Give a Listen to Shamed & Defamed and Meet – Shameless Idols

Today we meet, The Shameless Idols, for me anytime I listen to a band that brings it all back home down to the roots that’s worth a smile and a listen. The Shameless Idols are a band in a long fine tradition of those who sing songs with well written lyrics with hints of Chuck Berry channeled through Keith riffs , bluesy exile on main street kind of rock ‘n’ roll . Give a listen take your mind away from that which troubles you and if you’re already in a good place , dance away my friend….

For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?

Basically, you start out sleeping in your clothes and it all goes downhill after that. There’s really not much more to it. But to elaborate a little, Scott and Steve are the nucleus of the band. It’s all their fault. They had been jamming together for years, writing and recording songs and destroying many brain cells along the way. Later, Dan entered the fray (possibly at gunpoint) with a handful of songs and very little self-respect. Dennis would be the last to join, but only after a mysterious sum of money had passed hands. The four of us have done a really great job at tolerating each other over the last few years, in addition to writing songs, drinking beer, and playing very loudly.

Who would you list as your musical influence?

We all share a love for the British Invasion bands of the 60’s. From there we each have our interests — from 60’s garage to 70’s punk to 80’s post-punk to some prog-rock and classic rock stuff. Our eclectic tastes tend to piss each other off and often leads to fist fights, but it’s all good.

What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?

Getting our songs played on a bunch of cool radio shows has been pretty swell.

What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?

Free beer at our next gig would be great. And snacks. We like snacks.

What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?

Chuck Prophet’s last few albums have been great. And King Khan never disappoints. Let’s see, the latest from Bash & Pop, the Bottle Rockets and Superchunk have been cool too.

Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?

Yeah, it’s a pain in the ass, but it’s been useful to help get the word out.

Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?

It is what it is. Good or bad, we can take it.

If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

Three words: Live at Budokan.

Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?

Who knows? We’re all going to hell anyway.

Any last thoughts for your fans?

In the immortal words of that celebrated duo, Bartles & Jaymes: “We thank you for your support.”

The Shameless Idols:

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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