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Archive for August, 2009

Aug
12/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: John Brown’s Body

The Pier: It is cool to see John Brown’s Body hook up with Dubmatix again, who remixed one of your songs on Re-Amplify. You must really like working with him then?

Tommy Benedetti (drums): It’s great to have Dubmatix on board for another remix. I’m a real fan of his work and his version of “The Gold” on RE-AMPLIFY really inspired the band and has been a great addition to our live show. We hope to keep collaborating with him well into the future. I feel like we’ve laid a great foundation to make that happen.

The Pier: What was the lyrical inspiration for the original Make Your Move track?

Tommy Benedetti: The song is sort of a dig at the music industry, about how rigid and self serving it is. “Make Your Move” is a call to action for people to become self efficient in doing their art.

The Pier: I see JBB is bringing The Black Seeds out for an upcoming US tour. How was this put together?

Tommy Benedetti: We are truly psyched to be bringing The Black Seeds to the US. We were turned on to them last year while we were on tour and they instantly became our pre-show music. The last bunch of tours that we’ve done, we really have tried to bring a quality support act to make it a full show. Passafire, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and Blue King Brown are all good friends and killer bands and those tours were a lot of fun. It seemed like The Black Seeds would also fit the bill so our manager reached out to them, and with a lot of work by both teams, made it happen. I really can’t wait to meet them.

The Pier: What else has the band got coming up for the rest of 2009?

Tommy Benedetti: The rest of the year is looking real good. We’re heading out on a 13 date run with our friends Passafire that takes us from Philly down to Orlando; then we gear up for 11 US dates with The Black Seeds. In October, we head to the UK to support the Easy Star All Stars for three weeks and after that, amazingly enough, we are heading to New Zealand for three weeks!! The Black Seeds are returning the love by having JBB support them in their homeland. We finish 2009/kickoff 2010 on Jam Cruise, which is rollin to Jamaica and Grand Cayman Islands, not bad, not bad at all.

John Brown’s Body MySpace

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Aug
11/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: Rome

The Pier: Only is a such a great summer track. Tell us about the song-writing behind it.

Rome: Well I was singing humming the chorus melody for a while and I played it totally different, but one day at the studio I guess I decided to just skank it out. Lewi (Richards), my engineer/bass player conjured up a sick bass line and after jamming it a few times we put it on wax. As far as the lyrics go it’s plain and simple, it’s about being sick and tired of living on the Rich Man’s agenda and more importantly it’s about the realization of, “There is more of us than there is of them.” We have entered the age of “Class-ism” for sure.

The Pier: You also get to perform with the Dirty Heads on its contribution to the compilation (Lay Me Down). What was it like being in the studio with those guys? They can be quite the handful.

Rome: All I got to say is that if you hang with the DH you better know how to do two things 1. Drink and 2. have a good fuckin time. Hahaha naw, the boy’s and I have been good friends for a while and to not do a song with them would be a crime. We all wanted to collab on some new stuff so we met up in Duddy B’s backyard, sat in the sun with the beer and bong and just started beastin out.

We hit the Hurley Recording Studio later that week to drop what we had wrote and it all fell together wonderfully, but to get those booming drums and that extra little rub-a-dub feel we had to finish it up with our boy Lewi at 17th St. Recording. Those guys are mad talented and have the most unique sound in the whole scene if you ask me. You can definitely count on seeing some more DirtyHeads/Rome shit.

The Pier: Are you prepping a solo album release? If so when can we expect to see that?

Rome: At the moment I have some other projects in the works.

Now I know Pier readers are asking where the hell is the questions regarding jamming with the Sublime boys (Bud & Eric)? Well we asked and got nothing. However, The Pier is guessing a big announcement is just around the corner. Look for it here first.

Rome MySpace

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Aug
11/09
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Aug
10/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: The B Foundation

The Pier: Time is a pretty rocking punk rock tune, it must be cool as band to explore different genres of music?

