Band name: The Crustaceans – “Northeast Connecticut’s BEST Fathers and Kids Surf-Rock Instrumental Combo”.
Genre: Instrumental Rock
(Surf Rock, Garage, proto Rock, Groove)
Geographical Area: Connecticut, South-central Mass., NYC on occasion
Interview with: all band members contributing by email on 10/29/06
Riordan/Guitar, Paul Tanner/Bass, Ryan Tanner/Drums & percussion, Galen
Riordan/Keyboards & percussion, Kelsey Riordan/percussion and socializing.
Ryan and Galen were playing on the same soccer team a couple years ago. Paul and Dave started bringing guitars to the practices to kill time on the sidelines. Paul dared us to play an open mike night, then we coerced the kids (The Squids!) to join in the fun and the rest is history. We like to say we’re doing it for the children!
The band itself is very influenced by Link Wray, Los Straitjackets, The Ventures, Lonnie Mack Band, Preston Wayne Four, 9th Wave, Clams, VBMC, Sasquatch & Sickabillys – a lot of amazing folks who play locally and impress us mightily.
Paul: Herb Alpert, Blind Melon, Early CDB, Cream, Dylan, Miles Davis, G. Dead, Vince Gualmardi, Hendrix, P. Jam, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, RUSH, Angela Pistilli, Jean-Luc Ponty, T. Monk, The Outlaws (Fla.GuitarArmy), M. Ravel, Richard Strauss, Skynyrd, Led Zep, Mongo Santamaria, S. Pumpkins, STP, Hot Tuna, T-Bone Walker, War. Thank you all.
Dave: Geez, how’d the two of us end up in a band together? The first version of Pipeline I paid attention to was when I heard Johnny Thunders playing it. I was very into the new wave bands coming out in the late 1970’s – I loved the sound of The Ramones, Talking Heads, etc. They were very different from the classic rock and disco around then. Much like surf is different than what’s popular today. (What is popular today, anyway?) Always enjoyed power-pop bands like The Raspberries, Badfinger, etc. Los Straitjackets are amazing. When I started playing guitar again (mid-life crisis) I stumbled on the Preston Wayne 4 up in Worcester. We steal several songs from them.
4. What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?
Mostly covers and rearrangements of songs. We have one original (Bigfoot) and are always talking about trying to do more.
Only what Jim Lawler (NESMA Archivist) has recorded during gigs. Jim just shows
up, asks permission and nails it down. THANKS Jim!!
Dave: Epiphone Dot w/ a Bigsby Trem, A Danelectro Hodad w/ a Digsby Trem, Fender Princteon amp mainly. Mostly cobbled together stuff.
Ryan: generic kit, Zildjan cymbals (when he remembers to bring them). Remo djembes and a cool goat skin conga from Grandpa Bernie.
Galen: Yamaha keyboard courtesy of Aunt Alice, Peavey amp we got for free.
Kelsey: Tambourines, bongos, maracas. Anything that makes a noise and keeps that
Dave: Mike Rosado invited us to play at Schmedley’s pub for a NESMA surf summit, leading us down the path of ruin in bars. Now Unsteady Freddie has invited us to play at Otto’s Shrunken head in NYC (Dec. 2, 2006). Surely the child welfare authorities will be after us soon.
Kelsey: Likes to tell everyone she knows about the cool band she is in.
Indoors you have to play quieter than outdoors. It is hard to play quieter. We
often have gigs outside and they get cancelled because of rain.
Membership in NESMA has been great. Attending other NESMA band's performances and hanging out afterwards to ask questions has been very educational.
We maintain websites on MySpace - www.myspace.com/crustaceansrock and www.crustaceans.moonfruit.com . This is a fun activity in the cold season and way to engage music freaks all over the world. We got a comment the other day from a guy in Ireland. Cool. We have a few videos up on YouTube as well. Having youngsters in the band helps us deal with all this technology stuff.
will be working on a CD/DVD promo packet this winter. With
targeted mailings/follow up and face to face meetings this will hopefully lead
to some new venues.
Playing We-Like-It Ice Cream Stand, Abington CT. Ryan forgot his cymbals, and we had to split the high hat to make a basic cymbal pack. It sounded like something out of a Barbie set.
Playing a double header at Oobah’s Deli in Willimantic CT last month with the Acoustic Surf Tones - Galen forgot the electric cord for the keyboard, and an audience member ran out and bought batteries for us during our set. The place closed shortly thereafter (see answer to question 9) but we did get free sandwiches.
What do you hope to get out of being a NESMA member?
2006 was our NESMA "Coming Out" year. It is a fitting climax of a fun year to be invited to play Otto’s NYC on December 2! Thanks Unsteady Freddie! See you there.