Friday - February 29, 2008
Pimbot’s new album, Admit One, is exactly as it sounds - a ticket into the Pimpbot experience where ska, reggae, punk, rock, hip-hop and a little bit of humor collide.
It’s an amusement park ride of sounds that they say has really found its own voice through the group’s seven years of performing. As lead singer and trombone player Fernando Pacheco nicely puts, “I guess we made it a little less ADD.”
Fernando and his band members Tom Coleman, Rylan Yee and Eric Lagrimas have equally gelled, crediting their friendship to their similar likes and their love of music.
“We come together, we practice together and beside from that we still all hang out as friends,” says Eric. “I feel very fortunate to be in a situation where we have the music and, outside of that, we have the friend relationship as well.”
The group also agrees that their new album is much more refined and a big step forward. The album has been four years in the making and features 12 original tracks mixed by Eddie C from the Voodoo Glowskulls.
“I cut back about writing about food,“says Fernando. “This one may be a little more relationship heavy. During the process of writing songs for this album I went through a bad relationship. And some of the songs are about the woman who is my wife now, and how awesome she is. So it’s a roller coaster of emotions, rather than a roller coaster of food.”
March is a huge month for Pimpbot - not only is it releasing its album, but the band is also celebrating its seventh anniversary and will be leaving for its first international tour to Canada. To celebrate, the band is doing it in Pimpbot fashion with a 3-in-1 rager at Don Ho’s March 8.
The anniversary/CD release/send-off party welcomes everyone 21 and over to enjoy samplings from Pimpbot’s new album as well as performances by Missing Dave,82Fifty and Breaking the Innocent. Hosted by Kathy with a K, the evening begins at 10 p.m. Cover is $7.
For those who can’t wait that long for a taste of Pimpbot, catch the band tonight (Feb. 29) 10 p.m. at Boardriders in Kailua with Mistermeaner and Joey Baggadonuts. For more info, visit www.myspace.com/pimpbot
What high school did you graduate from?
Tom: Maryknoll High School.
Fernando: Pearl City, home of the Chargers.
Rylan: Waipahu High School.
Eric: Waipahu High School. But technically, in the Pimpbot press kit we’re from Waikiki because Wave Waikiki was our home.
Do you consider yourselves good role models for the younger kids who come to your shows?
Eric: I guess it would depend on what show.I know we’ve played some all-ages shows, but there are some shows that we tailor to the occasion. But I think overall we’re good role models.
Fernando: As far as me being a horn player, I think it could be for all those kids in band class. Stick with your instrument and you don’t have to be ashamed. Keep playing music if you feel like it. But if it were any of our birthdays and you were to come to that show, we probably wouldn’t be good role models.
What do you think defines good music?
Tom: Besides the fact that we’re playing it? (laughs)
Fernando: I think, for a successful band, part of it is musical talent and part of it is the crowd reaction. We really focus on overall reaction. We don’t want people just sitting there.It’s all about having a good time, too.
Eric: Going off of what Fernando said, I think with good music it is the whole experience, such as the lyrics, the vibe and just the people around you. And how the artist reaches out to the fans as well.
What is something interesting that many people don’t know about you?
Fernando: My thumbs are double jointed and I have asthma.
Tom: I play classical guitar.
Eric: People think I’m a drummer, but I’m actually a tenor saxophone player - that’s my primary instrument. And I also studied jazz saxophone in college. Early on with Pimpbot I would play my saxophone, but it was just too much to carry my drums and my saxophone. So now I have a recorder, that little flutophone that elementary school kids play. So I tend to bust that out during the live shows.
Rylan: I’m classically trained in piano.
Aside from music, what else occupies a lot of your time?
Eric: I actually teach at Honolulu Community College. I teach their Survey of Music Business class for the MELE program. And my girlfriend.
Fernando: Yeah, being married takes up a lot of time. Plus I spend a lot of time working on the Pimpbot touring and networking.
Tom: I teach guitar a lot. It does-n’t pay that well, but I consider it a hobby and it’s very fun.
Rylan: I like to edit videos together. I’m trying to learn to design web-sites again because everything has changed so much.
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