Cold Blue Rebel With A Cause…An Interview with Mickey Finn of the Psychobilly Horror band, Cold Blue Rebels

Mickey Finn, lead singer of the Cold Blue Rebels

“He was a really cool guy. I’m so glad we got a chance to tour with him.” Mickey Finn says over his beer as we bond over Alice Cooper before Finn’s band takes the stage. That was the first time I met Mickey, a real down to Earth cat, yet very serious about horror movies, live undead chicks, and rock & roll. Finn is the lead singer of horror psychobilly band Cold Blue Rebels, who is entering the studio again this month to record new tracks and to do a few shows in Los Angeles around Halloween.

With two previous albums behind them, “Blood, Guts, and Rock & Roll” and “Love of the Undead” (all on Horror High Records) the Cold Blue Rebels have been on tour with Wednesday 13, played the Sunset Strip Music Festival, and headlined at the Whisky A Go Go in L.A. Blending horror with old school rockabilly and mixing in a little punk attitude, CBR is a band to watch. Bringing everything they have to give and leaving it on the stage when they are done, this band pays their dues and yours too. With an image of rock when it was still cool, dark denim and leather jackets (splashed with blood of course), Gretsch guitars, stand up basses, and horror makeup, CBR understand where rock music was, is, and where it will be in the future from a traditional sense and substance in mind. Be prepared when going to a CBR show, you will witness a real “Shock & Roll” experience like no other. Everything you think you knew up to that point was all filler, and no killer!

Since that first time that I met Finn I’ve made it point to catch up with him everytime CBR plays Houston. Is it his swinging band that croons old fashioned  rock music that drives me to the show? Maybe. Or is it because of the horror makeup and macabre atmosphere in the songs? Possibly. Maybe it is just the idea that Mickey Finn is a really cool guy and I’m glad that I got the chance to see a tour with him! Hell yeah, that’s it! Nailed it!

Renfield Rasputin: Tell us how you brought the Cold Blue Rebels together and chose the psychobilly path.

Mickey Finn: In 2006 I reunited with an old Hollywood friend Danny Dangerous. My band, Jetboy, had played shows with the Zeros, Danny’s band, and so we both had similar history in the punk and glam rock scenes. We found we were both big time Oldie Rock & Roll fans as well as Psychobilly fans. So, after talking about it for a short while, and with my wife Angelic egging us on us on, I finally challenged Danny to go out and buy an upright bass and learn how to play it and I would start a Psychobilly band with him! He did and so we did! CBR_Logo.42204656_std

R.R.: Well I’m really into what you are doing with the throwback to musical rock roots, and even the art on the disc, booklet, and the cover of your debut looking like an old EC Comic. How has that inspiration worked on some of the younger fans?

M.F.: We decided early on we were definitely going in the direction of a theatrical horror band with zombies the preferred topic of choice! We were lucky to work with David Frizell ( through our label Horror High Records, who did a great job on our debut CD cover art and booklet. I think the band over all appeals to young and old and everything in between. If you’re a bit weird, have a sense of humor, and love good Rock n Roll we got something for you!

Click here for the Cold Blue Rebels “Love of the Undead” Official Video

R.R.: The majority of the songs are written by Danny and yourself. Do you find it more difficult when another person enters the writing process or are the two of you on the same mindset?

M.F.: Danny and I came up with some of the best tracks we’ve done to date, but Joe is also a great writer and Al Diablo seals the deal with his ideas, I love writing with all the guys there all great players and great singers, sometimes Danny, Joe, and I will work acoustically and get together rough idea, it usually flows really fast, we can have a batch of songs in a few sessions like this then we get in rehearsal and hash them out. Nothing shocking here when you got good chemistry its easy!

R.R.: Do you find it more difficult, considering your past band, to write songs that speed the music up, write melodies that make the music swing?

M.F.: No there’s no difference really Rock n Roll is all similar in structure, and I think I always had a bit of a twang to my voice as well as little rockabilly. Listen to the track Rock n Roller on Jetboy Damned Nation record, you’ll see what I mean. The roots of music is what it all goes back to. Blues, Country, Hillbilly, Bluegrass, ROCK N ROLL!!

