First of all, who chose that monicker and why?
Well, Ross says that the name came from a line in the song "Pipe Bomb,"
and the logo came from a friend of his, a comic artist, who Ross had
asked for a coat of arms.
- Can you make a short story for those who don't know you yet?
Hisashi says: "Four individuals destined to meet to revive true rock
music." We'll go with that!
- Your style is connected to the old hard rock bands, so this means
you're one of the few left in the US who's left their hearts in the
Yes, we're a dying breed, an endangered species, but that's when we
grew up. That's the era we grew up in, so we're really only playing
what we were surrounded by (besides, it was the best era, anyway). Although,
the jury is still out on that whole growing up thing for all parties
- What do you think of modern (hard) rock bands? Any of them you
Everyone has differing opinions on this one so we'll just list 'em:
Paul says: "There's a lot of good musicians, but not a lot of good singers.
Too much screaming and shouting, and one of the problems I have is that
no one pays their dues anymore, so no one appreciates where they get."
Hisashi says: "In Italian terms, it's just like Michelangelo and
Da Vinci - two different artists, but both are equally great." Ross
says: "I like them, for the most part. Particularly, Foo Fighters and
Puddle of Mud" And Pam says: "What the world needs now - is more people
- What is your songwriting method and when you Pam write the
lyrics of a song, do you usually already have the rhythm lines or the
fit riff in your head?
Firstly, I'd have to say that a majority of the original song ideas
come from Ross. He'll bring in some idea and we all, together, will,
what we've come to term, "KFO it." Sometimes we kick it to the curb
immediately and sometimes it's a song by the end of rehearsal. Sometimes,
it will be kicked to the curb many many many times, but will somehow
keep reappearing in various forms until finally, one day, something
hits us differently than on any other day and suddenly a song is born.
"Revolution" is a perfect example of that. Other times, two or more
of us have gotten together specifically to come up with ideas, and a
song or two will come out of that, as was the case with "Off We Go."
[Tanaka Disclaimer: It occurs organically and naturally at rehearsal.
We do not use any pesticides or growth hormones to induce songwriting
in unnatural way. It takes time, but tastes better - and, it is good
for you. Just like good mozzarella cheese, you can't rush a good thing.]
- Which situations are more creative for you? While reading, after
a dream, while driving your car...?
Creativity comes in many forms, sometimes it's not explainable - it
just comes. (And then you smoke a cigarette. No, just kidding!)
- I noticed and reviewed more and more US rock/metal bands with female
singers (Evanescence, Vee, Otto's Daughter...)? Just a case or's it
a) women have more place in rock bands nowadays?
b) a supercharming female vocalist like you is the best ace in the sleeve?
c) women don't wanna be bass players but leaders and vocalists?
Well, first off - thanks for the compliment you snuck in there, dude.
Like most professions, women have finally caught up and are doing just
fine. We're finally getting a fair shake. But, me, personally, I've
always, more of less, been "one of the guys." In all of my projects.
My female friends are few.
- What about your live shows? Did you ever have to kick a man's face
during a show of yours cos he was behaving like a pain in the ass, and
told you: show us your boobs, sing in my mike or stuff?
The last time someone screamed "show us your boobs" Paul stood up
and pulled up his shirt! Actually, no on has ever really been that rude
to us. We're all about fun and games - we're a little bit on the silly
side, even. Except, there was this one time when this guy in Massachusetts
showered us with his beer - from the bottle, of course. He was enjoying
himself so much - we just let him. Besides, it was Heineken.
- Is it hard for your boyfriend/husband to follow you around the
East Coast while you're on tour?
Ross says: Boyfriend? What boyfriend? Keeping a 9-5 relationship for
love does not sync with this lifestyle.
Pam says: Tour? What tour? Do you know of any we can go on?
-D'you take vocal lessons? D'you have any heating before a show?
Can you also play any instrument?
Ross, writing as Pam, says: (1) Yes myself and guitar spark plug Byron
warm up in the car; (2) I warm up by yelling at truckers on the highway.
It improves the draw at the door. (Gotta love him!) As for the instruments
- actually, yea - I (Pam) play piano, clarinet, a little saxophone,
various percussion instruments, a little drums, accordion - I can usually
play most things I pick up. I want to pick up a guitar next. All of
us are multi-instrumental.
- Did you compose new songs and when will a CD of yours be released
by a label?
We've come up with a whole bunch of new tunes since this last album
was finished. That's usually the way it goes for us, though. We have
a long quiet period, then a whole slew of new songs will erupt. As for
the label - I guess we just need a chance. In the meantime, we're perfectly
happy doing things the way we've been doing them. On our own. We may
not be the best business-people, but we have a great time together.
And if we happen to find kindred spirits along the way, the more the
merrier! Long Live Rock!
- Do you also sell t-shirts through your website or during your gigs?
When we have paraphernalia, it usually goes pretty quickly at our shows.
But all of our merchandise can be obtained by emailing us through the
using the email@example.com
or the firstname.lastname@example.org
links. If you want t-shirts - we'll make you t-shirts!!
-Time to close the intie: just take all the place y' need to inform
or add anything to your (Italian) fans.
First of all, we'd like to thank you, Markus, for taking the time out
to listen to the CD and for the wonderful correspondence over the last
few weeks. It's been a true pleasure. Thank you, as well, to any of
you who took the time out to read any of this stuff about us. Check
out the website and keep in touch - hopefully one day soon we'll be
out YOUR way!! Keep the memory of good old rock and roll the way you
used to know and love it alive in the 21st Century!!
Editor Markus Ganzherrlich - 26/12/03