Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


We don't get many Dutch bands at Gonerfest- I had the pleasure of seeing Traumahelikopter on the last European trip I had over and they were good and wanted to come to Gonerfest. "Bring it!" I dared them. And they did! Good solid guitar rock from Groningen, the rock n roll capital of the garage rock scene in Europe. Long may they reign. 

What's going on in Groningen? Good bands?
 Some good Dutch bands at the moment are Charlie & the Lesbians, the Homesick, Bert Scholten, Steve French & Afterpartees! 

What are some of your favorite bands - any time, any place? 
All-time favorites would definitely include the Gun Glub, the Replacements, the Ramones, Jay Reatard, Teenage Fanclub, the Chills, Big Star, Guided By Voices, the Jesus & Mary Chain, just to name a few... We could go on for hours! 

Where's the best place to play?
 It's a bit of an obvious choice: Vera, our hometown venue. Probably the best club in Europe, so much history and so many great bands who played there.

What's the biggest difference between US and European audiences? 
A lot of music we like was made or originated in the USA. People seem to have more musical knowledge in general, but especially when it comes to punk and indie stuff. Lots of great labels, bands and scenes over there! At the same time there are always good things happening over here too. Would be a good thing if more European bands would be put out by US labels and get to tour there!

What are you looking forward to at Gonerfest? 
We're really stoked to come over and see Memphis for the very first time, we expect to meet like-minded people, see great bands, eat delicious food and have the best time ever.



Monday, September 18, 2017


Gonerfest is full of bands you know but it's really made to show off bands you don't know, bands from every corner of the earth ready to break your brain with their music. Judy & The Jerks are from Hattiesburg, Mississippi and play a revved up punk rock that's potent and definitely not what I think about when I think about Mississippi music ...
Let's all learn a bit about these wild kids coming up from Hattiesburg!

What goes on in Hattiesburg? 
- Not at a lot? Old boring white people like to wave confederate flags in front of the college campus because they're idiots. We mostly just stick to doing punk things, throwing sick house shows, and telling frat boys to shove it.

What's a good place to eat in town?
- We are typical college town bozos so we eat Taco Bell often. Sometimes we go BIG and hit up the Cici's Pizza buffet. Sometime's we go small and just eat Puffcorn from gas stations. Variety, ya know.

How did Judy & The Jerks come together?
- Two of us have been playing together for awhile, met the other half over time at local shows. Friendships formed in the pit. Only logical next step was to start a band. Our first practice we sounded like some indie noise rock thing but we quick scrapped that and stuck to the real deal punk.
Are there places to play locally? 
- All of us help book and promote house shows around town. There's a good three or so consistent house show spots that are always down to host whatever wild band is coming through. There's a few bars that are cool with punk stuff but we try and keep it in the all ages house show style. Cram 40 kids into a living room and set it off.

Do you get out of Hattiesburg to play? 
- We try the best we can. Early September we did 4 days in the Southeast. Mid summer we did a whole midwest week. We've done some fest weekends in Oklahoma City, Birmingham, San Antonio. We've got big ideas of a west coast tour, east coast tour, how to get to Europe. We're down to rock wherever.

Name some bands you like, any place, any time... 
Here's one from each member. Hampton: Youth Of Today, I've been watching old and recent live footage of this band every morning for like 2 weeks straight now. Julie: Shannon and the clams cause I want to be Shannon and Ty Segall cause he never gets old I'm an LA garage rocker in my heart what can I say. Sarah: that one Kate Fagan song (I Don't Wanna Be To Cool) because I've been listening to it a lot lately. Austin : Floorpunch because I like to MOSH

What are you looking forward to at Gonerfest?- Just being in Memphis, none of us have spent a lot of time there. I remember the Peabody hotel from when I was like 7 but that's kinda all I know, that and the Paul Simon song Graceland. Seeing a bunch of bands I would normally probably never play with is sick, especially bands from other countries. 

Anything else you wanna say? 
- On tour we listened to a loop of the goose waddle song from Aristocrats while driving through Chicago being amazed at the BIG CITY. This went on for like 45 minutes. I think that really boils down the attitude we have in Judy And The Jerks.


ALL RIGHT! Let's come out Friday Afternoon Sept 29 at Memphis Made and make some new friends in the pit with JUDY & THE JERKS! Five Dollars people! Or included in your GOLDEN PASS!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017



For the longest time Nashville hasn't had a log to stand on, much less legs. Caught up in the razzle and the dazzle, the kids growing up in the shadow of the Ryman or coming out of Vanderbilt had no clue as to good music, or if they did, no urge to make it. Which is kinda weird- there have been great record stores in Nashville for a long time. What gives? I don't know. To perhaps enlighten me, and maybe all of us, I put some questions to the volitile SPODEE BOY. His take on Nashville, Memphis, and Gonerfest follows. As you will read, he is correct about many things. Heed his words well. Don't miss SPODEE BOY Saturday at the Murphy's Day Show!

