Feature for December 2017/January 2018
Band Name: The
Genre: Instro / Rock
Geographical Area: NYC area
Interview with: The WrayCyclers by email on 11/30/17
1. What is the current line-up of your band?
Since 2015: Rattlesnake Ralph Senese (guitar), Paulie Tarantino (guitar), Jeanne Carno-Rosenberg (drums), Kevin Shaw (bass).
2. How and when did you get started with your band?
Paulie: In 2010 Ralph and I were looking for some kind of musical project to work on apart from the Octomen and the TarantinosNYC. It was intended mainly as a fill-in replacement band for Unsteady Freddie's Surf Rock Shindigs at Otto's Shrunken Head. Originally we were just doing Link Wray songs and we called ourselves the Wraydars. After a couple of years we decided to add the music of King of the Fuzz Guitar, Davie Allan & the Arrows. We then changed our name to the WrayCyclers at the suggestion of Unsteady Freddie. "Wray" for Link Wray, and "Cyclers" for the Roger Corman biker movies like "Wild Angels" that Davie Allan did the music for. In mid-2015, Kevin and Jeanne from Danny's Devil's Blues came on board as the rhythm section.
3. What bands or music have influenced you most?
Link Wray / Davie Allan & the Arrows
4. What is the breakdown of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?
At this point it is all covers, but we have been known to jam a little bit.
5. What recording have you done?
No recording. We are a live band. Maybe at some point we might put out a live recording.
6. What kind of gear do you use?
Paulie: Custom Strat with a Fender HotRod Deluxe amp & Wild Angels Fuzz; Ralph: Fender Jazzmaster or Jaguar guitars with Peavey Valve King or the club's amp; Kevin: Dean hollow-body bass and the club's amp; Jeanne: clubs' drum kits, Gretsch snare, Zildjian/Sabian cymbals.
7. What is your band’s favorite food/beverage?
Steamed broccoli with chocolate sauce. We also like the coffee shop up the block from Otto's Shrunken Head. And Ralph says "escargots and pork rinds".
8. How do you get gigs?
Jeanne usually sets them up. Plus we do Unsteady Freddie's Surf Rock Shindig a few times a year and Steve Krebs' Endless Party.
9. What are the difficulties you find playing your kind of music in your area?
We don't really have any difficulty. (NYC is so COOL! - ed.)
10. What positive attributes does your band have that sets you apart from other bands (of any genre)?
These songs are very forceful and rowdy – people love the high energy levels.
11. What have you found to be the single most effective promotional tool you’ve used to further your band’s musical path?
Word of mouth.
12. What’s the most interesting performance experience you’ve had?
They're all wild.
13. What do you hope to get out of being a NESMA member?
NESMA is great for keeping up on what all the different instrumental bands are doing.
14. Anything else?
Our next gig is Unsteady Freddie's birthday show on 1/6/18 at Otto's Shrunken Head Tiki Bar in NYC - come see us live. Also - we hope Link Wray makes it into the Hall of Fame this time; Davie Allen will have to wait awhile longer.