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Episode #428: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://tobtr.com/9787903
GETTING TO KNOW DERV
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
Loz (Vocals). Jamie (Lead Guitar).
DERV. Punk Rock
Lock n Load…
is the introduction of DERV to the world. It is the first track on the album and the first song on the set list when we play live. It loosely describes what we are about & what you can expect from DERV through our tongue in cheek sense of humour. Short & simple!
Lock n Load is the first song on the DERV album ‘Songs From The Bus Shelter’. As younger Punk Rockers we would all congregate in a bus shelter where we lived & be as Punk Rock as possible. The album addresses important topics ranging from dissatisfaction with todays society, (just like in the bus shelter days), to abduction, murder & cannibalism. All done in the best possible taste of course!
The album is…
also a celebration of the 40th anniversary & renaissance of Punk Rock. Currently the recorded demo’s have proved to be popular with fans of the original Punk movement & we hope when the album is released later this year that the DERV sound can be delivered to a wider audience of those who continue to enjoy this genre. Our songs are in the main, fast & punchy although there is one track ‘DERVolution’ that has a slower tempo & a melodic middle section for those who like that sort of thing. We have a lot of fun doing DERV & we want the listener to have a similar experience. You can expect some live shows to promote this album.
We live just to the south of London England. London itself hosts a lot of the big names & not far to the south of us is the coastal town of Brighton where you can see loads of local bands doing local gigs in local venues. If you don’t live in London or Brighton though, you will probably have to leave a gig early just so you can get home. Public transport in the UK stops around 11:30pm. Rubbish! We must write a song about that!
How the music industry has changed!
The fact that record sales don’t earn you money anymore has dragged all those lazy bastards back out on the road so they can afford to pay the bills! That’s good. We’ve seen loads of bands in recent years who would never be playing live otherwise. We would just never have seen them ! Just look at the Sex Pistols! Mind you, it would be cheating to claim you saw them if you went along to catch them live now.
Vinyl making a come back is positive. You actually get a substantial exciting product in your hands again when you pay for some music! That meant so much back in the day when vinyl was all that was available. We fully intend to to release some of our records on vinyl in the future.
We don’t know if you have ‘Pay to Play’ in the states. This is where a band gets a gig if they supply an audience (To buy beer). If the quoted number don’t turn up then the band has to pay the venue a fee. Blackmail isn’t it?!! Luckily the musicians Union & others are on the case to stop this outrageous practice. DERV don’t do those sort of shows!
As we have already had our 5 minutes with..
most of those we admire & were inspired by. Those who are still around anyway, can we have 5 minutes with Taylor Swift? Why? Why not?