The LIQUOR BOX Interview:
Q: So what’s the deal with the name?
Guy: What do you
Q: Come on, Liquor Box?
Ty: Once we all
turned 21 we needed a place to keep all our booze.
Dick: It’s a very
Guy: Very Nice.
Morgan: And you
know about boxes?
Guy: I’m and
expert and I’m telling you that this is a very fine box.
Q: Can we move
Ty: You asked.
Q: Who put this
Ty: Zeus himself.
Q: I mean, who’s
idea was it to start playing together?
Ty’s mom. Me and Dick were in band
together in middle school and high school and we knew Ty since we were 12. We were over at their house a lot because
they have a basketball court and because Ty’s sister has awesome boobs.
Ty: He’s right.
Dick: She got ‘em when she was 11.
Ty: She was very
Guy: I totally pulled a “Fast Times at Ridgemont
High” scene in Ty’s bathroom one time ‘cause Lynn was in the pool with her
Ty: You never
told me that. I thought we shared
Dick: Oh man I
can’t even count the times I fantasized about doing Lynn.
Ty: I don’t blame
Morgan: As long
as we’re confessing, (to Guy), I wanna do your mom.
Guy: Not cool.
Ty: He has a
Guy: Not cool.
Q: Uh, we’re off
track a little bit. So you’re hanging
out at Ty’s house…
Guy: Yeah and
we’re all in different bands and we’re always talking about equipment and
playing and songs and Ty’s mom keeps saying we ought to play together so
eventually we did.
Ty: I knew Morgan
but he was like an untouchable mysterious guitar god by the time he was
16. Everyone was too intimidated to ask
him to jam.
Morgan: Untouchable mysterious guitar god? I like that.
Q: Why did you have that reputation?
Morgan: I kept to myself a lot. My parents split up when I was 9 and I pretty
much only did school work and play guitar in my room for many years. I got the guitar bug and I liked having one
thing to focus on for hours, it filled a lot of time.
Q: What are you
Morgan: Well, they change, but I listened to a lot of
music when my mom and dad were splitting up and I found that hip hop didn’t
really do much for me, and the soft rock of the time was pretty lame, but when
I heard Aerosmith I was like, whoa, this I like. I was also into the Gin Blossoms. So from Aerosmith, I thought the whole Joe
Perry thing was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. My mom is the greatest and bought me a guitar
and I mostly just posed and jumped around in the mirror for about a year.
I started lessons at 10 years old and pretty soon I was
working my way back through the Aerosmith catalog, which led me to the
ultimate, in my opinion, Led Zeppelin.
That was a few years of work in and of itself and the best training any
rock guitarist could ever have. AC/DC
has also been a big influence on me. Now
I’m interested in anyone who is making cool noises with a guitar in any way.
Q: What’s your
Guy: My dad says
I was beating on things since I was born.
Dick: Yeah, like in Ty’s bathroom.
Guy: They got me a set of drums and it just seems
like I’ve just done it like it was pre-ordained, just ‘here’s what Guy is
about’. I got in band at school because
it was an easy grade and the drums could always screw around while the teacher
was working with the other instruments.
Dick: Guy isn’t very complicated.
Guy: (Imitating Jeff Spicoli) All I need is a cool
buzz, some tasty waves, and I’m fine.
Ty: And some
Guy: Why yes, that too.
Ty: Guy is a frustrated lead singer, he keeps
wanting to put the drum kit out front.
Dick: But that’s one of the things that makes him a
great drummer, it’s always like ‘hey look at me’.
Guy: Most definitely. My all time hero is Tommy Lee. You gotta have the chops, you gotta have the
attitude, and you got have the monster schlong, I have all three. The only thing I don’t have is Pam Anderson,
but someday I will.
Dick: Yeah but by that time she’ll have to put her
teeth in a jar on the nightstand before you do it.
Guy: Works for me.
Ty: You forgot one thing, you also have to have a
self made video. You’ve got that too.
Guy: Yes, quite a few.
Morgan: You’re a freak.
Guy: Not at all.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley kept polaroids of every groupie they had
over 30 years. I’m just doing it in full
motion HD video.
Morgan: Oh ok, you’re not a freak then.
Guy: I have appetites.
Ty: Just to let you know, his other hero is Keith
Moon, just so you know what Guy is really like.
Guy: Yeah, I wish I could play like him, but I’ve
had too much actual training.
Q: What do you mean?
