Whos in the band?
My name is Aaron, Andy plays drums, we got Creepy Dave on guitar and vocals and then Jim on Bass. Thats the whole band right there.
Original line-up or ?
Uh, its not the original line-up but thats the line-up as of now.
How long have you been playing?
The bands been together for about a year and a half. Something like that
How did you meet the other guys?
We were in some other bands together. Som other people stopped playing so we got together and now were the Blowtops.
What other bands were you in?
Just some local stuff round here. Like Jims actually still in the Baseball Furies. You know, just some other local stuff, nothing big.
What about your new record What was it like recording with Jim Diamond?
He was real nice, real helpful. Let us do whatever we wanted to do.
How come you decided to go to Jim Diamond?
Ah, that was just our label, Flying Bomb, put us there. Theyre outta Ypsilanti and Andy is just friends with everybody there. They just told us to drive out and they just paid for everything. Couldnt say no to that.
How come Flying Bomb got interested in you?
I dont know. We sent him a tape like a year ago and he wrote us back and the tape was just a little too noisey. And then we put out the single and we mailed it to him and Andy called me up two weeks after we sent it out to him. That he wanted to do an album and what not so
When is it coming out?
Theres a single that I didnt send you guys coming out in about a week or two I think. Its at the pressing plant now. Its got Maniac At Large on it and two songs that arent on the album. And then I think end of next month or early the following month the album will be out. I think thats the plan as far as I know it.
Are you gonna do some touring and stuff?
Yeah, were hopefully gonna do some. Were not sure what were doing right now cause its depending on this Crypt thing with the Baseball Furies. Were gonna try to find another guy here soon. We definitely wanna tour around. We dont have a booking agency or anything so we have to set everything up ourselves. Its kind of a pain in the ass.
Yeah, but its kinda fun too.
Oh yeah, its definitely fun. We toured last summer down south for a couple of weeks. That was a lot of fun. It was really hot though.
Whered you go?
We went Like were in New York state and we went all the way down to New Orleans was our farthest point south. And we came back up. So we played in the Carolinas and Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama In the middle of August of course.Even better.
Yeah, fantastic.Where did you record the single?
Oh yeah, the first single you have? Yeah.That one we recorded, me and our drummer and this guy Mr Skimask. We recorded it ourselves up in our room. Big Neck will probably send you the Baseball Furies 7 that theyre putting out. We did that as well.
Sounds really good.
The stuff that we sent you that you guys are gonna put out, we recorded that ourselves as well. Thats the difference between the big studio production.
So, do you get a lot of gigs in New York?
We dont really play out around here too much. Buffalos pretty boring. Theres not really much going on. So we play maybe once a month around here. The guy who runs Big Neck, Bart, he owns a bar around here we all kinda work at. We do shows yknow. Like I try to book bands and stuff. We have the Hentchmen playing next month. So we try to do some shows and you know, we play when we get bands that we like. Its kinda like a metal town. A lot of bad Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson kinda stuff. Its terrible. Like Cannibal Corpse is from here. Theyre from Buffalo and theres a lot of bands like that around here.
So youre gonna turn it into a rocknroll town now?
Yeah, I dont know if itll work but well see what we can do.
Thats good. Did you do any shows when you were in Detroit?
Yeah, we played there the weekend we recorded the record. We played with Bantam Rooster. That was a lot of fun. Theyre real good.
Yeah, really good and great people.
Yeah, theyre real nice too. Theyre fantastic people. They played real good. They played here before too. They played here in september, October somewhere. They played with the Baseball Furies so they kinda knew us a little bit.
What do the Baseball Furies sound like?
Theyre kinda like a fast punkrock band kinda thing. But garagey as well. But more punk than garage. Screaming and jumping around. That kinda thing. Theyre a lot of fun.
Are there any other bands youve seen or heard lately?
Uh, around here theres pretty much nothing. I really havent heard any other good bands around here quite honestly. Theres us and them. Thats about it around here. And I dont know I havent really heard anything else thats good. I saw Servotron when we mixed down our record. They were really good. I like Devo a lot so they were fantastic. They had some band opening up for them that was really good, uh Operation Reinformation. They were kinda like Kraftwerk except they were really fast. And they all played computer keyboards. They played the Nightrider theme song.
Any good records?
Uh, I dont know what I got lately that was any good. I dont know, nothing really too exciting lately. I got the Urinals CD.
Yeah, theyre from California. They played in 1980, 81, something like that. They do a song Im A Bug. They just play one chord for like a minute and a half. Theyre pretty good. What else did I get Nightmares On Wax. Its the guy from Dead Or Alive. Sounds kinda like the Damned or something. That ones pretty good, theres a lot of cool organ on it.
Youre pretty inspired by this horror theme or something for the blowtops I guess
Yeah, we just kinda fell into that. We were trying to Well, initially our plan was to sound like Pussy Galore, at least my plan was to sound like Pussy Galore a lot. You know like the Birthday Party and like Scientists. You know, swampy and noisey and whatever. But we all listen to a lot of garage like the first couple of Guitar Wolf records. That kinda stuff, the Mummies and all that stuff so thats why we sound garagey as well.Thats a good mix.So, thats what we did. And then like, the guitar, all that noise is all my guitar. That is just like I just tried to steal from the first Jesus and Mary Chain record. I really like the guitar sound on that cause its a lot of noise. You cant understand what the guitar is doing. So, that was the point behind that. Its all kind of a mixture of stuff like that. That was our whole plan.
You like the Necessary Evils?
Yeah, I did like them. I liked that Buzzaw record, the single on In The Red. Theyre just screaming and shit and the riff was real cool. The album I liked but I dont know if I liked the production as much on the album.
No, me neither.
I thought it kinda let me down. The songs seemed real cool but I didnt like the production much on it. I saw they had a new single out but I havent heard it.
Yeah, its really cool.
They got a bassplayer now?
Yeah. It sounds better. Its a good single definitely.
Thats cool cause I liked the Beguiled a lot. I think theyre fantastic. So yeah, I was real excited when the first couple of things came out. Did you hear the Crypt 7, the Necessary Evils?
I cant get that around here. Youll be surprised, Crypts distribution in America is terrible. I can hardly get anything. To get an Oblivians record it takes like three or four months to order it and get it over here. I try and go outta town about once every couple of months and thats when I buy my records.
You dont have any good record stores?
Theres a couple supposedly good record stores. But theyre mostly that indie rock stuff. Thats also kinda big around here. Like all that college rock stuff. So thats what the alternative record stores carry around here. Theres really no garage bands within probably like three states on either side. Maybe in New York City or something but thats pretty far away. So theres not really this huge garage scene around here.
Do you play in New York City?
No, weve never played there yet actually. Well hopefully play there soon. But as far as Buffalo goes theres not much going on. You have to go out of town or if Bart can convince them to play at the bar. Like, we had the Revelators and Bantam Rooster play at different times and the Drags are supposed to play here. We lost money on both shows, we had maybe 20 or 30 people there. We had Nashville Pussy play three weeks ago and we played with em. That was the first show that made the money back at the door. But, I really think that was because it was Wet T-shirt night at the bar too. That was a really good show actually.