Originally founded in 2013, and finding a name change in 2016, Jonny and the Mental Breakdowns have steadily been making their mark on the punk scene in the UK. The Breakdowns have supported King Prawn, Cockney Rejects, Sylvain Sylvain of The New York Dolls, Anti Nowhere League, Peter and the test tube babies, Sham 69, and many others. The Punk Lounge caught up with Scott and Jon and were able to ask them for some insight on their Road to Rebellion…
Why do you think festivals like Rebellion are important to the punk scene?
Scott: For me, festivals like Rebellion just bring people together. They give people a platform to get their music heard a great crowd that might have never heard of them before, and likewise, it gives people a chance to hear some great new bands too.
Jon: Rebellion wasted and hits have always been great for the punk scene getting bands and punters together and meeting old and new friends
Have you played the Rebellion festival before this year? If so, when?
Jon: I’ve played Rebellion/Wasted 4 times – twice in dun2def and twice in R.S.I. Every time has been great fun but the most memorable was the first R.S.I. appearance on the new band stage 2012. We had a great day and the crowd were amazing!
Tell us a story from a previous Rebellion!
Jon: At Wasted 2004 we spent most of the weekend having a laugh with the late great Micky Fitz on the Monday. We had a pint at The Platform pub before going home and spotted Micky outside with his suitcase. When we asked what he up to he replied “waiting for a cab to the station”. When we pointed out that the pub was called The Platform and the station was literally just across the car park, he swore a lot at us for laughing at him again then proceeded to walk the 50 yards to get there. Every time we saw him after that we would ask him “Hey Mick… where’s the station?” and get the prompt reply of “Fuck off” then laughter! He was a great bloke and a great laugh!
What tips for other musicians do you have on applying to play Rebellion?
Scott: Well we have been extremely lucky this year as we were approached to replace Vox Populi so we are obviously gutted for those guys, but very grateful for the opportunity. I’m sure the best way though is to keep working hard playing gigs and getting your name around, and applying every year. Also, don’t be disheartened if you don’t get on the first time – Daz and the crew must get thousands of applications each year.
Jon: Keep going to Rebellion events, take cd’s biogs etc.. keep emailing and keep working hard, play loads of gigs and put some effort into the scene it won’t go unnoticed.
Give us an insight of what hanging around with you guys entails, so we can decide whether we should party with you at Rebellion…… or pretend we haven’t seen you and walk away swiftly.
Scott: Oh god….. hmmm. We are either all extremely well-behaved and make sure we act like responsible adults. OR we get entirely smashed. We take the piss out of our guitarist Jack CONSTANTLY and generally act like twats. In all seriousness though, come and have a beer with us we love to meet new people and make new friends.
Jon: Well it’s simple…. do you like beer? Can you take a joke? Don’t be afraid to be yourself and don’t be a knob, we can get pissed and have a laugh!
Rebellion is a four-day extravaganza. What is one must-have item that you wouldn’t survive Rebellion without?
Scott: Clean pants.
What time slot do you have and what stage are you playing on?
Scott: We’re on Saturday at 2:15 pm on the Arena stage – come down and start the Saturday party off right!
Will you be attending all four days of the festival or just the day of your set?
Scott: We’ll be attending as much as we possibly can. I’ll be there from Friday through to the end, Stew will be there for the duration because he’s greedy and plays in 3 bands over the weekend, and Jon and Jack are sadly returning home Sunday morning.
If you could pick one performer/band as your ultimate performance to see at Rebellion, who would it be?
Scott: It’s already looking amazing! If I really could have ANYONE then I’d probably bring back some classic bands that I never got to see like The Clash, Ramones, New York Dolls, MC5 etc. Bad Brains and Suicidal Tendencies would be cool too.
Jon: Iggy pop, the Ramones
What is your miracle hangover cure?
Scott: Hair of the dog. It works. I don’t know how but it does. Also a decent breakfast if you can stomach it.
Jon: Beer and bacon sarnies
Are you planning on anything special to be released for Rebellion (single/ep/merch)? What are you currently promoting?
Scott: We have a Rebellion-only CD for sale with 28 of our older songs on for a mere £5!
Any last thoughts you’d like to leave us with?
Scott: Have fun at Rebellion and we hope to see you again next year! That is all.
Jon: Please remember Seagulls are bastards so stay in the venue and watch all the bands and get drunk!