Thursday morning in Melbourne, wednesday afternoon in Spain. JJ Peters -and his daughter- call Subterráneo Webzine to talk about DEEZ NUTS’ latest album Binge & Purgatory. We also talk about their recent tour with COMEBACK KID, his future show in Resurrection fest and even, world politics. Last but not least, we also try to translate the band’s name to spanish.
Subterráneo Webzine: Hi JJ, ¿How you doin’?
JJ Peters: Hi! I’m doing well, thanks. At this moment I’m spending a morning at home with my daughter while I talk to you.
Subterráneo Webzine: Recently you have been touring Europe with COMEBACK KID. What about the experience?
JJ Peters: It has been amazing! As you said, we’ve been touring with COMEBACK KID, FIRST BLOOD, REALITY SLAP and GET THE SHOT after being with them –COMEBACK KID– here in Australia and the shows have been really well. We passed a week in Russia and in other countries of Eastern Europe like Bulgary, so it has been a very busy month. But we’ve had a good time.
Subterráneo Webzine: Unfortunately for us, there wasn’t any dates in Spain. Would you have liked to come here?
JJ Peters: Unfortunately we don’t choose the dates of our tours, because if it was for us, we would go to Spain in every tour. But there was no promoter that wanted to hire us… At least we will be there this summer on Resurrection fest, and we’re really happy to be there again. And in a near future we will try to have a date in Spain.
Subterráneo Webzine: Precisely I was going to ask you now about the Resurrection fest. What memories do you have of this festival?
JJ Peters: I really love it! We’ve played there twice or three times and definitely, is one of my favourites festivals of those I’ve played all across Europe. Every time we’ve been there we’ve had a great time: the crowd goes really mad, we’ve always have a great response of the people, the organizers and the crowd are so friendly… In general, it’s a very kind experience, so that’s why we are so happy for being there this year again.
Subterráneo Webzine: I don’t know if you are aware of that nowadays is not only a hardcore and punk festival. They are adding bands of another styles, For example, RAMMSTEIN or SABATON are playing this year. What do you think about this?
JJ Peters: I always search for something like that: mixing styles in a festival, in a tour… There are a lot of fans who don’t like this, but, in my case for example, I don’t try to go to a festival to hear the same for three days because I get bored of it. I rather listen to different music styles apart from seeing other bands I like or discovering new groups. So yes, is a change I like.
Subterráneo Webzine: Have you talked with any friends, like ARCHITECTS for example, that will also be playing in the festival?
JJ Peters: I’m really looking forward to see ARCHITECTS… COMEBACK KID will be performing too… It’s an absolute pleasure to share a festival like this with some of your friends.
JJ Peters: What DEEZ NUTS fans can expect, is a change: in music and in lyrics. The lyrics have evolved a little bit: they focus on the perspective of our lives, I think is something that’s closer to the fans, because now we don’t talk only about partying and drinking… And musically, I think that this is our best produced album. We sound more direct than in Word is bond, an album that I think that is a more agressive and dirtier, which isn’t a bad thing… but I think that in this album we sound much more precise. But if they’ve liked what we’ve done until now, I think that they will also like it.
Subterráneo Webzine: You said that this is your best produced album until now. What do you think that Andy (Newfeld) of COMEBACK KID has given to the album?
JJ Peters: We’ve worked with him earlier, in other situations, so we knew him really well. Andy is not the kind of producer that writes you songs, as other bands have, but always gives new ideas. And we can know the opinion of an expert outside the band about any issue because he’s a musician. He likes to experiment a lot and to work with things that I’m not accostumed to perform with, so he also helps us to grow. He’s a good friend too, and we enjoy a lot listening his music.
Subterráneo Webzine: There has been a kind of controversy between your fans when you released the video of “Binge/Purgatory” in early february. People said that your sound has changed a lot. What do you think about it?
JJ Peters: Are you talking about that people who have spoken in the fucking YouTube? The feedback we’ve received has generally been well, but really, I don’t pay so much attention to Internet comments, because some of them don’t go to shows, don’t buy records…
The opinions we really take into account are those of the people who go to our shows. We released the single a little bit earlier to our tour with COMEBACK KID and the people answered really well, a lot of fans even knew it. We also played another two or three new songs, and people, even if it was the first time they listened to it, reacted absolutely well. We’ve played those songs for almost an entire month, so I think that we’ve collected enough opinions (laughs).
Anyway, I consider that we’ve changed a lot during these ten years. We don’t sound as when we started, so I don’t know why people are so angry (laughs).
Subterráneo Webzine: So do you think that these album will calm down these opinions? That people will be happy after seeing that the change hasn’t been so heavy
JJ Peters: The fact is that we entered really heavily with the single. Precisely we chose that song to show the people that the new album will be something different, but it’s not the heaviest song of the record. It’s so catchy, has a really cool instrumental base… but we prefer to save the heaviest songs for the album. I’m sure that when they hear them, will be really happy.
