New Bands Mikey & The Drags, Bang Bangz Debut Saturday
Saturday night at Mango's, two new local acts make their debut. Rocks Off rummaged through our Rolodex and contacted them to find out what to expect.
First on the list is Mikey & The Drags, formed by Miguel Ponce, whom many folks will remember as the frontman of The McKenzies. It's his first musical output in two years, showcasing his love of '50s and '60s garage rock.
Rocks Off: What's the story behind the band name?
Miguel Ponce: When I was thinking of a name for this project, I wanted somthing that sounded classic - something with that old 50's/60's feel to it, like Bill Haley & The Comets, Buddy Holly & The Crickets [and] Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels.
Mikey was a nickname of mine and The Drags - well, we're just no fun, haha. I got the idea of "the drags" from a Ty Segall song.
RO: How did Andrew (Lee) & Memo get involved, and who's playing what? Has Memo been in other bands?
MP: Memo used to be in a band called Ellypseas; I met him while I was still in The McKenzies. We've stayed close friends since then. Andrew and I have been friends for a long time now. Everyone knows Andrew as a guitarist, but I knew that he could play drums pretty damn good, so I asked Mr. Andrew to play drums. Memo is also a guitarist but I really needed a bassist, so I asked him to play bass.
RO: How many songs do you have worked up so far? Your Facebook page seems to imply that there might be some covers performed on Saturday. Can you confirm this?
MP: So far we have four original songs and one song The McKenzies played that we re-vamped ("This Lonely Heart"). There's also one cover song that we will be playing Saturday.
MP: I have no idea. Its not like the scene that's happening right now is linear or one-dimensional. We're just a new band, and I guess that hasn't happened in a while.
We're really hoping to bring garage tunes a broader audience.
RO: Have you got any more shows lined up?
MP: We have two more shows coming up: September 17 at The Mink with Psychic Palms and September 27 at The Mink with Acid Baby Jesus, Hell Shovel and Psychic Palms.
RO: Do you have plans to record?
MP: I'm really hoping to record and put out a 45 before 2012.
RO: Finish this sentence: A Mikey & The Drags show will ___ and make you want to ____.
MP: A Mikey & The Drags show will quake the ground under you and MAKE you move and shake.
RO: Lastly, If Mikey & The Drags was a movie, it would be ____.
MP: If Mikey & The Drags was a movie, it would be directed by Ed Wood.