Jason Moorehead (bass): We at this point pretty much stand to be that band in our scene that feels that we can get away with anything. We have immersed ourselves into music since we were youngsters and have soaked up so many different vibes and different styles. We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel but instead push the boundaries of whats “acceptable” in our genre of music. The songs on Souvenirs are still rooted in reggae but if we are feeling some metal, punk, or jazz we’re gonna do our best to rip it. We only try to please ourselves and hope that all the kids and fans dig what we dig, ya dig?

The Pier: This track is from your Souvenirs recording session, what was it like working with Josh Fischel as producer?

Jason Moorehead: Josh was great, we really respect him as an artist first and foremost. We took him on tour last fall as an opener and he was so much fun to have in the van and to watch him perform every night was awesome. He has one of the most awesome voices I’ve ever heard, it’s very powerful and soulful. When it came to the actual recording sessions, Josh took over as an engineer when we had problem with our first engineer. What he didn’t know he learned on the fly and pushed us to make a record that sounded like The B Foundation, which was our goal also. He did a great job, although he did have some mean gas.

The Pier: This is your first album with Tyler on guitar, what do you think he has brought to the band?

Jason Moorehead: Well Tyler has brought a lot to the table, he’s a different dude. He moved down here to LA from Portland Oregon, he learned all our old songs without a hitch, he jumped into the band feet first and hit the ground running. I try to put myself in his shoes and see how mind boggling it all could have been to join a band that tours 200 days a year, in debt, trying to record its most important record to date, and under the pressures of everything that comes along with it.

It must have been tough, but Tyler seems to be having the time of his life. Meeting new people and enjoying the road, and committing everything he has to The B Foundation. His guitar playing level is above many and sometimes it even seems as if he’s bored playing. He really digs in and loves to feel the music he’s playing. His mind operates on another level musically and I can’t wait to get to explore it even further when we start writing for our next record.


The Pier: We just read that you signed a distribution deal with EMI, that must be pretty exciting?

Jason Moorehead: Yeah we signed a deal with Fuel Records out of Orlando FL, they are going to be working Souvenirs and distributing it through EMI. We are stoked to get our album into new markets and to have people pushing it beyond what we’ve been able to accomplish alone as an independent artist. The best part is the album is made and the people at Fuel/EMI love the record and are passionate about pushing it. We aren’t looking too far into the future with this thing, we are just happy to have our CDs available to the masses and can’t wait to see what doors it opens for the B.

The Pier: What else has the B Foundation got planned for 2009?

Jason Moorehead: 2009? Its almost over isn’t it? We are going to continue to market the new record and push it through our radio channels. KROQ in Los Angeles shows us love, which is immensely cool. The are pretty much the taste maker for all alternative radio stations across the country. We’re hoping to get some songs placed in commercials and movies to further expand the touch of The B.

We are currently chillin’ and enjoying some much needed time off. We’ve been working non stop for over two years. When I say time off I just mean a month, a month with five shows. So I guess we really are only giving our van a break, we are booking up a nationwide Fall tour that starts in September and is going to run up until Thanksgiving time. We really hope to get on some bigger tours again this year. It’s very hard to follow up last Fall’s tour with Slightly Stoopid, but being on tour as a headliner and doing the groundwork is what has made us who we are and we’ll continue to grind it out until we strike oil, or lose our minds! I’d bet on the oil.

The B Foundation MySpace

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Aug
08/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: Flip & Rollie

Born and raised on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Phil Carrillio (Flip) and Ryan Brolliar (Rollie) first met in 6th grade when their cross-town elementary schools combined making the jump to middle school. Ryan was the cool jock guy and Phil was the rebel skater guy. Both were cocky, arrogant, and thought they were way cooler than they really were. They tried to avoid each other but their two worlds collided when they started going after each others girlfriends. It was then that they decided it was best to just get along and combine forces. They have been best friends ever since and have always shared a love for music. From bangin’ on tupperware to drunken campfire songs, they quickly realized how fun and fulfilling music was to create and perform… The rest is history.


