Testarossa is a hard rock party band: “We bring five guitars to the show and only play two, just because it looks cool. Our stage show will get the place shaking like like a bad ball joint on your ’89 Camaro. We write simple, catchy songs that will have you singing along. With loud, flamboyant guitars, thundering drums, thumping bass, and bourbon and pipe tobacco tinged vocals– if our music doesn’t make you wanna have a good time, you probably weren’t gonna have one anyway. So come on out and see us for a visual and audio induced euphoria that will leave you craving more.”
Tell us about the history of the band?
The band has been around for about two years now. We’ve been kind of low-key so we could make sure our ducks were in a row – we really wanted to make sure we were ready to deliver our vision in an appropriate manner. We’ve all played in various bands over the years but Testarossa is by far the most fun any of us have had. That was the whole purpose of this band, to have fun again.
How would you describe your music?
We are the foxbody mustang or the IROC Z28 of the music world. We are tacky and loud but deep down everyone has a fondness for us. Sure, we maybe a little dated, but it’s a whole lot of fun. Classics never die. The music world is so repetitive and down trodden as of lately, we are the antithesis of that. We are the party and everyone is invited.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Our influences are pretty varied. I personally love everything from the old outlaw country, like David Allan Coe, to Motley Crue and Aerosmith, all the way to Taylor Dayne. It’s all about the songs and the vibes for me. I’m an absolute sucker for a good hook. That’s the problem with the majority of modern music. The hook is either non-existent or so used up and cliché it no longer has the same importance, i.e. modern country.
What record are you currently listening to?
I’m all over the place and listen to so much music daily. To simplify this question, the 3 most recently downloaded albums in my library are:
Lace Around the Wound – E.G. Daily
There are so many hooks on this album, it gets stuck in my head until my brain is mush. 80’s pop was the pinnacle of pop music. Stand out tracks on this are “What Do I Gotta Do” and “Cry Just a Little.”
Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons
When the Rolling Stones want to be YOU, you are doing something right. Gram Parsons was such a tortured soul, because of that he wrote spectacular songs. I recommend “Cash On the Barrelhead” and “Love Hurts.”
Let It Scream – The Scream
This was an underrated album that came out just a few years too late. John Corabi is a killer vocalist and guitarist. Even his time in Motley Crue was sadly overlooked. The backing band on this album were members of Racer X. No shortage of talent here. Straight forward rock-n-roll. The stand out tracks for me are “I Believe in Me” and “Father, Mother, Son.”
What is your favourite song to perform live?
My favourite song to perform live is probably the title track for our upcoming album, “Late For the Party.” Unfiltered, unapologetic, and full of piss and vinegar. The chorus is brainless, which is why the song is so fun. The crowds are singing along by the end even if they’ve never heard the song before. We tend to close with this one, so I end up singing most of this song from the crowd.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
If I could put any group of bands together for a tour it’d be Warrant, Aerosmith and us. It’d be funny to throw Chinese Democracy era Guns N’ Roses on the bill too. It would be hilarious to make people relive that nightmare every night.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Not in this band, but a previous one, our drummer got up mid set and hopped a train that was running through town in front of the venue. Being a team player, I set my guitar down and joined him. We ended up riding that train over an hour and needless to say the rest of the set never got played. Pretty sketchy.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
This could be a book. To keep things brief and PG, it’s awful. There’s a reason the industry is dying. It’s not the talent or the changes in technology. Poorly written songs, terrible promotion, and even worse people. There are good people out there, but for every good person there are three people trying to claim your copyrights and take a cut of the already atrophied profits. It’s time to get back to the basics. Good songs, good times, and positive vibes.
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
Don’t settle. Find like-minded people and cut out all the dead weight. Also, play what you want to play. If you are chasing trends, you already missed it.
What are your future plans?
Nothing big, just total world domination. We like to take things day by day, it keeps you sane. We have an album, “Late For the Party” coming out soon. Until then, we will be playing in dives and writing chart toppers.