The Joystix/High-School Motherfuckers “Skulls Out!” Split CD

These two bands have been friends for quite some time now, so it isn’t very surprising to see them share this CD together. The JOYSTIX still know how to mix their old-school punk rock’n’roll influences to more modern, and melodic ones, and when they sing “I Don’t Believe In RnR (Anymore)”, it’s hard to believe them, at least when it comes to the music itself since it’s a real cool rock’n’roll song, with lots of glam punk energy. “Outta My Head” sounds more like The WILDHEARTS, with heavy guitar riffs and melodic backing vocals, and “Sunshine Girl” has a great poppy/glammy chorus, probably my new favourite JOYSTIX song!
It’s good to hear French hard rock’n’rollers HIGH-SCHOOL MOTHERFUCKERS on record again, and even better to see that they sound better than ever with songs like “Motherfucker Go” or “Don’t Care”, their sound naturally evolved towards glam punk/rock’n’roll (sometimes reminding me a bit of SPACE AGE PLAYBOYS), and we sure won’t complain about that! As fans of old-school hard rock and ’77 punk, a song like “Ride Into The Blue” shows us that the HSMF can also appeal to MOTÖRHEAD fans for instance. Both bands are on tour this month in France and Hungary, don’t miss them!/Laurent C.

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The Joystix “Punchline”

TheJoystixPunchlineIt’s been a while since we last heard of Hungary’s most promising rock’n’roll band, The JOYSTIX. On this new album, the WILDHEARTS influence gets stronger than ever (“Disconnected”, “In My Head”, “Wasted”… ), but the old-school touch can still be found too, whether it is a bit of MOTÖRHEAD in “Born Under a Bad Sign”, some high-energy punk’n’roll (“Feel Feel Feel”), or some sleazy guitar oriented rock’n’roll (“Fame Train.”)
The production, though still sounds contemporary and a bit of moderni-ish rock such as FOO FIGHTERS can be heard in a song like “Back In The Saddle”, although I like the band better when they get back to their roots and bring us a song like “Last Action Hero”, one of the catchiest tracks on this album!
The blues song (“Dumb Man Blues”) in the middle of the tracklist is a good idea, an interlude in DREGEN‘s “Flat Tyre On A Muddy Road” spirit.
Conclusion: In 2015, The JOYSTIX is still an underrated band./Laurent C.

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The Joystix “Wasted” EP

Somewhere between BACKYARD BABIES and The WILDHEARTS, Hungarian rock’n’roll kings The JOYSTIX keep on doing their thing against all odds, keeping their identity without repeating themselves.
Here, they offer us 6 new songs that will rock your 2012 start if it hasn’t yet! “Brand New World” and “Spoon” could have been co-written with Ginger while “Gotta Know” and “Last Action Hero” will blow you away in a pure early 2000 Swedish rock’n’roll style. And since we’re talking about Sweden, just listen to “Wasted” and you’ll realize that The HELLACOPTERS have long lost brothers in Hungary. Let’s face it, if The JOYSTIX was from Sweden, they would be featured in international magazines and webzines every week!
The JOYSTIX have always been very good to mix powerful melodic melodies to heavier stuff and they show it again on “Monkey On My Shoulder.”
You know what? This time you have no excuses, ’cause this EP is available as a free download. Search and you’ll find…/Laurent C.


Blondie (The JOYSTIX) is a Veglam regular. He’s been interviewed a few times and we’ve been reviewing his projects for years now. He decided to join forces with Stuffy (HIGH-SCHOOL MOTHERFUCKERS/PLEASURE ADDICTION…) to bring us SUCKERSTARZ!

Can you introduce SUCKERSTARZ?

Blondie: Suckerstarz is a side project of me together with Stuffy and Pamy (High-school motherfuckers, Pleasure addiction). My friendship with Stuffy started about 15 years ago. We met in Hungary and we found it out really quick that we were fans of the same genres, and bands.
So we decided to do something together. Something noisy, but catchy, energetic. Pamy joined the band soon and in 2000 we recorded an Ep titled 666 in 2 or 3 days if I remember well. Later we found a record company in Japan (Myrmecoleo records) , they released the stuff in the same year. Also we took part in different compilations by underground labels worldwide, but after 10 years we thought It would be a good idea to do a full album.

How do you deal with the distance (some members being in France and others in Hungary)?

Blondie: Not easy at all,I think this is the main reason why this is a side project and not a „normally” working touring recording band.It’s really hard to deal with this big distance , of course the internet makes it a bit easier, but to make rehearsals or planning live gigs is near impossible.
This is the reason that if we wanna play live, we will be able to do it only if we will have enough dates to put together a 1 or 2 week long tour.

