Suicide Bombers “Murder Couture”

Opening with an epic introduction of the band, this fourth album of Norway’s SUICIDE BOMBERS looks as good as the previous ones, kind of ZODIAC MINDWARP meets SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK aesthetic including glossy and colourful pictures of the band dressed in Murder Couture…Then, the song “Murder Couture” offers us some anthemic heavy rock followed by the catchy “Kings & Queens” and its”Oh-Oh, Oh-Oh-Oh-O” chorus! The first single of the album, “So Bad” is a sleazy rock song with STEVE STEVENS guitar riffs, but the 80s glam metal influences can mostly be heard in “Love Disasters” and in “End Of The Story.” It sometimes gets a bit heavier with “Night That Never Ends”, “World Without End” (imagine a dirtier DOKKEN flirting with ROXX GANG and W.A.S.P.!), “Sleepless Elite” or “We Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists” in which you’ll hear a DTK LAMF reference. “Madman” ends this album with raw energy and leave you wanting for more.
While hard rock/sleaze metal are far from being popular music styles nowadays, SUICIDE BOMBERS keep getting stronger and strronger, and this is a very good thing. /Laurent C.

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Suicide Bombers “Suicide Idols”

This is the third SUICIDE BOMBERS release already if you don’t count the “Appetite For Explosions” 3 song debut CDR (2012.) As usual, the record opens with a SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK kind of intro, just before getting right into the heart of the matter, delivering some high quality hard rock’n’roll with “Suicide Idol”!
“Ready For Tonight” slows the tempo down, with sunny guitar leads and a catchy chorus, a bit like a dirtier POISON, also reminding of Chris Damien Dolls’ old band TRASHCAN DARLINGS (same thing with “Waiting”.) Classic hard rock fans will love “Next World War”, “Generation Kill” (you’ll hear a bit of a “Looks That Kills” tribute in this one), “We Got Tonight”, or “Keep An Eye On You” that has a bit of an early SKID ROW flavour in it. “Never Gonna Change” is a slow one, but it manages to bring an interesting atmosphere, somewhere between melancholy and desperation, while the other slow song of the album “Sex Star Icon” is a good heavy sleazy tune. Just before the outro, “Just One Fuck” ends “Suicide Idols”, leaving a catchy chorus stuck in your head. Something that is really nice with SUICIDE BOMBERS is their will to keep an old-school hard rock sound when too many new bands in this style choose the boring modern sound nowadays. Well, since the world has been goin’ crazy lately, its end might be near, so this is definitely an album you should play at your farewell party! /Laurent C.

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Suicide Bombers “The Sex Tapes”

SBombersSexTapesA new EP from Norway’s SUICIDE BOMBERS: 6 explosive songs with retro-futuristic SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIKish samples in between them. Opening song “Bladerunner (Tokyo Nights)” does a great job at getting you hooked from the start, and makes you ready for “iKill (Suicide Romeo)”, a good dose of sleaze rock with guitars reminding of the mighty ZODIAC MINDWARP.
If you like 1983/84 MÖTLEY CRÜE, then you’ll probably enjoy “Planets Collide”, a song that could stand right in between “Too Young To Fall In Love” and “Looks That Kill”; and if you want some in your face heavy punk’n’roll, then “X.i. Thing” is the one for you.
Fans of the bubblegum glam punk side of the TRASHCAN DARLINGS will love “Boyfriend (Sha-La-La), and the cherry on top here is a wild hard rockin’ BACKSTREET GIRLS cover (“Devolicious Boys”)!
“The Sex Tapes” comes out with a booklet in which you’ll find the song lyrics and lots of coulourful pictures, you can trust these guys for not doing things by halves!/Laurent C.

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Suicide Bombers – Sonic Orgasms!

We had a chat with Chris Damien Doll about upcoming CD “The Sex Tapes”, and since he’s always great to interview, we also talked about The BACKSTREET GIRLS, the TRASHCAN DARLINGS reunion show, and Norway’s rock’n’roll scene in 2015…

So, since you’re about to release “The Sex Tapes”, a new 6 song CD. Tell us a bit about it (the recording, the songs…) How different is it from your debut album “Criminal Record”? Why this title (is there some hidden sex videos on the CD!?)?

