CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD PAGE 20 ROCKNATION ISSUE 23 Hello Captain Black Beard and welcome to Rocknation. Congrats to your band on having your new album titled “It’s a Mouthful” on Perris Records. How excited are you to see the fan response to the new CD? Very excited! The response has been great which is nice considering all the hard work that goes into making an album. We’re also very happy to be working with Perris Records. Please name some of the tracks and what they are about. Tearin’ Me Apart” is sort of based on a true story. A pretty rough night that one of the guys in the band endured. I shall not disclose who though... Then there’s “Coast To Coast” which is a nice semi-acoustic country-flavored song that tells the story of Saki cruising the States. We had a guy come in and play pedal steel to give it the right feel. We’re very happy with it! You brought in a top producer Chips Kiesbye (Sator, Hellacopters, Bonafide) how was that experience? It was great to work with a real producer that was involved even when we rehearsed the songs and suggested some minor arrangements and made sure we played to our best ability. The recording was also very smooth and organic. I think you can hear that there’s a good vibe on the whole album. The fact that Chips has produced some of my favorite albums by The Hellacopters and Chris is a fan of Sator meant he had a lot of great stories to share with us. You have a new drummer now, how is that working out? It’s been an extremely smooth transition. We found Vinnie rehearsing next door within days after Victor left the band. Vinnie has brought us new energy and enthusiasm. I don’t think it could’ve worked out any better! Your band has toured with some big names please tell us about that. Yes, we’ve found ourselves supporting Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner, Robin Beck and House Of Lords. It’s been good experiences all over! I’m huge Rainbow-fan myself and will actually go to Birmingham this summer to finally see Ritchie play rock! So playing with Graham and Joe was special to me. Who were your influences growing up? I’ve mentioned KISS and Rainbow... Then there’s all the rest of the classic rock bands, like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, some lesser known bands such as Y&T, 220 Volt, Sinergy, The Hellacopters and older bands like The Beatles, The Yardbirds, Del Shannon... There’s a lot of them! First band I liked was probably Europe.