|Todd Youth - The Chelsea Smiles|
|Written by Gaz E|
|Wednesday, 07 October 2009 23:18|
The Kohl-lined eyes at Über Röck HQ hung heavier than usual on the day that The Chelsea Smiles announced details of their last ever show. Myself and Johnny H had been lucky enough to spend a couple of nights in the company of Todd Youth and the band when they toured the UK earlier this year supporting Wednesday 13, and mighty fine nights they were too. The second, self-titled Chelsea Smiles album that the tour was in support of will no doubt be in the upper reaches of many of our albums of the year lists come December. To say that we were saddened to hear that one of the coolest bands on the planet might be heading for the exit door was a gross understatement. We had to know more.....
Just how much feedback did the messages about The Chelsea Smiles' "last ever show" get?
Man, I actually got some hate mail! This one guy wrote me saying I'm his favourite guitarist, the Smiles are his favourite band and why do I have to be such a band whore, why can't I stick with one band, blah, blah, blah. You know, I kept this band going for five years, released two really good records and a killer EP, toured all over the world, played with some of my favorite bands - Backyard Babies, NY Dolls, Social Distortion - but, as clichéd as it might sound, sometimes you gotta close one door to go through another.
Uber Rock spies claimed that you guys were merely "creating a buzz" about the band - true? What's the full story?
So, is there a future for The Chelsea Smiles?
What happened to those recordings that you guys said you were recording over the summer?
When we started working on this record I realised it was time to put the Smiles to bed. We did a few West Coast shows and called it a day, and went back to the lab.
Had you experienced any problems with your UK label, DR2?
The Chelsea Smiles recently played as the backing band for Australian songstress Katie Cole - how did this happen and how was it?
Katie is an amazing singer/songwriter. I had played on her record, along with Roger Manning and Jason Falkner from Jellyfish. She had some shows to do and doesn't have a band here so I said, "I know a band"!!!!! It's a breath of fresh air to play with different artists, different genre of music. I like to keep myself well rounded as a musician, and I'm lucky enough to be able to work with such an array of talented people like Katie, or Glen Campbell or Cheap Trick or Danzig.
How involved in Gunfire 76 were you? It was initially billed as you and Wednesday's side project, then your name disappeared.....
You know, I wrote some music for it, and it just didn't work out for me. I wish Wednesday the best of luck with it.
I haven't heard it yet, but the snippets I heard online sound good.
Although it happened when you were "between Danzig jobs", so to speak, what were your thoughts on that infamous scuffle between Glen and the singer from The Northside Kings?
What has been doing the rounds on the Youth stereo lately? What have you been listening to?
The new Cheap Trick is amazing! I've been listening to a lot of Buck Owens lately. Me and Karl from the Smiles just did a few weeks in Vegas doing SGT Pepper live with Cheap Trick, so a lot of Beatles. We were doing the opening, backing up Joan Osborne and Ian Ball from Gomez plus a 40 piece orchestra - it was killer. Watching Cheap Trick do Pepper every night for three weeks was awesome. Plus the usual suspects; Big Star, Motorhead, Hanoi, Thunders, Dead Boys, Stooges....
Are there any bands/musicians out there that you can recommend to Uber Rock readers - bands that they might have missed out on or have yet to discover???
There's this all girl band from LA I love called Civet that are killer. Dizzy Reed from Guns N' Roses has a record coming out one of these days that I played on that's really good too.
Über Röck Söldiers rejoice - there's more action coming down! This is not an exit! Huge thanks to Todd for giving us this World Exclusive!!! Todd was also cool enough to give us a classic Gig From Hell tale that you can find here!!!!!