(added August 2009)
INTERVIEW WITH MR BOBBY
( VOCALS AND GUITARIST FROM THE ASTRO ZOMBIES )
What was your main idea in forming a Psychobilly band? When and how did
Playing Rockabilly for many years before turned us really mad and Psycho. Iím
fan of rockabilly music but used to listen to other style like 80ís
psychobilly bands and punk. We started to play Rockabilly in a Psychotic way in
1996 with a song called Vampire, I was just on rhythm guitar and
vocals but our solo guitar man left the band cause he wanted to stay a pure
rockabilly guitar player, then I tried to handle with lead vox and lead guitar
was in the original lineup and who came up with the band name?
original line up was made of Bobby (me), Gaybeul on the drums and Blondo
on double bass.
had ( and still have) a book which talk about all those horror B-movies
from the 50ís to nowadays and I found a critic of ďthe Astro
ZombiesĒ of Ted V. MikelsÖ It was so funny how it describe the scenes
that I decided to see that movie and then when we were looking for a band name I
just said ďAstro ZombiesĒ and it was doneÖ but above all,
our named is not from the Misfitsí song (which is a good song
the release of the self-titled debut EP, the Astro Zombies found themselves ďIn
HeavenĒ, at P Paul Fenechís recording studio. How did it
come about? Whatís the story of The Astro Zombies Are Coming?
We used to open for psychobilly bands like Meteors, DaG and
more, and as we were big fan of the Meteors when we met P Paul
Fenech he was really cool with us and helpy. So we thought it will be a good
experience to record our debut album into his studio, and it was! We were really
proud to record at ďin heavenĒ studio and Paul was really
friendly with us and did a really good job in a week.
Drummer Gaybeul and you also worked with P
Paul Fenech on a couple of his solo albums, Screaming In The 10th
Key and Fenechaphobia respectively. How was it to work with the
godfather of Psychobilly?
Once again it was a really good experience, learning to wait backstage and
playing headliner. We did couple of shows with the Screamers and
recorded some parts of those 2 albums. I have to say that we were really proud
to play with Paul Fenech and we got a big respect for him and what
he did for us.
With the brand new Convince or Confuse out a
couple of weeks ago, the band has released four studio long-playing records and
the live album Burgundy Livers. Which one do you think is the best choice
for starting an Astro Zombies record collection and why? Whatís
your personal favourite?
ďConvince Or ConfuseĒ is for sure the best, and the next one
will better again. I always answer that the new one is the best one, but they
are all good to me. the thing is that we have recorded 5 albums in 12 years so
the first one is different than ďConvince or ConfuseĒ which is more mature
but itís like a 12 years story of a psychobilly band with different musicians
and different influences during all those year. I think doing the same album all
the time mean nothing to me, and as you grow up your style have to grow up too
.When I write a song I never ask to myself if itís gonna sound like this or
like that. It just come to me like this and I canít control it... maybe tomorrow,
Iíll write a hippie song, how knows?
talk a little bit more about the new album. Are you happy with the final
product? Do you have any tracks to recommend for a first listen?
Iím really happy with this album especially the production is really professional.
We went to a very good studio and the sound man whoís a friend of mine now is
really cool and took a lot of time to try to understand my disturbed mind and
how I wanted the songs have to sound or not. We spent a lot of time for this one
but the result is really good. All the tracks are good to me and everybody
should find a song to like as they all got different influences. I personally (
like most of the people as I guess...) like the Bang Bang cover
song and Margarita with a fantastic fiddle part. I do like ďReality
JunkyĒ as well which is a cool song. The hillbilly ďFiddling And
PickingĒ is totally crazy and ďWomen I knowĒ in a Bo
The Astro Zombies have a very unique sound,
a blend of varied musical backgrounds thatís kinda hard to pigeonhole. How
would you describe the bandís output and what are your main musical
My main musical influence when we started was Rockabilly and Psychobilly but
punk bands as well like Mano
Negra . Now Iím really much more open minded, still listening to whatís
new on the scene but Iím now listening music according to my mood and
sometimes Ska or Punk rock, Swing and various styles can satisfied my appetite
for music. I mean I give a chance to every kind of music and when I find
something good I just like it without asking to myself if itís psychobilly or
whatever-billy. I just like it ... or not. Thatís why you may be find lot of
different kind of songs in our list and Iím proud of that various sounds and
songs which make our own style.
The latest lineup change brought in ace bass player Mark
Carew from the Long Tall Texans. How did it happen and how will it influence
the bandís sound?
crossed Mark many times in different festivals and shows and we always had fun
together so I called him first and I didnít had to call anyone else. Mark is a
real nice person and we always have fun with a same sense of humour.
About the influence You
will tell me when we record a new album together which wonít be long.... we
got lot of energy on stage and
Mark, Markus and me always have fun to play live. Psychobilly is a live music, I
mean I do like bands on stage without listening to them at home.
hiring of Mark Carew also means that all three band members live in
different countries (France, Germany and England). How difficult is to keep an
international lineup together and what about rehearsals etc?
We got two hours each to reunite (by plane and car) so itís not so long, just
a lilí bit more expensive and internet helps a lot. Itís just a different
organisation but it works.
next? Any plans for later this year?
We Ďre gonna play the Hollywood
Showdown in September and spend a lilí week in LA. Then Bedlam festival
in England the week after and Speyer fest I Sold My Soul for RíníR in
October. Weíll be 2 weeks on tour in November in Germany, Tchek Rep, Austria, Switzerland
and France. Then I hope December will see the first recordings for the next
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