The Pier: Your song on the compilation (Reggae Show) is a cool tribute to reggae music. Was your aim to write the “happiest song of the summer?” Cause I think you succeeded.

Flip: Well actually we were shooting for the “happiest song of the year” but according to you, we came up short. Thanks.

Rollie: No, really it was actually written to express how much we enjoy going to reggae shows and listening to reggae music. The vibe is different than most other shows. Everyone seems so chill and at peace, and it goes to show how positive and impactful reggae music can be.

The Pier: Is Reggae Show a good reflection of your band’s overall sound?

Flip: Funny you should ask because we are really all over the place with different kinds of music. When it comes to placing us in a specific genre its tough. We may play a reggae song followed by a jazz piece then turn around and sing an acappella 50’s style doo-wop. The love of performing ALL music may ultimately be what defines the Flip & Rollie Band.

Rollie: I agree with Flip. Right now we’re still enjoying experimenting with different types of music. However, if there is one sound and type of music that we both agree upon writing, it’s acoustic.

The Pier: When can we expect to see an official release from you guys?

Both: In the next couple months. Most likely September. We want to also take this opportunity to thank Paradigm Studios for all the hard work and patience in the last months to complete this album.

The Pier: What are your plans for the rest of 2009?

Both: Write, record, perform, and surf.

Flip & Rollie MySpace

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Aug
08/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: Stick Figure

The Pier: Your song Livin It, is a six minute reggae epic, you must be super stoked on it?

Stick Figure: Yeah, I was definitely happy with the way it turned out. Livin it is actually an old song that me and my friend TJ O’Neill wrote together about three years ago. It was suppose to be on my first album “The Sound of My Addiction,” but we never got around to finishing it.

I recorded this new version when I was living in Argentina over the past year. The first group of lyrics were originally written when me and Tj were just sitting around jamming on the guitar one night. The words came together in minutes. I always loved the concept of the lyrics and I am glad that we finally finished it years later.

TJ deserves as much credit as myself on this one. He played a huge roll in the writing of the lyrics as well as the melodies. He even sang a couple verses himself at the end of the song which definitely makes for a cool transition.

The Pier: Like previous recordings did you play all the instruments on it?

Stick Figure: That’s right, I did all the instruments on this one.

The Pier: When can we expect your new album to drop? It has been brewing for some time.

Stick Figure: The new album is very close to being done. I’m guessing it will be released in September or October of 2009. I think the Stick Figure fans will enjoy this one. I believe it’s my best work to date.

The Pier: How has the move from the East Coast to San Diego been going for you?

Stick Figure: It has been going great. I love it out here and have met a lot of really cool people. I got a band together within the first couple weeks and have been jamming ever since. They are a great group of musicians and are all very dedicated to the music. We are planning on recording an album together this fall. It will have several brand new songs that we wrote together, as well as some new versions of some of the old Stick Figure tunes.

The Pier: Now that you have put this band together, are you looking at touring in the near future?

Stick Figure: At this point we are just playing around the Southern California area and it has been going great. We have not talked about any tours or anything at this point though.

Stick Figure MySpace

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Aug
07/09
Aug
07/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: Sunset Bus

The Pier: Did you go into the studio recently to record this new jam Take it Easy?

Satoshi: We were recording up until the deadline! We wanted to “take it easy,” but it wasn’t possible this time.

The Pier: Does Sunset Bus have any further releases planned for 2009?

Satoshi: We want to maybe release something, maybe a five song CD, around October or November.

The Pier: How is the reggae rock scene in Japan at the moment?

Satoshi: It is still a small scene here in Japan. However, all the bands and fans in this scene have very strong spirits and love toward the music. So it is always getting more and more people involved, and the music is spreading! Everyone checks The Pier and Sense Boardwear here!

