EMQs with BOOZEWA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Coatesville, Pennsylvania based Sludge band, Boozewa. Huge thanks to Drummer/Vocalist, Mike Cummings, 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?
My name is Mike, I play drums and holler in BOOZEWA. The three of us have known each other for the better part of 25 years. We were all in Backwoods Payback together for years and with being locked down for the majority of 2020, we did the only thing we knew to do. We just started playing.
How did you come up with your band name?
It’s an inside joke I suppose, but really, it’s just a fun way to spell BOURGEOIS. It’s fun to yell too!! BOOZEWA!!
What country are you from and what is the rock/metal scene like there?
We are from the United States of America. The metal scene here is always flourishing. Especially here in the Philadelphia area. SOOOO many amazing bands come out of the Philly scene.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We just put out our first demo “First Contact”. We recorded the whole thing here at the house on my old Tascam 4 Track tape machine. Mixed it and dubbed every copy by hand. Ran off the artwork, and hand assembled everything.
Who have been your greatest influences?
I think each of the three of us have different influences, but for this band, for me personally, Melvins and Karp have been super high up there on my list. Rylan loves Modest Mouse, Jess’ favourite band is probably Big Business.
What first got you into music?
Listening to the music my mom was always playing in the house when I was growing up for sure put in on the right track. Neil Youngs ‘Harvest’ in particular was always on repeat and in the air for as long I can remember.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
That’s a tough one. Griselda (a phenomenal hip hop collective from Buffalo NY) are the first to come to mind. Their sound is everything I love about hip hop. I could totally hear some of our riffs mixed in there.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. Hands down the greatest festival I have ever been to, and was honoured to play at, in 2017.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I don’t think anything is ever too weird if there is heart behind it.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Be kind to each other and keep living.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I wouldn’t bring anyone back from the dead. Their time was spent, and they are gone. Whether a death, or relationship, or job…you can’t go back.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy every aspect of it. I love creating, writing, practicing, playing, TOURING. I even love the load out. Every part of it is sacred to me.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Man, im so far removed from the “industry” I don’t even really have an answer for you.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Pearl Jam “Ten”. That record changed my life. At any point I can put it on and immediately be overcome with that feeling I had when I first heard it.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl will always be number one for me. The sound, the feel, holding the jacket and pouring through the liner notes…it’s perfection.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
My most memorable is probably Roadburn Festival at this point. It’s something I wanted to do for years and didn’t even understand how to begin to try and make it happen. When it did…it’s burned into my mind forever.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Im not sure? Probably travelling the country buying and selling at flea markets.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Five friends you’ve never heard of lol.
What’s next for the band?
The demo is out now, and we are working on a few more recordings for some releases later this year. I hope we can take this band out on the road at some point in 2021…fingers crossed.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
HAHA I have no idea!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for taking an interest in the band. I hope we can sit and have a drink one day soon friend. BOOZEWA!
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