Tripleee is interviewing Travoltas
Expected soon: Laberinto
high quality pop-punk from the lowlands. Enough to talk
about with Perry, the vocalist of the Travoltas...
Travoltas, a Dutch band with an international sound. Where
does the band Travoltas stand for?
the main thing we stand for is writing real songs, instead
of a chain of guitar riffs. That's what we learned from
bands like The Beach Boys, The Byrds and The Ramones and
people like Phil Spector. And our live shows are very dynamic,
very uplifting. We want to send the audience home with a
Travoltas started as a surfpunkband and became more a poppunkband.
Was that a decision you made or was it something what just
more a natural evolution. We started out really loud, hardcore-like
stuff. But we always listened to different kinds of music,
and bit by bit we started to write more poppy songs. We
wouldn't be the same band as we are today if we were still
only listening to S.O.D.!!!
In a short notice your
new album, Club Nouveau, will be released... (On June the
15th) What may we expect?
It's a big step from Teenbeat. Teenbeat was, in our eyes,
the perfect soundtrack for an endless summer. It's like
living in a dream full of innocence, beaches, girls. We
didn't want to repeat ourselves and we wanted to make a
more personal album. This album's about reality, our real
lives. This means that there are songs on the album nobody
would expect, even sad, heavy psychedelic songs. This is
a very moody album, but there are some happy tracks on it
The Beach Boys are important
for the Travoltas... Can you explain why?
It's our major influence, always has been. I think it's
the most beautiful music ever made, especially the Pet Sounds-album
and the abandoned Smile-album. What they did was make a
perfect combimation of vocal harmonies and rock 'n roll,
and later creating little teenage-symphonies. What we try
to do is using those harmonies and mix them with punkrock
and other styles of music we grew up with. Needless to say
we learned a lot from the Beach Boys. They are our heroes..
Ramone produced the last albums of the Travoltas. How
did Dutch guys came in contact with an American punklegend?
Actually he only produced 1 album: Modern World. But that
was a very interesting time. It all started when we did
a european tour with his band The Intruders in 1997. After
a couple of weeks on tour we played him some demos we
made for the Modern World album and he liked them a lot.
Then he offered to produce the album and before we knew
it we were in New York, recording with a legend. We had
a great time, we spent 3 weeks at his house and made a
great album. We learned a lot from him, especially in
Did you also worked with Joey Ramone
who died recently?
we didn't, we met him in CBGB's though. A very strange person
I may add. But it's a very sad thing he died. He was and
is a true rock 'n roll legend.
You guys are aiming to America. What are the plans to conquer
Teenbeat came out there in January and is doing
great. Were working very hard to realize an upcoming tour
in July/August. We get e-mails from american fans everyday
about touring there. I think it's time to go! We're also
on a great video compilation that's gonna be released soon
throughout the world.
An International breakthrough is probably a matter of time.
Does that infects your personal lives? I mean, are there
'business' people around you who are telling what you should
or should not do?
We have business people around us but we decide
if we go or not. We're still the same controlfreaks as we
were 10 years ago! The main thing for us now is releasing
our records in as much countries as possible and do a lot
of touring, meet the fans and make more fans!
I saw you guys play several times, but which gigs do you
love the most?
That's hard to tell, cause there's been a lot
of great shows the past few years. But I had a very special
time last summer on the festivals we did in Sweden. We played
20,000 people crowds. And we partied our asses off!! Lowlands
2000 was pretty cool too. And Austin, Texas, and Dynamo
Which new bands should we pay more attention to?
A couple of Swedish bands: Caesars Palace, the
best band I've heard the last year. Also from Sweden: Teddybears,
another great band. If you like 80's stuff try The Ark or
England's Zoot Woman. Great bands!
Thanx for the interview Perry, just a last question for
we go: Got some last words for the Tripleee.net reader?
Yeah, thanx for taking your time to read this
interview, hope you dig our stuff and stay online on Tripleee.net!!
See you all on tour!
their new album soon! word!
~ Peace ~