Band Bio info:
Band Name: Lil Mo & The Unholy 4
Location: Los Angeles, Ca.
Band Members: "Lil" Mo Everett, Randy Stanton, Ricky "Playboy" McCann and
"Spanish" Mike Sobieski
Booking contact: email@example.com
Merchandise purchase info: same
How would you describe your style of music?
We play a near 100% traditional set or three of classic Hillbilly/Rockabilly, 60% Rare covers, 40% originals.
How did you get into this style of music?
From the cradle, I (Lil Mo) have been schooled on Sun, Meteor, Columbia, Jubilee, RCA, Capitol, Battle and many many more studios 45's from My father's personal collection, along with his great doo-wop and vocal collection.
How did you come up with your band name?
While there is a movie called The Unholy 4 (and one called The Unholy 3), this band was named after a phrase used in a period piece of film footage of a Southern Baptist preacher, a former Rockabilly (self-proclaimed) railing against the evils of this devil music, calling it and it's beat Unholy and Unearthly. I would agree that it stirs something inside of you, but unlike that gentleman, I like it!!
What is the background of your band members?
Ricky the Playboy and Randy have been a hard driving team of rhythm players (drumsand bass respectively) working together on and off for a decade or more most recently with the Truely Lover Trio. With that band on hiatus, I swooped in and grabbed 'em! Spanish Mike recently joined My other band (Lil Mo & The Dynaflos) on lead guitar, and it being such a great fit, when the slot opened up in the Unholy 4, I could think of no other player!!!
Who are they as individuals?
Sorry, I can't answer that, I don't even know if they is human!!!!! Lordy!!!
Where can people purchase your music and or merchandise?
Contact me on Facebooks band profile for merch here in America, or our euro-label, RhythmBomb Records for overseas purchases.
How long has your band been together?
I started the band in 2008, this conception has been together for just under a year!
What do you like the most about the Rockabilly scene?
The pure unholy joy I get from playing the music or seeing others enjoy it. The vibe you get playing primitvie Rock 'n' Roll is insanely wonderful. I was actually told by wise (HAW!!!!) Los Angeles hipsters around 1996 to avoid this kind of music at all costs, so or course, I dove right in!
Who are your music idols, who influences your music?
Well, for the Rockabilly, I'd say anyone from the well known (Buddy Holly, Lazy Lester, Hounddog Taylor, Elvis, The Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins, Charlie Feathers, Slim Harpo, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Snow, Faron Young, etc) to the obscure who only recorded a few classic gems (Orville Couch, Larry Terry, Peanuts Wilson, Charlie Adams, Leon Payne, Benny Banta, Gene Brown, Ronnie Self, Freddie Hart, Ral Donner, Jimmy Stewart, Eddie Bond AND MORE!)!!!
What future events do you have planned?
I just got back from a wonderful tour of England, Germany and Finland (they are crazy rockin' for classic tunes by the arctic circle, no joke!!!) , and that tour gave us more invitations to go over again and tour for the next two years! Look for Us in England and Holland for certain and of course our beloved American Southwest. Feelers for tours of New England are being thrown out there as well as Finland and Germany again.
Do your band members have day jobs or do they make their dime as professional musicians?
Oh My, we do every little old thing from Deliveries to working for major Golf suppliers to music lessons to selling antiques!
Do you or any of your band members collect records?
At least two of us
If so, what do you/they collect?
I can't speak for My fellow collectors for privacy reasons, but I've bought and sold records and had in my posession several thousand LPsand 45 and 78 three times. I sell em' off when the collection starts to take over. Right now I have a decent several hundred collection in shellack mostly in the Doo-Wop and Rockabilly genre.
What is your most memorable experience at a concert?
My last show this year at Viva Las Vegas, getting three encores as We headlined on Friday night, getting so choked up by the response that I was bawling like a baby. The feelies got Me!!!
What was your funniest memory at a concert?
My first stage dive in the 1980's.....ohhhh, that still smarts, landing on My head in broken glass!!
Is there anything that you would like to add about yourself or your band?
We.Are.Hungry. To. Play!!!
Last but not least, what makes this band tick?
Good music, good times, good friends and family. Amen!!!!
Lil Mo & The Unholy 4:
Born in the death house of Parchment Prison Farm and sired by werewolves, The Unholy Four are a quartet of Hell-raising hooligans bent on giving the devil his due by making unearthly noise up and down the west coast! "Playboy" Ricky McCann and Randall Stanton hold down the back beat and bass fiddle, while up on six strings, "Spanish" Mike Sobieski, creates devilish licks and leads. All of this fury is caught in a catcher's mitt, shined up with black tar and thrown with a wicked curve by the redneck high screeching sound of one "Lil Mo" Everett, on loan to Lucifer from the fabulous Los Angeles doo-wop octet, The Dynaflos.
After sippin' some of Grandpappy's sippin' shine and sitting on a thumbtack or two, the sound that a-comes out of the jerry-rigged amplification is a harmonious horror fest of good old East Texas Rockabilly and Louisiana Swamp Blues, with just a hint of Grand Old Opry on the side.
Warning: This is the devil's music, liable to make young folks want to copulate in the street, or at least dance real close in dark environments. No one under 3 years of age will be admitted onto the dance floor!!!
Lil Mo & The Unholy 4