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…Keepin’ it simple……has always been the band’s credo: two screamin’ guitars, a slappin’ double bass, a rhytmic snare drum and a soulful voice – what else do you need? NOTHIN’ – at least from the band member’s point of view because this is exactly the cast of THE SLAPBACKS: 4 men – 4 instruments – pure music without compromises. Capturing the very essence of Rockabilly music with this formula it also turned out to be the most uncomplicated way of performing, recording and having fun. It’s just the lowest common denominator to create a cool Rockabilly sound – nothing else can be left out…1824507984slapbacks….So what is Rockabilly?…You may call it the Punk of the 1950’s: rough down-to-earth musical energy with the edgy “I-don’t-give-a-damn”-attitude played with an almost primitive instrumentation (i.e. guitars, double bass, drum). These are the ingredients THE SLAPBACKS pack in their dynamic stage shows and on their recordings…….Wot! No big drum set?…That’s right! Real authentic Rockabilly can be played without a whole drum kit but don’t worry: THE SLAPBACKS will kick your ass! To keep the beat pumpin’ they are using a snare drum with lots of rhythm. This makes the band not only an unique format but also independent of the size of the venue they’re going to rock…….From small pubs to huge ball rooms……each and every volume is possible – there is NO venue THE SLAPBACKS are not able to play! Rockabilly Events, US Car Festivals, Biker Meetings, you name it! Mixing up their set list with not only classic 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll but also a very special treatment on self-penned songs they’ve finally created their own distinctive style and sound. Till now, THE SLAPBACKS already drove thousands of miles on European highways and rocked countless cities all over Europe and the USA – Austria, Germany, Netherlands, England, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, Irland, Switzerland,… New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts….About their recordings……Since 2001 they’ve published 5 CD’s (“Rockabilly Blues”, “Net.Wt. 2.5 Oz.”, “A Shot of The Slapbacks”, “Buckle Up!”, “Racin‘&‘Rockin‘”) as well as a limited edition 7″ Vinyl Single which all represent a certain state of sound depending on the period of time they were recorded in. Nonetheless the style of their latest CD and Vinyl truly captures their real and honest sound with no compromises. Since all tracks are recorded live by themselves in their home-build recording studio near Vienna these recordings are 100% pure Slapbacks-style. So don’t you dare miss it!THE SLAPBACKS, 2014

1) Confirm band members and names (and band name!) – real names?Michael Nehyba, Patrick Preiner, Horst Krenn, Christoph Gamperl (The Slapbacks)Slapbacks_012) Why did you pick your band name?In a very boozed mood in 1995 I read about Sam Phillips and the early Elvis recordings. Suddenly out of the blue it hit me: literally on all Rockabilly records you find this tape delay aka slapback. So I figured that this would be the perfect name for our band.How did you form?We believe in the power of attraction. So it was no accident that we finally found each other. Nevertheless it took some time and a few personal changes to put this final line up together. Broadly speaking we are all friends in the same subculture. Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?Rockabilly is simply the best music in the world: it’s cool, sexy, aggressive, powerful, spontaneous, danceable, full of suggestive lyrics – absolutely the soundtrack our lives!3) Do you write out your lyrics?Yes Do you ever change a song’s lyrics in live sets?Very often. Depending on the degree of intoxication.4) Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?I think of life as a comic book – fast, colorful, sometimes excessive but mostly with a happy ending. So there you find the best stories. What is your usual songwriting process?First I fool around with a melody or a guitar lick, then I add the lyrics. If the song is not finished within 15 minutes mostly it’s not worth a dime.5) Do you have a band website?  http://www.slapbacks.net Why or why not?Although we also have the obligatory facebook account we are a bit old fashioned and maintain a homepage. Do you have a Facebook or Twitter?http://www.facebook.com/slapbacksDo you use Bandcamp, Spotify  to share your music?No, just MySpace.6) Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about?The internet is the place where we recruit 90% of our gigs. So obviously it is the most important factor of our musical survival.7) Anything you would like share, from new merch to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?In the beginning of 2015 it is high time for us to publish a new CD album entitled “Rust ‘n’ Dust”. Of course there will also be some touring to promote the record and maybe a vinyl single later in the year.8) What was the funniest story that happened on the road ?Years ago we unintentionally crushed the finger of our former drummer in the sliding door of our van – it had a bit of a slapstick moment!9) What happened the first time you met each other, or the first time they picked up the instrument they play (or sang).When we first met each other we realized very quickly that we are on the same level from a musical and human point of view. That makes it very easy to have some fun and create music together. We’re just four of a kind.10) What was your favorite live-music performance, and why ?Playing the Hot Rod Hayride 2011 was one of the most impressing venues we ever played. The place, the cars ‘n’ bikes and first and foremost the rockin’ crowd there are fantastic and make this event a unique experience for a Rockabilly band.

