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Feature for December 2013

The TarantinosNYC - Revisited




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


1. What is the current line-up of your band?

Paulie Tarantino - guitar

Tricia Tarantino -  bass

Brian Tarantino - keyboard and rhythm guitar

Joey Tarantino - drums


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.


5. What bands of any genre have you played with or networked with?

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.



14. What’s the most interesting performance experience you’ve had since your last interview?

There were a few, it's hard to pick one.

When we played the US Open Tennis Tournament in 2010, it was really official (laminated badges and everything). And we got on TV because CBS was reviving Hawaii 5-0 that year. A producer heard us do it and asked us to do it again when they had a camera ready. They showed 15 seconds of it before going to a commercial for the TV show.


Playing the Brooklyn Bowl twice was great. The first time it was a movie night there and Kill Bill was playing on the bowling screens before we went on. We also did a great Halloween show at Southpaw with Sasquatch and the Sickabillies and the Detroit Cobras.


Also, opening for the Freak Show at Cha Cha's of Coney Island was an experience.  Anything in Coney Island is an interesting experience.

Finally, warming up the crowd at the Air Sex Championship at the Music Hall of Williamsburg...



15. What have you gotten out of being a NESMA member so far?

Getting to know people who are doing the same thing you're doing is great, especially since the surf audience is so small. When other NESMA bands are in the audience they really appreciate what's going on. Plus we like talking to NESMA bands while hanging out. 



16. Have you had opportunities to promote NESMA? If so, what have you done?

We usually mention NESMA at some point during the show to let people know there's a whole scene if they're interested. Plus we have the NESMA logo on our website.

(Ed. note - Tricia is also responsible for starting and keeping up the NESMA Facebook page at - thanks Tricia!)



17. Do you have any suggestion on how NESMA can grow?

Surfing is really everywhere in popular culture now. It would be great to somehow get a link in there to surf music. I heard some surfy things in TV shows like Bored to Death, and Magic City - and in some ads recently. (Also heard surf music in a Walgreen's.) Maybe NESMA can promote itself to music supervisors.



18. Anything else?

Thank you Mike and Sandy for doing NESMA. 


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