21 December 2005

...a word with...THE SURFITES!


Welcome to the underground lair of Dead by Mono... Franz Rothko will be asking the questions today. Hope all is well with you guys. Here we go...

- Hi Franz, Klas Fjellgren of the Surfites here. Hope all is well with you, too.

Do you see your recent participation on a compilation like a test to your songs?

- Not really, but more of a way to promote the band and get people to be aware of our stuff. However, it's always nice to be part of a compilation if it's a cool release.

Is it fair to say that most of your musical influence comes from the old school surf American scene?

- Yes, we would say that all of our musical influences in the Surfites comes from the early to mid 1960s U.S. 1st wave period. In our opinion, "surf bands" that are too progressive and picking up influences from anywhere doesn't really "get it". Of course anyone can play and look like whatever they want, but sometimes we feel that surf music have started to lose its roots. And that certainly won't do it any good.

I guess that in Sweden the surf music spirit is hard to find...is that because of the cold weather? How did you manage to get into this hot musical scene?

- Actually Stockholm isn't that cold except for a couple of months in the winter. Anyway, today there isn't much of a surf music scene in Sweden but during the 3rd wave boom in the mid '90s, surf music was quite hot even up here.

For us it all started in the late '80s when me and ex-Stomach Mouth Lars Kjellén formed the Daytonas, a band that did both surf vocals and surf instros and released four albums during the '90s. Then a couple of years ago me and my brother Jack (who also played drums in the Daytonas) decided that we would like to give it another go and put together the Surfites. In the band, we two write and arrange the songs and then for the recording sessions we play all the guitar parts. At the same time we have some buddies of ours dropping by on bass, electric piano and drums.

So... being from Sweden how did you turn out to sign with an all North American band record label?

- We haven't signed with any label yet!? But if we would do it in the future, it's in the U.S. that most of the labels dealing with surf music are located.

Are you planning on sticking with a small label or do you have big plans?

- Any big plans wouldn't be realistic. We would be more than happy to release records on small labels. Also we feel that it's a good thing that the surf music scene isn't that big since when something gets too mainstream, it often gets bland, boring and dorky pretty quick.

Well... what about concerts? As you're mostly a studio band do you usually have gigs? Any challenging venues in the next few months?

- For the moment the Surfites are entirely a studio band and we are happy with that. In the Daytonas we did quite a few shows over the years but now we would like to concentrate more on recordings since we were never really happy with how those turned out in the Daytonas.

Which was your best live experience so far?

- During the Daytonas years we had some pretty amazing live show experiences. It's hard to pick out a single one but our two appearances at Hultsfredsfestivalen (Sweden's biggest rock music festival), our 2 weeks California tour and several private party gigs with awesome crowd responses comes to mind. At the first show at Hultsfredsfestivalen, we played the smallest stage but the crowd quickly got too big and finally went totally wild over us so the organizers had to call in extra security to calm things down a bit.

We also had a couple of lousy shows though. One time, due to some confused booking, we had to play in front of a crowd of senior citizens. They expected a pleasant evening with musical entertainment but they were shocked about how loud we played. They told us to turn the volume down... well, we told them to turn down their hearing aids!

Now... tell me a little bit about your rehearsal room... would I find for e.g. an “Elvis Presley” poster in it... or a “The Raveonettes” one?

- You won't find either, although we really dig the King! Instead, our basement studio "The Surf Shack" is cluttered with wacky surf graphics all over the walls. For the right inspiration, it would be nice to hang up some early '60s surf movie posters, too.

Which are yours all time favourite surf bands?

- Dick Dale & his Del-Tones, The Astronauts, The New Dimensions, The Beach Boys, Eddie & The Showmen, The Surfaris, Jan & Dean, The Super Stocks, The Trashmen... just to name a few of the more well known. There were also loads of great surf bands during the 1st wave era that only released a 45 or two. However, many of these obscure tunes are now also on compilations released during the last 20 years.

Any prediction about when your debut album is coming out?

If yes, will you be promoting the album in other countries or only in Sweden?

- Nothing is settled yet but hopefully a debut album for the Surfites will be released sometime next year. Most of the promotion will be over the internet so I guess one could say that it will have world wide promotion.

Make sure you tell us how to buy it, listen to it or (if you're into mp3) where to steal your album when it comes out. :)

Where is the album going to be available? (maybe with us as well…)

- We expect it to be available at least at record shops and online stores that are into surf music and hopefully with you as well!

Good luck! Hope to see you soon on stage...anywhere! …


- Thanks!

27 October 2005

GROOVIE GHOULIES Favouritties!!!