Morgan: I’ll take this. Rock, well the rock we love, was made by guys
that were self taught and just played what sounded cool. They had no pre-conceptions, no boundaries,
no self editing like, ‘hey this isn’t proper’, they just did it. You have to work hard to keep that wide open
sense of ‘no rules’ in your playing.
Mike (Albarian) was a great producer in that way, he always pushed us to
‘just play’, and often we’d keep takes that we thought weren’t refined
yet. He’d always say ‘perfect, that’s
Dick: Yeah there are lots of mistakes on the
Guy: By you.
Dick: Dumb ass.
Guy: Butt munch.
Q: Ok ok.
To my ears, I didn’t hear any mistakes.
Dick: Dill weed.
Guy: Dill hole.
Ty: Can you see what I’m dealing with?
Q: To think I actually went to school for this.
Dick: Butt nugget.
Ty: The point is, we wanted to just capture the
energy and fresh feel of our live shows and we never play the same thing twice,
so Mike didn’t allow us to over think it.
Morgan: We’ve played these songs a thousand times so
we just did takes until we liked it and went back to fix obvious screw ups.
Ty: That’s why it sounds so high energy and ‘in
Q: Tell me about some of the cover tunes.
Ty: These are all songs we love and we just put
the Liquor Box twist on them. We’ve
tried lots of songs and we just couldn’t make anything memorable out of them,
but these are really awesome, in my opinion.
Q: How do you get the ideas for the songs?
Morgan: It’s pretty democratic. Someone will say ‘we ought to do this or
that’ and we’ll try some arrangements and we pretty much agree whether
something is worth pursuing or not.
Guy: Dick’s suggestions always suck.
Q: I really like where you mash up songs like
“What I like about Cherry”.
Morgan: Yeah well people don’t realize how similar
some songs really are. In guitar based
rock bands pretty much everything’s already been done, so when two songs are
pretty much the same, it’s easy to do a mash up. So if Neil Diamond and the Romantics had a
baby, what would it sound like? Now we
Dick: Yeah we could do a whole album of mash-ups.
Q: I love the duet.
Ty: Having Mary in the band really gives us a lot
of options, if we could just get her to sing more.
Q: Mary, we haven’t heard from you, what’s your
Mary: What do you want to know?
Q: Start from the beginning.
Mary: Well in the beginning, the earth was a
gaseous cloud of super heated elements….
Q: No, I mean, your musical background and
participation in the band. Jeez, this is
like pulling teeth.
Mary: No it isn’t, my dad’s a dentist.
Ty: He threatened to drill us if we touched her.
Guy: (to Mary) so by that logic, if I drill you,
he’ll touch me?
Dick: So why didn’t he drill Ty?
Mary: We were kind of together at the time and he
Ty: He will now.
Mary: He knows.
Mary: It’s fine.
Q: Seems like you two have something to talk
about, but back to the band….
Mary: Yes, well I was a total geek and took piano
lessons since I was like 1 month old it seems like. I hated it.
That, and the flute.
Ty: Yes but the flute was excellent training for
later in life.
Mary: I thought you were worried about my dad.
Ty: I meant musical training.
Anyway, kinda like Morgan I kept to myself and plus my parents are both
sort of hippies, my mom more, so I wasn’t cool or popular and I didn’t try to
be. I’m very comfortable with myself,
got into herbal refreshments in my teens and sex too. Not much to say. I saw these guys at a show and thought they
were great so I went out of my way to see them a bunch of times and one thing
led to another with Ty.
Dick: Then Ty pulled a John and Yoko thing and
brought her into the band.
Ty: It wasn’t like that.
Morgan: We didn’t like it at first, but she turned
out to be totally cool and really added a lot to our sound. Now she’s one of us whenever she wants to do
Guy: Plus she willingly fellated all of us
whenever we wanted.
Mary: You’re gonna need dentures by the time my dad
gets done with you.
Guy: Just kidding, she’s rejected me so many times
I call her Simon Cowell
Mary: No relationships inside the band, that’s a
Guy: That’s fine, I don’t want a relationship
Mary: Shut up.
Ty: One big happy family eh?
Q: You guys goof around a lot, the liner notes
are particularly interesting, but the sound on the CD is from people who care
about being good.
We grew up with bands that couldn’t play and couldn’t sing.
Q: Do you think that’s still true?
