April 13, 2013

The Nasty Souls Tour The East Coast: PART 2 - Meet Brett And Tobin

This is the second of a three part series to promote The East Coast Nasty Souls: Gimme Some Lip Tour. You can catch the first part of this series with the founders of the band, Dustin James and Jeff Turpin, by clicking the link here.

This is a very newsworthy entry because I finally got insight on their newest member: Tobin Dale on Lead Guitar. Also in this interview is the singer, the hustler and the main man behind most managerial duties, Brett Hellings. 

I did this interview a few weeks ago but I saved it's release until now because we're only a few days away before The New York and Philadelphia dates: These are the remaining dates left of their tour:

- 4/14 HIGH VOLTAGE LOUNGE/ PHILADELPHIA,PA
- 4/16 PIANOS/ NEW YORK, NY
- 4/17 TAMMANY HALL/ NEW YORK, NY
- 4/18 GRAND VICTORY/ BROOKLYN, NY

- 4/19 THE NOTE / WESTCHESTER, PA
- 4/20 WASTELAND LIVE/ CLARION, PA
- 4/22 THE BOWERY ELECTRIC/ NEW YORK, NY
 


 
I have to note that I have no clue what their new material sounds like. I was only around at the time when The Nasty Souls had their former guitar player in the band. I interviewed and talked to Brett many times before but the reason this interview is significant to me is because it's the first time I ever talked to and learned about Tobin. 

And now, without further ado: Brett Hellings and Tobin Dale.  


Brett Hellings
Tobin Dale



Trip Loon: Brett, you motherfucker. And Tobin, the newest member. How the hell are ya?


Brett Hellings: I'm good man.


Tobin Dale: Not bad, hanging in there.


Trip Loon: Ok, when I was on phone calls with Dustin he said that you guys have all new material from scratch. Only 4 songs of your previous set, the songs that I know about, are the ones you play in your current set and the rest is new.


I guess Tobin is an important creative force and central member of the band since the new material was written with him. Tell me about the new dynamic and the new songs.


Tobin Dale: I knew Jeff and Dustin a little bit before I joined but I hadn't really seen them play or heard what they were all about. I think that worked to my advantage because I didn’t approach it like I was trying to replace or improve anything. I just do what I do naturally and it seems to work. The new songs are coming from a similar place but with some new flavors added. I'd like to think they show some wider influences and maybe even some maturity as we learn to work together.


Brett Hellings: Dynamic is fantastic! It's definitely a new Souls. It has more of a southern feel, which I've always felt we needed. Influences from my living in Nashville are coming forward. But we're also tapping into what we have always done best which is good ole' rock n roll songs. Up All Night is a highlight in my mind, it has that high energy rock that we really want to bring to people on this upcoming tour.


Trip Loon: Tobin, how much of the new material has your stamp on it?


Tobin Dale: It's been a very collaborative effort so far. So everything has at least a thread of something I had to offer. A song like Hard Luck Woman started with a riff I had, or On The Breadline came from something Jeff and Dustin were working on. I added a slide melody over. Everything has been coming together pretty easily so I think we're all very involved.


Trip Loon: (To Tobin) What kind of bands and projects were you in before you joined The Nasty Souls?


Tobin Dale: I played in a lot of blues bands in Florida before I moved to California. When I got here I played with a country band and did a few shows with local heros Patt Todd and The Rank Outsiders.


Brett Hellings: It should be pointed out that in addition to us all collaborating on the songwriting we had a lot of guidance from our producers Mark V and Bill Cutler.


Trip Loon: I have tons of questions about Bill and Mark. There's just a few more curiosities about Tobin.

So Tobin, are you purely country or have you been in rock n roll projects before?


Tobin Dale: I don't think I'm purely anything, haha. I started out playing the blues and that's always been the music closest to my heart. Rock n roll is just an extension of blues and country, I don't know where the lines fall in what I listen to or what I play. Soulful, southern American music has just always resonated with me. The Beatles and The Stones are why I picked up a guitar but Robert Johnson and Hank Williams taught me what to do with it.