The SEX TAPES is an unbroken stream of music and soundbites, giving the listener the opportunity to dive into “the best movie never made,” or focus on the songs one-by-one, like on a conventional record. Pure rock’n’roll innovation! We are very proud of it.
It’s the download single that grew into it’s own release. We had a few songs we’d been working on and when the middleeight of BLADERUNNER (TOKYO NiGHTS) fell into place, Lazy got antsy… we all did… and Lazy thought we should release it as a download single, so we could play it live and give our fans something new while they’re waiting for the next album.
Then we were invited to contribute a song to a Backstreet Girls tribute album and all of a sudden we had two songs. When the second round of songwriting for the next studio album started, we realized we had too many great songs for one album and thought, “why not do all these songs that are ready as it’s own standalone mini-album release”… and we did.
We recorded at Pinehead’s Audio Saloon, which is basically C Slim’s Sonic Boom Boom Grotto, and it worked great. Maria Maxwell mixed and mastered it at DogEgg studio, which is also where all the soundbites are done, and did a brilliant job.
I don’t think these songs are that much different from our first album. It still sounds very much like the SUiCiDE BOMBERS and all the songs are great. The record will be released on the 2nd of March, so not many have heard it yet, but those who have love it and the videos for DEVOLiCiOUS BOYS and BLADERUNNER (TOKYO NiGHTS) are doing well on our youtube channel; suicidebombersmusic
The title came about as Lazy and myself were in our hotelroom before a gig somewhere, having a few drinks with the TV on in the background, when a documentary of Celebrity Sex Tapes came on. You know the kind… Some girl signs a deal with a porn company to make a sex tape for a lot of money. Then, when the tape is “leaked” she’ll utter a light protest and sue to add to the controvery, the case is settled out of court and all of a sudden she’s famous. It’s the cheapest way to become a celebrity, so we figured if that shit works for rich girls in LA, imagine what it can do for intergalactic superstars such as ourselves. There are no videos on our Sex Tape, the orgasms are purely sonic.

The line-up is a bit different since the first album, right?

Yeah, we got C Slim, the Thunder Mechanic, on bass and backing vocals.
He’s a brilliant guy! I have known him for years and even produced a few of the albums he did with his previous bands. We’ve had more than one drink on more than one occasion, so to speak. He’s a fantastic bassplayer. Right on the money like the fucking Panzer Divison at full force! His backing vocals are brilliant and he’a able to hit all the high notes. We can’t say enough cool shit about him.
Bitch Commander James Nero quit a while back. When things started happening for both the SUiCiDE BOMBERS and his own band the KILL CITY BANDITS at the same time, he had too much on his plate and had to make a desicion. He was the first member of this band, apart from me, and a great guy, so it was sad to see him go, but we are all still good friends and I think both bands are better off for it. The world now has two brilliant bands rather than just one, so everyone motherfucking wins!

Have you been playing a lot to promote “Criminal Record”? Are you satisfied with how the album was welcomed?

We’ve been around Norway a lot and also done shows in Sweden and Denmark and we are very pleased with the way the album’s been welcomed. We got nothing but great reviews for it! 7/10 in Classic Rock Magazine and 8.5 / 10 in Metal Hammer Norway to name but a few. We set out to make a classic debut album and judging from the reviews and fan feedback, I think we achieved that.
There’s even a fan who tattooed the bat and SB logo from shoulder to shoulder on his back after seeing us live one time! That’s a real honor! Most bands never see anyone tattoo their logos and the ones that do have usually been playing for decades and released lots of records. We’ve only been together for a few years and released one album. When someone goes out and tattoos your bandname, you have really made an impact. You just gotta love that! … So we hired him as our booking agent and have never gotten more gigs.

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“The Sex Tapes” is self-released, but you didn’t use the crowdfunding thing like so many bands do nowadays. What do you think about crowdfunding?

We love crowdfunding and had every intention of doing it. We were looking into different options, but was thinking about the next full lenght album, as we didn’t wanna do crowdfunding for a download single, you know. When The SEX TAPES started to grow into what it’s become, it all happened so fast that we never had the time to finalize any crowdfunding. But we’ll try again with the next release.

Do you have any favourite songs on “The Sex Tapes”?

