more and more of our individual skills and also gives us more of a band signature. 
BBM: How’s the Psychobilly/Rockabilly scene in Thailand?
The rockabilly and psycobilly scene here isnt really what we hope for. Here, for alot of people is fashion, but dont listen to the music. As for other bands, no more than three, i believe again that it’s just fashion; they come and go as trend changes. 
BBM: The bands funniest touring moment?
The funniest touring moment would probably be after playing out of town, we were all pretty out and drunk, until it was really time we all had to head back home in bangkok. So we left, not knowing that all our instruments were still back there hahaa. Problem was, it isnt so close to just turn back easily, as it was another several hours long drive back, drunk!
BBM: Any plans to come to the US?
Sadly we havent got any plans to go to the US, though we’d love to make it there someday in the future, though We do have plans to go to Europe mid next year. 
Where do you find your inspiration in life?
Our inspiration in life would be nothing really; we do what we want to do, not FOLLOW what we want to do.



BBM: Whats so700ething a fan may not know about you?
Something a fan wouldn’t know?! Some people dont even know that myself and Vans are a couple, which can come up really amusing at some nights hahaha another thing is some people think I’m a lesbian, though it’s understandable because I do come off as a tomboy look. 
BBM: What are some of the bands hobbies?
For hobbies, myself would be currently taking jitterbug dancing lessons, and swiming. As for Vans, back home we’ve got a tattoo studio going on, so basically he just tattoos all day, which is going extremely well actually, and cooks. Watt teaches guitar and plays serious table tennis.  Lastly, Wit our drummer, just recently had a baby son, so its taking up practicaly all his time haha. 
BBM: What music is currently in heavy rotation?
Currently in rotation on our playlist right now is Sleepwalk by Stray Cats.
BBM: Whats coming up for the band in the future?
Something coming up soon would be a next new music video! So stay tuned. 

BBM: Any last words anything you want to add?
Stay tuned and keep track with us! We’ll make sure we’ll bring you more and more in the future. 


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The Creepshow

The Creepshow is a Psychobilly band from Burlington, Ontario, Canada. I have been a fan of the group since its birth in 2005. They’ve brought me a lot of joy and memories over the years. Many influences can be heard and for good reason each member has a different and diverse background. It all combines to make a very infectious sound. One thing is for sure The Creepshow is more than just a Psychobilly band. I feel this will be the next band to put Psychobilly on the map in a big way. I’m eagerly anticipating the new album and can’t wait to see them live. If you’re not familiar with Psychobilly The Creepshow is a great Jumping in Point.  I had a chance to speak with Reverend Mcginty and here’s the man himself…



BBM: What’s your name and what do you do for the band?
I’m the Reverend McGinty, and I play the organ.

BBM: How did you first get into Psychobilly  and what inspired you to start a band?
I had been listening to a few Psycho bands but I didn’t even know there was a name for what they were doing, I just thought it was punk rock with an upright bass! A few other friends of mine were into it too and were doing the scene so we thought we’d have a little fun and see what happened. We never thought we’d come as far as we have.

BBM: Give me a little history on the group when did you form and how did you come up with the name?
We recorded a two song demo in mid-2005 and played our first shows around Halloween that year. The response we go was great, so we wrote an album and started touring Canada. I wish there was a better story about the name,…but we really just thought it was cool. That’s it! Haha! I didn’t even like it at first, but it really grew on me.

BBM: Tell us about the new album your working on?
We’ve got a LOT of old and new material to work with so we’re excited to give the fans a taste of our vintage vibe as well as giving them a new twist on things. Our new singer Kenda has already written a song that’s PERFECT for our sound, so I’m really excited.

BBM: When can we expect it?
We hope to have it out by May or June of 2013,…assuming we don’t get stopped by the apocalypse in December,…so fingers crossed!

BBM: How would you say the sound has changed from when the band first started?
I’d say very subtly,…we always want to do new things and not become stagnant in our sound but I think on the whole we’ve managed not to piss off our fans by getting too experimental. We always sound like us, but I haven’t got bored yet!

BBM: If you could change one thing about the album what would it be?
As with every album, we recorded the last one in a short amount of time because we were so busy touring. When you write and record songs so fast it’s hard to cram everything in that it needs before it has to be done. So there’s a lot of moments of “Shit, I wish I’d put something in there”, or “Ugh, that could’ve been cooler with a different riff”. But I’m still proud of all of our work, so I can’t really complain.

BBM: Where do you find inspiration from life?
EVERYWHERE! Hahaha! Especially since we’ve toured so much, it’s hard not to come up with great stories. We’ve met so many great people and played with so many great bands. We’ve been really lucky: I wrote the lyrics to Rue Morgue Radio in a Bed and Breakfast in small-town Germany. It was the perfect spot to be on my own to inspire that kind of song.

BBM: Three words that describe the band?
Entertaining, adorable,…mysterious!

