Interview with Rob Evil of Evil Army Part 1
Evil Army is quickly becoming well-known in the realm of thrash. Their angry and aggressive music has captured the attention of many bands like Down who they toured with last year. But the young band has encountered a lot of bad luck recently with deaths and the vocalist/guitarist Rob Evil's incarceration. I've been writing to Rob Evil to talk about the struggles Evil Army has been through and the future of his band. At his request, I asked some strange questions.
Buick: When did you begin Evil Army?
Rob Evil: I started the band about seven years ago when I was 19. I was in another band with Michael Murder on drums and Sgt. Death on bass, but I changed the name of the band once we started progressing for the better.
Buick: How did you attract the attention of Housecore Records?
Rob: A few years ago we played a few shows with one of Phil Anselmo’s bands called Arson Anthem. Rigor Mortis played those shows with us too. After I met him, he told me he owned our full-length and thought it was good. We just kinda took it from there. We actually went down there to his house in Louisiana to record our new record, but a hurricane hit and we had to leave after three days. A couple months later our bass player Bones died. I got another bass player to fill in for a few shows, but I never planned on keeping the replacement and I sure as hell didn’t want the dude recording with us. It was this pussy ass dude named Jared. I whooped his ass right before I went to jail.
Buick: Have you noticed an increase in your fan base since you released your debut album?
Rob: Definitely. I sold our 7” pretty fast., but we got a lot more people asking to buy our t-shirts and shit like that since the full-length came out. Get Revenge Records pressed our album first, then it was re-pressed by Hell’s Headbanger’s Records, and recently Housecore Records re-pressed it. People from all over the world have bought our records so it’s good to see our name getting out there. A guy from the Ukraine sent me an interview last week. I’m glad people aren’t forgetting about us while we’re locked up.
Buick: Tell me about the lineup changes that happened?
Rob: Me and Michael Murder have been playing music together since day one. Sgt. Death was our first bass player. He was with us for about three years. He could play our songs good, he just wasn’t 100% into it, so we got Bones in 2006. He was a bad ass player, but we had to get Sgt. Death to do a West Coast tour when Bones went to rehab. After we got back from the West Coast Jay Retard (a.k.a. Jimmy Blitzkrieg) started playing bass with us. He did a tour up north with us and played with us for a few months til his solo project started taking off. Then we got Bones back til his death in February of 2009. He was like family and it took us a while to get over his loss. Jay passed away a couple of months ago in January. He was like an older brother to me. Jay recorded every record we’ve ever released and was going to record our next full-length. He was a real cool dude. I’m sure he’d be laughing his ass off if he knew they buried him here in Memphis next to Isaac Hayes.
Buick: What are you planning to do when you get released?
Rob: I’m gonna find a good place to record and get on top of that shit. All I ever think about is getting the new album out. I’ve already got all the songs written and ready to go. I just gotta get outta jail so I can get ‘em recorded. These songs are constantly running through my head. The day I get released I’m come running through the gates like a bat outta hell.
Buick: Would you or have you ever eaten a live bug for no reason?
Rob: Can’t say I ever did that shit. I probably would if I got drunk enough. I found a worm in my green beans recently in the chow hall. I might as well be eating bugs after eating the bullshit they feed us here.
Buick: What is your favorite color other than black?
Rob: I guess it’s white.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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