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Shakeout Interview


Introduce the band to people, ie who is in the band and how it all
started and how you sound

Marty sings, Paul plays guitar and I (Rich)play the double bass. We're brothers. Shane plays drums.

Marty and I started in various Psychobilly bands together around 1990 and
by 1992 we had got Paul in (he was just 15 years old) and settled on the
name Shakeout. We had no drummer but were introduced to Shane who wasn't into the scene but said he had been playing in a local indie band so we auditioned him and played our first gig about a month later. After the gig
he confessed he'd never played before in his life!

Soundwise, some people have called us 'old school' Psychobilly while others
have said that we have pushed the boundaries so I guess it's for everyone
to make up their own mind.

As a band the Psycho groups that we like are Long Tall Texans, Guana Batz
and classic stuff like that. A bit of Ska also goes down well. Marty likes
stuff like Johnny Cash, BR5-49 and the Caravans. Paul has always loved The
Stray Cats and right now he's into Link Wray, The Sonics and the 1960's
Pebbles albums. I'm into stuff like Living End, Rancid, Green Day, Ramones,
Nigel Lewis, Two Tone and 60's Ska. We don't ask what Shane's into!

What led the band going into hibernation in the first place, and why come back now?

I'll just say that some people weren't putting in as much work as they should and became unreliable so we called it a day. That's in the past now though - we're big boys now.

I changed jobs a couple of years ago and became more computer based. In my spare time I typed Shakeout into Google expecting nothing to come up but was surprised to see that people still talked about us. We spoke about the possibility of reforming and I set up a website to test the water. We had some good response so decided to go for it though we can't do it full time as Paul is having real success at the moment with his Rockabilly band The Fat Cat Trio.

How has your comeback been received? And how have the band and audience
changed since the first time round?

The response has been good. We've been surprised at how many people
actually knew who we were. The only problem has been that we have had turn down some really good offers due to our jobs and other commitments but then we knew this would happen so we will do what we can.

When Shakeout were first together the audiences were always the same faces, no new faces but now there seems to be an increase in younger people getting into Psychobilly. And not all of them look like Psychos anymore
with huge multicoloured quiffs and stuff. Alot of people seem to be happier
to listen to a broader range of musical styles now. Perhaps that's due in
part to the internet and Radio 1's Lock up show where bands like Tiger Army
and Horrorpops are played alongside punk and ska groups.

What is the highlight and what is the lowest point in the bands history?

The only low point really was the band splitting up although sometimes when
you're starting out you feel like you're banging your head against a brick wall trying to get promoters and labels to show any interest.

Playing at festivals in France and Germany was great as was recording but
my favourite time was a week we had in about 1994 I think it was. In the space of seven days we played the Big Rumble weekender in Gt Yarmouth,
Supported Restless in Norwich and then did a fantastic gig in Northampton
with King Kurt. They were all great shows and I think we played at our best
for all three.

Your previous releases came out on international labels, what was the reason for this? How does the international psychobilly scene compare with the UK one?

The first album 'Dissonance'was on the Japanese Planet Records. The guy who owned the label saw us the Big Rumble as he was there with his band and offered us the deal. The second album 'Top Of The World' was on the German label Crazy Love. We had sent the demo's around various labels and Guido from Crazy Love was the only guy that seemed to show any faith in us.

Most labels said they couldn't market us 'cause we didn't stick to one distinct rocking style. We had Psycho, Rockabilly, Garage, and a kind of Rockin' Brit-Pop thing going on. It seems now that things are a little more open but that remains to be seen!

As for international Psychobilly, when we were playing in the 1990's the scene was dying in the UK and although it was still large in Europe it was
slowly dwindling. Japan was big and Planet records promised us shows but
nothing ever happened.

At that time there was hardly anything happening in the USA but that now
seems to be the biggest market and by all accounts it's still growing.

Your Dissonance was re-released last year, how did this come about? And are you planning any new material? If so, when can we expect to hear it?
Dissonance was only previously available on Vinyl on Japanese import and
had long been deleted, plus Planet Records went bust. I wanted to get a CD
copy CD purely for myself but when we decided to get the band back together
I asked around a couple of labels again but as we hadn't played for seven
years they were reluctant to commit to anything.

In the end in true Punk Rock tradition I did it myself. I got the studio where it was recorded to remaster the tapes and put a limited run onto CD. We then got the artwork professionally designed and printed. As usual, not alot of money in it for us but if anyone wants a copy on CD then get in touch. All money goes directly to the artist - lovely!

We're gonna see how the first couple of gigs go and if we think it's worth
it then sure we'll be working on new stuff.

Do you do covers? If so, what and why?

We have always played some covers in our set. When you start it's an easy
way to get the audience to sing a long and feel familiar with you.

In our current set we play a few covers. There's the classic psycho song 'Migraine' by the Ricochets just cause it's a great song. We also do The 1950's Rockabilly song 'Sitting on top of the World'. We play around with it - starting off really mellow and country like and gradually build up to a full heavy rock/punk style climax.

We also do 'In the end' by Green Day. I heard this tune and thought it sounded like a song King Kurt could do. Then I thought 'we can do it'!

We cap it all off with Peter and the Test Tube Babies 'Alcohol'. Just a real fun tune. It lends itself to the slap bass.

Is having brothers together in a band a help or a hindrance? ie do you
have Gallagher style fights, or does it mean you are on the same wave

We've had no punch-ups yet! It does help at times being brothers that we can blow our tops and you know all will be well, but it also means that you make extra allowances for each other too.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2006.

We have a gig at The Marquee in Norwich on June 16th. We're headlining and
we have a couple of support bands. We're just going to see how it goes
really. If we get offers we'll do them if we can.

We've already had to turn down Klubtastic in London and a festival in Spain
'cause as I said before Paul is really busy with The Fat Cats. We know we
won't be able to do many shows but we'll do what we can.

Any final comments?
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