Interview for ZeroMag.com
The Lustkillers came onto the bay area scene, made
a big splash, then kinda disappeared. Now you guys are back. What happened?
LustKillers has always been a band of rogue minded mercenaries.
That's the magick of it. The SF CHAPTER was an excuse for good friends
to snatch gigs on a last minutes notice. Unfortunately, we were too good
at it and the demands impeded on our other projects.
In turn, I left American Heartbreak, our guitarist Billy Rowe returned
to American Heartbreak and Swingin Utters took my drummer Greg McEntee
back and recruited my bassist Chuck Worthy on guitar.
We all saw it comin. Perhaps that's why LK played as many shows as we
could. We really didn't want it to end.
By Spring 2003, I ended up in the UK recording and then touring Europe
with Brian James (Damned) and Dave Tregunna(Sham69)as The Lords of the
New Church, meanwhile Swingin Utters were hittin the states.
Exactly who is in
the current line up of the band?
When four brothers go off to war not all of them
come back but once a LustKiller, always a LustKiller. It's really just
a matter of who's heart's available. Chuck Worthy is still on bass, Mark
Bradin(the Flipsides) is on kit, Joe Selby (Three Years Down) is back
on guitar. Then there's me, your lustful narrator Adam Becvare.
I read the Lustkillers
formed in Chicago as a response to the drab days of grunge. When the Lustkillers
reformed in San Francisco what were you hoping for?
Comradary. I've always enjoyed playing with members
from other bands. This was a good way to get the party started. I thrive
on improv and LustKillers music allows that to happen. Honestly we just
came out of the gates swingin, lookin to stir up some dark fun. It was
so easy until it wasn't anymore.
Do you consider yourselves
as a “revivalist” band? There are a lot of bands claiming
to bring back rock n’ roll...
What's funny to me is some of these LK songs were
penned 10 years ago.
Difference is, back then crowds had no clue what we were doing and now
it fits right in with the "revivalists."
I guess my answer is I've always been playing rock n roll. I'm really
jazzed to finally hear some good old bashing guitar tones out there again
but there are still too many bands hiding behind Loud and Fast. Only Motorhead
and Ramones did that right. As for "the revivalists"LustKillers
was here before them and I fear we'll be here after them cuz I'll always
write what i want to hear.
Tell us about the
Lords of the New church reformation. How can there be a Lords without
The Lords were hijacked and I was essentially brought in so Brian and
Dave could play their old songs again and honour the memory of what so
many fans miss(ed).
THE LORDS always meant a lot to me growing up but it wasn't just Stiv.
Brian and Dave's playing influenced me a great deal. Dave's the tasty
bass framework and Brian's the frantic guitar slasher. Stiv was Stiv.
THE LORDS were his vision and we just got to rock the songs. amen.
Recently, Brian asked me to front THE BRIAN JAMES GANG in which we will
play DAMNED, SHAM69, LORDS and some solo material.
How will the new LustKillers
material differ from “Black Sugar Sessions”?
Because the next CD will be longer, we can give
ya more variety.
Beauty is, it all still sound like The LustKillers.
The bands I loved all had that same quality. Clash, Pretenders, Deadboys,
etc etc. no matter what style the song, you knew it was them.
I think the next LK cd (tentatively entitled "From Russia with Lust")
will just be more of what LUSTKILLERS already are because i can finally
sing it now. If i have my way I'll be adding more instruments in a few
I constantly hear old things that inspire me and i try to make myself
remember bits but by the time things roll outta my head they're all twisted
up into my own bits. Expect some 50's, 70's punk rock and Motown flavourings.
....hey, someone's gotta bring back the handclaps.
We started the "Russia" cd June 1.
How did past studio experience help on your current
I honestly dread recording. There are just too damn
many variables and options to consider. I know what I'm capable of but
it's the unseen factors that i fear. THE LORDS was a 95% unknown situation
and Brian was so free and unrestricted that it scared the hell outta me.
Bri believes the first answer is best and the magick exists in the unknown
or mistakes. That's what years of noisey jazz, heavy dub reggae and smoke
will do to ya I guess. It really taught me to sidestep the thinking and
trust my instincts which I inevitably do anyways. On the other hand, I
really love producing. As long as the tracks are clean with good energy,
I'm psyched to mix.
I know the mix is finished when my hairs stand on end or i want to drive
What is it about that dark
NYC rock vibe that the Lustkillers aim for?
Good question. Honesty or Integrity maybe. I basically
write what i want to hear or feel. Just so happens a lot of that is the
old NYC stuff I was raised on and wish was still comin out.
That vibe just comes naturally to me because It's so comfortable to me.
I love that preachy talky storyline. It enables me to relive my own songs
everytime i sing em. I think the only time I may consciously aim for "that
dark NYC rock vibe" is in production. I need to paint a picture.
I dont care for the new, thick, dry, compressed sound. There's just no
mood, sex or dynamics to it.
What’s important to the Lustkillers when
you guys hit the stage?
That it ain't on our face..
Gum, white lights and reverb on the mikes.
The rest is all telepathy and improv.
We like to keep it dark, moody and cheeky.
Did playing for the Lords
of the New Church have any affect on the
Absolutely. Singing for two cagey punk veterans
like Brian and Dave really encouraged me to be more of who I am. I gained
so much vocal confidence singing 36 shows in 6 weeks with them. I feel
things singing now that i never felt before. Straight from the soul, I
can finally empty myself onstage.
What Bay Area bands do you
enjoy watching when you’re not onstage?
I really love watching Stiletta but not for just
the obvious reasons. I live somewhat vicariously thru their potential.
It's just so fresh to me.
Literally "out of the mouth of babes." I adore them girls and
I hope they continue to learn everyday. I'm also excited to see The Deadutantes
bloom but the rockabilly scene doesn't allow much for growth.
A lot of the bands I wouldn't miss have all split now...Petrol, Flipsides,
Richmond Sluts. Them bands always put a smile on my face.
What’s something that
you’d like people to know about the Lustkillers?
We're strong enough for a man but made for a woman.
We love gum, guinness, and black Label scotch.
After a year of bootlegs, our "Black Sugar Sessions" CD is finally
On an unrelated topic,
does the band in general prefer leather or lace?
Lovers forever... face to face?
My city or mountains?
Stay with me stay
I need you to love me
I need you today
Give to me your leather...
Take from me... my lace
Anything else you wanna throw out there?
We return to the Slim's Stage in SF Thurs. July
July 30 TBD
and playing Northbeach July 31.
If you Ever need a band that rocks like us just remember,
WE ROCK LIKE US.