The Dead Tricks


There’s some new blood running down NYC’ streets. The DEAD TRICKS have kindly answered our questions…

Can you tell us a bit about the band’s history?

Jiv: I just can’t manage to do anything like a “normal” person. I wrote and recorded some demos in my makeshift apt. studio and posted ads online as a complete band looking for the missing piece. The result was quite hilarious…to say the least. Members have changed and it took some more searching to find Manya but I nabbed Lorne Behrman after we just clicked when we met for the first practice. We had fun, we laughed, we abducted Manya, and we became The Dead Tricks shortly thereafter. We got in the studio, got our songs together and gigged out about a hundred times in the coming year. We absolutely love what we do.

Manya, girls in punk rock’n’roll bands aren’t that common nowadays (except in all-girl bands), how did you end up playing in the DEAD TRICKS?

Manya: I feel like I ask myself that question every day, ha. Beside the planets aligning and some dark forces working together, this thing called Craigslist brought me to answer a vague post from a band with old-school punk influences seeking a bassist, the rest is history. Beyond being a girl in a punk band, I just want to be a badass bass player and make the music I’m passionate about, this is the band that does that.

You’ve just released a new single, can you tell us about it? Will it be released on vinyl?

Jiv: The new single, The Despicable Summer/Serf came from our late 2012 recording session at Big Blue Meenie Studios. It signals the next phase of The Dead Tricks and a little taste of what’s to come. It’s available for download and has been released on CD by Infested records:
We’d like to release it on vinyl, which is still a possibility in the future.

You also have a new video for the song “Don’t Get High (Without Me”.) When and where did you shoot it? Seems like it ended with a bit of blood!

Jiv: We shot this video on July 25, 2012 at The Muff Cave which is the home of our great friends The Bloody Muffs who rehearse /throw shows/live there. The night started out with a bunch of friends, video cameras, cases of beer, great bands and good times. The night ended with inebriation, flailing limbs, moshing & a whole lot of incoherence. By the end of the set, our cohorts let go of whatever sanity was left in the room. After some auto-asphyxiation and having beer poured all over my face, the next thing I noticed was that I was eating the drum hardware. The room had exploded and I went flying into the kit, ending up with a 5 inch gash down my forearm. It felt right, it fucked my tattoo and it tasted great.

Your debut EP “You Should Have Worried About It” was produced by Agnostic Front’s Mike Gallo, how did that happen?

Manya: Mike dropped in on one of our rehearsals after being referred to us by a friend of Lorne’s. He’s such a down to earth talented guy, and most of all dug what we were doing. We were super stoked when he wanted to produce us!

How is the New York scene nowadays? What places do you usually play? Any bands from there we should check out?

Manya: As rough as always, ha. There’s so many great new bands, new venues opening up all the time, hard to keep up! Our fave spots are Webster Hall, The Bowery Electric, The Muff Cave, Otto’s Shrunken Head, The Grand Victory, Trash Bar, to name a few. Check out our fellow punk n’ rollers: The Bloody Muffs, Out of Order, Tied for Last, Refuse to Resist, Cry Havoc!, Yo!$cunt, The Sharp Lads, (LB / Jivs, feel free to add to this list if i missed anyone)

Do you often play outside of New York?

Manya: Not often enough! So far we’ve done several Albany and Boston shows, as well as Connecticut and Jersey, but we’re planning more shows to come in our immediate surrounding area and to get out there in the Spring/Summer for a week-long north mid-west tour, can’t wait!

You mention many bands as influences on your Facebook page, some (DEAD BOYS, SEX PISTOLS, RAMONES…) more obvious than others (DEPECHE MODE, ERASURE…), can you tell us about 5 of your favourite records and about the 2 last records you listened to?

Two Favs:
Iggy Pop & James Williamson Kill City – It’s vulnerable but still totally unrepentant.
Black Flag Who’s Got The 10 ½ – When you give everything you have inside to the music you make, this is what that commitment sounds like.
Last Record:
Nick Cave Boatman’s Call – No posturing or bullshit swagger, it’s all heart.

