My Name is Evil Presly and I sing for the band The Independents. Here is a quick refresher course:
The Independents, formed in early 1992 by Evil Presly and Willy B, started with one goal; play the music they want to play- when, where, and how they want to play it.
Music that refuses to be confined to a single genre, with influences like Conway Twitty, Iron Maiden, the Ramones, Beach Boys, Etta James, and The Specials. Their love of horror and sci-fi runs screaming through Evil's lyrics and shrieks with every lick of Willy B's guitar.
Rough demos had already yielded a good coast to coast following for the guys when Evil met and befriended bass player for the legendary Ramones, CJ Ramone. CJ got The Independents on a few opening dates of the Ramones' 'Acid Eaters' tour. While driving to their first show with The Independents, Joey Ramone listened to some of those demos, given to him by CJ. Upon arrival at the venue, Joey demanded that CJ introduce him to the band, and after the tour made an offer the guys could not refuse- he told them he wanted to manage the band; which he did from 1995 until his passing in 2001.
The Independents are well known for touring up to ten months a year, as main support for bands such as the Ramones, Misfits, Rancid, Blondie, Cheap Trick(etc) as well as headlining their own tours. The Independents have also played many festivals; including the Warped Tour, South by Southwest, CMJ, and the Punk & Disorderly Festival in Berlin, and at countless sci-fi/horror and tattoo conventions. Their hard touring schedule only leaves these ghouls, who put the 'fun' back in funeral, wanting to destroy more!
The Independents released their first album 'In For The Kill' in 1995 (Rock Duster Records). It was followed by the 'Stalker' EP CD and 10" picture disc (Elevator Music 1996). The self-titled, 'The Independents' EP, was released on the Hellcat/Epitaph label in 1998. 'The Unholy Living Dead' EP, produced by the legendary Daniel Rey and Joey Ramone, was released in 1999. 'Back From The Grave', which was also produced by the diabolical duo of Rey and Ramone, was released in 2001 (Suki Records) shortly before Joey's untimely passing, followed by the limited edition 'Back From The Grave' picture disc (Jump Up Records 2002). 'Live From Murder Beach', The Independents first live album was released in 2003. Fast Music released the 'Full Moon Arise' EP in 2004. The Independents best selling record to date, 'Eternal Bond', dropped in 2005, followed by 'The Early Years 1993-97 Demos(2007). 'Do It Again' came out on Suki records in October 2008.
The Independents are currently working on their much anticipated new full length record- tentatively titled " In To The Light". They have also teamed up with Zero Youth Records for a limited edition colored vinyl re-release of "Eternal Bond" that will drop in early 2012.
Many of The Independents' songs have been featured on movie soundtracks ('Hardcore Logo', 'Babydoll', 'Anal Paprika'), to include Troma films. They have also appeared in the mystery horror spoof 'Final Rinse' and the indie film 'Undead on Arrival'. The Independents have been included on countless compilations, as well: 'Misfits of Ska' with Less than Jake and Sublime, 'RAMONES THE FAMILY TREE' with members of the Ramones, Lux Interior, and Lemmy- and more. 'Hymns from the House of Horror 2010'- the latest compilation release- has been downloaded more than 20,000 times in the past three months alone!
For a full list of releases, please check out the discography: