A few months ago we posted the kick-ass Bummers Eve single – Fly On The Wall as our Record of the Day. It’s still on high rotation for me – a catchy as hell pedal-heavy fuzzfest.
Cincinnati’s Bummers Eve play straight ahead hooky, (emphasis on hooky) punk rock that veers from garage rock into Misfits/Ramones territory all funneled through a retro-sonic phaser. Hopefully there’s some new stuff coming soon from these guys.
I’ve added them to the long list of “bands to watch” and we wanted to get the inside dope on the Bummers.
Mike: word slinger, and guitar
Vic: Bass, Phaser
Tommy Lee Bummer: Drummer, nap taker
People say we sound like….
Mike: We have definitely heard “you sound like a Burger band”. I don’t mind that at all. It may not mean the same thing to everyone, but everyone (that I wanna know) knows Burger Records. Ill take it. I think we have also heard Hawkwind, and a poor man’s SPITS. All good things so far. Our boy Harry Howes at Almost Ready Records is super into KBD. He likes us, so I take that as a compliment
Vic: A mess, in a good way
Tommy Lee: An orca underwater on the moon
How did you become Bummers Eve and what’s with the name?
Mike: Both Victor and I have played in multiple bands with people who wanted different things or with bands that ended badly. Our idea was to just play and do what we wanted to do. Pedals?…yeah a fucking ton of them. 4 chords?… that’s probably 1 too many. Bad attitude?…all the fucking time. We didn’t and still don’t know how to play well, but we have fun doing what we can. People think that just because you know every scale and can noodle in your sleep, you then have a rad band? That shit is boring, and 90% of the time its just a bunch of posers trying to act like a punk. We thought it would be fun to play with those types of people and ruin their shows. Hence, Bummers Eve
Victor: Just a name. We were all buds and wanted to play together.
Tommy Lee: Bad luck and an affinity for women’s toiletries.
Tell about the scene scene in Ohio?
Mike: I don’t like it personally. I live in Richmond, Virginia now. Mostly its just young people worshiping 90’s music and grunge not paying their dues. It will be nice when they figure out what the rest of the world figured out about the 90’s. It fucking sucked. Go back to the suburbs with your mommy, get a job, and buy a shotgun. With that said, there were some great people doing original stuff. Eric Stein, Cincinnati Suds, Brigett Battle, Cyberbully, Jeff Seeger, Jerri Westerkamp, and my buddies The Harlequins.
Tomm Lee: Its cool… if you ask anyone else besides us.
What music has had an influence on your sound?
Mike: 60’s garage, 2000-2015 Chicago bands, 1977
Victor: The Ramones
Tommy Lee: Video games and 80’s wrestling theme music
Tell us about your live show…
Mike: Lots of weed, speed, and pedal failures.
Victor: Live show is what it is…
Tommy Lee: Controlled disaster. A whole lot of untuned drums and phasers.
What influences the band lyrically?
Mike: I think Vic and I write about whatever is happening at the moment. Sometimes its funny and we will run with it, or sometimes it could be about stuff that is really annoying us. We don’t get together and write much but when we do its mainly about stuff that has pissed us off over the past months etc.
Victor: The dumbest shit we can think about
Tommy Lee: It seems like bad relationships and hook ups.
Best concert we’ve ever seen…?
Mike: I saw a Sick Of It All concert when I was a kid that changed the way I thought of shows. It was intense and people were getting the shit kicked out of them, but I was charged. Magic Jake and the Power Crystals were pretty great live.
Victor: The Ramones at Kings Island
Tommy Lee: MC Hammer
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….
Mike: NYC 70s
Victor: 1977 New York
Tommy Lee: Last week, cuz i had just got paid
What tunes are currently on heavy rotation for you…
Mike: UH Bones, DEVO, The Victims, Raw McCartney/Missing Hearts, Coneheads
Victor: The Boneheads, The Downtown Boys
Tommy Lee: Hunx and His Punx, Mean Jeans, Fidlar, George Michael
If you could open for any band right now who would that be and why?
Mike: Jacuzzi Boys. I love that stuff!
Victor: Mean Jeans, cause they are rad!
Tommy Lee: Guns and Roses, so we could cancel on them
If you could only bring ONE record (you can all answer if you like) in the tour van/bus/plane what would it be?
Mike: The GO Box set
Victor: Modern Lovers
Tommy Lee: The Cincinnati Suds (In Your Bedroom)
When you’re not playing and have some time off, where could we find you…
Mike: Daydreaming about Treasure Lake
Victor: In my garage smoking weed
Tommy Lee: Playing video games and getting in trouble with my old lady
From the Random Question Generator: What creeps you out?
Tommy Lee: Bologna
What’s up for 2015/2016?
Mike: Album out with Almost Ready, touring to support it. Im also putting out some solo stuff on Tripp Tapes.
Victor: New album, new President, new problems
Tommy Lee: Watching wrestling, watching porn, ruining clothes, and working