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Eyeplug: King Salami interview

King Salami & the Cumberland Three are an internaional band (1 french, 1 Jamaican, 1 japanese and 1 spanish) who play high octane rythm & blues with a punk energy. They formed in 2006 and have been playing all round Europe, and recently toured Japan & China. Their 1st album ‘14 Blazin’ Bangers’ came out last year on Dirty Water records, and they have a split album with Andre Williams coming out this summer.

Extreme fun times are on the menu where ever they go. With a repertoire encompassing many of the greats of the ’50s and ’60s you won’t be able to help but move your feet. The King howls like Screaming Jay Hawkins with Bo Diddley chasing his coat-tail and with Andre Williams trying to offer up some of his bacon fat. This man never stops shakin’ and twistin’ and groovin’ while the Cumberland 3 (former members of the Ulcers, Chinese Lungs and Parkinsons) play their own branded mix of vintage rockabilly desperate rock’n'roll and a bit of soul with fire, energy, gusto and fun!

They have played all over Europe, sharing the stage with the Pretty Things, the Trashmen, the Standells, the Mummies, the Bellrays, the Cynics, etc… and have released a bunch of killer 45′s on different European record labels.

They are:
King Salami – vocals
Pepe Ronnie – guitar
Eric Baconstrip – drums
Kamikaze UT Vincent – bass
Chuchi Sobresada – sax

01 How did you get started in music?

My grandparents accidentally left a piano lying around.

02 Where did your direction come from?

Lounge singers, glam rock and children’s songs.

03 Who were your major influences and inspirations and who do you despise?

Bo Diddley, Link Wray, the Trashmen and Tommy Cooper. I despise my neighbour who is drilling holes early morning most weekends.

04 What inspires you to make your current type of songs?

Various mental disorders.

05 What can someone who has never seen you live before expect from your live shows then & possibly even now?

Jumping, kneeling, drinking, sweating, shimmying. All at the same time.

06 How do you begin your songs? What types of themes and subjects do you deal with?

1-2-3-4 ! Chickens, Monkeys, German sausages, Christmas, Native Americans.

07 How did your music evolved since you first began playing?

We found out what those metal strings on the guitar are for.

08 What has been your biggest challenge? Were you been able to overcome this? If so, how?

To finish the huge meal we got served at the festival in Spain. Yep, by chewing & eating slowly.

09 Do you play covers? If you could pick any song, which would you like to cover most and why?

Yes, a few. My Way. It’s so cheesy, it should be compulsory.

10 Where did you envisage being in five years time?

Still on Earth I hope.

11 Who would you most like to record with?

The KPM All-Stars.

12 What should we be expecting from you in the near future?

A one-day global multi-media link-up with all the major cities of the world, broadcast live from The Stag’s Head, Dalston. (Editor says: we are currently working on this!)

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