Demonic Upchucks Interview
Introduce the band to people? ie how did you meet, who
is in the band and
why form it in the first place?
Well, there is Dom on drums, Alex on bass/vox and myself (matt) on guitar/vox.
Me and Dom are brothers so I suppose we met when he dropped outta
me Mum in
1982. Me and Alex went to school together and hung around because we
similar taste in music but more importantly hated pretty much the same
Me and Alex formed the band as a response to the piss-poor, self obsessed,
whinging, spineless, shoe-gazing, sad excuse for a rock scene that
fashionable at the time. Back in the summer of '97 we had nothing to
with music really if we were honest, just about upsetting and debasing
awful status quo, reminding people that there was more possibilities
than BritPop. And I think we achieved that.
How did you manage to get your first gig pulled,
and has there been any
other similar incidents since? What is the best gig Demonic Upchucks have
ever done and who else was on the line-up?
Our first gig was destined to be pulled long before we turned up really.
was a band-bash originally involving 6 bands. Two pulled out, another
two wouldn't play because they knew we were and the other band just didn't
up. We hadn't practised or even sorted out what we were really going
play, we spent the day drinking and smoking and turned up out of our
made a God-awful racket, upsetting the handful of people who had turned
to see their absent indie-rock oasis wannabees and were threatened with
police once we started hurling pig's trotters at the crowd.
The line up was me, Alex, Dom and Smash Adams (who went to school with
and Alex). He wasn't really in the band. He couldn't play an instrument
sing or anything but neither could we. We gave him a broken guitar with
four strings missing and a michrophone to scream abuse into.
sound, and what bands have influenced you?
I suppose at the heart of what we do is RocknRoll. It's fast, angry
honest. We all each individually listen to all sorts of stuff so
difficult to fish out the most obvious influences. I'm sure that
Demented Are Go, New York Dolls, Devo, the Blood, Uk Subs, Motorhead
in there but also perhaps Eddie Cochran, MC5, Scream, Melvins, Eater,
Kinks, Thin Lizzy and God only knows what.
I suppose that in terms of "describing our sound" it is
probably best left
to people hearing us play.
You have a new CD out - how has it been received?
How did the recoding go?
Fantastically. It's hard work putting out yer own stuff as I'm sure
most bands featured on PunkandOi will tell you. We have done a couple
pretty small runs and sold them as quickly as we can make them which
frustrating but can only really be a good thing.
The recording is from 2 sessions. The first was in October 1998, the
had been together little more than a year but by then Jarvis (roger of
abuse) had taken us to one side, sorted us out with
smokes/cider/equipment/paid for practise spaces and gave us a lot of
as we started to become a "proper" band that played "proper
songs". It was
the first wave us stuff we wrote together and to this day I am still
of it, especially as me and Alex were only 18 and Dom still 15.
The second session was October 2004. By then we had found our feet as
band and were much more comfortable and able musically and lyrically.
is a marked difference in the two sessions and indeed what we do
now...nothing too drastic but as a band you have to keep moving forwards,
otherwise it becomes a stale sort of ritual and loses it's relevance
What other releases have you had out so
far, and what track are you most proud of and why?
We had 4 songs released on "Helen Of Oi's Punks
Skins and Herberts Vol.5" in
1998/99. A mate called Alan got us in touch with them and it was one of
best things that could have happened as it got us positive feedback from
over the world and because the record featured the Bollocks and Dick Spikie
from Japan, Age of Chaos, Scurvy (from Scotland I think) and so many other
great bands it gave us a huge boost.
"What track am I most proud of??"....that's an awful question
to try and answer. I love "Chief Get Beer (got beer)" for it's
simplicity, tune and
the fact it was such a spur of the moment creation. I love "T.S.O
Zombie" for it's psychobilly groove and gutteral growling,
quite unlike anything
else we do. I love "Private Poice" for it's attack on morons
too stupid to
join the police force (I dont know how you manage either) and patrole
fucking supermarket with a shiny badge instead or throw their weight
as doormen....I love "Bournemouth Gardens" as it's about something
relevant to the Bomo Punks.......sorry to wimp out of the question but
can't answer it !
