Late Cambrian - 07.22.13

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Late Cambrian - 07.22.13The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

Late Cambrian


1. How did you get your band name?

John: I threw it out there amongst other names I was considering. I really like the late Cambrian time period...lots of trilobites...

2. How did this band get started?

John: I had just quit Flying Machines (formally The Attorneys) and had a whole bunch of songs that never made it into those bands. I asked a drummer friend, Colin, to help me record them. O was there for the writing and recording of Late Cambrian's first LP. She eventually joined full time... Nunzio came along and his bass playing added a great sense of groove to the Social Season EP and our new LP, PEACH.

3. What bands are you influenced by?

John: Weezer - Pinkerton, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Elvis Costello - This Years Model... Etc.

Nunzio: I've always been a huge Doors fan. Bands like the Doors, Beatles and Zeppelin always amazed me because each and every member was so integral to the sound and feel of the band.

O: Frente!; The Cardigans; Rachael Yamagata and her awesome band.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?

John: Same as question 3, with The Kinks and The Beatles added... Because, life is about being creative and vital.

Nunzio: I would love to get on a tour with Saves the Day. I grew up listening to them and it would just be a personal goal of mine to play alongside them. They were a big influence to me as a musician when I was first getting started.

O: The Strokes and The Beatles, truthfully.

5. Best food to eat on tour?

John: I toured to SXSW and back and ate for about $3.00 a meal...where? Taco Bell... However, now I would buy fruit, smoothies and have eggs when I could. Balanced meals are key to not being a fat pimple-faced wreck by the end if the tour...

Nunzio: Whatever you can buy at a rest stop or gas station, of course.

O: Our friend Adam got me hooked on apple with peanut butter dip while we toured North Carolina. Also we had chocolate covered espresso beans right next to whoever is driving for the obvious reason.

6. Why should people listen to your band?

John: Listen to us because we write from a real place, not a sell out place. We have pop melodies but apply them with artistic rigor and lyrical integrity.

Nunzio: We strive to make music that people can relate to. It has its "feel-good" moments as well, which makes it easy to listen to

O: Peach is #juicy and #sweet.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?

John: Tiger Woods

Nunzio: Well I'm a huge soccer fan... I would love to be Cristiano Ronaldo for a day. I can't even imagine...

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?

John: My band, family, girlfriend (O), etc... Anyone who supported us in our journey there.

Nunzio: Other than John and O (of course) I would have to thank my parents for their support and musical influence. My father is also a musician, so that kind of helped guide me and open some opportunities.

O: Our grandfathers. They took care of life's necessities so our parents' generation could raise us as worry-free and artsy individuals.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

John: The music industry tends to act like a giant conglomerate now. It's like a Walmart squeezing out the little mom and pop businesses. The unethical aspects of the music business need to be made public. People can judge what they like or dislike about things, but only if they know the truth.

Nunzio: Luckily music is no longer as highly influenced by corporations and big record labels, so I would like to see this trend continue. There are so many DIY labels and things that it gives smaller bands more opportunities and gets music out to a more widespread audience.

10. Memorable tour experience?

John: My last band had some real issues. The singer and bass player got in a drunk choking match and almost killed each other. That was bad news. I’m so glad to be done with self destruction...Late Cambrian will be touring with Wheatus later this year and I'm sure more stories with be written, Though I have to behave, my voice couldn't take it if we jump into the abyss every night.

Nunzio: Being on the road in the van is always fun. We always have a great time heading up to Maine (for KahBang Festival) every summer because it’s such a long drive and lots of fun things happening. Never a dull moment.

O: Opening for and chilling with The Deftones at KahBang Music Festival in Bangor, Maine last summer. Exciting memories…

11. What does AP.net mean to you?

John: AP dot net keeps it real. I appreciate having a place I trust to introduce me to up and coming artists. Thanks for not sucking!

Nunzio: LOVE Absolute Punk. I always get my music news from there and have found some pretty awesome new bands there as well!

12. What is your favorite song to play?

John: Changes daily. Right I enjoy 'The Year I Cut The Cable' and 'Ryan Gosling' from our new album PEACH the most. New songs feel super fresh on stage!

Nunzio: Hand Stamp!

O: Walk of Shame, our newest song recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks which starts with "I fell in love! ..."

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?

John: Vacation?

Nunzio: I would love to go back to Greece soon and see my family while simultaneously vacationing. Win/win situation!

O: The Netherlands or California. Flowers! Sunshine!!

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?

John: I remember the first time noticed a song on the radio. My dad was playing 'She's Leaving Home' by the Beatles. I stopped playing and asked who it was. Also, he used to sing Hey Jude to put me to sleep.

Nunzio: Greek music always reminds me of when I was a kid. My dad would always be blasting it while working around the house and in his car. I can sing along phonetically but I don't really have a clue what is being said.

O: The opening and closing music of Japanese animation. I watch an episode of them every day at 6pm BEFORE doing my homework.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

John: End hate and ignorance in anyone I look at because many people are so afraid of new things and different people... That should change.

Nunzio: I would like to have super-intelligence, where I knew the answer to everything. That would be fun... and everyone would hate me.

O: Teleportation. I could skip my monthly metro card and plane tickets - forever.

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?

John: I always say I'm going to stay in the green room till our show, but I end up in the audience watching the other acts... I guess I sing in the bathroom if it's a private one.

Nunzio: Not really, but now you're making me think that I need to invent one. Hmm...

O: I use Illamasqua's (UK) precision ink in Abyss (black), Wisdom (bronze) and Scribe (white) to line my eyes and create dreamy dots and star patterns as a part of my makeup ritual. It's symbolic and meditative.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?

John: I love blue cheese! I'll eat it with a fork and nothing else.

Nunzio: That I have a 9-5 job at a huge law firm in Manhattan. I'm like 2 different people every day! Corporate Nunzio and Rocker Nunzio. I don't mind it!

O: I'm a union actor. Playing a student/doctor/patient/tourist/manicurist/stripper/dead body in movies/on TV pays the bills.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?

John: Commercial radio now?? Gross.
Pandora, Sirius, Spotify... are the tickets right now... Until clear channel finds a way to payola those stations into only playing songs Dr. Luke co-wrote... Commercial radio is like Hollywood movies: crass, dumbed-down, flavorless and for the general consumer. Late Cambrian is not commercial enough for commercial radio.

Nunzio: If we are talking about FM Radio then I don't really have anything nice to say. Luckily there are internet radio stations and other types of streaming media that totally make up for it, especially for the indie bands like us.

O: Absolutely! The whole radio/podcast experience is more personal and creative. I like tweets that inform us which songs were just played on the radio and who favorited them. Gave stations you never heard of a chance.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?

John: Answer interview questions, jog till it burns, watch HBO original series. I run the band Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Instagram & Facebook. So also, I am a social media addict.

Nunzio: Soccer... and eating. I like thinking about my meals hours ahead of time. Mmm

O: I like to paint, walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan, go to the beach, sleep and get massages.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?

John: Incisive comedy. Happiness.

Nunzio: I'm a good problem solver!

O: I am psychic in the least superstitious way.
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