How long have you been doin’ the Persuaders?
Louie: A year…
Jason: A little more than a year. I don’t know…
Louie: A little more than a year but most of the time doesn’t count. I don’t know why it doesn’t, it just doesn’t. It doesn’t matter.
When did the Splitsville 7” come out?
Louie: Five months ago.
Jason: Yeah, about six months ago.
Louie: Five or six months ago but it sat in our front room for about a month before we sold any. We were using them as frisbees for a while.
That’s the best way to use ’em.
Have you been doin’ a lot of shows?
Louie: A few. Yeah, we played with a few good bands.
Jason: We haven’t played in a little while but… We played with the Donnas, our rock’n’roll heroes.
Jason: They’re fuckin’ great. We only play about once a month in New Orleans.
Louie: We’ll only play a show if we like the other band. We don’t waste our time playing with shitty bands that we don’t like just so we can play.
Yeah, you played with the Dirtys I heard.
Jason: Yeah, we played with the Dirtys. They’re cool. Spaceshits also played at the same show and they’re fuckin’ great.
Yeah, I met… What’s his name… Andy?
He was with the Dirtys in Sweden.
Louie: Black snake baby!!!
Jason: Ha ha. Yeah, the Dirtys are cool man. They’re kinda messy.
Louie: They have some horror stories.
Louie: One of the guys from the Dirtys got pissed off and took off with the van and left town and left everybody in New Orleans.
Yeah? Who? Larry?
Louie: The crazy one, whoever that is.
That’s probably Larry then.
Louie: It was okay, the other guys got a ride to the next town.
That’s good. So, you recorded with Jack Oblivian…
Jason: Yeah, yeah we just recorded some stuff. We recorded a bunch of songs. A couple of them sound good y’know. We’re gonna use a couple of ’em on our next record I guess.
Yeah, on Royal records…
Louie: Yeah, yeah.
Ok, so it’s gonna be four songs right?
Jason: Yeah, it’s gonna be four songs. It’s actually two songs from the first session that we recorded for the first record and then two songs we recorded with Jack.
Cool. So, Jason do you play in any other bands?
Jason: No I don’t play in any bands. This is the first band I’ve been in. Actually Louie forced me so… I’m innocent.
Louie, how’s it going with the Royal Pendletons? The album…
Louie: Album sounds like shit. Yeah, there’ll be a lot of copies out there in the thrift stores, discout bargain bins, cut out bins. You’ll see a lot of our albums. Wait three months and you can buy it for a dollar fifty. We played last night and Mike, who’s one of the guitarists and Matt, who’s the other guitarist got in a fistfight on stage.
Louie: It was funny.
Jason: Yeah, that was very entertaining. They played at this hippie drop-dive shithole place for this benefit for the college radio station here which pretty much suck shit. It was hippie infested so I think the vibe was y’know… for some rock’n’roll. Hit it up and spit it out.
Louie: They gave out a lot of free gay litterature. That was fun.
You gave what???
Louie: I GAVE OUT A LOT OF FREE GAY LITTERATURE!
Louie: It was fun.
No girls I heard.
Jason: Ha ha ha.
Louie: Most litterature is gay anyway.
Jason: Oh yeah.
So, just hippie girls at the show?
Jason: Well, there were some good girls there too. But there’s a lot of hippie chicks and lot of hippie guys. A bunch of other shitty New Orleans bands play that hippie music just like y’know punk, reggae just mixed with fuckin’ every other kind of music that sucks to begin with anyway.
Louie: Yeah! People seem to think that they wanna do something new instead of just playing rock’n’roll or instead of playing funk or whatever jazz or whatever kinda shitty music they wanna play. They figure that it’ll be better if they mix it all together and then it just sounds like one big pile of shit. Playin’ shitty music that’s one thing but you don’t have to play every kind of shitty music at the same time.
Jason: There’s not a lot of good bands here. There’s a few but… Everyone here is pretty much just drunk all the time.
What other good bands are there in new orleans?
Jason: There’s a band called the Macguillicuddys. They’re kinda like professional wrestling rock’n’roll. They’re great.
Louie: They like the Dictators a lot and they kinda sound like the Flamin’ Groovies too.
Jason: They’re good… and… and that’s about it. Ha ha.
Jason: There’s a couple of teenage punk bands but y’know…
Louie: There’s a new band that’s gonna start playin’ in New Orleans. They don’t have a name yet but it’s Matt from the Royal Pendletons and Peggy O’neil from the Gories.
Louie:Yeah, it’s a two piece band. They’re gonna be doin’ really raunchy r’n’b, Bo Diddley type stuff. They’re gonna do some Troggs songs too. But I don’t know what their name is. They’re supposed to start playing this month or next month.
Jason: Yeah, we’ve been trying to pressure them for a long time, at least Peggy anyway ’cause she’s been living here for a while, to get another band together.
What else do you like? The Reatards I guess…
Jason: Oh man, the new Reatards album that’s gonna come out on Goner is fuckin’ gonna be the best thing. It kinda picks up where the Oblivians left off but more influenced ’77 punk shit. It fuckin’ rocks. You guys are gonna love it. And everybody else in Europe. He really knows how to record stuff so…
Does he still play everything himself?
Jason: I think he played drums and guitar and sang and then he had someone who played bass for him or whatever. But he’s got a drummer that he plays with when they play live I heard.
Louie: He pretty much does all the stuff himself but he does have a band right now.
Jason: We’re trying to get them to come down and play New Orleans. They haven’t done that yet.
