segunda-feira, 1 de maio de 2017

The Fireballs

Fireballs are recognised by many as Australia’s first and foremost psychobilly band, a reputation credited to their early beginnings and their present longevity. From inception the idea was tocapture a flavour that would recognise their original rockabilly roots and their love of playing hard ‘n’ fast. Heavily influenced by double bass driven international bands, such as The Stray Cats, Batmobile, Mad Sin and the Klingonz, Fireballs ambitiously aimed to carve out their own niche in a smaller Melbourne scene.

Eddie Fury, Joe Phantom and Matt Black, the original three members may have started by playing at rockabilly gigs – however they set themselves apart with a hybrid sound of metal and punk influenced by the local hardcore sounds that were emerging from Melbourne at the time - such as Depression, Radio Birdman and Beasts of Bourbon.

However, it is a large sound and production that has ultimately set Fireballs well apart from their rockabilly and psychobilly contemporaries as a talented and innovative band that aren’t afraid to
push the limits and who are competent in entertaining large audiences.

Fireballs have played at major festivals in Australia such as The Big Day Out, Falls Festival and The Meredith Music Festival. These festivals saw them playing with international outfits such as The Ramones, The Offspring, The Cult and Iggy Pop.

In 1997, the band played a three date tour with Kiss, a particular highlight for the band - where they realised their dream of supporting an international metal act. On the back of this success the went on to play with Motley Crue, Motorhead and perform at the Tokyo Big Rumble in Japan.

After an eight year hiatus, the band reformed with a new line up; Dylan Villain and Pete Speed replaced Matt Black and the band played at the Psychobilly Meeting in Spain. This has resulted in a new EP and a new album in the works.

Fireballs are now embarking on an east coast tour once again as well as charity performances that have raised money for fire victims in Victoria - their home state. They are continuing to push their unique hybrid sound to new and old audiences around the country and internationally.

Terminal Haircut (1992)
Life Takes Too Long (1995)
So Bad It's Good (1996)
Hellrider (2010)
Fall of the Damned (1993)
Fireballs (self titled 7" EP) (1997)
Singles and radio releases:
Don't Bother Me (1995)
So Bad It's Good (1996)
Voodoo (1996)

domingo, 30 de abril de 2017

The Living End - Psychobilly Meeting (Spain)

Psychobilly Meeting - Pineda de Mar (Spain) 2017

The 25th anniversary Line up of the PSYCHOBILLY MEETING is finally ready! As you can see, the schedule is very diverse and done with lots of love ,it is our hope that you like it as much as we do!

We have great memories from the early years of the festival; many of you will have the same feeling , and that’s what we wanted to remember. So we looked for some of the bands that were part of our beginning, we also had to have the great great classics too, as well as the top groups of today alongside young and new groups that has always been an important part of our festival.
This year will be one of many surprises , we are working hard on these and will let you know from time to time, but we are sure without a doubt that this festival, our 25th year, will be the best one yet. So dont think twice , put your swimsuits, and come to the beach this summer!

To get the festival started we are dedicating the preparty on Wednesday 5th of July to the United States of America. on stage we give REZUREX , KOFFIN´ KATS , GAMBLERS MARK and THE QUARANTEDS !! This special night is called “MAKE AMERICAN PSYCHO GREAT AGAIN”
If you need to book a hotel, we can help you, on our website you will find the list of hotels available, don't hesitate to send us any questions about accommodation!

And don´t forget to buy your tickets online in our official webpage.
You know you can´t miss this year, our 25th year.s It will go down as part of Psychobilly history and to live it, you have to be there in Pineda in July, so make up your mind and come to celebrate with your friends, with the bands and with us for our 25th Anniversary!!!

Poster Artwork by SOLRAC

domingo, 8 de janeiro de 2017

Top 10 Fave Records: Bjørn Bue Houman (Johnny Nightmare/Rotter!)

Top 10 favourite records with danish musician Bjorn Bue Houman from psychobilly band Johnny Nightmare and hardcore punk band Rotter !!!

Top 10 psychobilly albums:
So here is my psycho list. As you'll see I'm a bit of a punkabilly

1- Dememted Are Go: Hellucifernation
I love everything about this album. The songwriting, Sparkys vocal, the guitartone and the red light district postmodern Jack The Ripper lyrical theme.

2- The Meteors: Hymns For The Hellbound
I like the newer Meteors albums the best. They are a bit darker than the early ones and the many layers of guitar makes the music much more interesting.

3- Nekromantix: Dead Girls Don't Cry
I'm a big fan of the Sandorff albums. The guitar tone, the dual vocal attack and the musical playfulnes. It's all good!

4- The Quakes: The Quakes/Last of The Human Beings
I pretty much like all albums from The Quakes. The debut is perfect for wrecking, while later albums like Last of The Human Beings have great songwriting and musicianship. I love the sound of Paul Romans voice.

