By Jessica Kudas

Q. The Gutter Demons were a very aspiring Canadian psychobilly band and you released 3 albums, the last in 2008. After that you guys decided to take a break from music, how come?
A. We took 6 years off because we had to go back to hell.
Q. What were you guys doing during that time off?
A. We were still doing some music. Flipper kept on playing, he actually was a part of The United Steel Workers of Montreal and played a little bit for a band called LA Dukes which doesn’t exist anymore, but he had a whole bunch of things going on. Pat continued playing a little bit too but now he’s a proud daddy of a little boy so he’s sadly not with us anymore. For me, I took a break completely. I had some personal stuff to take care of on my own. But now we’re back on the road!
Q. What made you guys decide to get back together as Gutter Demons?
A. We sat down one day and we pretty much asked ourselves ‘why not?’ We started rehearsing a little bit to see if the fire was still there, and obviously it still was so we kept on going with a new drummer.

Q. Can you tell me a little about your new drummer?
A. He’s great. He’s been a good friend of ours before he joined the band. We offered him to do some practises and learn a few songs and he jumped in and it was amazing. We have great chemistry.
Q. Do you find that your chemistry or sound as a band is different now than it was 6 years ago?
A. I would say. We pretty much tried to continue where we stopped but we’ve all matured so the vibe is definitely better now after taking a break. We all grew older and everything’s going really well and we’re having a lot of fun. I think that was the main purpose for us reuniting- to enjoy ourselves and just have fun.
Q. You recently visited England and played a few shows there. Tell me about that experience.
A. It was amazing. It was our first time ever in England, whether playing or just visiting. We really had a blast. People there were so nice and we were treated like family. The response was very god. There were a couple of people I guess who’d been waiting for us to come now for a couple years so it was really nice. The people there weren’t dancing like crazy as much but more so watching us and paying attention and listening to us but I guess if we go back more often the vibe will be different for sure.
Q. You’ve had the chance to share stages with some amazing bands. Which band would you say influenced your music the most?
A. For sure the Misfits. I’ve been a misfits fan since high school, they’re legends. They really got me very young. The Reverend Horton Heat were one of the few bands introducing us to psychobilly. The Meteors were a huge influence also and we actually had a chance to share a meal with them in Spain last summer. Those three bands were really something special for all of us three, not just talking for myself. We shared the stage a few nights ago with Demented Are Go and then Batmobile the night before and it was really something special to be able to share the stage with them. They’re such amazing bands.
Q. How do you feel about the future of psychobilly?
A. It’s still very much alive. I think it’s a small scene in Canadian terms, but in every city there’s a core of it. There’s definitely a scene of very psychobilly enthusiasts that keeps it alive. There’s definitely a lot of amazing bands that are new and coming in the genre. So it’s definitely still going very strong. Small but strong.
Q. If you had to pick one demon to portray yourself as, which one would you be?
A. There’s a lot of demons I really like. That’s a hard question. There was this movie in the late 90s [Fallen] where Denzel Washington is chasing this demon and his thing is that it sings… and kills people of course. I don’t remember his name or its purpose, but I remember it because he kept singing the Rolling Stones and that was pretty cool.
Q. Is there anything you can let me know for the fans out there to be excited about?
A. Well we’ve confirmed that next spring, Easter weekend actually, we’ll be playing in Paris, France for the Psychobilly Stomp, a really cool music festival. We’ll probably do a small European tour at the same time late April. We’re definitely working on new material this winter to get some new records out as soon as possible too.
Q. How excited are you to play the Bovine this Friday?
A. Really excited! It’s been a long time since we’ve played in Toronto in general, 6 years ago actually at El Mocambo and we’re really excited to come back! We’ll be sharing the stage with our good friend mister Evil Elvis!


Q. The Gutter Demons were a very aspiring Canadian psychobilly band and you released 3 albums, the last in 2008. After that you guys decided to take a break from music, how come?
A. We took 6 years off because we had to go back to hell.
Q. What were you guys doing during that time off?
A. We were still doing some music. Flipper kept on playing, he actually was a part of The United Steel Workers of Montreal and played a little bit for a band called LA Dukes which doesn’t exist anymore, but he had a whole bunch of things going on. Pat continued playing a little bit too but now he’s a proud daddy of a little boy so he’s sadly not with us anymore. For me, I took a break completely. I had some personal stuff to take care of on my own. But now we’re back on the road!
Q. What made you guys decide to get back together as Gutter Demons?
A. We sat down one day and we pretty much asked ourselves ‘why not?’ We started rehearsing a little bit to see if the fire was still there, and obviously it still was so we kept on going with a new drummer.

Q. Can you tell me a little about your new drummer?
A. He’s great. He’s been a good friend of ours before he joined the band. We offered him to do some practises and learn a few songs and he jumped in and it was amazing. We have great chemistry.
Q. Do you find that your chemistry or sound as a band is different now than it was 6 years ago?
A. I would say. We pretty much tried to continue where we stopped but we’ve all matured so the vibe is definitely better now after taking a break. We all grew older and everything’s going really well and we’re having a lot of fun. I think that was the main purpose for us reuniting- to enjoy ourselves and just have fun.
Q. You recently visited England and played a few shows there. Tell me about that experience.
A. It was amazing. It was our first time ever in England, whether playing or just visiting. We really had a blast. People there were so nice and we were treated like family. The response was very god. There were a couple of people I guess who’d been waiting for us to come now for a couple years so it was really nice. The people there weren’t dancing like crazy as much but more so watching us and paying attention and listening to us but I guess if we go back more often the vibe will be different for sure.
Q. You’ve had the chance to share stages with some amazing bands. Which band would you say influenced your music the most?
A. For sure the Misfits. I’ve been a misfits fan since high school, they’re legends. They really got me very young. The Reverend Horton Heat were one of the few bands introducing us to psychobilly. The Meteors were a huge influence also and we actually had a chance to share a meal with them in Spain last summer. Those three bands were really something special for all of us three, not just talking for myself. We shared the stage a few nights ago with Demented Are Go and then Batmobile the night before and it was really something special to be able to share the stage with them. They’re such amazing bands.
Q. How do you feel about the future of psychobilly?
A. It’s still very much alive. I think it’s a small scene in Canadian terms, but in every city there’s a core of it. There’s definitely a scene of very psychobilly enthusiasts that keeps it alive. There’s definitely a lot of amazing bands that are new and coming in the genre. So it’s definitely still going very strong. Small but strong.
Q. If you had to pick one demon to portray yourself as, which one would you be?
A. There’s a lot of demons I really like. That’s a hard question. There was this movie in the late 90s [Fallen] where Denzel Washington is chasing this demon and his thing is that it sings… and kills people of course. I don’t remember his name or its purpose, but I remember it because he kept singing the Rolling Stones and that was pretty cool.
Q. Is there anything you can let me know for the fans out there to be excited about?
A. Well we’ve confirmed that next spring, Easter weekend actually, we’ll be playing in Paris, France for the Psychobilly Stomp, a really cool music festival. We’ll probably do a small European tour at the same time late April. We’re definitely working on new material this winter to get some new records out as soon as possible too.
Q. How excited are you to play the Bovine this Friday?
A. Really excited! It’s been a long time since we’ve played in Toronto in general, 6 years ago actually at El Mocambo and we’re really excited to come back! We’ll be sharing the stage with our good friend mister Evil Elvis!