Let’s start this weekend off the right way by” Meeting” and playing a few tunes from a very rad bunch who go by the name “Ice Cream”. They have a little nod to The Kinks, The Stooges, and they play some wicked garage rock. Their 1st full length will be put out by our friends at Some Weird Sin Records. So crank this up as you head towards the beach or wherever your plans might take you to. I dig this band they’re a very cool mix of sounds that I have loved over the years…cool stuff
Hi, our name is….
A: ICE CREAM
Our sound is……
A: Dairy Rock, Melting Pop
We are from…….
We’re just a bunch of mutts who met in Oakland and SF, Dylan is the only SF Native. Joseph’s from Michigan, Bryce is from Hawaii and I’m (Kevin) from Toronto.
Who are some artists that have an influence on you?
The band kind of formed through a love of the stooges and the strokes and doing something that combined them was kind of the goal. Black lips were huge influence too. Some of our songs are a bit more complex now but its all simple shit at its root.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band?
Bryce has been playing not too long but got really good quick. He’s a studio musician for day-work. Dylan comes from a musical family and his dad pulled a Jackson Five and made all his sons learn different instruments and Dylan pulled drums. Joseph has been playing guitar not too long but has the voice of a gothic justin beiber so we love him. I’ve been playing guitar for about a decade but still manage to not be able to remember most any song.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out?
Most of the time someone comes into our jam hall with a riff and that’s it. Then Dylan will start playing something and I’ll play something over top to accent the percussion. Layers man, like a fucking onion. Lyrics are usually last for us and are usually the combined bastard child of Joseph and I.
What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges?
Breaking into the bay area scene. Since we’re all from everywhere we had different expectations of what getting our first few shows would be like but I don’t think any of us thought it would be as hard as it was. The bay is a pretty transient city. Right when the music scene builds momentum it seems there’s always a band breaking up or moving somewhere cheaper or caught up in other shit. You can’t overcome you just persevere and go to shows until you finally realize you know everyone at a show on a random Tuesday.
1st rock concert you went to and age….
Not by Choice, a blink 182 type punkrock band that played a free show at Sam the Record Man in the mall in Waterloo Ontario. Age 12 or so.
Coolest band t-shirt you ever bought…
The Whigs with Julian Dorio’s drum kit on the front. Classic. Or Bad Brains PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) tshirt. Those guys were visionaries.
The most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of….
A few weeks ago in Oakland! Burger Boogaloo 2015 Mosh Pit. Getting black lips to the black lips. Aquabats like 10 years ago is up there too.
If you could open for any band right now who would that be and why?
Right now? The Black Lips or Deer Tick. Bryce and Joseph listen to a ton of Tame Impala and would probably want to open for them. Dylan would probably pick the Budos Band.
My youngest son is 13 and in a band, what advice would you offer him?
If you want it, commit to it. If you have a fallback plan, you’re going to fall back.
Your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..
Way better than a few years ago. New labels that are motivated by the music and not by the money and know how to use the internet and shit to make artists lives better. There’s still avenues for shitrock though.
Our plans for the rest of 2015…..
We’re doing a music video, then going on tour, then recording a full length. The end of 2015 is going to be very very busy.
Dig on these tunes….