Interview with Stevie Peavey
There are hardly words to describe Stevie Peavey, or his latest band, Deathsquad Demongods. (DSDG) For starters, Stevie is definitely a ‘character’ and has a ‘Riches to Rags’ story to back it up. He’s taken his drive and enthusiasm to create a Road Warrior themed band with tongue-in-cheek lyrics, big guitars solos, memorable chorus’, and a stage show straight from hell. If you haven’t heard of Deathsquad Demongods yet….You will definitely be glad that you have now!
Metal Babe Mayhem – (MBM): First of all, you have a lot going on, Stevie Peavey! With Ramones Tribute Band, the Gabba Gabba Heys, (which I totally LOVE) a Sex Pistols Tribute Band, Van Stone, and now, things seem to really be taking off with Deathsquad Demongods…. Can you summarize what it’s like a day in the life of Stevie Peavey?
Stevie Peavey: Holy shit. That is a lot of roles. Johnny Ramone, Sid Vicious… You missed that I used to play Doyle in a Misfits tribute band, and flirted with the idea of portraying Nikki Sixx as well, mostly ‘cause the band already has the perfect Shout At The Devil-era costume. I also host the podcast “Heavy Metal War Stories”, where all my rockstar friends and I share tales of life on the road. You can listen to it here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/heavy-metal-war-stories/id392549937 . It’s a lot of work, and it was easier before my dad kicked me outta the house, but I try to fit in as much fun as I can.
MBM: Which one is your favorite role to play?
Stevie: Deathsquad Demongods is definitely my main focus. You’ll see big things coming! If any of the others takes up too much time, BOOM! They’re gone.
MBM: Awesome! Tell me the story behind Deathsquad Demongods.
Stevie: Well, I was in Palmdale, playing in Palmdale, California’s #3 band, Van Stone, but that kind of blew up about a year ago. Lead singer Randy Van Stone got shot; and he has some well-documented substance abuse issues. I guess Van Stone could return, but I can’t wait for him to get his shit together. I needed a badass band of badasses, who can write about more than just getting high, perv-o sex, and partying. So Deathsquad Demongods is mostly a more musical, more reliable, more refined version of Van Stone. For badasses.
MBM: Sounds to me like you found it! So… If Van Stone was Palmdale’s #3 band, then who were #1 and #2? And, did Randy really get shot? And if so, is he ok?
Stevie: Skirge and Windjammer are #1 and #2. Van Stone has never cracked that coveted #2 ranking. Randy got shot onstage at the Roxy. This stalker named Jonathan Henry Sinclair got him. As for if he’s ok… I ain’t a doctor. I’m sick of Skirge and I’m sick of Van Stone. I’m so over that Palmdale scene. It’s all about the Hollywood Hills for me from now on. Totally.
MBM: You’re just finishing up your 7 song EP. I’ve been lucky enough to hear it already and I love it! Where are you at in the process, and when can fans expect to get a copy?
Stevie: Well, they can already download 4 of the songs for their very own at http://deathsquaddemongods.bandcamp.com/ And that’s for free- at least for a limited time. This is a great thing to do, because they can dip their toe into all things Deathsquad Demongods, before deciding to drop cash on our EP, T-shirt, or whatever. Not only do you get the songs we’ve just talked about, but also our master-epic ballad, “All of the Demons Pledge Allegiance To Me”, which is a sizzling slab of supersonic songwriting. The 7 song EP will be out by September, it’s a good assortment, longer than a regular 4-5 song EP, so it’s totally enough for ya to get the gist of us.
MBM: You actually have a song called “Deathsquad Demongods,” which, by the way, has been stuck in my head for days… Which came first, the song or the band, and how did you come up with the name?
Stevie: Great question! We were looking for a name, and I was texting a band member back and forth. I was trying to come up with something that had a nice dichotomy to it, so I texted over “How ‘bout Deathsquad Dandies?”, cause Deathsquad is such a badass term, and Dandies, uh… isn’t. He texts back “You’re fired”, because he doesn’t appreciate such cerebral thinking, so angrily I reply: “You’d probably wanna call us Deathsquad Demonf*#kers!” All of a sudden we both realized how great a name Deathsquad Demonf*#kers would be, but then I realized that Deathsquad Demongods is just as good, ‘cause it rhymes, and that really made the song work. As a name, Deathsquad Demongods has really got it all. It rhymes, it’s got that alliteration, and with a name like that, you know we’re not f*cking around.