The Pier: Nice. You came out to the USA earlier this year for a visit. How was that?

Satoshi: It was so fun! I saw shows of the band I like, and hung out at various places. My soul got a very strong stimulation!

The Pier: You also started the wonderful Japanese record label One Big Family Records. What does it have planned for the rest of 2009?

Satoshi: We released ONE BIG FAMILY 5 this summer! I got together 15 bands from the Japanese reggae-rock scene. I plan to release Skunk Records bands, and some other bands from foreign countries. Please stay connected with ONE BIG FAMILY RECORDS!

Sunset Bus MySpace

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Aug
05/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: RAC

The Pier: Flourish is another classic laid back RAC tune. What was the inspiration behind it? Where did you do the recording session for it?

RAC: Flourish is pretty much about an outsider’s perspective to the whole economic crisis right now. We were never part of the problem cuz we know life’s not about material things! We tracked Flourish over at our studio at Derek’s place called Fertile Panda Studios. We also recorded a couple tracks from our album Heavy over there as well.

The Pier: Speaking of Heavy, this is one of The Pier’s favorite releases of the year, how has the response been to date from everyone else?

RAC: Yeah, we released Heavy May 9th and had our CD release show @ The Clubhouse in Tempe with a lot of our favorite local reggae bands in AZ. The response from Heavy has been great; really look forward to hitting the road in support of the album.

The Pier: Who did the artwork for it? It is easily my favorite this year.

RAC: Our buddy Bailey Flynn helped out with the artwork for Heavy. After we finished our album we got in contact with him, listened to the album and came up with some ideas. Bailey took the RACtopus to a new level!

The Pier: What else has RAC got planned for 2009? Are you planning on doing any interstate touring?

RAC: Right now we are in the process of getting a van. We’re on the road after that trying to hit up places where we got fans! Other than that we want to continue playing all around the southwest to continue supporting Heavy.

The Pier: So what are some of your favorite compilation albums?

RAC: We like listening to the Volcom and Epitaph compilation albums, you know the ones you get from Warped Tour? Fat Wreck also puts out some awesome podcasts. We also enjoy the Sense Boardwear and The Pier compilations; you guys have put out some solid CDs!

RAC MySpace

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Aug
04/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: The Supervillains

The Pier: So the song name Slosh, is this a someone or a something?

Dom (drums/vocals): Yes, Slosh is about a girl from St.Thomas. I feel bad explaining, she’s gonna kill me! After going to the islands so much, we acquired many great friends, one of whom is our friend Samantha. She is one of the coolest chicks we know down there. She usually gets stuck being our taxi, finding our party supplies (wonder what?) and generally keeping us safe and showing us a good time.

Anyhow, she starts off as Samantha and after about 10 shots of Jager, five fat spliffs and many more island activities she turns into a fishbowl eyed, never-ending chatterbox, punishing, slurring slosh. It’s pretty funny, she’s a straight up G though, and without her our trips to St Thomas would never have been as fruitful. Love ya Sam!

Slosh is a song that used to be called Melissa, but we changed the tempo and the words. This song was originally intended for “MASSIVE” but didn’t quite fit. I’ve been wondering how we would use it! This is the only way you can get it! We hope you enjoy.

The Pier: So as you beg in the song, did she ever get your free tattoos from Samantha?

Dom: Best part other than her love and friendship? That would be the fact that she owns a tattoo shop on the island. I have over 10 tattoos alone from her shop or from artists that have worked in her shop. Skart, Dan and Smally, as well as Emo (our tour manager) have gotten over 20 pieces combined. Even better part??? Sam loves us so we get a great deal! So nice, but you have to get them on the last day, lest ye fuck your shit up in the sun and saltwater from surfing and snorkeling! So pretty much every flight home your always in pain (that plus you stay up all night and drink pretty much non stop til you fly out)!