5- Demented Scumcats: Splatter Baby
This album is kind of a mixed bag. Some songs are better than others. But the best ones a pure psychosoul garage genious: Splatter Baby, Hills On Fire, Snail Train...

6- Godless Wicked Creeps: Hellcoholic
The best GWC album. You Better Run is a true psycho anthem and beast of a song!

7- Reverend Horton Heat: Lucky 7
The Reverend is on fire on this one and the lyrics are great fun.

8- Sick Sick Sinners: We Are The Sick Sick Sinners
Brutal brazilian psycho. SSS proves that heavy riffs and guitar distortion goes hand in hand with double bass madness.

9- Hola Ghost: The Man They Couldn"t Hang
The first regular full lenght album from Sandorff post Nekromantix. And such a great one. Psychotic Flamencore in your face!

10- Batmobile: Batmobile
All tracks on this one are classics. Gotta love it.

Top 10 punk and metal albums:
Damn it's difficult to pick ten albums. There are so many great ones to choose from Danzig, Misfits, Mayhem and many more didn't even make it. Here we go:

1- DHG/Dødheimsgard: 666 International
This album is total insanity and pure genius. A mad trip of Norwegian industrial black metal. A revelation!

2- Iron Maiden: Powerslave
I'm a big Maiden fan and this one is my favourite. The twin guitars and the bass doing its own thing... It's just so great!

3- Mercyful Fate: Into The Unknown
Maybe the most influental danish band ever. All hail the king (King Diamond that is)!!!

4- Dead Kennedys: Plastic Surgery Disaster
Jello Biafra and Co. are fucking great on this one. When I heard it the first time, many years ago, I thought the production sucked, but now it sounds perfect!

5- Bad Brains: Attitude: The ROIR Sessions
Afro-American aggression. Hardcore punk perfection mixed with a bit of rub-a-dub so you can catch your breath. Phenomenal vocals and musicianship.

6- Black Sabbath: Paranoid
It all began with Black Sabbath...

7- Cradle of Filth: Cruelty And The Beast
This album is the sound of Iron Maiden on crack on a graveyard of angels. I love it!

8- Deep Purple: Burn
I grew up with this one. It's stil fantastic!

9- Solefald: World Metal: Kosmopolis Sud
Avantgarde metal, progrock, electronics and world music. A weird mix, but the result is amazing!

10- Plasmatics: Beyond The Valley of 1984/Maggots: The Record
The Plasmatics are awesome. One of the best punk/metal/crossover bands ever! Blowing up cars on stage, while going crazy with chainsaws. R.I.P. Wendy O. Williams.

Bjørn Bue Houman

quarta-feira, 28 de dezembro de 2016

The Test Pilots


The Test Pilots is a rockin' trio from Gothenburg, Sweden. With a fascination of the 80's Psychobilly and Neo-Rockabilly.

The Test Pilots are striving to combine their influences from different musical genres within the feeling of an nervous beat, far beyond hell.

After drinking rocket fuel and with their parachutes near at hand, these maniacs aren't afraid of crash landing.

Come see for your self!

Matt - bass, vocals
Tony - guitar
Pat - drums

domingo, 11 de dezembro de 2016

Questions & Answers: Thomas ''Dax Dragster'' Mejer

Thomas ''Dax Dragster'' Mejer from the Godless Wicked Creeps, Bull'It, Johnny Nightmare & Hopeless Chicken Freaks !!!

Fave sport: I used to watch a lot of soccer in between Bull’it and Johnny Nightmare but had no time for it in the J.N days and kinda lost interest. Formula 1 and speedway.

Food: Steak potatoes peppersauce and salad.

Beer: The bitter end by oerbaek brewery Denmark (ipa)

Movie: ''Rio Bravo'' ha ha ha.

TV show: None

Book: None.Never read.

Super hero & villain (comic book): Batman and the Joker.

First record you bought: Howard Jones ''Humans Lib'' (I was 12)

First show you watched: Shaking Stevens when I was 7 years old with my dad.

His first band: New Life. Depeche Mode cover band.

Your first instrument: Keyboard,synth.

Favorite song of the Godless Wicked Creeps: You Better Run.

Favorite song of the Johnny Nightmare: Voodoo Hatetribe.

Fave country & city to play: Germany. No specific city but best show with Johnny Nightmare was in Jena and best Godless W.C was Berlin.

Fave country & city for holidays with family: A new place every time.

Biggest audience who has ever played: 2500.

Prefers big festival or small clubs: Clubs.

A song that you would still like to record from another band: ''Gambling Fool'' by swedish the Cremators.

Your fave guitar player: Butch from Johnny Nightmare

Your fave bass player: Nekroman

Your fave singer: Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode)

Top 5 fave psychobilly bands:
The Quakes
Demented Are Go
Bullet Biters

Top 5 non psycho bands:
The Smiths
Depeche Mode
Social Distortion

Which record or band you most listened in the last days: First album by Banane MetalliK '' Requiem De La Dépravation''.