What are your thoughts to the internet music
Although initially unsure, I think that there are many great things
it. Firstly it is fucking up the music industry fantastically, they have
been drip feeding the masses for far too long and never addressed it
knowing years in advance of it's imminant arrival. I hate the music
industry, it gave us everything we never needed and never asked for.
Another bonus is this, take MySpace for example, despite being bought
Rupert Murdoch (owner of awful right wing tabloids/crooked news channels
most of the media around the globe) there is something ultimately very
democratic about it. It doesn't matter if you are signed to Sony and
touring the world or whether you operate from a bedrom with a couple
mates....everyone has the same space, the same tools and the same means
get heard. It makes no allowance for hype/industry plugging etc etc....it
is an equalizer.
The internet will be the downfall of corperate music by giving the means
distribution and marketing to anyone who wants it. That can only be a
What is punk?
Punk is different things to different people. To some
people that might
mean little more than feeling good about yourself and going out drinking
with mates, to others it might be more political freedom and a stand against
the horrors of New Labour/Torys, or to some animal liberation or sexual
freedom or whatever....
To me the brilliance of punk was the fact there were no rules, no-one you
had to follow and nobody telling you what to think, how to look or what
listen to. Apart from being punk, what do the Buzzcocks have in common
Conflict? Or Minor Threat have in common with the Special Duties? Or X
Specs and the Varukers? All bands I love but all so different and I get
annoyed when punk becomes a uniform, a sort of one size fits all culture.
Spike your hair or don't spike your hair. Wear leather, don't wear leather.
Enjoy hardcore music, don't enjoy hardcore music...it shouldn't matter.
Punk is the celebration of choice and making it plainly clear to people that
you won't be a fucking sheep and that whatever you do, it's because you want
to do it. Not because it's fashionable. What keeps us united is common
respect, honesty and no bullshit. Long live Punk.
What is the scene like in your area and what
local bands would you recommend checking out?
The Bournemouth scene is the healthiest it has ever
been and a great group
of really good people of all different sorts.
Of course "SpitRoast" have to get a plug ! Imagine Discharge
Plasmatics if you can....
The Extinguishers" are young lads playing a grungey punk ska (not
shit) and have been doing very well for themselves as have
the "Diablos", the singer Vinnie produces a free fanzine for
the local scene
called "State of Mind" and threw a party on a boat last month
with loads of
the local bands playing. They sound quite '77 like the Clash/Buzzcocks
with a Rudimentary Peni kinda falvour...
The Diskarded" are one of the newer bands and have already got a handful
successful gigs behind them, (they cover one of our songs too!)
The Taxidermists have been around a while now as well, recently supporting
the Misfits in Bmth. A rare punk-rock-horrorbilly affair that don't really
sound like anyone else. The Boneyard Creepers are a 60s style garage-punk
band and developing a following of their own too...so are the Death Valley
Riders, a sort of instrumental surf punk band.
And of course the 80s Bournemouth legends "Self Abuse", without
individuals as much as a band there might be no scene down here at all.
What bands would you recommend checking out?
If you’re just getting into punk listen to abrasive
wheels, their new stuff will get the kids into punk for sure. Erm dropkicks,
erm, a band called the D’coner bois from brum, loads of smaller
bands on our myspace worth checking out. Just got to keep an eye out
for different punk bands, some real good ones, coney island jesus, absolute
Plans, gigs and releases
planned for 2006/2007.
We're in the process of sorting some T-shirts and more Cds...some
lined up with the Varukers, Boneyard Creepers, U.K Subs....we're
Bristol Biekeller on October 15th supporting the Exploited, and in
Southampton next month at some point with Witchhunt from the U.S.
say some more dates with Disorder next year and hopefully with Rich
Reknaw crew (cheers guys). We should be getting a split CD sorted
already recorded and unreleased stuff soon but the real plan is to
hopefully play outside the U.K next year. The chaps in "Dog
A Dog" have
invited us back to Sicily and hopefully Italy after we had them over
August which is great because not only are they one of my favourite
but really cool guys too (plugplugplug check them out too!)
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