The members of the Detroit rock band Pistol Day Parade sat down and chatted with me on their tour bus after their opening set for Ted Nugent at The Paramount in Huntington, New York on July 21.
The group is comprised of Dave Fuller on lead vocals, Rob Banks on guitar, Guido on guitar, Jason Lollio on bass and Jason Hartless on drums. They are signed to Goomba Records, the label that was responsible for releasing their full-length debut album Burn in 2013.
On performing at The Paramount in Long Island, New York, Fuller said, "It's awesome. This is a great venue. It's our first time here and I love everything about it."
They are opening for veteran Detroit rocker, Ted Nugent, as part of his summer tour, which runs until August 14 at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas. "Our manager was shopping tours for us and was looking for something that would be a good fit, and he submitted us for Ted's tour and he actually picked us from a list of artists that wanted to play with him. Ted was my guitar idol growing up. I went to his Kamp for Kids, and I went to all of his concerts. He and I are big hunters. Getting the Nugent tour for me was fate at its best," Rob said.
Guido shared that the idea for their song "Rockstar's Girlfriend" came from their guitar player Rob Banks. "We came into his house one day, and he wanted to write a song about women that are too stuck up and just stick their noses up in the air. He wanted to write a song to them as a tell off song, so we wrote it and we played it and everybody seems to like it," he said.
"Rockstar's Girlfriend" debuted at No. 38 on Billboard's Active Rock charts and it subsequently reached No. 1 at the band's hometown rock radio station and format leader, 101 WRIF - Detroit.
Their live show at The Paramount included a cover of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight." "We just started doing that a few shows and we wanted to do something more intimate. Everybody doesn't know who we are yet, and we wanted to connect with the crowd. Fuller's voice translates on that song incredible," Rob said.
Drummer Jason Hartless noted a difference when they sing in the studio vs. performing live. "In the studio, it is set in stone forever, meanwhile live we like to go off path a little bit. It is nice to veer off the record a little bit," he said.
Jason Lollio classified their music as "trendy rock." "That is what we are being called, and actually our soundman, came up with that genre. We are definitely modern active rock," Lollio said.
Regarding their plans for the future, Dave revealed, "We will finish up this tour with Ted and get in the studio when we get back home, and then we will prepare for our next tour."
Lollio noted that they are never short of material. "We recorded a bunch of songs when we did this album, and we narrowed it down. Some songs don't turn out in the studio, and some turn out better than we anticipated. We keep writing," he said.
For more information on Pistol Day Parade and their tour dates with Ted Nugent, visit their official website.