Japanese label WATERSLIDE RECORDS reissued THE WIMPY'S first full length album DO THE WIMPY'S HOP! with no less than 7 bonus tracks! In their own words, THE WIMPY'S play the perfect soundtrack for an American teenage movie i.e. they are mixing the oldies Rock & roll vocals and harmonies with a power pop/70's punk energy. Time for this blog to talk to bass player Hirocky:
1) For the viewers of this blog who would not know you, What would you tell about The Wimpy's to introduce yourselves? How long are you together as a band? Who is playing what instrument in the band? How did you come up with the name of the band?
We are punk rock & roll band, The Wimpy's from Osaka Japan. Our line up has been same from the beginning, Hirocky (Bass, Chorus), Sobby (Guitar, Chorus), Yummy (Vocal & Guitar) and Annie (Drums). We love punk rock music and oldies music equally and want to combine together.
We started this band as The Wimpy's around 1995-1996. All members went to the same college and we belonged to the same music/band association in that college.
I (Hirocky : Bass & Cho) was in other two bands before The Wimpy's started. One of them called "Gas 3" which was Rip-Off record styled killer garage punk and we released one single on Skippy Records. And the other one was called "Bug Sneakers" which was more Lookout record styled pop punk and we also released some singles.When these bands broke up, I asked Sobby (Guitar & Cho) to start a new band together.
He was in other band called The Rabies which was more Screeching Weasel/The Queers style punk rock and they also released one single on Skippy Records but they were not so active. I asked him to join as guitarist because he likes pop punk but also he also likes more rock & roll style. We started to play as a trio with our friend as a temporary drummer, but we soon realized we needed another member who could sing well as a lead singer for more pop style and also play backing guitar because we want to play several styles songs, but we wanted to develop our own unique sound with keeping pop punk rock style, so we asked Yummy (Vocal & Guitar) to join. He always hung around with us and we knew he was a very good singer. In the end we needed an actual drummer, so we asked Annie (Drums) to join. He was playing drums in Bug Sneakers with me before.