Tattooed Motherfuckers – Interview with singer Disturbed Motherfucker

* How did the Tattooed Mother Fuckers come about? To me personally it seemed that in your previous band and side project records were every couple of years and once you formed TMF you have been very prolific in your output of albums and solo projects.

If I said it was actually a total joke at the beginning and never meant to be a serious band, would you believe me? We actually started to like the sound and attitude of a band that just didn’t give a flying fuck. The joke grew into a band; the band grew into a recording project and eventually a real live band. It was pointed out to me that it has been 10 years since this all began, so we ain’t recorded too much really, but there’s more to come for sure. A 10 year collector’s item is coming, I can feel it.

* How has the recording process changed from when you first started going into the studio to make music?

Anyone who has been knocking around in bands for say 20 years plus will know how long winded it used to be in the studio, live takes, all the fuck ups and starting again. Technology has made life so simple these days, cut and paste and build songs as you go along, it’s fucking great. Some say it ain’t real, but when you can record songs and albums with musicians in other countries, I say this is the way. Being stuck in a stinking studio for days with friends is not recommended, you can soon lose friends.

* Can you tell us how the song writing process works in TMF. Do you write the lyrics and someone else comes up with the riffs or do you hear that first and write a song around the music?

The TMF process is simple and the songs are proof that it works. Basically all the ideas are recorded at home by the guitarist ‘DERANGED’ and they have found their way to me with snail mail post on tape and eventually CD. I listen to the ideas for days until I feel comfortable matching up a few words that I’ve scribbled down through time and a song is born. We eventually get together and format a song with a start, verse, chorus, bridge and end. The studio time is booked and the rest is history. Fuck all that practicing a song to death, so much so that you start to hate it before you hit the studio. Everything is fresh and new this way.

* How does it work dividing up songs for Disturbed Motherfucker & TMF?

That’s easy because they are basically 2 different recording projects. The TMF guitarist has no input on any of my other projects and the lyrics I write are normally divided to where I think they are best suited. I have so many ideas waiting for the right kind of music to come along.

* So the TMF guitarist has no input for you solo stuff – do you come up with those songs yourself or you have another guitarist that writes with you?

The guitarist with TMF is strictly the TMF music machine only and without him there will be no more TMF. We are actually at a cross roads right now because he is basically a hairy ass biker and committed to a club, so we are hoping to be able to keep hold of him.

As for any other projects or solo stuff, that is written by other musicians and my lyrics written to this. I actually work a lot with ‘HAMMERED’ who is the bass player with TMF, he’s another all-round musical genius, surprising for a West Ham supporter and Londoner.

* What made you get Local Loon Sick Boy Hendrix into to do back up vocals on Ken? Also what prompted the song?

The song was actually inspired by sick boy himself, a crazy and funny man to be around indeed. I have a habit of writing snippets for songs everywhere I go and the song ‘Ken’ took shape because of Hendrix and then any other Ken’s that I could think of. It is not about Ken Mclellan, but I will say here that Ken is a friend and has actually penned a few songs for TMF.

A little side note for people also, I quit the RAC / 28 world some years back for reasons I won’t go into as I find it boring explaining, but I still have some friends in that world that I love and respect as people and hopefully our friendships will always remain. Friends don’t make you the person you are, their politics don’t make you the person you are, bands don’t make you the person you are – you do!

* If the band is based all over the country – how do rehearsals work before live shows?

We are not just based in separate parts of the country these days, I actually live in The Netherlands, so practices are a pain in the ass, especially for me. We try to arrange a practice each month to keep on top of our set and try new songs out, then we normally try to get a practice together a week before a gig, sometimes the day before or even the morning before. It is an expensive band to be in, so that is why we ask promoters that want us to play, ‘if you make – we make’, and a fair deal in our eyes.

* What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

I personally have enjoyed most for one reason or another and I actually feel more at home doing gigs for up to 200 people in smaller venues. These gigs are more personal than the 1000 plus people gigs, but really have enjoyed playing in Sweden at the Kuggnas festival. We are back there again this year by the way.

* How would you compare the music scene today compared to growing up? – looking back the early 80s were nuts, you had The Exploited, Sham etc on Top of the pops, magazines like Punk Lives at the local newsagents, seemed like every town or village had a skinhead and punk scene going on.