The Pier: When and what can we expect to see your music video for your Billy Joel cover of Moving Out?

Dom: Keep your pants on!!! It’s coming!! It’s pretty dope too. We had a great time filming it at home in Orlando at Fullsail (recording and film school). It looks top notch and is in line for color correction. The video features a lot of our personal friends, some great fans that didn’t mind staying all night and a cameo from one Yesod Williams from Pepper. No promises but it should be out before the end of this tour with Reel Big Fish and the English Beat.

The Pier: So how is your current tour going with Reel Big Fish and the English Beat?

Dom: Well, it could be better. I mean, I could be drinking and banging hookers right now, but I’m answering these damn questions. Seriously though, The English Beat are probably some of the coolest dudes around. I’ve heard stories about some of the guys before the tour and let me tell you kids at home, the English Beat are straight up Dudes. We’ve been having a great time with them. It’s also been a great time watching one of my favorite bands growing up – Reel Big Fish. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. No one does Third Wave Ska better than RBF. They have the shit on lock. I must say I miss the Locker keeper and drinking and smoking myself into a coma, but this tour is one of the better ones. Big up Dave Wakeland and the rest of The Beat.

The Pier: What has been your best highlight and worst low-light thus far in 2009?

Dom: Highlights I’d say, still being active. We had a really hard time on our last tour, we had a robbery in Seattle. 10,000 bones worth of shit gone (and they stole our bong – bastards) and a mega vehicle breakdown (we had to replace a transmission twice!), Skart and our driver developed pneumonia and were pretty bad off for a few weeks. We never missed one show however, Skart really was a trooper and my hat is off to him for sticking it out and making the show happen on more than one occasion.

We’re really just thankful to be touring this country and meeting and smoking with all of you fans out there. As much shit as I talk I gotta be honest, it’s all for you guys. We hope to see you at a show again soon. Oh, and big up FL, especially all you folks in the 407 and big up The Pier, Phil eat a bag of Dicks for me, we need some burgers in Florida!

The Supervillains MySpace

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Aug
04/09
Pier Vol 1: Can’t Hang Live Video

Check out a blistering live version of the band’s contribution (Wait a Minute) to The Pier Compilation Volume 1 below:

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Aug
03/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: Ballyhoo!

The Pier: When World’s Collide is probably the most rocking Ballyhoo! track recorded to date. You just went all out hey?

Howi (vocals/guitar): Yeah, that was the first song we wrote this year. Just started jamming and working out the arrangement. We were in a “rocking” mood, I guess. Lyrically, I went a little political. I like touching on taboo subject matter from time to time. Government owned cable news is such bullshit. They want us to be scared into living our lives a certain way, much like the bible. That’s why I linked it together.

The Pier: This must be a fun jam to play live?

Howi: Great rock tune, but goes back to the gritty reggae that gets the asses moving. The chorus feels epic to me. Just opens up wide, then we thrash at the end.

Blaze (keys/turntables): I love playing this tune live. Has a powerful chorus and a very rocking feel that has gotten crowds moving everywhere we’ve been on this last tour.

The Pier: Tell us about the recording session behind this. You went into the studio to specifically record for this compilation?

Howi: Yes. A good buddy of ours works at a studio in Northern VA and had told us he’d love to record us sometime. Was perfect timing, I’d say. I actually wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to make it happen because our tour schedule was pretty hectic and we only had a few days at home to take care of our personal things. Our trailer axle broke when we were heading towards the studio! Got it towed to a shop and still made it down the the studio about three or four hours late. We ended up staying till like 6am recording.
We recorded it live and then did the over dubs and vocals after. Pretty cool to do it that way so you can get that “live performance” sound.

Blaze: Was definitely a last-minute thing like Howi mentioned. I bought the keyboard I used to record the organs the day before we left for tour. I recorded most of the organ lines that night in my home studio and then finished up in a buddy’s apartment in Tucson a week or so later after I had had some time to play with it a little.

