1. Jamie Jambo Sirman - your musical career to date mate - how did you end up at this point?
I have been in bands since I was 14, just playing terribly in mate’s garages. It’s essentially been the same line up since 2005 with me and the drummer Si and a few bass player changes. We started off just playing open Mic nights and clearing out rooms with horrible Nirvana covers. So it just progressed into writing punk tunes and playing more gigs. We had a 4 year break and got back on the horse in 2012 to open up for The Vibrators and been on the up since then.
2. The Krayons - colourful characters, cacophonic cunts, keen crackpots who like a good racket - tell us about the band, the best song to date and where do you aim to be in 5 years?
We just love playing. It’s a great outlet and I love writing songs. We try to hit relevant up to date issues with our songs and generally write about things that piss us off, then play it really fast, aggressive and with a lot of energy. My favourite song to date would have to be ‘False Flag’, A new one with loads of ooomph. Like a cross between Motorhead and The Dead Kennedy’s on Crack. But my favourite changes all the time, you tend to get bored of playing them if they are over used. In 5 Years I hope to have a few more albums done and just keep peddling on, playing bigger and better gigs, a European tour would be awesome.
3. Underdogz Records - more than a distro, a veritable noise peddling machine - where did you get the inspiration, what are its aims, how do you find the time?
It all started from putting on small gigs at the Red Shed in Wakefield. They were going OK so we gave ourselves a name, UnderDogz, I think Punk music its self is an Under Dog. There is no real success or fame in it. Just people doing it because they fucking love it. So I decided to throw together a fanzine, a Comp and our EP and then onto an album and shirts and so on. You can do it your self, I'm a big believer in the DIY thing - anyone can make a label, all you need is a laptop, a love of music and some drive. But anyway we aim to put out as many bands as we can and help out as many underrated bands as possible. Were not it in for the money as all the profit goes back into the label to fund the next project. Time wise my life is crazy. I have a wife, two kids, two jobs, a band and a record label to run. It is all a bit mental but I just crack on, love it.
4. The scene in which you work is a mire but has many great aspects to enjoy - what are your gripes and pleasures within the manky mix and what forces you on and on and...on!
I just love live music, especially punk. The best bit is discovering new bands, I used look all over the net looking for bands to check out but since I started the label they now come to me, its great. Also it’s a good excuse to go out and get pissed. I carry on because I love it and with the label on the grow there's no stopping me now.
5. Pasteurised panties or jelly bras - which has the most value and which do you find most fascinating. Also do you think you could solve a Rubik's Cube - rectally?
Love tits so probably jelly bras lol. Also like jelly because it wobbles. Rubik's cube, full stop, no. Don't have the patience.
6. Cash - the veritable curse of the DIY peddler - are you, like me, pissing it in the wind and losing out on a regular basis or are ye holding your own? It must be difficult with so many gigs going on, so many bands playing and so much music out there?
We are actually doing great. It started rolling when Phil joined Under Dogz as my partner. He invested quite a bit to get things going and get the albums out. It’s all thanks to him. As far as gigs are concerned we have never made a loss. We have a great deal with Warehouse 23 in Wakefield, Under Dogz Co promotes the shows, So basically I choose the bands what I want, the venue pays them and then pays us for promoting, and it all goes back into the label. Its very hard to make a profit when your paying the bands just from the door money, its needs to be a combined payment from the business as a whole including bar profits - well with punk anyway, there's just not that many followers as other genres.
7. If you weren't involved in music what do you think you would be doing - masturbating heavily is not a proper answer no matter how serious a prospect it would be!
I really don't know. Music has been in my life for as long as I can remember. In school I used to sell music downloaded from the internet on blank CD's to other kids to get money for fags. Maybe that's where the label really started ha-ha. I'm shit at sport so maybe be an artist - that would be cool.
8. Tell us about any forthcoming releases, existing stock and upcoming gigs you have or any other merch you wish to shift?