WHAT'S GOOD IN NASHVILLE NOW? Everything! Country music is killing it! Condos going up everywhere you look! Spodee B is touring with Taylor Swift next year and opening for Kesha at the Ryman, excited for that. We have a triple LP coming out on Third Man in fall of 2018 also. Pretty much the golden land over here in Nashville! WHAT'S NOT SO GOOD IN NASHVILLE NOW? MUSIC!! Spodee Boy is the only band left in Nashville!! All the bands here suck! The worst are Date Night, Teddys Rough Rides, Essential Tremers, Savy Hotel and The Donors. Date Night are a bunch of 14-15 year olds who wish they were the Reatards, Teddys Rough Rides is a rip off Margo Price psych country project, Essential Tremers is like the most boring Chrome song for 40mins, Savy Hotel is an endless guitar solo with a shitty old drum machine and The Donors are like if Spray Paint sucked more at their instruments. The only good band, besides Spodee of course, was this band Soft Option but their bassist quit to become a cop. I think they had a record deal with Big Machine. WHAT IS SPODEE BOY'S MISSION? To promote "Slack" and teach the world about "Bob". To become a spiritual advisor for all who like overpriced garage punk records. To play Coachella with Death Grips. Also to make enough money for me to quit my shitty sandwich job at Clem's and sit on my ass drinking long islands while smoking L's with shorty. You know. The simple things in life. That and a kilo of cocaína. WHAT ARE SOME GOOD BANDS (ANY TIME, ANY PLACE)? I like Devo and the Coneheads. Uranium Club. Omg Lumpy !! Anything that is hype right now that I can rip off and sell to people with worse packaging. Also Cuntz, Orion, Terry, Nun, Uv Race, Total Control, Low Life, Power, Spotting, Drug Sweat, Chook Race, Severed Heads, Coloured Balls, Miss Destiny, Oily Boys, Ausmutants, Tyrannamen and Rose Tattoo. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO AT GONERFEST? 2 good Unnatural Axe songs. Most of feedtime probably. That 1 Vanity song from the 1st LP. Foster Care if the bassist doesn't get too drunk. X_X's song about fighting. Or drinking. Coltrane Duckworths solo bullshit. Parquet Courts "secret" set. Ex-Cult. Goggs for sure. The Oblivians reunion. 2 songs by Sharp Balloons. Bake Sale. Bluff City V. Gimp Teeth reunion at the river show. City of Aviv unofficial, unrelated after party with Cobra Mayne before it gets too annoying. Hang with lot's of washed up old dudes drinking Memphis Made beer and of course ISIS!!!!! Who else is playing again? Aquarian Blood?


BLOODBAGS came over from Auckland last year and simply took the indoor stage at Murphy's during the Gonerfest 13 Saturday Day show and burned it to the ground. A huge, imposing sound that got everyone in the place out of their heads. Partying for 3 days was forgotten as the band blasted away. They had such a great time they asked if they could play this year's festival as well. We couldn't wait to see 'em again so... watch out, they're coming back! Thursday Night at the Hi Tone is the venue this time.

I sent some questions over to Andrew Tolley, who ran NZ's Perpetrator and label owner. For a longer interview don't miss BORED OUT's interview here!

 How is NZ this time of year?
So we gots the transition from Winter to Spring kicking in right now, so you gets that general mood lift, people get out more and all the crazee creative projects people been investing their time and resource in their caves and bunkers over winter see the light of day. Auckland doesn't really get harsh winter stuff, just chilly winds, colder rain and shorter days.

What records have you been playing lately? 
I think as I get older I find meself sticking more to a listening menu of older music, 50s/60s, but having said that I'm all over the place really, ancient and new, to rattle off a recent list, Tammy Wynette, feedtime, NZ 80s punks Flesh D-Vice, Hunches, Vince Taylor, Stackwaddy, King Snake Roost, NZ surf trash demons Tape Wolves, Ann Peebles, Benny Joy, Ike & Tina, Troggs.

What are some all-time favorite bands that might figure into the Bloodbags sound or approach?