The Pier: This is you third Pier Compilation appearance to date, why do you keep coming back haha?

Howi: Well, you’re such a nice guy and The Pier has been so good to us, how can we say no?! (haha) We also feel that we can bring something a little different to the table. Our “reggae” is a different flavor, more rock-based, but still compliments our peers’ music.

The Pier: How has the Put Em Up tour with B Foundation been going? What is next on the horizon?

Howi: Put ’em Up was a fucking haze of alcohol, drugs, loud music, chaos, and was utterly “bro-mantical.” Yeah, I said it. We love those guys. Got to be real pals, like, “I’m actually gonna call you after this tour” chums.

Blaze: The Put ‘Em Up Tour was a freakin blast! Had great times in parts of the country we’d never been to, and some we never thought we would ever see (like Fargo, ND). I think when it was all said and done, we hit 33 states and some 70 cities with The B. We got to hang out in the Redwood forests of Northern Cali, play Blackjack at the bars in Fargo, ND, enjoy great beers in Albany, NY and awesome burritos in SoCal, and raise hell (once again) in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Was an amazing trip with a great bunch of guys and we definitely look forward to the next time. Oh yeah, and we played a bunch of music for a shitload of dedicated fans!

Howi: We’re home for a little bit, but then we’re just getting back out there. Gotta keep moving, stay relevant. We’re always writing, so hopefully we’ll get some more new material out there for the hooligans.

Ballyhoo! MySpace

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Aug
02/09
West Beach Music Festival – It’s ‘Official’ Most Badass Reggae Rock Line-up Ever?

This Santa Barbara festival taking place in September is beyond amazing now! While all three days are killer, Day 3 includes:

  • Slightly Stoopid
  • SOJA
  • Dirty Heads
  • Pepper
  • Rebelution
  • Iration
  • Tomorrows Bad Seeds

Aug
02/09
Pier Vol 1 Interview: 3rd Alley

The Pier: So you are looking for an Antidote on this new track. What are you suffering from?

Zack (guitars/vocals): It’s not me that’s necessarily suffering, it’s just the antidote for the butt-hole virus. You may be asking, “What’s the butt-hole virus?” It’s not an anally transmitted disease as I’ve already been asked, but basically people being butt-holes and sucking the life out of each other, just being buttholes.

I lived in a house with five other people and it was going on all over the place and I was like, “Why can’t people just fucking mind their business and not suck, steal, lie, and everything else that comes along with narcissists?” I figured out what the antidote is though, and it’s weed picking (not to be confused with cropping). I want my garden of friends to flourish with flowers and succulent shrubbery, no weeds. So I’ve been weed picking like a madman! Forman is like the orchid of the garden, btw, when I get in a situation, I say, “WWFD, – What would Forman do?”

Forman (sax/keys): Well y’know, I thought I was the cauliflower.

Zack: He’s also a family doctor and has been treating the band for various illnesses for years.

Forman: So one part of the song is to get more treatment, more antidotes.

Zack: Are you high?

The Pier: What was the musical inspiration behind Antidote? It has a way cool beat to it.

Zack: I was reading an interview with Robert Smith (The Cure) and he said he writes a third of his songs using an acoustic guitar, a third with piano and then a third based around beats. I thought it was a great idea to play with because generally I write on my cheap little Tijuana special nylon acoustic guitar and then take it into the band and we build from there. So, I gave it a shotsky.

I did write the song Hit Mix completely off of sampled windshield wipers. That was on our first album. The guitar on Antidote is actually an Italian influenced picking thing, which probably sounds nothing like Italian influence. Kind of like what I did on Galileo on Shiny Shady People with no pick, it’s just plucking.

Forman: One thing that I heard early on in the beat is it had a Count Basie type swing to it. The way we brought that out was to add a clap here and there on a downbeat. Also, Nick, our engineer/co-producer came up with this sick sample beat that we snuggly placed into a couple bars of our chorus. This provided a nice distinction from the other beat.