SBombersSexTapesThat’s a tough one… I like all of them for different reasons. BLADERUNNER (TOKYO NiGHTS) and PLANETS COLLiDE really turned out great. Both songs were nearly there for so long and kinda got it when the middleparts came. They are both very accomplished musically and everyone is playing great and stretching themselves on those songs. iKill (SUiCiDE ROMEO) I love because it’s the most straight-for-the-throat song we’ve ever done. I’m very proud of the lyrics. The real aggression, anger and intensity really shines through on that one.
X.i. THiNG was the first song we completed and we all loved it so much that we have played it live ever since. It’s another high energy piece and both those songs are probably more intense than anything on the first album, even if we had intense stuff there too. BOYFRiEND (SHA-LA-LA) is a major-key rock’n’roll song and another really well written tune. I think it’s also the song we have put the most stuff on in the studio and when it was all mixed it sounded really good. DEVOLiCiOUS BOYS is of course a Backstreet Girls cover and a damn good song and we’re all very happy with our version of it.
Fuck, Laur, I can’t choose!

You recently released a video for “Devolicious Boys”, a cover of the BACKSTREET GIRLS. This band is highly underrated. Can you tell us a bit about them, and what album/songs should people listen to first?

The BACKSTREET GIRLS are rock’n’roll royalty in Norway. They have been going since the mid 80’s and are still going today, more successful than ever. Petter Baarli, the guitarist, is one of the best rock’n’roll guitarists in the world. We got invited to be on a tribute album to the BACKSTREET GIRLS. A real honor, so we went through their entire catalogue, listenining to the songs not just as fans, but trying to find a song that would fit well for us. DEVOLiCiOUS BOYS is actually from their latest album, which will give you an idea of the quality and presistence of this band.
Musically the BACKSTREET GIRLS are, among other things, a mix of AC/DC, SEX PISTOLS, RAMONES, ROSE TATTOO and CHUCK BERRY and they have developed their own style in the middle of all that. They have so many albums, so it’s hard to pick just one for people to listen to first.
Boogie ‘Til You Puke, the second album from the 80’s, is a lot of people’s favorite, but damn… Coming Down Hard, Hellway To High, Sick My Duck, Tuff Tuff Tuff and the last one Death Before Compromise… are all excellent albums. Or you can just start by watching this one from Hellway To High on youtube:

BACKSTREET GIRLS – LOADED

The TRASHCAN DARLINGS played a reunion show a few months ago, right?

Yeah… We got the sad news that our original drummer and good friend, Skinny Shotgun, died 2 years ago, leaving 2 children behind. That hit us fucking hard, man… So last year Strange? and I got together and organized a benefit concert for his kids. Skinny was a popular guy, so it wasn’t hard to get bands for the benefit. Backstreet Girls, The Carburetors, Cockroach Clan and the SuperKings all performed great sets and we ended the evening with a Trashcan Darlings show. The gig was sold out as fuck, with people coming in from all over Europe to be part of it. All the bands, and several others, also donated merchandise to be sold for the benefit. Kai Kidd of The Carburetors even auctioned away one of his guitars for the cause. It was a very humbling experience which raised A LOT of money for Skinny’s kids.

Any new band from Norway we should check out?

Backstreet Girls, of course. Kill City Bandits, Bitch Commander James Nero’s band, gets better everytime we see them and they were pretty damn good the first time too! Phillie & The Cruel Faces have gotten Paulie Z on lead vocals. We haven’t heard them with him yet, but they will be one of our special guests at the releaseparty at Gamla on the 28th of February and we can’t wait. They were a cool band before, but with him on vocals they’re gonna be brilliant. My good friend Kjetil who had success with his Trash Pop band Surferosa a few years back has gotten a new band together. They are called Razorbats and are a mix of melodic punk and 70’s hard rock. Their songs are very cool and have gotten tons of national radioplay here all during the autumn. They will also be our special guests at the releaseparty. Niterain is another band in the hard rock genera who’s been doing really well these last years and well worth checking out. Valerie is also very good. Very young guys and recommended for fans of 80’s radio metal. Great musically and great songs.

Last record you’ve bought?

The 200g Drastic Plastic vinyl releases of Johnny Thunders‘ So Alone and David Johansen‘s first solo album from Big Dipper Records in Oslo, and some cool Nikki Sudden live CDs from Easy Action records online.

Last book you’ve read?

Dancing With Myself; The Billy Idol biography. Very cool book, can’t wait for Tony James to release a bio!

Last movie you’ve enjoyed?

A lot of porn while putting together the intros for The SEX TAPES.

When are your next tour plans?

