I came across
Kathy X on My Space a couple of weeks and after being sent the
album I just had to interview the band. Here´s what Kathy had to
Punk Globe: First off Kathy why did you leave London to go to
Listen to OK UK on Ready For Anything. High rents and sterile
music scene It was time to move on.
Punk Globe: It must have been hard for you living in
Germany when we thrashed them at football?
Kathy: Not really the Germans didn’t think much of their team
Punk Globe: Did you have plans for the band ´Kathy X´ when
you were in the UK or did it all come together in Germany?
Kathy: I felt something was meant to happen. I didn’t know what,
but I knew it couldn’t happen in London. So I moved, wrote a bunch
of songs and went back to the UK briefly where Mark Penington of
the Caravans produced my 4 track demo. With that I had a direction
and the rest fell quickly into place.
Punk Globe: Isn´t one of your band members Stateside? Does
this mean it´s difficult to play gigs?
Kathy: Mr Crome, our drummer, is in Berlin more than in the US.
Punk Globe: How come you ended up on a Polish label for
Kathy: Poland´s not so far from Berlin. We played at the Punkt in
Warsaw - the crowd went crazy and the label guy more or less
signed us then and there.
Punk Globe: How pleased were you with the finished product
of ´Ready For Anything´?
Kathy: Very. Couldn’t fault the production and every track rocks,
which aint bad considering we did the 13 tracks and 2 bonus tracks
in 5 days.
Punk Globe: You´ve played with some awesome bands like the
Meteors and Horrorpops so what have been the most special shows
Kathy: It´s more special for me when we do a great show, not
neccesarily when we are supporting a name band. The times we
played in Poland were brilliant. In Berlin everyone is trying to
be cool but the Polish let you know they’re up for it.
Punk Globe: Did I read correctly that you´re back in the
UK for a show soon?
Kathy: First Ive heard about it, but we’ll probably do it if
someone tells us where it is and we get a hot meal after the
Punk Globe: What attracted you to the Rockabilly scene in
the first place?
Kathy: I was actually more into punk/metal but after my punk band
Joyryde broke up around 98 , a chance meeting led to me recording
one or two tracks for The Highliners, then joining Death Valley
Surfers, who were playing lots of gigs on the psychobilly circuit.
So I heard lots more Rockabilly and it kind of grew on me. Playing
in a band with a slapbass is a totally different dynamic from what
I was doing before. But I wouldn’t say Kathy X is just for a
Punk Globe: So what you expecting for Xmas anything cool?
Kathy: Maybe Mr Raw will buy me a ticket for Reverend Horton Heat
Globe: Talking of Xmas you have this large box and out jumps a
Naked UK Fanzine writer so what happens next................?
Kathy: Are they male or female?
Punk Globe: How long have you been playing in
Kathy: At least 20 years.
Punk Globe: If you had the chance to play with 5 bands on
the same bill who would they be?
Kathy: Wanda Jackson Link Wray Nekromantix Motorhead Reverend
Thanks to Kathy for taking time out to do this interview.
You really must Check out Kathy X if the Rockabilly sound is your
poison. I was impressed and I´m glad I checked them out.