We have created the Favouritties!!! as an interesting and funny section for Dead By Mono Zine! Here we could find some more "personnal" information about the bands and their members! Things that perhaps you would like to know and don't even though about that! So here it goes, if you have any suggestion, please let us know!
Our first DBMzine Favouritties!!! band are the GROOVIE GHOULIES!
Hope you like it!
GROOVIE GHOULIES Favouritties!!!
Favorite Band:
Kepi - Ramones; Roach - Rolling Stones; Scampi - Green Day
Favorite Artist:
Kepi - Bob Dylan & Neil Young; Roach - Joey Ramone; Scampi - Kepi & Nick Cave
Favorite Movie:
Kepi - Green Monsters; Roach - Spooky; Scampi - Jim Carrey's one
Film of your Life:
Kepi & Roach - Rock'n'Roll High School; Scampi - none yet
Best decade to live:
Kepi - 60's; Roach - 50's; Scampi - 20's
Favorite Book:
Kepi - Frankenstein & Dracula; Roach - On the Road; Scampi - Grapes of Wrath
Favorite Cartoon Super Heroe:
Kepi, Roach & Scampi - Groovie Goolies
Favorite Drink:
Kepi - Coffee; Roach - Sangria; Scampi - Hot Chocolate
Favorite Producer:
Kepi, Roach & Scampi - Mass Giorgini

Thanks & See You Soon!!!

15 October 2005

Girls with Guts!

THE BOONARAAAS!!! one of the freshest girl-bands from Germany delivering garage pop and punk, or what they call 'She-Sound 2000'. Playing on vintage equipment, their live show is a wild and trashy 60's-oriented punkrock experience.
All this music plus a lovely charm as the boys dying for more.
After some line-up changes in the guitar section, the Boonaraaas!!! now have their best line-up ever! Bassist Trich jumps around wildly while singing in a brilliant and sassy voice; Christina beats the drums with high energy and sings in calming harmony;
Laura plays her Danelectro guitar in a very cool and superior style and Tine backs up the rhythm section with some raw guitar action!
Together, THE BOONARAAAS!!! sound is definitely phat!
THE BOONARAAAS!!! have played with a bunch of cool bands such as Stereo Total, Tocotronic, The Beatsteaks, Opération S, The Yum Yums, Dean Dirg, Dick Dale among others, all over the Europe.
THE BOONARAAAS!!! are:
Patricia bass/voc.
Christina drums/voc.
Laura guitar/voc.
Tine guitar/voc.
If you are a 60's garage fan you should check their website for sure!!!

14 October 2005

The Cosmic Vampires


The Cosmic Vampires were formed in the Spring of 2000. Baron Fat Chivo (lead guitar) and Monica Vampira (drums) start to play; soon after, Mariano (guitar) join them and latter Vlad Emilio (Bass). In February 2002 they recorded their first demo “They’re coming from Outer Space”. The Cosmic Vampires started to gig around south Spain.
Later on, in 2003 they recorded their second demo in their rehearsal room entitled “The most chilling sounds of one night of Nightmare”, a raw record with good tunes. Along that time 2 new members joined the band, Ossorio Cosmico (saxophone) and Ruth A Go-Go (percussion); and once again, a year later, the band won 2 new members, Sergio Von Farfisa (organ) and El Pina (rhythm guitar).
The Cosmic Vampires are defined as a Surf–garage Instrumental Horror Intergalactic band, inspired on bands such as The Deadly Ones, Centurians, The Hustlers, Vulcanes, The Rumble’s as well as the garage and revival surf bands such as Ghastly Ones, The Bomboras and Gein and Grave Robbers. The horror rock from Screaming Lord Sutch, Dead Bolt, Bobby Picket and Zacherley; the psychobilly; punk rock, etc…
The Cosmic Vampires are keen on the Horror and Sci–Fi Scene (cinema, music, etc).


The Cosmic Vampires fue fundado en la primavera del año 2000. Barón Fat Chivo (guitarra solista) y Mónica Vampira (batería) comienzan a tocar, poco después se une Mariano (guitarra acompañante) y un poco más tarde Vlad Emilio (bajista). En Febrero de 2002 graban su primera maqueta " They’re coming from Outer Space ". Los vampiros comienzan su andadura tocando por ahí. En el año 2003 graban su segunda maqueta "The most chilling sounds of one night of Nightmare”; ya forman parte Ossorio Cósmico (saxofón) y Ruth A Go-Go (percusión). Pasa aproximádamente un año y se incorpora al órgano Sergio Von Farfisa y El Piña como guitarra acompañante. The Cosmic Vampires podrían definirse com una banda Surf-garage Instrumental terror intergaláctico desde Almería, Espana. Influenciados por todo el instro clásico, The Ventures,The Tornadoes ,The Deadly Ones, Centurians, The Hustlers, Vulcanes, The Rumblers.
Todos los clásicos, la biker music...el garage y el instro moderno sobre todo, influenciados por Ghastly Ones, Bomboras y Gein and Grave Robbers,...el rockhorror desde Screaming Lord Sutch, pasando por Deadbolts y The Ghouls, Bobby Picket y Zacherley,... el psychobilly, el punkrock, el terror y la ciencia-ficción en todas sus vertientes tanto musicales, literarias o cinematógraficas.

