Paulie Tarantino - guitar
Tricia Tarantino - bass
Brian Tarantino - keyboard and rhythm guitar
Joey Tarantino - drums
Feature for December 2013
Name: The TarantinosNYC
Genre: Surf/Soul/Spy/Spaghetti Western
Geographical Area: NY-NJ-CT
Interview with: Tricia & Paulie Tarantino on 11/3/13 by email
Last interview date: June 2006
Band formed in: 2005
NESMA member since: 2005
2. Has your line-up changed since your last interview? If so, how?
No it hasn't. We have been lucky enough to
have a stable line-up from the very beginning.
3. Since your last interview has your music taken on new or different directions? If so, how?
We cover a broader range of soundtrack styles now while still retaining a strong surf influence.
4. What NESMA bands have you had an opportunity to perform with, or share a show with?
We perform with lots of NESMA bands at Unsteady Freddie's monthly shindig. We also shared shows with NESMA bands at Twangstock, Coney Island (Deno's and Cha Cha's), Two Boots in Bridgeport CT (with Bob D.), Café 9 in New Haven CT, and with 9th Wave at the Way Station in Brooklyn NY, to name a few. We also hosted some surf nights at a Long Island Restaurant, and at different clubs around NYC with several NESMA bands.
We've been on the bill with every type of band. We do some shows with rockabilly, roots rock and punk bands, sometimes through Frank Wood. Also at car shows there are usually rockabilly bands on with us, like Gary Setzer's Rockabilly Express.
6. What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?
We do about 1/3 originals in our shows, depending on the situation. If it's a surf night, we like to do more originals and more obscure surf covers that other surf bands might not do. If it's a show with other types of bands then we focus more on Tarantino movie songs and well-known surf covers, especially outside of NYC.
6a. Has this changed since your last interview? If so, how?
We do a few more originals because we have more originals now and we rotate them in the shows.
7. What recording have you done since your last interview?
We put out a 14-song CD in 2009 called "Super Sounds of the Cinema". It has 5 originals and 9 covers. We plan to start recording a new CD early next year.
8. Where does your band typically practice?
We practice in a rehearsal studio about once a week.
9. What does your band typically wear for a performance?
We wear suits based on the Tarantino look from Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.
10. Do you ever have additional performers on stage with you?
We don't plan it but sometimes dancers offer to come, or they might be there for another band and they dance with us, which is cool.
11. How do you continue to get gigs?
We have relationships with different types of promoters who each book us a few times a year, for classic car shows, for example. When this is not enough, we start cold contacting clubs by email. Sometimes people just email us because of our name.
12. Approximately how often do you perform out?
It's about 15-20 shows a year, less in wintertime.
13. What have you found to be the single most effective promotional tool you’ve used to further your band’s musical path?
Our name and association with Tarantino movie music is helpful. Facebook is great for inviting people to shows. And thanks to Unsteady Freddie's videos, we have a lot on YouTube that we can tell promoters to look at.