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AFTER THE SHOW:

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SPOKE

It's

Tommy

talks to

Smokes and

Streetknife

of the Saigon

Hookers

three, (guitar,

beeiA-

SPOKE: Tell us about the new album. Smokes: think it's really cool. Instead of Hello Rock &

drums,

bflss,

I

th«t's

Now,

It.

even Kings of Regret, one type of music

Roll or

havti/ig a druiM.-

playing just

i^er that's lA^ust-

decided

to play

wanted

to.

we

straight out,

a drumyuer^

ofllLy

two

we

love blues, so

I

there’s a blues

song on

it,

I

my

had

aiA.d

sort of just

whatever

heart broken, so there’s a heartbreak song on

0ucltflr

writing

Instead of belw0 a slice of bread we're a loaf of bread,

and instead of about stupid

acoustic,

all

it,

pt^^yers, aiA^ three sliA.0ers,

lyrics

things, they’re actually

mean-

me,

There

ingful, to

are some there are

at least.

statements,

political

some sad

stories.

Streetknife: We’re totally prog now. We’re Genesis.

instead of a beer we're a case

We’re Fish!

of

beer,

with shots, and then

Smokes: think

yout 0et laid after, beoaucse

think

I

some people

good,

it’s

really cool.

it’s

We

I

have

playing with us

good at what We’ve spent a of time on Joe’s so good mixing; he’s got two

that are really

It's

that 0ood.''

they’re doing. lot

at

it.

Grammys on mixing

probably

not going to do again,” said Cybulskie. “It’s a good idea, but it didn’t really work. We’ve got like 2,500 download cards that nobody cares about, sitting at home that we can’t GIVE away. Every time we take those songs and burn them to a CD people buy them. The download card people don’t know what to do with them.

‘What

am

supposed? Is this like a gift card, do I take this to La Senza and buy underwear with it? Like, what the hell?”’ he said, laughing. “We’re going to do disc, we really want to do vinyl,” he I

added. “We’ve been talking about vinyl for the last two or three, we’ve gotta do it this time. It’s not a money-maker; it’s just something to have. We’ve got to do vinyl. Vinyl is cool, we have to do vinyl. That’s the

way

Grammys

it is.”

available before the

summer

“I’d love to have it done in a month,” said Cybulskie. is

more

realis-

three months, probably when it’s actually going to

tic,

‘I

happen.”

Three months is more than enough time for fans of the brash rock & roll band to build up their anticipation. Morning radio show personality Andy Garnett from Waterloo station 100.3 Sound

FM

albums.

pretty

much as

me like a f*cking donkey the whole recording. I’ve been going in to do vocals, and he goes, ‘Yeah, you know, that’s sort of good, but...’ and we’d be at like one song for two hours. like it; can see where you’re going with this. We’ll do this again tomorrow.’ Streetknife: have a song

hits.

“Two months

is

high as you can get, and he has two. And he’s been riding

The new album should be heat

the wall from

other

I

I

that

wrote myself,

I

ago,

that’s

around

been

years kicking

back of and we started playing and said, ‘Yeah, we should put this on in

nowhere

the

forever, it

one of many looking forward to giving the new album a spin. “After promoting for the show at Maxwell’s and watching the video for Stray Dogs, I was really impressed and am looking forward to hearing what the next album sounds like,” he said. is

the album.’

and

it

We

recorded

was done,

it,

sort of, the

rhythm tracks were there but wasn’t quite there, so went

it

I

do some leads and harmonies and stuff that had been in my head but that had never heard and never actually played, and was recording, and recorded a part, and then recorded a second part over that first part, and recorded a harmony to myself, smiling, saying “Oh man, this sounds so good.’’ Smokes: That’s a huge thing for this album, that we’ve never harmonized anything, it’s been three. Guitar, bass, Now, having drums, that’s in

to

I

I

I

Truth,

No Reason

is

the third release from the Saigon Hookers,

lowing 2008’s Kings of Regret and 2005’s Hello, Rock

We’re playing to our actually

&

fol-

Roll.

abilities instead of just playing.

We

spend time writing the songs, and we’re spend-

ing time in the studio listening to

them and making sure

it.

they’re

what we want to

hear, which is different than,

a

drummer

that’s musically

a

drummer, and two guitar play‘Shit!

We’ve got a thousand dollars and a day dio, let’s -

do as much as we

in

the stu-

can.’

Ron “Streetknife” Cybulskie

The Saigon Hookers just wrapped up a mini-tour with Toronto band Lion Ride. Upcoming shows for the Hookers inciude a show at The 515 in Cambridge on Aprii 24, The Hardball in Miiton on May 1, and the Bovine Sex Ciub in Toronto on May 28.

ers,

and

three

singers,

a slice of bread we're a loaf of bread. instead

of being

SPOKE: A sandwich? Streetknife: With meat! Smokes: Instead of a beer we’re a case of beer, with shots, after,

and then you get laid because it’s that good.

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