BBM: Funniest Touring Moment?
How dare you make me pick?! Haha! Well, on our current tour across Canada someone from the opening band who I won’t name (Reggie from the Fundamentals) got really drunk and decided to run across the stage and jump off the front to crowd surf,…BUT managed instead to crash into the drum set and completely dismantle it! Amazing.

BBM: Any plans to come to the lone star state (tx)
Of COURSE, my friend! It’s been too long, I miss Texas BBQ! We’ve made a LOT of friends in your state, and our fans there are some of the best. And as Canadians we’ve really been impressed by your southern hospitality. As soon as the new album’s done hold onto your hats!,…we’re heading south of the border! Well, OUR border, that is.

BBM: How’s the scene in Canada?
The scene in Canada is amazing! We toured Canada twice before we ever came to the U.S. or Europe. The fans here have made us what we are today, and have given us a strength to go to other countries and show them what Canadian music is all about!

BBM: The Creepshow have been around for 7 years now how would you say the scene is different compared to first starting?
We’ve started to get a much wider collection of fans. Our first shows were all attended by Rockabillies and Psychobillies, but now we have a whole new group to join them of punk rockers, mods and emo kids. It’s nice to see such a different array of people all in one venue.

BBM: A fact that fans don’t know about you?
I can eat my weight in Poutine (a French-Canadian delicacy) and can lift two of my band mates off the ground at once.

BBM: What are some words of wisdom you would give a youth who wants to start a Psychobilly band?
Listen to as many different song writers that you can get your ears on! If you can’t write decent songs, no one is going to care how fast you can slap your bass.

BBM: What’s coming up for the band in the future?
Before we record the new album, it looks like we’re going to South Africa for a few shows, and then opening for NOFX in Montréal on new years eve. After we record the album, we’re going to hit the road across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. So get ready!

BBM: Where can someone pick up the latest album and merch?
Go to: unionlabelgroup.com, or interpunk.com

BBM: Any last words anything you want to add?
Don’t mess with Texas. Seriously, don’t.

BBM: On a side note I just wanted to say I’ve been a fan since the band
formed and am glad to see so much success for the band! Thank you for
the interview.

Well thank you, and thank you! It’s been fun. See you soon.


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Hayride To Hell

Hayride to Hell is an American Psychobilly Band. Come of think of it I saw them once at Sam’s Burger Joint and there’s nothing like a good Psychobilly show. Here’s the full interview with guitar play and singer John Long.If you’ve never experienced Psychobilly I would highly recommend this great American band as a start or for even more experienced Psycho’s as well.

BBM: Give our readers some history on the band:
We’ve been at it since 1993 and started as a slightly different incarnation.  We still hadn’t quite found our sound and half of our set was covers then.  When we found that another band from Chicago had already been using the same name, we decided a name change was in order.  We made the name change at the same time as a slight lineup change as well as a full set of our own material with a heavier sound.  The first year was more Neo-Rockabilly as played by amateur idiots and Hayride to Hell become more Psychobilly blasted by lunatics.

BBM: How did you come up with the band name?
Our original vocalist/bass player Craig Hart and I came up with the name.  Obviously the “Hell” is Psychobilly driven but the “Hayride” portion I think was inspired by our trip to Tennessee back then.  Craig and I had a riotous good time and met some really cool people but I’m not sure they knew what to make of us in 1994.  The sight of two guys with quiffs and huge overalls in Docs roaming Nashville and Memphis was little out of place.  The guide at the Jack Daniel’s distillery called us “Crazy Californee Farmers.”  Anyway, we started formulating during and shortly after that trip.

BBM: Three words that describe the band?
Loud, Drunk, Stupid…

BBM: If you could please tell us how you discovered the genre of Psychobilly?
For Craig and I, we were riding with a group of Rockers in Santa Cruz, CA.  One of our brothers made a trip to England for cafe bike parts and came back with some early Psychobilly albums.  It was pretty much The Meteors first and many things followed.  This was probably the later eighties.  I’m pretty sure our drummer Joey stumbled on it from the same source or someone else in our scene at the time.  Joey had been in Rockabilly bands for years already and might have stumbled on it elsewhere.  Mal was a crazy Canadian for a lot of his life and I’m sure he discovered it when living in Edmonton.  There’s also a lot of us Psychos from around the world that would meet up at weekenders after getting acquainted on the original psychobilly message boards.  For me, it was the ultimate music.  I’d always liked the extreme edge of rock as a kid and went on to punk but always dug on my dad and grandfather’s records, a lot of which was Rockabilly.

In 1994 Psychobilly was rare in the US what inspired you to start a band?
Exactly that, the fact that it was rare!  We had been listening to killer Psychobilly from the UK and Europe and wanted others to get to know it in the US.  The Quakes were either in London or back in New York at the time and all we had here was Terror Train from down south and the Hellbillies had just gotten going up the Bay.  We had Elmer’s Shotgun out of our home town Santa Cruz but they were falling by the wayside.  We figured we’d carry the torch.  I’d like to say we had a pretty big hand in developing a Nor Cal scene.


