LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:
Anyone who has ever known me knows what a huge Lagwagon fan I am and how much I love Joey Cape and every musical project he does. In 2010, I was given the opportunity to street team for his band Bad Astronaut. It had been about five years since the death of drummer Derrick Plourde and Joey had announced that Bad Astronaut would play only a few shows. I didn’t want to miss this and spent a lot of time walking around with my young son in his stroller posting flyers for the show. It would be at this show that I would finally get to meet Joey Cape in person. Fast forward two years and here I am again finding out that Joey has a new band and is coming to town and needs a street team.
Naturally, I jumped on it and sent off an email requesting more info. It then occurred to me that I could possibly get an interview. I sent another email requesting and interview and within a few hours I had my “Yes” response that I had been crossing my fingers for. Each day leading up to this moment seemed to drag on and on and take what felt like ages to get here, but then it came and I didn’t know what to do with myself. When I met Joey at Brick by Brick they were just finishing their sound check. I approached him as he was exiting the stage and he immediately remembered me and gave me a huge hug. I totally melted, but quickly gathered myself together for this interview. I hope you all enjoyed it, I know I did.
Gaffer: Good Ol' Rock & Roll
Gaffer gaf·fer (gfr)
1. An electrician in charge of lighting on a movie or television set.
2. Chiefly British An old man or a rustic.
3. Chiefly British A boss or foreman.
In our case, The Gaffer is a four piece San Diego band that consists of high school buddies just doing what they love to do, play music. I was honored to have been a guest at their most recent show on May 26th at The Griffin and can honestly say I truly enjoyed myself, the music, and the people. I met with The Gaffer before the show and was thrilled to do a live interview with three of the four members, Martin Coughlin, singer/songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist; Dave O’Reily, lead guitarist and background vocals; and the bassist, Scott Mitchell.
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T: On behalf of Tunage Magazine, Thank you so much for taking the time before your show to do an interview with me. It really is very much appreciated. Can you tell me a little bit about yourselves? Who do you sound like?
Martin: I think the sound is a little bit of a mix between Zeppelin and Oasis
T: Who are some of your influences?
Dave: My influences range anywhere from Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd to Bad Religion
Scott: I like Iron Maiden