by Danielle Holian
How and when did the band get together?
The band in its current form got together about a year and a half ago. Chris and I started jamming on some songs that I had in his basement. We did that for a few months before Sean came to one of our rehearsals for a real laid back informal audition. It vibed pretty well so we just kept it rolling.
What is the story behind the bands name?
This is actually a funny story if you’ve never seen the interview with Kai the surfer you definitely have to check it out. At a certain point in the video, he says something about being “Kooked Out”. It’s hysterical. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckfBGdZoR_0
Who or what are your influences?
We’re pretty much influenced by almost every style of music but the bands we attribute our sound to most would be The Doors, Cage The Elephant, Jimi Hendrix, Rage Against the Machine, Sublime and The Ventures.
How has your music evolved since the band began?
The more we play together the chemistry seems to continuously improve. We have a better sense of each other’s style and have an easier time knowing where the other is going musically.
Can you briefly describe the music-making process for the band?
One of us will usually come in with an idea or a riff and we’ll flush it out at practice. John writes the lyrics and melody at home and that’s pretty much it.
Where can someone view your music?
We’re on Band Camp, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and iTunes. Google that shit.
Band Camp – https://kookedout1.bandcamp.com/releases
Facebook – www.facebook.com/kookedoutmusic.
What makes the band different from other bands?
Our inability to play one style has kinda become our thing. We tend to get bored sticking to one genre so we play em all. If we’re listening to reggae we’ll probably end up writing a reggae tune or punk or blues or surf or whatever. What really sets us apart though is the live performance, it’s raw a little chaotic and it’s obvious that we have a lot of fun up there. We go to war every time we step on stage.
Do you have any advice for fellow bands?
Ahhhhh work hard, be relentless, learn your craft as well as the business. What we find to be most attractive in other bands is the intent, the realness and sincerity of their music and performances. If you’re faking it to make it you’ll end up just another flavour of the week. Bands that interview in an overly poetic fashion or over-due it with the gimmicks are whack. Everyone seems to be searching for their Jim Morrison moment or catchy new phrase or outfit but it just ain’t happening. So, I’d say as long as you’re genuine you’re doing alright.
Any good band stories?
Our first East Coast tour was a riot. We were packed into a small Volkswagen rabbit with gear hanging out the windows but we made it work, slept on floors and in basements. It was real cool and we met a lot of awesome people.
What are the band’s plans for the rest of 2016?
We’re releasing our debut EP next week on June 17th at the Hard Rock Café in Boston Massachusetts. Other than that we’ll be touring most of the summer and playing as much as possible. We’re looking forward to playing Nashville Tennessee and Austin Texas the most. Both cities have a very rich music and arts culture.
Any last words?
Be sure to check out the EP and follow us on all the social Media platforms.