Hopping the big Pond today to hear a bit about N.a.s.H…
We’re kinda scattered about. Parts all over and such. The better question is when are we. Just kidding. We’re from New York/New Jersey.
How did you meet?
That an easy one… Joe, Jim, and myself met in a hospital. We’re brothers. Actual brothers. Dylan found us or we found Dylan on Craigslist! He responded to an ad we placed for a slightly mad lead guitarist.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Jim Bobbi, Joe and myself have been playing together for a long time. We have about 12-15 years off and on. Dylan has been with us for 5 heartfelt and loving years.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Simple!!!! Never get tired or sick of that question either. Obviously 3/4 of the band share the same last name. So we went with that. Actually to really trace it back, it was our fathers idea. He also played in the band when I first started playing in bars as a little tyke. The insinuation that it stands for something with the periods in between the letters gives it a little mystery. We decline to answer if it does or not. But choosing a band name is as tricky and important as choosing the name of your firstborn. It carries such weight, and could cripple you if not treated as such! I’m sure there are bands out there that have regrets.
What are your influences?
We’re all over the place:
- Black Sabbath
- Pearl Jam
- Sam Cooke
- Al Green
- Alice In Chains
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We put a lot of thought into the music we write. We try to make it so that it is something new every time. We also don’t write to satisfy genre placement. We write what sounds good to us and that could be a hard heavy song, a punk song, a ballad, etc. At the risk of sounding a little pretentious, I don’t know if we could color in those lines even if we wanted to, because when we start picking songs to go on albums we are making it’s always “The best sounding song wins”. It could be any of those music styles. Mainly I think because we have a wide love of a few different types of genres.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Lyric-wise, I write what I know, or what I have experienced mostly. Themes that may have been tackled before, but in a way that is very personal to me. It’s all storytelling, and how you tell the story is what makes the story. Songs don’t provide a lot of room for character development, so the theme is crucial. I spend a lot of time with lyrics. I love it. There is no better feeling then when someone says they can relate to our lyrics.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Oh shit… there are waaaaay too many shows to count. I wish there was a way to put a number on it. Our live show is an all out war. I know it’s probably common to say “we leave it all out there”, but we truly release some serious demons on stage. And the amazing Villains (The N.A.S.H. fanbase) we have do the same if not better. We love playing live more than anything. The audience drives the show. Live is where we thrive.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Ahhhhh we have seen some wild shit. And we’ve done some wild shit too. Some of the stand stuff, stage diving and whatnot. We did play once at the Merchant Marine Academy at Kong’s Point once. And the room we played at was packed with the amazing people who were ready to go nuts. Well, during one song the entire audience was jumping up and down in unison and you could feel the floor bending. We were truly concerned if the song had gone in any longer, the floor woulda gave up.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
- Gibson Guitars
- Kemper Amps
- Shure Mics
- Ampeg Amp
- Gallien Krueger Amp
- Ibanez guitars
Dylan Johnson (lead guitar/backing vox):
- Orange rockerverb 50 amps
- Gibson les Paul traditional guitars
Jim Bobbi (drummer):
- SJC DrumsDrumset
- Zildjian 16″ 20″ sweetK crash
- Zildjian 14″ A custom hi hat
- Zildjian 20″ride
- Vater drumsticks
What are your plans for 2019?
The rest of the year is super busy for us. We are supporting our album Incredible Villains with a whole bunch of dates which can be found on our Facebook page Facebook.com/nashvoice, we are in the middle of looking for additional tour support to finish out the rest of the year, and we are of course writing brand new material for the follow up to “Incredible Villains”, which is shaping up to be a monster album.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Open for Pearl Jam and have our boy Joe Koza on the drums in any way shape or form. opening the show. Look him up today.