R.R.: Do you have a specific song topic in mind when you start writing?

M.F.: Yes a lot of the time, most of the time, I start with a song title or at least a topic and theme. Sometimes a melody and lyric phrase will just pop into my head from Know where,…From beyond I guess.img_8722-1

R.R.: So CBR has tackled and mastered the topics of zombies, Satan, and serial killers. Is there a horror genre that you feel doesn’t fit the CBR mold such as vampires or witches? Is there a horror realm that CBR remains in or is there more area that they just haven’t gone to yet.

M.F.: Not really, I’m not opposed to a Vampire song there are some amazing Vamp movies I love, I just think they kinda played it out, we’ll see there’s so much creepy content to write about I love it all everything CREEPY! My birthday is on Halloween so everything in that realm will always be with us! Alot of the stories in the songs are inspired by movies of course, I love a good scary story so I try to tell complete tales and paint a gruesome picture!

R.R.: On you first album you did a Lieber/Stoller cover. Are there any other songs that you would like to cover that you feel fit CBR and maybe still blow fans minds? (I’m thinking of Bobby Bare’s “Marie Laveau” at the moment)

M.F.: Actually we will be back in the studio in a couple weeks to record a new single with a B-side. The B-side is “Kiss Me Deadly” by Generation X, so you can look for these 2 new tracks on a limited edition Vinyl and for download online on itunes.

R.R.: Tell us how a song that is not horror related, like “Whip Me One More Time” (which is one of CBR’s best by the way) ends up on a CBR album?

M.F.: Our influences run deep, and as much as we love the monster side of Horror, there are other strange and evil topics to cover also, SEX should always be an element in Rock & Roll, and of course for us it has to be nasty, and kinky!

R.R.: (Laughs) Okay, yeah, you’re right! No arguement there. (Laughs)

M.F. (Laughs)

R.R. When you are picking out a horror movie to watch, surely it will inspire a future song for you; so what are the characteristics in the horror that you prefer?

M.F.: I love high quality horror, of course the classic’s, and my wife and I have a huge collection of zombie gore, and B- Movies, I also love the old Godzilla Japanese movies ever since I was a kid. Evil Dead 2 is one of me all time favorites. I really love to be truly sacred and freaked out by a movie and usually it takes Exorcism and supernatural them stuff for that, also the Rob Zombie movies are soo creepy, theres just something about creepy country out back people!

Mickey Finn and Renfield backstage before a Cold Blue Rebels show.
Mickey Finn and Renfield backstage before a Cold Blue Rebels show.

R.R.: (Laughs) I represent that remark!

M.F. (Laughs)

R.R.: No, I get it and I agree. But you’ve been in the music business since the late 1980’s, while some artists are taking to recording and distributing their own albums via their websites, some still seek out smaller labels. What are your thoughts on how the music business has changed?

M.F.: It’s all different now, I think the need for a record lable at all is becoming lees and less, with digital technology and online networking all the tools most artists need anymore, but honestly I done have a clue where its all headed or where it will be in a few years, we’ll just have to wait and see, I could really care less, we are doing our own thing our own way at our own pace. We have to keep it fun and enjoyable or it’s not worth it.

R.R.: What’s helped this change?

M.F.: The Internet and digital recording technology.

R.R.: It’s made it easier for people to have their own home studios I guess. What about the music itself? What are your thoughts on how the music itself has changed?

M.F.: There’s less live raw vibe music being created, and frankly too many bands just don’t sound good in a live setting, I find that a bit sad and phony.

R.R.: I agree with you and that is what I appreciate about CBR, you guys sound as just as good as your records but yet still have that down and dirty feel that many bands lack live. Not like the old days of Iggy and the Stooges or New York Dolls. But let’s talk about putting out new releases. Crowd funding is becoming popular in the artistic world. Would you ever consider CBR using crowd funded project to release material?

M.F.: Possibly, but probably not, I’m not against it but fuck, we’re grown men, we can raise our own money for music projects and what not.

