Americade Interview

Something exciting is happening in rock music these days and it's called "Americade". Four guys without benefit of a major recording label, have been igniting audiences everywhere with their own brand of rock 'n roll.

Based out of Brooklyn, N.Y., "Americade" has already caught the attention of famed booking agent Frank Barsalona of Premier Talent. Barsalona was responsible for booking The Beatles, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and so many other superstars.

Americade's star is definitely on the rise and this is one group that should be watched closely.

We talked with Americade's lead vocalist, Mr. P.J. deMarigny.

Q. P.J., you've been quoted as saying, "Some groups want to be mean, vicious, or angry. Some groups like REO or Journey want to be loved. We just want to be enjoyed." What groups appear mean, vicious or angry to you? .
A. Well, some groups that want to be hated I guess are Van Halen. The groups you love to hate. I guess the ones to be loved are Journey. And some want to be feared like Riot. Riot has a funny sort of stigma too, 'cause one of my buddies was in that group. He's not my buddy anymore, but we're sort of in rival groups because of him, not me. Anyway, he just tried to get over the point more or less, that, 'Hey, listen you and Gerard (P.J.'s brother and Americade's lead guitarist), you guys didn't starve man, you didn't go out on the road and sleep in the back of your car, that's what you have to do to be a real rocker.' And my answer man, is, what does any of that have to do with being a real rocker? A real rocker is somebody who has love and dedication to the music he's doing and total artistic and creative control. I think the most ideal rocker type is Robert Plant, because the man is respected when he sings, and he doesn't walk around with leathers tryin' to kill people, and he doesn't find his musical integrity at the bottom of a beer can. He just has a lot of dedication to his sort of music, and that's what the fundamental thing behind all of this stuff is anyway. I'm not saying that we don't have an image. Of course we have an image, we are what we are. We have sort of a wild sense of humor. It's true that none of the guys in the band do drugs or drink or anything like that, but that's more or less out of our own choice. You'll probably never meet four of the straightest people in your life, that's the way we are. We get our jollies off in different ways. We like to do radio station interviews and kind of tear apart the place a little bit. We're kind of wild with the ladies and stuff, and that's the way we do it.

Q. You haven't played many live dates as a group, so how does a group that doesn't play out much stay together?
A. We thought the way Queen came out in 1973 was the best way to do it. We decided to do only huge shows in New York's biggest halls. Of course because it costs so much money we weren't able to do many shows. And because of the size of the show, and the effects, and the cost of advertising, no promoter would touch us. We had to promote ourselves. We got our own bucks together and played just like one job every three months, in a strategic place. We didn't try to fill the hall. That wasn't what we were worried about. The thing we most wanted to do was get the notoriety that hey, Americade has to play big stage and that they have a big show. And we let word of mouth take over from there. Developing a following in the clubs is O.K. but that's just not the way we decided to do it. We decided to do just large shows and get known for doing large and big shows, so that we're known to be a large and big group. Anyway, if you play clubs before you release an album, you're known as a club band, because you're not playing in support of an album. Once you have an album out, you can play the clubs, 'cause then you're a group that's out on tour, supporting an album. You're not just a club group. And that's how we maintained our integrity, by playing only once every three months until we had the album out. Our idea of coming out is Raid. That's what we're going to name our first tour "Americade Raid." It's all part of our philosophy. We figure that if you have a 10,000 man Army and you want to capture a town, don't send 'em in one by one, send the whole 10,000 of 'em in!

Q. What happens if this group fails?
A. Our whole thing is, there is no tomorrow. If we fail, probably my parent’s home is going to be gone, my car, all of the guys in the bands' equipment and everything else will probably be gone. But, if you believe in something as much as we do, it's not a chance, it's an investment. Most people don't have the guts enough to put up their own house, but we do. My parent’s believe in us. We try to treat everything in Americade like one big family. This is the way we decided to be. We want family. We don't want to be an overnight success, or an overnight one hit wonder, you know you do one song and then you go away. We're setting this up so we can be here five years from today.

Q. From your promo picture, it almost seems like "Americade" is imitating Van Halen.
A. There's a little joke going on around Capitol Records and all the companies we showcased for, that they're Van Halen. Like I said before everybody has their own style. Some groups just do head banging music like Judas Priest or AC/DC. Some people do happy metal like Boston. Everybody has their own style including Van Halen. They do good time metal. But we do a wider type of music. We do a lot more diverse type of music than Van Halen does.

Q. How do you classify your music then?
A. American Metal. American Metal to us is the new face of hard rock. It's directly at odds with the record company push for the song oriented, post new wave and the machine oriented techno-pop. Rock fans like me want to hear bands that sound real on the albums, and it's time American rock bands take the reins and start playing a larger assortment of hard rock. The underlying theme of our American Metal album is diversity and unity. Diversity in the sort of hard rock we do.

Q. "We want to go beyond our records; we want to transcend our music." What are you talking about there?
A. The tunes are not important. We try to mix the right sounds that fit our personalities as a group, not to fit the song. The song is not important, it's the idea of the group that's gonna transcend us. That's how groups stay around for five or six years and not become one hit wonders. It's a new thing. There aren't too many groups that have a philosophy like that. They try to mix it per tune. We're just tryin' to bring out, maybe for better, maybe for worse, but if the people love us, we figure they'll love our music and we're tryin' to bring out us in our music.

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