|Interview by Burt Wolf with Living Dead Elijah Damned, vocalist for the AMISH ARMADA.
Interview done October 17th, 2004.
CAN YOU GIVE US SOME OF THE HISTORY OF AMISH ARMADA?
Cal Hopkins led the first AMISH ARMADA into battle against Technolojesus over one hundred years ago. His
spirit stays in contact with us through Ezekeil & leads us every day into holy battles.
WHY WAS THE NAME AMISH ARMADA CHOSEN FOR THE BANDS NAME?
Because in Cal Hopkins' first battle he created an armada of ships to cross the river into Corporatetown, Nj. The
throne of Technolojesus.
WHO OR WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES MUSICALLY & IN LIFE IN GENERAL?
Musically some of my influences are that rusty windmill in Boondocks, Ia, somebody digging a grave and the
sound I make when I pretend to sleep.
ANY PREVIOUS BANDS YOU GUYS WERE IN BEFORE? IF SO,
Yup, Jakob was in the MERRY BAND OF CONTRARIANS, an 80's
band in the 60's.
YOU GUYS TOSS TOGETHER ELEMENTS OF PUNK,
HARDCORE, METAL & ROCKABILLY TO CREATE YOUR
SOUND? HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE &
I like to compare our sound to that of a 700 pound guy's death rattle.
SINCE THE AMISH ARMADA ISN'T YOUR TYPICAL BAND
COULD YOU TELL US WHO IS IN THE BAND & WHAT THEY DO?
I'm Living Dead Elijah Damned, I'm living & I'm dead. Jakob the
Malevolent is crispy from fires, Jebediah is paranoid of assassination
attempts, Malachi is drunk from booze, Jeremiah is close minded & wears
a ski mask, Abraham is olde as dirt, Ezekiel is hated because he helped
make all this bullshit happen.
YOUR SELF TITLED DEBUT CD HAS BEEN OUT FOR AWHILE NOW. WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE
BEEN LIKE TO THIS RELEASE?
I think most people sold it for two bucks at their local used CD store.
PLEASE ENLIGHTEN US OF SOME OF THE LYRICAL CONTENT IN YOUR SONGS?
Most songs are about puppy dogs and rainbows and kittens and balls of twine and people fucking corpses.
HAS THERE BEEN ANY LABELS INTERESTED IN THE AMISH ARMADA?
Nobody has labeled us. Except that drunk guy that called us the DEAD KENNEDYS on crack.
DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANY OTHER RELEASES
BESIDES YOUR DEBUT CD (THE ONLY ONE I
HAVE.) IF SO TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT IT?
Yessiree. It should be coming out soon. It rocks
solidly and has been in production hell for many a
HOW DO YOU FEEL THE BAND HAS
PROGRESSED SINCE THE RELEASE OF
YOUR DEBUT CD?
I think we suck a little bit less.
HAVE YOU GUYS PLAYED OUT A LOT? PLEASE TELL US WHAT THE ARMADA IS LIKE IN A
LIVE SETTING? DO YOU GUYS PLAY A LOT OF BARN RAISING PARTIES?
Yes we've conquered many cities all across the country & Thunder Bay, Canada. Our live "shows" are a
whirlwind of destruction, drunkenness, idiocy & Heavy fuckin' Metal. No barn raising parties per se, but we
have raised our very own barn on stage a few times.
HAVE YOU RUN INTO ANY PROBLEMS PLAYING OUT
LIVE? ANY INTERESTING STORIES YOU COULD TELL
Some churches in Smalltown, USA thought we were a threat to
their oh-so-perfect children & got our first CD release show
cancelled. That was many years ago and it had zero effect on our
plan to destroy the minds of those kids.
WHO ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU'VE PLAYED WITH?
WHERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU'VE PLAYED?
Like I said before, we've traveled our wagon train all over the U.S. Some of the bands that I can vaguely
remember are HEAT, KNUCKLE DRAGER, THE MIDGET WHORES, FILTHY JIM, DBX. I'm sure there
are many others, but the booze makes indeed a strange bedfellow.
SINCE YOU GUYS ARE AMISH, HOW DID YOU EVEN RECORD YOUR MUSIC & HOW THE HELL
ARE YOU DOING THIS INTERVIEW, WHEN YOUR NOT SUPPOSED TO BE USING ELECTRIC OR
I'm not using electricity or technology. I'm talking to you through a pine cone telephone.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AMISH THING TO
DO? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NON AMISH
THING TO DO?
Stickball, bitch! AND MORE FUCKING
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF
MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE
SOME OF THE BANDS YOUR CURRENTLY
I only listen to the AMISH ARMADA. I figure I've
listen to the first album about 250,000 times now.
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF THE AMISH ARMADA DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR
Well we work in the fields like any good Amish. And take care of our families. And eat human guts.
WHAT'S THE BEST & WORST THING ABOUT BEING IN A BAND? WHAT'S THE BEST & WORST
THING ABOUT BEING AMISH?
I would like to say the ladies, but we all know that would be the grandest lie of the millennium. Again, the ladies.
IS THE WEIRD ALL YANKOVIC SONG "AMISH PARADISE" EXACTLY HOW AMISH LIFE IS FOR
I don't think that guy's very weird at all.
HOW IS IT LIVING IN AMISH COUNTRY IN
PENNSYLVANIA? DID YOU GET BANISHED OUT
Some jerk kids take care of certain things that we can't &
they happen to live in the sappy and crappy Twin Towns.
If you'd done any research, you'd know we're from
WHO ARE SOME OF THE BETTER BANDS,
LABELS & ZINES IN MN.?
I'm from god damned Pennsylvania, how would I know?
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING ONCE IT'S
Pretending to work, and take a massive shit while I read the newspaper.
WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
I collect Strawberry Shortcake dolls.
YOU GUYS ARE LIKE A MIX OF DEAD
KENNEDYS, CIRCLE JERKS, MISFITS MEETS
GWAR, ROLLINS BAND. DO YOU FEEL THIS IS A
Sure, fine whatever. Didn't we already go over this?
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE NEXT FROM THE
One new album. Perhaps a tour this spring after
Jakob gets back from Antarctica where he went to
try to cool down all those burns of his. Keep your
eyes peeled, so I don't have to when I come to eat
WE'VE FINALLY REACHED THE END. THANX A LOT FOR DOING THIS INTERVIEW. WOULD YOU
LIKE TO ADD ANYTHING ELSE TO CLOSE OUT?
Thank You. Yes.