Coast Entertainment On-line Interview
The Mallett Brothers Band
The Mallett Brothers Band is an alt-country/rock band from Portland, Maine. Slightly more rock than country. They formed in 2009, and have released three full length albums. They have toured the country extensively, opening for acts ranging from .38 Special to Toby Keith to Travis Tritt to the Turnpike Troubadours, as well as headlining a huge range of clubs including the famed Continental Club in Austin.
Band Members Include:
Luke Mallett – Vocals and
Will Mallett – Vocals, Guitar and Banjo
Nate Soule – Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Mandolin, and Keyboard
Nick Leen – Bass
Brian Higgins – Drums
Wally Wenzel – Electric Guitar, Dobro (Resonator), Keyboard
Let's find out more about this
highly talented band:
FCE: What's the name and origin of your band?
Mallett Brothers Band". Luke and I are brothers and first started really
playing together when Luke was living with Nick, who he'd played with in a
couple bands before. We initially set up a MySpace profile under the name
"The Nick Leen Trio" but the Mallett Brothers Band just seemed to
make sense. We haven't changed the name since then. By the time the rest of
the band got on board I believe the name had been all settled already; but
either way there wasn't a ton of discussion about it.
FCE: Please list the name, age, school, and respective instrument of each band member.
TMBB: Luke Mallett, graduate of
Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, is 30, sings and plays acoustic
guitar. I'm Will, I'm 29, went to Foxcroft Academy and Middlebury College
in Vermont. I sing, play guitar and a little banjo. Nate Soule is around 35ish
I think, went to Yarmouth High School in Maine and Sarah Lawrence College;
plays acoustic and electric guitars and mandolin. Nick Leen went to Yarmouth
High School in Maine, is 30, plays bass. Wally and Brian are in their 40's;
Brian is a Westbrook High graduate in Maine and plays drums; Wally is a student
of the world and plays a bunch of different guitars and other instruments.
FCE: What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
TMBB: I know all bands say this
but we don't neatly fit into any one genre. Unfortunately in the real world
we do have to say something so we usually say something along the lines of
"country rock" or "americana rock." Major influences vary
by band member but we're all big fans of old rock and roll, old country, blues,
folk revival music, and a ton of other stuff. Luke and my dad David Mallett
is a big influence on our songwriting, and other major influences would include
everything from Steve Earle to Pink Floyd to Motorhead to Rush to Gordon Lightfoot.
FCE: How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
TMBB: A bunch of these guys have
known each other for ten or twenty years, playing in different bands in the
Portland, Maine area together. I've known all these guys for about 5 years
now, and basically met them all (other than my brother) when I moved to Portland
and started playing music down there.
FCE: When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
TMBB: We started playing together
in 2009. A band called Boombazi that Nick, Luke and Nate were all in together
had just disbanded. I saw an opportunity to finally get to play some music
with my brother in a serious way so I jumped on that. Once we got all of us
together, it was a pretty natural match and we just sorta took it from there.
FCE: Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
TMBB: We're 100% independent. It
has its downsides for sure ($$$), but being able to keep everything pretty
much in-house gives us a degree of freedom that's pretty unheard of and we're
very lucky to be able to do it. We're members of different performing rights
organizations like BMI, but for all intensive purposes we're purely independent.
FCE: Where have you performed? Do you have any upcoming shows?
