bill bodkin interviews the frontman of Sikamor Rooney and Atlantic Atlantic in conjunction with the weekly series at The Downtown in Red Bank, N.J. …
My Band Consists Of: Just me and an electric guitar most likely [when performing solo].
I’ve Been Playing (Professionally) Since: When my first real band Low Flying Jets was formed in 2000.
My Music Can Be Found Online At: www.facebook.com/sikamorrooney
New Records I’m Working On Are Coming Out: Sikamor Rooney is working on a live record now. Don’t know when it will drop. Also working on a full length for release late next year.
My Sound Has Been: The Black Crowes, The Velvets, The Black Lips, The Kinks, The Buzzcocks
Famous/Awesome Bands I’ve Performed With: Low Flying Jets played with Kings Of Leon at the The Saint in Asbury Park, N.J., years back. Sikamor Rooney backed Nicole Atkins for a tour with The Avett Brothers.
Pop-Break: How did you become involved in the M.A.D. Wednesday showcase?
Brad York: My man A.J. runs it. Many of my friends bands play the showcase … it’s a great venue that Downtown.
BY: Really awesome rock ‘n’ roll bands. I love them.
PB: People have seen you perform in a band setting with Sikamor Rooney, Atlantic Atlantic and Low Flying Jets. How will your set at The Downtown as just Brad York differ from what you’ve done with these bands in terms of performance and style of music you’ll be performing?
BY: Well, I’ll be playing songs from all projects. Choosing whatever songs work best acoustic and together collectively. Sikamor Rooney songs tend to work best solo, though.
PB: What can we expect from you — in terms of your bands and yourself as a solo performer in the near future?
BY: You can expect much more music from all three bands. A new Atlantic Atlantic EP is coming out along with another animated music video. Low Flying Jets is in discussion now about a possible reunion show.
PB: Finally, a question I ask everyone performing at MAD Wednesday — what’s your opinion of the current state of the Jersey Shore original music scene?
BY: It’s hot. So many great bands and people. I love beings part of it.