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Interviews: The Shrieks

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Rock band The Shrieks, from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Sitting under a palm tree with my wife, she blurted it out. Just like that. We had other names that were maybe funnier, but this is "The Shrieks" of humans asking for help in quiet desperation.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

It chose me, rock music is the de facto language of the disenfranchised youth. I also believe that the electricity from plugin in your guitar helps your own electric current, enhancing your synaptic experience. I got to sit in with Garry, Lou Reed's guitarist and he said after playing a great song, three chords is Jazz...

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

We did not, and we came together specifically to play all original music. My bandmates are people who are connected to me in another dimension. They are brothers from another planet.

4. Each band member favourite band?

They all know just about the entire catalog of Rock, Jazz, Country and classical music. There are surely hundreds or thousands of bands that affect what we play, I don't like to play covers, and I don't like hearing us riff on covers during rehearsal. It's distracting. I believe that you listen apart from when you create. So you just don't copy other great material, rather you challenge yourself to reach this apex on your own two ears.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

It's simply that I don't know what else to do, it's the place where I can cause least harm, get the most out of myself, and feel protected in the notion that not all I eat/hear is grown by someone else. very satisfying when you grab the guitar and something just sounds right, and you chase it down, and after really studying it you have what hopefully is a beautiful song.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was at the greatest small stage in NYC. Rockwood Music Hall stage 1. On March 12th. The clubs mostly shut down the next night. We knew that we could potentially go positive, but I love that bar, and it's been wonderful to us, so theres my notion of brotherhood. it was very eerie, most bands had dropped out, There was a band before us that was from Jersey, a bigger production than us, sounded great, looked great, they would yell "How you doin New York City"? and there were 5 people in there. That was almost comical, if it wasn't for the gravity of it all. So it was like being the band on the Titanic, we played into the night for hours, to just a few people and we all had a grand time.

7. Where would you like to act?

I don't act.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Hmmm, is this an interview for actors? If thats the question, I'd like to be featured with Klaus Kinski, but he is dead.

9. Whom not?

I don't care who I do anything with, as long as it's fun.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

You're only afraid of what you don't know. I love to be on stage, but not to show myself off, cuz theres not much to see, but to express via my Aura the power of music that isn't a cotton candy.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

The idea of bands is a misnomer, what we call bands, were/are carefully crafted mirages of what anyone could be or want to be. Its kind of like who cares who the parents we're when the song is "Satisfaction" and thats whats giving you the great feeling. It's not the players per se, and most of bands hated each other. 

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?


13. What do you think of your fans?

I respect people exactly for who they are, I don't want to be in their lives as an icon, I just want them to get the music.I really do adhere to the notion that "talk is cheap", I say let the music do the work. Thats where you will measure us against other acts. 

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