TMBB: We've been lucky enough to perform all over the country, from our home state of Maine to Colorado, Texas, down south and all over. The upstate NY region is definitely one of our favorite stops - Saratoga Springs and Saranac Lake in particular have been pretty regular spots for us and we're always psyched to get over there because the crowds are great, the people are great, and there are a bunch of really good bands and a good scene. We're pretty much always on tour all over the place, our most up to date schedule is on our website mallettbrothersband.com/tour
FCE: Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
TMBB: We have about 4 hours worth
of original music so we mostly play originals. The set varies by night; sometimes
we'll do mostly new stuff, sometimes we'll go back to the older stuff, depending
on how we're feeling, if anything has been requested, and depending on the
feel of the venue and the crowd. We will do a couple covers now and then just
to mix things up. A Johnny Cash song, a Waylon song, a JJ Cale song, a Ray
Wylie Hubbard song and the like have all made their way into our set now and
then. We'll do one of our dad's songs now and then too. Hard Light is a crowd
FCE: Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
TMBB: We're in a pretty unique
position of having four songwriters in the band, so songs come in all shapes
and sizes. Sometimes we'll work together on stuff, sometimes somebody will
bring something to the table that's all finished and arranged and everything,
it totally depends. Themes are pretty varied too, we've got a lot of the typical
country song fodder like love songs, party songs, songs about being broke,
songs about ice fishing, and heavier stuff like suicide and depression are
sometimes touched upon too. The range is wide, and will probably get wider
the longer we keep playing songs together.
FCE: Could you briefly describe your music-making process?
TMBB: It's really always changing when it comes to creating new music, or the writing or arranging process. Most often we get together and try to let loose; we'll get into pretty psychedelic territory in terms of jamming when we're in the rehearsal space, and a lot of time it's out of that broad net that we cast that we get things that really stick or that we'll keep coming back to.
FCE: What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
TMBB: It depends on how our tour schedule is at the moment. Through the summer we're typically playing gigs 4 nights per week or more, so when we finally get home it's nice to have a night or two off and we don't rehearse quite as much. Once things settle down in the fall or winter we try to have a more regular schedule, at least one or two nights per week. Sometimes we'll have an agenda and try to crank through a list of things we'd like to accomplish, sometimes we'll spend the bulk of the rehearsal goofing off, or pulling out obscure instruments and getting weird. Keeping the fun alive is a big part of making good music for us and keeping us all happy and excited about what we're doing. So we try to leave some space and keep things low pressure for the most part. We're a pretty relaxed bunch.
FCE: How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
TMBB: It's evolved again and again
actually. Our first album was very acoustic based and had a strong rootsy
feel; the second album had more of a rock sound but still had a focus on the
acoustic guitars, dobro, some banjo and a pretty organic sound paired with
some more rock-like songwriting. The latest record Land is sort of a mix of
the two, with some folkier songs, some really heavy stuff that's straight
up rock and roll, and some things that fall somewhere in the middle. It will
definitely continue to evolve too, and we're looking forward to seeing how
the next album pans out in that regard.
FCE: What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
TMBB: It really is a lot like being
married to 5 people at once. One of the biggest challenges for most bands
I think, ourselves not excluded, is making sure everyone gets along and is
all on the same page. You have to be willing to make compromises, you have
to learn to deal with each others unique personalities, and not let any of
that stuff be a problem. We bust each others balls and try to have fun and
make light of everything we can and so we get along really really well, but
it's easy to see how little things like "what restaurant are we stopping
at" can add up over time and lead to bigger tensions.
FCE: What's your ultimate direction for your band?
TMBB: Outward bound. We plan to keep touring, keep making records, and just keep on going. We've had a lot of good luck so far by doing what we're doing, which is just make records and tour hard, so we plan to stick to that formula.
FCE: What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
TMBB: Have fun and have faith. The more conviction you have the better you'll be, and you'll never get anything done if you're not confident enough to get out there and do something. Worst case scenario, you'll learn something. Best case you'll wind up getting to drive around the country in a sweaty van with a bunch of buddies and there's really nothing like that. My dad said the other day about music that the reason it's great is because you get to make it up -- literally, you just sit down and write stuff down and then sing it. There's a lot of freedom there and very few rules.
FCE: How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
TMBB: You can stream songs on our
website and a ton of other places on the internet - Facebook, Spotify, etc
etc. We also have CDs for sale on our website or you can download through
iTunes or anywhere else you kids are getting music these days.
