"We're all from rock and metal backgrounds. Travis and I played in Gran Pappy's Lap. Tommy Hymes was a member of Breedlove and Big Guns and Chad Casto (bassist) is part of Hillbilly Deathride. So you're getting a rock and metal flavor, but we don't change things so you still recognize the song. We stay true to the song structure, but we add our own twisted little spin to it."
Q: What kind of songs are we talking about here?
A:"We do everything from Men at Work to Madonna. Our biggest right now is E.U.'s "Doing the Butt," and Madonna's "Like a Virgin." Morris Day and the Time's "Jungle Love" always gets people going, too, plus we do Billy Squire, J. Geils Band and we're working on some Donna Summers."
Q: No offense, but this sounds a bit tongue in cheek?
A:"There is a bit of that, but at the same time this is music we all grew up with and music we all love. We take a tongue-in-cheek approach, but it's all done with reverence. These songs are some of the best songwriting of the 1980s and we put a lot of effort into this. This is something we're serious about. We practice constantly."
Q: Why so much effort in something that sounds like a side project?
A:"I'm a professional musician. It's how I make my living. It's not really a side project. It's another musical project and it's a fun one. With the economy, people don't go out as much, but when they go out, they really want to have a good time. They want to be entertained. They don't want to sit and listen to someone drone on about how horrible life is. When you come out to see us, you're going to have fun whether you want to or not."
Q: What were you doing in the 1980s?
A:"Well, I was playing music, but it wasn't this music. I was pretty much up to my knees in hair band music at that point."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.