The best band today in the Danish rock scene: Volbeat

Best song fom the Misfits: ''I turned Into a Martian''

Best Nekromantix record & line-up: Curse of the Coffin. First lineup.

Best psychobilly song that describes the scene: ''Moonlight Shadows'' by Mad Sin. It has the rockabilly atmosphere but yet fast and wild. Not punk in any way. Real minimalistic sound. Simple drums. Psychotic guitarsolos. Based on rockabilly fifties basic chords and great vox by Koefte. It has the right feel. My favourite song though is ''You're dead'' by the Quakes but that's a bit more punk so I guess Moonlight Shadows describe it better.

Maybe a new band or projet someday: New band? In reality Hopeless Chicken Fraks are still running so let's see...

domingo, 16 de outubro de 2016

The Boppin' Kids


In 1984 the Boppin´Kids, still in their teens, started as a visibly underage rockabilly trio. Playing wild rock´n´roll sessions after school in their hot hot hot italian hometown.
Following a few school gigs and some hiccups with the legal system, in ´86 the band signed up with Rock 86/Polygram Rec and their first album "Go wild" immediately entered the national charts with the much celebrated "Tainted Love". Radio, press and national TV recognized their talent and contributed to spread the Boppin Kids mania around. The Kidz of course attracted the more hardcore rock´n´roll crowd, but strangely enough, they were also saluted as a teen idol band by their more mainstream younger followers. Fans started to come from everywhere to see their show and never got disappointed.

The shows were always wild, raw and outrageous and the band´s live act was labelled as an authentic "earthquake"!!! The BK used to appear on stage bare-chested playing and furious tunes, brilliant guitar sounds and a ´master blaster` slap-bass, screamin´ and jumpin´ all over the stage. The Boppin Kids loved violation and stretching to the utmost the sounds of many glorious artists, from Johnny Cash, Curtis Gordon, the Sonics, Hasil Hadkins to Motorhead, Tommy Steel and the Meteors, mixing together rock´n´roll, rockabilly, gothic, psychobilly, punk, surf influences and 60´s garage into a galactic 100% Italian cocktail! In the 80s European climate of rockabilly revival the Boppin´Kids found themselves pushed to fame, with over 200 gigs a year across the country and were turned overnight into a huge and fast success phenomenon? Too fast? Too furious??

With the 1987 EP Still rockin and the 1989 album "Just for fun", their records were played all over Europe, and even in Japan!
The Stray Cats made their first and only Italian show in 1989 at the Rolling Stone in Milano and The Boppin Kids were special guests with the Guana Batz. The Boppin Kids also supported many other international acts, such as Mano Negra, the Pogues, the Cramps, Tav Falco, Violent Femmes, the Meteors, touring until 1990. In 1991 after 7 years of recording, heavy touring across the world and equally heavy dinking, the 3 "rude boys" finally split up in 1991. Following the BK adventure, Boppin Orazio Grillo, band founder, re-invented himself as Brando, starting a solo career as musican and music producer.

In February 2008, having been away from the rockin´ scene for more than 20 years, the Boppin Kids decided it was the right time to come back, with a new double bass player and a brand new album " Last Train to Hell" coming soon!
The Boppin´Kids played the Psychobilly Festival at Pineda del Mar, to announce theire official return to the world! Following shows Antwerpen Old School Rockabilly Psychosis, Potsdam, Senigallia once again with the Stray Cats for thei farewell tour and several shows all over the country.
A brand new album is working progress for the last one year, coming out hopefull 2012 seems to be the LAST and the Best One!

sábado, 15 de outubro de 2016

Fireball XL5

Fireball XL 5 originated from Norwich in early 1982. The band was formed by Mark Kelf (v) and his schoolmate Kevin Parfitt (d). They added Jonny Bridgwood (b) and Mark " Thorny" Thorne (g) and the band was named after the early 1960s Gerry Anderson animated TV series. An early lineup reshuffle brought in Neil " Mustard " Samuel on rhythm guitar and Kevin was replaced by Ian Cooper on drums.

The quintet started to gig around and recorded a ten track demo, that was send-among others- to Northwood Records. The band eventually had two 7´´ vinyl releases and a complete work album with the record company, everything produced by Rockabilly guru Boz Boorer. In December 1984 Thorne and Jon Bridgwood- who went on to join the Sting-Rays- left the band mostly due to musical differences. Mark Kelf tried to renew the band with Gavin Peak (b) and a guy called Robin on guitar, but the original magic was gone. About a year later Fireball XL 5 called it a day.

Fireball XL 5 emerged in the very early 80´s with their unique mixture of raw Rockabilly and Hillbilly, blended with a decent dose of punk energy and an enthusiastic style of play, which they called themselves " epileptic hillbilly "back then. Their reputation as crowd pleasers made them a well received support act for premier bands such as The Meteors or Guana Batz. Mark Kelf has continued his musical career up to these days in Mark Kelf & The Valley Boys.


Singles: Rockin´ Shoes(1983)--The Man With No Name(1984)

Albums: Go For It(1986)


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