History of the Band
Writing & Recording
Playing Out & Boston's
So what makes a good show for you guys?
Jeff: Sounding good. The crowd
being into it. A transfer of energy.
Jimmy: Yeah, I think it’s
everything. You get a good stage volume and we get a nice sound out in
the house, and definitely the crowd. Without the people we would be
playing to an empty room and that’s why we want to perform you know, for
John: I have to say though, if
the bands on its game, there could be crickets in the audience and I’ll
just absolutely dig it. And then when we’re on our game and there is an
audience out there, that’s just the icing on the cake.
Adam: I like to think that we
create a community within the place that we play. The best nights are
when people come and they hang out and they feel like they now know John,
Jeff, Jimmy and I. Everyone’s comfortable, and we’re not these guys
displaced from the rest of the room up on the stage performing for them.
Instead it feels like we’re all kind of making music together. Those are
the best nights for me.
BB: What do you think was your best show?
Jeff: We sold out the House of
Blues last summer and the place was just packed.
Adam: We’re all really
disgruntled that it’s closed down now. We had a gig a couple of weeks ago
that I was saying was a really good show. I mean, we’re at a fledgling
stage right now. I’m still learning how to play with these guys. You
know I started out playing by myself and it’s a process in terms of me
adjusting. I really set high standards for who I decided to play with and
I think that since these guys are older… all these guys have twenty years
experience playing professionally. And I think that it is their
experience really helps out my live performance as I’m learning so much
about music from them and feed off of their experience. They’re taking my
music and my songs to a new level.
Jimmy: I think one of our better
shows was opening up for the Goo Goo Dolls in Las Vegas. That to me was
pretty cool, I mean we’re opening for the Goo Goo Dolls in sunny Las
Vegas. That happened because VH1 did a summer concert bash in conjunction
Adam: Oh yeah, we’re currently
endorsed by Budweiser. It’s part of something called True Music.
Budweiser is sponsoring a bunch of grassroots bands around the country.
We’re the band they’re sponsoring in Boston. They give us a small salary
and a lot of nice publicity in the area. They’re also supporting us with
merchandising the T-shirts that we give out at shows. But they're also
helping with the manufacturing of our new CD that’s coming out. So, it’s
great. They’re really helping out with that. What we give in return is…
when we work, we drink our Budweiser. And the “Warrior” cover that we
played a while back was inspired by the Budweiser guitar… In our original
contract it said that we’re going to give you this guitar and we want you
to play at least one song in your show with it. I’ve since talked to the
local Budweiser guys who said that it was pretty comical and they don’t really
BB: Any other memorable shows?
Adam: We played in Gillette
Stadium for the Woman’s World Cup Quarterfinals last fall in front of
25,000 people. Pretty fun.
BB: What equipment do each of you use?
John: My drums are a custom set
made by Premier. I use Zildjian symbols. I have an endorsement from
Premier and an endorsement from my stick manufacturer, Silver Fox
Percussion. They make my snares as well. I use DW bass pedals and uh…
Jimmy: Who does your hair?
Adam: I play a Taylor acoustic
guitar and I use Dean Markley strings, and they endorse me right now.
Jimmy: I use a Gravity 5
Fernandes five string bass. I use an Ampeg SVT 3 Pro Head, which is a
newer version of their old style SVT and Hartke’s 410 XL cabs. I’m
endorsed by my mother.
BB: We will need to contact her to verify.
I have Latin Percussion congas, classic
series, that I use live. Timbales are Latin Percussion, Tito Puente
models. The bongos are Latin Percussion Generation II. Remo Djembes,
Remo heads on all the drums. Zildjian symbols and various bells, blocks
whistles and toys.
Jeff: And Indian Street
Percussion studio bar chimes.
Jimmy: And Adam loves them.
Do you guys do any interesting covers? How often do you change them up?
Adam: It’s an interesting
subject for us.
“The Warrior” kicked ass.
Adam: We’ve had about 10 to 15
request just this week from people who were at that show that want to hear
that again. I think we phucked ourselves by playing that. I had an
experience when I was starting out that lead to one of our popular songs “Coverman.”
