Tallboy is a band generating a lot of momentum for themselves right now. With accomplishments such has as playing live to large crowds with known national acts the likes of Papa Roach, Hinder, Kotton Mouth Kings and Floater. Refreshingly, these Medford, Oregon rockers manage to keep enough down-to-earth presence to remain connected with their local following. As well they should considering that this fan-base helped boost them, via frequent request for their song “Taken Back”, into regular airplay on rock station 96.9 KROG The Rogue. With their renewed commitment to music and each other, Tallboy ought to be a band to keep your eye on as they blaze a rock trail of mayhem through Oregon and onto the National heavy music scene.
It’s the start of a new year, what are some of your favorite memories from 2009?
TB (Kevin) Favorite memories would have to be our fans have become more of our family than just a fan! Hiring Jimmy and Brandon, then sharing the stage with Big names like Papa Roach, Hinder, Kotton Mouth Kings, and Floater.
What are the origins of Tallboy?
TB (Justin) The funny thing is that 3 of the 5 members of Tallboy have known each other for years, but have been in other bands, so we never had a chance to jam with each other. The opportunity arose for Kevin, Angel, and Justin to jam together, and with our previous singer, the first incarnation of Tallboy was born! Members have come and gone, but we feel that the 5 of us are now the “dream team” of musicians we could find.
If we were flashing on the life of TallBoy, what differences would we notice most between the infantile TB and the current TB?
TB The new Tallboy is better lyrically and musically. Our musical abilities have evolved immensely in the last year, where as is in the first year this was very new. (Kevin) I had never been in a successful band before…never played in front of more than 50 people. I also figured out how to “rock-out” and play at the same time.
As recently as August of 2009 you were getting regular play for your single “Taken Back” on local 96.9 KROG. How were you able to accomplish this and how has that exposure affected your band?
TB (Angel) We were able to accomplish this with a great recording, a competition we were involved with, and fan requests. The Exposure has been phenomenal!
How would you describe the sound of Tallboy? TB Energetic, Inventive, Fist-pumping, Aggressive Rock, Complicated, Melodic, and Driven by passion!
What do you believe sets Tallboy apart from other bands?
TB (Angel) Our stage presence and unique sound get our crowds going. We’re always trying to write new and creative songs that keep the fans entertained and interested. Going beyond the boundaries of the normal, and involving our fans more than you would expect!
Does your name have any particular meaning or significant history?
TB (Justin) At first it was just based on a Tallboy of beer, then it was discovered that the name is based on a World War II Bunker Buster, also called an Earthquake Bomb. We thought that encompassed our sound pretty well.
Who have been some of the funnest bands, venues and people to work with?
TB Six Ounce Gloves, A Single Second, Dryseason, Holdfast, and Hired Gun. Playing with Papa Roach & Hinder at the Lithia Amphitheater was the biggest rush we have had in our entire life. All of the local and touring bands we have worked with have been great, and an absolute pleasure to share the stage with. Some of our favorite venues have been Lithia Motors Amphitheater, Medford Armory, Shenanigans, and the Rogue Theatre.
Live local hardcore concert with Oregon band Tallboy
Can you pinpoint the moment when you knew you wanted to get serious about being in a band?
TB (Justin) From the very beginning, something amazing was happening. The songs we were writing were the most complex, and entertaining that we had ever personally played. On top of that, we had never had an easier time writing the music… it seemed to write itself!
Who has been the greatest influence and/or support in getting you to where you are now?
TB Our Fans, Our Family, Our Passion for what we believe in.
What were some of the key lessons that you learned as musicians that helped you get to this point?
TB Don’t ever give up! Trust, Determination, Confidence, Practice, Practice, Practice. When you’re done practicing, go practice some more.
What were some of the key lessons that you learned as performers and businessmen that helped you get to this point?
TB (Jimmy) The more into the music you are, the more the crowd is. Being respectful to your fans, and business owners, and thanking all of them for the opportunity to share our music with each and every one of them.
As a band, would you say that there is an underlying philosophy or core values that create the foundation for Tallboy?
