This Ain't Rock and Roll, This Is Roky Moon & BOLT!
In this week's issue of the Houston Press, you can find our in-depth interview with Roky Moon & BOLT! and the team behind their debut release for ZenHill, American Honey, which sees its debut tomorrow night at Fitzgerald's. The show promises to be a stunner with Tax The Wolf, Young Girls, sIngs, and JW Americana as well as a few more also on the bill. We hear that fans are already camping out front of the venue, and that Dita Von Teese is due to be doing a routine during BOLT's "Hot Saturday Night."
Just yesterday morning on Fox 26, you could see them playing live on-air, even though someone at the station billed them as "Roky Moon Bolt." Lead singer Roky Moon looked like Jim Morrison in his shades. Well, the whole band was wearing sunglasses, to be honest.
We sifted through some of the pieces of the interviews we conducted the past few weeks and knew that it was all too good to leave on the proverbial cutting-room floor of our laptop.
Rocks Off: What is a typical RM&B rehearsal like at the Mink with no one else around?
Roky Moon: You kidding me? It's heaven!! We have a full PA setup with all the mikes we need. For a band doing the kind of thing we are doing, this is crucial. I mean we have five to six people singing together sometimes and, without all of that PA power, I wouldn't be able to hear a thing. Plus it means we can really hear the sax and piano.
Jeoaf Johnson (drums): Yeah, rehearsing at the Mink really is great. We owe Mark big time for letting us. Its cool because when we're working on stuff and we're really buckled down, in the zone and focusing, its nice to have a lock on the door and have a little world to ourselves.
Marc Brubaker Roky Moon & BOLT! at the Mink, November 2010
But at the same time, every so often, someone will pound on the door and it'll be one of the guys coming in to work or something and it'll turn into a fun hangout with buds. And sometimes we'll have just finished up a new song or arrangement, so then we can show it to someone fresh, right off the line.
I think the best thing about it, though, is that the Mink is so absolutely home base for us. We practice there, about half of us work there. I met my girlfriend there, so it's very near and dear to our hearts.
Aaron Echegaray (guitar): The Mink has very much become our home. We experienced some of our first great high energy shows there; now it's sort of a hotbed for our creative energy. We fill the floor in a circular arrangement, the PA pumping the vocals, keys and sax back at us.
The BOLT! feeling permeates the air there and on any given night you can find half of the band behind the bar or sound board, custom making glam era playlists to wax philosophic over; you'll likely find the other half of the band hanging out and drinking with the music lovers in attendance. Truly home base.