Bang Tango Drummer Trent Anderson Talks New CD & Sunbury PA Summerfest
National Recording Artist BANG TANGO will be headlining this years Summerfest block party at the Sunbury Rescue Hose Company #1 to raise money for a new water rescue craft. Their current rescue craft was damaged after Hurricane Lee flooded region.
When I spoke to event coordinator Michelle Suhovsky she said “This event is to purchase apparatus. Our water rescue boat was damaged in the recent flooding where I have to add, our water rescue team was out for 36 straight hours, saving more than 30 lives, pets too. We need to raise money for a new boat so I thought “Let’s organize a Block Party“ . I was always a fan of Bang Tango. When I starting promoting I thought. “I would love to put them in here and play.”
This event will also be featuring AVENGING AUTUMN, AUDIOBURN and BURY THE SUN. This is an all day event, bands start at 4:00 pm. BANG TANGO will play at 9:15, Tickets Go on Sale April 4th, ticket cost is $15.00. Contact Michelle @ 570-259-5826 or Joel @ 570-765-2397 for tickets and event information
Interview W/ Trent Anderson
RN: You just played this years M3 festival, how did that go for you guys?
Trent Anderson: It was amazing on all levels. Not only was the lineup great but it was really enjoyable seeing Ratt, Queenryche, Quit Riot and everybody else. Everyone I had a chance to watch did a good job. The people that run M3 are amazing. They are professional and they treat the bands very well. The fans are just die hard. If you have never gone to M3 I strongly recommend trying to get there. You won’t be disappointed. To View Bang Tango Live At M3 2012 Click Here
RN: Let’s talk about you new CD. “Pistol Whipped In The Bible Belt”.
Trent Anderson: It was released last October here in the states and it was just released in Europe this part March.
RN: How is the CD doing?
Trent Anderson: It’s doing well. It has gotten some pretty good reviews especially in Germany?
RN: How has the response been from the fans?
Trent Anderson: It’s been good, I think that’s partly because we wanted to be honest about the album and not pass it off as something that it isn’t. It was an honest album. It was something that we wanted to do. We knew we were taking a risk, you always are. We knew we would have some people saying “it does not sound like the old band“. What band does? On top of that there are only a handful of bands out there that have their original members. So the bottom line is, this was not going to sound like the first album anyway. We wanted to bring that essence, that feel, that funky kind of groove back but we also wanted a record that said, “This is modern. This is rock n roll. This is where Bang Tango is now“. I think over the next few releases we are going toward a funkier, bluesy kind of feel. This record was not planned to sound this way. It sounds this way because this is who we are but we didn’t want to remake the first record either. We just wanted to do something for our selves.
RN: When it came to recording and writing did everyone have a hand it?
Trent Anderson: Yeah, we all had a hand in writing this album. We had a few friends help out as well. This is something we wanted to do and have fun with. Let’s be honest, the money from the old days is just not there anymore. So we thought if we were not going to get rich off of this thing, let’s be proud of it, let’s have fun with it and let’s make it with people we really like and care about.
RN: I don’t know how many people know this but, this CD has been in the making for a while. Before Alex (Grossi) left the band, this CD was in the works. Did Alex help out with the album?
Trent Anderson: Yeah he did. Alex is family to us. Alex will always be apart of this band. Alex co-wrote a song on the album called “Suck It Up”. And yes it’s been in the making for awhile. We wrote one song in storage space that a band was using as a practice spot. We wrote another song in my brother’s basement in Ohio, we wrote another song in a club in Idaho Falls. We wrote another song in a hotel room in Seattle. So this thing was written while we were on the road and we put it all together in the studio. We had 2 brilliant producers who work at Johnny K’s studio. Kevin (karp) Rodgers and Daniel Salcido did a great job. They had input on the album as well. It was a great experience. It was fun and off the cuff. It was great.
RN: How many new songs do you play live?
Trent Anderson: Four songs from the new CD. We just added “Soul To Soul”, it’s good stuff. There is some old stuff, some new stuff. There is something off of every album except for “From The Hip”.
RN: It’s good to hear that you are playing songs from your new CD. A lot of bands just live off of what they did in the past and don’t play any new stuff at all.
Trent Aderson: We are just having a good time. Like I said if we are not going to get rich we want to have fun.
RN: I wanted to ask about a show you have coming up June 30th in Sunbury PA. It’s a fundraiser for the Sunbury Rescue Hose Company #1 to raise money to buy a new Rescue Craft which was damaged during the flood of 2011 where they rescued over 30 people plus animals as well.
Trent Anderson: Yes, this is a situation where a friend of ours Joel (Skin suit) Walter really wanted us on this show. He was a big part in getting this date together. We are all about it. We said let’s do this, let’s get involved. We obviously can’t get involved with every fundraiser because we all live in different areas and it’s hard to get to places but we wanted to get involved with this one. This is important.
RN: You’re right it is important. These people are all volunteers and they risk their lives to save others on a daily basis. It’s great to see you guys helping out.
Trent Anderson: I hate when musicians have attitudes like they are better then everyone else. All a musician does is play music and sell records. We are like monkeys in the zoo. The real heroes in this world are the Firefighters, the Police, the E.M.T.‘s, Nurses, Men and Women in the Armed Forces and School Teachers.
RN: For the people in Sunbury, what can they expect to see from Bang Tango?
Trent Anderson: We are going to give every song we can give them. We want to play a nice long set. At every show we do a meet n great. It’s very important to meet and hang out with the people that come out to our shows. The fans are more important than we are because with out them we can’t do what we do.
RN: Trent as always thank you for your time and I’ll see you in Sunbury.
Trent Anderson: Thank you and ill see you soon.
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