Zack: Distinction is a big word, maybe you’re not high after all.

The Pier: I know the band recorded the song specifically for the compilation. How was the recording session?

Zack: It was great! We went down to Costa Mesa studios did everyone’s part in three or four takes. We wanted to have a lot happening on this track so there is a lot of added samples and effects from our MV-8800. I sang the vocals heavily intoxicated while standing on a piano bench. I can believe I didn’t fall backwards into the grand piano or forward into a drum kit, could’ve been painful and expensive.

When we were done, we sat in Jack’s (Hale – drums) G-ride equipped with woofers and stuff and bumped it, we all looked at each other with grins and that was it. It was Jack’s first recording with us and he just killed it.

Forman: Nick’s studio is amazing. I believe Green Day did most of their last album in there. It’s sick and Nick is so cool helping us out with it.

The Pier: Are you constantly writing songs or do you go through periods where you take the time to specifically write a bunch of material?

Zack: I like to picture songs as children. So I have this switch that I turn off and on kind of like a contraceptive because I don’t want too many at the end of the day. When I turn it on, the songs pour out and then when I need a break, I shut it off. But then again, sometimes songs just come out of the nowhere, the inspiration hits you and it just gets downloaded and boom. But, a lot of the time, it simmers in my head and just like a zit, pop it and it all comes out.

Forman: All up to Zack’s genius creative inspiration. We’ve got four-six tracks we’re actually working on right now.

The Pier: What else does 3rd Alley have planned for 2009?

Zack: Well, we’re going back to Europe in October for a two week tour with the Bandgeek Mafia and we’re extremely ecstatic about that. But for the rest of the year, we plan to continue writing songs in crops of two or three, record them, and then hopefully have another album by the end of the year.

We’ll be doing some regional touring as well off and on. We have a bullpen of bassists between Tyson and Matt Brein and are looking for the right guy to be our permanent member. We’ve been auditioning bassists, but are in no hurry to make a decision until the right fit clicks.

Forman: Word! We’re pumped about the new songs and the new direction! Keep posted for new songs as they will be poking their heads out soon.

3rd Alley MySpace

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Aug
01/09
Interview: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

The Pier: International Mother Dub is a very sweet dub track. Have you been playing it a lot at your shows?

GPGDS: We have been playing International Mother Dub for a bit over a year. It is a composition by Rachel Orke and it seems to provide a very unique physiological effect on the audience when it is performed. This track is usually an initiation into the deep meditation of a set.

The Pier: The sound quality for a live recording is top notch, who captured this live performance?

GPGDS: Joel Scanlon is the ninja sound engineer who is responsible for capturing these live sound events. We linked up with him in Colorado a few years ago and he has been recording our shows in high grade quality since. He recently came on board as our full time sound engineer and dub specialist and is killing the competition.

The Pier: I understand the band is planning on releasing a live album this summer, what can you tell us about it at this stage?

GPGDS: LIVE UP! is the title of our new live record, scheduled to be released on August 25. We searched very hard through Mr. Scanlon’s recordings to find the perfect fit of performances that represents the sound we have been creating live since we released Slow Down three years ago. In many ways it is our own compilation of Giant Panda past.

The Pier: What else have you got planned for 2009?

GPGDS: 2009 will keep moving rock steady and fine with a performance at Reggae On The Rocks, a West Coast tour with Israel Vibration, as well as about 20 dates with our good brothers Rebelution. Beyond that, we look forward to finishing lots of work in the studio to release a new record for the earwaves.

The Pier: Nice. What are some of your favorite compilation albums?

GPGDS: I got to discover some of my favorite music through compilations. My favorite compilation album has to be Ghana Soundz, which features 70’s funk from Ghana, West Africa right around the time that they were first getting down to James Brown. Every track is Pure Fire!

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