BBM: What are some of the bands influences?
The usual suspects.  Obviously horror although its gotten broader over the years.  There’s only so many songs about vampires, werewolves and serial killers we can do without getting redundant though.  Jack Daniel’s has influenced us over the years and that hasn’t changed though.  Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, Johnny Burnette Trio, Eddie Cochrane as well as early Elvis are in the mix too.  We’ve broadened the style over the years too and there’s elements of Rock, Metal, Ska and whatever else moves us along with the standard issue Rockabilly and Punk.  There’s some Misfits, Sabbath and Motorhead influence in there too although we’ve never covered and of their songs.

BBM: Funniest touring moment?
One of our stops was at a pretty well known Hollywood bar.  We had a door deal but as typical in Hollywood, almost everyone came through the door fashionably late and knew the door guy.  The place was packed.  They gave us $53 after the gig and told us that they wanted us back and the pay would be better next time if we do more promoting.  Now, we’ve all done our own street scene thing in our home town but how the hell can I promote a show 400 miles south of us when we pull into town at soundcheck time?  Oh well.  We went and loaded our gear out but took a bottle of their Jack with us along with a box of their t-shirts.  We drank the Jack that night and sold the Hollywood bar’s t-shirts at the next night’s gig in Orange County.  Justice!

There’s plenty more crazier stories but a lot of them involve me intoxicated.  There’s my ride into NYC from the NY Big Rumble in the trunk of a car and then riding on the hood of said rental car through Time’s Square but my band mates had to remind me of my antics afterward…

BBM: How would you say Psychobilly is different from when the band first started?
The earlier stuff was a little more raw and manic which I actually quite like.  We’re still that way but probably more because I’m not a technically gifted classically trained guitarist with the voice of an angel (cough cough).

I was seeing a lot of bands slapping as fast as possible with little to no Billy in there for a while.  Its not just the slapping and clicking of the bass that makes Psychobilly – its got to have at least some Rockabilly in there some where.  There are some newer bands that are capturing the earlier sound though which is encouraging.

BBM: How has the sound of the band changed since first forming?
I kind of eluded to it prior but we started as a raw trio and added to the sheer sonic value by adding a second guitarist.  Bill and I would trade solos and do complimentary rhythms Since Bill moved to Texas and started Concombre Zombi and Craig moved away for so many years, I felt I’d better step up and take all of the guitar and vocals on leaving space for their eminent return.  But, it looks like Bill’s never coming back from Texas.  Also, Craig is still not logistically close enough to do it full time with us anymore and has other things on his plate .  We’ve had all kinds of folks tell us that they like the current thing better than the prior and I’m sure that there’s plenty being too polite to tell us they like the prior better.  The thing is, we work with what we have at this point.  It seems to work and the reception has been great.

There’s also the obvious things like there’s only one guitar now.  Also, my voice is obviously different than Craig’s…

BBM: What are some words of wisdom you would give to a youth wanting to peruse a carrier in a Psychobilly band?
The number one biggest thing I can say is to learn your roots.  It’s still a subculture and probably always will be so you have to search to hear the different flavors of so many different bands from around the world.  Its not as hard as when I had to mail order records from Nervous or Raucous back in the day though.  The other thing I can so is to not try to be the fastest band right away.  Sure, it’s some pretty fast paced tempo stuff but always playing balls to the wall doesn’t justify it to me.

BBM: Has the sound changed at all since Mal joined the band?
Yes and no.  I’d like to say that the sound has evolved and broadened and it has.  On the other hand, we still rock out early stuff well as a trio.

BBM: If someone wanted to hear Hayride to Hell where could they pick the album up??
The first self titled album is available for download at Nervous Records UK.  Roy has gone all digital download.  The second  album “Hayride to Hell…and back” is available from all the usual places including Amazon and iTunes.  It can also be purchased from our online store atwww.hayridetohell.com as well as merch.

BBM: Any last words anything you want to add on to the interview?
After this many years and with day jobs to support our families, we don’t just fire up the van to head to a gig in another state at the drop of a hat for gas money, beer and a bottle anymore.  If someone wants us though and its worth our while, we’re there.  While having to try to cover costs in a bad economy but that doesn’t mean its about the money.  What makes our while is a packed house with a wrecking pit full of manic psychos.

BBM: I read on the site you will be recording new material soon can you
give us any details on that?
While we have lots of little adjustments and final arrangement decisions to make, we’ve got more than another album’s worth of material.  There’s a few of the numbers that we’ve been doing live that have gotten killer reactions.  With the current state of the music industry though, this one will be done entirely by ourselves with exception to distribution.  I’ve been building a studio and its been coming slow with money and time constraints.  It will be done before we are all taking dirt naps but that’s about all I can say at this point.  I’ll keep putting the finishing touches on the studio and we’ll get to laying down tracks and see where it goes.


BBM: Name of the album?
TBD

BBM: What direction is the sound moving towards as far as genre?
Still Psychobilly but with more flavor and elements

Release date?
TBD

BBM: Anything you want to add?
Just thanks for thinking of us and to all our fellow Psycho Bumbletards out there – STAY SICK!


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