Where did you record the new album “Easy Romance”?

Blondie: We recorded it in Hungary. I was the person who coordinated the recordings, and also I did the mixing of the stuff.

Do you see the band only as a side-project or is it more than that?

Blondie: In my opininon we can consider it as a side project. If we feel that it would be good idea to write a few songs, record something or if it makes sense to play live we will do it for sure.But there are no big expectations towards anything, we do this band mostly because we’re friends ,we have fun, we love to play music, and i think we can work together well and can write cool songs together without any sweaty effort.

How would you describe SUCKERSTARZ to someone who has never heard about the band?

Blondie: If you listen our first EP it was really noisy,energetic, fast in the vein of New bomb turks, or the first Hellacopters record. Easy romance is much more diverse .The sound is still really raw, but you can find really catchy choruses which stuck in your head after a few listening, and also fast angry songs so i think it’s much more a mixture of our influences than our first EP.
We are a noisy punk/rnr band but also it’s not hard to hear our glam roots if you listen the songs on the new record.

What are the main differences between SUCKERSTARZ and the JOYSTIX apart from the line-up?

Blondie: First of all Joystix is a „normal” band.We play gigs and doing records regularly.Musically – on the first Joystix record we had a few songs which could’ve been a Suckerstarz song also but with the Joystix we moved much more towards a „darker” direction. Our lyrics also changed a lot so I guess if you compare our last EP „So low city” to this new Suckerstarz record you will hear what I’m talking about.
Also it’s really important that half of the Suckerstarz record is written by Stuffy which of course also makes some kind of separation between the two bands.
I’m the singer in both bands that can blur the borderlines a bit,and also im the main songwriter in joystix too so it’s unavoidable to have similarities .Both bands (Suckerstarz, Joystix) and also High-School Motherfuckers are in the same genre –all are punk/rnr bands…so it’s the same 3 chords anyway … isn’t it??:-))))

“Easy Romance” was released on Stuffy’s record label Shotgun Generation records. Can you tell us a bit about the label and its history/goals, etc.?

Stuffy: I started this label to put out my first cd, it was the Love Sikk Junkiez single back at the days ! Then we did the High-School Motherfuckers ep, I put it out too, it was logic for me. Then came The Joystix, I loved their stuff, and Nasty Kixx from Sweden too. Then after 3/4 years without any new cd I put out the last Aesthesia record and the Suckerstarz one.
This part of the businness was missing me ! But I really make it for pleasure, it takes a lot of time and money and it rarely come back but for me it’s cool to see live exciting bands and records ! I’d like to put out 3 or 4 cd’s per year now.
The next one will be Rakel Traxx « Bitches Palace », real fuckin’ glamsters from Marseille ! And in september the first Pleasure Addiction, the second High-School Motherfuckers lil’ bit after and so many more !

Do you think that things would be easier for a band like SUCKERSTARZ if you guys were located in Scandinavia for instance?

Stuffy: Hmm, maybe yeah, but we’ll never know !

You list MOTORHEAD in your influences. Have you seen “Lemmy the Movie”? Your thoughts about it?

Blondie: Yeah!! It’s very cool. Lemmy is one of the last living true rocknroll icons!!

Last records you’ve enjoyed lately?

Blondie: Not too many good records nowadays. The one which I truly enjoyed is The Bellrays:Black lightning. Fantastic record.

Do you plan on touring to promote the album?

Blondie: Yeah it would be cool. As I mentioned earlier,if we can put together 10-12 gigs in a row probably we gonna do it!!

The Joystix

You can find an interview with the SONICDOLLZ from Hungary on this website… Well, the tattooed gang has now changed its name to The JOYSTIX and is back with a solid heavy rock album called “Playing with Fire”. Hear what Blondie (guitar/vocals) has to say about all of that… and more!

You used to be known as the SONICDOLLZ, why the name change ? Are The JOYSTIX different from the SONICDOLLZ in any way?

Yeah, we consider it as a completely different band, though we play a few ?dollz songs live.We had a member change (the Sonicdollz bassman Franky has stopped doing music) but the other reason why we wanted to change is that with Sonicdollz after the recording of our first EP we decided to change more to the rockabilly direction. We used doublebass, and the image shifted to the direction of Rockabilly-psychobilly. Thankfully to this we had quite a few people in Hungary who’ve known us as a rockabilly band and we thought that joystix?s music is so different from that style that we must find out a new name! If i look back to the sonicdollz “Better be dead … “EP i can say that the style is not changed completely, but with joystix i wanted really simple riffs, simple danceable songs, and not too much lollipop choruses rather the dynamic and the rhythm of the song is dominating. Of course as the new songs have come and i wrote the stuff i couldnt deny myself so i think a few singalong choruses are in the disc as well.