We’ll be all over Norway this spring and also on a short European Tour during easter.
These are the gigs that are booked so far:

SUiCiDE BOMBERS – The SEX TAPES Tour 2015

28th Feb – Gamla, Oslo – Norway
6 March – Chevy’s (Fredagsliven), Stavanger – Norway
27 March – Sport & Live Scenen, Hamar – Norway
28 March – Oak Metal Club, Fosser – Norway
1 April – Pub Anchor Club Asylum, Stockholm – Sweden
3 April – Prauge – czech republic
4 April – Prague zkušebny praha – klub Kantýna: Link: http://www.zkusebnypraha.cz czech republic
5 April – Wild At Heart, Berlin – Germany
11 April – Yes Yes Pub, Årnes – Norway
24 April – Vårt Hjem, Steinkjer, Norway
25 April – Good Omens, Trondheim,

And while you’re at it, check out our videos!

BLADERUNNER (TOKYO NiGHTS) – Promo video from The SEX TAPES

DEVOLiCiOUS BOYS – Promo video from The SEX TAPES

HiGH ON EXPLOSiVES – Promo video from CRiMiNAL RECORD

Suicide Bombers

Norway’s finest new sleaze band tells us about the past, present and future of rock’n’roll!

So, when did you think about starting the SUICIDE BOMBERS? Did you have the idea before the end of the TRASHCAN DARLINGS or just after? I remember you had the image idea/concept right from the start…

CHRIS DAMIEN DOLL: Parts of the vision was there years before the end of the Trashcan Darlings, such as the band name, image, general musical direction and a few songs, but it evolved a lot when Trashcan Darlings broke up and the chance to start this band was there for real. It evolved even more as we got the band together and started working on everything.

Were all the songs written especially for the band or were some of them planned for the TRASHCAN DARLINGS?

CHRIS: As a songwriter you always have a bag of riffs and ideas lying around that you have not yet used, so some parts here and there is older stuff, but as far as finished songs there are only a few that were written for the Trashcan Darlings, and even those have been rearranged and changed around by the Suicide Bombers. Teenage Breakdown was written in the mid 90’s and is the only track Trashcan Darlings ever played. We did it live once in 1998. It was in a different key then and we never recorded it as it was very hard to sing, but it’s always been one of my favorite of the unreleased songs. When I presented it to the Suicide Bombers they loved it, especially T-Bone, so we decided to do it. I transposed it to a better key and changed it around to be more of an “open chord” track, rather than the punk/powerpop thing it originally was, something that has made the song really blossom.

Princess Socialite was written even before the Trashcan Darlings, but never used as it didn’t fit that band. The lyrics and title have been changed and there are a few arrangement details here and there that has been worked on, but apart from that it’s the same song. High On Explosives was written in 2002 / 2004. I had all the riffs, except the one that goes under the guitarsolo, I had the first verse and pre chorus, but the title was different and sucked, so it was never played. This Time Tomorrow was written right at the end of the Trashcan Darlings and intended for the next album. We never got around to rehearsing it, but it was there and ready. Suicide Bombers added a much harder drive to the song + the riff at the end of the chorus and the track really came into it’s own. The rest were all written especially for the Suicide Bombers. Coming from a situation where you have a back catalogue and then to start over again really inspired me to write and most of the songs came fairly quickly when I saw that the Suicide Bombers would happen for real. Even more came when we got the band together. Napalm Heart was one of the first ones and I think that kinda set the standard for the changes in songwriting direction. Let’s Rock’n’Roll and Riot were the last ones written for this album. A track like Bombers En Vogue was basically written at rehearsals. I kept playing the intro riff and one day we just decided to start working on it. I had a few more riffs and we put it together as a band and worked a lot on it.

So there are all kinds of different tracks here, but most of the album is written especially for this band.

Was it difficult for you to get the right line-up for the SUICIDE BOMBERS? You introduce each member with detailed descriptions on the record and on the website. It brings to mind bands like KISS or MÖTLEY CRÜE, do you think this thing about the importance of each member is missing in bands nowadays?

CHRIS: Well, it was kinda difficult. I wanted to be in a band with members who had the same vision as me, both musically and all the rest. I didn’t wanna get some guy who could play an instrument and have to tell him how to dress or anything like that. I, and then we as we started to get members, wanted to be in a band with people who live and breath this stuff, people who feel it in their guts. It all flows naturally then and it’s so much better to use that extra time and get the right people from the beginning, rather than to just go for someone and then have a lot of unnescicary work explaining stuff afterwards. I was looking for STARS and I found them!