Dick: It’s hard to say. There’s so much production now, auto tuning,
computer editing, session players, lip synching. I will say this, music is boring now and
totally limited to what they want to shove down your throat.
Guy: Do we need another baby voice girl singer
singing goo goo ga ga?
Morgan: Really there’s only hip hop and pussy rock.
Q: Pussy rock?
Morgan: I’m not gonna name names, but I wouldn’t care
if James Blunt and Maroon 5 disappeared from the face of the earth.
Ty: I’d say the the main driver of this is that
we’re all pissed about how crappy bands have been for the last 10 years. We’d rather rock and play what we love really
well even if the crowds aren’t big.
Basically we want to be Spinal Tap.
Morgan: I worked for thousands of hours to get good
at guitar and to know what I was doing.
It made me sick to hear all this junk making big hits. You know, there’s a reason why ‘Guitar Hero’
and ‘Rock Band’ are so popular, because there’s something in the Homo Sapien
that responds to the beats and the guitars and nobody is making music like that
anymore. I’m hoping ‘Guitar Hero’ and
‘Rock Band’ will create a new generation of real rock players.
Dick: He said Homo.
Morgan: The only
reason I’m in this band is because these guys are all really good players and
they feel the same way I do. These guys
actually like guitar solos.
Guy: Gotta have smoking guitar solos.
Ty: We love blowing people away with how good we
are musically. People just don’t see great
guitar players anymore.
Dick: Our generation didn’t grow up with accomplished
players in our popular music, for the most part.
Ty: Listen to Dick’s bass work on this record,
you never hear stuff that good anywhere.
Mary: And Morgan’s guitar work will blow people
away. Big ups.
Ty: Definitely, this is a guitar band first and foremost.
Guy: No it’s not, it’s a drum band.
Dick: The bass makes it.
Mary: Bunch of babies.
Q: I must say, huge guitar is the fundamental
sound of the band, but everything else has a unique style and sound and every
element is important.
Ty: Oh yeah, if
you take out any element, it wouldn’t sound the same at all. You can’t just plug in another bass player or
another drummer, or guitar into this band.
Guy: Yeah but we could pretty much use any singer.
Morgan: I’d go along with that.
Q: Are you going to do a tour for the record?
Ty: We have no plans to tour yet, we’re all committed
to other things, but we love playing live together so it would be a rip to go
out and play this record, we’ll see.
Morgan: I’d love to.
Q: So what do you
want readers to know about the band and about the record? Serious answer please.
Guy: Butt dumpling.
Ty: Ass goblin.
Q: You too?
Ty: Sorry, had to.
Mary: Come on, we finally get a serious
interview. This is going out all over
Q: So let me ask again, why should the world
care about your band?
Ty: Because we’re good and you’ll feel good
listening to us.
Q: I agree wholeheartedly with that. What else?
Morgan: If you want to hear great songs played by
people who play their assess off, Liquor Box is your band.
Dick: Look, we take this seriously, you can hear it
in the sophistication of our arrangements and quality of our playing. Flat fact is, there’s nothing out there like
Guy: The CD is fun, it’s funny, it’s great sing-a-long, great air guitar, it rocks hard,
and you’ll love every single song on it, 16 songs, no fillers.
Ty: Yeah it’s a great party record, great beats
and riffs all the way through.
Morgan: Also, the producer, Mike, was always saying,
‘each song has to keep the audience entertained”. So we put in a lot of interesting changes and
arrangement twists and turns so each song is a journey with surprises.
Q: You can see that in the CD package too, very
Mary: Yes, there’s definitely a story with those
two people isn’t there?
Q: Yes it’s very evocative, makes you want to
open it and find out what’s going on.
Mary: “Keep ‘em entertained”.
Ty: I’d like to say, ‘hey everybody, we just
added a spicy dish to the menu, you don’t have to order just hip hop or pussy
Q: Well you have put a lot of thought and talent
and skill into this, it’s very clear when you hear it. I hope it’ll be a big hit for you.
Guy: Then we can get chicks!
Dick: Yeah, we’re gonna score!
Mary Lynch is the super hot, nasty, sexy, keyboardist and singer for the band Liquor-Box, or Liquor Box as it's sometimes known. Their new album "Guilty Treasures", also known as Liquor Box - Guilty Treasures, or Liquor Box - "Guilty Treasures", is available at all digital download sites around the world, worldwide, globally. Liquorbox play loud guitars, loud drums, with great vocals and superb musicianship. They love to play and love to sing.
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