Interviewed By: Ginger Coyote
For the last couple of weeks I have been chatting with Timmy DeRella bassist for London's fabulous The DeRella's..
They have a a new CD coming out called "Hollywood Monsters" and they are loads of fun... I hope you all enjoy
my interview with Timmy....
When did you form The DeRella's?
Timmy: The band was formed in 2007. Robbie and I played together in our first
band - a kind of glam disaster explosion called The Heartbreak Angels.
He tracked me down to talk about playing some gigs together again and
we started from there.
Punk Globe: Who is in the band?
Timmy: We are:
Robbie DeRella (ex Vibrators) - vox and rhythmn guitar
Timmy DeRella - bass and vox
Tommy DeRella - drums
Luca DeRella - guitar and vox
Punk Globe: Has the line-up been pretty consistent?
Timmy: Yes, we've all been mates for years
Punk Globe: Where does the band call home?
Timmy: We all know each other from living in London, although half the band
live in Brighton now. If Punk Globe readers don't know Brighton, its
on the south coast of England, about an hour south of London. Its a
cool place, with a great music and arts scene. All our recording is
done in Brighton, but we're still a sleazy band from Soho at heart.
Punk Globe: How did you come up with The DeRellas as the band name?
Timmy: Lou Reed used to call Andy Warhol 'Drella' - a kind of cross between
Cruella DeVil and Dracula. We loved the name but wanted to give it
more of an Italian New York mobster family feel.
Punk Globe: How would you best describe The DeRellas?
Timmy: In yer face rock n roll - a cross between the New York Dolls and The Ramones.
Who are your influences?
Timmy: The Dolls and The Ramones of course, and also bands like the Damned,
The Pistols, The Clash, Generation X and the Dead Boys
Punk Globe: How is the scene in England?
Timmy: There's a really strong scene actually, which is really energising.
The UK is very DIY at the moment. Lots of bands and fanzines doing it
all themselves. It really fits in with our punk ethic.
Punk Globe: Do you have a particular venue that you enjoy play at?
Timmy: I love the Prince Albert pub in Brighton. Its a small steamy venue,
with a great rock n roll vibe.
Punk Globe: Any bands that you like to play with?
Timmy: We played with The Bellrays not long ago. They were so cool, one of
the best live bands I've seen. We had a blast with The Germs and
ended up drinking with them all night. Pat Smear asked us for a copy
of our album, Hollywood Monsters - how cool! And our first ever gig
was with Hanoi Rocks - great way to start
Punk Globe: Have you toured much and I know you have a new CD coming out..
Timmy: We have been slowly building a following. The gigs have been going
really well - we're getting a great reaction from crowds.
Timmy: The album HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS is out on CrushWorld Records, our own
record label. We have distribution with Code 7 via Plastic Head in
the UK. The album rocks - and its had great reviews. It sounds very
English with some New York punk thrown in. Bombsite said we reminded
him of when he first saw the New York Dolls in Liverpool back in '73.
Punk Globe: Do you have any web addresses you would like to share with
Punk Globe readers?
Punk Globe: Any thoughts on Amy Winehouse?
Timmy: Amy's cool. She's real and has real talent and she's her own person
making her own mistakes. None of this x-factor manufactured image,
manufactured sound, minimum talent, maximum profit shit.
Tell us what is in store for the band in 2010?
Timmy: 2010 is the year of The DeRellas. We are pushing Hollywood Monsters
as hard as possible. In March we're playing all over Europe, in
August we're recording some new tracks for our next album and then in
September we're doing more gigs in France and Germany, followed by a
visit to the West Coast of the US to play some gigs in late Sept/early
October. We're unleashing Hollywood Monsters on the world! It should
be a blast.
Punk Globe: Any parting words for the readers???
Timmy: Stay Free, Stay Pretty