What's makes the SHAME CLUB sound?
KEN - We turn our amps up loud and beat the shit out of the drums and basically take a warm bath of sonic pleasure. We play with Heart and Hunger!!
ERIC - Loud instruments recorded loudly, mostly lots of guitars with decent vocal hooks wherever possible, but hooks are (hopefully) the key, not just riffs.
JON - We have a lot of obvious influences and even more that aren't so obvious. Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy, Zeppelin, Van Halen, Free, and so many more of the same ilk. The other stuff though, that's where it gets cool. Sly and the Family Stone, Black Flag, old Metallica was huge for me, Nick Drake, Guided by Voices, James Brown, the Meters, Earth, Wind and Fire, Otis Redding, the guitar playing of Steve Cropper, the songwriting of Steve Earle, the greater works of Stevie Wonder, really any kind of pop music from the Makes Nice to the Kinks to ABBA and everyone in between. We like music. Basically all of it. I personally hate disco/dance music pretty passionately, but that's about it. We're a Rock and Roll band. Rock and Roll doesn't borrow. It steals. From everyone. Pretty damn unapologetically. We really like playing to the edge of our abilities, but if there's no song, it doesn't matter. We just want to write the songs we want to hear.
What are the plans for the band in the next year?
KEN - Tour Tour Tour.....write....Tour....record....Tour
ERIC - Continue to play out of town shows each month and accomplish our goal of getting out West by early 2009. Would be nice to play some more festivals and do SXSW next year as well.
JON - Write a new record. Play as much as we possibly can. Try to meet business associates that don't wear suits.
Any plans to head over to Europe?
KEN - I would absolutely love to....sooner than later, for me.
ERIC - Everyone wants to, we'll see.
JON - We're talking about going to Europe in 2009. Can't wait to tell you the truth.
Thank you guys and any last words for the readers?
KEN - We will eventually be playing in a bar/club near you.....so come check out a show and buy me a shot! We promise not to disappoint. Thanks for the interview.
ERIC - When you see SHAME CLUB playing in _______ (insert city here), first and foremost; come see us LIVE, then buy a CD or t-shirt so we can pay for gas........, and finally let us stay at your house - we supply our own T.P!