Friday, May 04, 2012

10 Questions for The Forty Nineteens


The Forty Nineteens is a killer band that mixes elements of college rock, alt country, and punk rock, resulting in an engaging and fun sound that is as retro as it is modern.  The band recently released their fantastic debut album No Expiration Date, easily one of the best records on 2012 (check out my review here).

For more information on The Forty Nineteens check out their official website, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, ReverbNation, Last.fm, and CD Baby pages. 

This interview was conducted with bassist/vocalist John Pozza via email April 25-May 3, 2012.

Dave:  How did the band get together? 

John Pozza:  Much like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, life's trade winds and currents brought us together where we are caught in an ever growing gyre.

Dave:  You recently released the album No Expiration Date.  What’s the story behind the record? 

John:  As you note in Question #4, our sound has a late 80's sound that we feel has no "use by date" and can be current.

Dave:  No Expiration Date was released on Heyday Records.  How did you get hooked up with the label? 

John:  HeyDay is a multi media entity now based in Temecula, and we met the owner, Robert Rankin Walker and he liked the idea of trying to resurrect the label as it had previously been a top independent in the 80's headquartered out of San Francisco

Dave:  Your sound has a very distinct late ‘80s/early ‘90s college rock flair to it, while at the same time pulls a lot from classic punk and alt country.  Was this a sound that you were going for on purpose or just a result the records that you’ve listened to over the years?  Are you all big fans of these genres?

John:  We all have different musical sources that influence the way we approach our songwriting.  Because it is truly a group effort, I think a variety of styles can be heard in the mix.

Dave:  Will you be touring in support of No Expiration Date?

John:  Right now we are concentrating on So.Cal. but we have a couple of Penn. shows lined up for July.

Dave:  Does the band have any specific type of songwriting process? 

John:  We usually start with a riff or chorus or Chris may have a whole song written that gets modified as we develop it.

Dave:  How is the music scene in Temecula CA?

John:  Right now, despite the economy, the Temecula Wine Country is emerging as a great scene for music probably because it's close to L.A. and San Diego.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question.  What are your top 5 favorite artists/bands, albums, movies, television shows, books/authors? 

John:  John's favorites:  Ray Davies, the Kinks, the Romantics, the Replacements, the first "Die Hard" and Charles Bukowski.

Dave:  What’s next for the band?

John:  We are currently working on a new single for an independent movie sound track.

Dave:  Any final thoughts? 

John:  Thanks for your interest and kind words, now lets have some wicked fun!

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