PDB: Can you pitch CRIME ROCK in 25 words or less?
BJ: If you lock punk, grunge, and film noir in the same jail-cell without any hope for early parole, then you’ve got Crime Rock!
PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?
BJ: Well, for books, I just started the Andrew Vachss “Burke” series. I think I’m on the 3rd book now. I like how paranoid and admittedly afraid the main character, Burke is. It’s not new, but it’s new to me. As for music, there is some great music out. The new Death Grips screws with my head in the proper way. A new band from Northern New York called Drug Church, released a raunchy debut album. John Zorn’s Painkiller just released a live album called “The Prophecy”. It’s the kind of music you should put on during a first date to find out whether or not your suitor is as crazy as you are. And television wise, I’m hooked on “True Detective” from HBO, and “American Horror Story” on FX.
PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?
BJ: No, but I do have interest in someone writing a film for me! Seriously, I have an uncle who is a semi-famous screenwriter out here in LA. He is so talented that they pay him lots and lots and lots of money just to treat him, and his work, like shit. So, yeah…no thanks. I think I’ve put enough chum in the water, I don’t need any more sharks swimming by uninvited. Besides, in order to be a writer, you’ve got to know how to spell. And, well, I can’t spell for shit… That’s why I sing.
PDB: How useful or important are social media for you ?
BJ: I make sure that I make time to talk to my fans and know them on a first name basis. They support and buy my music. I listen to their demos, send them happy birthday videos, and I’ve even helped them out with their homework. Especially my fans overseas who need help with their English homework. I couldn’t do any of this interesting stuff if it wasn’t for social media.
PDB: What/ who are your influences?
BJ: I’m a process server. I serve legal summons. So I’m in and out of law offices, arraignment courts, and shady neighborhoods. I think my job is my biggest influence as a crime fiction musician. On stakeouts, I usually stay awake by reading the legal documents I’m serving. Yes, I’m reading your mail you law-breaking ladies and gentlemen. But influences…hmmm. Okay. There have been two periods of my creative life; the period before I became a serious fan of John Lydon a.k.a. “Johnny Rotten”, and the period after. Both of which were very poignant.
Also, I’m a huge fan of anything Mike Patton does. I know it sounds strange for a musician to be a sports fan, but being from LA, Kobe Bryant is a huge influence on my work. I see how hard he works on and off the court and it inspires me to work that much harder on my craft, on and off the stage. I give it my all at band practice because I know it pays off when I hit the stage. Being a live musician is very physical, so, I mean, I guess it’s not that crazy to have an athlete as an influence.
PDB: What’s in the cards for 2014?
BJ: 2014 is already exciting. We just released two singles from our new self-released EP titled “To Hell With”. The third single is coming out in April. The artwork is going to be done by our new friend Gina Higgins. She calls her style “American Noir”. Everyone should check her out. We recorded a live album two weeks ago and it will have a summer release. Most importantly, we are about 75% finished with our next full-length record called “Episode Two: Little Victim.” It’s a concept album about a teenager who has to break out of a mental ward during his 72 hour hold. If he doesn’t escape in time, then his family will lose the family business and they will be homeless.
We are already playing 4 songs from the album at our live shows. We championed through and recently concluded our rookie year out here in the LA scene. So we are enjoying getting better gigs and traveling the west coast for our first tour. We wrote a song called “Right Time, Wrong Blond” that is hopefully going to have Jello Biafra narrating in the middle of the song. Cross your fingers!! We are searching to find someone who knows Raymond Pettibon so we can use one of his art pieces for the album. Does anyone out there know him?! Please!? So, yeah, 2014 has lots in store for us and we plan to wreak a little havoc and stay in lots of trouble.