Crackhouse

Italian rockers CRACKHOUSE are back with a new album. Kelly (vocals) tells us a bit more about it, the Italian scene and his tastes in rock’n’roll.

Let’s start with a bit of history…

IT WOULD TAKE AN ENTIRE DAY TO TELL YOU ALL THE SHIT WE’VE BEEN THROUGH IN THE LAST 10 YEARS. I’M TALKING ABOUT LINE UP CHANGES, ROCK’N’ROLL DRAMAS, BIG FIGHTS, FRIENDSHIP, GLORIOUS DAYS AND MISERABLE ONES, TONS OF BOOZE AND SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK’N’ROLL. WE HAVE AN EPIC BIOGRAPHY IF YOU CONSIDER THE FACT THAT WE LIVE IN THE LESS R’N’R COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. OH, WAIT A MINUTE… YOU’RE FROM FRANCE, RIGHT? SERIOUSLY, TO KNOW A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US JUST CHECK OUR MYSPACE PROFILE AT: WWW.MYSPACE.COM/CRACKHOUSEROCKS

Tell us about your new album “Hell Motel”…

“HELL MOTEL” IT’S OUR VERY FIRST FULL LENGHT AFTER SOME DEMOS AND EP’S. IT HAS BEEN RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER 2007 AND IT’S DOING PRETTY WELL SO FAR: GOOD REVIEWS ALMOST EVERYWHERE AND DECENT SALES. IT’S A SOLID, BALLS TO THE WALL, STREET WALKING, ROCK’N’ROLL ALBUM THAT WILL DEFINETELY NOT DISAPPOINT ANYONE.

What does “T.R.L.” mean?

T.R.L. OFFICIALLY STANDS FOR “TOTAL REQUEST LIVE” BUT IN OUR PERONAL INTERPRETATION IT MEANS “TOTAL RUBBISH LIVE”. FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH IT (LUCKY YOU!) IT’S A SHOW ON MTV THAT FEATURES POPULAR MUSIC VIDEOS. I DON’T KNOW IN THE REST OF THE WORLD BUT THE ITALIAN VERSION OF THAT SHOW IS THE WORST PIECE OF CRAP I’VE EVER SEEN ON TV: AWFUL HOSTS, AWFUL BANDS, AWFUL CROWD… YOU GOT THE PICTURE. TO ME IT’S THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT MUSIC SHOULD NOT BE!

There seems to be friendship between most sleaze/glam Italian bands, tell us a bit about the scene there

YEAH, WE ARE FRIENDS WITH SOME OTHER ITALIAN ROCK’N’ROLL BANDS, THIS IS TRUE, AND I PERSONALLY CONSIDER SOME OF THEM AS MY BEST FRIENDS, OTHER THAN TALENTED AND CHARISMATIC PEOPLE. I’M TALKING ABOUT THEE S.T.P., LESTER AND THE LANDSLIDE LADIES, HOLLYWOOD KILLERZ ETC…, TO TELL YOU JUST THE “GLAM” RELATED BANDS, BUT IT’S HARD TO TALK ABOUT A REAL SCENE. I TELL YOU : MOST OF THE “GLAM” BANDS HERE ARE JUST EGOISTICAL CUNTS WHO THINK THEY’RE ROCKSTARS JUST ‘CAUSE THEY CAN PACK THE LOCAL PUB WITH THEIR FRIENDS TWICE A YEAR AND THAT’S IT. IT’S A VERY LAUGHABLE SITUATION, AND WE DON’T WANT TO BE PART OF IT.

Do you play a lot of gigs?

