THEE ISOLATORS - INTERVIEW IN BUFFALO, NY, USA
“A great fucking slab of 60s garage punk rock. The mono recording and in-your-face wall of sound kicks from the first note to the last.”
"Superb modern Buffalo garage 45" Bernie Kugel "Fantabulous new recording"
Let’s start with some introductions.
How about some history and how did it get started?
Buffalo has a rich history of garage going back to The Rogues & The Tweeds in the 60s and The Mystic Eyes, Jacklords & Splatcats in the 80s revival. Has there always been a bit of a garage scene in the area?
Buffalo and Western New York as a whole, had a vibrant ‘60s teen scene, its sound and energy always seeming to resurface with each passing decade. Once the ‘70s came around, it was evident that Buffalo’s early punk groups such as The Good, The Jumpers, The Enemies, The Blue Reimondos, Pauline & The Perils, and more were actively looking back to the ‘60s while moving the music scene forward. Rock ‘n’ roll visionary Bernie Kugel of The Good and Mystic Eyes kept Buffalo’s contributions to the ‘60s sound alive with his own music and Big Star fanzine.
The '80s garage revival bred incredible groups such as those you mentioned that
overtly lifted influence from the ‘60s. In fact, our drummer, Craig was a member
of The Ramrods, (check out their killer EP Jivin’ N’ Twistin), another great revival group from the ‘80s. The ‘90s/2000s spawned garage rockers Girlpope, Doombuggy, and The Irving Klaws.
What is the scene like currently? What are some of the other bands that are active right now?
Your single Crying Eyes has a dynamite cover of Close That Door by The Tigermen; a classic Back From The Grave punk pounder on the flip. What else might we find in your collections or spinning on your turntables?
Bob: Last purchase - Booker T. & The MGs - Hip Hug-Her 45
Mark: The Weeds
Do you have a preferred recording process?
Do you have a preference, recording or playing live?
If you could jump in a time machine and go back, are there any bands you’d like to share the stage with and why?
Craig: I would love to share the stage with The Bay City Rollers on a Saturday night for obvious reasons.
Bob: I'd say The Sonics circa ‘66. I saw them in their 70s (biological age) and was blown away by their raw energy and would love to have seen them up close in their prime. Them or The Kinks circa '68, original line-up, still super hungry and bursting with productivity with so much yet to come. Or Pink Floyd, circa '66-67, pre-fame but on the edge of something new. Coincidently all right around when this old fuck was born.
Mark: ? and the Mysterians - any period!
What does the future hold for Thee Isolators?
Any words of wisdom?