I then joined the Firebirds
had also played for. I played
with them while their regular drummer was in the
USA for 6 months. Later that year 84/85 I met
) and joined the
Bristol-based 5 piece Rockabilly band. Kev was
on rhythm guitar and I was on bass.
When and how was Torment
Kev then asked me if we
should start our own band. So in
the summer of 85 I went to see
Simon to see if he
would be interested in joining
our new band. I took Simon
to see the Blubbery
Hellbellies at the
Theckla in Bristol so he could
meet Kevin. And that is
Is it true that the band
used your garage as a practise room in the early
We did practice in my garage for a few weeks.
used my drum kit until he got
himself one. Then we started to practice in a
studio in Redland Bristol every Saturday morning
for 4 hours.
The first gigs were held in
December 1985. Any memories left?
The first gig we did was in
December 85 in Brighton with the
Long Tall Texans. Then we did a
gig in Bristol on x-mas eve with
the Swamp Toads and maybe the
Coffin Nails, not to sure about
them. I have got memories of the
gigs. The main one was kissing
Kevin's girlfriend. There was a
lot of sexual tension between
us. I don't think Kev knows
about that. And the other thing
was my bass amp being stolen
after that gig.
Have you been keeping track
with the story of the band, what's your
album and why?
why did your involvement with
come to an end?
My involvement came to an end
about two weeks after the first
demo was made. It came right out
of the blue. I just got a phone
call from Simon one
night to say I was out of the
band. ????? And Tony Biggs was
my replacement, ex-Firebirds
I have never followed the band's progress and do
not own or ever will own any album by the band.
I think part of the reason I was kicked out was
I would of not let the band go down the route it
took musically. And secondly I think Simon
didn't like the fact I was center of
attention. Everyone seemed to want to talk to
me. If you notice in the promo photos I'm always
in the middle and we all know that bass players
You're co-credited on
Psyclops Carnival album for
song-writing on 'Death Trail'. Please
tell us the story of the song. Did you ever get
any royalty cheques?
As for the music, I did write Death Trail
but its nothing like the sh*t version on the
album. I also came up with the bass line that
formed the music for The Source
well, which I am not credited for on the album.
I did get some royalty cheques now and then.
How was it like to deal
with Simon as a person and as an artist
I the early days I got on very
well with Simon and
Kevin. Me and Simon
would spend a lot of time
together. We both had
motorcycles and we used to go
out drinking together. Just the
two of us or as a foursome with
our girlfriends. And it was the
same with Kev. But Simon started
stirring up things between me
and Kevin. Simon was a very
talented and troubled person. He
had a very dark side to his
personality which stands out in
the words in his songs.
how did you find out that
Simon Brand committed