The only member I knew from before was T-Bone, the Outlaw Groover. I had known him since the mid 90’s, but never played with him. Bitch Commander James Nero was however first onboard the spacecraft. I got a tip from a friend about this fantastic bassplayer with musical skills, attitude and looks who didn’t have a band. We met over a few beers, he listened to some of my demos, loved them, we rehearsed together once and he was in. T-Bone had seen that we were advertising for a drummer, but was taking his time thinking about it. He showed up for an audition together with a lot of other drummers and literarily wiped the floor with all of them. He’s a fantastic drummer, a very creative guy and always delivers his beats with intense power and immaculate precision. We became the final 4 when Lazy Leather, The Sex Gunslinger, joined.

LAZY LEATHER: I hadn’t played in a band for years when T-Bone one day showed up at my door in the deep forest bringing two Suicide Bombers songs with him and asked me to join the band. The songs were “High On Explosives” and “Bombers En Vogue”. The songs blew me away and of course it wasn’t possible for me to say NO to such a fantastic band. In the years prior I had been asked to join many bands, but I always declined the offers. This band, however, I really wanted to join.

CHRIS: As far as importance of each member in bands nowadays, I wouldn’t know. I do know that all the members in this band are extremely important as everyone bring their own flavor to the mix and it’s the sound of everyone playing together that is the sound of the band. For us it was only natural to emphasize that in our press release and CD cover. What other bands do, I wouldn’t know.

Lazy, how was it to join the band as a guitar player? How do you function with Chris as far as the guitar parts are concerned?

LAZY: It was cool, it was really great and I felt welcome from the very first rehearsal we had together. I was not looking for a band at that time, you can almost say I’d have given up on being in a band and was just playing guitar and writing songs in my home studio. The first song we did together was High On Explosives, it was a killer right away.

Our playing styles are very different, but I think it fits perfectly together. From my point of view: If it’s mathematically correct, it doesn’t feel right. You have to play with your heart, soul and energy and not just play the correct notes at the correct time. We work very hard on creating different guitar parts to make a fuller and more interesting guitar sound.

You’ve just released your first album “Criminal Record” as a self-release. Where and how did you record it? Is it going to get distributed or only available at shows/online? How do you feel about record labels in 2012?

LAZY: What was important to us was to find a studio with huge drum sound, after a lot of research we found a studio about an hour out of Oslo called Toproom. We really enjoyed recording this album! “Criminal Record” is, to us, the album we all dreamt of making.

We actually recorded it very quickly, I think we had 6 weekends during the summer 2011 and that’s it.

I don’t feel much either way about record labels in 2012. There isn’t much money to be made from recorded music anymore and that means that the record companies don’t have the budget they used to have to promote new talent. This means that the few major labels still left have to focus on safe bets, mostly in the pop genera, while smaller labels basically just work as distribution labels. The job of the record companies used to be to discover new talent and then put a lot of money behind them, so they got big quickly, but without the finances a record company really isn’t much use anymore.

CHRIS: It’s distributed through Indie Distribution so it’s available in all stores in Norway. For citizens of the EU it’s available through CDON.COM. For the rest of the world it will be available through iTunes and all other digital channels from the 1st of October this year. If you want a physical product and live outside of the EU, you can contact us directly at post@thesuicidebombers.com , which is the same address anyone else should use if they want a T-shirt, a pin or the the Limited Edition CDep as well.

How many shows have you played so far? Chris, is it difficult for you to sing and play guitar at the same time? How different is it from doing backing vocals in the TRASHCAN DARLINGS? Any favourite song(s) to play live?

CHRIS: At this point we have played 6 shows, all in Oslo. We really wanted to get the album out before we started gigging a lot, so people would have the chance to hear the songs before they went to a show. It took a bit of time getting the mix right for the album, so the gigs we have played so far have more been a matter of wanting to get out of rehearsals and blow off some live-steam, but the reception at the gigs have been fantastic! Every one of our shows have gotten killer reviews in Scream Magazine or Norway Rock Magazine or both, and the audience has been great. We just signed a deal with Live Wire Booking for Scandinavia, so now that the album is out we’ll be able to play a lot more. We’re hoping to do a few shows this autumn, but I think the major part of it will be from early next year. We are also looking to get out of Norway and tour next year, but we have to find a good booker for that first.

