Instant Shithead Attack
Shithead Mono Deluxe
SH EP! (available on Spotify and iTunes)
Hi guys, how are you?
Great, thanx! Johnny-O feels like shite, but that’s pretty good for him…
Would you mind introducing us to your band members?
Nick Cee – on bass, Mongrel by birth, arse by choice
Johnny-O – guitar, Sod by training
A.C. Reature – guitar, likes booze
Erik Eitch – drums, suicide strangling werewolf
Clint Hell – vox, upsidedown bastard with a lot of silver tape ‘tween his legs.
How long has the current band line up been together?
Two months in IRL, but in reality for life.
How did you meet each other?
Clint and Johnny-O have known each other since before Clint could walk properly. Nick and A.C. Reature have known each other from the time they met at a swinger’s party in the mid eighties. Erik… Well… He just turned up one day and werewolfy as he was, he was in the band. He simply didn’t want to go home.
How did you come up with the band name?
We loved the song and we love women.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
Frantic. Boiling lava pop-punk-metal-rockish. We are Snake City’s Finest!
What music did you listen to while growing up?
Satan’s Rats and Mungo Jerry.
Which artist or track inspired you to want to make music yourself?
When was the ‘I want to do that!’ moment?
First time we heard Cliff Richard performing his “Congratulations”. That could not be the meaning of music and we simply could not resist the challenge.
What was the last music you put on your ipod or mp3 player?
Nick: Eureka Machines
Erik: Public Image Limited
A.C. Reature: Silverhead
Johnny-O: What’s an iPod?
Clint: The Beatles
What have you been up to recently?
Depends on what you mean. On a personal level… Well. We have to be cautious. So we‘re not answering this. We can only mention A.C. Reature’s pork scratching. On a band level, we’re reforming and writing and rehearsing new material.
What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
Silence. Nah, seriously, we’ll be out and about, rocking the world with new brilliant tunes. We may, we MAY, even play some oldies n goldies.
What is your current equipment?
Nick: 1974 Rickenbacker 4001 JetGlow, a 1990
Gibson Thunderbird, Ampeg top (amplifier) and two Ampeg cabinets. Also, I have an Acoustic top and a harmonica (that’s at home, though…)
A.C. Reature: I have a Gibson Les Paul Custom and it has six strings. A Les Paul Special from 1958. HiWatt DR-103. And RM Treblebooster. (It has no strings.)
Johnny-O: Schecter Devil guitar, no strings attached… ;-) It is A.C. Reature intonated and tuned.
Erik: Ludwig Visalite 1975, Supraphonic snare and Paiste 2002 cymbals and sticks from Hellstone, and a Rockridge cowbell, Iron Cobra bass drum pedal.
Clint: I have no sponsors. But I once stole a mic, an SM58.
Do you have a favourite piece of musical kit that you couldn’t live without?
As a band, we’d have to say lemon oil for the fretboards.
If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
Nick: I already have what I want, so I’d say booze and cd’s…
Erik: I’d like a Ludwig Champagne Sparkle 1969, with a 26” bass drum.
Johnny-O: Say what?
A.C. Reature: I already have an unlimited budget. I get what I want.
Clint: A PA. And some salty liquorice. I love that.
Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
Yeah. But live we use more cabinets.
Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
The live vibe should be present in the recording, but you have the opportunity to use more colours, as it were. Of course the audience should be able to recognize the tunes in a live situation.
How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
Everything. We’re a DIY band.
Is the production side of things something you’d like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
Not really. We’re quite busy keeping ourselves going.
Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
It’s quite fun, but we live to play live.
Do you have any new recordings planned?
Which are your favourite original tracks?
By us or by others? We only play our own material, so we’ll have to say the new tunes that we haven’t recorded yet.
Who are your favourite songwriters?
Nick: Will Birch
A.C. Reature: My old man.
Clint: David Bowie and Al Jourgensen
Who are the main songwriters for the band?
Mostly, it’s Erik Eitch. Sometimes Clint arranges the words in a different order, but mainly Erik.
Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
Clint: I would say that it all depends on
A.C. Reatures mood for the day. Other than that, Erik decides.
Do you have a method for writing songs?
Erik: Well, I usually come up with a nice beat. Then I decide on the theme for the song and the other band members chip in their bits.
Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
Erik: Easy as pie.
Is there anyone who you would like to collaborate with on writing songs or performing?
No other than current members.
Would you sign with a major record company?
Yes, in a heartbeat.
Which countries have you gigged in?
We’ve been gigging in all English speaking countries in the world, including Västerhaninge.
Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?
We’d like to be big in Japan.
Who would you like to tour with?
The Motors, Makeouts and/or Besserbitch.
How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
Uhmmm… Seems we don’t.
Which music promotion websites do you use and do you have a favourite?
Myspace, Somojo and Twitter.
Do you think such sites and the internet are good tools for independent and unsigned artists?
Yep. They’re the ones available and there are true connections to fans worldwide. Connections that wouldn’t have been possible to make just a
With such a variety of similar websites that exist now for independent artist to promote music, is there something missing from them that you would like to see?
Merch store. That’s missing almost everywhere
What is your opinion on ‘battle of the bands’ competitions?
Not funny. Not funny at all. A band is a band and should be allowed to grow in its own right. American Idol… What good has ever come out of that?
What’s your best/worst experience at a gig?
Worst was when Johnny-O was to drunk to play, took ONE wrong chord and left the stage.
Best was when we played before about 1 200 people in a fantastic place, where Clint could climb the sides…
Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
Not really. We’ve been around for a long time and are very experienced. If anything, we get stoked.
Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?
Is composing for film or tv something you’d like to get involved in if the opportunity came along?
Sure, why not? We’re open to new situations and challenges.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
Seriously, we would like to thank all our fans around the globe. We’ve reached people in the most unexpected places and that truly is something we cherish!