I took a few minutes to chat with Louisville’s rock/rap/hip-hop movement leader Demi Demaree about his newer project Iron Bells and a few other things that interest Demi (and me). Demi and the Iron Bells guys have agreed to perform at my Rock For Kosair Benefit. Let’s see what Demi has to say about the new band.
Eddy: Demi, tell us a little about your newer project Iron Bells. How does the music differ from The Villebillies, and is it the same guys in Villebillies?
Demi: Iron Bells is myself on lead vocals and guitar, Malcolm McLaughlin on lead guitar and vocals, Ron Ping on bass and Tim Bernauer on drums, Malcolm being the only member who was not in Plan of Man and Villebillies. Iron Bells is a straight up rock band. Our first album, Black Gold, will be officially released December 3 but the album will be available at our release show at Diamond Pub on Barret November 3th. You can find more info on our site Ironbellsmusic.com, islandearthmusic.comand Facebook, of course.
Eddy: Would you say your vocals in Iron Bells are similar to Villebillies, or do you sing more in Bells?
Demi: My vocals on the Iron Bells project aren’t really like what I do for Villebillies. First difference is I don’t rap at all. Its more melodic and singing the whole time. These songs on the Black Gold album are written entirely by myself lyrically and most of them started as my acoustic solo material. After I started getting the rest of the band together, they became the full-on rock sound of Iron Bells.
Eddy: If you had to introduce just one song by Iron Bells to the world, which one would it be? Whats it about? And why that song?
Demi: Picking one song to show the world is way too hard. I’ve heard them all so much. They all have their own meanings to me. As a band, we decided to make our first video for the song “Skeletons.” Not because its a message the world needs but because it gives the listener a peek into what our vibe is. The song is basically about the feelings of guilt that haunt someone after they realize they in fact are the one in the wrong. I’d say most people have skeletons in the closet and can relate to that.
Eddy: What are your favorite original bands in Louisville these days?
Demi: That’s kind of tough to say, really. I’m old school, so I still listen to Kinghorse, Hedge, Bush League, etc, but right now I’m digging The Vice Tricks. I like that rockabilly punk rock sh*t. Gotta be biased and shout-out Elephant Room, too even though they’re on Island Earth with us.
Eddy: Demi, like me, you believe in UFO’s and alien life on other planets. You are very passionate about this topic. I myself have seen stuff that I am hesitant to discuss because it is soooo unbelievable. Most people would think me crazy, for sure. But it’s 100% true what I say and I had witnesses with me. Tell us about your beliefs and some of the bizarre stuff you have witnessed in your life to be so interested in this “often ridiculed” subject.
Demi: Of course I believe in extraterrestrials. I’ve been researching this phenomenon for a long time. Why are they here? How’d they get here? What roll do they play in our existence? We can go on for ever with the subject. I think some people just fear the unknown until it smacks them in the face.
I’ve seen objects move from right to left at high speeds at great distances as well as held top secret documents in my hands, but these days we’ve got other countries and our own astronauts etc coming out saying that we are definitely not alone. That’s just tip of the iceberg.
Eddy: Do you think the aliens are good or bad? I think there are both, but the bad ones have the most influence on our world.
Demi: As far as aliens being good or bad I agree with you in saying both. Depending on what we would say is bad. It’s opinion really. We as humans eat meat, dissect every known creature on the planet and send apes to space, right? So if something does the same to us, it’s bad? Could some aliens actually be us in the future? Could they be the fallen angels from the past? The demons of old? I don’t know. I do know it fascinates the hell out me though and I have a constant voice in my head that tells me to keep looking, so that’s what I do.
Eddy: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me bro, and also thanks a ton for helping/performing at Rock For Kosair IX on Friday November 15th at Phoenix Hill Tavern. This is going to be a fun night for Louisville, and I can’t wait to hear your new jams live in action!
Demi: Hell yeah man, it’ll be a great time for a great cause! See ya soon. Cheers.