The Devils: Iron Butt

Believers and non-believers, here’s your chance to get your sinning game back on track. Erica and Gianni will provide you with their very best guidance through hell and back. Wanna be a bad boy or girl?…toughen up coz only a real iron butt can take it all the way! *New album coming out in December*

The Devils, the word has it that you named your band after a movie of the same name, pls explain why?

Erica: I suggest you to watch it ….you will understand why.

How old are you guys?

Erica: I’m 318 years old . From 1798 I’ve been burnt long live two times, once in Castel Sant’Angelo and another time in Campo dei Fiori. I met Satan, he’s fallen in love with me and has anally possessed me, however he has given me shitty useless magic powers, fuck!

Gianni: I’m just 33 , but since 30 years I take Xanax

Were you both born in Napoli city or the suburbans and how is it to grow up in a real folklore city like Napoli?

Gianni: I was born 70 kms away from Napoli, but Neapolitan folklore is powerful enough to be rooted in my area.

Erica: It’s like Hell, fun though.

Was school a charm?

Erica: School always hated me, I tried to be nice to her, to study but she kept on disliking me .

Gianni: I was in school only when there was religion lessons.

When you are not on the road busy preaching but instead are dressed up in your civil suit what do you do for a living?

Gianni: You wouldn’t believe me but this is all we do for a living.

Roses are red and so is blood, what is the positive side and what is the negative side of a city like Napoli?

Erica: I guess the negative side is the pain you feel living there, the positive is that if I didn’t feel pain I wouldn’t have done what I keep on doin now . So I’m deeply grateful.

Who inspired you to become musicians?

Gianni: We are not musicians, we are rowdy.

Erica: I’ve been inspired by the mess of my city.

Where did you meet and how did The Devils come life?

Erica: We met on a dating website for lonely hearts and at our first date instead of getting in bed, we ended playing music at Gianni’s studio.

Direct influences in your music?

Gianni:  Blues, catholic education and Xanax

Erica: Anything that is primitive, rough and trashy.

Have you played in other bands?

Erica: I don’t really wanna talk about the scumbags with whom I have played in the past. I think that The Devils is my first project where I’m totally proud to be in.

When you see The Devils perform or watch their videos with primitive eyes, two things come to mind: Religion and Sex. Is there more to it than what meets the eye?

Gianni: tons of Xanax

Erica: People might think that we are a parody, that our songs about religion and sex are just a joke. Well, we are very serious about our music and the exaggeration is how we intensify the truth .

Is your appearance exclusively an image or is there a real statement behind?

Erica: Rock’n’roll is a lifestyle, so they’re supposed to give me an Academy Award  if I wasn’t in real life what you see on stage. Sadly, I’m not Sophia Loren .

Gianni: To a certain degree I’m an angel: I don’t drink and I don’t do drugs but for sure i’m much more a pervert in real life than on stage.

If I say church and catholicism what do you say?

Erica:  Disregard of life, a constant mood of an afterlife. Feeling awful in life and being unable to support it . Here’s the christianity.

Gianni: In 782 Charlemagne beheaded 4500 Saxons who didn’t want to convert to Christianity.

Are you going to get married?

Gianni: I keep on asking her to marry me but she always refuse .She says I’m a dirty white man and she’ll only marry me when I’ll learn to play Sam’s Boogie by Magic Sam .

Be honest, you sinned and had sex before marriage right?

Erica: We’re asexual dude, we are The Devils!

Are you atheists?

Gianni: Oh yeah.

What do you believe in?

Erica: I believe in rock’n’roll, nature and my endless ignorance.

Gianni: I believe energy follows thinking.

Do you consider yourself to be an act of blasphemy?

Erica: ‘ Jesus is here’ , call out the blasphemous.

Have you found Italy to be ready for nuns being dressed like you Erica?

Erica: I think Italians are already used to the idea of a sexy nun, I don’t believe I’ve created anything new. Sadly nobody was scandalized at our gigs. Italian freaks they were so fucking ready for sure, sad people just thought of us as a sad band.

Have you ever received threats before, during or after shows played in Italy?

Erica: Unfortunately that never happened . We hope to get arrested as soon as possible.

In Napoli they claim to have invented the pizza, what do you claim?

Erica: As good Neapolitans, we are great at stealing!

I’ve been to Napoli several times and always loved it…why?

Erica:  Cause the mozzarella milk you’ve been eating was made from buffaloes who eats grass grown out of trashy soils, giving to mozzarella a chemical effect of addiction to the city.