OTHER PRESS:Review von BlackCat Rockabilly Europe (http://www.rockabilly.nl) über Net.Wt. 2.5 Oz., 2003„The Slapbacks are a rockabilly quartett from Vienna, Austria. The band started out in 1995, and they played several gigs in and around Vienna in the following years. The idea for the bandname came from Sam Phillips. He prided himself on his engineering skills and he worked assiduously to create a distinctive and individual sound for each recording, combining clarity, presence, and a kind of adjustable reverb that he dubbed “slapback”.After a few changes in the line-up they found what they were looking for, their own style. Since then they played a lot more gigs, and with big success. All bandmembers had previous experiences in different combos, and this mixture of four individuals is now creating the unique sound of “The Slapbacks”. They were quickly established in the Austrian rockabilly scene, especially in Vienna. Approximately once a week the crowd is getting wild when our boys are doing their stuff in clubs and at parties. Early 2002 they released their debut album “Rockabilly Blues”, 14 mixed-up tracks of covers and self penned rockabilly tunes, including the popular “Stranger Girl”.And now we write the year of our Lord 2003, and the Slapbacks have just released a brand new album on Part Records, Germany, titled “NET. WT. 2.5 OZ.”, a very catching title, since the beautiful folded cardbox cover has all the looks of a 1950s detergent advertising. Including, of course, the ingredients of this improved formula, and a warning that reads: “Too much use could make you addicted to it. While playing, keep away flammable things, sparks could fly!”As for the music, this is all rockabilly, the way we like it best. Yes… sparks WILL fly! Hitting off with the self-penned “Sick’n’Tired Of Singin’ The Blues”, fast, loud, and just the way we like it. “Sitting On The Rooftop” is next, it slows down the pace to a groovy bluesy beat, but it does weigh a full 0.18oz. “Long Way To Memphis” picks up speed again, followed by the countrified Johnny Cash style “706”. I’m going a bit fast here, beacuse there’s no less than 16 tracks on this album, most of ’em originals. “Crazy Love”, “Make Hay While The Sun Shines”, “I’m Loaded”, “Long Lonely Highway”. The latter being a cool rockabilly rendition of Elvis’ 60s song with the same title. “I Wanna Make Love To You” will rock your socks off, and Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool” (written by Sharon Sheeley) has been re-arranged and it must be one of the rockingest cover versions I ever heard.Even more superb self-penned rockabilly tracks are to follow, “Even Lonesome Cowboys Cry For Love”, “Tell Me What’s Wrong With Me”, “Heartbreaking For Beginners”, “What’s The Matter” and “The Girl From Mexico”. The last track on the album is an acoustic version of “Long Lonely Highway”. And what an album, I’ve enjoyed listening to it immensely, lots of variety, without wandering off the rockabilly path. Very well done guys, keep up the good work!