FCE: Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
TMBB: There are tons. We did a Pledge Music campaign for our last album, which is a kickstarter type deal where fans buy stuff and that's how we finance the album, and we were very lucky to get a ton of support from a lot of fans there. We couldn't have done it without them. Beyond that, any time someone comes up at a gig and says "this song helped me through a break up" or "keep doing what you guys are doing" or anything along those lines, that's really the fuel that keeps us going above and beyond anything else.
FCE: What is your next move? Where do you go from here?
TMBB: We have a
handful of songs recorded recently down in Nashville and we're thinking of
some cool ways to get that music out there; maybe do a limited run vinyl or
something; but either way we'll be releasing a bunch of new material pretty
soon, and in the mean time we'll be hitting the road playing gigs all over
FCE: Any last words?
TMBB: Thank you
guys for supporting music, stay safe on the roads this winter and come out
and hang with us some time.
The Mallett Brothers Band (2010)
Low Down (2011)
Dec 27 – St. Lawrence Arts
& Community Center, Parish Hall Theater – Portland ME
Dec 31 – Private Event
Jan 4 – The Met – Pawtucket RI
Jan 11 – The Sinclair – Cambridge Mass.
Jan 18 – The Strand Theatre – Rockland ME
of the Union' by Waydown Wailers
Available on TouchTunes Digital Jukebox
Woodstock Records announces
the album 'State of the Union' by Waydown Wailers has been added to TouchTunes
digital jukeboxes and myTouchTunes.com.
TouchTunes pioneered the digital jukebox concept back in 1994 and have been leading the industry ever since. TouchTunes is present in over 60,000 bars and restaurants in North America, and is second only to iTunes in volume of paid music downloads. They provide millions of people with fast and easy access to their favorite music - online and on the go.
Waydown Wailers from NNY are Brothers Dave and Christian Parker with Michael "Scruffy" Scriminger and Connor Pelkey.
Woodstock Records, in Woodstock New York, Ulster County, is partially owned by Aaron “Professor Louie” Hurwitz. In the 1990s, Hurwitz and the late Levon Helm co-produced three albums for the Band: “Jericho,” “High on the Hog” and “Jubilation.” His own group, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix, has released eight albums on Woodstock Records and has been nominated for five Grammy awards.
Waydown Wailers - http://www.waydownwailers.com
Coast Entertainment Magazine
On-line Interview with Pat Duffy
Local talent is what this tabloid is all about. Pat Duffy has been actively performing for the last twenty years and has been songwriting and playing guitar since 1979. Pat is also a local guitar maker. Since schedules and the modern day busy life style sometimes prohibits face to face interviews we use technology to do On-line interviews. So – lets meet Pat Duffy from Ogdensburg, NY.
FCEM – Okay Pat,
let's get started.
FCEM - Who are your influences?
Pat - Many! Hendrix, Clapton, Elvis, Beatles, Elvis Costello,Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ramones, Danny Gatton, Led Zepplin.
FCEM - What type of musician are you?
Pat - Americana
FCEM - What inspired you to become what you are?
Pat - My love for music and the fact I am able to perform the music and my never ending search for a new great tune!
FCEM - What idols do you have and why?
Pat - Stevie Ray Vaughn - best all around performer and player I ever saw. All of the Beatles - learned so much from their music love the tunes. Hendrix - his rhythmic lead style is something I love. Elvis - singing and versatile. He could do anything. Ramones - Their hard, fast, no non-sense music is refreshing and I'm glad people finally get it.
FCEM - How did you get started as a musician?