R.R.: Well said sir. On that topic of doing it yourself, I’ve spoken to you after you’ve dug your bus out of a snowstorm and through other ups and downs on the road. Tell us why it is important for people to buy albums and go out to shows to support their favorite acts?

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M.F.: Because we work hard and give up much of our lives to create the art you love and touring for most bands at the club level just barley breaks even most of the time. Leaving a band no choice but to tour relentlessly to try to survive, only to be broke asses when you’re in between records and tours. Life on the road is tiring, dangerous, and brutal physically, and mentally. Missing your loved ones is never easy.

R.R.: So, Halloween is coming up. Any plans?

M.F.: I will be in the studio with CBR, and we are playing a select few shows in Arizona, LA, and Las Vegas, Then I plan to be back home in Hawaii with my wife for my birthday on the 31st.

R.R.: Only Mickey Finn would have a Halloween birthday! So it’s like your song “Pumpkin King” says… “I was born on Halloween, to rock this world like you’ve never seen!” Well happy early, man! So, what is going on with the band right now?

M.F.: We are gearing up for next year, we worked hard for 4 years and needed a break, but 2015 we plan on getting out across the US again on tour and hopefully more new music.

R.R.: Looking forward to it. Anything else that you want to say to the CBR fans? You have the mic!

M.F.: Keep Creepy and rock till the grave and beyond!!

Click here for the Cold Blue Rebels Zombie Love (Official Video)


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Catch the Cold Blue Rebels as they will be playing at the Whisky A Go-Go on Thursday Oct. 30th. 


Renfield Rasputin can tell you no lies and can’t keep his hands to himself.

Review of ex-Misfit’s, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein’s “Abominator” CD

AbominatorDoyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein hasn’t done much in the way of separating himself from the Misfits image-wise. Other than his second independent effort since his departure from Jerry, he still goes by his old moniker, still wears the same makeup and devillock, still plays the same wicked shaped guitar (yeah, I know he makes his own, but he could’ve made a different one). Then again, Alice Cooper didn’t change anything when he went out on a solo effort, which worked out okay for him.

Now, we all know that I am one huge Misfits fan, let alone a Doyle fan; otherwise I wouldn’t have signed up for this Goth damn project! (The fact is, I actually got this release straight from Doyle himself.)  Now I don’t know if that is going to sway my opinion on this solo effort one way or the other, but I have resold similar efforts in the past that not even my dog would piss on.

Since leaving the Misfits, Doyle has gone solo with his now ex-wife for the “Gorgeous Frankenstein” project, shown up at every Danzig show to close with a Misfit encore set, and now has put together his own band “Doyle” to start anew. With his new album Abominator, (out on his own record label “MonsterMan Records”), the first album from their project, Doyle pushes the edge of his metal side to a new level.

If you have heard his previous work outside of the ‘Fits you’ll know that Doyle has a recognizable slow but chunky-groovy-swing sound to his music that is accentuated by the occasional screeching pitch harmonic (think Zakk Wylde). High on the lows and highs, but near absent in midtones, Doyle achieves this tone from playing not through Marshalls as one would expect, but rather Ampeg bass speakers! The result is a razor like sound from a guitar with a cold. Blended tightly with all the other instruments and vocals, this fucking release packs some major monster balls!

As for a lineup, Doyle hand selected musicians that have orbited around his previous work with the Misfits and his style. Left Hand Graham on bass, Cancerslug frontman Alex Story on vocals and former Misfits drummer Dr. C.H.U.D. have returned to abominate and destroy! We all know that Doyle works well with C.H.U.D., but he molds with Graham musically while Story channels his inner Danzig on looks as well as his evil Elvis croon.

Most of the songs on the album were written by Story and Doyle themselves. With 11 songs on the feature release, the album is

“Dreamingdeadgirls”, “Mark of the Beast”, and “Hope Hell is Warm” are the highlights of Doyle’s style and the songs that make one stamp “APPROVED” well across the front cover. However, “Valley of the Shadows” is a runaway fucking hit! It’s catchy, it’s groovy, and the vocal chorus will stick with your ass for days!

