1. Hey Matt
I am currently in a band called Treblehook.A
straight up rock band, reminiscent of the 70's, possibly the 80's. We
are getting alot of comparisons to many bands and genres so it is hard
to say what you will get out of it. We have just signed a deal with
Mushroom Cloud Records.
Friday Sept. 16th
@ House of Bricks
2. How did you guys meet and get things rolling ?
Actually, it's a very long story,...
but the short version is this, I ran into Joel at lazerfest 2002 when my band Riverbottom Nightmare was playing. Joel and I have been trying to put a band together for a few years, but he had SS. So we started a side thing, and it turned into a full time thing. So Jarod (my writing partner) and Drew came over to the new thing, RBN broke up, and we found Casey and added Justin...wah la. It's been a long time coming, I hurt my throat and it took nearly 6 months to get my voice back. It's finally here. Yaaaaaay!!
When should we look/ listen for in Treblehook , when do you guys plan
on playing near Central Iowa.
As soon as we find a drummer, and we are very close, we will start booking shows for late summer early fall. Casey has been accepted to GIT so we want to log a few dates b4 he is off to school. ( Update : Joe Corigliano will sit in on the posted dates )
Also Treblehookrocks.com contains about four songs if you want to check em out.
4. When did you start performing live , do you rember your first recording session ?
I started performing live in 10th grade with a band called Rotterdam. Then I moved to LA with Michael Curry, then we founded Atomic Opera, then I quit, joined Filthy Wilma, and Junk Poet, Saturn Cats, Hot Lunch, and on, and so forth...hahahaha. My first recording session was in LA at Carruthers guitar studio. It was a horrible experience. I hope none of those tapes are still in circulation!
(Saturn Cats : right ->)
River Bottem Nightmere
have been in some noteworthy bands in the past - what are some of the
others you played with - can you name them all ?
Let's see, all the bands.
I hope you have enough memory!
Rotterdam, NRG, Assault, Lexicon, Covenant, Yexotay, Filthy Wilma, Saturn Cats, Green 11, Hot Saki, Beat truck fatals, Lotion, Slack, Frog Lick, Junk Poet, Hot Lunch. Velvet Jones, Devil with Cheese, Riverbottom Nightmare, And now Treble Hook.
20 bands in 20 years!! Wow! What a whore! Some rock, some soul, some ska, some funk, some blues, covers, originals, yes and even some metal kids...
They all have some great stories, and i have been very blessed to have shared the stage and studio with so many incredible musicians.
Opening for Racer X in LA
6. Have you ever had any vocal trianing ?
7. Do you play any insturments as well as sing ( drums , guitar, keys) ?
I play guitar a bit, maybe a little bit of a lot of things. Depends on whos watching and listening as to whether or not I am any good. Oh and a mean skin flute.
8. Tell us about one of your Favorite gigs and why it was a damn good one?
Favorite gig?? Too many to mention.
I will always remember my first show in LA opening for Racer X.
And also Fishbone got up and jammed all night with us at Hairy Mary's.
One of my favoritie bands and they were on stage jamming with us.
Oh yeah, and playing with King's X last year...Unreal!
|9. Any gigs
that you rember as being particulary rotten - the pits - the worst.
Actually, the aformetioned show with King's X last year was a two-edged sword, cuz they are by far my favorite band of all times, and I just had my accident so my voice was wrenched. So I anesthitized myself with alcohol, and had a sucky show performance wise, but then later on I threw up off of the balcony at the 3rd street live where we had just played, and my vomit landed on someone below...OOOPs. Let's just say the guys were not impressed. I guess we'll never be asked back there again...
When performing live what is your microphone preference - any PA and
Rack set up secreats you care to share with aspiring vocalist - or do
you look primarily for a dam good sound man?
Influnces by the decade
there any locals or - other vocalist that you have helped you out along
the way ?
12. Well let's just say this is a small town and it's hard not to be influenced in one way or another by someone here. But people of note. I am older than most of my peers, but I have been inspired by Pelts, Michael Curry, Paul Thompson, Dave Cunningham, Tony Santi, All the guys from on a pale horse. Taco, Jay Lyon, Ephraim Zenh, Lemon and the guys, Jeff Banks. Scot Sutherland. James Biehn. Scott Dawson, Tom Murphy. Janey Hooper. Obviously Corey T, most the guys from SK, Dan Spain...