Trip Loon: Ok, let's talk about the new material. The Nasty Souls I knew when I was first exposed to it was a funk band with a rock n roll twist (or vice versa). Then it got more defined into a soulful boogie. What's the new material like?


Show at Roxy Theater
Brett Hellings: The new material has definite southern/blues rock sound to it which is my favorite genre. It has that soulful Americana sound that a lot of music is missing today. Our choice of covers which is important for any great band has helped. Some b sides from our favorite bands are really helping to dial in our sound.

Tobin Dale: It's cool because we all have common ground but we also have a lot of different influences. I know Jeff and Dustin come from a kind of New York 77 punk background which was never something I was hip to. Brett's into a lot of great singer songwriters and I obviously bring the hillbilly shit with me, haha.


Trip Loon: That's a pretty interesting dynamic.


Tobin Dale: At the heart of it, really, is anything that makes you move, makes you respond emotionally. And most importantly, what comes from a real feeling. Not a computer.


Trip Loon: The quality of the band that I left it off with was had tons of boogie. Is the boogie still there? Is the high energy still there?


Tobin Dale: As long as Luis is our drummer that boogie ain’t going nowhere.

Brett Hellings: The boogie is never leaving this band! Our new song Up All Night should prove that.


Trip Loon: Can you list the names of the new songs?


Brett Hellings: Up all night, Hard Luck Woman, Sweet as Flowers, On The Breadline, Cut Me Loose.


Trip Loon: Which one is the ballad?


Brett Hellings: Sweet As Flowers and Cut Me Loose. Cut Me Loose is still in production but we debuted Sweet As Flowers at The Roxy, which let me play some geetar myself.


Trip Loon: Wow so more ballads. Tobin, your hillbilly touch really impacted the band.




Tobin Dale: I play guitar the way I play partially because of where I'm from and what I listen to but mostly just because it's what I feel belongs. I look up to guys like Mike Campbell from Tom Petty who always play the right note. A lot of the LA guys are about how many notes or how low can I wear my guitar while I play those notes.


Trip Loon: I guess you’re putting more soul in the Nasty Souls.


Tobin Dale: Haha, they were in no short supply of Nasty.


Trip Loon: Haha, ok let's talk about Bill and Mark. I know that Mark V comes from a 70's soul/funk and 90's hip hop background. And Bill Cutler was a veteran of The Haight Ashbury San Francisco scene. Before that, Bill was a veteran of the Greenwich Village folk scene of New York in the 60's. Did they turn you on to some cool shit?


Tobin Dale: Bill has been everywhere and done everything.


Brett Hellings: Bill has taken a lot of his songwriting talent to help craft our songs. His experience in the industry and talent make it an honor to work with him.


Tobin Dale: Mark has a great ear for us as a band so he makes a great engineer. He understands what we are trying to do.


Trip Loon: What did they turn you on to?


Tobin Dale: Bill just has a way of listening to music from a different perspective. It wasn't so much that he played something I’d never heard, but he made me appreciate something about it I had never listened to. Anything from a kick drum pattern or a bass tone or a hesitation somewhere. Minute details you don’t always pick up on right away


Brett Hellings: He brought our focus to the groove in a lot of new songs which has helped us expand musically. Thinking outside the normal rhythms and groove so that a show or a record is more diverse.

Brett Hellings with Bill Cutler

Trip Loon: What new diverse realms did he open you up to?


Brett Hellings: He took what we already had from all our diverse backgrounds and helped us make it cohesive and made it that much better. Going up to San Fran sitting in his car he played a live Petty record and pointed out how backgrounds and grooves improved the songs. J Geils was another one he used as an example a lot.


Trip Loon: Which Tom Petty songs and J Geils songs specifically?


Brett Hellings: A song like Refugee was a good example. With J Geils it was an entire album.