It was difficult to sing and play at the same time at first, but I’m getting the hang of it. Suicide Bombers music is more riff-based than the stuff I have done in the past, so not only is it the issue of playing and singing at the same time, but also playing more advanced stuff while singing. Having a brilliant guitarist like Lazy in the band, who can play all that stuff in his sleep, has really given me the opportunity to focus on my rhythmparts and concentrate on the lead vocals. And I have to tell you, there is a tremendous difference between the lead vocals on the album and those on my first home demos hahaha.

Lead vocals and backing vocals are 2 completely different galaxies. With backing vocals you don’t sing that much during a song and you kinda shape your voice a bit for the mood of it. With backing vocals the most important thing is to get the right element…whether that is massive gang vocals or some fucked up shit.

With lead vocals you have to find your real voice and learn how to use it, but I love it and the band has given me a lot of positive feedback for my singing, so that’s all cool. One of the things I enjoy the most with singing is that it gives me so much more time to work on the lyrics. In the past a lyric would be done when it was good enough to sing, I’d hand it to the singer and forget about it. Now I have all these rehearsals where I try out new ideas and that’s very cool. A few of the lyrics actually weren’t finished until 5 minutes before I recorded them for the album.

I love all our songs for different reasons and I think all of them work very well live. It’s too hard to pick one favorite, as it differs from gig to gig. We did our first support show recently and the time restraint meant that we had to cut a few songs from our set-list… and there really were no obvious ones to skip either.

LAZY: One of my favourite live, and on the album, is “Bombers En Vogue.” It’s our slowest song, but it has sooooo much energy.

What are the former TRASHCAN DARLINGS members up to these days?

Strange? has a cool rock’n’roll band called Hard Luck Street who’ve released a 7” and a 10”. Frankie is in a band I haven’t heard yet called Anton Ruud i Terapi. Andy is still with me in Ronny Pøbel. Q.Ken is not in any band, as far as I know.

Seems like Norway’s scene is more rock’n’roll oriented than Sweden’s one (which still seems to be more into “hair metal” stuff), I’m thinking of the KILL CITY BANDITS for instance. Any other interesting bands to check out?

LAZY:Yes I guess you can say that. Sweden has so many great metal band with looks that kill and world class production. In Norway we have always had great rock’n roll bands, not many but some great ones like Backstreet Girls, Turbonegro and Motorpsycho.

CHRIS: Kill City Bandits is Suicide Bombers’ bassplayer James Nero’s other band. It also features members of Viper Cult and Hollywood Vampires and they are cool. In general I guess you can say that the Norwegian scene is leaning more towards classic rock, while the Swedish is more metal… I guess, I haven’t really thought about it as I like both.

You have your own website (http://www.thesuicidebombers.com/), do you think it’s still important to have band websites in this Facebook age?

LAZY: It’s really important to us to have our own website. Our website will always be the main place to find info about the band. Naturally we have a facebook site and a youtube site as well.

Right now the “web en vogue” is facebook, but you’ll never know in 5 years, that might have changed… maybe there is a site like youbook, facetube, or something like that. Our own website will always be there and be the Suicide Bombers home on the internet. Facebook has even started charging us to reach our fans now.

There’s a bit of SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK in the SUICIDE BOMBERS’ concept. When you look at SSS, they really were the future, the whole image thing (can be found in Lady Gaga today for instance), the whole thing about computers and advertising invading/controlling the music industry, and their music that was ahead the whole electro-glam thing… What do you think? How and when did you get into SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK?

CHRIS: I got into SSS in 1986. Bought a pop compilation cassette from the gas station where I live for the soul reason that Love Missle F1-11 was on it and I had seen their pictures in the magazines. I was blown away! At first I didn’t understand any of it. Wild echo, guitars coming in and out, voiceovers, pieces of commercials, sound effects… There was nothing like it and I thought it was the weirdest thing I had ever heard. Then I discovered just how to listen to SSS. The trick is that you have to embrace the insanity.

You have to treat all the crazy effects like they are guitarfills, drumsbreaks or whatever. Then you start remembering them and seeing the big picture and before you know, you’re looking forward to your favorite effect, the one that kicks the whole song almost off-beat for a few seconds, like you would look forward to your favorite piece of lyric from a more conventional song. It took years until I heard more songs from them. The gas station where I live never carried the album, but when I heard the rest of that first album I loved it just as much as F1-11. I have bought all the albums and most of the singles since and even saw them live once, at the Rock Garden in London in September 2000. There is an audiobootleg from that gig and the harmony vocals you hear during the chorus of Dancerama, in that bootleg, were all done very loudly by me from the audience. I still check in regularily on www.sputnikworld.com to see if more parts of the movie have been posted. Sigue Sigue Sputnik were definitely ahead of their time with a lot of their ideas. U2 stole so much for their Zoo TV tour, but I haven’t drawn a connection to Lady Gaga, before you mention it now.