When you have time to waste, what do you do?

Erica: We do interviews.

How often do you practise?

Gianni: We practice almost every time we feel like it.

How long did it take you to record the songs for ‘Sin, You Sinners’ ?

Erica: At the beginning ‘ Sin you sinners ‘ was a demo, recorded in our garage with just two microphones. Then we decided to make it a real album, we met Jim Diamond and after we bribed him with a couple of wine bottles  he accepted to work with us. We locked ourselves in the studio and after 4 days the album was  done.

‘Sin You Sinners’, a title from an erotic movie by Joe Sarno. What are your fave movies?

Erica: Rocky, Rambo , Over The Top, Rumble Fish

Do you find bongo drums erotic?

Erica: Huh?

What else do you find erotic?

Erica: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club!

Gianni: The art of Namio Harukawa

Lets talk about your new album ‘Iron Butt’, why the title and did you find it harder to make a follow-up as opposed to the debut album?

Gianni: The Iron butt is hers. It wasn’t so hard to make it, actually it came naturally. We’ve been playing so much around that the songs came out easily.

Erica: During soundchecks or on the road, we write down lot of ideas. Indeed we’re already doing some songs for a third album.

What can we expect from the new album and what makes it different from the previous record?

Gianni: The new album is much more wild, loud and insane.

Erica: I think the second album is better played. It’s a clearer picture of what we do, the first record was more a wild card.

Fave meal?

Erica: Everything is orange.

Gianni: Lobster tail with homemade Chantilly cream.

Best show and worst show, tell a tale?

Gianni: Best show was at the Azkena Festival in Bilbao this year. People overwhelmed us.

Erica: The worst show was definitely in Portugal, during the soundcheck at the first chord Gianni did, a light exploded over his head, at the end of the concert we slapped  the promoter, who didn’t pay us, in the face.

Do you get it done or is there always a tomorrow?

Erica: I do it right away, tomorrow there are other things to do.

Who’s more lazy Erica or Gianni?

Erica:  Definitely GIANNI !

Who sleeps longer?

Gianni: I sleep a lot only when I’m having an erotic dream about Erica .

Erica:  I’m the one who sleeps longer, I could sleep for 48 hours in a row .

Who parties the most and who’s the party pooper?

Erica: I’m the party girl, Gianni is more domestic.

Gianni: Yeah I’m a sociopath, I can’t stay long with people.

What records are you currently listening to and which are your ultimate faves?

Erica: Il Balletto di Bronzo – Sirio 2222, Guadalupe Plata – 2017, Oh Sees – Orc

Gianni: Muddy Waters – After the rain

Music is a passion, what other passions do you have?

Erica: I collect dildos and love to play hide and seek with my scorpions .

Gianni: I enjoy doing artworks, working on photos and videos.

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Website: here

Bandcamp: here

Label: Voodoo Rhythm

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Uffe Lorenzen: Galmandsværk

Uffe Lorenzen aka Lorenzo Woodrose, the man behind the man, the artist that released under On Trial, Baby Woodrose, Pandemonica, Dragontears, Spids Nøgenhat and now is releasing his brand new and first solo album under his real name entitled ‘Galmandsværk’, look it up on google translator or continue reading to figure out the meaning of the word. We are about to embark on a timeline ride down memory lane and learn more about…the man behind the man.

Uffe, a lot has been written and said about you in the past many years, what is the less credible thing that you have ever read or heard said about yourself?

Some people seem to confuse my interest in psychedelic drugs with a narcotics habit, so they think I am high all the time, but as every one who actually uses psychedelics know, it takes more and more effort and courage  to convince yourself to do them, so for me its like a once or twice a year thing.

When did you start playing music for the very first time?

At 11 or 12 I think. Banging homemade drumsticks on pillows and pots.

Who inspired you to start playing music?

No one in particular really. Music just became an obsession very early.

Did you receive any musical inspiration from your parents?

My older sister and brother both had record collections with very diverse styles so thats where my interest really started.

Please tell us about your childhood and where you grew up?

I grew up in a suburb of Copenhagen called Albertslund. The whole city was built between 1967 and 1973, so pretty much everyone who moved out there was families with kids. Very safe environment to grow up in, with bicycle lanes everywhere, a lot of new schools, nature nearby and a lot of kids my age. I biked to kindergarten at 4 all on my own.

How was school?