The Crypt/In the Red Big three, Oblivians/GORIES/Cheater Slicks figure huge directly/indirectly...the pound, the scuzz, the swing always components I try to nail in most of the half assed riffs I come up with. Maybe more indirectly the early Flying Nun sound figures too like the Clean and the Stones, but definitely the heavier stuff too like the Gordons, and the 90s Nun stuff that gets mightily overlooked of SPUD/Solid Gold Hell and King Loser.

What's great about touring in the US?

So many great bands to see, places to visit, eat your way through and the awesome folk you meet. Seems US has an insanely awesome grassroots network of bands/venues/labels at the moment

What's not so great about touring in the US?
Getting into the US if yr not American is obviously getting a lot harder, and yr man at the controls, need I mention who, is digging up a whole mess of dysfunction, paranoia, fear and hate, not a great menu to dine out on.

Bloodbags played Gonerfest 13- that's a long ways to go two years in a row!
What are you looking forward to at Gonerfest 14?

All the bands, all the people, there'll definitely be a bunch more Kiwis there this time and we're all close mates, that'll be cool...particularly stoked to get to see Jack Oblivian, feedtime, Die Group, Heavy Lids, Sweet Knives and Thunderroads...Brainbagz at first night after party, but everyone will bring their A-game, so it will all rule, no doubt
Anything else we should know or that you want to add?
Just a huge shout out to all the folk we met last year, and the new folk who've been helping us out this year to sort a bunch of shows we got before/after GFest, all 15-16 shows we got are with some crazy great bands....we are quietly preparing to have our NewZild minds blown on multiple occasions! 

Bloodbags at GF13!


Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Ten High a big, burly gnarly rock n roll band that seemingly dropped out of some Amphetamine Reptile sampler from the 90s rather than 2010s Arkansas. Despite their name they are definitely not a cowboy band, although at times you can tell they've heard a Gun Club album and they probably could kick your ass. It's a solid sound, a take-no-prisoners attack that I'm sure will open the eyes of folks who never thought of Arkansas music at all beyond maybe the great Bobby Lee Trammell. Find out some more about the great TEN HIGH! 

What goes on in Fayetteville? 
Fayetteville is basically a not-as-cool version of Oxford. A big college down full people wanting to party.

What's a good place to eat in town?

The best place to eat in town is where our bass player works, Hugos. its a 40's style basement with the best burgers on earth

How did Ten High come together?

Ten High started when Devan and Cat met working at a music store. she just moved to Fayetteville from Memphis and I just moved from Tulsa back to Fayetteville. Neither of us could get anyone to jam so we just started jamming and never stopped.

Are there places to play locally?
The best two spots to play in town are Smoke & Barrel and Backspace. Backspace is a DIY spot and theres always something cool going on. Smoke & Barrel is the sweetest bar in Town. Kind of our own DKDC

Name some bands you like, any place, any time...
Matts all about Sonic Youth, Cat swears J.C. Satan is the greatest band ever, Aaron is all over the place, but keeps it real psychy, and Devan just discovered Amyl and The Sniffers and is still freaking out.

What are you looking forward to at Gonerfest?

We're looking forward to partying with all our buds in Memphis. We have a couple shows with A Giant Dog leading up to Gonerfest so we're real excited to see them get down. And definitily Tyvek, they've been so great for so long. Just looking forward to days and days of great musicians and super party time

Anything else you wanna say?

We just want to say we can't wait to share festivities with some of our favorite bands and people on earth. Definitily ready to eat thousands of krystals and all the slaw we can find.


Friday, September 1, 2017



Here are the Equals on German TV in 1971!

Derv Gordon with So What May, 2017

From Derv:

Hi Eric, I have just got back from playing a festival in Belgium. I am somewhat tired.
I love all the Stax stuff.
Had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some of them.
As far as i am concerned Memphis is the home of Soul music.
You can check out the Derv Gordon So What show on YouTube.
The audiences have been fantastic. They know the songs.
I am looking forward to the gig and to see the Stax Museum.
See you there.❤️🎼
I CAN'T WAIT! Thanks Derv!

Gonerfest 14 September 28-Oct 1


FOSTER CARE has been attacking audiences via their punk rock music for years now, with no signs of slowing down or lessening the brutality of their cruciality. Ask anyone. They'll tell ya. Don't let the sailor's hats fool ya.

We are tres excited to have 'em in the lineup for Gonerfest 14 - packed into the killer Friday Night at the Hi Tone with NOTS, feedtime, TYVEK, Peacers and Frantic Stuffs. We asked 'em a few questions to see what's been going on with these wildmen... 

What's Foster Care been up to lately? 
We are recording a new record w our new drummer. 

How do you describe your sound, to someone who has never heard you?
Four frothing rabid dogs chasing a car that crashes into a liquor store. 