Louie: They’re just so young. I think some of the members of the band might have trouble with their parents. Ha ha. I don’t think anybody in the band is eighteen yet. Jay might be eighteen now. No, Jay’s seventeen. So, yeah, the Persuaders like rock’n’roll, we like real rock’n’roll. We like it cruddy and raunchy. We like New Orleans rock’n’roll, we like memphis rock’n’roll and we like regional rock’n’roll. We like bands that come from a certain place, no matter where it is in the world and each place has it’s own sound y’know. And as long as you can take that sound and make it really raunch and put a lot of energy into it that’s what we like. That’s not maybe what other people like but we like that and we’re gonna tell you. We’re gonna tell whoever it may be that we like that and we’re gonna put it in your face y’know. Hope people don’t have a problem with it and if they do we’re gonna have a problem with you. Know what I’m saying?
Yeah. Ha ha.
Jason: So that’s basically all you need to put in this interview.
So, Splitsville Records, is that like two releases so far?
Louie: Yeah, It’s got two but uh, Jason and I are getting ready to put out a few more records that everyone’s gonna like. And by the way, my wife Ashley helped start the label just so you can put that in the magazine and she helps out a lot with it. I don’t think a lot of people know that so she don’t get a lot of credit for it. But she does a lot of hard work. Tell him about the records we’re putting out Jason.
Jason: Well, we’re putting out another compilation. It’s gonna be more focused on y’know rock’n’roll whatever punk shit. Gonna put a Blacks song on there you know. It’s probably gonna be you guys, us, maybe this band the Cheap Dates from San Francisco.
Jason: My friend Pete plays guitar, this girl Michelle plays bass and it’s Jason White the drummer. He used to be in the Rip Offs. And this other guy, I can’t remember his name, who plays guitar. They’re good. Yeah, they’re a rock’n’roll band. We’re gonna put out that compilation and we’d like to get a Reatards song on there too. Then we wanna do another 45 of just another Persuaders thing on our label too so…
Louie: You know, after we put out the first 45 we were writing a lot of songs thinking about doin’ an album. Which we wanna do and everything but right now we’re just having a lot of fun concentrating on putting out singles. I don’t wanna put out some good singles that really rock and sound raunchy and that are really fun to listen to and then put out an album with a bunch of songs just so we can put out an album. That’s a bunch of bullshit. ’Cause the way I see it is, if you put out a 7” with three or four songs that’s kinda like a mini album anyway. You don’t have to have a fuckin’ 12” album out just to have good records out. We could put out as many 7”s or EP:s, 45:s as we want to as long as they’re great. We don’t wanna just put out records, we wanna make records. ’Cause that’s what bands did . They went in and they just made a record. Thay made a good record. That’s the kinda music we like to listen to.
Jason: Most people either don’t have the time or patience to listen to a whole album all the way through anyway.
How long have the Royal Pendletons been going?
Louie: Since the 91st year of the 20th century. Too long to be any good. But we’re gonna go to Europe in the fall so you can see us then and make your own opinion about that band. It’s a good band but we’ve just been goin’ on for a long time. We all need to do something else right now. And then come back and do another album that we really like. ’Cause I don’t think anybody in the band really like our first album. We put out some singles and all of the singles have been really good. That’s the thing with the persuaders, I don’t wanna put out some good records and then put out a shitty album. And the Pendletons are the same way. If the Pendletons are gonna stay together and do another album I want it to be good. I don’t want it to be a pile of fuckin’ shit.
Jason: Well, I guess you can tell Louie doesn’t like the record. Ha ha.
Oh yeah. Your drummer, what’s the name of the drummer?
Jason: Uh, drummer’s name is Shaggy. I don’t know where he’s at right now. Haven’t seen him for a little while but he’s around.
So, he’s been in any other bands?
Jason: He was in this band called Andon. Kinda like a hardcore 90’s band, trash whatever you wanna call it. He was the singer, screamed in that band.
Louie: They put out a really good single and then they recorded an album but they all hate each other so they never put out the album. But they’re really good, they put out a single. If you can find it, buy it ’cause it’s good.
Jason: Shaggy also played drums in the Mc Gillicuddys for a short period of time. They have a hard time keeping drummers because… I don’t know. Maybe they’re all just a bunch of fuck-ups. Most drummers are assholes.
Louie: We knew Shaggy could sing good so we figured that we wanted him to be our drummer.
Jason: He could scream so we said: ”Here’s some sticks, hit this thing over here”.
Jason: I think playing drums actually takes more practice than playing guitar and stuff like that so I guess that’s why I don’t know that many people that play drums that are good. Anybody can pick up a guitar and fuckin’ play. I never until Louie fuckin’ made me. Anybody can play guitar but playin’ drums I think takes dicipline.
Louie: I mean, if we could have found a drummer we could’ve probably started our band a long time ago. But we just wanted to start a band with everybody who was really into it. We didn’t wanna just get a drummer… To tell you the truth, none of us can really play that well. We just kinda turn it up really loud, beat on the instruments really hard and scream. But that’s the way we like it. If it comes to where anybody in our band is not really into it we’re either gonna break up or they’re gonna get fuckin’ thrown out of the band and replaced quick.
You got anything to add, I haven’t asked?
Jason: We wanna come play in Europe, the Persuaders. We don’t really care about touring around the country, in the states ’cause people don’t really give a shit. We wanna come tour Europe before we leave New Orleans.
Louie: We’re not going to Missisippi, we’re not going to Texas, we’re not going to fuckin’ Florida. We’re going to Europe. We’re not driving five miles out of the city of New Orleans to play a show but we’re gonna fly a thousand miles to fuckin’ Europe.
Jason: We’ve only played out of town once and that was with the Oblivians, their last show in America.
Louie: It was good.
Jason: It was really good. They were fuckin’ fantastic and we got really drunk and there were glasses flying and people were falling down. It was snowing in Memphis which is fuckin’ crazy. Yeah, I don’t know, I guess we don’t have much else to say for ourselves other than… Yeah, that’s it.
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