Fun at first, but I grew tired of that very quickly. The last 3 years in particular were pure hell. I guess I always had some issues respecting authorities. I was clever, but lazy as fuck. Eventually I dropped out of high school and spent a few years smoking weed and learning to play the guitar.

Are you a family man?

Not particularly no. Too restless.

You began your career in an early age, you joined On Trial at the age of 15. I assume at that point that the band was in a kind of development of its own and trying to find an identity. Please tell us in short how the band developed and when the true identity of the band was found?

Yeah, we went through many different styles, starting as kids in 1986 with fast punkrock and political lyrics in danish, then more new wave stuff in english and even a bit of rockabilly punk, then for a while we played a lot of covers, mostly Stooges and Rolling Stones, but slowly turning more garage rock, inspired by Nuggets and Pebbles compilations, then a bit more hardrock inspired by Guns N Roses and The Cult Electric era around the first LP, then even a bit grungy before finally settling in around 1995 with a more original take on a kind of stoner/garage/psych.

Which On Trial album would you say, if possible, captured the true spirit and soul of the band?

Head Entrance from 1996 and Blinded By The Sun from 2002.

During the evolvement of On Trial you started various side-projects, in primis Baby Woodrose which somehow ended up with you leaving On Trial to focus on the new band. Was it a natural development for you to seek you own ways and new stimulations at that point?

The thing is, I always wrote songs and eventually I had so many that didn’t fit in with On Trial, I had to do something with them. Also, it was getting weird not singing them myself at a point.

About the same time Spids Nøgenhat and Pandemonica came to life, did you have a lot on your heart and mind during that particular period of your life?

Actually both those projects were way before Woodrose. Pandemonica was my 4 track home recordings made between 1993 and 1996 roughly, but released much later. Spids Nøgenhat started as early as 1998 I think, culminating in an album in 2001.

At some point Dragontears came to life too, a project that sounds like it was born out of a spontaneous heavy dope smokin’ jam?

Yeah. That was basically my own project, but it involved a lot of my friends that were in all the other bands as well. I wanted to have some fun and try some new things. I like those 3 records a lot personally, but they didn’t sell as easy as the Woodrose albums which were more commercially digestable I guess.

Lets talk about your brand new and upcoming album “Galmandsværk” (“act of madness”), a solo project where you, for the first time, are using your real name Uffe Lorenzen. Why the album title and why use your real name at this point in your career?

Actually, the proper translation would be “the work of a madman” but it has double meanings as “gal” can mean both mad as in crazy or mad as in angry in Danish. Also, its a very old expression and unique for Danish language that it is one word. No other language has a word like that as far as I know. I felt like the songs are so honest and personal that it would seem superficial to use any other name.

How did the record come to life and what are you expecting or hoping to transmit to the people that are going to listen to it?

Last winter I had the opportunity and need to pull the plug on my daily routines and travelled a bit for 3 whole months, I ended up spending 6 weeks in a tiny apartment on a small volcanic island called La Gomera, staring at the ocean and playing the guitar, trying to reinvent myself. I don’t care much what people think of it, but if you want to know who I am and understand Danish, this is probably the best place to start.

You have attracted a lot of attention in the Danish media related to your song “Dansker” (Dane). Were you expecting a reaction like that and did you hit a soft spot in the Danish self-awareness?

Yeah, it’s a bit of a shame really, because the song is really good, but some people seem to misunderstand it. I guess I did expect to piss some people off, but my point with the song was actually rather to wake them up. It seems like their national(ist) pride gets in the way of them getting the point. I am merely suggesting a bit more action, protest and involvement instead of apathy..

Are you more inspired composing music on a grey, rainy, windy autumn day looking out of your window and straight into grey concrete buildings or sitting on a terrace overlooking the sea with a straw-hat covering your eyes from a bright and shiny sun or perhaps sitting on a field that reaches into endlessness?

I can write a song anywhere which is really the secret to my creative output. I don’t even need a guitar or a pen and paper. I just need a bit of silence.

Do you find that there is a difference in the way you express yourself between English and Danish when writing lyrics?

Of course. But I have gotten so used to singing in English over the years that it will take some effort to turn my thinking process around and find my own way of saying stuff.

You have played several times at the Duna Jam festival in Sardegna. What impact has this festival had on you and how has it been to play at such an open-air venue in various stunning nature settings?