Trip Loon: Brett, I know you as a relentless promo master. A lot of the events you throw is always a full house. If the other bands I know are just as persistent as you are in promo we would have a very prosperous market for our kind of shtick. Tell us your secrets.


Brett Hellings: Persistence without annoyance. Be confident in what you're promoting. Know it's good and people will want to see it. Be as personable as you can. People want to feel like a part of what you're promoting. If you make it like a family affair you start to gain fans.


Trip Loon: How personable do you get?


Brett Hellings: Sometimes I’ll take days to personally message people who have come to shows before. And even more time on people who are our biggest fans. Hanging out with them to make them feel special. Being present. I hate it when a band thinks being good deserves fans. You also have to bust your ass too.

Trip Loon: "I hate when a band thinks being good deserves fans." What do you mean by that?


Brett Hellings: Meaning that the music they’re creating should be enough to draw. Especially in the beginning of a band’s career and they think they can headline The Roxy. It might have been like that back in the day and should be the reason but hard work, believing in your band and great music and straight busting ass and getting yourself out there is a huge factor on whether or not you’re gonna make a living in the music industry.


Trip Loon: How much of it is online and how much of it is on the streets? And how often do you reach out to new outlets?


Brett Hellings: I'm a big believer that people gotta hear your name in a number of facets until they are interested. So a combo of all of them is key with a focus on Internet. But texting, emailing, cool posters, ads in local mags, facebook events, twitter posts, blogs that does the trick by the 4th or 5th time they heard about the show or your name through a different media score. Great designed flyers and merch images are important too. Figure out who you want to be and present it at a pro level and you'll start becoming a pro.


Trip Loon: I hear what you’re saying about busting ass in promo. A lot of bands resent the successful bands in their scenes because they feel a huge a degree of "unfairness". They think that success comes with merit alone. They think that all they have to do is be good with barely any promo then millions of fans, Livenation, Sony BMG and William Morris agency are all gonna magically find out about them and suck their dicks. They think they're above reaching out to anybody and they're above making a logo and they're above staying on the phone with first calls and follow up calls with people who stall them. They think they're above the rejections. They think they're above the invitations. They think they're above all of that. I really respect your persistence in that regard. Because you don't think you're above any of that.


Brett Hellings: No way. I actually I prefer it that way cause it's your vision not theirs. Those big labels aren't always right and some artists either have to bust ass with promo or get lazy with a big label. I mean it would be nice to get a huge label behind you, of course, but only if it's the right one that likes everything you’re doing. Not the ones who go and try to change who you are. Only you know best as the artist, so build up your influence and leverage on your own so you can keep your dignity when you get to the big boys level.


Trip Loon: I'm really inspired - and a little surprised - that you were a rigorous hustler for The Nasty Souls before you even had anything to plug. When I first met you guys, you didn't have an album, you didn't have an EP, you didn't even have a single. You didn't have merch, you didn't have anything. It was only about almost a year and a half later where you met photographers and logo designers and producers and you finally had something to sell. What got you so motivated before having any of that to be that adamant on selling and plugging the band and playing that many shows? What motivated you to overbook yourself everywhere in LA before having something like merch or CDs to sell? Normally bands don't wear themselves out too thin with shows until after they finish the CDs and merch that they're going to sell.

Brett Hellings: Well we did have something to sell, ourselves. How this band came together, the new Nasty Souls, we needed time to develop not only our sound but our stage presence. To find out who we are as a group. The over-gigging in my view was something of a necessity. It definitely made us tight and worked out the material we have now. It was like a mini tour of tinsel town. We got a lot accomplished during that period. And it also gave us time to find the right people to work with who truly believed in the project.


The right people... and we did find them... we are much more selective about when and where we play in Hollywood nowadays. You can't really play too much in anyone’s town before you get burned out, even though I think it just increased our fan-base and awareness in general. But that’s why we’re taking this show on the road. Playing a different city, town and to a different crowd almost every night. It’s really the only way. And we’re ready now.

