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Lynam – Thank You Good Night! CD Review
Lynam, the southern rock band from Birmingham, Al., have finished there live album ‘Thank You Good Night!’ due out Nov. 30. On New Ocean Media. In a press release the band has stated that “this will be the bands final album“. They also go on to say “they are not breaking up.”
Living in Pennsylvania I was lucky to catch Lynam live 4 times this year. “Thank You Good Night!” captures the live experience as well as the humor and the fun the band has playing together. After giving this CD a few spins I can definitely say, I believe this is one of the best Live CD’s to come out this year.
Thank You Good Night! Track List
3. ‘Disco King’
4. ‘Save My Soul’
5. ‘White Trash Superstar’
6. ‘By Your Side’
7. ‘Waste My Life’ (featuring Brian Vaughn)
8. ‘Porn Star’
9. ‘Lindsay Says’
10. ‘Just Say Anything’
11. ‘It’s All In Your Head’
12. ‘Leave Me Alone’
We had a chance to speak with Jacob about the new CD and the press release. Here is what he had to say.
On their new CD Thank You Good Night!
Jacob: The physical CD, is available for preorder. Down loads are available now. We are exited about it. People have been asking us to do a live album for years. We just never got around to putting anything out in till now. We have been recording our shows since before 2006. We put every thing together and we felt like it was a good time to release a live record since every body has been asking for one for so long. So we took all those tracks and gave them to our producer and he mixed them up. A lot of bands when they do live records they go in a fix things that are out of tune. By no means are we a perfect band and Rock N Roll is not meant to be perfect. So we left all the mistakes the attitude the harmonies and lead vocal mistakes. It’s raw it’s honest and it’s a good representation of what the band is.
On the Press release that can be viewed here
Jacob: Its one of those things that is confusing for people. It’s our last record. And people are saying “if you’re not breaking up why is it your last record”. Well we have five records out. This is our sixth. And we have been together for a long time. We are all best friends, we all get along great and we in joy playing together so there is no point in breaking up. But there are other things that each one of us want to do that’s different from Lynam. Different styles of music and different things not even music related outside of Lynam. And Lynam has been a full time thing for so long. The band is not going to break up. There is just not going to be as many shows. We do about 250 shows a year. One year we did 350 shows because we played every night of the week. That’s all it is. We are not having fights. There are no problems. We just want to concentrate on other things besides Lynam. We are going to tour behind Thank You Good Night! This is a long term thing. There will be Lynam shows. But there will also be new music from each one of us. It’s actually pretty exiting.
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After I read this press release on Blabbermouth “JETBOY Singer Quits, Says Band Should Change Its Name” I thought I should give Mickey a buzz to clear the air and find out what was going on. I thought the headline Blabbermouth put on the story was slanted just to make people click. I have noticed they do that a lot.
RN: I interviewed Billy shortly after M3. He seemed excited that a label in Europe was going to re-release the Jetboy CD Damned Nation. He was working on a tour to be booked over there. And everything seemed pretty good for you guys. And now. You released a statement saying you were no longer with the band. What happen?
Mickey Finn: Let me start at sort of the beginning to what led up to where we are at now. Basically the Jetboy organization has been mismanaged for the past 4 years. When we reunited in 2006 things just never came together 100%. We were really stoked for awhile, we had a great relationship going our song writing was great and we played some great shows. We just never had a solid manager. Just the whole team that makes the machine turn was never completely sound, too much internal drama. Everything with the band took to long, every decision took to long, and we procrastinated a lot. And I guess there is always two ways of looking at things, you can look at the bright side or you can look at the down side. For me it got to be a too much of a strain and not so much fun. I’m 47, I work a full time job and play in a band on weekends, ad in photo shoots, some out of town gigs, band meetings, and always back to work on Monday with no time off. I have to be honest with you, in the last four years and all the shows we’ve played I didn’t make a penny. Neither has Billy or Fern. We made money but it all went right back into the costs to keep the band moving, studio costs, van rentals, gas, paying guys to do our web site, buying merch so we have merch to sell. All the money went into the band account and was used to keep the wheels turning but in four years not a fucking penny.
I also think some of the things that have worked against us are that Billy and Fern live in San Francisco, I live in L.A. our current drummer and bass player live in Fresno. I think when we reunited in 2006 if we all lived in L.A. we could have made it happened but having that distance between us it was a chore just to get together and rehearse or accomplish anything. Sometimes we would do a show and we would rehearse an hour or 2 before the show when we had not played together in months. In my opinion things were not moving in a direction where I felt confident in our getting past this point anymore. I started to really lose my faith in the band. Not that the possibility isn’t there, and I do love Jetboy I believe that it could happen for us. But a lot of things would have to change. We would have to live in the same city. We would have to have a good manager and there are so many other factors that would have to take place for me to feel like it would succeed.
