Moonshine Gamblers

Posted by drew On January - 5 - 20113,037 views

The Moonshine Gamblers are a slick as hell r’n’r band from Europe!  Very much worthy of your attention as they plan on taking over the world with their own kick ass brand of rock! Check ’em out below!

1. First off, tell us the history of the band & who currently makes up the line-up?

Mad Mesch: The Moonshine Gamblers started in 2005. Back then we sounded much more like a Rockabilly/Cowpunk kind of  band. Now 5 years, one drummer and four bassmen later we´ve given our music more´n´more Punk and Rock’n’Roll elements. We´re playing in a classic line up with Jim on the drums and backing vocals, Van-T playing the bass and Johnny and me, twangin’ the guitars and shouting out those lyrics.

2. Now your a European band with influences from all over the world.  Who has influenced your music?

Mad Mesch: At the moment I´m mostly influenced by great bands like Motörhead, the Supersuckers, Fu-manchu, Gluecifer, Sick of it all and Hellacopters but all my life I’ve always liked every sort of music that sounded good to me. So I have to say that thousands of musicians and bands have given and are still giving me inspiration to write and play the stuff that we named 100% Overproof Rock’n’Roll.

Johnny Smirnoff: I’ve always been driven by Rock’n’Roll, in the historical sense of the word and also in the broader meaning. For example Hasil Adkins’ way of writing songs and especially his ferocious and raw performance always impressed me. Then the raw power of Punk Bands like the Ramones, the Stooges or MC5 and how they “did it” on stage made me want to play in a band too and just fuckin’ tear it up. Bands like Social Distortion and the Supersuckers surely have made an impact as well. So that’s mainly influence from the US but there are bands in Europe that I also draw inspiration from, Peter Pan Speedrock from the Netherlands for example, or the Peacocks from Switzerland. But then again, if you ask me to break it down, it all goes back where it started: With Hank Williams, the Carter Family and Johnny Cash.

Van-T: My influences are pretty basically Rock and Metal music.

3. How would you describe the band’s music to someone who has never heard you before?


Mad Mesch: The first thing I always say is: it´s 100% Overproof Rock’n’Roll. If that answer isn´t enough to understand what I mean, I always tell the people to come to a show and get a good kick in the ear and something for the eyes. Party is always guaranteed.

Johnny Smirnoff: It’s Rock’n’Roll with a Punkrock attitude. Or the other way ’round. We call it “Overproof Rock’n’Roll”, ’cause that’s what it is. Like a bottle of Moonshine, 165 proof. You drink it down and it’s gonna hit you like white lightning and spin you right ’round, leaving you with a ringing in your ears like you’ve never heard before.

Van-T: It’s Punk-Rock’n’Roll, rich in variety with a proper shot of kick-ass.

4. Tell us about a typical live show and what goes into that?

Mad Mesch: A typical Moonshine Gamblers live show means that the four of us let the music explode from our minds, bodies and instruments in order to provide 100% satisfaction. I think that’s the only way to give the people the chance to be part of the show and have them feel satisfied about spending their time with us.

Johnny Smirnoff: I think it’s loud. That’s what the sound guys always tell us when they work with us for the first time. It’s a Rock’n’Roll show, a lot of beer, a lot of jumping around, a lot of sweat and a lot of noise. No fancy stage dresses, no light show, no pyro effects, no nonsense. It’s pretty straight forward and I believe you get a good hour and fifteen minutes of your money’s worth. At least if I measure it by my personal level of exhaustion after the show. I also believe that we have a pretty oldschool working ethos, the people are paying to have a good time and we try to push the limits in order to deliver.

5. Any crazy stories from concerts?

Mad Mesch: Before our last show in 2010 I had some smalltalk with one of the guys in the audience. He was a rocker/biker guy and a fan of old “Ariel” motorbikes. While we talked, he didn’t know I was the singer and guitarplayer of the Moonshine Gamblers and he had never seen us before. After we had entered the stage and had played the first three songs he came up to me, gave me an Ariel keyring and said “That’s some brutally good sound and I´m so happy to be here. If you ever get your bike riding licence, this one keyring from only 100 that were made, in order to remind you what bike you should be riding”. Crazy guy but I liked him very much. Greetings to him, if he reads this.

6. How would you describe the music scene in Germany?
Mad Mesch: I´m not really that much interested to think about german, american or any other music scenes. We´re just a part of it and I like it very much to meet bands and musicians with different styles of music and thinking. I like working together with them to get new kicks for me and maybe new sounds for all of us.

Van-T: The mainstream music scene is a terrible bore. A repetition of a repetition that deserves a proper asskicking.

Johnny Smirnoff: The music scene in general, the so-called mainstream, is of no interest to me. Locally, in Düsseldorf, we have a ton of great underground Rock’n’Roll and Punkrock bands that are really fun to listen to and to hang out with. If you go to a local club or bar you’ll always meet a bunch of guys from one band or another, you’ll always have some “music-talk” to talk and stuff. Working with them is a real plus that we get from being a band. Actually, this extends beyond the local community of bands. As for the subcultural scenes: Punks, Skinheads and Rockabillies have noticed that they have more in common than they were willing to agree maybe 15 years ago and now they tend to go to the same shows without beating the crap out of each other. On the other hand I sometimes get the feeling that our band is too “Punkrock” for the Rock’n’Rollers and too “Rock’n’Roll” for the Punks. But we have a saying over here in Germany, it translates like this: Everbody’s darling is everybody’s asshole.

7. Anything else you’d like to plug/promote?


Johnny Smirnoff: Here’s a shameless self-promotion plug: We have two CDs out there, we’re selling shirts and we play kick-ass Rock’n’Roll shows. So, if you’re willing to support hard working independent Rock’n’Roll bands, order a CD or book a show with us, we’re going to play for gas money and booze. If you’re not a booker or promoter, come to one of our shows, get rocked, get drunk with us and have a-rockin’-and-a-rollin’ good time.

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