13 October 2005

...a word with GROOVIE GHOULIES!



We were interviewing the band on their European Tour 2005 for the album "Berry'd Alive", at Junktion 7, Nottingham.
They are a power trio from Sacramento, California, playing an energetic and powerful punk rock'n'roll where Dracula met Ramones and Frankenstein met Chuck Berry!

G5: Hellooo! First of all, Thanks for the interview!
All: Helloooooooo!!!!

G5: Could you introduce yourselves and tell us your role in the band?
I am Roach and I play guitar; I m Scampi and I play the drums; I m Kepi and I play the bass and sing.

G5: How long are you playing and which band members remains from the beginning?
Kepi: I was the first and then Roach and then Scampi.
Roach: Scampi for about 3 and half years.
Kepi: This is the longest line up of the Groovie Ghoulies, so it’s the best!!! We were going before that but now we're Happy! We are always happy and now is a happy year!!!

G5: About this album "Berry'd Alive", why only 7 Chuck Berry covers?
Kepi: Humm...I think...humm...I don't know...I think we just like did it!
We did the record, we did 2 songs and then we did 5 songs and then we were happy with them…and...Let's make a record of this! But we would like to do Volume 2, or...you know, you could do a hundred Chuck Berry songs, but those were the ones we knew and liked and stuff...so, we made a little EP.

G5: Does he knows or heard about this?
Roach: Oh! Does he knows?!!!(Laughs!!!)
Kepi: Humm...He probably will; because the people that do our publishing do his publishing...so, he will hear about it! And then...we will play next month in St Louis - where he lives, so maybe he will come and visit us. You can only hope! But we opened for him in St Louis a couple of years ago and it was amazing!....Amazing!!! The Legend!!!

G5: So, how long have you been touring for this album?
Kepi: The record came out right before this tour...and...this tour is 55 shows, 2 months straight and then 2 days after we got home we go to Canada and the US for another 5 weeks.
G5: How do you feel about that?
Kepi: Its OK.
G5: A little bit tired?!
Kepi: Humm...we are doin' alright! Yeh! It’s funny...when we get to the States we'll sleep a lot!
We drive ourselves, we book our own hotels, we sleep in it as late as possible, and it would be fine. We are touring with our friends, so, we'll make it fun too!!!

G5: And about the future, is there any plans coming?
Kepi: Yeh...We are doin' our own label now and this brand new record like a month pretty old, so, this is for now.
We'll issue all the records, we wanna make a little DVD or something, you know, we have some videos made, you know,... but maybe! I don't know.
G5: An interactive CD with tracks and screen savers and so?!
Kepi: Oh!...ah...I don't know, probably just a little DVD would afford. Technology is changed, you know...you put a video "on air"; a bonus DVD on a CD-Rom...

G5: About the technology, about the techniques in the studio, do you prefer the digital or the classic analogue recording?
Kepi: Humm...I think we like it all. We have done it all! The "Berry'd Alive" is 2 inch analogue tape, so it was really fun for us!! And its very Rock'n'Roll!!!
Roach & Scampi: YEH!!!!!
Kepi: We like it, our friend built this studio in his garage and this old 2 inch tape machine is the same thing we used with Mass Giorgini on "Re-Animation Festival".... And it is "warm" and it is cool!!!! But if you need to get something done, you go in and do it digital cause its fast and it sounds good.
G5: It’s fast and compatible...
Kepi: Yeh!...So we are not snobs! and it can be sent on the internet. So, we like everything, you know, its fun to do analogue but you need to have time and that kind of things…