In the mean time my life is in L.A. I live with my girl friend here, my friends are here, I work here and I just started feeling like I wanted to try something else with my music, something closer to home. Sometimes I felt like I’m in a band but I don’t get to hang out with my band and rock out at rehearsal and that’s some thing you look forward to doing being in a band. Until recently when we had Mike Butler and DP Hovan on bass and drums they all lived in NORCAL and I would literally be jealous hearing about them rehearsing without me all the time. That was another issue with us also, I mean 4 drummers in 4 years, and then losing Butler who is a great guy, and bass player who absolutely destroyed the stage every show!!
RN: Why did you decide not to do the European tour?
Mickey Finn: We all agreed to do it but there was certain things I was told and certain things I expected that in the end it didn’t turn out that way. One of the things that bugged me was that when we contacted the promoter there and when he started planning the tour there was a couple months or more that went by that we had no report from him. And by the time he came to us he had half the tour booked already and the numbers where low. I heard bands go over there and do good but the guaranties where coming back and average of 250 to 300 Euros. Than I was told that there would be a van there for us with equipment. But I find out in the first email that we would have to pay 120 Euros a day for the van and 50 Euros a day for the driver. That’s not including gas and food, and air fair. This was not adding up. The bottom line is the tour was not a good business decision and we would most likely be losing money digging into our own pockets to pull it off and spending what little money we had saved up from the summer shows to do it.
RN: I read a press release on Blabbermouth that you’re out of Jetboy, they are going on tour with a new singer and you said that they should change the name because it’s not Jetboy any more. Why do you think they should change the name?
Mickey Finn: OK, I didn’t mean it’s not Jetboy with out me. I meant with only two original members its just not the same. We would always kind of make fun of some of these reunion bands that go out there with just the bass player or sometimes no original members . You know, you go to shows and you hear people saying “ who’s playing guitar this time or who’s singing for them now” you know how it is, its like a bunch of cover bands. And that was what people focused on from that press release “JETBOY Singer Quits, Says Band Should Change Its Name” I didn’t mean it egotistically like that. In fact they might have a better chance with a new name. The band is great and as tight as ever, I love Jess and Jessie and Billy and Fern. They are the most talented songwriters I’ve ever played with next to my new band of course!
RN: So to clear the air, you have no hard feelings toward those guys.
Mickey Finn: No of course not. Those guys are family to me and my family my dad has been helping out and he and my mom handle our accounting and shipping merch from there house. It’s just a ruff a spell especially between me and fern. When I told them I couldn’t do the tour because when I get back I wouldn’t have a job and all my bills would be due and we would lose money on this tour, Fern jumped all over me and was very disrespectful, he pushed way to far and I snapped and realized I had enough. I’m not going to ring up my credit cards to go on tour for a month to party with my friends. IM 47, it sounds like a great adventure but I’m not losing my job, getting my car repossessed and ruining my credit to do it. If we cant earn enough to go over there and make money playing than obviously there are not enough people that want to see us over there. I guess we’re not a hot commodity. And sure you can build it up, play there a few times and make more eventually, (maybe). But I have bills to pay, I’m not some kid content to couch surf and bum around in between tours.
RN: So how did Cold Blue Rebels come about?
Mickey Finn: Cold Blue Rebels. I’m not saying I approached this just for fun, I wanted to keep my voice in shape in between Jetboy shows and I have always loved blues rockabilly and punk rock. But I didn’t expect it to develop as fast as it did. I thought this could possibly turn into some thing great and that’s exactly what happen it turned into something great and than it snowballed. The phone doesn’t stop ringing with gig opportunities everything is working beautifully for us. We’ve done really well over the last year playing probably 50-60 shows. We have a great live show with a coffin and zombie go go dancers. We have a good following and a real good buzz going. And I really believe in the product. The songs and the song writing are key. And we have such good chemistry between us. We are all old glam guys that do our blend of horror punk, psychobilly rock n roll. It’s bluesy I play harp on a few songs. It’s cool. Some times we do a stripped down version of our show without the dancers but for the most part we do the zombie make up, and destroy the stage, its just bad ass rock n roll. It’s good, it’s animated but most importantly the song writing is there. We have a new record deal with Horror High records, a new Video “Cold Blue and Beautiful” and we are working out our marketing strategy for next year after the release of the album 1/11/11. It seems that good things are always falling into our laps, and everything is working perfectly its like the rock n roll gods are supporting us and we have been working our ass’s off, so we’ll see where it goes from here. One thing for sure is its all fun, no drama, and everything just seems to be working, unlike the struggles with Jetboy over the last couple years.
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Chris Van Dahl Interview
RN: I haven’t read an interview with you since you left L.A.Guns. What happened?
