Dead Friends - Interview

We had a chance to sit down with Dead Friends, a Psycho Punk Hardcore band from Boston. A great bunch of guys and a great band. You may recall we did a review of them not to long ago, (Click here to go read that) . In the review you learned about their music, below, you will learn about the guys.

Your band- What's the origin of the name Dead Friends?

Mark: Actually a friend of ours, Douglas Sherman, named us. I told him I was starting an edgy project and give him the lyrical premise, and Dead Friends is one of the first three names he came up with.

Your Band- Ok, good. I was afraid you killed a drifter or something. Can you tell me everyones name, and respective instrument of each band member.

Mark Doherty – lead vocals
Greg Moore – bass, vocals
Jose Morales - drums
Geno Johnston – guitars, vocals

Your Band- Who are your major influences?

Black Flag, Beastie Boys, Orange 9mm, Misfits, Clutch, and Helmet.

Your Band-How long have you all known each other?

Geno: Greg and I have known each other since we were kids. I guess we’re pushing 20 years now. I met him when I started helping his band, Backstroke to Cuba. Greg and I have known Jose for about eight years. He played in a band named Devour that we knew of, and when we went looking for a drummer, he was our first call. I knew Mark around the scene for a couple of years before he joined the band, but it seems like an eternity. [laughs] I used to go see his band, Nowhere USA.

Your Band-What inspired you to make music together?

Mark: When Nowhere USA broke up, I was really hoping to get into another band with guys that were serious about what they were doing. Obviously, I wanted to stay in a hardcore-oriented vein. So when I got a call from Nicole Tammaro telling me that Geno was looking do a hard band, it was no-brainer.

Your Band-Are you a member of any music organizations?

Nah. I don’t think so.

Your Band-What can you tell me about your instruments and gear?

Geno: You know, I’d have to say we are kind of partial to our equipment. I play Diezel V4 guitar amps, and it’s fair to say it’s become a staple of our sound. My guitars have to be baritone, and I really like my Les Paul baritone guitars.

Jose: DW drums have always done the trick for me. I’d like to stay with them if possible.

Greg: Most of the time, I play down-tuned Music Mans. But I do have a five string Fender P bass that I use a lot as well. My amp is a Tech 21 Legends head, through the classic Ampeg 8x10. I’d use my 70s Ampeg head, but I’m afraid it’ll blow up.

Mark: My Beta 58 foreva.

Your Band-What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was
it a style/model/brand/color preference?

Geno: We’ve all been in a lot of bands, and over the years, developed preferences. So I’d say we all agree that we chose our gear for a reason. In other words, model/brand preference. I think I’m the only one who actually uses any effects. Basic stuff though. I like the Line 6 Modeler Series pedals, a Digitech Whammy, a Jim Dunlop Buddy Guy Series Wah-Wah pedal, and a Moogerfooger!

Your Band-What are your favorite venues?

Mark: We generally enjoy every room we play in. If forced to name some favorites, I’d have to go with The Middle East Upstairs, Church, the Paradise Rock Club, all located in the Boston area. And we really lookin forward to playin Public Assembly in Brooklyn, NY.

Your Band-Do you have any upcoming shows?

Jose: Yes. [laughs] We’ll actually be visiting Public Assembly (NY) on Saturday, November 20th. We’ll be at The Middle East with our friends Beneath The Stone on Friday, November 26th. And we’re really looking forward to our show with the Street Dogs, Have Nots, and Flatfoot 56 at the Paradise on Friday, December 17th.

Your Band-Do you ever play any covers?

Yes. We play “Bullet” by The Misfits pretty regularly.

Who writes your songs?

Mark:. Greg, Geno, and I combine most of our material.

Your Band-Could you briefly describe your music-making process?

Greg: Well we go about things a couple different ways. Sometimes a song is born as lyrics first that I write myself. Other times, Geno will come in with complete arrangements, riffs and song titles. Mark also approaches us with lyrical or story ideas, and even sings a riff from time to time.

Your Band-How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

Geno: Well, we’re still fairly young as a band. If anything, we’ve gone from a metal direction to more of a punk vibe.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band?

Mark: Showing up for rehearsal. [laughs]

Geno: On a more serious note, we’ve all battled personal demons, so staying focused and staying together is always one of a band’s bigger challenges.

Your Band-What's your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?

Mark: Ultimately, we want to tour the states and overseas. If we gain fame and/or fortune while doing so, fine. If not, as long as I’m having a good time, whateva. To quote Mike M Colagan (Street Dogs) " Being in a band is all about the Journey"

Your Band-What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands or
are in bands? have any secret tips?

Good luck!

Mark: Seriously, the best thing you can do is support the other bands in your scene.

Geno: As far as forming a band goes, don’t be so hell-bent on how people look.

Your Band-How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

You can find some songs on our MySpace page, and you can buy our CD on our Facebook page.

Your Band-Myspace- is it dead?

Mark: I tell ya what – MySpace is still a good place for bands. We still find bands to play with and get shows using it. And yeah, of course you have to have a Facebook.

Your Band-Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge for offering support?

Nicole Tammaro, Mike Mc Colgan, Street Dogs, Benny Grotto, Craig Riggs, Mad Oak Studios, Barry Hite, Scruffy Wallace, and our familys.

Your Band-Any last words?

Watch out, we’re coming.

“We will, we will rock you!”

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