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DARK AVENUE VS. GROOVEY.TV’S THE GAUNTLET INTERVIEW SERIES

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(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (Like in this case the Alternative Metal band Dark Avenue ) is sent a butt ton of  questions ranging from standard to stupid  from which they must choose  at least  12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains.)

• Tell me why your music rules. Or why it sucks.

Alan – It rules and I love it because it’s what we want to play
• Which Muppet would you marry, which one would you wanna knife fight in a swamp, and which one should be our global emperor? Why?
Barry – I would marry Janice! She’s the guitar player in Dr Teeth & The Electric Mayhem and smoking HOT, I’d knife fight Ernie – he’s just annoying, always whining ahhhhhh!! and Animal should be global Emperor – I mean come on! It’s Animal, he rocks!
• Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.
The writing comes from our heart… we write what we feel… we do not have a formula that we stick to. As far as production, part of the album… 4 songs were produced by John Burke at Vibe Studios Cleveland, OH and the rest of it by our guitar player Barry Lorberbaum at his Black Cat Creative Arts studio in the Dallas area. John’s production was amazing, and became a learning experience and a game-changer in upping Barry’s skills on production. The studio process is something we love; we tend to have the foundation for our songs down solid, but use the studio as a time to experiment with different parts, sounds, harmonies, etc to find different sonic elements, and be able to sit back and listen to them in context, and then judge what works and what does not. It’s a big giant sonic chemistry lab to us!
• What are you working on right now?
With the response we have received from “Una Ves Mas” our first Spanish language single; we now are in the middle of recording a full Spanish version of the entire album Illusions!
• Why do you make your style of music? Why not polka? or Japanese symphonic folk metal? or..?
Alan – It’s the style I love playing. I like polka and Japanese symphonic folk metal, but I love playing us!
Mario – when you right rock music there are no boundries, it’s limitless!
• Which voice in your head is the craziest?
Alan – Both of them.
• Top 2 stupidest things you’ve ever done.
Alan – Got drunk and was running down the street naked. And sitting in the back of a cop car naked.
Barry – stole… I mean borrowed the fiberglass bell from the roof of a Taco Bell restaurant (They used to have these giant bells on the roof instead of a picture/sign of a bell) then brought it on campus and used it for a giant trashcan-punch punch bowl at a party.

 

• Who are your influences?Print
Jeff – every drummer I listen to!
Mario – my dad (opera singer) Soundgarden, Tool, The Eagles, GnR

• Peace or freedom? (You can’t have both.)Why?
Barry – Give me liberty or give me death….. nuff said
• Which band member are you positive is an extraterrestrial and what does their planet look like? Details!
Barry – oh Andrew is an extraterrestrial for sure! Oh my god all it takes is two minutes to figure that out. I see his planet covered in a lot of very brightly covered shag carpet….. but everything is shag…. The grass, trees trunks, countertops, cars, houses– everything is bright shag!!!I imagine it’s a very shaggy Dr. Seuss-like place.
• How long could you live without money?
Andrew – I’ve done it my entire life, why start now?
Alan – 6 months

• Peace or freedom? (You can’t have both.)Why?
Barry – Give me liberty or give me death….. nuff said

• Why should people experience your music?
Because our music is an experience.
• If you were facing unbeatable and fatal odds what song would you want to check
out to? Why?
Jeff – “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” – I love the irony of it!
BarryAC/DC “Hells Bells”

• Stella or Guinness? Why?
Mario – Guinness…. Because I’m a man, and that’s what men drink!
• What musicians should quit forever and never be seen or heard from again?
BarryKANYE WEST….. wait, is he even a musician? Oh and Justin Bieber, too
• What would you like to say to your fans?
How you doin’? And THANK YOU! You are why we do this!

• Would you accept 1 million dollars now to give up any and all music forever? If not what is your price?
Barry – are you kidding me? Hell no, all my being is music, I could not exist with out it.
Mario – HELL NO! There’s no price…. Fuck that!

• What master musicians would you like to study with?
AndrewAndy Timmons… I have to know how he carries a run so far!

• What really pisses you off?
Jeff – Traffic…. And entitled assholes that haven’t accomplished anything

• If you could ask yourself one question what would it be?
Jeff – Where’s the pyro?

• What is the loneliest letter?
Andrew – “L” it’s full of losers and lepers

• Worst thing ever eaten?
Andrew – Russian Caviar

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• What do you geek out to besides your music? Please geek out on your geekiness.
Jeff – All things Disney, all the time!
Andrew Big Bang Theory – to sum it up- BAZINGA
• What are some of the unwritten rules of tours?
Now see, you’re trying to trick us up here. If we write down these “unwritten” rules of the road, then they would now be written, and thus known by all and therefore defeats the purpose of the “unwritten” rule. We’re onto your game here, nice try FED.
• How many unarmed but very angry 4 year olds would it take to kick your ass?
Andrew – 1! Have you been around one?

• Name two people cooler than Evel Kneivel. Why?
Barry/AndrewChuck Norris and Elvis Presley. Why? You gotta ask why? The question is too cool for you then!

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