Garage punkers Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx are a high powered duo with more energy than a barrel of gun powder with a short wick. Prepared to have the volume turned way up, let’s see what their melodic buzz is all about…
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
Adam: I’m from the burbs of Chicago and Rikki is from Denver. We both live in the LA area.
How did you both meet and how did you decide to start playing music together?
Rikki: It was hard to convince me to play in a two-piece without a bass player at first but I loved the demos and the concept and I love Adam Bones so it soon became an easy “yes”. We’ve been playing for over 3 years together but only over a year in The Two Tens. Ps. It took us months to even come up with a name.
Adam: Rikki was the drummer in the last lineup of my solo band. We met as I was putting that together. After that headed south, I approached Rikki with the idea of a two piece. I wanted to start something new and strip things down and I knew I wanted Rikki to be involved.
Describe your sound:
Rikki: Ripping guitar and bass split through two amps and big booming drums. Loud and fast but easy to dance to, garage punk. We wanted all of our influences to be heard in our debut album “Volume” so we also pull from some pop, 60s garage, late 70s and 90s punk, grunge and also some swing. Our goal was to just make music we love and have fun doing so. There aren’t any rules.
Do you find it easier being a duo?
Rikki: Absolutely! I think that was part of the concept. Adam and I have played music for awhile and wanted to strip it all down and make life easy. So, when there is ever a question about a show, touring, recording or whatever, it’s just one phone call. Plus Adam and I have the same live energy on stage that is hard to match so it just makes sense.
I like your play on ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ with your song ‘Life’. It’s the RockN’Roll response to the EDM anthem. What inspired you to do this track?
Adam: Well, the lyrics are actually “Eat, Rock, Roll, Shit, Sleep, Repeat.” I know nothing of the rave or EDM scene although I guess this concept could probably apply. This song was inspired by my general day to day. These are the things I do, here is a song about it.
What has been your musical crowning achievement?
Rikki: My top experiences in no order are: Touring the UK with The Dollyrots and Bowling For Soup, Playing Coachella in 2010 with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Opening up for The Misfits with The Two Tens, Sitting in with The Queers for “Punk Rock Girls”, recording our first album “Volume” with The Two Tens, and making the LIVE DVD at the Roxy in LA with The Dollyrots.
Adam: I would say that recording our album, “Volume,” has been my musical crowning achievement. It’s the first full length album that I have ever released. It’s music I’m most proud of and it’s the best sounding recording I think I’ve ever done.
Where do you find your inspiration when writing lyrics?
Adam: Anything can be inspirational when writing lyrics but my lyrics generally come from personal experience. The people I know, the things I’ve gone through. Music has always been a great outlet for me to express myself and get my feelings off my chest.
Describe one of the craziest nights you had at a gig:
Rikki: Recently we just did our west coast “Monstour”, we played Portland and two very gracious fans showed up bringing us shots on stage during our set. I think I had 8 shots in 45 minutes. I crawled up on my drum kit (which I do a lot) and was biting Adams guitar. Some of the craziest stuff with our band happens after the gig and I wouldn’t be able to disclose that info here. Ha!
Adam: Portland, you got us good and drunk. Cheers.
Top 3 favorite Punk Bands from the past:
Rikki: The Descendents, The Queers and The Dwarves.
Adam: Ramones, Descendents and The Queers.
What’s in your ipod?
Rikki: Everything from jazz, to pop, to soul, to rock n roll. I am inspired by all genres of music. Adam just recently turned me on the Bass Drum of Death, Wavves and I also just purchased The Subways and The Kills. Good ole rock n roll.
Adam: Yeah, lots of stuff. 50s stuff, 60s stuff, 70s stuff, classic rock stuff, punk stuff, old stuff, new stuff… all good stuff.
What mark would you like to leave on the world?
Rikki: Honestly, no matter what I get to do in life, my goal is to inspire and motivate people. Whether it’s drumming, teaching or just traveling the world. I want to be someone that people can look up to as a positive force, especially for young women.
Adam: I have the same feelings. Inspiring and motivating people would be the way I’d like to leave a mark on the world.
Tell us your future plans:
Rikki: Well, I just left my teaching career to play drums. I was a high school teacher for some years and decided I needed to go live my passion. As far as the future, I just plan on playing as much drums as possible and see where it leads. I have the opportunity to say “yes” right now and I’m very fortunate to be able to do so. I just want to be on the road with The Two Tens as much as possible.
Adam: We’re putting together dates for our next tour. Looks like we’ll be back on the road in the summer. We’re also looking into getting to Europe. We’ll be putting “Volume” out of vinyl soon and we’re super excited about that. Writing new material all the time. Full steam ahead!
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Rikki: I am inspired by all forms of art, the only thing that I really require it that is had EDGE. I really admire what Dark Beauty is doing for their fans and bringing the art community together in all aspects. Good music is inspired by all the wonderful art that exists. I really like their taste, well done!!!