Two Favs:
The Velvet Underground Live at Max’s Kansas City – probably one of my favorite live albums of all time, just soothes my soul. I’d kill to have been there.
Bad Brains Bad Brains – No explanation needed 😉
Last Record:
Ceremony Zoo – One of the best newer punk bands out of the Bay area, this record is a weekly visitor to my ears.

Two favs:
The Lords of the New Church – The Lords of the New Church – Took everything I love about rock n’ roll, punk rock and 80’s post-punk and brought forth an album that was rhythmic, melodic and danceable while still completely unique, dark, gritty and utterly deviant . LOTNC truly wrote the religion of debauchery with this one.
Plasmatics Beyond the Valley of 1984 – Punk… Metal…Super-sexy destruction… The first time I heard this record, I became completely infatuated.
Last Record:
OFF! Self-Titled – Fast, short and brutal. I often leave this on repeat for about 3 go-arounds.

Last book you’ve read?

Lorne: Despite the fact that Patti Smith growled at me at a poetry reading—a harrowing experience—I recently finished Just Kids. It was beautifully written.

Lorne, can you tell us about your past in the DIMESTORE HALOES? Do you still talk to Chaz Matthews?

Lorne: It means so much to me that 16 years later people still remember that band. We had a lot of hardships and heartbreak—R.I.P. Jimmy Reject—but we also had a lot of laughs. Chaz is a big brother to me, he taught me a ton, and we still laugh at the same stupid jokes! That was a wonderful time; I found my identity in that band. I wrote/co-wrote some songs on Thrill City Crime Control and I still mean every word.

What’s coming next for The DEAD TRICKS?

Jiv: The next step is something we are intently looking forward to. In the near future you can expect more videos to be released and new merch available. We are currently in the studio working on what’s to become our first full length album. By March we will be back on stage, playing new songs and being our good ol’ degenerate selves. Can’t wait!

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International Rocknroll Overthrow by Anguish Young…

There are some bad people on the rise…” (-Morrissey)


Sometimes, it seems like “most people” still don’t get it. How consolidated-media exists only to distract the many, from the horrific atrocities of war and to train the ever-dwindling, consumption-oriented, debt-slave middle-class to uncritically worship talentless heiresses and right-wing blowhards and to blame the Wall Street crimes of the elite, top 300, super-rich, greed-head billionaires on all of us poor people, who have no real vote, no real say, no real rights, no representation, viable opportunity, or now obsolete, Constitutional liberties. We are groped, spied on, tasered, rendition-ed, under constant surveillance in the post 9/11 police-state U.S.A. America has just five percent of the world population, but TWENTY-FIVE percent of the world’s prisoners. Who, exactly, do you think is the invisible iron-fist, behind the genocidal wars in the Middle East and Drug Cartel Violence in Latin America, with their clandestine kill-lists, mass assassinations, masked mercenaries, embedded media, and false flag attacks? Big Hint: It ain’t poor people in hoodies with camels or box-cutters. Tv watchers will tell you, “it can’t happen here”, but peaceful protest anywhere near Cheney, Bush, Obama, or anyone protected by the American Secret Service is now a felony. It’s already on the books, HR 347. Look it up. American tax-payers can already be kidnapped without charges, or trial, and imprisoned, indefinitely, or assassinated (Search: “disposition matrix”) while we discuss Lady Gaga, Lance Armstrong, or the fashion faux-pas of rich people’s children on our cell-phones, while being monitored by the over-funded NSA. We have Hannah Montana, in place of Kathleen Hannah. Nickelback, instead of Nirvana. Kid Rock—not the Trash Brats. On and on and on and on…which side are you on? Boycott Pig-Media.
Maximum Rocknroll” was absolutely right, in the 80’s, when they taught us that corporate rock is just one more Amway-style pyramid scheme. Why does every American know about Snooki, Green Day, Jessica Simpson, and Avril Lavigne, but not Mike Martt, T.V. Smith, Jayne County, or Stevie Klasson? Because most home inheriting college graduates still like their cozy denial and false sense of moral superiority and “belonging”, wrongly derived from investing their faith in slick magazines, cable news, cops, Democrats Vs. Republicans pro-wrestling distractions, big pharma (a pill for everything, if you have overpriced insurance), colleges, military, and the corporate establishment. You really think Obama cares about your kids, the Bill Of Rights, gay marriage or abortion? “Now, who’s being naive, Kay?” You really think feckin’ Mariah Carey(!!??) actually sold all those records? There just aren’t THAT many gay hairstylists with bad taste. All the same people who told you that YOU “can’t sing”, always willingly pretended like Eddie Vedder and Greg Dulli COULD sing. You think Patti Smith or Johnny Rotten would make it on “The Voice”???? If you dare question the extremist Dick Cheney rightwing police state policies of Netanyahu or Obama, you will likely be branded a “racist”. Fortunately, the masses against the classes are steadily waking up, all over the world, and recognizing how efficiently religion, nationalism, the outdated left versus right paradigm, and corporate propaganda are always used to steal the pursuit of happiness from the many, to pay for the designer purses full of drugs, of the few. Stop supporting fascism and war, rocknrollas!


