When we started 50thirdand3rd a few years back one of the ideas was to pick up where “Get Bent” had left off. The years that we were hanging out on Blipfm , the site Get Bent was a reference point for us for all things new in the garagepunk world. We learned about Useless Eaters, Jay Retard , The Subsonics and this list goes on. Jesse James is the ideal for garagepunk, honest raw, fuzzed out, loud , brash , unapologetic high energy rock , and loud.For those reasons and more you need to give this a listen to . And while you are doing that check out the other bands on SpiderChild Records, if you want your face melted .
Meet : Jesse James
For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?
Well, I started off like most of us rotten Spider-Children, bought my first guitar at 15 and could not play for shit. Occasionally asking my friends to teach me songs like, The Pretty Things-LSD or Dead Moon-Dead In the Saddle. I eventually got the hang of it and used a shoebox cassette recorder to capture my primitive punk beats with a broken casio keyboard drum machine, fuzz, reverb, and a Peavey solid state distortion amp found in the dumpster…
Who would you list as your musical influence?
I’m heavily influenced by 60’s and 80’s music…The Gun Club, The Seeds, Dead Moon, The Adicts, The Scientists, The Misunderstood, Ty Segall, Sisters Of Mercy,
The Spits, D.I. and Screaming Lord Sutch just to name a few…
What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?
I think one of the most rewarding feelings I have felt since then that has had to do with my musical endeavours is putting out the first cassettes of bands that I idolized and loved as a younger man.
What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?
I hope in the next few years I can figure out how to actually record shit well
and do a full album/EP of songs all recorded the same way.
What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Hmmmm the past few years lets see…She Past Away – Narin Yalnızlık, Geneva Jacuzzi-Technophilia,The Dandelion-Seeds Flower & Magical Powers. Spits V, Cleaners From Venus – Return To Bohemia, Lush-Blind Spot EP, Lebanon Hanover/Selofan/Fabrika Records stuff, La Femme – Psycho Tropical Berlin, Ty Segall & White fence – Hair.
Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Good lord it is a pain to keep it going, I think it is bullshit and waste of time but in today’s day and age, you have to(sometimes). One of the reasons I keep up with it is because I know that I have bought multiple cassettes because I saw it advertised online.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
I definitely read them and consider the perspective of others but I also don’t give a rat’s ass if anyone likes it or not.
😎If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
I think I would want to go to Europe 100%, The Netherlands, Germany, or France. Where the ale is stout and the rivers run black.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
I think music can relinquish someone of all stress and hardship in their life, but saving your soul? I’m not sure about that. Seems like the more I follow the musical path, the further and further I get from my soul being saved.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
I would like to say to my fans (if there are any?) Just follow your gut and take the risk or you’re going to be sad and boring one day. The moment you feel comfy and settled that means there is something wrong. Treat people kindly but don’t put up with anyone pushing you around.