Five Questions with Johnny Sexfuk and the Fleshrockets
Johnny Sexfuk and the Fleshrockets bust unto the Miami scene in 2004 and have consistently put out solid music ever since. They’re veterans of punk rock who’s members have been active in one way or another for the better part of 20+ years. It was a great treat to catch us with Johnny Sexfuck and the Fleshrockets’ guitarist/vocalist Ron Alen and chat up tunes, politics and the state of punk rock in South Florida.
How did you all meet?
Our drummer Ollie and I met when we were both about 8 years old. He was a real dick even at a young age. Nonetheless, we shared a love for GNR and skateboarding so I was able to overlook his personality. We’ve been playing music together since we were 11 [including the Ciniks, Chuck!] and we still can’t get it right. Alex (bass guitar and founding member of JSF) creeped up on us in a dark Hialeah park around 2003 where a group of us were drinking Red Dog. He was wearing a leather jacket with a giant pill painted on the back above a Misfits logo. He asked if we had any weed and the rest is history.
Your song “Creature Feature” may be one of my favorite songs by any band ever. That’s not a question I just want you guys to know that.
Thanks! That’s a hell of a compliment! Creature Feature was written after I watched the first presidential debate this year. Need I say more? As far as sound it’s very different than anything we’ve written before.
The production on your last record is amazing. Who engineered it? Do you worry about people saying your record sounds “too clean”? Full disclosure I think people that say that kind of shit are fucking idiots.
Agreed. Same goes for “not clean enough”. It’s a record, not an asshole. I don’t worry about it. I think if a song is well written people will appreciate it regardless of the quality of production. The “Gone With A Trace” EP was engineered by Ferny Coipel at the Shack North Studios. He’s recorded all of our material thus far. Not because we like him but because there’s Materva, Jupiña and Iron Beer in the soda machine.
How do you feel about the scene in Miami now compared to the late ’90s?
The main difference is I’m almost 20 years older. There are just as many amazing bands now as there were then, maybe with new reasons to be inspired, like our president elect [cringe]. I think now you’ll see more bands forming out of a sense of duty not just boredom. Like Fag Church!
What are your zodiac signs? Inquiring minds want to know!
Ollie is a Libra, Alex is a Pisces, and I’m a Scorpio, but when our powers combine we display signs of alcoholism.
Catch Johnny Sexfuk and the Fleshrockets live Saturday November 26th for TuffGnarl.com’s “1st Annual After-Thanksgiving Punk Rock Workout Block Party” at Kreepy Tiki in Fort Lauderdale.
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