Devilish Presley Interview
How did the band members all meet? At one point
did you decide to form a band and how long did it take to your first
JN: We met in AA actually, so we had a shared interest
in trying to find bars to play that offered a discount for
alcoholics.This is why we play the Underworld in Camden quite a bit.
our first gig was at The Spitz in
the east-end which we promoted ourselves, We did a lot of those self promoted
shows to start with and still do,
which makes us pretty DIY punk in spirit I reckon. Doors were closed to
us so we made our own doors.
You have gigged with some major bands and
always seem to have loads of gigs on. How do these gigs come about
and is there one person in the band who does most of the arranging?
Is there any band you would be partially happy to tour with?
JV: We have a lot of agents who help us to get gigs, it is all about
contacts in this business and we got to know all the right people by
hanging around seedy bars and strip clubs for a few months with a camera-phone...we
have the dirt on all the big promoters. We have
been really lucky, as you say, to play with some great people like The
Meteors & The Damned plus loads more. I still want to play with
Deadolt more than any other band. In reality we get a lot of gigs because
we work hard.
Tell us some of the weird and wonderful
things that have happened when on the road?
JV: Johnny suffers from narcolepsy so we often have embarrassing
moments when he nods out in the little chef face first into his
In Poland we got taken to the house of a witch who gave us some
spells and a "gig-mojo" for fucking wth other bands.
On the last tour in
Germany we were so drunk we tried to go swimming in the river
Elbe at midnight and it was minus 12 or something. We have drunk
through our eyes in Slovakia, we had our own butler on tour with
us for 6 months after we won him at poker, we slept in a funeral
house in Strasbourg complete with coffins & a mortuary table
which we ate dinner off of. We do get weird people following
us 'cos we are a weird
band I guess. One guy texts me everyday to tell me his exact
whereabouts, and Johnny gets given weird stuff like home made
soap for washing away his sins!! We also had a pvc clad nun on
stage with us a few times whipping us after we stole her from
The Damned.Her cry of BOHICA followed us around the UK (Bend
Over Here It Comes Again)
Do band members have
time to work as well as tour? If so what do you all do?
JN: None of us work we are landed gentry.
Why do you think there are more Psychobilly and
rockabilly influenced punk bands around at the moment? Do you think it
is a passing phase or something that is here to stay and grow? What other
bands would you recommend checking out?
JV:The Psychobilly scene is very strong and has been
so on the underground for years..I don't think punk & roll is a passing
phase, and I hope
it isn't because any hybrid is a good idea, after all rock n roll was a
hybrid and so were punk & psychobilly at the beginning. It is narrow
mindedness that destroys creativity and narrow mindedness is a constant
annoyance to us, 'cos we use the drum machine. To be honestI tend
not to recommend other bands 'cos I will upset the people I dont mention.
How was last years' album Memphisto received?
What is your favourite track on it?
JN: We got great reviews, (kkkk) in Kerrang 8/10's in Terroriser and
Metal Hammer which is amazing for a self released and self
funded album, better than a hell of a lot bands with "labels" behind
them. "Hammer Horror Glamour" remains my favourite track
because it still sounds like a harpoon gun going off...woosh.
Why is horror and the dark side such
a major interest in your lyrics? How do you come up with the subjects?
JV: Well we are going even darker now. I guess because
we are influenced by punk, psychobilly & glam we have elements
of all those styles of music and the psychobilly bands always followed
The Meteors lead and sung about horror or serial
killers etc. so that might be why, or maybe we are just morbid bastards.
When we are writing Johnny and I are locked in
a sound-proof room with copious amounts of booze and cigarettes...after
that we come out and rip off everyone elses ideas
.....the same as everyone else does..
30 years of punk - something to celebrate or embarrassing
commercialism? Describe punk at the beginning of the 21st century?
JN: 30 years of punk is certainly worth celebrating and I am glad to
have played with The Damned, Jayne County,The Vibrators,
999, Markey Ramone and many others from that time. Punk at the beginning
of the 21st century has maybe lost the one vital
element it had when people first got together in New York & London
in the seventies and that is the "no rules" idea. For Devilish
Presley rules are made for breaking and we will be our own creation,
book our own shows and put out our own music, just like those "
Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2007.
See the wonderful Punk & Oi gig page or visit www.devilishpresley.com
to see our 22 upcoming shows.On September 29th we
play Bedlam Breakout at the Soundhaus in Northampton on November
10th we play The Psychobilly Bash in Birmingham and we are
supporting The Creepshow from Canada on their UK tour in November.
We will be recording our 4th album "The Devil's Bible" in
December with P.Paul Fenech of The Meteors producing at his MadDog
studio in Germany.
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