Trip Loon: Are you bringing CDs and merch to the tour? What's in the box of goodies you're bringing?


Brett Hellings: Oh yeah you know it. Plenty of single CDs. Two types of merch t-shirts, buttons, stickers. We’re all ready to stand at that merch booth and excited to meet everyone wanting to get to know us and sign anything you want us to sign.


Trip Loon: I think the Philadelphia tour date is a very significant one for you. You're from Philly. And you met Eddie Gieda and his Guitar Army scene at The Barbary. I remember you were so stoked to see your hometown thriving with rock n roll after I informed you about them while you were there. Now that you get to play in your own hometown in front of childhood friends and family and the scene you discovered there, I'd like to get a few ceremonious words on the record about how special that show is for you.

Brett Hellings: I can't really express how lucky and excited I am man. These people are my heart and soul. They made me the performer and the man that I am today. I can't wait to show them this group. The group that I went to Hollywood to look for. This is the rock n roll band I've always wanted to front and be a part of. I'm coming back home ready to show off my baby. I’m ready to show some of the most important people in my life, to show the people who believed in me growing up as a little kid, that my dream of bringing rock n roll back is a dream that I’m living. I feel proud.





Trip Loon: And New York?


Brett Hellings: What can you say? We are playing 4 dates on this tour in the greatest city in the world. I’m ready to represent LA to the fullest. I don’t think anyone is gonna be disappointed. Satisfaction guaranteed. We are honored, and we better kill it. You don’t get too many opportunities in life to do a tour like this.


Trip Loon: Well we can't wait until you finally get here boys. Do you have a closing statement?


Brett Hellings: In closing come see what the Nasty Souls are all about. It’s real, it’s raw, it’s everything music is missing today. If you’re looking for some rock n roll check out our tour dates and lets spend the night together. 

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Here are the remaining tour dates again: 


- 4/14 HIGH VOLTAGE LOUNGE/ PHILADELPHIA,PA
- 4/16 PIANOS/ NEW YORK, NY
- 4/17 TAMMANY HALL/ NEW YORK, NY
- 4/18 GRAND VICTORY/ BROOKLYN, NY

- 4/19 THE NOTE / WESTCHESTER, PA
- 4/20 WASTELAND LIVE/ CLARION, PA
- 4/22 THE BOWERY ELECTRIC/ NEW YORK, NY

High Voltage in Philly is gonna be magic for obvious reasons that Brett made very clear. Not to mention that The High Five and The Tough Shits are on the bill. As for New York, I know they're playing a lot of dates but the best sound and stage and bill in New York for me is gonna be at Tammany Hall with The Nuclears. I'm psyched. 




And now for the money quotes:

"No way. I actually I prefer it that way cause it's your vision not theirs. Those big labels aren't always right and some artists either have to bust ass with promo or get lazy with a big label. I mean it would be nice to get a huge label behind you, of course, but only if it's the right one that likes everything you’re doing. Not the ones who go and try to change who you are. Only you know best as the artist, so build up your influence and leverage on your own so you can keep your dignity when you get to the big boys level."

And:

"Be confident in what your promoting."

I know, that latter one might not sound very earth shattering. I know, it might come off as advice that your mom would tell you. But you gotta understand what Brett is like to really be inspired by it. Brett is a dude that maxed out 5000+ LEGITIMATE followers on his facebook account. He got 6500+ followers on The Nasty Souls fan page with barely any material or music videos released. He consistently headlines and packs The Roxy with his promo efforts. You don't understand the amount of campaigning he puts in selling a show. 

Unlike the other cities, LA is a fucking jungle. You're competing with Tom Morello and Duff McKagen and Slash and Lemmy and God knows who else doing appearances at The Viper Room, House of Blues, Key Club, Whisky ... etc. You're competing with dozens of bands who have 500+ mutual friends with you. 7 bands from those dozens would probably book shows ON THE SAME DATE at different venues splitting that mutual friend base to 7 different factions, which fucks your draw. And that happens on a regular basis over there.

