Feature for April 2017
Band Name: Killers From Space
Genre: Space / Surf
Geographical Area: DC / Baltimore
Interview with: Craig Stang by email on 3/23/17
Band Formed in 1989
NESMA member since 2017
1. What is the current line-up of your band?
Craig Stang - Space Guitar
Paul Carson - Space Guitar
Michael Trancitella - Space Bass
Hank Kehlbeck - Drums
Stephen Blickenstaff - Theremin
2. How and when did you get started with your band?
Summer of '89 (Please don't confuse with the Brian Adams song).
What bands or music have influenced you most?
4. What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?
A 60/60 mix. We are very proud of our originals but love to incorporate covers for your and our pleasure.
What recording have you done?
1991 cassette tape "Journey to the Planet of the Micro Frets"
1992 45-vinyl "Summer in Space"
6. What kind of gear do you use?
Craig - Micro Frets guitars, Fender Twin Reverb amp
Hank - Ludwig drums
Stephen - Theremin of unknown origin
7. What is your bandís favorite food/beverage?
Many times we will have band wives over during practice for a pot luck. Our house turns into a scaled down Golden Coral. When out of town for a gig we will seek out the best pizza we can find. If nothing looks promising our default is Mexican.
8. How do you get gigs?
Playing in this genre for so long we have developed many relationships with other bands, club owners and promoters. The formula for getting gigs is simple. Network very much, be a jerk very little.
What are the difficulties you
find playing your kind of music in your area?
10. What positive attributes does your band have that sets you apart from other bands (of any genre)?
Being positive, friendly and easy to work with. We also offer free hugs. People seem to like that.
What have you found to be the
single most effective promotional tool youíve used to further your bandís
Threats and intimidation go a long way.
12. Whatís the most interesting performance experience youíve had?
I always enjoy playing outdoor festivals and seeing kids in the audience with their fingers in their ears trying to block out the music. Hell, adults also.
13. What do you hope to get out of being a NESMA member?
A back rub would be nice.
14. Anything else?