|Teenage Casket Company – Farewell, Adieu, Auf Wiedersehen… The Last Ever Interview|
|Written by Mark Ashby|
|Sunday, 13 November 2016 03:20|
Next weekend, Midlands glamsters Teenage Casket Company bring the curtain down on their 13-year long career, with a farewell show in what promises to be a packed Tap N Tumbler in the heart of Nottingham. Uber Rock caught up with frontman Rob Wylde to discuss the band’s decision to call it quits, the highs and lows of their existence and their respective plans for the future…
The first question was the most obvious one: why have they decided to call it a day?
We just feel that we’ve taken the band as far as we possibly can really.
In this day and age, bands can go a long way and get heard with the help of the internet and social media. We certainly used social media to its upmost effect, especially in our early days, and achieved some great things on the back of it: but there’s only so far you can take it, and at some point you need that extra outside help, and that needs to come in the form of either a label, management or even just someone that believes in your band enough to throw some serious money at it. Without any of the above you’re kinda left treading water - which is what we’ve been doing for a while now.
Why have you chosen the Tap N Tumbler as the venue for your farewell show? Does it have a particular significance for you?
Nottingham is where the band was formed and where the bands heart belongs. It was also where we made our name for ourselves and built up our fan base in the early days so we knew that our final show just had to be there.
We’ve played the Tap N Tumbler many, many times over the years and it’s still the number one Rock N Roll joint in Nottingham, even after all these years. The venue is great, the staff is great, so there was never really any question as to where we were going to be playing our final show. The final show on 18 November is free admission - but make sure you get there early as we literally have people from all over the country coming, and even from abroad, so we’re going to pack the place out!
You’re also releasing a special limited edition CD for the show: can you tell us a bit more about it?
We decided that since we’re calling it a day, we’d put out a CD of some cool, rare stuff that no-one will have. In a way, it’s kinda like clearing out the closet, and after the ‘Left For Dead’ CD comes out, our fans will literally own every single recording this band has ever done.
There’s a track called ‘You’ll Be The Death Of Me’ which was recorded in 2014 with the intention of it being released as a single. For some reason, that never happened and it’s remained on the shelf since. There are also three tracks that we demoed way back in 2004, a year before our first album ‘Dial It Up’ came out. There’s a couple of songs never before released on CD, some live stuff from back in the day: and as a special treat, we recently went into the studio to record a cover of the Beastie Boys song ‘Fight For Your Right’ which we’ve covered in our live set for a couple of years.
What have been the highlights of TCC’s career, both as a band and personally?
There’s been so many, from our two tours of America to touring with, hanging out and getting to know pretty much all of our childhood idols when we were growing up. But for me the highlight has to be the ‘Brawl For It All UK Tour’ which happened in May 2006, and the year 2006 in general.
At the time we were the band that everybody was talking about and we were without doubt the biggest band on that scene (for a while anyway). I remember every single night of that tour being just awesome and there was just a real buzz going on around the band. We’d just released our second CD, ‘Eat Your Heart Out’, which Kerrang magazine got behind, and our video for ‘Don’t Look At Me Like That’, and I remember thinking that if something was going to happen for the band, then this was the time. The band was just on fire back then and firing on all cylinders.
By the end of 2006 we’d played 180 shows in the UK, America and Europe and we were ready to take on the world. We were just unstoppable back then and that’s the period of the band that really sticks out for me.
Playing in Venice, Italy was also awesome and our show at Arlene’s Grocery in New York on the Metal Sludge Tour stands out as well because the members of Danger Danger, D Generation, Acey Slade, world famous photographer Mark Weiss and Bam Margera all came out to see us that night.
There are bound to have been some low points as well?
I don’t have many regrets but one of my biggest was working our absolute asses off throughout the entire of 2006, building up the name and the bands legacy, to then completely come off the rails in early 2007 when Jamie Delerict (ex guitarist/vocalist) decided to that he needed to take six months off. In this game if you snooze, you lose – and, as a result, all the momentum we’d gained we lost, and when we finally returned to the scene in the summer of 2007 we were playing catch up and, as result, I don’t think we ever really properly recovered from that. I would love to know what might have happened if 2007 had have carried on where 2006 finished off for us but I guess we’ll never know.
I could have also done without the whole Rob Wylde vs Jamie Delerict war too (Jamie left the band in 2009 down to irreconcilable differences), but we became a much tighter unit as a result and ten times the band we were before, so every cloud has a silver lining I guess.
I also felt that our last album, ‘Still Standing’, was criminally ignored too… but what ya gonna do? Once again, without a serious cash injection or some outside help, it was always destined to be one of those cult ‘under the radar’ albums, but one that we feel defines the TCC sound and one of which we’re all still extremely proud of.
How would you like the band to be remembered?
I think I’d like us to be remembered as just a good, fun rock band that made people smile, put on a great show and treated their fans well.
Over the past few years we’ve had a lot of people coming up to us after the show saying how much our music, and our band in general, has meant to them. A lot of these people are now married with kids, but a lot of them say that TCC was the soundtrack to their youth and that means a lot. A lot of people have also said that our music has helped get them through tough times in their life and there really is no bigger compliment than that.
We’ve always been an honest, hardworking band without any bullshit. What you see is what you get and I’m proud of everything we’ve done and everything we ever stood for. As we once said years and years ago, ‘An honest band makes its own fans’ and I couldn’t agree more.
Finally, what are the plans for the future as far as each of you is concerned?
I sing for the band Tigertailz so I’m going to keep myself busy touring and recording with those guys. I’m also going to be working on new material in more of a melodic rock style which I plan on recording and releasing early next year, at which point I’ll be putting together a new band around it.
Rob Lane plays bass for Ryan Hamilton And The Traitors, so he’s going to be busy touring and recording with those guys. Dave Kerr has his own solo band, DKB, and Spike has a band called Tube Audio, so we’re all going to be busier than ever, just not together!
The great thing is that we’re ending this band still as friends. Three quarters of the original line up from 2003 are still here and once we hang up the guitars for TCC after the show, we’ll remain friends… and I think that says a lot.