Its been a while since we caught up with The Bermondsey Joyriders, the old school Punk three piece who released the amazing concept album NOISE AND REVOLUTION. The album which was voted best album of 2012 by Vive Le Rocks readers and pretty much got rave reviews world wide.
We recently caught up with guitar legend, booze hound, all round good bloke and front man of The Bermondsey Joyriders, the one and only Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin….
TBF: It’s been a year and a half since we last caught up with you guys at the launch party of your brilliant album Noise and Revolution. The album had great reviews and was wonderfully received by the music press. Tell us a bit about that?
Gary Lammin: It was truly an unbelievable amount of press that The Bermondsey Joyriders got, but when a band come up with a brave angle and show that they can put their money where their mouth is I think that this will always get the thumbs up from the record buying public and critics alike. First The Bermondsey Joyriders had the idea of releasing an album that had narration in between every song instead of the usual 2 seconds silence that then linked every track into a continuous story line and then of course because the story of the album is about social decay, The Bermondsey Joyriders managed to get John Sinclair of The MC5 to perform the narration. In fact the album (Noise and Revolution) was written years ago but until I was able to find the right narrator I just held it back. Then all of a sudden… wow! I’m in the studio with the legendary John Sinclair and as The Bermondsey Joyriders release Noise and Revolution the streets of The UK burst into mad chaotic civil unrest.
TBF: How did it feel to reach number 1 in Vive Le Rocks Best Album of 2012?
Gary: Perhaps this was also why The Bermondsey Joyriders and our album Noise and Revolution attracted so much attention? Perhaps that’s why the readers of one very good underground rock magazine (Viva La Rock) Voted Noise and Revolution album of the year? This was further endorsed by the journalists and writers of Viva la Rock voting Noise and Revolution number 18 out of 100 for the year 2012-2013. That’s pretty good going for a band that are totally without representation, we get our own gigs, our own radio play and arrange and pay for our own recording sessions… The whole operation is therefore 100 per cent D.I.Y punk rock.
TBF: You guys are pretty much a punk super group. Tell us a bit about the other bands you’ve all played in?
Gary: With regards to the other bands we have played in; this question is best answered by going to our web page, as there are quite a few but Johnny Thunders, Chelsea, Nico and the Joe Strummer produced Little Roosters are the obvious past bands that spring to mind.
TBF: You did a lot of gigs since the release of the album. Which has been your favourite?
Gary: One of the best gigs that I can ever remember playing is the recent opening guest spot at The Scala for The Flamin Groovies. The Bermondsey Joyriders had been specifically requested to open the show and that of course was a real honour. After all man this is The Flamin Groovies and though we had to be on stage at 8 pm on a very cold and wet Tuesday night we had about 300 people in front of that stage and we were made to feel like we were so meant to be there! The place was rocking like a F.A Cup final and after we had played so many people crammed back stage into our dressing room that it was hard to even get my guitar off from round my neck… it was hilariously rewarding! So thanks to The Flamin Groovies and to Live Nation and The Scala for booking us…cheers!
TBF: What else has been happening since we last spoke to you?
Gary: What we have been up to lately is that we have made a video with Terry Rawlings who wrote the book about Brian Jones that was made into a feature film. After reading terry Rawlings book entitled “Who Killed Christopher Robin” and then watching the film “Stoned” which was based on the book, I then decided to write a tribute song to Brian Jones entitled, Brian Jones (the Real True Leader of the Rolling Stones) and i sent it to Terry Rawlings via his agent, and wow! Terry phoned me up and said he wanted to get a film crew together and make a video of the song which we did and in fact we made two videos with Terry Rawlings, the other being Typically English.
TBF: You’re working on the follow up to Noise and Revolution. Can you tell us anything about that?
Gary: At the moment The Bermondsey Joyriders are just finishing their 3rd album and this time our producer is Tony Barber who was the bass player of The Buzzcocks for 17 years and is now John Lydons personal assistant when on tour with Public Image Limited and it’s going to be our most rocking album yet. John Sinclair makes a slight return and is on one track of the album and the other interesting thing is that we are recording it at The Crass organizations studio which is Existencil Studios.
TBF: You’re playing the Fire-fighters benefit gig that’s in honour of Joe Strummer on Saturday 21st December. Is this a cause that means a lot to you?
Gary: The Fire Fighters gig is a must. I mean who else is going to climb up a ladder that’s 10 stories high in gale force winds whilst searing flames are all around?
TBF: Talking of Joe Strummer, did you ever meet him?
Gary: I met Joe Strummer when he produced The Little Roosters album, we got on pretty well and he was very interested that my father was a union man and a docker.
I told him some of my child hood memories of living in those dock land neighbourhoods and he was so interested in the stories and the characters that I told him about. We hung out for a while after the recordings, I would go over to his place in Ladbrooke Groove and once he came over my way and I drove him around the docks. People ask me if I knew Joe Strummer and whilst it’s certainly true to say I worked with him and hung out with him, I wouldn’t say I knew him long enough to really know him. My idea of really knowing someone means you have to have a least two big arguments and then make up again to be able to say you really know someone.
TBF: What’s next in store for the Joyriders? Where can we catch you next?
Gary: So it’s all gearing up now for The Bermondsey Joyriders 3rd album and hopefully this will be out by May 2014. Before that though there has been some talk about the Brian Jones song being released as a single. In the meantime thanks to The Black Flag for the interest in The Bermondsey Joyriders and for your support in the past…. LOVE YA!
For more info about The Bermondsey Joyrider check out their site http://www.thebermondseyjoyriders.co.uk
Firefighters Benefit in memory of Joe Strummer
Sat 21st December, 7pm til late at The Coronet Theatre (28 New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ)
Featuring – Glen Matlock, The Bermondsey Joyriders, Taurus Trakker, Louise Distras, Spizzenergi, Steve White & The Protest Family, Dreadzone (DJ set), Ray Gange (DJ set), visuals from the Subway Gallery.
Tickets – £8 advance at https://thecoronet.ticketabc.com/events/fire-brigade-benefit/