Name: Matt Heaton & the Electric Heaters
Genre: Modern Surf
Geographical Area: Boston MA
Interview with: Matt Heaton by email on 12/29/10
Band formed: 2010
NESMA member since: 2010
Matt Heaton - guitar
Paddy League - drums
Laura Cortese - bass
2. How and
when did you get started with your band?
All three of us play professionally in other styles. Paddy & I play Irish music, Laura got her start in Scottish fiddle, and now tours as a singer/songwriter. We've all played together a lot over the years, from very traditional acoustic settings to the Urban Ceidlidh band, a sort of electric Celtic dance band. The Electric Heaters grew out of me spending a bunch of time wanting to start playing electric guitar again. I used to play in a band called the Flavor Channel in Chicago in the 90s. We weren't a surf band, but did a few surf tunes.
3. What bands or music have influenced you most?
5. What recording have you done?
6. What kind of gear do you use?
Guild S-60D, modified with a bigsby and tweaked by the fabulous "Yukon" Stubblebeine, luthier extraordinaire.
Custom made "Surf Tone" reverb tank, built by Andy LeBlanc of Lazy Mary Amps in Maine.
A little tiny Fender Pro Junior, 'cause I hate carrying stuff.
Effects: Bluebird tremolo, Radial overdrive, Line 6 DL4 delay, Ernie Ball volume pedal
Laura plays either a nice old Fender Jazz bass or a newer Fender bass with a Jaguar body shape. Depends on her dress.
Paddy plays some drums. Depends if he remembers to get them out of his car before it goes into the shop.
is your bandís favorite food/beverage?
MGD. That's not strictly true, but we've got a vegan, a hard core meat eater and an omnivore, so it seems like the best compromise.
How do you get gigs?
are the difficulties you find playing your kind of music in your area?
It's too damn cold in the winter!
Our congeniality. And the fact that we don't bother with democratic principles
and I'm answering all the questions for everyone without getting their input.
What have you found to be the single most effective promotional tool youíve used
to further your bandís musical path?
We started out with nothing but a Facebook page. In fact, we still have nothing but a Facebook page. So that's been the most effective, though I'm seriously considering a move to bandcamp! Opinions welcome.
12. Whatís the most interesting
performance experience youíve had?
BTW we're playing a show at Club Passim on Jan 30. it's a split bill with a tiki/exotica band called Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica - Should be a good time. .