Your new album “The Trial” has been released, since six months now can you share with us the most difficult moment of its preparation? Any crazy/funny behind the scene?
We recorded some of the record in a fancy recording studio and some of it in our bass player Fishgutzzz shitty house. I guess the most difficult part of recording was getting Fishgutzzz rowdy dogs to calm down! If you listen very closely I think you can hear some barking.
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I (Mikey) write some lyrics, Jayke writes some lyrics, and Fishgutzzz writes some. We all have different ways of writing but I like to smoke a joint and let the pen do the talking.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
My favorite line in the new album is off of “Honeyhole”, a song about a hooker with a colostomy bag. “Life is short at least it’s hard”.
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
Growing up I was a huge fan of the oldies station and I had a cassette tape of the coasters that I listened to religiously. I still find myself attached to music that was made before 1970. I rarely like anything new that comes out.
What has your journey in the music industry been like up to now?
I feel lucky to know how the industry was before the internet came out. We had to learn how to change with the times. One thing that I love is that vinyl sales are still going strong. Vinyl has outlasted 8 tracks, cassettes, and soon CDs too. Online streaming has taken some of the magic out of going to a record shop and sifting through the aisles and finding something to take home that you weren’t planning on.
What inspired “It’s gonna be ok (no, it’s not)” ?
Fishgutzzz: The song was inspired by The people of flint, Michigan and many other places being poisoned by their own water while companies like nestle bottle up. Our natural resources and sell them back to us at astronomical profits.
It’s about our doctors taking money from pharmaceutical companies and over-prescribing synthetic opiates that lead trusting patients down the dark path of addiction.
It’s about our leaders selling us out and the fact that it’s not gonna be ok.
Do you remember the day you wrote “When no one is around”?
Jayke: This one is not meant to be explained.
Are you ever scared of revealing, aspects of your personal experience, to strangers through your music?
If we were scared of revealing personal aspects in our song, we’d either have quit a long time ago, or become a cover band.
What inspired “Honeyhole”?
An EMT friend of ours told us this crazy story about a hooker that they used to get calls for. She had a colostomy bag and it she would get infections from it regularly. Finally our friend asked “why does this keep getting infected? You really must take better care of yourself.” The hooker responds, “baby that’s my honeyhole. Boys pay extra to go in there.” I thought it was so weird and disgusting that I just had to write a song about it.
What is the best show you ever played?
These past couple years we’ve been lucky enough to play Europe regularly and got put on some amazing festivals out there like Wacken, Hellfest, Mighty sounds, Faster & Louder, Colors of Ostrava, Psychobilly meeting Pineda, Resurrection fest, and many more. In between all of these we played squats and small clubs, and absolutely had the time of our lives. We all love the road and can’t wait to see more of the world.
What are your plans for 2018?
Tour! Check us out on the road, and go grab an album at yer local record shop. It doesn’t have to be ours, just go get one.