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Feature for July 2012

Blue Demons

Photo by Tiki Tena

Band Name: The Blue Demons

Genre: Instrumental Surf

Geographical Area: Toronto, Canada

Interview with: Pete Jones (Blue Demon #1) by email on 6/30/12


1. What is the current line-up of your band?

Current lineup since 2006 is Blue Demon #1 Bass, Blue Demon #5 Drums, Blue Demon #9 Guitar. Associates include go-go girls the Blue Angels: Aviva Arriba & El Nina; emcee The  Wolfman; and manager The Wizard.


2. How and when did you get started with your band?

I was discovered wearing a Blue Demon mask playing with The Texas Dirt F*ckers at a 1999 show at the Elmocambo and cast as the Blue Demon for the Parkdale Wrestler movie series. I also appeared as the Blue Demon with the band Tijuana Bibles 1999-2003.On August 5 of 1999 at Rancho Relaxo, the Blue Demons were hired to improvise music to accompany porno films; however, the projector blew up 5 seconds in and we just trashed our gear. The crowd went crazy -  The Blue Demons are born.


3. What bands or music have influenced you most?

Ramones, Cramps, Link Wray, Davie Allan, Dick Dale, the Trashmen.


4. What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?

50% originals, 50% covers


5. What recording have you done?

Live @ Ciut 89.5, 2001 (2 songs of which appeared on Schiziophrenic Records compilation); Toronto Omnibus, Demonstration 2003 (7 songs of which appeared on Mad Fabricators vol. 2,3,4 CD/Dvd); The Blue Demons s/t, 2008; also 7" Mysterion and the Demons, 2008, and our latest 7" on Boppa do down Records, 2012.


6. What kind of gear do you use?

Ampeg Svt amp & Fender Precision bass; Fender Vibrolux reverb/Deluxe reverb amp & Fender Jaguar guitar; custom drum kit Blue Demon #5 made himself.


7. What is your bandís favorite food/beverage?

Fish tacos, Mill Street beer.


8. How do you get gigs?

For the most part the clubs here just ask us to play, usually when somebody cancels.


9. What are the difficulties you find playing your kind of music in your area?

There aren't any surf music promoters here so we have to do everything for ourselves.


10. What positive attributes does your band have that sets you apart from other bands (of any genre)?

Old Spice deodorant, Hai Karate aftershave.


11. What have you found to be the single most effective promotional tool youíve used to further your bandís musical path?

These days it's all about the Facebook events.


12. Whatís the most interesting performance experience youíve had?

One of the most interesting gigs was in 2003 at the Wilderbeat Festival when the power went out on the entire East coast. They hooked up a gasoline generator to power our two 100 watt amps and I stuck a microphone into my 2nd bass channel. Being an instrumental band we were the only band who could play.


13. What do you hope to get out of being a NESMA member?

We are here to make friends with other like-minded individuals.


14. Anything else?

We would like to extend an open invitation to all NESMA members to come and play or visit Toronto Canada for the annual Great Lakes Surf Battle, first weekend in June every year.


Blue Demon #1



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