Those days still hold some great memories, the days when music meant a whole lot more than politics ever could. The scene changed and punk went off in 2 extreme forms to the left and the right and things never were the same. We all hold our hands up and we’re guilty as charged in some form or another, but the music and attitude continues thank god, it’s just a shame that the political leaches are still trying to capture control.

* Are there any Political Punk bands that people would be surprised to hear you like?

Believe it or not, I listen to whatever I like and I always have. I don’t think you should be blinkered because you are a part of any one scene and told what you can and can’t listen to. I actually still listen to bands from the early 80’s a lot, Oi! / Punk. Nowadays I like a lot more hardcore influenced music but there’s no one band that would surprise people I don’t think. I was actually listening to ‘Pennywise’ this morning, ‘Drongos for Europe’ also.

* What advice would you give the Jonesy of the early 80s if you could travel back in time?

I wouldn’t offer any as the fucking idiot wouldn’t listen anyway. I chose a path back in them days, right or wrong I chose it, I lived it and I’m still here today. We all grow up in different countries, different surroundings and have different reasons for becoming skinheads, punks or whatever. No 2 people are the same, so why try to order or command people to be, live life and fuck it. If people think that the Jonesy of today is still the same Jonesy from 10, 20 or even 30 years ago………think again!

* What places has TMF not played that you would like to play?

I hope all the promoters out there are reading this because we really need to get a few more gigs sorted and here are some places we want to play: JAPAN, USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, and SCOTLAND. Saying that; we would play anywhere except for England as we crossed it off our list until all the pathetic shit there clears up.

* I knew you guys haven’t played the US yet – but when you do are there any cheesy touristy you are looking forward to doing?

I wanna see New York and Boston and see what they look like in real life, maybe catch a few bands also while I’m there. The sad thing is that I have a criminal history that hinders my entry, but I am looking into getting a travel visa this year. A lot of people have shown interest in bringing TMF out there to play and we hope we can make this happen.

* On life is so serious – you have a song “growing old disgraceful” what’s the worst part about getting old?

The worst part of growing old is waking up and actually realizing you are old. The older you get, the harder the hangovers and the harder it is to get back into a routine life after a full on weekend.

* I recently quit drinking after 30 years of boozing – you still drinking? If not what made you stop?

I was going to mention that I stopped drinking some 2 and half years ago in the above answer and that was when the realization of getting old kicked in ha-ha! I basically stopped because I am a bad drunk, angry, aggressive and not nice to be around. That and I would have probably ended up being kicked to death one day and not even realizing it. Drink is a major part of the scene and the working class life style. I don’t want to sound like a recovering alcoholic or anything, but I miss it most days but I look at my son and soldier on.

* Any classic drinking stories you want to share with us?

I’m saving them all for the book and no names will be changed to save any embarrassment ha-ha!

* How can fans living in America buy TMF cds and merchandise?

There are a few outlets that deal with us but a few also shun us, which is a shame. Check out people like HOSTILE CLASS, DIEHARD RECORDS and even INTER PUNK but whatever you do, don’t give your money to the thief at MICECRAP RECORDS.

* What can we expect next from you musically?

From me you will get nothing. I have the musical abilities of a 1 legged blind dog with the DT’s, but watch out for more TMF this year. Also there’s more DMF stuff lined up and also a more personal side project called OUTCLASS if me and the guitarist are ever ready?

* Not sure if Outclass is the same side project I have had heard some guitar tracks (with JK?) but again how do you lyrically separate the identity of TMF, DMF and other projects?

The ‘Outclass’ project is something I recorded in Bulgaria with an old friend I met while he was living in London. Anyway, we recorded 4 songs some years back and released them as a mini CD called ‘Second to None’. We have been writing an album, but it’s a slow process, but I can promise it will be a killer when it finally gets released on the world.

The songs meant for release with JK never materialized due to my slowness in getting into the studio and I do believe they were eventually recorded with a different singer and released as an album.

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7 thoughts on “Tattooed Motherfuckers – Interview with singer Disturbed Motherfucker

  1. Great interview!!

    This is JK, don’t count out something from the two of us. There is always the future, and me and jonesy have too many of the same wants for music for it to not happen.

    The music is only as good and only as strong as th support from the fans is. Shows only happen when there is no way people can stop them. Buy the albums, go to the shows, and support these hard working fucks. If a guy like jonesy doesn’t play a show, he gets grumpy……and he’s old so that could cause him to hurt himself. Haha.

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