TB (Justin) We all love playing music and are really good friends. We all want to be successful and would love to turn this into a career when the right opportunity arises. Passion is the core of our band!
For you, what are some of the essentials to a good show – both from the performance aspect as well as the behind the scenes?
TB (Angel) Rock out as much as possible without screwing up your parts. Also, know your limits with alcohol…although, for some reason Kevin is the best at getting drunk and playing. Knowing the demographic of the venue, what track record does the venue hold, how popular is the venue. What other bands would be a great fit for a night out for the fans, what type of sound does the venue have.
What do you hope that fans will receive from your music?
TB (Jimmy) We hope they get excited when they hear our music…maybe brightens their day a bit. We usually get inspired to write music when were listening to music, so our hope is someone will listen to our songs and get inspired to write something as well.
What is one of the coolest stories you have heard from a fan?
TB (Angel) One of our fans was having a bit of a hard time with her life. We didn’t know this at the time, but when we had one of her favorite songs done we sent it to her in an e-mail as a surprise, just for being a great fan. So then in turn she sent us an emotional e-mail back saying, “Thank You, you don’t know how soon this could have come to me in this desperate time of my life, your song ‘Let Go’ just saved my life!” There was more to the e-mail than we will say, but you can get the point that she was relieved and very emotional because this song meant so much to her.
Have you had the chance to tour yet?
TB Not a major tour, as we all do have jobs, some of us have kids, but we do try to get out of town as much as possible and spread the music.
Any funny/crazy stories you’d like to share?
TB (Angel) Kevin stinks and is a ninja farter! Also, on one trip I had to stick my head outside of the van because our defroster doesn’t work in the snow and freezing rain! That sucked! Just fun times doing weekend trips. (Kevin) I’m pretty sure that I claim every fart that I produce…its not my fault Angel feeds me fast food and doesn’t provide any Gas-X. I thought it was pretty cool getting to meet Jakobi before the Papa Roach show. He was behind the main stage fishing and we just sparked a random conversation with him.
What are the chosen weapons of the trade for TB?
TB Kevin: Schectre C-1 Hellraiser (drop D tuning), Godin LG HB (drop C tuning), Peavy Triple X Half Stack, Boss DD-5 Delay Pedal, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal.
Angel: 2 Yamaha RBX474 4 string basses (different tunings) Ernie Ball Slinky’s, Carvin BX1200 watt amp, Carvin 8×10 cabinet, Sony instrument wireless system.
Justin: Premier Percussion 5 piece hand lacquered drums, Zildjian A Customs, Z Customs, Tama Hardware and Pedals, Ahead Sticks.
Jimmy: Shure SM-58 Wireless Mic, Behringer 1000 watt Mains, Nady 4×15 subs, and a whole slew of other outboard gear.
Brandon: Peavey Wolfgang Guitar, Peavey Classic 50/50 tube amp, Peavey cab w/ custom Sheffield 4×12 cab.
If you had an extra $1000, what is the first piece of equipment you would purchase for TB?
TB (Kevin Says) “I have been getting the itch to get a new guitar recently. I’m going to try out some PRS guitars and maybe a Gibson SG (hopefully with EMG pickups).” As for the band, we probably would get Recording Hardware, and Updated Software! Maybe replace worn parts of instruments, and or purchase more merchandise.
As a fan of music, who are you digging right now? What would be on the top 5 of your ipod playlist?
TB We are getting really excited for the new Fear Factory album coming out in February. The new Mudvayne is sick. A Day To Remember, Austrian Death Machine, As I Lay Dying, Dethklok, In Flames, Lamb of God, Straight Line Stitch, Breaking Benjamin, Pillar, Chevelle. The list goes on and on and on and on!
*Thanks to Tallboy and Caitlin Siobhan Photography for sharing their awesome pictures for this article. Tallboy wanted to be sure to thank their sponsors: Legionnaire Apparel (clothing from Medford local Joe Moxley and MxPx’s Mike Herrera), Brett Helfrich and Eads Furniture, Creative Concepts and Monster Energy Drinks (Local Sponsorship)
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