Subterráneo Webzine: The record company sent us the album, and in my honest opinion, I liked it a lot. I think that there’s an evolution, but not as strong as they say. You haven’t started to do pop rock, for example…
JJ Peters: It’s what you’re saying. There are influences of other sounds: we have punk rock parts, rap parts… We don’t do the same that groups like REFUSED do, but we are not trying to do the same shit we’ve always done (laughs).
Subterráneo Webzine: And why have you decided to choose the pink as the most representative colour of this album? I mean, the cover art is pink, in the “Binge/Purgatory” videoclip there’s a lot of pink lights… It’s probably the less hardcore colour that exists (laughs)
JJ Peters: I chose pink because I’ve wanted to make it stand out. All the album covers we have are black and white and… well, don’t misunderstand me, because I love black and white, but, in the same way we considered that the new album was going to stand out, the album cover would have to stand out, so that’s what it represents.
The concept of the cover is mine. There’s a human jaw, cigarettes… I told the idea to my friend Tyrrell Winston and he did what can be seen in the cover. We added to it a pink background, which I think is really beautiful. And, as I told you before, we think that the cover represents perfectly the conception of destruction we try to talk about in the lyrics of the album.
Subterráneo Webzine: I have to say that I’ve liked it a lot. It’s completeley different to a standard hardcore cover. You know, with the band members with angry faces and all that things….
JJ Peters: I’m glad to hear that. I say that it’s one of those cover albums that would look great hanging in a wall, as a paint (laughs).
Subterráneo Webzine: Absolutely. Let’s change of topic. The title of your first album, Stay true, is very clear: true music for true people. That’s a philosophy that has remained not only between your fans, but also in hardcore fans. What do you think about it?
JJ Peters: We are the same guys that have been doing the same music and sharing the same message for a lot of years. I don’t want to talk about specific names of the music industry, but when you send a message that people like, even if it bothers, you have to stick to your guns. So, the message of staying true it’s a very important message you can send, and over all, to stay true to it.
Subterráneo Webzine: And do you think that staying true crashes with musical evolution? Because a lot of people think that staying true it’s to do always the same thing, as AC/DC or MÖTORHEAD, but in my honest opinion, staying true it’s being able to do what you like, even changing your sound…
JJ Peters: Staying true doesn’t mean that you have to be 10 years doing the same thing over and over again. We write music for one reason: to share what it’s in our minds, some ideals… And the ways to share that message can also change with the pass of time.
Subterráneo Webzine: And what band, not only hardcore, do you consider that has been more loyal to this message?
JJ Peters: That’s a tough question, because there are a lot of bands… but now I’m thinking about KINGS OF LEON, that have changed their sound, but have always said the same message.
Subterráneo Webzine: Many of your members live in the United States, am I wrong?
JJ Peters: Yes, our guitar player and our bass player live in the USA. Nowadays I’m living in Melbourne with my family, but I’ve dwelled in Los Angeles, in Germany…
Subterráneo Webzine: OK. I asked you this because I wanted to ask you if you knew that Brady C. Olson, an american comedian, created a character called Deez Nuts to satire about american politics in general. He even ran for president…
JJ Peters: Really? I had no idea
Subterráneo Webzine: You should watch his program: it was an absolute joke. He made jokes about the environment, religion…
JJ Peters: I will take a look.
Subterráneo Webzine: But, unfortunately, at last won a more sinister character. What do you think about Donald Trump?
JJ Peters: Do you really want to know it? He’s an absolute moron (laughs). It’s ridiculous the simple fact that he has been chosen as a president. At first I didn’t take him seriously, and I didn’t think that he was going to win, because the things he was saying… He wouldn’t be taken seriously. But, that demonstrates how idiot people can be. I’m really annoyed with that, when I talk about him, I even feel a pain in the stomach. Is he really going to “Make America great again”? With the decisions he’s making, I really hesitate…
Subterráneo Webzine: And do you think that there will be a new wave of hardcore and punk bands as an answer to all this disaffection, as in the 80’s with Ronald Reagan or at the beginning of the century when George Bush was the president?
JJ Peters: Of course. There will be a lot of people protesting in the streets and music is a good way to express all the anger and the passion that someone has in his depth.
Subterráneo Webzine: Finally, do you know the spanish translation of DEEZ NUTS?
JJ Peters: I have no idea.
Subterráneo Webzine: It’s “mis cojones 33”. In english, something similar to “my balls 33”
JJ Peters: Seriously? Wow, that’s so cool.
Subterráneo Webzine: You can even put it in the stage banner in your show at Resurrection fest, or in the bass drum.
JJ Peters: (Laughs) I’m not ruling that out (even more laughs).