True and Honest NYC Rock Band…
Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen for The Best Unsigned
Rock and Roll Bands in America
Straight up rock & roll band The Threads originally formed in 2004 and are currently working on their third self-financed CD, due out by the end of the year. This New York City-based band recently released ‘In A Good Way,’ which is a six-song EP with five original tracks and Ramones song “Slug,” which they also recorded acoustic video for. I caught up with their guitarist Andy to talk a bit about what the band is currently up to.
ALISON “METALBABE” COHEN: I’m so glad that Johnny Jetson found The Threads and selected your band for Best Unsigned Bands of America! I have really been enjoying your music! Your bio says your main goal is to create a true and honest rock show. Tell me more about that.
ANDY DAHILL : Everything is so contrived these days. This band wants to sound like that band. That band wants to look like this band. It’s all bullsh*t. We just want to be ourselves and play the music we like. And hopefully that’s something people will be drawn to.
METAL BABE: How often do you play live?
ANDY: It varies. Sometimes it’s a few gigs a month, sometimes is just one every few months. It depends on if we are writing and recording at the moment.
METAL BABE: Do you play outside of the NYC area? Any plans to make it to the West Coast?
ANDY: Currently we have only been playing the tri-state area, but that’s something I’d like to change. I’d love to get out to the West Coast and Europe soon. It’s hard because we are completely self-financed so it all comes out of pocket.
METAL BABE: I understand… The Threads recently played a show (May 19th at Webster Hall) to celebrate the life of Joey Ramone. How did that go? What Ramones songs did you play?
ANDY: This was the third time we’ve played the Annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash. It’s always an honor to be involved. The Ramones, and Joey especially, have a special place in our hearts.
METAL BABE: What’s the scene like in NY currently?
ANDY: Listen, we don’t wanna sound like a bunch of grumpy old men and be all like, “Waaah, it was so much cooler in the 90s!”, but yeah, it was so much cooler in the 90s! (LAUGHS)
METAL BABE: You recently released an album called ‘In A Good Way.’ What can you tell us about it?
ANDY: It’s a six-song EP that really embodies where we were as a band and as individuals during the time we wrote and recorded it. There is song about a shared horrible experience, “The Tombs”; a song about our love of the New York of yesteryear, “1990 (Loving Every Minute)”; a song about sadness and the defiance you find in it, “Not Dead Yet”; a song about the state of the world we live in, “Wearing Me Down”; and just a plain old f*ck you punk song, “Chump.” All that and a Ramones cover, “Slug.”
METAL BABE: Very cool. Have you recorded any videos from the EP?
ANDY: We shot a live acoustic video for our version of The Ramones’ “Slug.” You can find it on YouTube with the two other videos we shot for our first record.
The Ramones S.L.U.G. acoustic at the Map Room Bowery Electric.
Recorded live by “Fazi” Les Opiola.
METAL BABE: Great! How does ‘In A Good Way’ compare to your last release?
ANDY: “In a Good Way” is more cohesive than “Love & Other Bad Decisions” because it was written over a short period of time. “Love” was a compilation of years of songwriting from the inception of the band.
METAL BABE: Talk about the fashion and style of the band, and your overall image.
ANDY: When you name your band The Threads you kinda have to look good.
METAL BABE: That is true! What’s next for The Threads?
ANDY: Our third record is recorded and mixed. We’re moving on to mastering and layout design now. Hopefully it will be out by the end of the year. But like I said, things take time when you are completely self-financed. It’s gonna be a hell of a record. That’s all I’m at liberty to say.
METAL BABE: Sounds great! What would you like to say to your fans?
ANDY: Keep listening. Keep believing in rock & roll. Stay true. “Stay Gold, Ponyboy!”
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