Pat - My folks Jim and Ann Duffy were musically inclined. Dad sang jazz standards and Mom was a teacher. She sang to her kids everyday. I played Coronet in the school band. I moved to Kalamazoo MI in 1978. I had a guitar and my neighbor taught me some chords and I was on my way to writing at the same time I learned guitar. "Goin' Home" was the first song written by me. I continued to write and hone my guitar skills until joining the Navy and even then I played my guitar while out to sea. After the Navy I started playing for parties until I moved home to Ogdensburg and started playing out at the Open Mic at the Holiday Inn. Next I formed the band the 'Straps'. We played many nightclubs and parties for four years. Meanwhile I played at Blues Tuesday at Larry and Val's. Started my solo career in 2003. I made my own backing tracks and took them on the road with me. My notable gigs are Great NY State Wine and Food Fest - Clayton NY where I do an iron man thing and play all weekend 20hrs in three days. I Love BBQ Fest in Lake Placid NY. I am real proud to say that I am the co-founder of the new annual event in Ogdensburg, the" Oswegatchie Delta Music Fest" at "Hosmer's Marina" where I perform and do whatever else is needed. I am a regular at the Tail O the Pup in Ray Brook NY and also perform each year at the Clayton Summer Concert Series - Clayton NY. I attend Open Mics when I can and do lots of local gigs at Hosmer's Marina, Bella Brooke Winery, Sully's Tavern, Duff's Tavern and many more clubs and functions. I like to give back by playing jamboree's. I try to promote music, not only my own. The more music out there the better!
FCEM - What are your songs about?
Pat - Most of my songs are about women, drinking or women and drinking. But not all. Goin' Home is about coming home to play my music. They are about life. Some are reference to my life while others reference others lives and what is going on. Songs seem to pour out of me. I have no control of the when or where I come up with a new song.
FCEM - How receptive have audiences been to your musical creation?
Pat - They like my songs. I used to never tell anyone I wrote them just to see if they flew or not. Most did. Here are a few: Julie, Josie, Tanya's Song, Liza, Heather's Song, Memphis, You're Not Mine, One Step. They are all available for free download on http://www.reverbnation.com/patduffy
FCEM - What's new in the recording of your music?
Pat - My last three recordings were done in Red Room Studio, Queensbury, NY - Ken Lytle, Engineer. We recorded three songs as well as the videos: Goin' Home, Julie and Josie. I am planning a new CD right now. I write all the time, it's either music or lyrics or both. I record constantly. Always looking for something new.
FCEM - What are your biggest obstacles?
Pat – Myself. LOL. Managing my day to day life as well as my music career. Which means getting down out of the clouds when loving music to handling real life as it comes.
FCEM - Describe your show, visual and musically?
Pat - First a top notch sound system, I use the BOSE L1. From there, performing favorite covers and originals using backup tracks or just me and a guitar. I try to keep folks into it with peppy dance tunes then a change up to a slow classic or an original. I take my listeners through music from the 40's to now. I love to share my appreciation for music with my audience and hope they come away with something when it's all said and done. Visually - simple light show performing tunes with love and intensity.
FCEM - What is your method of marketing?
Pat - I do a lot with Facebook. Word of mouth. I promote myself in person to venues as well as with online submissions. Venues advertise most of the time. I also belong to REVERBNATION http://www.reverbnation.com/patduffy and NumberOneMusic http://www.numberonemusic.com/patduffy/ which opens indie music up to the world. I love the internet!
FCEM - What are your hopes for the near future?
Pat - Planning next Oswegatchie Delta Music Fest. Continue my music career. Playing and writing as much as I can.
FCEM - If someone had never seen you perform, how would you describe the sound and stage presence to them?
Pat - they would say my voice and guitar playing compliment the music while drawing the crowd into what I'm playing. They would also say that my set list takes them through rock n roll from beginning to end.
FCEM - We understand you make your own style of guitar. Tell us about it.
Pat - I built an acoustic guitar that uses tubes instead of open holes to express the sound of the guitar. I call it the Gumdrop. The guitar is essentially an acoustic guitar of small size. Gumdrop is very light weight. It has 22 frets. I make them out of 30 old pine top. maple side one piece. mahogany backs and walnut backs. The neck is tiger maple. I have added a pickup to Gumdrop 1 giving it a very clean clear distinct sound. I call it a lead acoustic because leads are very pronounced and powerful.
