Spotlight Band: Rockets To Ruin
After over a year long breakup the bad boys from Atlanta are back. Rockets to Ruin are known best for their in your face style of heavy rock, and explosive live shows. I got a chance to separate the toxic twins in the group Cleve Willis and Chris Taylor who both agree to disagree on many things, but music is the one thing that unites them. With an album coming out called Mutual Disrespect the guys talked about the new tunes, what inspires them, and the antics that the road brings. Everything from fights with roadies to groupies in bathrooms, this band is as rock n roll as they come.
Interviewed by: Amanda Sixx
How did you guys first come together as a band and tell us a little about your band’s history?
Cleve: Myself and Mike Grimmitt started playing together with a couple other Atlanta folks. Chris came to jam with us and I dug him right away. He had a cool look and he was in a buddy’s band called Supermatic, an amazing band. We needed a drummer so we got one, then we got the right one – Rob Hammersmith. We started playing and getting gigs and we made enough noise that Rachel Bolan (of Skid Row) wanted to work with us. He opened a ton of doors for us and the rest just kind of happened.
Cleve: I do my thing, other’s do theirs. What they do is not my concern and they respect my position.
Cleve: The Cult!
Cleve: Straight ahead and now a bit more in your face heavy rock.Chris: We are a straight up rock band with a fuck you attitude. Not trying to be anything else, not trying to please everyone, we’re just doing what feels right to us.
If you had to describe your band by just one song what would it be and why?
Chris: I assume you mean one of our songs. It would be “Another Hero, Another Heroine”. The chorus is “Another drink, Another fight, Another town, Another night”. When we tour, there are a lot of assholes that like to talk shit because of the way we look or the music we play and sometimes shit happens.
Cleve: Black Cloud (a new tune). This band has had an uphill battle to get to where we are and hopefully we are still climbing but others have thankfully stepped in management label etc. and we’ll see what’s next.
So now that you guys are signed to a record label, how have things changed, and what are your plans?
Cleve: It’s amazing to have our manager Jan do things when we either don’t know how or we used to argue about how to do it. Now with the label we are recording an amazing record and we can kind of just let someone take charge and I am all about that. People always say you don’t really need a label. We’ll I am inclined to disagree because a label helps support the band and has contacts with booking agents for tours. With a label behind you there are so many more doors open.
Chris: We’re really happy to have someone like Jan who gets us and didn’t want to change who we are. Right now we are just doing some one off shows here and there and trying to get the CD finished. Jan has some things in the works for us for the future, but I can’t really say right now.
What is it you love about music?
Cleve: I love how it makes me feel and how it makes others feel, the energy of it all is just perfect….
So you guys are notorious for getting into trouble on the road, what exactly happened on the Cinderella tour?
Cleve: No biggie things are misunderstood or taken out of context, the show was amazing thanks to Cinderella, The Revolution Live and Jan our manager.
Chris: We really appreciate people still caring about the band after being gone for a year and a half. We’ve gotten some great feedback from people and it really means lot to us.