Interview: Belushi Speed Ball

Recently, DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen interviewed Belushi Speed Ball.

Hey, how are you?

Always doing amazing!

Can you tell us something about the history of Belushi Speed Ball?

Belushi Speed Ball started in 2013 as a studio project. In 2014 we started playing live and in that time we have had several lineup changes. This is due in part to our incorporation of live theatrics. Every show is different and contains several live comedy bits. We have a never ending rotation of characters and actors being a part of the show. 

For people not knowing Belushi Speed Ball (yet), how would you describe your music yourself?

Crossover thrash at its dumbest! We are just all about fun. Our music is about cartoons, video games, movies, and other pop culture. 

When someone doesn’t know Belushi Speed Ball yet and you can choose one of your songs to present yourself, which song would that be?

There are several songs that really represent Belushi Speed Ball, but if we could only pick one, it would be Are you Feeling it Now Mr. Krabs?

What makes Belushi Speed Ball unique?

As mentioned before, our live performances! We are notorious for throwing out various items and for having a unique theme every show. For example, we shot 150 beanie babies out of a t-shirt cannon, threw out a bale of hay, and tore up Jonny Cutrer’s life time collection of car magazines. We focus a great deal on our theatrical skits in between songs. It’s not uncommon for King Kong to fight a giant Pikachu at one of our shows, or for Captain Planet to try to stop our pollution (he can’t by the way). Our main goal is to always have fun with the crowd.

Any future plans you can already tell us something about?

We pride ourselves in our unique media releases. We have released an album on Gameboy Advance (they actually work), a comic book, a playable single on a Furby, and an album on a tapestry. We are back in the studio, and our goal is to release a single on Tiger Electronics Hand Held.

Any upcoming gigs for Belushi Speed Ball? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?

Pandemic is finally lifting, and we have a few shows booked in June and July. Hopefully we will be touring in October. We would 1000% love to come play The Netherlands, maybe one day!

How do you think your life would be without music?

Extremely boring. We love playing live and with the pandemic, we kind of saw what it was like to not be able to. We still worked on releasing music, but god bless, we missed the fans.

What advice would you give to young and starting bands?

Have fun and start playing shows as soon as possible. Don’t wait. Now is the time to do it.

Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac’s readers?

We love you!!!!

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