“SBpress1Review von Robert Noy/OX-Fanzine (http://www.ox-fanzine.de ) über Net.Wt. 2.5 Oz., 2005„Sehnsucht muss der Hauptantrieb der SLAPBACKS sein. Sehnsucht nach den Staaten, langen, einsamen Highways, Liebe ohne Enttäuschung und Elvis. THE SLAPBACKS kommen aber aus Wien und daher wirkt ihre selbst gewählte Rolle als Rockabillys beliebig.Die Besetzung mit Gitarre, Akustikgitarre, Bass und Schlagzeug ist standardmäßig. Musikalisch ist das Quartett top, keine Frage. Auch die Aufnahmequalität ist schon bemerkenswert hochwertig.Dass die Texte selbstverfasst sind ist eigentlich nicht nennenswert, da einfach nur das Klischee einer x-beliebigen amerikanischen Rockabilly-Band übernommen wird. Mit dieser Masche sind sie nicht die Ersten und werden auch nicht die Letzten sein.Besser macht es die Platte nicht. Klar ist es ein “Long way to Memphis” von Wien aus und “Even lonesome cowboys cry for love”, aber was dies mit einer mitteleuropäischen Band aus einem Alpenstaat zu tun hat, wird mir immer schleierhaft bleiben.Dass der Sänger zusätzlich bei jedem Elvis-Gesangscontests einen der vorderen Plätze belegen würde, bringt auch musikalisch die Kopiererposition in den Vordergrund. Zusammenfassend: Technisch gutes, klassisches Rockabilly-Quartett ohne erkennbare Eigenheiten.“Review von BlackCat Rockabilly Europe (http://www.rockabilly.nl) über A Shot of The Slapbacks, 2005„The Slapbacks are a rockabilly trio from Vienna, Austria. The band started out in 1995, and the idea for the bandname came from Sam Phillips. He prided himself on his engineering skills and he worked assiduously to create a distinctive and individual sound for each recording, combining clarity, presence, and a kind of adjustable reverb that he dubbed “slapback”.”A Shot Of The Slapbacks” is the band’s 3rd CD. Remember our review of “NET. WT. 2.5 OZ.” in 2003? Well, the album landed 5 stars for their second album then and ended up on our recommendations list. So you can understand that I was quite curious about this new release, and I can tell you already, I was not disappointed. Actually this is a Mini-CD, because it has “only” 7 tracks, it was recorded for the Slapbacks US Tour in July 2005.Four of the songs were written and arranged by the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist Michael “Scotty” Nehyba, starting off with the Johnny Cash styled “Misery”. The second song “Man’s Ruin” speeds up the tempo, it has that distinctive Slapback’s distortion on the vocals. Other Slapback original’s are “Weekend Love Affair” and “It’s Up To Me”. Their rendition of Charlie Feathers’ immortal classic “Bottle To The Baby” is real cool, with some hot guitar licks.A previously unreleased track of The Slapbacks titled “Will I Love Again” can be found on the new “Rockin’ Around The EEC” compilation album on Empire Records“SP2Review von A.Widder/Rockin‘ Rollin‘ Products auf amazon.de (http://www.amazon.de) über A Shot of The Slapbacks, 2008„Hier ist sie nun: nach “Rockabilly Blues” und “Net. Wt. 2.5 OZ.” (published by PART RECORDS) folgt nun die dritte CD Veröffentlichung des Rockabilly-Trios aus Wien / Österreich, den Slapbacks. Sieben brandheiße Songs mit purem und kraftvollem Rockabilly-Sound. Eben 100 % Slapbacks-Style.Keepin’ It Simple…war schon immer das Band-Motto der Slapbacks. Zwei schreiende Gitarren, ein slappender Kontrabass und eine Stimme voller Soul – was braucht man noch? NICHTS – zumindest nach der Meinung der Band-Mitglieder, denn das ist genau die Besetzung der Slapbacks: drei Jungs – drei Instrumente – einfach pure Musik ohne Kompromisse. Nachdem Michael (Vocals, Giutar), Pat (Giutar) und Watson (Double Bass) mit dieser Formel jahrelang gearbeitet hatten, stellte es sich letztendlich als unkompliziertester Weg heraus, aufzutreten, Platten aufzunehmen und Spaß zu haben. Es ist der kleinste gemeinsame Nenner, um einen coolen Rockabilly Sound zu kreieren.Schon bald nach der ihrer Gründung 1995, fingen THE SLAPBACKS an, in und um Wien aufzutreten. Nach ein paar Änderungen in der Band-Formation haben sie jetzt endlich ihre ideale Zusammensetzung gefunden. Die