Interview with Evil Presly January 2000

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INDEPENDENTS - Interview with Evil Presly January 2000

Where do the Independents originate and are they still based there?

We come from Hell Florence South Carolina. This is one of the most haunted parts of the United States. When we are off tour there is always something to do to get us inspired from the house I live in, which is haunted by six ghosts (all are Children), to the spirits in the swamps. There is nothing better than hanging out in the swamps at night to scare the shit outta you.

Have the Independents released any other recordings besides ‘In For The Kill’ and Stalker?

There is a lot of stuff out there on CD and vinyl you just gotta really search for it. We put out a four song vinyl single on Hellcat / Epitaph Records early last year.

What is the current status with the new album Back From The Grave?

It’s pretty much finished. We still have a little art work to do but besides that it’s mastered and ready to go. We are lookin’ for the right label to put it out on. There are so many bands and labels out now that it’s easy to get lost or screwed. We really want a label that’s gonna be there for us for the long run.

How did you come to record Cookie Monster’s ‘C Is For Cookie’?

We covered it about two years ago for the compilation ‘20 Bands Trash Sesame Street’ put out by Dave Mello (ex Operation Ivy drummer) on Bun Length Records and it will be on the new record.

Do Joey Ramone and Daniel Rey still help out a lot and are they still managing the band?

Daniel Rey just helped produce the new record with Joey and a few other songs for compilations. He’s a great guy, it’s always great to work with him. Joey is still working with us. He’s the best!! He really opened our eyes to so much. He hooked us up with Drew Goldberg from Cornerstone Promotions, who now co-manages us with him.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Everything from the Ramones to Elvis to Johnny Cash. I love the oldies from the 50s and the 60s. From doo-wop to hardcore I really am into almost everything, it all hits me.

What bands would you credit for giving the Independents their ska influences?

The Specials and Operation Ivy, Desmond Decker… There are somany great ska bands from the 60s to the early 90s that really had an impact on us.

Do you think the Independents will ever tour the UK?

I’m sure we will. I know we are all looking forward to it.

What’s your most prized possession?

My Grandmother’s teeth. She had them all pulled out when she wasin her early twenties. I don’t know why she wanted me to have them but I got them.

Do you have any pets?

I have a few dogs and ghosts.

Is there anything else you would like to get off your chest… about life, music, anything at all?

Just live it. Get the most outta it that you can. Enjoy music for what it is, don’t put labels on it.

Scotty Ramone

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