G5: And now... Do you remember the last album you bought?
Roach: The last album I bought?!!!...Oh!
Kepi: Humm...Let me see...I bought a lot on this tour. Roach gave me a Thin Lizzy CD for my birthday and Manny our tour Manager got me a Thin Lizzy CD, cause they reissued them over here and you can't get them on the States; like the new one, you now, so that was cool!!!
Roach: Oh!!!...My god, I can't remember! (Laughs!!!)
Scampi: Oh, no!!! (Laughs!!!)
Kepi: I buy a lot of CD's and play them when touring.
What else?..... What else?...Its funny cause I know soon as we got to Selestat in Germany, there's a good record store where the CD's are really cheap!
Roach: And there's a lot of vinyl too!!!
Kepi: Oh!...I bought a budget vinyl the other day, like a Joey Ramone bootleg, a Dee Dee Ramone bootleg, ...a ...some Tom Petty 12 inch singles with bonus tracks.
Roach: Oh!...I know the last time, the new CD we bought, Kepi and I we went on the new Rolling Stones CD!!!
All: Oh YEH!!!
Kepi: Oh! Yeh! The Rolling Stones!!! I mean, we like all the Rolling Stones records, so...it is like the "Voodoo Lounge”! I really like "Voodoo Lounge",...it is close to that. Yeh! So, yeh! we got ahead on this CD, and I got a Raveonettes 7 inches, a Nick Cave 7 inches, yeh, I got a few records lately!
Scampi got a Social Distortion!
Scampi: Oh!...I remember the last time I bought a record but I don't remember what it is...
Kepi: We will come back to that one soon as Scampi remember!!!

G5: So...do you remember the first album you bought?
Kepi: The first album I bought, I think it might be like a Paul McCartney record, that I bought with my own money. But for my birthday in the 3rd grade, I got a Johnny Cash “Live at St Quentin” and that’s the one that changed my life!!!
Roach: That’s right!!!
Kepi: And them they re-issued the CD with the cast words and bonus tracks, it’s so great!!! Uuuu!!! So that’s the one!!! I didn’t, probably buy a rock record until the 7th grade and it was probably a Tom Petty and Queen and things like that, you know, but that’s the one – Johnny Cash!
Roach: I can’t remember my First, cause I used to buy so many records, cause my Dad is a rocker too and he used to take me to a store and I used to buy 45’s!!! But …humm…something like Donnie bla bla
Scampi: I think it was the Smashing Pumpkins…the green album…the one with the blurry picture…”Pisces Iscariot”
Roach: You have never bought a record when you were a kid?!!!
Scampi: I don’t think so!

G5: Well, thank you all, for let us know interesting things about you! Hope to see you soon and good luck with the tour!!! Oh!!!… and there are the “Favouritties” next!
All: Thank You!!! Bye Bye!!!

09 October 2005

The Bomboras

An all instrumental Surf unit from Los Angeles, the Bomboras grouped up in the summer of 1994 with a love of 60’s Surf/Garage such as the Ventures, Booker T, and the Sonics. Donning Halloween masks, Tiki Heads, and Day of the Dead regalia onstage, the explosive fivesome tempered their retro-stylings with an update by way of the Ramones, the Pandoras, and Nuggets. Accompanied by frenzied Go Go girls, spitting flames, stage-diving, and destroying their own equipment, the Bomboras’ livid funhouse take on 145 Surf became an object of fan adoration, but a pest to the LAPD, who targeted the band’s outrageous shows much as they have targeted other ‘dangerous’ LA bands, most memorably Black Flag. The Bomboras’ first studio effort, "Savage Island," was recorded in a week in 1994, on the Zombie-A-Go-Go Records, and averaged about an album a year after that, while appearing on countless Indie compilation albums, including a Ventures’ tribute CD and Del Records’ "Surf Monsters: Past Present and Future."


Toda una banda de Surf instrumental de las afueras de Los Angeles, los Bomboras se formaron en el verano del 94 con un amor común al Surf/Garage de los sesenta como The Ventures, Booker T y The Sonics. Máscaras de Halloween, cabezas tiki y apocalípticos en escena. Los cinco explosivos atemperan sus estilos retro con un repertorio en la línea de los Ramones, Pandoras y Nuggets. Van acompañados de delirantes Go-Go´s, escupen fuego y destrozan su propio equipo. La loca mansión de los Bomboras (145 Surf) ha llegado a ser un objeto de adoración por parte de sus fans, pero una peste para la policía de Los Angeles que fijó su blanco en los escandalosos directos de la banda mucho más que a las denominadas bandas peligrosas de Los Angeles como Black Flag. El primer trabajo de estudio de los Bomboras, "Savage Island", fue grabado en una semana, en 1994 con Zombie-A-Go-Go Records. Aparecieron en contados recopilatorios, incluyendo un tributo en CD a The Ventures con Del Records llamado "Surf Monsters: Past, Present and Future".