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(added May 2014)
INTERVIEW WITH NORM ELLIOTT
( GUITAR PLAYER & SINGER WITH MICKEY & THE MUTANTS, NORM & THE NIGHTMAREZ )
by John McVicker
So when did you discover Psychobilly and what was the first band seen?
I loved the three Meteors tracks of the Home Grown Rockabilly Album but when I heard the Meteor Madness EP that was me gone into a world of pure Psychobilly. I ditched the rockin clothes and scene and started dressing pure Psycho. The 1st psycho band I seen would have been the Ricochets but we didn’t really think of them as psychobilly then, not sure why coz they certainly were and indeed are !.
How did you get involved with Mickey And The Mutants?
I was in a band that was a tad Cramps-ish & Mick loved what we did so kindly kept asking me to be his guitarist. I resisted for about six months as I’m used to being in my own bands but then my drummer left so I thought, why not ! I fully intended to just play guitar for Mick but it worked out we shared singing and writing.
Tell us a bit about Norm & the Nightmarez. Who's in it with you?
Norm & The Nightmarez is a project I was meant to do. Clean Rockabilly guitar, bassey full bass with just a little click and thumping pounding drums. The lineup is me Norm Elliott on Gretsch guitar, vocals and all the Writing, Frank Creamer on drums ( Ex- Colbert Hamilton & the Hellrazors ) and Mark Bending on double Bass ( Ex Sgt Bilko's Krazy Combo ). It's a lineup made in hell !!!. We've done a few gigs now and people love that day one Psychobilly. It has a huge amount of Rockabilly in it !!! The lineup on the CD is different to the one at live gigs tho'.
Every gig brings more gigs and we’re playing the Voodoo Rock A Hula festival in May 2014 and are honoured to be playing the next Bedlam Breakout plus many of the top festivals are interested. In fact it’s got so busy so quickly I’ve had to leave Mickey & the Mutants.
Any recording plans ?
YES YES YES, as with Mickey & the Mutants we are signed to Western Star and have just recorded & mixed the 1st Norm & the Nightmarez album ‘Psychobilly Infection’, it's due for release in June ( 2014 ) and I promise it's real real special. We're thrilled at how it’s come out & have to give a big thanks to Alan Wilson for a great production job. Just wait till you hear it !!!.
What does the future hold and what would like to happen? Do you do music full time or do you work as well?
The way things are going Norm & the Nightmarez are in for one hell of a ride. J jump on, if you dare !!!!!!!. Oh and for now I do have to also do a day job, which like most I really hate (lol)
NORM AND THE NIGHTMAREZ
MICKEY & THE MUTANTS