Who are some good bands?
Honey, Conduit, Brandy, Urchin, Willful Boys, Mommy, Sediment Club, Ereptile Distruction. 

What's good in New York right now? 
Brooklyn is cradling a lot of creative energy right now. Snackys Kimchee Dog is good. 

Does all the dumbassery going on in the US get you fueled up or bummed out? Does either help the music?
YES. All of the above. 

What's good in Memphis? What are you looking forward to?
Hopefully the cocaine this time of year!

Um, don't hold your breath, nose, whatever. 
Anything else you wanna say? 
Yall got any Confederate monuments we can vandalize?!?!

Yes we do! 

Tickets for Gonerfest are here

A Revealing Talk With Cobra Man's Andy & Sarah

When I first heard Cobra Man I thought I'd discovered a new, actually good guitar pop band. Then I got to hear more songs, realized I was way wrong, and loved the band even more. Really, that doesn't happen that much. The more I listened to the music the more messed up I got. Some may say I got too messed up! But I can still listen to this after thousands of runs through and hear new, crazy parts. So... check it out. It's a fun, summery romp full of great grooves, funny lyrics, and a "fuck it, we do what we want" kind of feel- in a happy way. I think they're brilliant in a way that no one else is. But what do I know? NOT MUCH! So... I needed to know more about these folks, and you do, too. Natasha from Melodic in the UK was curious and asked these questions...dig in! - Eric / Goner

 Where are you guys from/based? Do you feel like your surroundings have inspired the record and if so, how?
Andy: We're based in North East LA. I think the area did inspire the record a bit. The Mull brothers and Worble guys have always had this approach of skating all surfaces, and sort of bringing the wild nature of their home in Vermont to wherever they find themselves skating. So naturally they adapted to the style of terrain here in LA and we used that as a reference for the pacing and energy of the songs. So in a sense it's more of whatever environment they are skating in influences the music. 

Sarah: I’m from Los Angeles. The surroundings here with other musicians can be pretty daunting and depressing. I feel like a lot of people care more about putting out a cool vibe then actually working on the songs and putting everything into it. Maybe they’re scared or lazy but it’s a very jaded scene here and meeting Andy and getting to do this project couldn’t have been better timing for me. It brought a lot of joy to my life and made me realize again why I make music. The whole Worble crew, including Andy are all so hard working, creative and aren’t afraid to put themselves out there. They’re different from anyone here I’ve worked with here in LA and the whole process has been freeing and wonderful.

Who are your musical influences and which artists do you appreciate and what is it about them that makes them so special?
Sarah: ELO, Phil Spector, The Kinks, Brill Building and Wall of Sound stuff is a big influence for me. I think Andy's production, songwriting and vocals mixed with my style of singing and songwriting created an interesting mix that we both dug a lot. We pushed each other along with Tom while referencing great hits. I think that respecting the craft of songwriting while being sincere is what makes those songs special.

Andy: There's almost always a hint of Black Moth Super Rainbow in anything I write. Something about those soaring magic melodies struck me hard when I was younger and I tend to find myself adding little things like that in. I love the bass parts of this band The Coneheads. Vocal arrangements of Sacred Harp choirs. Sister Sledge and all that disco stuff has been a big one from an early age. I think all that stuff still lingers. Dumb dark magic, everybody have a good time vibes, huge melodies. Kraftwerk, Stereolab, Devo,...there's the heavier stuff too, and a lot of beatmakers...lots to love. 

When I first listened to the album, it conjured up loads of disco references for me (Smoke, mirrors, sweat and jewelry etc) the art work definitely reaffirmed that. Do you feel like you're in character at all, if so could you give us some insight into those, is this something that's become a part of your writing process?
Andy: Yeah I mean I wouldn't say it's a full on character, it's definitely me. Instead of filtering out the ideas some people might consider cheesy or too catchy I own them and go with it. Sometimes I will write in the character of a combination of other bands. Like bands I've made up that are sort of a collage of a bunch of different things. If anything, remembering that we've carved out a little space for ourselves to embrace whatever fun stuff we want has become a part of the writing process. I should probably mention that all of these songs were specifically written for the skaters they back in the video. There was a process between Tom Mull, Sarah and I about choosing vibes and pacing, so in a sense the whole thing was written in different characters but under the umbrella of our personalities. 

Do you guys have day jobs, if so what are they?
Andy: I work in TV/Film as a camera operator. I've been lucky enough to work on a lot of cool alt comedy shows and most of my work comes from those types of projects. I also write and direct a few commercials a year, and score videos. 

