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(added October 2006)
INTERVIEW WITH JEROEN HAAMERS
( GUITARIST & VOCALIST OF BATMOBILE )
made by Wildhank
Hello Jeroen. The Batmobile story is well known to us as it is included on the official Batmobile homepage and it was also part of several interviews, but Iīve never read something about the band name. Is there a special story about it and who did choose the band name?
With the releases of mini LP Batmobile and the first full length album Bambooland Batmobile became the most popular and most noticed Psychobilly outfit from the continent. Any explanation for that?
The increasing popularity finally resulted in a gig at the mecca of Psychobilly- The Klub Foot. Can you remember the first offer to play there. How many times did you gig there and do you have any special reminder of the venue?
I don't remember the first offer....I didn't handle business back then. I do remember our first show there, early 1986. We played with Demented and Torment if I'm correct and the place was a bomb. I didn't realise that this place was that special at that time, for me it was just a cool club with a big audience. I do remember some faces, snakebites and funtimes from it and I do remember the recording of that KlubFoot album/vid.....it was soooo damn hot we almost died on stage and also the bass player from Rochee didn't show up and Eric had to fill in for him...fun times.
Talking of Torment. I remember that Batmobile and Torment often gigged at the same festivals (Belgium, Hamburg).As you might know Iīm very interested in everything surrounding Simon Brand and Torment. Do you have any special reminder of Simon Brand or the Torment?
First time I met the guy was in the Klubfoot and he played his gig with 5 strings because he forgot to pack a spare set of strings......I thought that was pretty pathetic. The times we met after that were cool.....nice people not my fave band though.
Batmobile has released no less than ten albums in a period from 1985 until 1996. Can you name your favourite three Batmobile albums and tell us why!
Hard one......but here goes. Dynamite because I like the sound of that one best and I really think the dynamite-concept-album was just a great idea......(if I say so myself).
The band is also responsible for loads of Psychobilly anthems and fan favourites- Transsylvanian Express, Frenzy, Cold Sweat, Magic Word Called Love, Ice Rock to name a few- How many time do you spend to write a song? Are there any Batmobile songs you don īt like anymore?
Batmobile came back from retirement in 2003. What were the main reasons to gig again?
After being away for 2 years Lonesome from Mental Hell asked us to do one show for him in Speyer 2003. Because we go back a long time we agreed on doing that. Having done that show we realised how much we missed doing that. Also we were in better circumstances (personally, work and family wise) to make some time for playing again.....it just was time again.
I know that you have always been very reluctant to talk about other bands of the Neorockabilly /Psychobilly genre, but can you make a short list of bands or albums-regarding Psychobilly / Neorockabilly- that have really impressed you- one way or the other?
Batmobile has never suffered -like most of the other bands ( I canīt come even up with another band at the moment)- from line up changes. I guess itīs really difficult to retain a line up together for more than twenty years?
Your latest side project is called Triple Dynamite, which is some sort of pure Elvis Presley Tribute. Please tell us a little about it.
The latest Batmobile releases were a cover version of Warren Smithīs Ubangi Stomp on " Go Cat Go! A Tribute To Stray Cats " and the track Deep Down on A Tribute To Batmobile part 2. How did it happen? Was there a special reason for choosing Ubangi Stomp?
With nobody out there interested in reading this interview, you can really disclose your plans with the band. What about the long awaited new album?