Sunday, January 13, 2008

Flash Boys

I had a chance to catch a great show at Sam's Burger Joint in San Antonio on Saturday. The Flash Boys are an up and coming band from Austin. They are named after a line from The Dead Boys song "Warzone." Even though this band has only been together for two years, they have such great chemistry.

Frankie Nowhere-Vocals, Jamey Simms-Guitar
Mark Douglas-Bass , & Mike Dempsey-Drums

These boys really know how to put on a show. One of their loyal fans said, "This is tame compared to what they normally do." Well if that's the case, I need to catch another show. If you haven't seen a Flash Boys show these guys are definitely worth the cover charge! I had a chance to talk to them before the show and ask a few questions.

Who are your influences and what was your first album purchase?
Frankie- I would have to say The Stooges, and my first album was "I Love Rock and Roll."

Jamey- Keith Richards and Johnny Thunders, and my first album I ever bought was the 45 single "Satisfaction" by The Stones.

What's your favorite venue that you have played?
Room 710 and Beerland in Austin.
What would be your all time venue to play?
Frankie - The Whisky.
Jamey - Marquee Club in London.

Who would you like to meet and why?
Frankie - Alice Cooper and Iggy. I think they'd be cool to hang with and maybe some of it will rub off on me.

Jamey- Iggy is a big influence on me, his style and savage rock and roll, and I am inspired by Alice Coooper's intelligence and personal recovery from alcoholism. I love the original Alice Cooper band.

What is your favorite song from your album?
Frankie - All Night Long.
Jamey - Losing My Mind.

Any funny stories you'd like to share?
Frankie - I tore down some lights at a venue we were playing at and we were banned from playing there. I had to go back and repair what I had torn up. When I was fixing the light I almost shocked myself and I blew out all the lights.

They allowed us to come back after I fixed the place, but on our first gig back I tore more shit up and got banned for good!

What got you into music?
Frankie - I want to leave my mark.
Jamey - My parents record collection.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Frankie - In a stable place. I've been in trouble in the past and I've hit rock bottom. The only way to go is up.
Jamey - Clean, musically productive, and satisfied that I haven't wasted any more time being strung out.

What's up next for you?
Writing new material and a European tour in the summer.
January 26 at Room 710 in Austin.
February 2 House of Rock in Corpus Christi.
February 9 Room 710 in Austin.
March 11 Room 710 Pre SXSW kick-off in Austin.

Check out their myspace page Flash Boys for all concert listings and to purchase their debut album.

All their songs are written from first hand experience. So if your into punk, this band is definitely worth a listen!