Hi The Simple Radicals and welcome to Live Trigger Magazine! We are really excited to support you in this new exciting release. Tell us everything about it.
Our new song “Let’s See What You Got” is about bringing it every night and leaving it all on the stage. We were ready to perform at a show in Detroit and a guy came up to me and asked about our band. I told him we’re a rock band inspired by the sounds of Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day, and Cheap Trick. He then says “cool…let’s see what you got!”. That line stuck with me, and I wrote a song about it.
Are you excited about this single launch?
We’re totally stoked. It’s a driving rock and rockabilly song that’s getting great reaction from our fans and is a blast to play live.
What is the process you use to create your music?
I see a lot of images and moods when I write. Certain chord progressions, finger pickings and riffs often direct me on how the song is constructed and then the lyrics start to flow. I write a lot of my songs on an acoustic guitar. I feel that if it sounds good on an acoustic then it’s going to sound even better when plugged in.
And what about the video?
The video uses the song as a soundtrack to some amazing WWE wrestling moves (Let’s See What You Got video). We’re also going to use it with other sports-themed footage.
What are your favourite artists and/or composers?
Eddie Vedder is my musical hero. And I love the writing and orchestration of Robert Plant and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins.
Do they have anything in common?
They have tremendous passion and energy in their writing. You can taste and feel it. It’s mesmerizing.
How did they influence your style & sound?
I try in any way I can to capture the messaging, passion, and energy that they do their in his songs. If I can come within 1000 miles than it’s a success.
What’s the most exciting thing that happened to you recently?
We have a podcast called “Music & A Brew” where we drink beer with rock stars. We’ve done shows with Jose Feliciano, Todd Sucherman (drummer for Styx), drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, etc.). We just did a show with Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad. What a treat!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We’re getting ready to play some shows and fests this summer and we’re in the studio recording some new material including a wonderful ballad. And we’re working on new “Music & A Brew” shows including a great up and coming band called Similar Kind.
What do you think about Livetrigger?
Livetrigger rocks! Thank you for inviting us into your home to chat!!