Summertime here, and the surfers come out to play. On
occasion those surfers are just as at home in the summer months as they are
around Halloween time when the monsters come out to play.
theyre one of the same. The Young Werewolves are just
formed in 2002 theyve just recently released their self-titled
debut from Philly, PA. Sometime before sundown when they were all still under a
rooftop I managed to get them to sit down at a keyboard long enough to get
1) Let's start with the obvious...who are The Young
Werewolves, what are their names and where do they come from?
The Young Werewolves are Jonny Wolf on drums, Shewolf Dana
K. on bass and Wolfman Nick Falcon on guitar. We trade off on lead vocals and
support each other with backup vocals. We are based out of Philadelphia, PA,
2) How did The Young Werewolves form and when?
We formed in 2002 after Nick posted fliers in local music
stores and on the internet looking for musicians interested in forming a band
with a sound like The Ramones-meets-Buddy Holly at a Beef-and-Beer. All
greasers please apply.
3) What do The Young Werewolves do when it's
Were fine during the day, its the full moon you
have to watch out for.
4) The gothabilly/horror motif the band has adopted and
seems to adhere to...how did this come about?
Weve been into bad horror movies for as long as we can
remember and the comic books didnt help either.
5) This style is a pretty strenuous and singular genre.
Do you think this causes you problems for bookings, fans, etc...having such a
pigeonholed genre that you work in? For example...Halloween must be a
heavy-gigging time for you while, say, the summer might not be considering the
subject matter you play to.
Surfs up! Theres werewolves in Hawaii and
Indonesia so summer is not a problem. Everyday is Halloween for us and zombies
seem to do well in theaters throughout the year. The three of us come from very
different backgrounds, we have so many influences, from Stray Cats, Sisters of
Mercy to Miles Davis. A live Young Werewolves' set includes Rock and Roll,
Blues, Swing, Surf, Goth, Rockabilly, Punk, Pop and even Metal. We have a
nightmare to suit just about everyone's taste.
6) Is there a ritual to writing your material? An eight
hour Carpenter/Romero/Evil Dead festival prior to going into the studio and
writing, for example?
We 'Frankenstein' our songs
together from the many graveyards and laboratories of music. Full moons always
help too. We draw on our influences, throw them in the ring and let the styles
fight it out, the songs come out the winner.
7) Any plans for a tour outside of Pennsylvania?
We've been playing the Mid-Atlantic region for two years.
We're always looking to broaden our hunting grounds...is that an offer?
8) How about branching out onto a straight punk, sXe or
similar path and going beyond the zombie/horror thing?
Isn't Rock and Roll the devil's music? Monsters will always
hold a special place in our hearts but we've started branching into more
universal themes (sex, drugs, and rock and roll). Our music is a moving target
and we are always looking to grow and do a little shapeshifting.
9) Cocaine and mummies...how exactly did these two ideas
come together in the form of track 8 on your debut, Curse of the Cocaine
Funny you should ask, it was one of the first songs we
wrote. It all stemmed from a program that aired on the Discovery channel about
mummies from South America that were wrapped in cocoa leaves, hence the Cocaine
10) When choosing a cover, how did the choice of Billy
Idol come up?
It was an artist that we all agreed with. Our tastes are so
different, when we find a song that we all like, we throw it around and see if
we can get it to stick. We took it in and there it was, it just worked. Besides
you can't be mad at Billy Idol.
11) If I opened up your CD players right now...what would
White Zombie / La Sexorcisto: The Devil Music Vol.1
Rolling Stones / More Hot Rocks
Sisters of Mercy /
First and Last and Always
The Beatles / Meet the Beatles
Elvis / Sun
Misfits / Legacy of Brutality
Charlie Parker / Charlie Parker
Gang of Four / Entertainment