MBM: The title of the soon to be released EP is “Everybody’s Favorite Guy.” Why do you think that you’re “Everybody’s Favorite Guy?”
Stevie: Well, I introduced myself as that one time on the Adam Carolla show, just for fun, and it sorta stuck. Now people see me coming and say “Hey, it’s everybody’s favorite guy!” Sure, they’re saying it sarcastically, to mock me, cause my friends are assholes, but it kinda stuck. It didn’t hurt that at the time I was really well off, so I was living the high life, and people wanted to be around it all. When cash is plentiful, you really are everybody’s favorite guy. Now I’m pretty much broke, but I documented that in my song, and since it’s an autobiographical song, I called it “Everybody’s Favorite Guy” as well.
MBM: Your song, “Judas Priest,” is awesome. I actually laughed out loud the first time I heard the line “And they totally ain’t gay! Until Rob came out…And that’s cool too.” What made you decide to write a song about Judas Priest, and not one of your other favorite bands?
Stevie: Well, mostly because Judas Priest is pretty much the best band ever. It’s somewhat of a scientific fact. I think I was listening to the Priest song “Rapid Fire” and the whole vibe came together. And by the way, it’s very cool that Rob is gay, because A) it scares all those repressed metalheads who worshipped him but didn’t realize, and B) He’s like the original Turbonegro, who are another amazing band.
MBM: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard of you before?
Stevie: Well, we call ourselves Demoncore. With a -core in the name, you might think we’re a bunch of screamo-esque screamos, but rest assured, it’s got nothing to do with that. Demoncore is actually named after a supercritical chunk of radioactive plutonium (is there any other kind?) It’s like us: badass, heavy, and evil. But we haven’t killed anyone.
MBM: What are your major influences as a songwriter and musician?
Stevie: As far as musical styling, we’re sorta the American answer to Turbonegro. Other bands say that, but they miss out on the wit that makes Turbo so great. If you like the Priest, the /DC, the Ramones, shit like that, then you owe it to yourself to take a listen.
MBM: I see that you’re playing the Old Town Pub in Pasadena on September 9th with….I am really looking forward to seeing that show, and to my first DSDG show. What can fans expect from a live show?
Stevie: Well, we oftentimes wear badass road warrior costumes. We bring lights, smoke, props, etc. Course, other times we just rock out with intensity. This show is with punk legends Angry Samoans, so we’re playing early. Expect to see some badass hard rock/metal with some serious fiery guitar leads from us, and then… punk!
MBM: After the Old Town Pub show, what are you plans as far as playing out and touring?
Stevie: Getting the EP and merchandise ready has been taking a lot of my time. I want to play shows with Arnocorps and the Gods of Macho, two other acts ballsy enough to hang with the DSDG. Look for shows up and down California to start, and we’ll go from there.
MBM: If you could play a show with ANY band that you choose, who would it be, and why?
Stevie: Probably Paramore. Van Stone played the Bamboozle Fest a couple years ago, and they headlined. We were f*cking around backstage, and the singer got really bitchy. So I’d like to headline over them, and insist that she take the stick out and relax, or leave the backstage area. A turn the tables kind of thing.
MBM: Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?
Stevie: Thanks to each and every one of you for reading what I wrote and go download our songs. I didn’t spend time writing and recording ‘em for them to just sit there, so get on it! That link again is: http://deathsquaddemongods.bandcamp.com and you can see us rock out live at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djRq2AvZDLo Wow. Amazing.
MBM: Well thank you Stevie Peavey! That was one hell of an interview. Now, for all you readers out there, you heard the man, he didn’t spend his time writing and recording these songs for nothing, so go get them, before it’s too late! And, if you are in the Los Angeles area, make sure to check out the Deathsquad Demongods with the Angry Samoans at the Old Town Pub in Pasadena on September 9th, 2011.
For more information on DSDG check out: https://www.facebook.com/deathsquaddemongods/?pnref=story