I dare ANYONE to say that playing Ramones covers is easy. Actually no you’re right, playing them is straightforward for some. But playing them with the same tireless drive and relentless energy as the original spearheads of punk is an arduous task… and NO ONE does it like Ramonas. Not only are this year’s Rebellion goers in for that blistering delight, the Ramonas will also be treating us with an all-original set. on the Pavilion Stage on Thursday at 11:55 pm. With their new album ‘First World Problems’ containing 14 of their own tracks lasting less than 30 minutes, it’s clear the foursome aren’t about to run out of steam any time soon…
Feature image courtesy of ©2017 ramonas.co.uk
Why do you think festivals like Rebellion are important to the punk scene?
Cam- I love how they make such an effort to showcase new and upcoming bands as well as putting on bands who have been around since the beginning. It’s keeping the legacy alive for those bands as well as understanding and appreciating that without young bands, punk may not be around forever!
Lisa- It’s so important as it brings people on the scene together. It’s also a great tool to give exposure to the new or younger bands on the scene.
Have you played the Rebellion festival before this year?
Lisa – Yes, This will be my 6th Rebellion Festival in a row this year. I would be here even if I wasn’t playing as its such a great weekend. I think as a band we have played on most stages now over the last 6 years.
Vicky – We’re really lucky to have played the last 5 years, this will be the first year airing some of our original material as well as the tribute set.
Max – I’ve personally only played last year. I can’t wait to return for my second!
Cam- Last year was my first year at Rebellion, and gave me so many fond memories. I can’t wait for this year!
Do you have any tips for success for some of the newer or lesser-known bands that want to apply for a festival like Rebellion?
Cam- I think if you’re passionate about what you do and you work hard, good things will always happen for you.
Vicky – The punk scene is like one big family so it’s important to be part of that all year round, playing lots of shows, going to gigs and talking to people.
Lisa- I would say just get out there and gig as much as you can. It is also important to go to gigs to give support to other bands.
Rebellion is a four-day extravaganza. What is one must-have item that you wouldn’t survive Rebellion without?
Max – cash for the tubs of mash potato they sell near punk art. Tubs of gold.
Cam- Beer, Fireball, Gin…
Vicky – The little book with the schedule in it.
Lisa- For me, it would have to be gin and tonic! It just keeps me going, even when I’m flagging!
What time slot do you have and what stage are you playing on?
Cam- We’re playing 2 sets this year! An all-originals set on Thursday, headlining on the Pavilion stage at 10:55 pm and an all-Ramones set on Friday; Club Casbah stage at 7:30 pm.
As a band, how will you get there, where do you stay?
Max- we drive up and stay in a hotel nearby.
Will you be attending all four days of the festival or will you just be there for the day of your set?
Max – it’d be rude not to!!
Vicky – All weekend, the second year we played we had to leave halfway through for another gig, never again, haha.
Cam- We’re in it till the very end! Can’t wait!
Lisa- we always stay until the Monday. There is no way we would want to miss a day!
What bands are you currently listening to right now in your downtime?
Max – Marilyn Manson
Vicky – IDLES, UK Subs and System of a down have been at the top of the playlists currently.
Lisa- Wonk Unit, Flogging Molly and the Lillingtons.
Cam- I love so many different genres of music so that’s quite a broad question. I’ve been going back to my teen years recently and listening to a lot of bands I loved back then and still do, like Distillers and Placebo for example.
What band(s) playing at Rebellion this year are you most looking forward to seeing?
Max – Svetlanas, the exploited, UK subs to name a few. There are soo many!
Cam- So many to name! Lagwagon, Poly-Esters, Mad Caddies, Adolescents, Subhumans, UK Subs, The Wildhearts, Antisect, The Professionals!
Lisa- There are loads of bands I can’t wait to see, but I’m especially excited to see Stiff Little Fingers and The Lillingtons as I’ve never seen them play live before.
If you could pick one performer/band as your ultimate/dream performance to see at Rebellion, who would it be?
Cam- As you said it’s a dream and not a reality haha mine would be The Runaways.
Vicky – Ramones.
Max – Joan Jett.
Lisa- The Distillers as they are now back together!!
There is always a lot of drinking to be had at these events… what is your miracle hangover cure? If anyone in the band is sober, what food or drink is an absolute must-have to make it through the entire 4 days?
Cam- Baked beans!
Vicky – Veggie breakfast and a cuppa tea!
Max – I haven’t found one yet. 30-minute breaks in quiet areas when I’m frazzled is what gets me though haha.
Lisa- We tend to live off a very depressing staple of Gregs for breakfasts and an even more depressing McDonalds on the way home each night. But it helps to soak up the booze and it’s right next to out hotel haha. I don’t think I’ve actually had a hangover there yet so must be doing something right!
Are you planning on anything special to be released for Rebellion? What are you currently promoting ?
Vicky – This year is all about promoting our album First World Problems, we also have a new music video being released very soon.
Lisa- We are currently promoting our album First World Problems which was released in autumn last year. The material is still new to most people so its just great to be able to play it at Rebellion this year.
Any last thoughts you’d like to leave us with?
Lisa- Thanks to everyone for their support over the last 10 years, especially with our originals music, and we can’t WAIT to play for you all!!
Cam- We hope to see you down the front with a beer in each hand! 🙂