Band name: The Desperados
Location: Santa Ana, CA
Band members: Lou Ferns a.k.a Slim(vocals/rhythm guitar), Andrew Iniguez a.k.a Popeye(Bass/chick magnet), David Espinoza(lead guitar), David Covarrubias(Drums, screams)
Booking contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Merchandise purchase info: Albums available on wildrecordsusa.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
How would you describe your style of music?
I would describe it to be like two freight trains going head on into each other haha jk I would call it punk of the 1950's, music that wouldn’t have been accepted back then, Rated R, weird, really weird, pretty fuckin' weird, explicit rock and roll!
How did you get into this style of music?
All of us basically got into it as kids by following our older siblings footsteps. I remember seeing the movie road racers as a kid and hearing that soundtrack made me want to play in a band and play that weird raw dirty type of music like those songs in that movie like Link Wray & Hasil Adkins.
How did you come up with your band name?
An older friend of ours came up with it because I was always getting into trouble back in the day and he said Desperados meant bandits or outlaws so we gave up on trying to come up with a cool name so we stuck with it haha we even tried dressing like bandits with bandanas and stuff, it was hilarious!
What is the background of your band members?
Andrew a.k.a Popeye is 21, he started playing with The Desperados at the age of 14, David E. is 22 he started playing with The Desperados at the age of 15, David C. is 24 he started playing with The Desperados a couple years ago he has been the last addition to the group, Lou Ferns A.K.A Slim is 26 he formed the group in 08' with Andrew.
Who are they as individuals?
Everyone in the band is very mellow, calm, but like to party. We are all about positive vibes and sending out positive energy.
Where can people purchase your music and or merchandise?
I can’t remember if it has been 8 or 9 years.
What do you like the most about the Rockabilly scene?
I noticed that every place we’ve played in, the scene has been different, some less enthusiastic and others mental. I love when we play or even just attend a gig and everyone is stomping, clapping, screaming and just losing themselves and the best part is when so many people from so many different countries get together and enjoy the music and party together now that’s a beautiful feeling!
Who are your music idols, who influences your music?
Link Wray, Johnny Burnette Trio, Joe Clay, Johnny Carroll and a ton of blues artists. We have too many influences haha.
What future events do you have planned?
We had a few events overseas and upcoming in the states. We do have an instagram: @thedesperados_wildrecords and a Facebook: The Desperados-WildRecords where we post all our events. You can also find any of our events on the wildrecordsusa.com calendar, there is also a new movie which is starring a bunch of us Wild Records artists. Follow Wild Records for updates on that, its going to be a funny movie, that is all I can say for now haha.
Do your band members have day jobs or do they make their dime as professional musicians?
We all have jobs but we all hope to make a career in music one day, we have high hopes haha having one of our songs played on a tv show (From Dusk till Dawn) is a big start (we hope) haha.
If day jobs, what type of work do they do?
I work for a pharmaceutical company making different types of vitamins. David E. works in a factory where they make household items. Andrew works as a metal crafter and David C. works at Marie Callenders and in a bike shop.
Do you or any of your band members collect records?
If so, what do you/ they collect?
We all buy records but aren’t addicted to it like others or dedicated haha. If we see a cool record and if the price is good then we’ll get it haha. I prefer hearing my music through vinyl.
What is your most memorable experience at a concert?
It would have to be our first time playing in Europe even though every show has different memorable experiences. This was the first time we experienced this type of attention, the people made us feel like celebrities asking us for pictures and autographs, it was overwhelming. We were so happy and honored, we literally had a beer with every person we met haha the hangovers killed us haha its funny because we played in only four countries and the first gig our guitarist puked, the second gig it was our drummer, the third gig it was me and the last gig it was our bass player, so we all puked in a different country haha.
What was your funniest memory at a concert?
It would have to be in Germany, there was something going on in the event where we were asked if one of us could go with the other band to where they were staying and we were going to have our guitarist go with them. We searched around for him until he was spotted sleeping on the toilette. We woke him up then put him in the van with the other band, he had the most confused and saddest face ever so I put my hand on the window and he did too like in the movies haha and drove off all sad looking at us all confused because he had no idea of what was going on and the next day when he was sober he had asked why we left him alone hahahaha.
Is there anything that you would like to add about yourself or your band?
The thing about us is that we’re not trying to be accepted or fit in. If people like our music that is great we appreciate it and are forever grateful for them supporting and buying our merch and stuff but we don’t expect everyone to like us. We do expect to make friends with everyone we meet whether they like our music or not.
Last but not least, what makes this band tick?
I think what makes any band click is hanging out and getting together as friends not as band mates. Once that chemistry and positive energy is there then everything else follows and that's when we start making our baby making music haha.
Photo by Daniel Funaki
Photo by Daniel Funaki