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(added March 2009)
INTERVIEW WITH BEAT DEVILS
( RUSSIAN PSYCHOBILLY )
made by wildhank
The new year is already up and running, but my first question is what did you guys do on new year s eve ?
Let s talk about the music. How and when did you get into Rockabilly / Psychobilly ?
are almost 10 years in this theme. The main influence was taken from the bands
that were playing at that moment in Russia, when we were starting, and of course
foreign old classical rockabilly and psycho bands. As time was passing, we started to develop the sound and
arrangements and went into some experiments and so we were evolving from
rockabilly music (that we played in the beginning) to our own style.
started with the covers of our favorite artists at that moment – Stray Cats,
Blue Cats, Batmobile, James Intveld and etc. Then we
decided to write our own songs, that’s how we came to our first record in
2005. Then, we were searching for something new, as well as tried to follow the
new influences of psychobilly scene in Europe.
We turned the sound of neo-rockabilly into more like punky sounding band.
It wasn’t a decision, that came one day – it was really organic and long
process, in which each of us put a lot of efforts and ideas. It is interesting
for us to develop punkabilly in Russia, as I guess we are the first band here
with such approach and sound.
Mike: I was studying the double-bass in music school, and heard rockabilly when I was 14. After graduating, I played blues, rock’n roll, country on bass-guitar in several bands, then I got acquainted with the guys, took the double-bass again and got back to rockabilly music and learned how to slap.
started in 2001, as a company of friends, and played the first gig on the 17th
of March,2001 Teo and me are playing from the very beginning, other
members of the band has changed several times, and then Mike joined us in
July 2003. The name of the band was the idea of our friend, who played rhythm
guitar at that time – and it sounded like a joke firstly, but then we liked it
and decided to leave!
Teo: But finally we formed as a trio in January 2004 with this name and this roster.
course, we took a great influence from psychobilly old-school scene of 80s –
what to say about our understanding of this music, and then we listened a lot to
modern psycho and punk bands, before forming our own concept. Personally I
admire best of all Chris Cheney from Living End and Jeroen
Hammers from Batmobile – they are really great guitarists,
who influenced on my style a lot.
Teo: As a drummer I was really influenced by the music of Tiger Army, Living End, Mad Heads and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
The first psychobilly bands were from Saint-Petersburg in late 80-s,
early 90-s, Moscow considered to be always a “rockabilly” city. But
during last 10 years the situation changed a lot both for the bands and
the audience. It is great that now we have here concerts of great western bands,
such as Mad Sin, Batmobile, Demented Are Go,
Quakes, Milwaukee Wildmen and etc,
that is positive thing for our scene, we got more and more people to join
the style! And of course it is a great tendency for local bands!
Now the major rallies are in Moscow, St-Petersburg and Kiev. And everybody there are friends and know each other well. We also got many friends – both bands and supporters – in such cities as Rostov, Ekaterinburg, Kharkov, Ivanovo and etc.
Second Date hit the record shops only a few months ago. The sound moved a bit forward from the straight, up-tempo Rockabilly sound of Get The Beat And Meet The Devils to a more up-to-date, more varied interpretation of the theme. How did it happen?
you’re right - this album shows how the sound of the band turned from
neo-rockabilly into more punky sounding billy band. Although it wasn't a
decision it just happened to be that way. The album consists of
12 self-composed tracks, some of them were recorded with the help of
additional musicians (keyboards, saxophone, trumpet,> lapsteel guitar, harmonica), nevertheless the main core of Beat Devils' album is the sound
of slapping bass, guitar and drums - a "classic" rockabilly trio, but with energy and emotions of punk-rock music – that what punkabilly means for us, as it’s not just a punk-rock with double-bass. The title of the album was chosen, following the idea of "second date syndrome" - as it is always
more serious and responsible for both parties, but at the same time gives you more chances and opportunities to get acquainted with each other better (and in our case these parties are: band and its audience). And we would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to the guys from Crazy Love Records, and personally Guido Neumann, who really helped us a lot to present our music for the western audience!
plan to start the recording of the third album. It depends on the number of
factors – the touring schedule and etc, so it’s hard to say when we will
start the studio sessions. As for the other plans – we always aim to extend
the geography of our tours, to progress and to express ourselves in our style of
music – and not to forget to hang out and
to revel, of course!
plan to continue touring – to present our new album in different cities of
Russia. There are some new interesting musical projects, that we plan to make
Andy: We plan to rock even harder!
We will go to Ekaterinburg on 7-8 March, to present “Second Date” there, then there are some offers from Rostov, Ivanovo and etc. On 14 March we will support MadDog Cole in their first visit to Moscow. We also have some offers from Europe, and I hope that this year can give great opportunities for us.
Rather complicated question, because there are certain historical bands as
Batmobile and Nekromantix, that are and will be also the best bands – and on
the other hand there are bands, who are presenting the modern psychobilly-scene
and whom we like – for example Tiger
Army, Peacocks, Creepshow, Long Tall
Mike: The Peacocks,
Tiger Army. We sympathize Nekromantix with the loss of Andrew
Martinez – a real tragedy!
Andy: I am very impressed with the latest studio works of Living End, Peacocks, Creepshow, Lucky Dados
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