LUCKILY ENOUGH: YES. JUST IN THESE DAYS WE’RE FINISHING THE FIRST LEG OF A SERIES OF GIGS THAT WE STARTED IN SEPTEMBER TO PROMOTE THE ALBUM. WE WILL END THIS LEG IN A WEEK WITH A COUPLE OF GIGS IN HUNGARY. WE WILL START THE SECOND LEG IN DECEMBER, HOPEFULLY WE WILL HIT THE ROAD WITH OUR GREAT FRIENDS FROM GERMANY HOLLYWOOD TEASZE, THEN, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A TOUR IN EARLY 2008 WITH THE SWEDISH ROCKERS GEMINI FIVE. I TELL YOU, IT’S NOT A PIECE OF CAKE ‘CAUSE THE PLAGUE OF THE COVER/TRIBUTE BANDS IS INFECTING THE EUROPEAN ROCK CLUB SCENE, BUT WE FIGHT LIKE A BRAVE AND ANYTIME WE PLAY SOMEWHERE, THEY ALWAYS WANTS US TO COME BACK. THAT HELPS A LOT. PLUS, IN THESE DAYS WE’RE ABOUT TO SIGN A DEAL WITH A PRETTY COOL BOOKING AGENCY SO… THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER AND BETTER.

Do you guys have steady jobs?

SOME OF US HAVE SOME, SOME OF US DON’T…BUT I CAN’T GO DEEP ON THE DETAILS. LET’S SAY THAT EVERY CRACKHOUSE MEMBER HAVE FOUND HIS VERY PERSONAL WAY TO GET HIS MONEY OUTSIDE OF THE BAND.

A classic question: 5 of your favourite albums?

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER AND SUBJECTED TO VARIATIONS EACH AND EVERY DAY: – SEX PISTOLS: NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS – MOTLEY CRUE: GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS – DEAD BOYS: YOUNG, LOUD AND SNOTTY – FASTER PUSSYCAT: S/T – HANOI ROCKS: ORIENTAL BEAT

A more difficult one now! choose between and explain:

BEATLES or ROLLING STONES? CLASSIC QUESTION, AND IT’S ALWAYS HARD TO ANSWER. I GO WITH THE STONES. KEITH AND RONNIE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE I GUESS.

VINCE NEIL OR AXL ROSE? I’M A TOTAL CRUE HEAD. VINCE WINS EASILY THIS ONE.

RAMONES or SEX PISTOLS? I LOVE TO DEATH BOTH BANDS BUT I PICK THE SEX PISTOLS. I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY, BUT IN THE NEVER ENDING STRUGGLE BETWEEN THE FANS OF THE TWO BIG PUNK SCENES (LONDON AND NEW YORK) I’M ALWAYS BEEN ON THE BRITISH SIDE OF THE STORY.

ABBA or BONEY M? FUNNY STUFF TO DANCE WHEN YOU’RE HIGH. BUT I DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THEM!

KISS or AC/DC? KISS. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. THEY MADE ME A ROCKER WHEN I WAS 12. KISS IS MAGIC!

LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH or HANOI ROCKS? YOU BASTARD!! HOW CAN I CHOOSE??? FUCKING IMPOSSIBLE! I HAD THE CHANCE AND THE LUCK TO PLAY WITH BOTH BANDS AND I GOT SOME AWESOME MEMORIES ABOUT THOSE GIGS. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TRUE ROCK’N’ROLL LEGENDS.

What’s your view on the rock music world these days?

YOU KNOW WHAT ? ODDLY ENOUGH I WAS LISTENING TO THE KAISER CHIEFS A COUPLE OF NIGHTS AGO AND I FOUND THIS SONG CALLED «EVERYTHING IS AVERAGE NOWADAYS ». THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I THINK ABOUT THE STATUS OF MUSIC TODAY: IT’S DEFINITELY NOT VERY GOOD BUT ON THE OTHER HAND YOU CAN’T EVEN SAY THAT IS A TOTAL MESS. IT’S JUST… AVERAGE. DON’T YOU THINK IT’S EVEN MORE SAD?

Anything else to add?

YEAH: SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SCENE, BUY RECORDS FROM THE UNDERGROUND BANDS, KEEP IT REAL, HAVE FUN, BE COOL. WE LOVE YOU.

http://www.crackhouserocks.com

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