In our continuing effort to bring the best of the nationally known, unsigned
talent to your attention, we present Ambush.
Calling New Jersey home, Ambush has already sold thousands of copies of an
independently produced album.
They're on their way up, and Ambush is certainly one band you'll want to watch.
Sal Flamma pounds the skins for Ambush, and he talked with us about the group.
Q. Sal, does this group have a financial backer?
A. Yes, now we do. We would fly out to Hollywood and play every year and just
try to get someone to look at us. As we went back and forth, one of my friends
moved out there, and landed this job with a large video production company.
We had this album out, which we did ourselves. We put three thousand into
it, and have it in local stores. And this guy saw it, Craig Fanning, and
he's our manager now. He worked on like tons of big videos. He does people
like Aerosmith. He's been helping us out like crazy, and that's what we needed.
We were playing, plugging away for six years. It's like someone's gotta see
us. And, finally we hooked up with him.
Q. You guys are from Vineland, NJ. What big city is that
A. It's 35 minutes west of Atlantic City.
Q. Is it true Ambush used to open for Cinderella at a club
called the Galaxy?
Q. How many times did you open for Cinderella?
A. We opened for them a few times, and this is when we first started out. So,
it was like five years ago. And, that's when they weren't drawing that many
people either. They were drawing maybe 30-40 people. We were all pretty much
just starting out.
Q. So you and Steve (Russo) formed Ambush in what year?
A. 1984. That's when we really started getting serious about what we wanted
to do. It was like, if we're gonna do it, let's do it right, and make sure
we get everybody who's really into it. Me and Steve have been together since
high school, just tryin' to find the right things. It was really hard at
Q. Ambush was originally a Top 40, cover band?
A. Yeah, that's how we first started.
Q. So, you were playing the hotel circuit?
A. No. We weren't that much into it. We were doing local clubs, fairs. We would
play 'Ratt' tunes, some old Motley Crue. We found out, we couldn't play anybody
else's music. So, I said, Steve let's go original.
Q. Did you go in debt to play clubs in other states? Traveling
around must be expensive.
A. We did, yeah, especially in Hollywood. The whole band would just like save
up for a whole year, and then just go for a whole week, and play. We played
the Roxy, the Whisky, Gazzari's.
Q. In the group bio, Ambush is described as a "ground-breaking,
trend-setting band, ready to take your place among the rock elite." Why
do you see the band as being "ground-breaking and trend-setting?"
A. O.K. It's like now, not that it's wrong or anything, but it just seems to
me there's a lot of bands wearing leather. And, we're more showy. We're a real
show band. All our moves are all the same, and it's all choreographed. The
whole show is like that. It's kind of like "A Chorus Line rock 'n' roll." We're
real colorful. It's real bright. We're non-stop. It's like pure energy. I think
that's what makes us different.
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