: Gregory Vaine.
Gregory Vaine has been playing in bands and writing songs
for almost 20 years, starting in Santa Barbara, then in
San Francisco, and now in Los Angeles. This is his second
CD release, following his ambitious rock opera, "The
Ballad of Bobby McStone." Vaine also has an alter-ego
named Gregory John McIlvaine who is a painter.
HAUNT: Lives in
L.A., east of Hollywood.
MERSH: The Many
Sides of, his full-length debut on Scrub JayRecords,
is a mix of power pop and nylon string based acoustic numbers.
HYPE: "Sure to
put Mr. Vaine on the map. Very impressive, and expertly
thought out. ." -- Shane Cooper
Describe the moment in which music changed your
One of my earliest memories is of being
at some outside patio in the sun with my dad listening to
country music. All I remember is the hot sun and the loud
fifth notes of the bass line. When I was about 14 my dad
took me to my first concert, The Blasters with an unsigned
Los Lobos opening up for them at the Reseda Country Club.
That definately changed my life for the better.
I wish I wrote this
There's a lot of them, but "Hello
Walls" by Willie Nelson jumps into my head. I love
the way he anthropomorphizes the room to help tell a story
about how his woman left him. Willie's writing is so simple,
yet profound, which is something I try to emulate.
If I could have been at any concert
in history, it have been:
Again, there's so many. I would have loved
to see the classic bands like Led Zepplin or Deep Purple
in the early 70's, or the Danny Gatton/Robert Gordon show
immortalized on the CD "The Humbler." A classic
country package show back in the day would have been really
interesting too, like when Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell
were on the same bill. Another fantasy would be to have
seen Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis trade songs back
and forth on the same stage.
One musical influence I have that
I love Melanie. She's a very underappreciated
songwriter, and an awesome singer.
have you blatantly stolen and incorporated into your songwriting or
I do that a lot. I stole the whole idea
and chord progression for my song "Black, Blue, and
Red" from a Townes Van Zandt song called "Dublin
Blues" which I just learned from the internet is really
a Guy Clark song. But I love Van Zandt's use of geography
in his songs, and I've tried to copy that several times.
One thing I hate about the music business:
It's too hard to open CD's!
Who is the artist your parents or older
sibling listened to that you swore you would never like but have
come to appreciate?
My dad has real good taste, and he introduced
me to a lot of good blues and some folk, jazz and country.
Growing up in So. Cal it was not at all cool to like metal,
so I resisted it for a long time. Eventually
out of that and came to appreciate the greats, starting
with AC/DC, Motely Crue, Van Halen, and later Deep Purple,
Budgie, and my favorite, Judas Priest.
What artist do you love that makes your
friends roll their eyes?
Burl Ives. He's an awesome folk singer,
but everyone thinks he sings only christmas music and novelty
What song could you never cover because it's
just too damn good and you'd be afraid to ruin
Anything by Judas Priest. Or Queen.
What's one creature comfort you crave while on
I can die after I've met:
Meeting your heroes is a big risk, because
what if they're mean to you? I used to like Jonathan Richman
until he was mean to my wife, now I can't listen to him.
That said, I'd love to jam with Neil Young.
What's your favorite poison?
Anything that's not a depressant, sedative,
narcotic, or speed. These days it's mostly coffee and candy.
The best way to ride out a
Water, advil, eggo waffles, fruit, Buck
You've become king of the world, what's
your first move?