Placed a call to beyond the fuckin' grave today, to speak with Dead Elvis, of Dead Elvis and His One Man Grave -- it was a séance.
Dead Elvis is a one man band from "Disgraceland", and he's been preaching the word in China for the last several weeks, bringing lo-fi, zombified, one-man band rockabilly to the masses. He's in town this Saturday, under the aegis of promoter Abe Deyo and the Jue Festival, and it's his last show in China before he returns to the afterlife (read: goes back to tour Europe). We talked on the phone about bringing the evil to the PRC. A grudging respect for The Beatles was settled upon.
Taste the goods. What's old is dead again. Shake, shake, shake!
Dead Elvis: Good. Good. Sitting around. Having a cigarette.
Dead Elvis: It was really excellent. It's my first time to China and I really didn't know what to expect of it. But I've loved it. I really want to come back. People are great. Food is great...
Dead Elvis: Uh. Not yet, really. I think I can't think of just one yet...
Dead Elvis: Oh yeah that's true, we went to the transvestite club -- that was something. There was some really hot girls -- there's one, there's one -- but people were telling me they were all men... [Laughs.]
Dead Elvis: Yeah it's been really cool. Everyone's been really enthusiastic about it. But of course my show is different from any other band -- it's a one man band and I wear a mask and stuff. People don't know what to expect and they were quite shocked and stuff. 'What the hell is this', you know. But it was good and I think next time it will be even better.
Dead Elvis: Oh I liked them all, but I liked Wuhan very much. I was happy to see some punks there, you know. And it was a lot of fun. I liked Chengdu as well and I'm quite looking forward to Shanghai as well.
Dead Elvis: Hmm... well there was one show that wasn't very good because I had lots of technical problems. It wasn't the worst but... my amp broke and it kind of killed the show a bit. That was not great. Especially you know because it's a one man band. If something goes wrong there's no one to help you out. With a band of four people, if something goes wrong with the drums or guitar, you can hide behind the other people -- the guitar, the bass, whatever. But with a one man band, that's not possible. You've got to fix it yourself. But you know that happens all the time and it happens all over the world, so it's alright.
Dead Elvis: Yeah! Aberration in Wuhan. They were really cool. A really, really good band. It was great to see a Chinese punk band. Really great.
Dead Elvis: Well, it started with the mask. And I thought "hey, look it's dead Elvis -- what a great idea." And it came from there. I did a MySpace, not knowing what to expect. Just a few pictures and then people from around the world came to asked me to play.
Dead Elvis: Actually, I've had two or three people mailing me, saying, "Ahh this is not normal what you're doing, this is a disgrace! You're taking the piss with Elvis!"
But you know, if you don't get the joke then I don’t know -- don’t look at the MySpace. [Laughs.]
Dead Elvis: No not yet, but I'm planning on making it there in Autumn. I've got a couple offers but I'm still in Europe so I've got to see what happens. But I would love to go there as well. Have to see what comes and then hopefully it will happen. I'm planning on touring with another band. I've only been to America once before for a holiday.
Dead Elvis: Oh you know when people ask me 'when did you really die', I say, 'when I joined the army' -- that's when Elvis really died. [Laughs.]
Dead Elvis: My top three. Hmm... I like "Suspicious Minds". I like "The Girl of My Best Friend"... and let's see... "Separate Ways".
Dead Elvis: [Laughs.] No. No, I haven't yet. Actually if I come to the States I will definitely do so because it's easier to carry a gun and stuff. I definitely will and I'll definitely film it.
Dead Elvis: Well, The Beatles... ahh, I like them. I like em. What can I say, I like all that stuff.
Dead Elvis: Yeah, I'd like to thank everyone for coming to the shows and I'd definitely like to come back. It's been totally fucking great and I'm sad I have to go back. But see you on Saturday and we'll have some beers...
Dead Elvis and His One Man Grave performs this Saturday at LOgO bar. Click here for the event information. Here's his homepage.