Music is powerful. Why else do you suppose they stopped playing real boogaloo dude rocknroll on radio and cable television? They similarly killed genuine hip-hop when they killed Tupac and demonized Public Enemy and replaced their thoughtful and provocative presence on the airwaves with Fergie and Diddy and refried Janet Jackson and Madonna clones. What was the last thing that passed for rocknroll in the big media? Buckcherry-those sub-Kiss, say-nothing, cock-rock, NFL jingle janglers? That U2 commercial from 15 years ago? Billionaire Bono claims he can’t speak out against war or torture or drone attacks or government deception anymore, because supposedly, his new world order bankster buddies forgave some third world debt, in exchange for feeding people sterility-inducing Monsanto frankenfood, and forced vaccinations, and “liberating” all their natural resources. I’ve had the distinct displeasure of interacting with some “can’t beat em, join ’em” former music people on the social climbing escalator, “going up”, and ooh, let me tell ya. It was just awful. Almost needed a translator because nowadays, they only speak in “Sharper Image” catalog. Oh so quick to forget, heartbreaking shit, but I’ll get over it. One thing I’ve learned is you can’t communicate, or negotiate, with capital-crazy, rat race, Agent Smith, sold soul robots. Leave ’em to their feeding frenzy, let ’em chase their gods—the idle rich. Give unto “The Donald” what is his. I have zero desire to become a stick up my arse, posh, bourgeois swell. Let the dead bury the dead.


Meanwhile, there are little pockets of heroic rocknroll resistance popping up all across the country, and indeed, the world. Badass motherfuckers, who recognize that in the age of unreality-shows, fame is empty currency, and that embedded journalists and media-class whores of tv’s hypno-spell, only exist, to keep people from waking up to the evisceration of the Bill Of Rights and non-stop war-crimes being committed by the ruthless, profiteering, shadow empire of the private prison profiteers with their bogus drug wars, and the globalist military industrial media triangle fascist billionaires, who own the big five corporate media monopolies. Where some dumb sock puppets and hopeless showbiz nephews yearn for vacant fame, real rockers are more concerned with tending to the good old FLAME. I know so many authentic bluesmen and genuine punk icons who are having severe health problems and still scrounging for rent, while the sports-drink morons of mainstream war culture distract themselves with Spencer and Heidi and Honey Boo Boo and “Keeping Up with the Kardashian”s. The worldwide rebel alliance is strong–just don’t look for it on the brainwash-box. Cancel your cable subscription, today! All kinds of cool alternative media streams are popping-up, like the Sons Of Dolls and Veglam websites, and rebel-rockers all over the planet are pro-actively podcasting and returning to printing up homemade fanzines and broadsheets, D.I.Y. is the only way.