You're dealing with cut throat promoters and venue owners who CHARGE YOU instead of paying you to play at their club. And the money you earn is the tickets that you have to charge and you have to sell to get that back. Rarely anyone ever breaks even.

You're dealing with a city that has a huge surplus of bands and not enough venues to book them. You have to split the money with 5 other bands on the same bill if you ever do get a slot. And you're not allowed to play a decent amount of time on stage because venues close at 2 AM and they have too many bands scheduled in. Some venues have neighborhood policies and they're not allowed to disturb them in late hours which forces them to end the show at 12 AM, forcing all the bands to start way early in the night, consequently fucking them with their draw. 

Basically what I'm trying to say is, it's not easy to consistently pack the fucking Roxy with these challenges. And for them to accomplish that in LESS THAN TWO YEARS with no LP, no EP, no music videos and before their singles and merch was ever available gives you an idea of what kind of hustler Brett Hellings is. 

I was always the guy that felt like it was a drag to invite someone to my events. It's a drag when I see someone invite me and it's an even bigger drag when I have to invite them. It's a drag when I hear anybody plug anything. It just feels slimy to write or hustle promos. It's a fucking joy when people are having a great time at the event but it's always a drag to invite them there.

Then I thought about it, if Keith Richards or Joe Perry or Toni Iommi walked up to me and said: "Hey man you wanna come to my show", I wouldn't think that's a drag at all!

I really needed to hear Brett say: "Be confident in what your promoting", because sometimes I'm not. That guy is living proof in what that can do if you have a great product. And if we all feel that way about our rock n roll and bust our asses for it then we can build our market prosperously on our own terms much faster than we thought possible. 

So for all those who are curious in The East Coast, go to a Nasty Souls show while you still have a chance and see for yourself what gave Brett that kind of confidence. 

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COMING SOON ON THE DEAD NOTES!!

**An exclusive interview with The Biters!! Insights on The Atlanta scene!
**Full Interview with New York City Booker & Promoter Ashley Moree
**A REPORT ON THE ROCK N ROLL SCENE IN BALTIMORE 
**A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON THE LA SCENE
**A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON THE NEW YORK SCENE

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April 7, 2013

The Nasty Souls Tour The East Coast: PART 1 - Meet Dustin And Turpin



The Nasty Souls are coming to the East Coast. And it's great to finally see it happen.

See an earlier report I did about The Nasty Souls here.

And now, an exclusive interview with the two original members that started the band. The two that were always in the band since it's inception. Dustin James on guitar and Jeff Turpin on the low end. 

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Dustin James
Jeff Turpin













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Trip Loon
The ones who know about you in the East Coast know you as "That LA band". They've seen pictures and heard rumors but now they finally get to see you live. Do you guys see yourselves as the ambassadors of the LA rock n roll community with this tour?


Jeff Turpin
We like to think of ourselves as more of a band with a lot of pride in where we come from and what we do. We'll leave the tags and titles to you guys.


Trip Loon
Dustin, I remember when I met you for the first time at the Whisky A Go Go the first thing you said to me was that your favorite bands are from New York City. This is your first visit to New York. How do you feel about that?



Dustin James
I’ve always been excited about the idea to play New York since a lot of my favorite bands were based out of New York and all of the history that comes with it. In a lot of ways New York rock n roll was very influential on me as a guitar player and I’m curious to see what sort of longevity that city holds if any.


Trip Loon
I'm just as curious about it's longevity too. Who are your favorite New York bands?

Dustin James
The New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers, Wanye County, Television, The Ramones, Richard Hell and The Voidoids, and as well as the transplant bands who became known as New York bands like The Dead Boys.

Trip Loon
And what chapters of its history do you love the most?

