By Adam Payne and Gerry Jenn Wilson
Adam Payne and Gerry Jenn Wilson
been a "FAST, FUCKED and FURIOUS" decade since The Humpers
& JP5 joined forces for an unforgettable show at the now
Starfish Room", in Vancouver, B.C. Hailing
from Long Beach California, The Humpers are a fabulous dose of high
energy, raw empowered Rock n'
live shows conjure up imagery & noise circa The Dead Boys,
meets Johnny Cash on a speed bender!! These
sexy men in black have been kicking ass & taking names touring
across the globe since The Suicide Grrls were just a
twinkle in their Daddy's eyes! With that in mind, it is with great pleather, & pleasure to hear that The Humpers have re-united...& yeah.."IT FEELS SO GOOD" to know that these California boys are "Back In The Saddle Again!"...Without further Adieu..we
give you a taste of --"Humper Majik" in this "No Holds Barred" interview with Scott Drake!!
precipitated the break-up of
the band??....and what made you guys decide to play some shows this
Scott: Fatigue, poverty, alcoholism, poor personal hygiene, women and parking tickets. We reformed because
the kids asked us nicely.
>Punk Globe: What have the individual members been up to since the last big Humpers album/tour, musically or otherwise??
Scott: Everyone(except Jimi)has been playing music with other people on and off. SDD moved to Portland, Oregon,
and everyone else is still in California.
Punk Globe: What were the circumstances around The Humpers being signed AND dropped from Epitaph Records??
Scott: We were signed because we had a big buzz going on about us in California (I guess). We weren't dropped
...our contract was over and we decided to break-up.
Punk Globe: Was the title of the LP: "Euphoria, Confusion, Anger and Remorse" some kind of reference to
the aftermath of signing to Epitaph??
Scott: No....those are the four stages of alcohol abuse.
see any change in
your crowds after signing with Epitaph??...Did kids with
baggy pants and Pennywise shirts suddenly start showing up in droves??
Scott: Not really, because we usually did "21+" gigs. We avoided the snowboarding festivals.
Which bands were the most AND least
to play and tour with??...Details please....
Scott: Best: Neckbones, Pleasure Fuckers, Gas Huffer, Leaving Trains, Throw Rag. Worst: Too many to name....anyone who was trying to be Jane's Addiction
or The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Punk Globe: Did you guys get a lot of female attention on the road??
Punk Globe: Your lyrics make loads of references to drugs and alcohol...what influence and effect did these two things have on the band and it's songwriting??
Scott: They freed our minds and made us genius.
Punk Globe:You guys thank Amyl Nitrate on one of your CD's...are you guys into 'Poppers'??...or do you suffer from angina??
Scott: Amyl Nitrate is a friend of one of the band members. And we enjoy it
Punk Globe: What are your thoughts on the current state of R'n'R??
Scott: Virtually nonexistent.
Punk Globe: Any current bands that you guys are into??
Punk Globe: Did any of your musical heroes ever show up to see you play...have you ever jammed or recorded with any of them??
Scott: Most notably Cheetah Chrome.
Globe: Wikipedia claims
the Humpers "first won
acclaim in Yugoslavia"...Is this true??...If so, please explain....
Scott: Yeah...that's where our first album was originally released.
Globe: Was "My Machine"
ever released in North
Scott: Yes, as a CD on Mean Dog Records....now almost impossible to find.
Punk Globe: What were the best/worst places for The Humpers to play??
Scott: We did well all over the USA....except for Southern Florida. Southern Florida is a hellhole.
spanPunk Globe: Memorable tour stories??
Scott: You'll have to wait for the book!
Punk Globe: How have the reunion shows been?
Scott: Very Good! Especially in Long Beach.
Punk Globe: Future plans??
Scott: The Humpers don't make no stinking plans!
for the interview.