Chris Van Dahl: I went low key for awhile. I never really told this story. I didn’t want any kind of negative vibe out there. I like to think we left as friends. What actually happened was I got to the point with the band that it just didn’t feel right. It wasn’t a good fit. I love the guys in the group. But it wasn’t working. I’m a rock singer. And Tracii (Tracii Guns) was listening to a lot of really heavy stuff at the time. Like Down and Pantera. And the record got heavily influenced by that stuff. And it changed a lot from the initial direction I thought it was heading into when he asked me to join the band. And I wasn’t really thrilled about it. Again, because I’m a rock singer and I knew we would have problems with the fans. It was not going to be well accepted and it was going to be a battle. With that being said, we all kind of buckled up and did it any way. And it just got to a point where I thought, people don’t dig this the way we would like them to and it would just be a better move for these guys to do something else. So I called Tracii and said “Listen Tracii, it’s just not working out” and he said “Yeah, I know what you mean” and that was kind of the end of the conversation. I left the band.
I got a phone call a couple days later from Tracii and Steven (Steven Riley) saying” We can make this work, we can make this happen. We have to have a meeting about it.” So we have a meeting. We got together. We all got into a room and it was a big tear jerk fest. A lot of “I love you man lets make it work“. So we decided to keep the band together and make it work. Two weeks later I got a phone call from Tracii saying, “You’re out of the band”. He said ,“Your right it’s not working out”. And at that point I found out, through the grape vine that they were courting Phil (Phil Lewis) trying to get him back in the band. So I quit and they fired me. It balances itself out.
RN: I have a demo fromThe Vow, the band you started after L.A.Guns. Why didn’tthat take off?
Chris Van Dahl: The Vow broke up for internal reasons. There was a lot of dysfunction. It wasn’t working. There were a lot of issues. That’s the story in a nut sell. We got the demo done. It was a great band when it was functional but the problem was it wasn’t functional enough to push. So after that I took some time off. I did three years of winters just feeding carrots to deer in my back yard. And I woke up one day and thought “What the fuck am I doing? I‘m a musician.” So I decided to get back into it.
RN: So how did the “Aeromyth” tribute band come about?
Chris Van Dahl: That’s funny. Neil Shelton in “Aeromyth”, got my information from Pauly Alvarez , who played guitar in The Vow. The band was called Pump at the time and they had been looking for a singer for a while. I got the offer and thought this was not going to happen. First thing, I live 3,000 miles away. And another thing is that I have been trying to get away from the Steven Tyler comparisons my whole life. The LA.Guns American Hardcore thing was me with dreads and a mow hawk and my face pierced in 47 places. All the bands I have been in I have gotten the Tyler comparison on my own merits, I needed a change. I’m a huge Areosmith fan but when I got the phone call I didn’t see it happening. So we kept in touch and became friends. And as time past I made my way to California. Neil was consistent and eventually I checked them out. It was cool and I seen the potential. There is a difference between a cover band and a tribute band. This band started out as a fifty dollar a night bar band playing local dives. Now we’re headlining Freemont Street on New Years Eve. This will be the third year in a row. This band has toured and played internationally. It’s crazy how things have blown up.
RN: And how did you become the singer for The Jimmy Crespo Project? One could only assume it was for obvious reasons.
Chris Van Dahl: You would think right? What happened was, we play Vegas pretty often and did a show. There was a guy in the audience that owned a management company that was trying to put together a rock show where there is a core band and each night a different singer would come in as Rod Stewart and then another singer would come in a do someone else. And I got the call and was asked if I was interested? I was told that Jimmy Crespo was on board and the band was going to be called Voodoo Train. We talked about it. Something wasn’t right and it didn’t happen. But through that Jimmy and I got in contact and we started talking and we hit it off and became friends. At the time I was living in California, than I made the move to Vegas and we hooked up and it clicked.
RN: Who is in the band?
Chris Van Dahl: Michael Ellis from the Sin City Sinners. Phil Varone from Skid Row, Kyle Kyle from Bang Tango, Jimmy of course and me. It’s a great bunch of guys. The musicianship is top notch.
RN: What’s the next step for you guys now? I know you guys did your first show not to long ago?
Chris Van Dahl: I can’t tell you what’s going to happen tomorrow. All these guys are known players and someone could come in tomorrow and leave because there might be more money in something else. But based on that first show I can tell you that everybody is into it. I know we have work to do. We need to take a screw driver to some of this stuff. We put that show together pretty fast. The set list was a lot of old school Areosmith and Joe Perry stuff. We did a lot of standard favorites and we did 3 songs from Rock In Hard Place. Jimmy toured with Rod Stewart for a long time so we did some Rod Stewart and some Sweet stuff as well. So as this thing progresses there is talk of doing Rock In A Hard Place from front to back. Well see if that materializes. What I can say for certain is that our plan is to move forward and write a record.
Thanks goes out to Chris for the interview.
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