1.0  What’s up at Pravda these days? Pravda is quietly extremely busy and kicking ass. We released 4 records last year and our licensing dept has placed our catalog in tons of tv shows, films, ads, video games, and anywhere else you can think of that uses music.
2.0  Has the labels content mirror your tastes or is their some driftin the stearing? Our content has always mirrored my taste or my label manager’s taste. First we look at what we like. Then we look at it to determine if it is a good business decision. We like tons of stuff that make no sense from a business point of view. Sometimes, though, we just say “screw it” Let’s release it anyway! We’ll make our money back in 5 years!”
3.0  What were the early influences that got you hooked? I got hooked on rock and roll by 6th grade. I was terrified of living a boring life, like lots of people around me in the suburbs, so I started buying Lps by everyone from Liberace to Lynnyrd Skynnrd to the beatles. I was creating my own rock and roll fantasy to alleviate boredom. Then I decided I needed to take action, so I started my own group called “STARFIRE”.
4.0  How does being a bass player relate to your personality? I’m not really a bass player. My character in New Duncan Imperials plays bass. I’m really a piano player, which means I’m not really into sports.
5.0  How would describe The Goldstars? We’re a very unpopular 60’s influenced garage band that rocks pretty hard. I play organ and it’s plain and simple fun. WE are lucky now to be Andre Williams backup band, so that enables us to tour Europe 3 times a year and also promote ourselves that way.
6.0  Whose idea was NDI? NDI came about in the back of the van on a long and destructive tour by The Service. We were endlessly driving around the country playing to 30 people, when we decided to become a 3 piece and I would play bass and we would write strange and stupid songs after drinking way too much. Then it caught on. So we decided to ride it out for 20 years.
7.0  Why is their so little humor in American rock music? Because lots of musicians take themselves too seriously and forget that they are in the “Entertainment Industry” but I think there is lots of humor in music these days. Whenever I listen to B96 with my daughter, I start cracking up uncontrollably!
8.0  Looking back some, did The Service have a “chance”? Not really. But it depends what you mean by “chance”. We had opportunities to tour and make some good records and learn about life. But generally we were too sloppy and strange for mainstream America.
9.0  Biggest disappointment seeing a band live? KC and the Sunshine Band. I was a huge fan in the 70’s and then he came to Chicago in the 90’s and played along with tapes and 2 chick singers. I’m like- “Where’s ther band?, Where’s the cool horn section?, Where’s the funky drummer?” People were throwing shit at him and then I left. I guess those were the cocaine years for KC.
10.0  Do drummers get a bad rap? They get a bad rap, but do pretty well with the ladies, so it all evens out.


1.0  What is the most recent song you have written and what is it about? Daze Long.  It’s about 2 months old and I have recorded it.  Waiting to mix it.  It’s about being on the cusp of losing your job and all of the fears associated with that.  But at the end of the day, life is still good.  It’s good to be alive.

2.0  Has your approach to song writing changed over the years? I’m more critical of the material.  I’ve gotten to a place where I consciously need to let go, do the work and not self-edit to early in the process. I’d gotten to a point where I was doing a little something then dismissing it because it either reminded me of something I’ve done or possible something someone else had done.

3.0  Material wise, when do you know you have something? When it feels right.  It’s a gut thing.

4.0  You can take Boom Hank out of the south-side, but can you take the south-side out of Boom Hank? LOL. I must say, Boom Hank is very un-south-side for south-siders but having said that, it is a part of who we are, whether we like it or not.  That is the thing that makes us “unique”.

5.0  How do you feel about sharing mp3’s?  I’m all for sharing music, just as I did as a teenager.  I’d make as many mixtapes and dubs as I could to spread the love and turn people on to, what I thought, was great new music.  I’m not for file sharing networks where millions of people can grab it for free…unless the artist allows it as apart of their marketing strategy.

6.0  Have you ever set anything on fire? Oh yes!  It was spectacularly out of control and scared the shit out of me.  I was very young and a girl was involved.  I could see how an event like that, at a very young age, could have had an inverse effect and a person being very much enthralled with the power of being able to create that kind of event.  That’s where the inspiration for the song “Kindling” came from.

7.0  Is it still important for bands to rehearse a lot before entering the studio? I think it depends on the level of ability that a band has and what it is they are trying to accomplish with the recording.  A band that is too well rehearsed can take the edge out of a song that should have it…and vice-versa.  The tricky thing about recording is that you try and capture some kind of “magic” and the conditions for catching it are constantly changing.

8.0  You have been an engineer for many years, how does that impact your approach in the studio? It makes me nuts.  I would rather have a bit more ignorance to the process.  I know of all the choices and that can drag me down. Keep it simple stupid!

9.0  Your stuck on i-94, what have you to listen to? In my car now is, The Tallest Man On Earth’s “The Wild Hunt”, Bon Iver’s “Blood Bank” EP, Frightened Rabbit’s “The Winter Of Mixed Drinks” and The xx’s “XX”.

10.0  There’s an alien is the backyard; he’s got a record in his hand, what is it? “Rocket 88’”….it’s his/her first rock ‘n roll experience and what sent them here ~