INTERVIEW WITH THE ROCK N ROLL
Copyright 2012-> Johnny Forgotten and Jari-Pekka
Richie Ramone recorded as a guest drummer Rebel 67 EP together
Canadian poppunk band The Rock N Roll Rats. EP comes out as 12' vinyl
with a free download card for MP3s in the sleeve. EP comes out
later in 2012.
The Rock N Roll Rats are a Canadian punk rock trio formed in 2009 in
Calgary, Alberta. The Rock N Roll Rats are influenced by punk rock bands
including the Ramones, The Forgotten Rebels, Teenage Head and The
Johnny Forgotten: guitarist and singer.
Jesse Death: bassist and backup singer.
Conor Smith: drummer.
I did this interview in May-June 2012 with Johnny Forgotten who
has been playing in punk rock bands since 1993.
1) Visit official The Rock N Roll Rats
2) Visit official The
Rock N Roll Rats Facebook page.
3) See and listen The Rock N Roll Rats songs from their LP (2010): Snot Rocker and
Rock N Roll Rats L.P. [Explicit]
Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone: 1) Can you please
background information of the Rock n Roll Rats?
The Rock n Roll Rats in a nutshell are an old-skool punk rock band from
the frozen wastelands of Alberta Canada, and we are the most hardcore
shit that there is in this country other than The Forgotten Rebels. Our
bass player Jesse Death drives a hearse as his daily transportation, no
shit. She's a 1993 Buick Hearse, we get razzed all the time because most
funeral coaches are Cadillacs, but The Rock n Roll Rats have a Buick....
The poor mans hearse, fuckin' eh!
The Rock n Roll Rats have played several hundred shows in Canada, some
with our friends like CJ Ramone, The Creepshow, and Deathspot Radio
(LA). Richie Ramone thinks that our dummer (Conor Smith) has drums
"made out of cement" because Conor is a shit brickhouse kind of man.
2) How you got idea to approach Richie and did you send him Youtube
links, your self-titled (2010) album etc.?
One night out of the middle of nowhere I was listening to my favourite
Ramones albums, Too Tough To Die (1984) and Halfway To Sanity (1987) and
I particularly enjoyed the drums. Then it occurred to me, wait,
that's not stupid Marky Ramone, thats Richie Ramone!!!!!!
The Rock N Roll Rats just finished recording a 5 song EP at this time.
Being the lunatic I am, I sent Richie Ramone a simple E-mail with our
finished songs for the EP asking him if he would like to be the "guest
drummer" on the record. He agreed and was stoked from the get go. Next
thing we know, we're recording in Calgary Alberta Canada at the
Canadian Ensign Records Studio, and Richie Ramone is recording at his
home studio in Los Angeles California USA.
The Rock N Roll Rats and Richie Ramone began recording for this
exciting release in January 2012. Richie attacks you with a fast and
powerful performance that perfectly matches and compliments The Rock N
3) EP comes out only as a vinyl and MP3 download?
The Rock n Roll Rats with Richie Ramone EP titled Rebel 67 will be
released on old skool 12" vinyl only, with a free download card for MP3s
in the sleeve.
4) How much you were training songs and developing new ideas before
doing first recordings?
All the songs were written by me (Johnny Forgotten) and performed live
by The Rock n Roll Rats long before we even met Richie Ramone. So to
answer your question, no thought whatsoever was given to Richie when I
wrote the songs and we gigged them on tour hahahah!
They are Rock n Roll Rats songs and it was a riot to record them with
(Thanks to Johnny Forgotten)