Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard play high octane and grooving bluesy stoner rock with a love for choppers, muscle cars and B movies and their swaggering and hard rocking new album Supersonic Rock n Roll proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt. We had a chat with the bands vocalist Ran to hear all about the album, what music he and the bandare into, killer bands from the bands native Australia, his drink of choice on tour and their energetic and vibrant live shows.
When did the band get together?
A few years ago, Coops and Daz actually started the band, basically just getting stoned and jamming, this grew with Marc and Leigh coming on board. I was actually last to come along. Daz, Marc and myself had actually ridden (Shovelheads) to a Xmas party at HD development in the city and the topic of stoner rock came up, and I was saying howI missed playing music, as it had been a while since I’d been in a band. One thing led to another and here we are today. They actually tried a bunch of vocalists, but nothing clicked, I joke that I wasn’t the best choice, just the only choice. But the guys assure me I don’t suck too bad!
Who or what are the bands main influences?
We would all name different acts, for me, musically, Ministry, The Cult, Sepultura, Kyuss, Static X, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Motley Crue, INXS, COC, AC/DC, Rammstein, the list could go on, horror films, zombie films of course, feels a bit cliche to say that, but Ia dig B grade stuff, old and new. Even Aussie films like Mad Max of course and Running On Empty. We all dig bikes and cars, and I think that shows. We have pretty much all built our own cars and choppers, Marc has a blown XC Ford, Daz, Marc and I have Shovelhead Harleys, all home built, I race and build race cars, Daz does some drag racing everyone now and then and Leigh built a show level XA Ford also.
Your new album Supersonic Rock n Roll is out soon. Did you pick the albums title as a declaration of intent?
Originally the album was to be called Dirty Rock n Roll Outlaws but it was decided to change, it was homage to Rose Tattoo, whom we all greatly respect. We like to think we take the same approach to making music. Supersonic Rock n Roll, just sounds cool, I like when words create visuals, a sonic wave of dirty rock. You can read as much or as little into everything we do, the bands prime objective is fun, loud angry, but tongue in cheek fun.
What are some of the subjects you tackle on the album?
Subjects, well look, I write quite spontaneously, I’m not a great poet, I’m not trying to get any real message across, we are not Midnight Oil or Bob Dylan, you know! I write about ideas in my head, like films, based on reality and delusions.
Grinder is inspired by a Japan trip where my buds got in with Yakuza and went to a dark place, Dead Smile, well, I fucking hate the thought of dying, and i think death smiles at you, the more you fight it, it’s like death is always there, ready to introduce itself. Fight Fight Fight I actually wrote when I had a separation from my now wife, nothing violent like it comes across, more just that frustration of letting time be, and allowing space. When we sorted things, I played it for her as a love song, haha! Sick Sad City is about bullies, angry little boys who hide pain with fists and threats, besides those, some are about friends, my disdain for all religion, space and v8 engines, haha!
What has been the reaction to the record been like so far?
Actually really good, way better than expected, we are kinda in a bubble here in Australia, so we know that music in the heavy scene has changed, and we don’t fit in it much anymore, but we didn’t realise many are looking for some straight up fun rock, not that we are just that, as we are kinda a mash of styles we all dig. I’m sure some bad reviews will come our way, but we kinda don’t care, we appreciate that they took the time to have a listen. We had a few trolls online that have a crack, but most are kinda accurate, haha, we are like 90s era of rock and metal, we do have elements of Manson, White Zombie, Danzig, Dope, etc etc, we are never setting out to write a track that sounds like a particular band, or style, we just have riffs, and jam on them till we find something we like. Its a surprise to us, I love that people compare us to really good bands, Motorhead, Clutch, Kyuss etc fuck yeah! We will take that! The great thing is it’s always different too. Not just the same act. We are making rock/ metal, not inventing a new genre.
How would you deceive the music of Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard to someone who had never heard you before?
We are a mix of influences, so i think that comes through in the music and visually. I do think we have the Aussie rock thing going on, with hints of AC/DC, Rose Tattoo and The Angels in the get down and play hard ethos, Clutch and Kyuss, I believe are bands that kinda are more popular stoner/ or rock, so easy to say hey, do you like Clutch? or Kyuss? Then you might dig us. I don’t think we sound like copies of them though, but certainly some flavour from bands like that are in what we do. Guitar wise the guys are more 70s rock, and metal, riffs, riffs and more riffs, where me I’m more from Ministry, Pantera, Static X etc, and I do love Kyuss and Monster Magnet etc. I’m not a trained vocalist, I don’t have that Chris Cornell vocal range, so I suppose I just make the noises that work for me, and somehow they fit in the band. I wanted to stay away from too many effects on vocals as i wanted to be able to do what i do in the studio, live. Not fall short. I think a bit of Hatebreed and hardcore creeps in too, not that I listen to heaps of that, but I seem to enjoy yelling a lot!
You’ve done a horror themed video for the track Supersonic Rock N Roll, can you tell us a bit about it?
Bwahahaha, is it horror themed? Thats just a normal rehearsal night…honestly! We just gave a mate a camera and drugs and he filmed us at the rehearsal rooms, they had a smoke machine and strobe, yep turn them on, my boss at the tattoo studio I work at had a devil mask, yep done, we went a bought a slab of beer and some bourbon and shot stuff, in fairness, much I couldn’t use in cut, as it was garbage, but I think we got enough to capture what we wanted to, lo-fi guerrilla stylefilming. Cheers to Leigh for filming it for us, he clearly he had too much fun as he came out in drag! It was fun night, Boris the Blade were there too rehearsing, so it was hard to hear the track over them playing!
Have you got any gigs coming up soon to support the album?
All in planning stages at moment, it’s tough sorting shows here in Australia, we are not really heavy enough for the metal shows, and too heavy for rock stuff, we kinda end up having to do our own thing. James Young From The Cherry Bar really digs us and we love that place so we are working on a date to launch album there.
You’ve got quite a high octane sound on your record, do your live shows match up to that intensity?
I think we do, Marc is a bit of a mental case on stage, makes me think, If Angus Young and Tom Morello had sex, Marc would be the product! We are pretty straight up set up wise, just go with vibe, usually break something, and destroy myself, but its all about how it feels on the night.
Who would you love to do a tour with?
Fuck me, so many great bands about, would love to do Airborne, Mammoth Mammoth, and Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard tour across Europe and USA. I’d love to play with Vista Chino, CombiChrist, Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Red Fang, Sleep, Ghost, the list goes on, we just love so much music!
What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to the band at a show or the funniest thing you’ve seen?
I’d say, I’m usually the funniest thing at a show, often drunk and after the show sweaty and hugging people like a fool!
How different is touring Europe with touring in your native Australia?
We have not got to Europe yet, so bring us over, then we can answer that question haha, fucking keen as though, get us over there!
What else have you got planned for the band in 2017?
Definitely be keen to get to Europe, we have started writing a new album, and will start demoing tracks soon, also we have more clips to make and we keep doing them until we start recording the next album
What is your drink of choice on tour?
It’d be fairly un Australian if i didn’t say beer, but I do like doing a few fireball shots before I go on. Daz reckons I’m a bit of a toffy poof if I don’t drink beer, he reckons bourbon is a girls drink or something haha!
What other bands can you recommend to us?
From Australia? well some cool bands are The Floors, Gay Paris, Mammoth Mammoth, Palace Of A King, Witchskull, Acid Wolf, King Parrot, The Ruiner, Airborne and Desecrator to name just a few. Actually a lot of cool stuff around, as good as anything from anywhere else. I think we do the rock thing as well as anyone, if not better. We just seem to give less fucks about sucking so we go harder.