I’ve always been into bands with strong concepts as well as great songs. SSS is not the only band with a strong concept in my record collection. I could talk just as much about any other band I love, but I am also very much into Sci-Fi and action movies and a lot of the stuff SSS were into as well, so it all comes naturally really. The Suicide Bombers music has a lot of personality and doesn’t sound like SSS or anything else, but if you hear the SSS influences coming through in the intro, I take that as a compliment. I mailed it to Tony James and he certainly heard the SSS influences, but I think he enjoyed it. He’s a great guy. I do, however, think that I am the only one in the Suicide Bombers who’s that much into Sigue Sigue Sputnik. We all bring our influences to the table and it’s where those influences meet that the Suicide Bombers happen.

What are the other bands that had a big impact on you when growing up?

LAZY: We have different influences in the band, but also some shared influences like Motley Crue, Kiss, Hanoi Rocks, Guns N Roses etc.

Aerosmith kicked it off for me really. It’s my all time favorite band, but I’m also crazy for bands like Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Free. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with someone hearing a bit of something in your music, but don’t be a rip-off. No matter how original you are you’re still just the sum of your influences.

CHRIS: There are too many to list, really. I still love discovering new bands and I think I like something in almost every genera of music. Kiss was the first hard rock band I discovered, after Elvis and the Rolling Stones. Then I discovered W.A.S.P. and several of the other west coast bands of the 80’s. A bit after that I got into the Sex Pistols and with them came a whole bunch of other bands that led me to the New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks and the more rock’n’roll orientated glam bands. Then there was that whole bubblegum glam scene in Hollywood in the 90’s. Glamour Punks, Queeny Blast Pop, Heart Throb Mob, The Zeros, Big Bang Babies and Alleycat Scratch being my favorites. After that I started discovering the more classic rock and metal bands like Judas Priest, Aerosmith, AC/DC and so on, but along the way there has been tons more… My record collection spans from stuff like Doris Day to Darkthrone and everything in between, and as Lazy says, the important thing is that you draw inspiration from as many sources as possible and have a strong sense of direction and personality in what you do. We have succeeded in that.

Do you play any covers live?

CHRIS: So far we have done Mike Monroe’s Dead, Jail or Rock’n’Roll at nearly every gig and one time we did a totally reworked version of Get It On by T.Rex. There are a bunch of songs we’d like to do, but we’ll see what happens. Covers are not our main priority.

Where can the SUICIDE BOMBERS be seen live next? Your projects?

LAZY: We’ve just signed a deal with Live Wire Booking who will book shows for us in Scandinavia and we’ll start playing more here early in the fall, It’s going to be killer. And, yeah, we are already working on some new songs for our next album.

CHRIS: Lots of stuff going on, but too early to talk about most of it.

Check out our web-site www.thesuicidebombers.com for more info.

We’ll see you out there!

History is about to begin!

…over & motherfucking out!

Suicide Bombers “Criminal Record”

Chris Damien Doll (ex-TRASHCAN DARLINGS) is back from the future as a sleaze Fürher in his new heavy riot rock gang the SUICIDE BOMBERS. Evolving in a concept somewhere between SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK’s clockwork sc-fi world and MÖTLEY CRÜE’s apocalyptic street rock universe, the SUICIDE BOMBERS tell us from the start what they’re all about in opening song “Let’s Rock’n’Roll”. It can’t go wrong from there…
If you liked the TRASHCAN DARLINGS, then you will find the song-writing style that made the them such a great band in songs like “Easy Access”, “Teenage Breakdown” or “Napalm Heart”, but the SUICIDE BOMBERS sounds more as a mix of TURBONEGRO and CRÜE if we had to put them in between two bands. Powerful and catchy are the guidelines here and you quickly get addicted when listening to “This Time Tomorrow”, “Princess Socialite”, or “High On Explosives”. The SUICIDE BOMBERS can also have their darker melodic moments (“Smoke & Mirrors”) and this makes us think that although they already found their style, they’re not ready to impose themselves limitations neither…
We probably have the best new band from Scandinavia here, way better than the new TURBONEGRO version for sure./Laurent C.http://www.thesuicidebombers.com