The lineup works! I haven’t heard several guys from their own groups blend this well since the Highway Men. I know that is rather bold, but give it a listen and you tell me if you don’t think the band swings on “Dreamingdeadgirls” the way that a jazz band would, or if “Bloodstains” doesn’t kick like a Mexican mule! Personally I don’t think that neither Doyle nor Story are the best lyricists, however
“She dances with the Lord of Flies and the King of Rats calls her queen
The birthmark on her inner thigh looks a little to much like a goat to me
And I’m forbidden to speak the names that she calls out in her sleep
But one thing that she doesn’t know is that I’m gonna take her down with me”

I find oddly horror-erotic!doyle-small

Abominator has been jamming in my player for about a week now and has been moved from the Jeep to the mancave, to the outside CD player and back to the Jeep several times. I haven’t grown weary of it yet, and actually every play has released another fascination with it, whether it is technique, the excellent instrument production, the lyrics, or even insert art. Halloween is around the corner and this release will be on rotation in the workshop while I construct new decorations, if I haven’t worn it out by then. In which case I will be getting another one from Doyle!

Here’s something you probably didn’t know and don’t want to. The chick that is heard moaning in the background of “Cemeterysexxx” is Doyle’s ex-wife, Gorgeous George…

4.5/5 MonsterMan neck bolts.

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Renfield Rasputin gave Doyle the idea for the neckbolts.

Wednesday 13’s Scream Britain Scream Live Concert DVD

SBSIf there is one good thing to be said about being down with a broken neck, it is that I have plenty of down time to watch a few new videos and get a review in on the good ones. Luckily for me, one of these that showed up in the mail last week was my preorder for Wednesday 13’s new live concert DVD, Scream Britain Scream.

Filmed at the Koko Club in London, England, while on the “Spook and Destroy” tour on Halloween 2012 this provided the perfect setting for a Wednesday show.

As always I have to say that this is the tightest version of Wednesday’s band that I have ever heard in his history. Roman Surman, Jack Tankersley, Troy Doebbler, and Jason “Shakes” West fill the musical void that is live videos since this one actually sounds like a live show!

Other than the band, which seems to be having fun with the performance, the sold out audience in attendance is captivated from beginning till end of the 19 songs. W13 and the boys hold up the energy that is expected from a rock show where others would have dropped off after the third song. Opening with “Rot for Me” and moving though staple W13 numbers such as “House by the Cemetery”, “My Home Sweet Homicide”, “Gimme Gimme Bloodshed”, “Rambo”, and the encore numbers of “I Love to say Fuck”, and of course “Bad Things”.  Of course there is the harder and jams such as “Put Your Death Mask On”, and “All American Massacre” just in case you feel that you need to mosh the shit out of your media room.

If you have ever seen W13 live, you will know that even though this show was meant for video, it is not anymore over the top than any of his other shows that were not recorded. W13 puts out the most high energy performances despite the venue size or date. But this one show in particular captures that statement on film for any nay-sayers that may have the balls to exist!SBS2

For the true fans, the boys have included a few clips of  the backstage antics and the after show fan meetings. “Did you ever get those socks, Wednesday?”

Also, we have to hand it to artist, D.A. Frizell, who provided another ghoul-iscious offering of cover art. As a side note, Wednesday also gave the chance to 13 lucky fans to have their names on each undead Brit’s helmet via ebay auction. Now we all know this helps out with productions costs but can you really think of a better way to get closer to your fans than to be able to have one say “Hey, you my name was printed on ghoul #13’s helmet?” I think not.

If you are starting up a band, take note, this is what a rock show is supposed to look like! For the love of Goth, don’t stand there catatonic and don’t stare at your feet for an hour and a half! This is a sure hit to any fan of horror rock. It is gritty, catchy, and high energy packed the way that a good rock show should be!

Fair warning!!! I don’t care how catchy the songs are, please remember that it isn’t a great idea to head bang to Wednesday 13 while your neck is broken!

5/5 Bloody Jack-o-lanterns


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Renfield Rasputin needs more Vicodin.


