This past week, I had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite bands, Ballyhoo, and I learned that they're the easiest group of guys to talk to. Their manager, Alex Wright was amazing at fitting me in before their set and this wouldn't have happened without his help. After sitting down with Howi Spangler, Donald Spangler, and Nick Lucera, I got the 411 on their new album and the direction they're going with fame and music.
Q: How did you come up with your band name?
Howi: I wanted to name the band Bombshells or Mean Candy Smash, but then we had a friend that said we should call the band Ballyhoo. I looked up what the word meant and it was loud noise, crazy advertisement, and organized chaos and in my head it was big block letters so it stuck with us.
Q: What songs do you play most on a set?
Howi: Definitely play Walk Away since it's our biggest song, Cervesa because it's a big closer and a lot of fun, Morning Sunlight which is kind of a doowop old 50's rock mix with a Weezer sound.
Q: Describe your upcoming album in three words
Donald: Best album ever
Nick: Freshest album ever
Howi: Fresh as fuck
Q: What's different about your new album compared to previous releases?
Howi: There aren't any punk rock songs on it. We're usually a band that mixes it up and this time we focused on the reggae pop sound to make it bigger and better. It turned out really cool and I think we're all happy about it.
Q: What are some of your musical influences?
Howi: Mine personally is Green Day-that's where I learned to be a performer onstage, Sublime, 311, Incubus, they all mixed the ska, punk and reggae all together
Q: Who are some of your favorite bands to tour with?
Donald: Reel Big Fish is really good
Howi: Ya, Reel Big Fish- they're all really good guys, 311-their crowds show us a lot of love; pretty much everyone we tour with is really fun.
Q: If you were stuck on a deserted island an only got to bring one album, which would you bring?
Howi: Insomniac by Green Day
Nick: The Devil and God are raging inside me by Brand New
Donald: Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
Q: What's the upside and downside of your new label
Howi: We can do whatever we want whenever we want and out out bands we like, but the underside is we don't have much money to spend on recording and the big release market brands. We have a new deal with our distributor that allows us some label services and marketing money, so our new record's going to come out bigger than the last five albums.