“Playing with Fire” has just been released, are you satisfied with it?

Yeah, of course as every band we see what could’ve been changed, and what could’ve been better, but i’m pretty satisfied with the result. I think we collected a dozen of heavy, riff oriented, but punky singable songs, with a slight glam touch on it. Right now we are planning our second release and we want to make it a little bit more diverse. A few darker, slower, heavier songs, some really fast punk title but basically the style?s gonna be the same!! These songs came without any sweaty effort, it just came out from me in a snap, and i think the record shows our melodic side and our rough side pretty well.

How did you get the idea of including the song “Spider” (from French rock’nrollers HIGHSCHOLL MOTHERFUCKERS) on the album?

As you know with Stuffy and Pam we did together Suckerstarz, and since then we’re friends and keeping contact. I always check out and listen what they’re doing and they always keep looking what i?m doing. So i listened their EP and i think Spider is a fucking great song. It should be on Top 10 at any country. It has the elements which means a good song for me! So i thought it would be cool to make a Joystix version of it.. I didn’t really want to put on the record any song from a famous name you know what i mean. So i started to play around with that song and i think it fits perfectly to the record. I hope our version is as enjoyable as the original. We always play covers in our gigs, and we plan to record some more covers in the future from our favourite songs and we’ll put it in our website for free like T-rex :Get it on which you can download from our site.

Your songs are powerful but still melodic, do you usually find the vocals/melodic line first or the music?

I always loved if a song has rough edge and energy besides it has a really memorable vocal line. If i think it over i can say theres no fixed rules for my songwriting. Usually a riff comes first , but for example in case of Teenage riot the whole melody was in my head so i tried to find the right words for the melody lines, and after this i started to find the notes on an instrument.

Have you played outside Hungary yet with this band?

Not yet. We are preparing right now for a short German-Holland trip.We want to move out from Hungary , we want to play everywhere it?s possible in Europe. We believe that our music can grab some people attention and we?re full of energy and we have the hunger to show to more and more people our music and our fucked up attitude

Blondie, when I interviewed the SONICDOLLZ you were playing in several bands at the same time, what about now?

If we talk about “normal” bands right now i’m only in this band, and it’s gonna stay like that!! I can realize all my ideas in this band. The musical direction, the lyrics, the attitude and the image is really what i am so at the moment it makes no sense to focus on anything else. If we talk about projects we just discussed with Stuffy a possible Suckerstarz follow up with that really raw, noisy garage sound you could hear on our 666-EP. It would be fun so i think sooner or later we’re gonna do that !

There’s a big paradox in music today, it seems like the Internet has changed a lot of things: the record industry is dying (record sales are going down, independent record shops close down one by one, etc.) but at the same time, it seems like there’s more and more people at shows? what’s your opinion?

God bless the internet!!! Personally i’m really happy that i can listen bands that i would never have a chance to listen. I can send my music anywhere in the world in a few minutes. I can contact with anyone with just a few click! I love this!!! It makes the things much easier, even as an artist or a music loving listener. I think if someone really dig a record he will buy it . I love the covers, the lyrics sheet etc. But i have the chance to listen it first!!! Lot of times happened in the past that i was waiting for an album or i heard about a band someone told me it’s cool i bought the record for a high price and it was a big disapointment. Now this is over 🙂 But i experienced if i want to be taken seriously with my band i need an officially released record. I don’t know why is it this way but for me it seems that it works only like that. So if i want to have the chance to fix a gig or to go to play it?s much better to have something officially released. It make things easier in my opinion.

You’re a horror movie fan, what are the latest ones you enjoyed?

I don?t have too much time nowadays the last movie i saw was not exactly a horror movie it?s rather a dark humourous animation stuff, some kinda follow up of Nightmare before christmas, it?s titled The Corpse Bride of Tim Burton. I love that movie!

Is there really something wrong with the girls today?

Hmmm… that’s a tough one. I have severeal experiences which makes me wanna say :Yes!! There are those typical girlie things which i think i?ll never be able to understand… but i don?t know how to say 

What’s next for The JOYSTIX? Your projects?

. We will have a few gigs in Europe in the nex few months. In Hungary we will have our record release party in Budapest on the 30th of September and we will make another one in our hometown Szekesfehervar on the 7th of October. We’re hoping it’s gonna be a blast, we will invite special guests, and other bands as well so we hope it’s gonna be a cool party. In the future we want to go everywhere to play, we want to let all the people know that this record is out and we?d like to squeeze out from it the maximum we can!.