Wednesday 13, “UnDead Unplugged” CD review

91WSgyUJGxL__SL1500_The long awaited acoustic album, UnDead Unplugged, from Wednesday 13 has arrived! Finally fans have a chance to hear their favorite songs in a stripped down, pure, simple versions with the assistance of Mr. Jack Tankersley.

Clocking in at a little over 38 minutes with one new and ten previous released tracks, the album fails to disappoint. He has done acoustic country albums, remixed his previous released songs, and recently wrapped up an acoustic tour of jolly old England, so an acoustic release was inevitable.  However just as you think that you have Wednesday 13 penned down,  he pulls something like this out of his hat that people would not expect from the future king of horror rock. Wednesday’s sense of humor threads through all his albums, in which this time he parodies the original Whitesnake album cover!

Do you want to know what makes a great song? It is not the production; it is not the type of instruments used during tracking. It is if the song can hold up as an electrical version as well as it being played acoustically. If a song is written well, it will transform easily with little changes to the arrangement. Wednesday proves that much of his catalog ranging from his early days as in FDQ “Scary Song”, the days of Murderdolls “Welcome to the Strange” and “Nowhere”, as well as his newer auras “Ghost Stories”, can all wear the acoustic label because-they are great fucking songs that are well written!  Period!

Recorded in his office/beat laboratory/dojo/Transylvania Studios, with help from Jack TankersIey engineering, and Brent Clawson mixing/mastering. The sound is up front in the speakers but yet so dynamic and well rounded. Seriously, I cannot stress how clean the tone is! This shit sounds better than a lot of acoustic songs that were recorded in 64 track digital studios. The acoustic guitars are bright while the vocals are tucked nicely into the mix. The songs are visited on a couple of occasions by a keyboard where appropriate to fill in the mix of melody but not used as a crutch, which would defeat the purpose all together.

Highlights of the album include “Haunt Me”, “Nowhere”, “Curse of Me”, “Scary Song”, and “Ghost Stories”.  Not that the others don’t fall into the acoustic mold, these just resonate with haunting and ethereal sounds from the speakers. The only thing I think could be cooler than this is if it were to be released on vinyl!images

This album is best heard with the lights turned down and the music turned up. Freak, geeks, and ghouls of all ages, plug in your electric flicker light bulbs inside your Funkin pumpkins and settle down with this one on the CD player. You won’t be disappointed! I don’t usually give such a high rating to a new release of previously released songs, but…

   4.5/5 Jack-o-lanterns    


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 Renfield Rasputin writes horror, plays in several Texas bands, keeps this site above water, and can be followed on Twitter where you can tell him to your heart’s content how much he sucks.

Review of Eric Cota’s Sudden Chiller Audio Exposure Vol 1 & 2

Everything old has come back to the new. It is inevitable that if it is timeless, then it will return, and sometimes with a vengeance. Freakshows once thought of as a dead performance art now have feature shows on cable television. Rockabilly was thought to have died with Buddy Holly has morphed into various sub-styles of psychobilly, gothabilly, and cowpunk.  Several decades ago our grandparents hovered around the radio to listen to tales woven through a live studio complete with sound effects. Families waited to hear the latest trouble that Little Orphan Annie would get herself into while only the Shadow knew what evil lurked in the hearts of men.

Fast-forward to the current time. Eric D. Cota has resurrected the old time radio dramas into the modern age with the release of two audio collections via CD, Sudden Chillers Audio Exposure Vol. 1 and Sudden Chillers Audio Exposure Vol. 2. All stories are original horror shorts as told by the author alongside of sound effects and soundtrack. With the help of new digital audio recording and editing, Cota has singlehandedly given the storytelling community a shot in the ass with his brand of audio horror tales.

Cota offers the following advice while listening:

“To get the most out of your listening enjoyment, this should be played in the dark with headphones and should be done so alone, as these experiences are personal and different for each individual. Crank up the volume for maximum effect!! Of course it can be played for a group, but follow the simple instructions: Keep it dark, keep it loud, and keep it gruesome!!!”