Jeff Turpin
It’s tough to really decide because I think I really would have loved to be smack dab in the middle of the whole Andy Warhol scene. The Velvet Underground have always been one of my favorites and to think what it was like to be involved in such a creative, free spirited, abstract world turns me on. Also, being in the midst of a turning point in New York’s history in the mid to late 70s with their whole economic stature down the drain and the uprising of the most attitude filled, angry, kicked in the teeth, rock n roll at your fingertips would be very invigorating.




Dustin James
I pretty much agree with Turpin. Seeing the change in music and how it got back to its roots and no bullshit attitude, cut throat 3 minute song rock n roll is what I really dig. Being apart of and playing at Max's and CBGB’s at that time would be something I would definitely like to see happen in today’s age.

Trip Loon
My dream, and the whole reason I'm doing this, is because I wanna create a chapter in rock n roll history just as ceremonious and just as significant.

Jeff Turpin
I think that is undoubtedly true and the reason why we have been involved in each other’s lives since we met. Albeit we play music because that’s what we fucking love doing. We also would like to see what we're doing catch on and ultimately grow into a scene that people can call their own again. There’s nothing relevant to today’s time that young kids can grab onto and relate to as far as good ole rock n roll goes. It’s a shame.

Dustin James
However since we have been playing in LA years ago, I’ve been seeing a lot of growth in this scene and a lot of bands coming out and it’s a breath of fresh air to see the small group of bands coming together and playing out and its just a matter of time before it starts to bubble over and really turn some fucking heads.

I think its also really cool that bands for the first time in the last decade are really reaching out and willing to help each other to make shit happen. If it wasn’t for this change of events we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to come out to yer side of the tracks and do this tour for instance

Trip Loon
You've met a bunch of cats from the New York community when some of us moved to LA. Myself, Blitch 66, Nathanial John, Valeria Likhova, Jeff Forney. You met the boys from The Nuclears when they flew in for their LA show at The Dragonfly. How do you feel about meeting the rest of us?

Jeff Turpin
I think there are a lot of great people from all over that I have met even outside of the states. LA is a melting pot and I love it for that. Granted some have not been as reliable as others, but the cast of characters you mentioned have been great and very loving and helpful. I also think that’s a big part of what’s missing nowadays.

Trip Loon
New York is just one city. I reached out to Philly, Baltimore, Montreal and Atlanta. You guys are playing Philly. Are you looking forward to meeting the community there?

Dustin James
I’m interested in meeting the rock n roll communities and music lovers of all types anywhere and everywhere it exists. Put a guitar in my hand and gimme a stage and I’ll fucking play it.



Trip Loon
And I know you're gonna make everybody in the east coast wanna meet everyone in LA. I'm sure your shows here will give LA a lot of street cred.

Jeff Turpin
Well I think all we're really looking for is to make a lasting impression and dig our feet into some ground that we can come back to time and time again. If we can turn 10 more people on to our music then we did our jobs. And if we erect 500 penises and get 1000 vaginas wet then all the better

Trip Loon
Ha. Amen to that. 
I know about LA since I lived there for two years, but I can only tell readers what happened in those two specific years. You guys were there your whole lives. Can you talk about how it's been and what it's become now?


Jeff Turpin
Well Trip, I’ve got too say you caught it at it’s most fruitful time. Whether that’s a good thing or not I don’t know. But let’s say even 6 years ago things were a hell of a lot worse. It was damn near impossible to find a like minded band to play with. To be a rock n roll band in LA at that time was a joke. At least to the general populous. Things are getting better and it’s exciting to be right in the middle of it.


Dustin James
It seems to me that rock n roll is only gotten bigger and bigger in Los Angeles in the last years that I’ve been involved. LA is a big music town but there’s a lot of watered down bullshit from all genres, from all people, from all over the world. As much talent as there is in this city, a lot of it gets lost in all the bands good and bad of all types. Its nice to see that there is a respectable group of bands circulating in or around LA in the last 2-3 years. LA has a lot of little cliques and scenes of all different types of rock n roll but everybody seems to know everybody and they’re willing to work with each other and put good bills together nowadays.