Any locals you have been particularly impressed as of recent?
On a Pale Horse is destined for great things, there are a lot of new bands I am impressed with. Ephraim Zenh are incredible. Wreckage. Wow. Fabulous. Treble Hook rocks.
14. Have you ever tried out for a band and not gotten the gig ...
if so who where the idiots...or regreted getting the gig .. ...
Ummm, I can't think of any gigs I didn't get, really.
I auditioned for Accept in 88, and didn't get a call back.
I sent a tape in to Adema, and they said I have a great voice but I wasn't what they were looking for. I got fired from a few for misbehaving. I have taken a few to the grave. Although I think Bruce Swink has me on that one!! I wanted the audition fore SK, but never got it. Good thing huh!!
On A Pale Horse
" destined for great things "
15. When your working
on a song do you tend to write around the music or write around the
melody line of a lyric ?
16. How important is good
management and label deals to be able to succed in the busssiness of
music ? Do you take that more seriuosly now then in the early days or
is it still primarily about the fun . ( could be both). Tough question
- Its only rock n roll but ...
| 18. Somtime
in ago (Filfthy Wilma era - 90's) you started a " beer throwing tradition"
where did that start and does it continue?
Ya know, i am not sure where that started. I think it started at a gig at Clearwater beach. We played with Atomic Opera, Red Wing, and the Georgia Sattellites. There were 200 kegs and the first 30 were free. Well only about 200 people showed up. So all the beer was free. So me and Vance(my bass player) decided we would play in our underwear to protest the small crowd. And there were a few people in the crowd who disapproved. So I started throwing beer on them, and they decided to throw it back. We got very wet. And you could see our willies through our skivies!!
The beer throwing didn't stop all night long, even after we got off stage. It became a game. Let's just say the Georgia Satellites were not very pleased. I think they actually walked off stage that night! But the tradition just stuck. It's rock and roll I guess. I guess if we have a gimmick it might as well be beer throwing! I will say that JC wilson said if we ever throw beer again in his club we can't play there any more. So we just spit it instead.
with Matt Z of (onyx) a few times - any good stories of those Runway days
- or TC TV stories ?
Matt Vierling was a sweet heart of a guy and I still miss him. I wonder how fucking incredible he would be now. Jazz told me he is with me sometimes. It freaked me cuz I don't think Jazz ever met him. Matt said he always looked up to me. Well, I never got the chance to tell him how much I looked up to him...
19 . We saw a pic of you and Zak Wylde hanging out at a Waterstock or Lazerfest ?
What did you think of meeting Zak Wylde ?
Zakk was funny, and cool, but he promised me he would give me feedback(good or bad) on our demo from Riverbottom, and he never called. So fuck him. If I ever get to that level of success, I will help whoever, however, whenever I can. He has to know what it's like to struggle to get heard...oh well. Some people just don't give a fuck. I have gotten the chance to hang with a lot of "famous" people. They are merely mortals like you and me. I just not awestruck anymore. plus, they are just as lucky to have gotten to meet me.
20. What is the about the lit match or lit candle trick while singing a high note ?
Ummm, it just a technique to improve your lung capacity. Blowing up an air mattress works too
Hey Matt ...
Strike a pose .. ?
21. What should we look/ listen for in Treblehook that will most suprise your fans ?
Our blind Keyboardist is fun to watch. Not many of those around. Especially that good! Also our live show is unrivaled. We have 4 front men competing for the affection of our audience. Also, we play rock. Not metal. Rock. Straight up, bare bones stripped down beer swilling, titty swinging, weed smoking, Monte Carlo driving rock and roll. We are not reinventing the wheel. So don't come to our show expecting Radio Head. I promise you will be disappointed.
23. Anything else you care to add or plug ?
That's about it. It's been a long road, and it's just getting started. Stay tuned. Hit our website treblehookrocks.com
Thanks Matt ! You Rock !!
Make Sure to Catch Treblehook
@ Roadhouse 69
on Aug 26th with Soul Sick -
@ Roadhouse 69 with On A Pale Horse Sept 9th -
@ the House of Bricks w/ MK Ultra & Ephraim Zenh
on Sept. 16th
can you tell us about the band members that struck you as "worthy" ....
to quote a couple celler dwellers ..