Interview with Ol' Dirty Bailey Of Liquid Violence
LIQUID VIOLENCE on Rut Records is a throwback thrash/punk metal band that is starting to catch a buzz and no, I'm not talking about their beer drinking habits. This trio is simply hardcore to the bone and features Bess on drums, Andy 13 on bass and Ol' Dirty Bailey on guitars and vocals. They have been slamming the rounds of one east coast venue after the next and are working on taking their game now to the next level and plan on breaking a few necks if that's what they gotta do. I am pleased to bring all of you this Q&A with their frontman without a tude, Ol' Dirty Bailey.
Rocket: So are you originally from New York?
Bailey: Born here, not raised here. I grew up between NY and Indiana and all states between.
Rocket: I know you handle guitar and vocals for this band. When did you first start playing guitar?
Bailey: I started guitar around 15 ,and then vocals cames about 3 years ago.
Rocket: Cool. Who are some of your biggest playing influences? Past or present?
Bailey: I really don't get to listen to a lot of todays music. So probably past, I would have to say Old metallica, Slayer to Zepplin, Motorhead and everything between.
Rocket: What kind of guitars are you playing live and in the studio?
Bailey: I play B.C. Rich live because they take a beating , The Platnium series WARLOCK(looking for endorsment). Studio I use Amercian made Ibanez's mostly. We track so many diffrent sounds it depends on what comes across best.
Rocket: What kind of amp rig?
Bailey: The Almighty MARSHALL JCM 2000, with a marsh 4x12 bottom. No effects just crushing sound.
Rocket: Hell yeah. Let me ask you, what's the one piece of advice you'd always give to someone starting to learn how to play the guitar and sing at the same time? It's very tricky to pull off. To do both at the same time well takes a lot of discipline and practice, right?
Bailey: Well I would have to say start simple and work your way up from there. It does take alot of practice to make it come off right and not choke. I started just on the simple fact the singer didn't show and the sound guy said 5 minutes either play or get your shit off the stage. So history from there.
Rocket: Is Liquid Violence currently working on new material and if so, when can we expect to see a new album from this band?
Bailey: Yes we are working on a new album for 2007 and have been playing some of the new material live to see what the peeps think. we are slated to start recording around Jan-feb 07. I would like to release it on Oct 31st if possible.
Rocket: I know you guys have opened for some pretty well known acts like Dokken, Anthrax, Overkill and with San Fransisco metal legends Death Angel. Were most of these bands supportive and cool with you guys? Or like most stories you hear of veteran acts with unknown bands, did they act like Madonna and lock you out of their dressing room? Haha.
Bailey: Well for the most part they were really good to us. When they seen we came to play hardball they stepped up their game and it really made some of the best shows from the bands. We have only had a few issues with other bands(national acts) that gave us some flak for stronger merch sells ,bigger room party or something stupid like that,but hey it is game on when its showtime.
Rocket: Tell me, who are some of the other local metal acts in your area that have impressed you?
Bailey: You know in my area most bands have died off but I would have to say Mastadon(2 members are from here) and we have done some festivals with them and they do deserve what they are getting.Great guys. We have just toured with a band called Southern Bastard Church and them guys impressed the hell outta me 2.
Rocket: It's been a busy year for Liquid Violence. Can you give us some of the personal highlights or achievements that happened in 2006 that you're most proud of at this point?
Bailey: I would say all the new states we have played and with great response. I love to travel and see whats out there.We have meet alot of new people and great bands, nothing better then that.
Rocket: There's been a lot of killer metal released this year. Do you have a personal favorite?
Rocket: I imagine you guys get a ton of fans hitting up your MySpace page. Do you actually take time out to answer them yourself?
Bailey: Well we have a band site and personal sites and yes we answer every woman that hits us!!! gotta give it up for the bitchessss. Just kidding. We do answer everything just for the fact we work so hard on the band that your fans is what it is all about.
Rocket: I like to have fun with this next one. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while performing on the stage?
Bailey: Well I will say 1 time(Some years ago) there was a show and this guy was in the front row and it was his b-day and man he was drunk, and I raised out to high five him and when he reached up his pants fell down(packed room), and what a day not to wear underwear.
Rocket: Haha. So what are some of the upcoming shows for Liquid Violence?
Bailey: They are currently setting up our 2007 roster for touring and it is looking very busy. The label( Rut Records) are doubling our dates from 2006 in 2007.So we should be back to all places we played in 06 and should make it out west in 2007 for some serious rocking.
Rocket: Thanks very much for taking time out on this with me, brother. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Bailey: The great state of MASSACHUSETTS. They have been so supportive of us, and keeping metal alive. To everyone else keep rocking!!! And thanks to you, Rocket.
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