Lower East Side based psycho hillbilly stomp rock , Meet – Coach N’ Commando


I think you’ll agree with me that Coach N’ Commando are hitting that sweet spot somewhere between The Cramps and The Legendary Shack Shakers. Think Seasick Steve playing a little more on the rockabilly side. Or a Hasil Adkins you can understand. Now that the picture is starting to come in a little more clear let me just say , I love this stuff it’s the kind of music I would head out of the house to watch live so I hope these guys plan on a trip to Florida. So, please do yourself a favor and give Coach N’ Commando a listen to , today….

Meet : Coach N’ Commando

For those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band?

1. Swayne and i met in New Brunswick a while back. He was playing in a metal band at the time and I was playin some type of anti-folk/story-tellin stuff on my own. Soon we were playin in like 3 bands together and one of the bands got some traction. We signed with Atlantic and toured a whole bunch until the bottom fell out of that and we started a garage band Chainsaw III. I think there was Death Threat Radio somewhere in between that and maybe something else i can’t remember the name of. All the while we were playin in all those different bands we were always playing this style on the side. Eventually we split up for a year or so and i started playin with Texas Clamp from Deek Jenkins. Him and I started out doin some carl perkins and Hank and Coe covers and thats what morphed into Coach N’ Commando. Eventually I wrote a whole bunch of originals and we got on the Frankie Wood circuit-Ottos shrunken Head, Hanks saloon,Bowery electric etc. and a cpl Hells Angels benefits. Texas left to play with Snake Canyon and Swayne and i picked up where we left off. Now here we are.

Who would you list as your musical influence?

Merle Travis, Evil Dead II, Chet, Lemmy, Charlie Feathers, Clutch, Rev. Horton Heat, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev Gary Davis, Jerry Reed, Hank, Dead Moon, Waits, Duane Eddy, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Bo Carter, Blind Blake, Cash, John Prine, The Who, Jorma, Earl Scruggs, Webb Pierce, Jessie Fuller, Elizabeth Cotton, Cramps, Dylan-oh man theres a fuckin million…

Whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?

3. ..It was pretty fuckin cool opening for The Legendary Shack Shakers. Those guys rip. Mick Jagger don’t have fuckin shit on J.D Wilkes-one of my favorite frontmen.

What are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.

4.We’d like what probably all bands want. Bigger crowds. Bigger tours etc.

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

5. Scott H. Biram-SomethingsWrong/Lost forever, Seasick Steve-Sonic Soul Surfer, Clutch-Psychic warfare. (Thats just me. i can’t speak for swayne)

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

6.Social Media is pretty damn important. unfortunately, we suck at it.

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

7. I pay attention for the most part. Especially if its constructive criticism. I know that not everyones gonna dig the style of music we play so i always take that into account. Internets a little weird. the anonymity gives anyone a voice and people like to fuck with other people. You’ll go on youtube and read some of the comments and sometimes they don’t even have anything to do with the band. It’s just people angry and bored startin trouble on a comment feed, arguing amongst themselves.

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

8 Europe, Japan, Australia… Hell we’d tour anywhere

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

9 Music itself can save the soul…but the business part can sink it.

Any last thoughts for your fans?

10. Yea man, buy our new record out on King Pizza Records- FBP!K!K! Its only $5. Then come see us go ape shit on stage

Coach N’ Commando:
Buy FBP!K!K! here from King Pizza Records

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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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