EMQ’s with PINTO GRAHAM
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New Haven, Connecticut, Southern Stoner/Rock trio Pinto Graham! Huge thanks to guitarist Andre Roman for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I’m Andre Roman, guitar player in Pinto Graham. Pinto Graham was started as a 2 piece (bass and drums) band by Ant and Brian sometime around 2013 or so. A friend of mine had played guitar with them briefly before moving to California and I was introduced to the guys with the hopes of replacing him. It was a great fit and I joined the band in 2016.
How did you come up with your band name?
Ant (bass/vocals) came up with the name. I believe it was really just a version of some of his favourite band names…Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd etc…
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
Our drummer Brian is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ant and I are from the United States. The metal scene here in the US is amazing! It’s thriving well and really embracing all the styles within the “metal” title.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our latest release is Entitled “DOS”. Our second record, oddly enough following our first record, “UNO”. We have just released a single from DOS called ‘Southern Superstitions.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Personally my greatest musical influences are Cream, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, the Melvins, Mudhoney, RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough….to name a few!
What first got you into music?
My older brother introduced me to punk when I was around 10 years old. Black Flag, Bad Brains…and at the same time I received my first guitar. So I spent a lot of time learning songs by Mudhoney, Dinosaur JR, Sonic Youth…
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
That’s a tough question! I would really love to collaborate with the guys in Earthless. Maybe just an improvised jam or something!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Any rock festival in Europe would be awesome.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Boogie!! Have a great time, all the time! And thank you for coming to shows.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Jimi Hendrix. No doubt.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Well, I don’t hate any of it. As long as we get to play, there shouldn’t be anything to hate. Maybe typing out interview answers…I’d rather talk to people. Other than that, it’s a good gig being a musician. The most enjoyable part is playing and meeting other bands and talking about gear or studios.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
We try hard not to be involved in the music industry per se…We don’t have a label and if we did we’d want it to be a small one that appreciates music rather than how much money an artist can pull in.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
The ‘Red Album’ by Grand Funk Railroad is just one of my favourites.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl with a download is the best.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
All of them rock!! We just try to make sure we have a good time all the time.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’d be a carpenter. Oh wait…I mean…I am a carpenter. Music ain’t payin the bills!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Frank Zappa and whatever 4 people he wanted to bring.
What’s next for the band?
We’ll be playing shows in support of “DOS” and getting new songs ready for the next record!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I’d maybe call them a cookie…a fucking delicious cookie/biscuit hahaha!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you. Hopefully we can rock out for y’all sometime!
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