FCEM - Thank you Pat for the interview. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Pat - I'd like to thank all supporters of indie music and you folks at Fourth Coast for serving venues, musicians and patrons all over Northern New York. I am grateful for all you do! Certainly nothing I do would be possible with out your support! Thanks!
Thank you Pat for taking
the time out of your busy day to share your life and career with us. From
all of us here at Fourth Coast Entertainment Magazine we wish you great success
with your career and your endeavors.
- 'State of the Union'
By: Keith Gorgas
When I first began to hear the name Waydown Wailers I imagined a sound somewhat akin to Waylon Jennings. After listening a few sample cuts on the internet, I had them pigeon holed as a “Southern Rock” band. Now that I’ve gotten my paws on their CD, “State of The Union”, simple comparisons fail to embrace what this Northern New York group is all about.
Many influences got into making up the Wailers’ sound, and their various strains combine to form a unique finished product. There’s elements of Blues, British Invasion, Southern Rock, even Bluegrass and Country, pulled together with a driving Rock n’ Roll back line. It all adds up to a superb offering, combining thoughtful lyrics, vehement vocals, with tight and delightful instrumental parts.
Released on Woodstock Records, State of The Union is a well-crafted album; one that you won’t be able to play just once. The eight songs included are full and beefy with the shortest one being just over four minutes and half of the exceeding the five minute mark, but their length makes sense… not just fluff or repetitive needless jamming. The Waydown Wailers have something to say, lyrically and musically, and they will not be rushed or cut short.
The opening cut, No Mercy, with its “Shave and a haircut, two bits” riff would have fit in nicely on Bob Dylan’s Slow Train Coming. Title song State Of The Union follows, delivering a straightforward indictment of American politics and politicians:
“Where did those bastards go who took away our pride
I’d like to see them now and I would take them for a ride
I’d go down Main Street USA and I would say
Look what you’ve done to us, man, you took it all away
Waydown Wailers know…. Waydown Wailers woe
Waydown Wailers know…. The State of the Union."
The prettiest song on the CD, to my ears, is the third one; Woman Tonight. It features a sweet intro with Christian Parker’s B-bender Telecaster. The song reminds me of Southern Rocker Blackfoot’s best recordings. The band rocks with country twinge on The Man, driven by Dave Parker’s spirited mandolin chops. Professor Louie’s keyboards ad texture throughout the recording.
And so it goes through whole CD: tight rhythms, cliff hanging changes in timing, well-crafted lyrics and smoothly delivered vocals. It’s all dance- able music, at the very least it will have you tapping your toes or slapping out a beat on your steering wheel. Money Grabbers is fairly virulent rant against greed; ex-girlfriends and corporate thieves are lumped together as the song slows down midway to a slow Blues. My Girl closes out the CD. Call it Classic Rock, call it Roots music, call it whatever you chose, State Of The Union is a fine work by a talented band.
1. No Mercy (5:29)
2. State Of The Union (5:42)
3. Women Tonight (5:05)
4. The Man (4:50)
5. One By One (5:07)
6. Online Love (4:35)
7. Money Grabbers (4:22)
8. My Girl (4:11)
Waydown Wailers - http://www.waydownwailers.com
Pat Duffy "Caught
In The Act!!"
By the Fourth Coast Entertainment Street Team
Photos By Wendy
On Saturday, October 12th, Pat Duffy was "Caught in the act!!" while performing at the 'Tail O the Pup' in Raybrook, NY. Pat is an acomplished singer, songwriter from Ogdensburg, NY and can be heard performing at many of the local establishments. Pat is also the creator and builder of Gumdrop Guitars.
For more information about Pat Duffy and the Gumdrop Guitar please check out the following:
Next month we will feature an in-depth interview with Pat about his interesting sonwriting and guitar building career.
Who will be "Caught
in the Act" next? You never know where Captain Dave will show up. Contact
Captain Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org
to tell him about bands that are playing in your area.