Punk Globe Interviews Daniel deLeon from Rezurex
Punk Globe: Tell
me about the line up of Rezurex. Name, instrument and one
intriguing fact that the readers of Punkglobe didnít know about
every band member.
Troy Russel (Lead Guitar)- plays a Gretch guitar onceowned by
Brian Setzer. Jeff Roffredo (Upright Bass) once played in
Cosmic Voodoo, one of the first Los Angeles psychobilly bands.
James Meza (Drums). Have'nt heard anything that interesting, but
he's an awesome drummer! Daniel deLeon (Vocals, guitar)-
Once played for 45 Grave! Another fact is that Jeff and I
played in Calavera (psychobilly in spanish from L.A.), we first
formed in 1995.
Punk Globe: Are any members active in other bands?
Daniel: For now yes.
Troy currently plays in Nekromantix. Jeff currently plays in
Tiger Army. James currently plays in Tiger Army and Nekromantix.
And Me (Daniel), I only play in Rezurex.
Punk Globe: Give me five words that describes Rezurex?
Punk Globe: What are your influences? I see you pose on your
homepage with t-shirts with bands like Nekromantix and Mad Sin.
Daniel: Mainly my
drummer and guitar player will wear these t-shirts. I love those
bands, but I never wear band shirts on stage. I can't answer for
the other band members that question, cause we are all into
different styles of
music. That helps us in our style of playing. Me personally, my
influences are music styles of Rockabilly, Psychobilly, early
Punkrock, early Big Band Jazz, 80's New Wave, Rock and Roll. My
favorite artists are, Mad Sin, Demented Are Go, Carl Perkins,
Gene Vincent, Stray Cats, The Cramps, Misfits, The Damned, Gary
Numan, The Cult, The Doors, Billy Idol, Cab Calloway, Clan Of
Punk Globe: How did ya come up with the band name?
Daniel: When we
first formed our name was, Lobo Negro (translates to Black Wolf
in English). We were just
about to release our 6 song E.P. and Jeff checked to see if the
name was actually owned by some other band.
Unfortunately it was. It took us weeks to decide on a name, I'm
sure every band knows how that is. Troy came
up with "Hounds of the Resurrection", the rest of the band
didn't like it much, but me. We decided to simplify if to
"Resurrects", but again to find out it was owned by another
band. I said fuck it, let's just change the spelling to "Rezurex"!
The meaning of this I like to say, is to resurrect the early
sounds of 1950's Rock and Roll with a mix of today's sound of
psychobilly. To bring it back from beyond the grave once again.
I grew up listening to that and it has always been an influence
on just about everything i write.
Punk Globe: What are your songs about?
Daniel:Alot of my
songs are personal, written about my friends that have passed
away and their problems in life, with a mix of my own. Marian
Anderson, my vocalist from my previous band, The Insaints,
inspired me to write music. She passed away 5 years ago from a
heroin overdose. Other songs I write are inspired by all the
horror/sci-fi movies i watch. I only watch those kinds of movies
cause all the other ones bore me. I need to see zombies, blood,
space aliens, to keep my attention to keep watching a movie.
That's because of my short attention span, i guess.
Punk Globe: What do you feel towards the phenomena
Daniel: All I can
say is that I love it and plan on playing it for a very long
time. Psychobilly has been around
since the Cramps formed. With many other bands that has started
in the 70's and 80's. For most people it's
new thing, that's because they just heard about it. I
didn't hear about it til the early 90's. The first psychobilly
band I saw play was The Hellbillys. I thought it was so cool to
mix punk with rockabilly. I wanted to do the same. Later I did
play for theHellbillys briefly.
Punk Globe: Are you guys into the whole kit with horror
flicks and the darker sides of human nature or is it more of a
gimmick than a lifestyle?
Daniel: For me it's
a lifestyle. Ihave always been like this, since i was a child.
My art, music, and the way i look reflects how much I am into
horror. The house that I grew up in was hauntedby something and
that made my interest in the occult, and the after life more
interesting to me. As for my other band members, I know they
like it,too. But they probably wouldn't have the horror "theme",
if it wasn't for me being in the band.
Punk Globe: What
are your future plans? Tell me more about your upcoming tours in
Europe and Japan.
Daniel: Well, like
every band I would like to be on a good label, with good
distribution. I hope to be on tour as
much as possible, as long as we can pay our bills. I invest a
lot of my own money just to have this possible, it's worth it to
me. Our upcoming tours to Japan and Europe was very hard to
finally get these tours. I've been talking to our Japanese
contact for 3 years and finally the dream will come true of
touring there! Last year we toured Europe with no official
release yet and the tour was o.k., thanks to Lucky from Die In
Style booking. This next
time there I know will be better, since we made ourselves known
there already. We are ready to ROCK!
Punk Globe: Did you get much attention after you guys did the
Give ĎEm the Boot compilation?
Daniel: Yes it was
amazing how much fan mail we get from people from all over the
world. I couldn't thank Hellcat enough. The comp opened alot of
doors for us. I hope to be on the next one they release. It's
been over a year since they released it and people still talk
about it. The most frequently asked question is, "Where can I
get your c.d.!!". The answer is Fiendforce Records this Feb.
Punk Globe: Any last comments? Feel free to add anything.
Daniel: I just
wanted to mention a little about the Los Angeles psychobilly
scene. If you never been here you wouldn't believe how much
psychobilly is a big part of the culture here. There are
thousands of psychos
through out the south land here. I've been all over the country
and nothing compares to fans here. I love L.A. and the people
that make the scene great. Thanks to the few promoters that keep
having psychobilly shows, it keeps the scene alive today. I feel
that we would be nothing without them. Other unknown bands
people should check out from here are Mad Marge and The Stone
Cutters, The Henchmen, Coffin Draggers and Black Rose Phantoms.
There are lots of new psychobilly bands forming everyday here,
too. So look out and pay
attention to what comes from our part of the world.