TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.
Members and Instruments:
Doug Cheatwood – Vocals, Percussion
Camellia Delk – Vocals, Keyboards, Synths
Doug Shelor – Drums, Sampler
Benji Pugh – Guitar
Jason Wellz – Vocals, Bass
Cheatwood – Roanoke, VA
Delk – Manassas, VA
Shelor – Roanoke,VA
Pugh – Roanoke, VA
Wellz – Salem, VA
Short Bio (in your own words):
Bastards of Fate are an avant-garde party rock band from Roanoke, Virginia. Assembled in 2006 by Doug Cheatwood, who formed the live band for a North East US tour he had booked with Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen. After the first tour, Camellia joined and the band played our first completed lineup show at a July 4th house party of Deral Fenderson. The Early shows were comprised mostly of full band arrangements of Cheatwood’s previous works, heavy in layers and theatrics. We Toured and recorded an album in 2007. On January 3, 2008 a warehouse fire took all of our gear and recordings but we continued on with help from the amazing Roanoke community. The following years consisted of extensive touring and playing in front of any crowd that would have us. Along the way we were blessed to share the stage with friends and heroes The Dead Milkmen, Blowfly, Future Islands, Sleepytime Guerrilla Museum, Circle Takes the Square, Tunabunny, and so many more. Scott Creney of Tunabunny wrote a great article about us at the time which garnered us accolades from Nirvana cohort and firebrand Everett True which kicked things into a higher gear. We wrote new songs as a band and released 2 full length LPs in 2012 and 2014, respectively on an independent label. A self financed tour of Austria and The UK followed. From basement shows to to guerrilla SXSW shows to Athens Popfest to Shaky Knees, We have played for sold out crowds and for quite literally no one, always with the same high energy and gut spilling bombast. With “Suck the Light Out” we have finally joined forces with Mike Turner of HHBTM Records who has been with us since the early days. Turner has always been one of our biggest supporters, friends, and cheerleaders. We feel this record is our finest work to date and are proud to join the HHBTM family.
What was the first live concert you ever went to?
Cheatwood – Bush, Goo Goo Dolls, No Doubt
Delk – They Might Be Giants
Shelor – Ray Charles
Pugh – Mogwai
Wellz – MC Hammer, En Vogue, Vanilla Ice
What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
Once on tour to SXSW we were having a blast all the way there with great shows and turnout. In Austin, cancellations made the show we were playing start way later than expected. Around the time we were supposed to be on stage Wayne Coyne of the Flaming lips showed up with Jay Leno’s camera crew. He remarked about liking our suits, but since there was no music they moved along. It was a devastating missed opportunity. Unfortunately that wasn’t the end of the disappointment. All of our shows on the way back fell through and we had nowhere to stay, so we took to driving from Austin to Roanoke. We drove 22 hours straight in a rented van blasting Ween’s “GodWeenSatan” on repeat to stay awake.
What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
Cheatwood – Cage light, suit, insole for right foot
Delk – Full belly, Omega 7 Chapstick, keyboards
Shelor – Drums, sampler, sticks
Pugh – Towel, fingernail clippers, blue suede shoes
Wellz – Aleve, extra socks, travel coffee mug
What was the first record you ever purchased?
Cheatwood – A cassette of Gregorian Chants
Delk – “Clockwork Orange” Soundtrack
Shelor – Pink Floyd ‘Animals’
Pugh – Bush ‘Razorblade Suitcase’
Wellz – Black Sheep ‘A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’
If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
Cheatwood – An EP of classical music “1812 Overature” etc. or more shadowy stuff (Bartok, Ravel)
Delk – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – “Souvenir”
Shelor – David Bowie “Moonage Daydream”
Pugh – ELO “A New World Record” all of it
Wellz – Boredoms “Shock City”
What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
Cheatwood – Youtube because of the general anarchistic nature of it.
Delk – Prefer Vinyl. Bt mostly listen to digital out of convenience.
Shelor – Digital. You can fit so many songs in your pocket!
Pugh – CDs and vinyl for the tactile experience, but end up using digital for convenience.
Wellz – Vinyl as physical media because of large format artwork and listening experience.
What is your website and do you have a music video to share?
Reverb Nation /thebastardsoffate