VIC VICTOR: Memorable!
EZ IAN: We got on everywhere for sure. It was whoever could, like, actually make me throw up, that’s a feat and a half.
VIC VICTOR: Well…the roots of psycho are stronger it seems in
LORRAINE: You’re a pretty energetic band, I’ve seen you before, and the audience is pretty energetic as well, you must have had some very wild experiences. Have you ever felt scared or, well, that it’s all a bit too much?VIC VICTOR: I think last year when we played the Mighty Sounds Fest, I’d never been in a crowd or played in front of a crowd so huge that you don’t see where the back of the crowd ends. But I was also really drunk. So if I would have been nervous at a show that would have been the show but… I think the only time we ever get really nervous on stage is when we gotta dodge the microphones but, hey, at least they’re having a good time.
LORRAINE: You’re very prolific, not just in terms of touring, but when you’re recording as well. Where do you find the main inspiration? Is it mainly when you’re touring or when you’re just doing your regular jobs that you get ideas?
VIC VICTOR: I would say with the later albums that definitely a lot of it came from being on the road, and just that time between driving between cities, and ideas pop into your head from the night before. The last couple of albums, a lot of it came from just spare time on the road. You get really inspired when you’re out on tour and see the crowds and everything and it kind of puts a… “I can’t wait to put the next CD out”!
VIC VICTOR: You pick up a lot from them, too.
VIC VICTOR: I work best when I put a lot of pressure on myself through procrastination (Laughs)
VIC VICTOR: Yes, yes.
VIC VICTOR: Yes. When me and Tommy first started the band it was like going to be a great way to get into the bars and get some drink discounts and everything, and lo and behold that took a couple of years before we were actually getting drink discounts. It wasn’t that easy. So we had to stick with it, and then it became a serious thing.
LORRAINE: And who were you listening to, back then? Who inspired you?
VIC VICTOR: At that point in time I was listening to a lot of Mad Sin, Nekromantix, Demented Are Go, you know the usual punk stuff like Bad Religion and Pennywise.
VIC VICTOR: Well after ’98 nothing was going on. It’s still kind of like that. I mean, like every big city it’s got a little bit of a scene going on, but nothing major, it’s not
VIC VICTOR: Well, Tommy never took care of himself on the road and when you spend eight months out of the year on tour it can do a number on your body if you don’t take care of yourself and he was starting to feel it towards the end of the last tour. So before anything serious happened he wanted to bow out. But this kind of life is hard and it wears some people down and he was getting kind of ground down by it so he wanted to stop before it wasn’t fun anymore.
VIC VICTOR: The best is that I don’t have to punch in at a time clock 6 days a week like I do when I’m not on tour! Being able to wake up in a different city and seeing the world thanks to Rock and Roll is just amazing to me. The worst is having to wear week old underwear and socks sometimes. The smell…..it’s something you never get used to. Hangovers can be a bad part of tour, though it’s something that can be avoided…I’ll never turn down a drink offered from some-one at our show!
EZ IAN: Yeah, I have. We’ve toured together and stuff before and had plenty of our own party experiences already, so I knew what I was getting myself into.
VIC VICTOR: You can’t function right as a group if you don’t have that chemistry amongst each other. You can tell when a band doesn’t have that chemistry at all. If there’s any type of hostility amongst members it will eventually tear the band apart, so if there’s ever an argument or a disagreement, or you know, if some body has an idea and we don’t agree or something like that, we sit down and we talk about it and get it squashed immediately or we figure it out. We make our business decisions as a whole. It’s not just one person saying we’re going to do this, this and this. Everything we do is as a team.
LORRAINE: I have to ask E-Ball Walls, where did the name come from?
E-BALL WALLS: You want the truth or…….?
LORRAINE: Yeah, the truth.E-BALL WALLS: When I was younger, I had a medical condition called ‘torsion’. It’s when your balls twist. Well the Dr was supposed to remove one of my testicles and then I meet HIM a couple of years later in high school and I decide it’s a good idea to tell my good friend Mr Victor here. “Hey, one time I was supposed to have one of my nuts cut off”. He goes around telling everybody that I got one nut, so it turned into E-Ball.
LORRAINE: You have an EP due out later this year, can you tell us a bit about it?
VIC VICTOR: Yeah, in August we’re going to be recording. It’s six songs. It’s a split with 12 Step Rebels. We’re gonna do six and they’re gonna do six, five of which will be original then we’re going to cover a 12 Step song and they’re gonna cover a Koffin Kats song. It should be interesting.
VIC VICTOR: It’s a toss up between Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper. Both musical geniuses and both where I’m from.
VIC VICTOR: My main guy back home is Sam Wolf at Wholeshot Tattoos, but I get various work done from random artists that we meet on the road. Fortunately, playing this type of music you have a lot of friends that are tattoo artists. Believe me, if I didn’t have friends that were doing this I probably wouldn’t have a quarter of what I have.
VIC VICTOR: My first was a little skeleton playing an upright bass. I have a microphone with a banner that says “On the road”. It was the first tattoo I ever got..well…on the road haha. It was at that time though that I was really gearing myself up to do whatever possible to keep this band a constant touring band.
VIC VICTOR: Not on this run. We’ll be back in May though!
VIC VICTOR: Party Time!
E-BALL WALLS: Party Time!!
EZ IAN: Disappointment Time (Laughs). Siesta Time!! We were in Spain and he gets up on stage, he’d had a two day bender going on and he gets up and he means to say “FIESTA TIME” like going crazy and he says “SIESTA TIME”!. Everyone was like.. ‘What?’ (Laughs).
VIC VICTOR: We like to pre party.
E-BALL WALLS: That was
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