Just in time for those a bit tired of the holiday season, I bring to you an interview with Endless Boogie's Top Dollar!( ...or Paul Major has he is known to his friends). Endless Boogie are one of those groups whose name fits the sound perfectly, it being a hard hitting boogie that seems to float on endlessly. Not endlessly in a band, clock-watching way... but in a blissful zen of skronky rock. The rhythm chugs on and the guitars blast in and out, almost like a fusion of Neu and the Groundhogs. Anyone who says that rock is dead... obviously has not heard Endless Boogie.
No strangers to FMU, these guys performed a live session on Brian Turner's show back in 2005. They released Full House Head in 2010 on No Quarter, which might even be their strongest record to date. Check out my interview with Top Dollar after the jump
Endless Boogie has been around for more than ten years, but only recently it seems like the band has received a good amount of press. Why do you think it took so long for some to warm up to the group?
We were very slow to get out there. We played more gigs as time went on but we didn't make a CD until a couple years ago, and the earlier LPs were sold out way back, so the music was not around much until the Focus Level came out, then things kicked to a higher level.
I've heard that the group has a set in stone rule that Endless Boogie will not play a show unless asked to. Where did this mindset come from? Do you feel that it's helped you concentrate more as a group, not worrying about booking concerts?
Well that's the way it happened, people asking us to play, not a stone rule, but enough shows come across to keep us busy.
Matt Sweeney plays guitar on the last track of "Full House Head," "A Life Worth Leaving." Did he have any impact on the rest of the record? What is the band's relationship with Mr. Sweeney?
Matt doesn't play on the last track, that was a live jam in our space with the 4 of us. Matt plays guitar and helped immensely in shaping up the CD sorta producer style with ideas etc., an old friend from way back, musical compadre... he plays guitar on lots of tracks, like "Empty Eye" where we trade of licks and he does the weavy guitar. We recorded the CD mostly live in studio and then the three of us Jesper, Matt, me all took various shots jammin' some scattered overdubs, when we mixed it we used whatever worked best, no matter to who played it.
The impact of 70's hard rock bands like Tony McPhee's Groundhogs and the Coloured Balls are
certainly felt within the groups sound. When did you first find out about those groups? Are there any groups who influence Endless Boogie that a listener might not be able to find immediately within the group?
Groundhogs, Coloured Balls, we knew since way back as kids... and much other hard rock '70s obscure greats like Hairy Chapter: Can't Get Through, Dark: Round The Edges... we're way into Canned Heat, Velvet Underground, Creedence...
The Groundhogs were able to back John Lee Hooker, whose album "Endless Boogie" your group takes its name from, for sometime, even recording an album with him. Is there an artist like that who you think Endless Boogie would do a fine job of backing up?
No one comes to mind, but we'd love to jam with all our faves... Lobby Loyde, Billy Thorpe... oops they're dead...
Do you feel like there is an absence of real "rock" in music today? Are there any artists who you think do a capable job of "carrying the torch"?
Yeah, sure it's out there, but absent from too many young kids heads... but they find out, we get fans all ages from 21 to 61, a lot of the time younger kids haven't seen a band that jams out hard & tuff and gets free, they often think of long jam bands as deadhead Phish type noodly stuff so they go nuts when they catch us on a hot night. Carryin' the torch... Dead Meadow, Wooden Shjips, Boghan Dust, Mount Carmel... I'm sure there are many local bands out there cooking up their neighborhood.