Cold Beers & Broads is a rarity in the music business, a band that’s not looking for fame and fortune. It’s probably because they don’t have the time for it. The members of this musical collective range from a lawyer-musician with extensive experience in entertainment law, a musician-producer with a catalog of songs heard on television and film, and a classical pianist-maestro-musician-producer with significant Broadway and film experience.
So in their spare time they get together and make music that harkens back to the good old days of classic Americana rock, reminiscent of the Eagles blended with the Ramones. They do this because they love it, and it’s fun.
You can’t make this kind of stuff up.
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Fr.U.N.T. Music had the opportunity to ask Cold Beers & Broads a few questions and they was gracious enough to take the time to chat with us.
Cardiac_in_Overdrive: There’s a strong classic punk rock feel to First Amendment Blues and Summer Girl obviously owes a lot to the Key West sound. What is the rest of the EP going to sound like?
Cold Beers & Broads: SIX PACK will have four other songs and a bonus track (our first release, GET ME HOME BY CHRISTMAS EVE, which is a country-rock tune we put out in late 2012). The other four are:
CLIFF NOTES OF LOVE: This song is another up-tempo, guitar-driven rock tune, but not truly punk like First Amendment Blues.
VIRGINIA: Is arguably Eagles-style rock; so it’s a bit country-leaning. But it’s not “twangy”, and we’ll never use either of the words “cowboy” or “rodeo” in any song we’ll ever write.
HE REMINDS ME OF YOU: This song is more pop-rock than anything else on the EP and will be sung by Christina Benedetto, who to date has done backup vocals (she is the “summer girl” singing in the background on that song). In pre-production, we flipped this song’s lyrics to come from a woman’s perspective instead of a man’s, figuring it might hit harder this way. It will mark our use of four lead singers on just seven songs.
JENNIFER ANNISTON (WHY ARE YOU SINGLE?): A ballad. She deserves a ballad, don’t you think? She’s so sweet, and has had such an inexplicably hard time getting married, which is sad – so, absolutely a ballad for her.
CiO: Who would you say are the biggest musical influences on Cold Beers & Broads?
CB&B: Three of us co-write every song (Larry Studnicky, CB&B’s founder, who primarily writes the lyrics/melody, John Macom writing music and sometimes lyrics, and Charles Czarnecki, the producer, who writes music). We range in age from the 30’s to the 50’s, so we’ve all had a lot of musical influences, which makes it really hard to pick the “biggest”. For John and Larry, it’s probably fair to say The Beatles are the biggest influence – not that CB&B is trying to “sound” like The Beatles (only Oasis came consistently close). Rather, they’re the biggest influence in terms of putting out such a broad range of awesome songs almost always unified by unforgettable melodies complemented by stellar musicianship. That’s a high standard to inspire one when writing and recording.
CiO: Collectively, this band has a tremendous amount of experience and talent. Besides making enough money for some cold beers and broads, do you have any goals? Another album, touring and doing shows, taking over the world?
CB&B: Most of the world isn’t worth taking over, so we’d be happy just to take over New York City (although we’re always mindful of the advice given on that subject by Bogart, as Richard Blaine, to the Nazi’s in Casablanca). If, after finishing SIX PACK, we could get together enough additional original material to play live in our hometown and draw some fans, we’d be very happy, especially if we could drink free beer during our gigs. (Beer is outrageously expensive in bars here.) We’ll keep recording and releasing singles, but whether they ever end up on an actual album is anyone’s guess – that format is just about dead with most consumers these days. Touring would probably require sponsorship from an international beer company who “gets us” as a lifestyle brand that complements their products.
CiO: It’s taken a long time for the seeds of this band to take root and grow. Do you think that gives you an advantage in the music business?
CB&B: Nobody has any advantage in the music business (unless they’re really hot, and super-talented, AND date a major label president – but let’s not make this about Mariah). Maybe we have an advantage in that most of us are old enough to have outgrown (or nearly outgrown) our youthful delusions of music industry grandeur. We’re not making music to get signed or become famous or anything like that. We’re recording songs because, when we work them out together, really cool stuff happens that no single one of us could have ever foreseen. The results have been uniformly pleasing to us and, so far, to many broadcast and Internet radio stations, who’ve played our singles despite CB&B having no promotional backing from any record label or music publisher.
CiO: First Amendment Blues is a pretty political song. Is there an overall message that the band is trying to spread to listeners?
CB&B: No, there’s no overall message. First Amendment Blues is unique on SIX PACK in having a message. We believe in its message however – passionately. Our First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution are at the core of personal liberty. Yet many Americans regularly try to trample these rights, especially where “new” music and its lyrical content are concerned. A lot of people reading this may not know that The Beatles’ first few U.S. singles had to be released by a black-owned indie label (Vee Jay Records). Even in 1963-64 a lot of our radio stations resisted playing rock-n-roll because it has been branded (by whoever was “the man” back then) as “race music”. Rappers faced the same problem when they started cracking radio and TV. Some people were offended by the music, others by the message of the lyrics – too misogynistic! Women’s feelings might get hurt! (As if The Rolling Stones somehow had a different message when they wrote “Look At That Stupid Girl”?) SO CHANGE THE STATION OR THE CHANNEL. Don’t tell the musicians they “can’t say that.” It was the fact that crap like this is still going on that motivated the first verse of FIRST AMENDMENT BLUES, and the other verses are all basically responses to people who say, “You can’t say THAT.” Well, F.U., we just did. Go get a life and complain about something that really matters in the world, please. And please note that Mick Jagger has been knighted, and Dr. Dre is an Apple-minted billionaire. So there just might be some upside, in this thing we broadly call “rock”, to an occasional misogynistic lyric. And you’ll be hearing some of those on SIX PACK, or our name isn’t COLD BEER & BROADS.
Check out Six Pack when it drops later on this summer.
by Cardiac_in_Overdrive (@cardiac_ovrdrv)