I got hired to be the regular guitar guy at this bar after they heard my
original CD and they fired me eventually for not playing cover songs. The
guy just wanted me to play cover songs and I tried for a week or two but
it just kind of got exhausting. It’s a hard line when you get to a
certain level as a musician and you can play other people’s music and
people love it and you can make a lot of money and be successful. With
that said, I always like to mix it up and play different cover songs in a
show. I think that one of our strongest assets is that we have this
awesome grassroots regular following that come to so many shows and are
always into it. We try to mix up the songs that we play that are original
and I always try to mix it up with a couple different cover songs so we
really vary whenever we play. I drive these guys crazy with it. I show
up at rehearsal and tell them “I wanna try this maybe…”
Jimmy: We’ve done
Bob Marley. Some
Adam: We use to play at this
club called Porters. It’s right across from the Fleet Center. We use to
play there all the time. And there was a tradition. A sad and upsetting
tradition that at the end of every night, at the end of the set, I would
play “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” There were nights we would play for like
four hours and by the time it was over everyone would be very drunk and
BB: Any interesting pre- or post- show
Jimmy: Roman-Greco Wrestling.
John: Say a prayer.
Jimmy: Adam likes to grease
himself down, or grease himself up? at the end of the night. But no,
there’s no ritual. We have a little meal. We chill out. We get a sound
check if we’re lucky. And then a half an hour before show time we puff
our hair and change our sticky shirt.
BB: What about your audience. What are
your fans like? Any interesting stories?
Jeff: I think we’re still trying
to figure that out.
Adam: It’s funny. For me it’s
been particularly rewarding to watch our following evolve. I’ve only been
playing with the band for a little over a year now. It starts that you
know 80 to 90 percent of the room and it’s friends and people that went
to school with you, people you grew up with. As time goes on, they bring
friends and they bring friends and it gets to a point where in the last
six months we’ve been playing shows that people are singing along that I
don’t recognize and that’s awesome. For the most part we have a fairly
young following between 20 and 30 years old. And people in and out of
college around the Boston area. We’re starting to get a pretty nice
following in New York City as well.
Jimmy: What’s kind of cool for
me is that based in Boston we see people that aren’t associated with the
band and we go drive four or five hours to New York City and we start to
see the same people that we see in Boston all the time. To me that is
like, wow. That’s when you know what you’re doing must be pretty good
because people are following us around. That’s a strange thing.
BB: Any groupie stories?
Jimmy: What happens in camp
stays in camp.
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BB: What are your favorite places to play?
Adam: These days I would say our
two biggest spots are the Paradise and Harper’s Ferry. House of Blues,
but it closed down. When we were just starting, when I was playing solo,
I liked playing at the Kendall, but that place closed down. I love the
Burren. It was our first time playing there a few months ago and we’ll
see if we play some more there.
How would you compare the music scene in Boston to other cities you’ve
Jimmy: Boston is happening. New
York is happening too. I haven’t really toured all over the country but I
try to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the music scene
at least nationally and I think the East Coast is doing pretty well.
Jeff: The nice thing about
Boston is that there are a lot of nice clubs in a small area and I think
that just adds to the scene here.
John: I think it’s good. I wish
there were more places in Boston to play but I think we’re lucky to have
good places like Paradise and Harper’s Ferry. I think Boston is great for
music because there is an eclectic mix of so many different types of
music. You’ve got heavy metal. You’ve got blues. You’ve got this stuff
here, acoustic rock. I think it’s good. I think it’s a happening scene
and I think it’s getting more light shown on it, by virtue of the fact
that you have a lot of nationally recognized bands coming out of Boston
right now and that helps bands like us.
It’s funny because when I had been playing
around the country in the past it was usually solo and it was the
folk/coffee shop/me-and-a-guitar kind of thing. There is a reason why I
decided to come back here and to get a band going. Maybe it’s because I
grew up around here, but I dig this city and like the people in it and I
like the vibe of the music scene, so I was excited to make our regional
stand in the Northeast.
History of the Band
Writing & Recording
Playing Out & Boston's
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