Sarah: I work in music, writing for other artists and writing for film/tv and in licensing. The reason Andy and I worked together for the first time was because he was directing a commercial and I asked him if he needed music for it. He asked me to work on that song for Element after that, and then we wrote the new driveway sound track in the 2 months following.

What kind of equipment / instruments did you find yourselves using for the album?
Andy: Everything was done in Ableton Live 9 with a midi keyboard and an SM57. I recorded all the demos at home and in a practice space. Sarah would record parts at her place and send them over for me to mix in. Then we'd meet up and sort of add finishing touches to everything. We took the mixes to my friend Phil Hartunian's studio and ran it through a bunch of old gear and bounced it to tape. We also re did some of the vocals with a Neumann mic and added a few guitar and bass parts, but the majority of it was done at home in Ableton. As far as instruments, mostly Jupiter, CS80, Solina, and various modular soft synths were used along with Massive. I have this guitar, I'm not really sure what it is because the previous owner scratched out the name and put Strandel on there, but it's a really shit kinda surf guitar I use. I never really have the high E on there. Drums were sampled except for hi hats, shakers, and cymbals. Most of those I recorded and manipulated. Bass was all done straight into the laptop using an 80's Diamond bass I bought off a friend for $100. Lyrics usually evolved from sounds that felt appropriate to the song, goofy vibes and stuff, but there were a few that came from specific references. "Ociffer" was heavily influenced by Steve and Tom, and how they always thought Dave was this violent monster when they were kids haha they really thought he would go to jail when he was older because of how bad his temper was I guess. I used to do this impression of a drunk guy like "ociffer, it's just a little egg nog," slurring words and all that, and it popped up in my memory and it all sorta just came out of nowhere melody and all. We tweaked the lyrics to be more about Dave as a kid which fit in with the videos motif of the childhood footage nicely. Happened very fast. I think I wrote that in like 3 hours. The whole album took about 3 months to write and record. 

Can you tell us a bit about the title and what it means...
Andy: Cobra Man is the name of a creature we saw in Mexico. It stemmed from a street dog we found down there in Baja, named her Bone Man and brought her back with us. You could say Cobra man is a friend of the Bone Man. 

Sarah: We both just went up to the VIP skate camp this past weekend to play a show for all the guys. It’s a weekend at the end of camp where they all hang around and skate and thank everyone associated, like Thrasher guys, Element, all the skaters involved etc. 

You mentioned very briefly running a DIY space for parties, could we get some more info on that too.

Andy: We had this DIY space on the east side for a year that we all lived in that became known as the Worble Warehouse. The building used to be an old vinyl pressing plant, and it had been sectioned off into units. There were only two rooms built out in there, so we used one as an office for everyone to work in, and then we all slept in the other room army barracks style. The rest of the space was open with high ceilings and a loft. So yeah, basically we found this place on craigslist, scrounged together enough money for the deposit and moved out of our shitty apartment in Sherman Oaks. The spot was pretty raw when we got there so we fixed it up, built a stage and started hosting these parties where the vibe was to have as much fun as possible and trash our place. The latter which was fully taken advantage of. 

It started with confetti cannons, pinatas, shredded pillows, etc but it evolved into this production we would put on about once a month. Bert (Manramp) would plan out and build these hilarious large wooden sculptures that we'd use to get everyone stoked. One time they built a huge Trojan horse. Dave was hiding inside with a few cases, so once we wheeled the horse out of the bedroom and into the crowd he popped out of the top and started throwing beers at people. I think the legs of the horse broke off so it was carried on the backs of like 7 or 8 people. Usually Dave was the actor in these little stunts. We cut his head off with a guillotine, put him in a coffin, had him ride a giant wooden pigeon that would shit out beers. Stuff like that. I always wanted to do a thing where we killed Dave and resurrected him into the rafters on a pully system but we never quite figured that out.

So yeah it turned into this thing. Every show was the last one because we knew the place was being shut down at some point. Then finally it was and we were forced to leave. We fought it but that's another story. We ended up having bands play like Mild High Club, La Femme, Cherry Glazerr, Thee was a special place and a lot of funny stories were born there. I would host a space again, but I wouldn't live in it. 

How many videos for Thrasher have you done and could we get links please?
Andy:  We've done all of the New Driveway videos they've posted, and the first Manramp video

Lastly, your music doesn't strike me as what would usually be used in skate videos how has the skating community responded to it?
Andy: The skate community has been totally supportive and it's been a great experience so far. 

COBRA MAN New Driveway Soundtrack lp/cd is out Sept 8 and available for pre-order here.

COBRA MAN will be playing GONERFEST 14 in Memphis, TN - get tickets & more info here