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Psychobilly super-stars, Cold Blue Rebels, have a new CD out February 19th, called “Love Of The Dead”, available for pre-order now:

Even David Bowie‘s come back out of the cupboard.

Someone is making an in-depth documentary about Johnny Thunders and endeavoring the uncover the truth about his mysterious death in New Orleans. Cool Kids who are sick to death of Nikki Minaj and Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are currently organizing and congregating in England, Atlanta, Austin, L.A., Indianapolis, Detroit City, rejecting the gutless rap and hipster techno that’s been force-fed to us for the past two decades by shyster shareholders of the war machine echo-chamber. Young bands like Cyanide Pills, the Biters, the Adjusters, and Prima Donna are hipping enthusiastic audiences to the real rocknroll of their forefathers, and bands like The Boys, Tango Pirates, the Hangmen, Dave Kusworth, the Joneses, Waldos, Lovesores, Jim Jones Revue, and Michael Monroe are enjoying a tremendous resurgence, often rivaling their popularity at the zenith of their heyday, as more hip kids flood to their shows to kick out the jams, punk rock style. Hollywood’s music scene is bursting with vital rock action and fresh sounding, pulse hastening rock bands like Dirty Eyes and the Crazy Squeeze who are attracting legions of Mexican Morrissey hooligans, shag headed post-emos, hot models, and straight-up punknroll glitter brats who all wanna press flesh, fly their freak flags high, and party like it’s Rodney’s English Disco, all over again. Manhattan’s last stubbornly lingering 70’s punks, bar-owning, show-promoting moguls usual suspects like Jesse Malin and Handsome Dick Manitoba are still hosting all kinds of glam revivals at bars like Manitoba’s, Bowery Electric, and Otto’s Shrunken Head. Buddy Bowzer, Brass Knuckle Evangelists, C.J. Ramone, and NY Junk have all been seen bashing out a blast-off brand of jetboy music that keeps the diehards young and infuses the club scene with an electricity seldom witnessed since the Giulliani/Bloomberg clampdown on civil rights and non-stop trustafarian gentrification killed off the C.B.G.B.’s/Coney Island/Continental nightlife in the late 90’s. Brandy Row, a rising punk rockstar from Merry Olde and Proto-Punk Revolutionary Hero, Wayne Kramer are both coming to NYC. Trigger is hosting a Continental Divide reunion show, as I type this international scene report. On Saturday, April 20th, Roy J. Morgan from the Excessories and Neurotics is hosting a Johnny Thunders tribute show in L.A. featuring the Waldos with Uncle Walter backed by Dino Everett, Roy, and the dynamic JOEY PINTER on white hot lead guitar. Also confirmed for that show are Crazy Squeeze, Devil Dogs West, Telephone Lovers, and Electric Children. I am heartened by this popular groundswell, organic movement, happening worldwide, as more people get hip to the Corporate Ruse of the war machine, and turn away from consolidated media to get their kicks around the proverbial bonfire with the red pleather soul people of the rocknroll revolution.


One town that’s in for a special treat on March 30th, is NEW ORLEANS, when the legendary, surviving WALDOS come to town to entertain their faithful punknroll constituency and commune with the ghosts of J.T. and Willie Deville, in the sleazy big easy. If you got rocknroll amigos in N’Awlins, tell ’em all about it. This will be one historically significant, wildass barn burner, party lights shindig, they don’t wanna miss. Hard-knocks Joey Pinter wrote the book on gutter grace and is a shining example of the unenviable, but utterly admirable, difference between vapid, manufactured celebrity and purist punk individualist. He ain’t no manufactured emobot. He is a lived it, seen it all, twice, rock STAR. There’s nothing more righteous than an outlaw soulman who overcomes all the odds, endures all, and stays true to himself. JOEY PINTER is the 4-Real essence of rugged independence and Max’s Kansas City cool. He’s currently hard at work in the recording studio with Bomp! power-pop personality, Arthur Alexander, who is producing his hotly anticipated solo debut. You already know and love charismatic Heartbreaker, Walter Lure. Together, they are an essential combination. Catch ’em while they’re still alive!

