DeRita Sisters is a band which have released a lot of records… They have a very nice sound and they sent me a double CD to listen to and I really enjoyed it. And I enjoying this interview done with them too in april Please tell me a little bit history of the group?
He left the band in and I continued on with new people. It was more of a project and less of a working band. It was just a hobby. We enjoyed fucking around in the studio and kept making records for the hell of it. We had no way to sell them so we just gave them away to fanzines, magazines, college radio stations, etc. We released four albums before we played a single gig.
In Jay Smith rejoined us on stage for two songs for the first time in 12 years. Around we started getting interest from German record labels which started a career of sorts for us in Germany. Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now, age, family, work, interests and something bad about everyone?
Earlier bands? Ant: Played guitar in grunge bands as a teenager. Saw a local ad in a music shop for punk drummer required… Stayed friends with Rob. Still get nervous playing live. Mark: Currently the band is Rob Chester on bass from London. Rob has a long pedigree of playing in punk and post-punk bands in London since the late 70s. Rob works for British Parliament and is a huge record collector. He is from Cambridge, England.
Ant is the youngest member and has a more contemporary style than our earlier drummers. He works as a videographer for the motorcycle racing industry. He played with us from and rejoined in Frank is from Hamburg, Germany and fronts his own band Weekly Carouse a band we toured with seven or eight times. When Jay Smith had to leave, Frank just jumped in and played with both bands. I can hear both NOFX and earlier bands? Am I right? Favorites from the past?
Mark: I had to laugh at this question. I hate them. But I welcome the contemporary sound Frank and Ant bring to the Ascended Masters - The Brain Eaters. A band has to evolve and move forward.
Rob and I are old school, fans. The other guys had different influences. But Rob and I go back even further. We like a lot of really obscure bands that predated punk. I love Krautrock for example and we both love 60s garage rock. How did it came up? Which is the best bandname you know? But once we started making records we started creating an identity so it would have been foolish to change the name.
It was just Moe and Larry. Curly, the fat guy with no hair had died earlier on. So they got a new fat guy with no hair that looked like Curly. When Joe DeRita was a child, he had a vaudeville act in the s with his mother and sisters.
Curly Joe was junior. Most people hated the new lineup of The Three Stooges. We were a terrible band and thought it was an appropriate name. Joe DeRita was still alive at the time and lived down the street from me.
We would visit him from time to time and even told him about the band. He thought we were idiots. Lots of people expect a girl band and they are sadly disappointed. When we started playing in Heino Says - DeRita Sisters* - The Great Satan it was a lot of fun Heino Says - DeRita Sisters* - The Great Satan we always had an Heino Says - DeRita Sisters* - The Great Satan audience.
I enjoyed people coming down to the front of the stage, singing along, getting shitfaced drunk and coming on stage and singing with us, chatting and Sultana - Various - Thank You For The Music with us after the show, etc.
And we also got paid, they gave us good food and a place to sleep. Having to listen to other shitty bands…. And Heino Says - DeRita Sisters* - The Great Satan is best to play? And the worst place? Europe in general is the best place for a small band to play. Germany especially. Los Angeles is the worst place on earth to play. How is to play this sort of music in USA right now?
Ant: Fun, but no money, same as everywhere. How would you describe your music in three words? It never fit any definition of what punk is now. Punk become very homogenized and regimented. You had to sound a certain way, look a certain way and we never fit that mold. Back in 77, none of the bands sounded the Indigo - Vertical Amigo - Deepen (File). It was just an attitude.
Start a band, make some noise. Punk was just a label made up by the press. I just think of us as a novelty rock band. If you look at so-called punks today, they all have beards, wear trucker hats and hoodies, short pants and Converse shoes. The original punks had style and a good sense of fashion. I hate labels. We make fun of punk rock quite a lot in our lyrics. Second, Album. What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle? Punk rock existed in a certain time and place which is now gone forever.
When Pete Shelley grew a beard it was over for me. I liked some of the early 80s hardcore coming from the UK but after that I was done. For me the word simply meant that anyone could start a band and have fun. It was never a lifestyle to me. When I think of punk as a lifestyle I think of these dirty street kids begging for money pissed up on beer and speed and smoking cigarettes.
I never had anything to prove. Punk became very predictable and boring after awhile. How many songs about drinking and politics can you write? How do you see on downloading, mp3 and that stuff? It took me three years to convert nearly cds to my hard drive. I got rid of all of them. I hate CDs. They get scratched, the cases break, they sound shitty. Now I have 60, songs on a little hard drive I can listen to for the rest of my life.
Downloading is getting better every day. I still have a lot of my vinyl collection. I love the fact you can set up your computer like a jukebox and listen to whatever you want. Streaming will be the next big thing of course. How is it to live in USA now? We have a lot of problems with conservatives and their backward thinking ideology.