16 Second Stare
Still in the midst of a whirlwind breakthrough 2009 and gearing up for the upcoming release of their new self-titled album, Tampa Bay based rockers 16 Second Stare recently set off on a mini fall tour - along with an headlining appearance at the 2009 Love Ride in Glendale, California, the world’s largest single day motorcycle fundraising event.
They’ve gotten used to the superstar company they’ve been keeping since releasing their indie debut 'Red Carpet Material' in 2008. This past summer, 16SS was invited on the 33 city Crue Fest 2 tour, created and headlined by Motley Crue. Main stage headliners included Charm City Devils, Godsmack, Drowning Pool and Theory of a Deadman; 16SS’s sets on the Monster Energy stage were so popular that they got bumped up until they were performing for 15-20,000 fans per show directly in support of Rev Theory.
The new album, which will be distributed worldwide by Fontana/Universal, reflects the more aggressive vibe of the band’s recently revamped lineup, which includes lead guitarist Dennis Kimak, bassist Kurtis Todd and drummer Danny Coyocca, in addition to co-lead singer/acoustic guitarist Chris “Beano” Davis and “Angry Tim” Shanks, the founders of 16SS who have played together for the past five years.
Chatting one-on-one with Chris "Beano" Davis, I first wondered what had been his musical influences growing up and how many still factored into his music today? "Metallica was the first I heard, Master Of Puppets when I was 4 years old and that was sent me to love music. Pantera is still one of my all time favorite bands, and they are what helped me with my writing and also sevendust."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard your previous material, and was thinking of buying your new self-titled album '16 Second Stare,' how would you describe sound? "It's got a lot of elements in there, definitely something from acoustics (mellow) to Hell Raiser the exact opposite. For the most part its Hard Rock, but I can’t compare it to another CD, because I haven’t heard another CD like it. I think its great and so should you."
I really enjoyed your first release off of this album, “Complicated.” It has a good blend of speed rock with smooth vocals. Can I look forward to a similar experience with the rest of this album and which song(s) would you say best represents the band? "Absolutely, There are two song actually that are similar in experience, Fire In The Hole and Hell Raiser."
Tell us more about your latest album '16 Second Stare.' Does it tell a story and why did you decide to go with a self-titled album on this one? "Try to keep it simple, and not over think. We were going to call it Eargazm and we got word it was already a band and didn’t want to use that. Plus we were drunk when we came up with it so nothing really came to mind. Each song tells an individual story, but partying, getting Fucked up, pretty much what I love doing."
The band has gone through a transformation with a new revamped line-up of members. How have these new members impacted the sound of the band and how did this collaboration come about? "Started when we were on tour with Head from Korn. I was drummin, and sang Complicated, Fire In The Hole and that was the crowd favorite on that tour and so a lot of people said I should start singing more often and I never thought about it and said I guess so. The collaboration, we’ve always been with Miguel Gonzalez, and the others just kind of fell into place, almost overnight."
Indeed, how easy (or hard) is it to create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderment's/accomplishments that preceded it within the industry? "Most part its easy, I try not think about what people want to hear, I do it for myself on the most part. Then there are other times we try to make a song for this crowd and this crowd which gets tricky, that doesn’t sound pushed together (Fertilizer)."
I see on your band’s websites that you’re campaigning for “Complicated” to get more air-play on the radio from the help of your fans. What has been the response and how significant is it to get that kind of support from your fans? "We keep it locked on Sirius octane, we hear it once or twice a day on average. Its does make a difference with the call ins which helps out a lot."
This past summer, you guys were on the 33-city Crue Fest 2 tour, created and headlined by Motley Crue. Any highlights from the tour you’d care to share and what was like being part of such a large touring festival? "That was a mile stone, I never thought I’d be able to do that, meeting bands I grew up with listening to like Motley Crue. I got to party with Tommy Lee in Vegas, the details I will leave up to your imagination."
I’ve read the band does many benefits for local cancer organizations and even donated 10,000 copies of your debut album ‘Red Carpet Material’ to the soldiers in Iraq. How important is it for you to give back to the community? "Very very important. Its important to share what I do with everyone else."
If asked to record one for charity, what '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today ... and why?! "'Rappers Delight' by the Sugar Hill gang, it would be a challenge to sing all those words!"
Lastly, and throwing you a journalistic curve ball, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! "I’ve never seen one, but if I saw one I’d want to keep it. I’d totally let him live in the freezer or the fridge!"
Interviewed by Ken Tebo
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