Feature for May 2018
The Coffin Daggers revisited
Band Name: The Coffin
Genre: Psychedelic Surf Punk
Geographical Area: U.S.
/ Europe (NYC based)
Interview with: Victor by email on 4/29/18
Last Interview date: 9/5/08
Band formed: 1999
NESMA member since: 2008
1. What is the current line-up of your band?
Myself (Victor) on guitar, Peter Klarnet on bass, Rob Morrison plays the organ and second guitar, and Alex Rochinsky is our drummer
2. Has your line-up changed since your last interview? If so, how? We've got a new drummer
We've got a new drummer (actually, the keyboard player has changed since 2008 as well - ed.)
2a. If so, what process did you use to deal with the change in the line-up?
2b. Did the change in line-up affect your sound or the direction the band was moving in?
3. Since your last interview has your music taken on new or different directions? If so, how?
Well I would hope it has developed and grown some, but we're pretty set on our original musical goals and parameters, so not really.
4. What NESMA bands have you had an opportunity to perform with, or share a show with?
5. What bands of any genre have you played with or networked with?
We've played with so many bands of different genres that I couldn't begin to list them. We will play with almost anybody regardless of genre.
6. What is the break down of cover vs. original material in your live shows and/or recordings?
The breakdown has mostly been about 70% originals and 30% covers on record, and varies live.
6a. Has this changed since your last interview? If so, how?
We have a plan to record a full covers album with a theme next, followed quickly by a full album of originals.
7. What recording have you done since your last interview?
Two albums worth, a 7", and countless demos. Recording is a passion for me, so we try and do it whenever possible.
8. Where does your band typically practice?
We had a practice space for years in Jersey City, but last summer we moved back to our own space in Brooklyn. Besides being a rehearsal space, it's also a fully equipped analog recording studio.
9. What does your band typically wear for a performance?
Clothes. Doesn't really matter to us too much. Sometimes we decide to match tho.
10. Do you ever have additional performers on stage with you?
No, that doesn't really work out very well for us.
11. How do you continue to get gigs?
At this point we've gotten around enough that we get offered most of our gigs. Otherwise we just cold call venues.
12. Approximately how often do you perform out?
As often as is possible. There is no set schedule.
13. What have you found to be the single most effective promotional tool you’ve used to further your band’s musical path?
Facebook is pure evil as far as I am personally concerned... Really the best promotional tool is just play out as often as possible. We've reverted to making actual physical flyers for shows, instead of relying on (anti)social media.
14. What’s the most interesting performance experience you’ve had since your last interview?
I wouldn't even know where to start! Let's see... ok, we toured Holland a few years ago and played a show at a youth center in a small town. The house sound guy was a real jerk, and was giving everyone a hard time. The opening band brought their own sound guy and he got so frustrated with the guy that he came back stage after sound check and exclaimed "what an A hole that sound guy is! Just for that I'm doing the sound naked!!" I thought that was a very strange thing to say, but lo and behold, halfway through their set he stripped down and manned the mixer in his birthday suit. The house sound man hit the roof and was not amused, but it was hilarious.
15. What have you gotten out of being a NESMA member so far?
The opportunity to network and play with like-minded bands.
16. Have you had opportunities to promote NESMA? If so, what have you done?
We're just coming out of a state of disarray, so we haven't had much opportunity to promote much of anything. We certainly mention NESMA every chance we get tho, and have pointed couple of bands in its direction.
17. Do you have any suggestion on how NESMA can grow?
Maybe encourage members to play with as many diverse bands as possible, in order to expose more people to surf and instro music.
18. Anything else?
Just thanks really, we're grateful to be able to continue doing what we do and thank all who have supported us. More to come.