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Introduced and hosted between stories by the spectral “Chiller”, a deep voice spoken through a voice changer, Volume 1 has three short stories with mixed in fill messages by the old Chiller itself. “Lewiston Avenue” warns listeners of the danger of walking home past cemeteries; “Whispers of Reality” (told in a whisper, who knew?) offers a paranoid warning of being alone in the dark and “Final Grade” paints a visual image of the most sullen of funerals. The stories are told in Cota’s mellow and matter of fact normal voice as to not distract the listener from the focus of the stories, but sprinkles in the occasional sound effects of creaking doors, footsteps, and howling winds where appropriate for the stories. Soft piano arrangements in minor keys tucked nicely behind the verbiage add suspense to the story much like the crescendo soundtracks in horror movies. 

Volume 2 is my favorite of the collection as Cota hones his story telling skills and tweaks the mastering of the soundboard for an even more professional sound than the first (unless your ear is trained, you will never notice). His more natural sounding voice is subtle difference from the first volume, but offers a better experience with less distraction to the listener’s concentration on the story. Again, as with Vol 1, it is hosted by the timeless old Chiller itself and carries four short tales. “Reflections of a Corpse”, “Dog”, “Faces in Madness” and “Soup”. While the content ranges from a new employee on his first night in a funeral home, a cadaverous canine that returns to seek revenge from beyond the grave, to a nervous host on his first date, I personally prefer the tale “Dog” as my favorite. Not liking stories about harm to animals, I didn’t think that I would much care about a lovable mutt that was murdered, but they way that Cota develops the spiel does not distant the reader but rather draws them into the plot and will have them rooting for more terror! Side note: In my past life I was in the Fire Department and served my time on the fire truck as well as the ambulance. Many a strange happening would occur during a shift and it was a contest between crews of who had the oddest shift. Well, in “Dog”, Cota has a way to unfold the story that reminded me of sitting around and telling the other crew about our crazy night. For a moment, I got sucked in and forgot that it was only Cota’s story, as I reminded myself “It’s only made up, it’s only made up.”

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Here is what I noticed about Cota; when I critique writing, I pick apart the plot, characters (and all traits given to), setting, moods, choice of words, and even sentence structure. The thing that impresses me most (outside of his ability to pull this whole thing off) is his sentence structure and the overall way that he builds the story with varying descriptive narratives, sentence length, and even lack of detail. Such as in the story “Final Grade” where it is not what he says, but rather what he does not say! I have seen amateur writers lack quantity as well as over-write, which is a common problem. This is not something that I heard in Cota’s writings and it made for an easy listen.

Each CD clocks in around roughly more or less than 30 minutes. (25:12 for Vol 1 and 35:12 for Vol 2) The only thing that I could criticize about the collection is that I wish it were longer. That being said, it is more of a compliment than a criticism since the story telling is so good, and the execution is so well done, that I want more. (Volume 3? Eric I’m looking in your direction!)

Cota has set the price for the collection at a very generous low. In the past I have encountered similar work that the artist charged far more by the wayside and received much less of a product. $3.99 for the first volume and $4.99 for the second. He also offers a combo pack for $6.99. (All prices exclude standard or expedited shipping). Cota could be charging more for this collection, but I suggest you go and buy it before he realizes it!

Overall, this is the perfect soundtrack to a Halloween party or when you are alone and in the mood to dim the lights and get creeped the hell out. A word of warning, the content of the collection is not suitable for young listeners due to the rare and seldom four letter word (less than three throughout) and of course for subject matter. That being said, don’t miss the chance to get on this train and enjoy this haunting audio experience. If you are the type that likes to curl up to the occasional scare, may I suggest that you wait for the dark storm, kill the lights, and break out your headstones…er, headphones, and put on these CDs.

I’m very proud of this collection as it takes skills, thought, time, and a whole lot of balls to pull off the project that Cota has made! I appreciate anyone who has put creative effort and time into a project, then put said project out for the entire world to judge/enjoy. As many people who follow my work and my reviews know, I will promote the hell out of any good indie horror, and Eric Cota’s Sudden Chiller Audio Exposure collection will fall into that category.  

4 ½ / 5 Chills up and down my spine!


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