1. What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
Our name came about over a pint of beer at a local bar, many moons ago. Our first alias was Sloven (meaning; a person who is habitually messy or careless) lol that’s rock’n’roll if you ask me! Then our name became Recoil, only later to discover that former Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder already established that domain for his band. Later on that evening, during round 4 of our communal pint downing, someone said “Well we have to give people a name that will motivate and distract them from the modern norms. The kind of name that will stick in their heads. Something that will make us a HERO” …. In that sublime moment, VINYL HERO was born!
2. What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
Ray Howard aka Raynus or Ray-Man / lead singer, guitarist
Tiburce Perlau aka Tibz / drummer, producer, backup vocals
Costa Siarlis aka Gus / bassist, backup vocals
3. If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
A pool of cappuccino! Hard to see through but would smell wonderful!
4. What’s an average day like for the band?
Write, rehearse, write, rehearse … smoke break … rehearse (rinse and repeat)
Some days, more smoke breaks than anything else….
5. Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
Last August in Montreal opening for a great Canadian band The Motor-league. Working since then on new material in the studio, preparing to release our new single VULTURES … having to cancel all our upcoming shows, to now use social media platforms to continue pumping out Vinyl Hero tunes and videos for everyone to share and enjoy!
6. What are some of the best pranks you as band mates have pulled on each other?
We aren’t really pranksters but we do enjoy ripping into each other every now and again. For example, replacing the recorded bass track (during pre-production) with a flute sound slapped with crazy reverb. Then telling me “Yup, I’m really digging this sound better!” The face I made was … priceless!
7. How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
Creating music was never an issue but when push came to shove, we learned that there’s more to a successful and productive band then just a killer song. From the business aspect to the studio production value, we needed a better understanding on how to navigate those elements to affect our songs overall messages.
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
What we love : recording, shows/touring.
What we like less : the waiting game. Being caught in between the "OK, what's next?" phase.
9. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
“Invincibility! (yes ......Wolverine!)”
“Yes Ray, like having our music stand the test of time.”
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Love of music, patience and practice…. Hop on the social media bandwagon as much as you can! Don’t just play your instruments, make love to them!
11. Who are some of your favorite musicians?
Not enough space… but, Josh Homme, Victor Wooten, Keith Carlock, Ian Thornley, Billy Sheehan, Foo Fighters, KXM, Monster Truck, Kings X.....it could go on and on…
12. What is the craziest thing you've ever received from a fan?
“Two beautiful, spunky daughters… a family!”
13. What song means the most to you and why?
All of our songs bring us back to different times through our evolution as a unit, but I’d have to pick Vultures! It's a great reminder of how hard we worked on our sound, production and lyrical abilities. Ironically, it’s quite fitting for where we find ourselves today, in the current state of the world.
VULTURES MUSIC VIDEO > VULTURES
14. How can people gain access to your music?
15. If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
Thank you so much for all the amazing support and love you give us…You All Rock!
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