quinta-feira, 15 de junho de 2017

Stompin’ Mad Bats






Early period:
Stompin' Mad Bats is a Psychobilly band from the faraway "Mad Planet of the Bats". They landed on planet Earth, in Italy, in 1989, thanks to Alex, a passioned guy who stepped into Psychobilly music across the Galaxy and started to play double bass near Modena, Italy. Soon, together with Paolo on vocals and Tino on drums they gave life to the band. in 1990, they enlisted Teo on guitar and in 1991 they recorded their first demotape including 4 songs. In 1992, Duo' joined the band as rhythm guitar and Stompin' Mad bats started to play more often across Italy, writing a good amount of songs and material that would have been included in their setlist. In the same period, the Stompin' Mad Bats organization, wanted by Alex, also bought to Italy a lot of bands as Batmobile, demented are Go, Klingonz, Long Tall Texans, Scum Rats, Peacocks, who helped on spreading the Psychobilly music across Italy. SMB also became friends with all those international bands and Demented Are Go suggested to the most known UK labels "Fury Records" and "Nervous Records" to give the guys a chance.





The LP and fab Period:
In Spring 1993, Stompin' Mad Bats went to a recording studio working on their debut album, after a positive agreement with the mentioned labels which also invited the band to play at the 6th Big Rumble in Great Yarmouth, UK. The festival, which included the Gotha of worldwide Psychobilly bands has been their debut in the international scene, they've been claimed as one of the real new interesting bands coming out from the fog. It was an unforgettable weekend, where the band threw a 3 days non-stop party in their caravan where all bands and people regularly joined the party and gave their contribution to a new meaning of "endless party". In the same days, Dell Richardson and Roy Williams, chairmans of Fury/Nervous Records, signed the contract for Stompin' Mad Bats debut Album, that in the meantime was completed and 2 songs: "Angry Noises" (included in the "Rumble Party Vol 2" album, Fury/Nervous records, 1993) and "The Taste of Sin" (lately included in "the Best of Fury Psychobilly" CD Compilation, Fury records 1998) started to invade the psychobilly scene all across the world, rising numerous approvals from people from Japan to United States. In 1994, the band splitted up due to some internal problems.






The Present:
But... the album was ready and never been released. So... 24 years later, Alex decided that it has to be released. That's why he get in touch again with Paolo, Duo' and Teo and they started to work on the final and official release. They contacted Fabio, the sound engineer who recorded their album in 1993, and they mastered the original tracks. An now... 24 Years later... "Angry Noises" is finally out. Come and join the "mad sound" that made Stompin' Mad Bats album one of the most awaited releases, claimed in decades by people from all around the world!



Infos: http://www.stompinmadbats.com




The Astro Zombies





Biografia


Started in 1996, the French psychobilly band, Astro Zombies, crawled out of the vineyards of the Burgundy area to conquer the r’n’r scene.
They started out as an opening band but soon developed a name for themselves. Playing gigs with big bands like The Meteors, GuanaBatz, Misfits, only to name a few, and playing big European Festivals, The Astro Zombies grew and the fans followed. They’ve toured through nearly all of Europe, from Spain to Finland, Sweden, USA, Russia, Mexico and Brazil.





Their first album, “The Astro Zombies are Coming” was recorded “In Heaven”, Paul P. Fenech (godfather of Psychobilly) recording studio.


The album was originally released in 1997 by Banana Juice label (France) and re-released in 2000 by popular demand, on Crazy Love Records. The album was a good mix of pure rock n’ roll and psychobilly which ultimately opened the doors to the psychobilly world.




From that meeting, between 2000 and 2002, Bobby (guitar/vocals) and Gaybeul (drums) will participate in Paul P. Fenech side project The 10th Key Screamers. They’ll play on two albums "screaming on the 10th key” and "fenechophobia" and will tour twice with him.

In 2000, The Astro Zombies recorded their second album, “Control your Minds” for the German label, Crazy Love Records.


After a couple years of solid touring, The Astro Zombies went back to the studio and recorded their third and heavier album, “Mutilate, Torture, and Kill” at the legendary Kaiser Studio.




This album was released in 2003 on the UK label, Raucous Records. In 2004, the line-up changed and the band welcomed the arrival of the new bass player, Fantomas, of the US band The Kings of Nuthin’ and formerly of Frantic Flintstones.


After the 2007 release of the much acclaimed live platter 'Burgundy Livers' out on Raucous Records, the band saw the departure of Gaybeul and the arrival of Markus on drums.


In 2008, the 1st EP & 1st album was re-released with extra tracks on Crazy Love Records and a best of : « Lo mejor de los Astro Zombies - exitos del espacio exterior » was released on the mexican label Bam Bam records.




Then the three-headed undead unleash their fourth studio album. 'Convince Or Confuse' delivers all the motley goods these international rockers thrive on, from old-time psychobilly to surfin' sleaze, greasy instrumentals, punked-up gems and a whole lot more sonic glory.


Among those standout tracks is 'Hey Gyp', featuring magnificent vocals of Sarah Blackwood from punkabilly prowlers The Creepshow, while a lethal rendition of the classic 'Bang Bang' will send Cher and Nancy Sinatra on a coffin shopping spree. 'Margarita' even puts a psycho spin on Spanish folk styles, enriched by gloomy string arrangements and accelerating fiddles.



'Convince Or Confuse' also marks the last Astro Zombies recordings of standup bass player extraordinaire Thomas Frenchy. His successor is none other than Long Tall Texans and Hotknives main man Mark Carew. More solid proof the Astro Zombies keep going from strength to strength.




Booking agent
astrolab666@hotmail.fr




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.
infos:http://www.wreckingpit.com/psycho/bands/fireballs.php3


Albums:
Terminal Haircut (1992)
Life Takes Too Long (1995)
So Bad It's Good (1996)
Hellrider (2010)
EPs:
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








25th ANNIVERSARY PSYCHOBILLY MEETING PINEDA DE MAR 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!
http://www.psychobillymeeting.com/hotel


And don´t forget to buy your tickets online in our official webpage. http://www.psychobillymeeting.com/tickets
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!!!


VIVA EL PSYCHOBILLY MEETING ! ! !
JUST FOR FUN
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



Biografia:


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


thetestpilots.swe@gmail.com



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
Nekromantix
Bullet Biters
Batmobile

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

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...