Trip Loon
Who are your peers in LA that you'd like to give a shout out to? The ones you love to bill yourselves with?

Jeff Turpin
We've had a lot of fun playing with bands like The Blessings, Zachary James and The All Seeing Eyes, Alexandra and The Starlight Band, Hammered Satin, String Fellow Hawks and Dirty Eyes over the last couple of years. each band has it’s own style and different thing that they bring to the table yet we can all play on the same bill and turn the crowd on.


Luis Herrera

Trip Loon
You two along with your drummer, Luis, are in bands with punk rock veterans and legends. I think that they're choice and favoritism to you says a lot about you because you have their blessing and their vouching. Can you talk about the punk legends you play in side projects with?



Dustin James
Turpin, Luis and I have backed one of New York City's best power pop secrets, Sorrows. Arthur Alexander from Sorrow's has a solo project that we all play in. We've also played live with New York City's living legend Joey Pinter from The Waldos and The Knotts. Luis has played several tours with Sonny Vincent from The Testors.

Jeff Turpin
I mean it’s an honor really. Growing up listening to these guys in my bedroom and then having the chance to play with them is something that not too many people get to do in their lifetime. I just had the opportunity to track a few songs on bass for Joey Pinter’s new album. Dustin, Luis and I will be appearing on Arthur Alexander's newest album and just recently we played with Joey Cola of The Sorrows. I mean any musician grows up wishing that they can play with their idols and I guess in some form or fashion we've been able to get a taste of that.

Dustin James
If you don’t have The Waldos, Sorrows, The Knotts or The Testors spinning on yer record player then go do yourself a favor and find a copy and put it on.

Trip Loon
Just to be clear with the readers. When they say "play with", they don't mean the same bill, they mean the same band with these legends.

I think your street cred just went up a thousand points with the readers fellas.

Jeff Turpin
Street cred, street cred street cred, blah blah blah we just like to rock n roll!



Trip Loon
Haha, ok let's finally talk about The Nasty Souls. I never heard your new material. And you told me over the phone that you only play four songs from your old set. The set that I’m used to seeing before I left LA. Tell me about the new songs you wrote


Jeff Turpin
Well then let me tell you Trip, the creative process has never moved so quickly and with such ease. It really has been a fucking blast writing our last batch of songs. We're really all starting to come together and shine. Each of us as individuals has stepped up to the plate and shown what we've got. Dustin with his chord changes, Tobin and his brilliant free flowing riffs, Brett with his melodies, Luis the groove master. Without one of us we couldn’t write what we’ve been writing. I think what we've been coming up with these past couple of months have been the truest of Nasty Souls songs.

Dustin James
I agree it’s been really a whole band collaboration and I’ve been really stoked on the new material. Subject matter lyrically with what Turpin has been writing and the overall direction of the music and where it has been going has truly grown into our own sound. Everyone has great shit to bring to the table each time and when we all get together and work on a song something great always comes of it.


Trip Loon
When can we expect the album recorded?

Dustin James
We have a full album's worth of material ready to go and are hopefully looking to get into the studio sometime this summer.

Jeff Turpin
Money's always been a huge impedance otherwise it would probably already be out by now. We're pretty much ready to go just need a few extra bucks in our pockets.

Trip Loon
I know you guys well, but for our readers can you talk about the history of the band since its inception? No need for details, just the highlights. How old is the band, it's phases, it's achievements, where its headed.

Jeff Turpin
Well for all you new listeners out there The Nasty Souls first came to be in 2010. We recorded our first single at Sunset Sound last April in 2012. We've been working with record producers Bill Cutler and Mark V for the last year or so and are looking to drop our full length late 2013. we've gone through some lineup changes, some ups and downs but with everything in place we're playing our first east coast tour and are looking forward to a busy future.

