Pat Taylor Interview
One of the newer bands to emerge on the horizon is R.C.A. recording artists "The Breaks." Based out of Memphis, this group was named as "The best local rock band of I982'' by “Commercial Appeal" (A Memphis newspaper.). Guitarist Pat Taylor spoke with us about "The Breaks" past, present and future.
Q. What did you have to do in order to he named "The best local rock band of I982?
A. We really didn't do anything special. We just hung in Memphis and played original music from the beginning and stuck in there for three years. We haven't left Memphis a lot. I think we got it, because we deserved it we hung in there a lot more than many of the other groups. We had a really large following in the mid South area. I think it was pretty much a legitimate thing. I think they gave it to us because they think we were worth it, if that's not too egotistical sounding
Q. I suppose many people think of Memphis as being the home of country music and blues music. Is there an audience in Memphis for all types of music?
A. Yes. In the last few interviews we've had, most people have that misconception that Memphis and Nashville are mostly county 'n western, but there's a large supply of people for every music market, It's a great place I think most people would be surprised if they went there. It's got a very large musical community. The thing we don't have is the business end of it, we don't have managers, agents we have good studios and good musicians.
Q. In describing your music you say "it's rhythmic, melodic, and unique." For all the people reading this interview and thinking of buying the album, what is unique about "The Breaks" music?
A. Well, I don't know what exactly is unique about it. I think different people would find different things. But, Susanne (The Breaks lead singer) has a very unique voice I don't think she sounds like anyone. It's kind of a low voice, a low register. And she speaks that way also. We don't really do anything outrageous, but we like to communicate with our crowds. I think you can derive different meanings from our lyrics, like you can with just about any other record. I think that it's positive music and that it's melodic, and original. I think it has a sound ail of its own. And other than that, I don't know.
Q. With concert tickets so expensive these days, don't you think that people want go see a performer that is outrageous?
A. Yes. I think that's true, but I think there's different ways to be that. Communication is lacking in some groups, and I think that's one thing we do have. Susanne tikes eye contact with the audience. We don't wear makeup or have flash pods go off or stick our tongues out to shock people we don't stand still on stage, but we don't use gimmicks, because we really don't feel comfortable with it. We feel more comfortable presenting ourselves just the way we are and playing our music. I think it has its outrageous qualities and its shocking qualities as well, I just don't think we're being blatant about it. I think our gimmick is Susanne. I think that Susanne has an extremely versatile voice and she's a good looking woman and she's very sexy to watch on stage. It's not that we've closed our eyes lo anything else. If something comes along that we ail agree on, or the record company feels strongly about I think we would go with it.
Q. Susanne says she can't wail to gel out on the road. Is [hat pretty much the feeling of everybody in the group? Does she understand what the road is all about?
A. I've been on the road. This is my twentieth group, so I've pretty much been through it before I have mixed emotions about it. I know that there's hard times, and I know that there's good times Our group hasn't done a lot of touring. We've stayed around the Memphis area for three years For the purpose of not beating our fiends against the preverbal club wall without product I couldn't see US going out and spending money on a truck breaking down in Arizona or wherever, when we could pay the rent just as easily and still keep ourselves going in Memphis. And of course it had a lot to do with the fact that Memphis supports us and that hasn’t happened with any of the other groups I’ve been in.
Q. Pete Townshend has made the remark. "I suppose what's lacking in the music of today is depth and the commitment to the depth you put in." Do you have any idea what Pete Townshend is talking about here?
A. I guess my connotation of that would be a feeling of putting yourself into a thing and giving even when you don't feel like giving. There's a lot of people in this world and in this business, who feel the world owes them something or that they deserve this or that I don’t really believe that I think you've gut to work tor »t. Some people are horn with it and some people gain it. but I think you have lo be a certain kind of person, a very strange kind of person, to want to put up with this kind of business, with all the bring downs, disappointments, and tips and downs I think he means you just have to keep on giving or thats what I think he means
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