I have played Duna Jam 3 times. Very nice experiences all of them. I view it as more of a holiday, than a gig though. All the people there are really nice. I remember someone giving me a plastic cup of mushroom tea and listening to Motorpsycho in front of a magic melting sundown backdrop the best though, amazing show.

Ralph has been a long-time companion in your musical career and as a friend, who unfortunately is no longer with us. Please spend a few words in his memory?

He made me believe in myself, pushed me to do more than I thought I could, encouraged me and helped me get my music out there. I miss him. I keep thinking what he would have said about any problem that I encounter.

Have your prospects in life changed throughout the years or have they remained the same?

Pretty much the same.

When the tough gets going and the shit hits the artist. What keeps you going?

I have stubborn bones, so when I meet obstacles I get angry and work harder.

Have you ever had motivational crisis that blocked you and that kept a firm grip on you, preventing you from writing and composing?

Not really, no – theres too much self therapy involved. I dont do this for anyone else but me really. I only get tired of touring and doing interviews. But then when I have a bunch of good songs I make an album and the whole thing starts over again.

Is there any connection between ‘Hobittens Drøm’ and ‘Hobittens Flyvetur’ ?

They are both written with the same person in mind. Not the Tolkien character though.

The million dollar questions: of all the albums you have been involved in, which one are you most proud of?

The latest one.

Which of the many many songs you have composed has meant most to you emtionally and why?

Probably the ones that I wrote for people I know and love. Theres a bunch for Ralph like Light Up Your Mind, Jorden Kalder and Lever Vi Nu?

Best period of your life, when and why?

The last 5 years have been pretty good. Financially, emotionally, atistically. I feel grounded.

Worst period of your life, when and why?

Probably 2006-08. Was too worried and confused about myself. Felt like I was walking on glass.

What matters most to you in life and what matters less?

Love, friendships. Money is not that interesting, I spend it when I have it.

Have you ever imagined how your life would be without music?

No.

Where would you have been today, if you dropped the idea of playing music?

I wouldn’t have and I couldn’t have!

Best and worst show you ever did, where and why?

Best? This years Roskilde Festival solo show. Worst, Gruta77 in Madrid 2007. I was too drunk, sorry.

Which artists/albums are you listening to in this period?

Currently moving apartment, so all my vinyl is packed away.

Recommend a few good upcoming bands from Denmark?

I like Love Coffin, TJ and The Reasons To Live, Fribytterdrømme, Sonic Dawn, many others that I cant remember right now.

Are you a believer?

I have come to believe in love, its not just about sex or reproduction. I think its the energy that makes the universe spin.

When is life beautiful?

A quiet Monday morning, coffee, vinyl and cigarettes.

Biggest mistake you ever made?

Signed a publishing contract.

Kindest gesture you have done?

I always carry pocket change for homeless people. Gets a bit too expensive in some major European cities though.

Until this day, how satisfied are you with your life?

Very satisfied, but it seems to become shorter and shorter which is depressing.

Are you moody?

Very. Most days are low.

Are you emotional?

Very. I surf emotions for a living.

Are you religious?

Not at all, convinced atheist.

Are you spiritual?

Not at all.

Do you have a temper, if yes, do you have an automatic safe switch or do you allow it to break out in full flare?

I control it pretty well. I am not violent in any way, but my words can get really sharp and merciless.  I am still working on that.

Add 3 sensations to each of the following words:

Drugs: Tingling

Sex: Tingling

Love: Tingling

Food! In Italy they would say that you are ‘un buongustaio’, one that loves good food and wine. I have seen that with my own eyes too ;-). What is your fave dish?

Haha, its true. I just love food, all kinds pretty much. But not much beats fresh seafood in my opinion.

I tend to give most artist the kitchen question and I am not going to make an exception here. How good are you in a kitchen, what is your strongest dish and who can testify?

I am an adequate but average cook in my own opinion. I have friends that are much better. Some traditional Danish dishes I can do as good as anyone on a good day, but mostly I am too lazy. My girlfriend loves my Pasta Carbonara though.

To avoid ending this interview with a kitchen related question, please write a short story/poem/song about your life up until today, in Danish:

Mit køkken er fyldt med kasser af pap

Jeg kan ikke finde hverken kniv eller saks

Men jeg har dog min kedel og min insta nes-kaf

En hvid dråbe mælk og resten kan skafs.

For information:

Uffe Lorenzen (Lorenzo Woodrose)

Baby Woodrose

Spids Nøgenhat

Dragontears

Bad Afro Records