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- My Religon??? -Achtung Jackass
- Me, Myself, and I
- Punk-and-roll four-piece with members of green day, waterdog of Rhode Island and a chicken named Stanley. THE FRUSTRATORS are frustrating, and they just don't care. It's hard to pigeonhole or put them in any specific category. It's rare to see them live. One thing is for sure - the band has its roots in an eclectic mix of styles. From elements of new wave punk with a bit of country twang, to moments of straight-ahead ball-busting hard rock, their unique collaborations make for some unexpected punk rock. All presented with top-notch musicianship and a flair for humor.
Members of the band inc.
Jason Chandler (lead vocals)
Terry Linehan (guitar, vocals)
Mike Dirnt (bass, vocals).
Art Tedeschi (drums)
- My Album (1)
Introduce yourselves, whos who, what you play, your favorite flavored
gummi worm, etc.
The band is the four of us -- Art Tedeschi on drums, Terry Linehan on
guitar, Mike Dirnt on bass, and Jason Chandler on vocals and 2nd guitar.
Terry and Mike do the backup singing. On the CD we also featured to vocal
talents of the Frustrettes, Sara and Sarah , who said the funny lines in "I
Slept with Terry".
I personally don't like gummis since the day I split a 5 pound bag with a
guy in a fifth period art class in high school. If you ever squish a gummi
bear in your fingers, watch... it grows right back to full size. The same
thing happened in my stomach. 2 and a half pounds of chewed gummi bears
unfolded to full size in my gut and it felt like I was giving birth.
Where did you guys get the name The Frustrators?
It's funny about the name. At first we wanted to call ourselves "the
Ropers". It is such a great name. It brings to mind all kinds of good
things, like cowbows and Three's Company (that show with Suzanne Sommers,
the landlords were named the Ropers). It was cheesy. We liked it. But we
found out there was a band singed to Velocity Girl's label in DC already
named "the Ropers". Ooh, we were pissed.So then we came up with "the Regal
Beagles", which was the bar in Three's Company. And we had them put that
name on the flyers for Backyard Believers, and then we found out there was a
ska band in LA with that name! So now we were frustrated. And that is where
the name came from.
I heard your CDs are 100% DIY, are any future ones going to be the same?
Well, let's see, that's an interesting question. The CDs that are out there
right now are all ones that we handed out at that show we played at Gilman.
They are all dupes from a pre-master. We wrote the name on each one with a
magic marker, and made all the inserts on a crappy laser printer. I think we
have made a total of 20, maybe 30 so far, and we've just been giving them to
people we know and people at that show.
Adeline Records will be producing the "real" CDs , and a 10" vinyl. So, in
one respect, NO: the future ones will not be as DIY. But, we are doing the
graphic design and the artwork ourselves, so in another respect it is DIY.
Is this going to be a unsigned band, you guys put out and distribute your
own cds and stuff, or did you have any plans on signing to a label (wow this
is almost the same as question number 2...)
Yep, pretty much the same question.
So...how and when did the band start?
We were all involved in the touring company of the German-language
production of the Musical "FAME". I was running lights, Art was the
publicist. Terry and Mike were dancers. This was in 1995. In the beginning
there was a real language barrier, until we realized that we all spoke
English. It sort of became our "common ground." One day we were just messing
around with some orchestra instruments and we realized, "hey, we could have
a band here!" There were a lot of legal hurdles, but eventually the
Frustrators formed. We played some clubs but finally got our big break on
the European revival of "Soul Train."
Actually... that's not exactly true. Art and Terry were in a band a while
ago called Waterdog, who played some shows with Green Day. They both moved
out here (to the SF Bay area in CA) from Rhode Island almost a year ago and
started jamming with Mike in like March 99. I think they were just basically
having fun. They looked for a vocalist for a while, then Art asked me if I
could do it. Art and I had been in a band years ago called Violent Anal
Death. So I went over to Mike's and it all pretty much clicked.
What are future plans, like for touring, do you plan on going outside of
CA, or do you plan on having shows locally only?
Plans? We don't have any. I think we would all like to do some kind of a
West Coast tour as soon as time permits. We've talked
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