(added October 2005)
INTERVIEW WITH HOWARD PIPERIDES
( FRONT MAN OF THE GO-KATZ AND OWNER OF THE RECORD LABEL RAUCOUS RECORDS )
made by Ladio, host of the 1er Festival Psychobilly Asturias
How did you get involved into the Psychobilly thing ?
Myself and my older brother were into Rockabilly as kids, and he started
bringing home records like 'In Heaven' by The Meteors on 'Boogie Disease' by
The Deltas. It was a bit of a shock at first - but this stuff was really
different. Even though I still loved the 50s sound, this new stuff was
much more fresh and exciting.
Your EP was also the first release of your own label, why did you do it by yourself ?
I wasn't sure that other labels would have been interested. We weren't based around London and weren't part of the 'Klub Foot' scene. I has already started Raucous Records for mailorder, so it seemed like a good idea to start a label and release my own band's record.
Tell us about the line ups of the Go-Katz and the Whip Me Houston story ,where did that band's name come from?
The original line-up was a 5-piece. There were two bands playing
rockin' music in my hometown of Loughborough. My band played a
mix of Psychobilly & Garage Punk, and was called The Exorcists.
Then there was another band called The Go Go Dakotas. The two bands
broke up around the same time, and we were all in a bar one Sunday and
decided to form The Go-Katz.
The Russian Bombers have been your backing band for the last years. How did you come to create a band that is based so far away from the UK?
I went to Russia for fun. I was at a Meantraitors gig in St
Petersburg and found out that people know The Go-Katz. No British
Psychobilly band had played there before - so we formed the Russian version
of The Go-Katz for fun. The Bombers usually play Psycho Surf and are a
Now you´re working with a British line up. Are you thinking about keeping the band together and gigging more regularly? Can we expect future Go-Katz' releases?
The Spanish gig (note: 1er Festival Psychobilly Asturias) will be the first with this line up. If we enjoy it we'll play some more and maybe record. The Russian band will continue, but probably only in Russia.
Since its appearance back in the 80's Psychobilly music has seen an amazing evolution, you can find tons of bands with many different styles, ranging from the original revved up rockabilly/70's punk mix to new bands with sounds coming from Hardcore to New Wave, Ska to Garage or Gothic to Metal. Your band could be best described as an old school Psychobilly band, do you dig all these different tendencies?
The style of the band doesn't matter. If they're good and have some originality, then I'll probably like them.
What about your favorite bands, all-time favorites, newcomers and no-Psychobilly bands?
I could list hundreds...
As runner of a record label do you think the home burning CDs is harming the future of underground labels or you think that is only a problem for big mainstream labels?
Anybody copying CDs (other than making a copy to play in the car) is
killing the scene. CDs sell much less these days. People
copying CDs are robbing the bands and the scene. If it gets worse,
CDs won't sell enough and bands will stop releasing them.
You have been promoter for psycho/rockabilly events in the UK too. Psychobilly seems to be getting popular again attracting audiences from other different scenes, but in the UK the last festival at the Charlotte didn't go down well. Why has the British scene been on the decline since the early 90's ?
It´s more attractive to spend a weekend in Spain watching
Psychobilly bands with the sun and the beach, than in Leicester with the