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R.I.P. Jim Sabre of Happy Death Men & George Bjorling of Poopy Butts.

Easy Trigger “Bullshit”

EasyTriggerJanuary has been a very Italian month here at Veglam! EASY TRIGGER are a hard rock/modern sleaze rock band from Verona that started hitting stages as a cover band in 2009. They released their first EP in March 2011 and now offer us 12 new songs on this album. Their music stands somewhere between HARDCORE SUPERSTAR (“Apologise”, “The Dreams”…), WEDNESDAY 13 (“Sex, Sex, Sex”, “Route 66″…) and the whole Swedish sleaze metal scene. EASY TRIGGER can also get more metal/hardcore on a song like “Bullshit”.
The high-pitched vocals are sometimes a bit hard to listen to (“Rocket Girl”, “Shootin’ In The Fire”) and I’m not sure that the ballad “Smokers Die Young” was really needed on the album, but all in all, “Bullshit” isn’t bad in that style especially if you like the more metallic stuff. Don’t believe the title!/Laurent C.

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The Unripes “This Is Not America”

TheUnripesThe UNRIPES started as a “one night only” band back in 2005 in Modena, Italy with a desire to mix 80s glam metal to modern rock . The 80s influenced can be found in Axia’s vocals (dude can hit high Axl-like notes!!) and in some melodies like the chorus in “Reload” that strongly reminds of KISS’ “Heaven’s On Fire”, or in “My Muse Is Called Rock’n’Roll” (catchy chorus!) and “Until The Day I Die” for instance. The power ballad “The Star Beyond This Wall” also clearly knocks on the 80s door!
The modern side of the band is mainly present in the guitar sound and in the synth arrangements. Now, it’s hard to define what modern rock is, but I guess it is heavy rock flirting with a few machines and a nu-metal sound… Because yes, this is metal (you won’t be able to escape the occasional double bass drum and headache guitar solos!), but it’s well done, sometimes reminding a band like PRIVATE LINE. Good points with the Geri Halliwell cover “Scream If You Wanna Go Faster” too!/Laurent C.

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Television 60’s “Celebr-Hate”

Celebr-HateThis Italian band doesn’t play garage rock as the name would suggest. On the other hand, they are clearly influenced by the Scandinavian scene, mainly The HELLACOPTERS, BACKYARD BABIES and TURBONEGRO (“Don’t Call Back”.)
Punk rock’n’roll tempos, loud backing vocals and hard rock guitar riffs is what you get here, 8 songs about having a good time all the time. Nothing less, nothing more… Unfortunately, there’s not enough hooks and melodies to really make it all mind-blowing, but this is not bad for a debut album ; and as often in this style, the band is probably better live./Laurent C.

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Superhorrorfuck “Gore-Geous Dead” EP

goregeous-EPItalian glam metal horror junkies SUPERHORRORFUCK have released this new EP on December 21st 2012 so that they can rise from the dead and promote it in a post-apocalyptic world. Nothing really changed since that date, but that sure won’t stop the band to spread their Grand Guignol disease.
4 songs that are still heavily influenced by WEDNESDAY 13 and The FRANKENSTEIN DRAG QUEENS FROM PLANET 13, but that also show a new interesting side in “Voodoo Holiday” where surf-rock guitars meet horns similar to those in RIVER CITY REBELS for instance. “Death Become US” and “Ante-Mortem Pictures” are heavier and closer to the band’s previous released, but there’s also a bit of punk in those zombies’ colourful blood (“Dawn At The Graveyard”) that will help you to sing along. Be warned!/Laurent C.