First introduce yourself (what do you do, what
bands you play(ed) in, hobbies etc...).
Maurice Gijsbers, 31, bands I played in: Right Direction, Demon Joker
Junior, $400 Suits, Slapshot, Astro Zombies a.d.. My hobbies are my wife,
my dog and music (Hardcore, Punkrock, Iron Maiden, Heavy Metal, Misfits,
Recently 'your' tribute album to The Misfits got
released under the name 'Astro Zombies A.D.'. When and
why did you choose to record a album full with songs
by The Misfits (and 2 Danzig songs)?
I decided to record a Misfits tribute album after i infected my brother in
law and friend Boris with the Misfits-virus. this is not a joke! i always
wanted to record a Misfitalbum, but nobody (Right Direction members,
m-town musicians) liked the Misfits, so I had to wait for the day that
someone besides me did like The Misfits too.
A lot of bigger names in the Dutch hardcore and
punkrock scene contributed to this album. Was it tough
to get these people enthousiastic to record a album
full with songs they didn't wrote themself?
Nope! Everybody involved were totally into it for 100%. That's why I asked
people who were Misfits fans. I easily could have asked Pat Backfire! and
Dave Right Direction, but they're not into The Misfits. I wanted Misfits
die-hard fans. If you do it, you gotta do it right. that's why the record
sounds so dedicated and pure.
Who choose the songs on the cd? Did you took care
of everything, or did the 'guests' on the cd had any
input as well?
I choose all the songs, I organised everything. The guests had also input,
yeah. Polle and Joost wanted to sing 2 songs each. I had planned 1 song
for Joost and 1 song for Polle, but they wanted to do more. That's cool. I
said: Go ahead.
I was wondering who Raoul Pinxt and Kevin Cramer
are... I know all the other artists on this cd, but
who are they?
Raoul Pinxt is friend of mine who sings for a metalband called SECTARIAN.
They sound like Nevermore. Extreme good quality metal! Kevin Cramer is the
drummer for my band Demon Joker Junior (1996-1997). He owns a studio now
and I knew that he could do the job, recording the Astro Zombies album. So
Like I mentioned in a previous question, besides
songs from The Misfits (10 in total) there are 2 songs
on it from Danzig, but my question is, where are the Samhain
hard enough to create a Misfits atmosphere. Samhain is impossible to copy.
You can't create that creepy, new-wavish atmosphere. Just leave it as it
is. Besides that, there aren't too many people into Samhain. I'm not into
every Samhain song either (especially the Unholy Passion album, weird...)
Do you think there will come a follow up to this
album, because there are plenty of other Misfits
'hits' to choose from. And if so... will the same
people be working on the project?
It all depends on the reactions on this album, will people buy a cd like
this? I don't like tribute albums at all. But this one is different. It's
great. But then again, I never buy tribute albums. If there will be a
follow up, I defenitely wanna do it with the same people. Everybody did an
exellent job. They rule!
8. Okay... I think
it's time for a 'Misfits pop up quiz'!
Please answer the following questions... (The
questions aren't that hard!).
With what line up did The Misfits record their first
e.p., entitled Cough/Cool?:
Manny, Glenn and Jerry
From 1978 to 1980 Bobby Steel played in The Misfits,
after leaving The Misfits he formed his own band,
Undead (still around)
After The Misfits broke up in the 80's Jerry and
Doyle formed their own band who recorded songs such as
Valhalla, Soldiers Of Night and Dr. Phibes Rises
Again. What is the name of this band?:
Kryst The Conqueror
Which album, that was suppose to be released in 2001
on Caroline Records, never got originally released?:
12 Hits From Hell
Who starred in the movie 'The Misfits' where Danzig
got the name from for his band?:
(5 out of 5, good job!)
The Misfits are coming to Europe soon for a short
tour, you already told me that you ain't going. What
is your opinion on the current line up from one of
your favorite bands?
It's cool for them but it's not The Misfits. I saw The Misfits in '96 and
'97. That was allright. but to me Misfits is Jerry, Doyle and Glenn! The
Roadrunner Records years were allright, but this M25 tour is a karaoke
Of course I have to ask you what your favorite
albums and songs are, so please tell us!
Favorite songs: ALL! My favorite misfits recordings are the Static Age
recordings. my all-time favorite is the Cough/Cool-She 7". Legacy Of
Brutality was my favorite for years. Danzig I, II, III and V are
rockmonuments! Nothing can beat those albums. My favorite concert was
Danzig at the Noorderligt/Tilburg 1992. Misfits at the Effenaar in '96 was
an experience too!
Are you gonna perform with Astro Zombies A.D.? Or
do you think this is not possible, since there are
many people in from different bands?
Yes, we will perform. But the singer depends on who's available. We will
perform at the Midsummerfest in M-Town.
Besides Astro Zombies A.D., you also play in your
'regular' band, Right Direction. Are there any updates
on Right Direction?
We're writing new material, but it's on a low level. We're old farts now.
But that's allright. We will go on forever! I am (was) too busy with stuff
like Astro Zombies, Slapshot and a neo-folk project with the singer from
Daredevil.check: www.right-direction.nl for the latest updates.
Okay, I guess this is it. If there is anything
you'd like to add to this interview, here is your
Glenn, get the fuck back to your old palls. Stop making crap like 7:77!
Jerry, stop doing that M25 thing after you're done. Get Doyle off his ass
and call Glenn! Buy the new THE BUTCHER album! Buy the new MAYPOLE album!
Get your ASTRO ZOMBIES A.D. album now!! Cheers to Manuel for putting his
time in Street Soldiers and The Misfits! I can't wait for the Danzig DVD,
should be ready now....