Jungs haben in den letzten Jahren Konzerte in ganz Europa (Deutschland, Belgien, Holland, Schweiz,…) gespielt. Ab Mitte Juli starten The Slapbacks ihre erste US Tour.Die Aufnahmen:Mittlerweile haben THE SLAPBACKS seit 2001 drei CD aufgenommen und bei PART RECORDS veröffentlicht. Die aktuelle Scheibe ist eine Mini-CD mit vier Eigenkompositionen und drei Cover-Songs. Die Nummern wurden in ihrem selbsteingerichteten Aufnahmestudio “DeeLay Reords” in Wien eingespielt und spiegeln den ehrlichen und erdigen Sound der Band wieder. Ihrem Motto treu bleibend, haben die Burschen sogar nur eine einfache Holzbox als kompletten Schlagzeugersatz verwendet. Alle Lieder wurden live aufgenommen, nur ein paar Overdubs waren notwendig, um sie zu komplettieren – somit ist diese CD 100% Slapbacks-Style.“Review von Raucous Records (http://www.raucousrecords.com) über Roasted & Toasted, 2009„CD reissue of two longtime unavailable Slapbacks albums.Here are all the tracks from their debut release Rockabilly Blues (2002) along with the follow-up album Net Wt. 2.5oz (2003).These are the releases that helped to establish The Slapbacks among the favourite bands on the Rockabilly scene.As well as two full albums, this CD also contains two previously unreleased bonus recordings making 27 sizzling cuts in total.“Review von kitti/Rockabilly Bash (http://www.rockabillybash.com) über Buckle Up!, 2009

„There are some funny facts about that band: they are quite often (probably by mistake or just that venues want to attract more visitors) are named on posters as a band from Australia… and the second – they quite often are invited for Teddy Boy Festivals. Both facts are quite strange, because this band certainly doesn’t need extra advertising to atract more people and they are not a Teddy Boy band (at least in my opinion). So who are they?The Slapbacks don’t need any introduction, I suppose. They have been quite often appearing all over Europe and bringing with them not only musical instruments, but some energy and fun. The cover of their brand new cd “Buckle Up!” looks quite boring in contrary to the music on it.17 songs (9 of them self-penned) are pure powerful rock’n’roll. The additional promo letter is advicing you “to spin the cd in your Hi-Fi-System at 100% Volume”, which I would not recommend… only if you are alone and in the wild forest. The songs sound already “loud” even on low volume. It is good and bad at the same time. I would like to hear more clear recordings, because the band can play and also can show it. But I know there are a lot of people, who would enjoy this cd like it is now, because it gives you an idea of live performance and not just a “dry” studio sound.So Buckle Up and start the motor. “Gear Up” is the first track and a good introduction for the whole cd. But so far nothing special is going on. Only the next composition “Mean Devil Woman” starts to give your some accelaration. “One Broken Heart For Sale”, one of my favourite songs of Elvis, seems not really in the style of The Slapbacks, but sounds very nicely (keeping its original softness, but also not letting the band loose their rockin’ style), and then slowly motor getting its speed again…I won’t concenrate on every song, but this how it goes: up and downs, speeding and slowing down again, and it certainly keeps you excited all the way. I like that cd has its story (with a start and a finish) and a title that sums it up.And how about the music? Well, steady and solid rhythm – this is what is popping up in my head, when I am trying to describe the music. When I am thinking about the style, I would say rough and mean. The rest is is left for your own judgement!So what else I can add? Just prepare yourself and have a fun ride with the Slapbacks!