Dustin James
We've also got a music video for our single Bedroom Eyes coming out in the next month.

Trip Loon
Closing statements?

Jeff Turpin
Everybody on the East Coast keep yer eyes peeled and your ears close to the ground. The Nasty Souls are comin’ to town. Hallelujah. Rock n roll lives. Can I get an Amen.

Trip Loon
A-fuckin-men. Thanks fellas, can't wait to see you guys here. It's gonna be magic.




I'm gonna close this entry with a little story. Just to tell you how special The Nasty Souls are to me.

Two years ago I remember going inside The Nasty Souls' rehearsal room in LA with a camera crew of 4 people. I've never done an interview before in my life. I didn't know what the hell I was doing. I had 4 camera men with 4 different unnecessary cameras. They were all my film school peers that had to do it as an assignment for a class. I was nervous as hell. The way I got the interview was that I bluffed about a website that I had. I don't know how the hell they fell for it and I couldn't believe that they would actually let me interview them. I was sweating and breathing heavily before I knocked on their door. My film school peers were all calming me down. I remember one of them saying: "Trip, I don't know anyone who knows his rock n roll more than you do. Don't worry, you're gonna do fine". 

There was a lot of forced laughter and a lot of overbearing questions on my part at first. On my 4th or 5th question in, it stopped being an interview and it just turned into a natural conversation between a legitimate fan who is starstruck with the discovery that's before him. My first discovery. And my first interview for my documentary. My first interview with a band, ever. 

After I got back I peeked at their singer's facebook status. He typed that it was the best interview he had with the press in his life. One thing I couldn't believe is that he thought it was great. Because I actually felt that I really sucked. The other thing I couldn't believe was that he thought I was actually legitimate media. 

It was right there and then where my activism as a rock n roll impresario all started. And they were my first discovery, and my first peers.

I remember part of the conversation we had was about New York City. I was turning them on to the scene over here and told them about the magic we have. I wished that they could actually experience it themselves. Two years later here we are. The news website that I bluffed about is now real. And The Nasty Souls are finally coming to The East Coast.


It's gonna be a little weird seeing them play, then right after we leave the doors of the club we'll find noise and cabs and cold weather out the door. It's pretty surreal. And it's also pretty fucking cool. The two shows I'm excited about the most is their date in Philly on the 14th with The High Five and The Tough Shits and their date on the 17th with The Nuclears. Just a badass bill on those two dates. 
























Here are links for the facebook event pages for more info:

For the General Nasty Souls Tour event page, click here.

For The Philly date event page, click here

 


For their date at Tammany Hall with The Nuclears, click here. (Tammany Hall has killer sound in their venue)




I'm really excited to introduce everybody to one of my favorite LA bands, who are also my dearest LA friends. Let's show them how we party here. 


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The Nasty Souls tour Dates:

- 4/10 WASTELAND LIVE/ CLARION,PA
- 4/12 THE METROPOLITAN/ ANNAPOLIS,MD
- 4/14 HIGH VOLTAGE LOUNGE/ PHILADELPHIA,PA
- 4/16 PIANOS/ NEW YORK, NY
- 4/17 TAMMANY HALL/ NEW YORK, NY
- 4/18 GRAND VICTORY/ BROOKLYN, NY

- 4/19 THE NOTE / WESTCHESTER, PA
- 4/20 WASTELAND LIVE/ CLARION, PA
- 4/22 THE BOWERY ELECTRIC/ NEW YORK, NY


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PART 2 of this 3 series blog will be with their singer Brett Hellings and their newest member, Tobin Dale on lead guitars. Stay tuned. 








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COMING SOON ON THE DEAD NOTES!!

**Full Interview with New York City Booker & Promoter Ashley Moree
**A REPORT ON THE ROCK N ROLL SCENE IN BALTIMORE 
**A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON THE LA SCENE
**A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON THE NEW YORK SCENE

STAY TUNED!

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