Interview with Mikke Worm
of Wreckless Wreck Chords
The South Shore doesn't have the history of punk clubs and shows
that Boston and the North Shore do. Lately things are getting
better. One of the reasons is that Mikke Worm
has begun booking.
We are interviewing him now as he is putting up a big bill at
the C Note with Gang Green,
The Dogmatics, Diablogato, The Antibodies,
Hardwired, and his own group - Worm.
Worm at PA's Lounge
BGN - Where did you grow up?
Hyde Park and Marshfield, MA.
BGN - Where did you see your early punk gigs?
South Shore area and Boston/Cambridge.
BGN - What got you into punk rather than mainstream music?
It was the music for the outsiders, so many different types
of people from all walks of life. It was more of an attitude or
a lifestyle rather than a genre or fashion.
BGN - What are some of your favorite early punk records?
Showcase Showdown - Permanent Stains,
Sex Pistols - Nevermind the Bollocks,
Entrophy - Scabbies Lice and everything Nice,
Tree - Downsizing The American Dream,
Toxic Narcotic, and Darkbuster
to name a few. Also: Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and Agent Orange.
For me it was more local bands I got into first before the Ramones,
Clash, Pistols, etc...
BGN - Where did you get your punk music and info, now and in the past?
Internet, word of mouth, shows, Youtube, spotify. Earlier it
was word of mouth and shows, not much has change in that manner
BGN - Why did you start booking?
To play shows to start, then it became trying to get other good
bands, that most people hadn't heard of, a chance to play. Then
it became wanting to play with bigger more known bands. That's
where we're at now. We always like to build a crowd based on community
to come to the South Shore to check out what we got going on for
BGN - How is the booking experience?
Sometimes easy, sometimes a headache and sometimes it works
itself out that I get a date and bands will come to me, which
is cool. It means people are paying attention to what we got going
BGN - You book under Wreckless Wreck Chords - are there record releases?
Releases right now are: Bad Movies -Take
One!, Worm - Our Roots (Single),
Worm- Night Of The Dead (Single).
Or planed ones?
We have worked with other bands and artists and helped them
put things out themselves. For planned releases we wanna put out
a comp of local Boston area and South Shore bands, we have signed
a doomed band Witches Tears and a Prog metal
band Crown Conscious who we will be recording
and putting out their CDs or records. Through the label we also
plan on putting out a few 7" splits as well depending on funding.
BGN - Are their clubs that you donít try or that have refused your shows?
We try everyone. Some clubs want too much money up front, so
we tend not to book there.
BGN - Did you start booking the C Note when you saw the Rat Beach Party shows there or was there another incentive?
No, we were asked to play a show there back in 2013. I really
like the club, and the sound, and thought it would be a great
spot to book and bring bands down here from the city. Midway
and a few spots in Plymouth are also favorites
BGN - This show with Gang Green and Dogmatics on the bill is the highest profile show you have booked. How did that come about?
I got the date of Aug 17th and wanted to book a big show. I hadn't
since I booked the Blanks 77 in 2016. I wanted to bring the Ducky
Boys and Stray Bullets down here with
Diablogato but it wasn't happening. Then Gang
Green started playing a slew of shows that I saw posted.
So it was like I could book them, and with that great legendary
act, called a couple of people and sealed it with the Dogmatics;
2 bands I had been listening to for almost 20 years and was pumped.
Originally confirmed for the show before hand was only Worm
and Diablogato .
BGN - When did you become aware of Gang Green and the
Gang Green probably early 2000's. Dogmatics
- I went to school with, and am good friends with Pete,
from The Dogmatics, son Pete. I think in a study hall in 8th or
9th grade (so probably 2000 or 2001) I was looking thru his book
of CDs for something new to listen to, and behold I see this cool
CD cover with dudes on motorcycles. It was like, "who is
this band?" and he said, "that's my dads band the Dogmatics.
They're like punk/hardcore/rockabilly-ish." I listened to
the CD and was like, "can I borrow this?" and made a
copy of it. I didn't know anything about them and soon learned
they were part of The Rat era Boston early punk
and hardcore bands and was like - shit, lol.
BGN - Any stories there?
Gang Green, me and CJ from
Worm drank beers all night with Chris
from Gang Green when they played New Years Eve
in Quincy maybe 5 or 6 years ago. That was the third time Isaw
Bad Movies CD
BGN - Give some info on your bands (Bad Movies, Worm)?
Worm formed in 2003 by me, Gregg Worm and CJ.
It's old school Punk and Hardcore. raw sound, party band, fast
with many influences. Worm
on ReverbNation Bad Movies formed in 2011
by Taylor Boring and Billie Darling
more of the old school CBGB's style punk band,
3 chords, high energy. The new stuff, when CJ started playing
guitar, is a little like 80's hardcore sound. Both South Shore
bands, almost 10 years apart. Then we had the Mother Boys
for like a year as well.
Worm at PA's Lounge