“Slapbacks_02Review von http://www.events.at über Racin‘ & Rockin‘, 2011„Das Rockabilly Trio aus der Hauptstadt präsentiert ihren eben auf dem bekannten Londoner Label RHYTHM BOMB RECORDS erschienenen Tonträger – „RACIN’ & ROCKIN’“. Die EP-CD mit 5 Songs zeigt den unverwechselbaren Stil dieses Trios, neben packenden Rock-A-Billy Beats und mystischen Cash-Style gibt es auch eine Portion Blues-A-Billy Bop.“Review von Raucous Records (http://www.raucousrecords.com) über Roasted & Toasted, 2011„CD mini-album with 5 fantastic Rockabilly tracks from The Slapbacks.Four raw ‘n’ rockin’ lively originals, rounded off with a blues-a-billy bop version of Big Joe Turner’s Honey Hush. A cool release which maintains the high standard of output from one of Europe’s best Rockabilly trios.“Review von Raucous Records (http://www.raucousrecords.com) über Single Is This Love/Man Eating Woman, 2012„A great rockin’ 45 from The Slapbacks featuring Man Eating Woman on the B-Side.“Slapbacks_03Auszug aus einem Interview mit Dynamite, 2010 (http://www.rockandroad.de):„Dynamite: Ich habe mir heute eure neue Homepage angesehen. Bei den News wird über den Tod und die Wiederauferstehung eures Bassisten Mr. Watson berichtet – was hat es damit auf sich?PAT: Das war ein kleiner Seitenhieb auf all die Gerüchte, die uns zu Ohren gekommen sind nach dem Unfall (die Slapbacks hatten vor einem halben Jahr einen schweren Busunfall).Da war von „einem kleinen Kratzer“ bis hin zum „Tod“ alles dabei.MICHAEL: Nach dem Unfall hat es wilde Spekulationen über unseren Gesundheitszustand und die Zukunft der Band gegeben. Wir haben zwar versucht, unsere Fans übers Internet auf dem Laufenden zu halten, aber es dürfte nicht zu allen vorgedrungen sein. Also ist diese Meldung mit einem gewissen Augenzwinkern zu verstehen.HORSTL: Wir wollten damit sagen, dass wir uns von solchen Kleinigkeiten nicht unterkriegen lassen und mit Sicherheit weiterhin unterwegs sein werden.DYNAMITE!: Ihr habt ein halbes Jahr keinen Gig in Wien gespielt.MICHAEL: Wenn wir in Wien spielen, spielen wir gerne in Wien. Es hat sich aber herausgestellt, dass es nicht gut ist, wenn man die Szene mit Auftritten überfrequentiert. Jeder Auftritt sollte etwas Besonderes sein, insofern war die Zwangspause wegen dem Unfall willkommen.PAT: Im Wesentlichen war schon der Unfall schuld.DYNAMITE!: Wenn man nach Infos über eure Band sucht, findet man kaum Angaben – steckt da eine Absicht dahinter? Ihr kommt doch alle aus Wien, oder?MICHAEL: Ich denke, es ist absolut nebensächlich, woher der Typ kommt, der auf der Bühne steht. Hauptsache, er kann das Publikum begeistern und eine gute Show abliefern.DYNAMITE!: Wie habt ihr zueinander gefunden?HORSTL: Das war wirklich spektakulär: Eines Abends ging ich zum Telefon und ein Typ sagte „Hey, wüst bei uns Bass spün?“ „Jo, sicha. Waun und wo?“ Das war’s eigentlich.PAT: Ich hatte Glück, ich wollte immer schon „professioneller“ und „intensiver“ musizieren; und dann habe ich eines Tages über einen Freund erfahren, dass die Slapbacks einen Rhythmus-Gitarristen suchen. Der Kontakt wurde hergestellt und ein Besuch bei einer Probe folgte. Ich habe die Jungs zu diesem Zeitpunkt alle nicht gekannt, aber wir haben uns gut verstanden und viele weitere Proben und erste Gigs folgten…“From Rockabilly Deluxe Magazin (2Slapbacks_Logo_v2_black_low


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