Well the next release is a 20 track compilation, Sick as a Dog Volume 1, Out on the 12th of September with some awesome bands including, Spunk Volcano & the Eruptions, The Yorkshire Rats, The Dead Beats, Officer Down, Eye Licker, Hostages for Smack. there's so much great new music out there and people should jump on board.
After that it will be our album THE KRAYONS which will be out in November, no title as of yet but I'm really excited. 10 brand new tracks to splurge out. Fast and Hard and finally, we will have a decent recording studio to play with, Made of Ale studio in Manchester.
Still in stock we have the hilarious HUNG LIKE HANRATTY - Human Pig - These things sell like hot cakes so I suggest you grab one while you can.
Also loads of cool Distro CDs, Lowlife UK, Hospital Food, 3 Stone Monkey, Potential Victims, Black Light Mutants, We have Shirts, Stickers, badges, Lighters and loads more, www.underdogzrecords.co.uk Check it out.
Gigs Keep firing up and up into next year, We have:
ED TUDOR POLE, SEX PISTOLS EXPERIENCE, KINGCROWS, THE IMPOSTERS
@ WAREHOUSE 23, WAKEFIELD, SEP 12
ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, APOCALYPSE BABYS, PETROL BASTARD, FIGHT BACK
@WAREHOUSE 23, WAKEFIELD OCT 19
OFFICER DOWN, THE KRAYONS, TOSSER LAD
@TEMPLE OF BOOM LEEDS 8TH NOV
COCKNEY REJECTS, GEOFFRY OI COTT, HOSTAGES FOR SMACK,
@ WAREHOUSE 23, WAKEFIELD, NOV 23
MANSFIELD REBELLION 3 DAY FESTIVAL,
UK SUBS, 999, VICE SQUAD, HUNG LIKE HANRATTY, THE KRAYONS + MORE
@ THE NEW CROSS, SUTTON IN ASHFIELD, NOV 28
PUNX AGAINST CANCER, ALL DAYER
PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES, ABRASIVE WHEELS
ENGLISH DOGS, VARUKERS, SICK ON THE BUS, DRONGOS FOR EUROPE
+ LOADS MORE
@ WAREHOUSE 23, DEC 06
UK SUBS, VICE SQUAD, 3 STONE MONKEY, MAMMOTH TANK
@WAREHOUSE 23, APRIL 26 2015
THE VIBRATORS, THE LURKERS, SPUNK VOLCANO, SYSTEM OF HATE
@WAREHOUSE 23, MAY 31ST 2015
AND MORE ON THE WAY1
all events on www.facebook.com/underdogzrecords
9. The fanzine - how hard is it to get people to contribute? If 'hard' why do you think this is?
I’m not even sure if I’m doing another Dave. The most time consuming thing I've done and its not cheap either. It wasn’t too bad to get people to chip in, I had loads of help from you, Woodstock, and loads of bands that wanted to advertise. If we do another it will most likely be next year for our 2nd year birthday.
10. Roly Poly Wobble Waps is one hot lady but her chocolate genitals always melt in the most tenderest moments - would you consider having a chocolate nob, if so would it ejaculate caramel of nougat and who would be your ideal food-based woman?
Ermmm, Why not, and I like caramel so lets go with that. Aunt Bessie! fucking love them Yorkshire Puds.
11. Your motivations in life and music sir, and how do you get over the disappointments it may throw your way?
In life, I guess get a decent job or set up a business to support my family. In music, play as far and wide as possible and make as many albums as I can. Although Under Dogz may be financially successful I am not personally. Loads of debt and shit jobs and always skint, but we just pedal on. That’s Life.
12. Scrabble O Rourke's scrotum has split - 48 letters have drop out, you have those, and only those 48 letters to promote thy wares - go for it - remember triple points for using X, Q and Z!
Exhilarating, Quadraphonic, Shizniz of Punk rock piss bag.