Everymen Talk When Water's Thicker Than Blood, Fire Breathing, and Finding Freedom
Good times can be dangerous. We know it. So does six-man punkabilly band Everymen.
Thus, a warning: "Our shows are rowdy," says screamer and guitar guy Captain Bobo. "So drink up, tip your bartenders, watch out for fire balls, and pick up your drinks if you see our washboard player running around on the bar."
Check out the cut for Crossfade's full conversation with the Captain and a few other bits of advice.
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Crossfade: According to the dictionary, an everyman is "the typical or ordinary person." Are you dudes inspired by average guys who rise above?
Captain Bobo: I think we are inspired by our surroundings and the people that are part of our lives. I think I write about a personal revolution of our life story, fears, good, and bad choices, pain. Just experience. So the people I meet along the way have a huge influence.
The fact that fire-breathing figures into most of your shows is becoming kinda legendary. How and why did you get into blowing balls of flame?
I've had a chance to meet some incredible street performers, punks, and overall amazing people through my travels. I couldn't tell you why, other than to make money on the street. And as far as how, I think anyone under 30 years of age reading this should drop what they are doing, quit them jobs, and travel the world, do some bad things, some good things, and you might find out how.
Besides fire stunts, what else do Everymen do for fun? Train hopping? Marathon boozing? Weight lifting? Self-tattoing? Skeet shooting?
I think you would have to know us personally. Or just watch us on our youtube.com/everymensounds. We are very immature. We make fun of ourselves all the time. We have adventures too intense for the normal human.
What are Everymen currently cooking up? A new album? A wild attack on the system? Should we be afraid?
We got a new record, When Water's Thicker Than Blood, coming out on vinyl through Dead Truth Recordings, and on cd through the new record label/collective Wayward Parade. We are also touring the US, starting August 24. The tour will begin with another Wayward Parade band, The Darling Sweets, who will be touring to NY with us. And then Everymen will be joining The Cockabilly Roadshow and hitting the West Coast. Our shows are rowdy, so drink up, tip your bartenders, watch out for fire balls, and pick your drinks up if you see our washboard player running around on the bar.
You say that you "have seen hell!" Is a visit to Hades good for a band? Do shitty circumstances inspire awesome tuneage?
There are lyrics ("Good and Evil") that will best answer this question: "We fight against the tide/In a mirror with two sides/The truth beneath the lies/These imperfections that make us unique/This line in between good and evil/Will set us free."
I called Everymen "a bunch of punks in a house without electricity screaming about the death of the American Dream." What's wrong with that description?
I guess it's hard to describe our sound or the type of people we are. I think there is a bit of truth about what you wrote. But I think we get down and dirty on a more personal level. In my opinion, we are musicians because we find freedom that way. We find a way to express ourselves. We have come from different backgrounds -- ex-junkies, catholic-raised, gypsy families, resident aliens, all walks of life. We have lots of demons to write about, change starts at home, in your community, and in our own growth.
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