Junkrod Music Band
Interview with Matty Boh Kleier
Drummer for the Band Junkrod
“Junkrod” Joe :: Guitar & Vocals
Matty “Bo-Hemian” :: Drums
Darren “Drunkrod” :: Bass
Questions and Answers written in 2011
1. Junkrod Origins
Joe (our frontman) started Junkrod in 2002 after moving to Baltimore from upstate NY. He met Al Horn (who I just met last week and is one hell of a dude) who shared a similar vision of playing raw rock n’ roll taking elements from Punk, rockabilly, and “real” country to form a style called “Cow Punk”…after Al’s relocation to Myrtle Beach, Joe was left to reform the band into Junkrod Joe and the Cadillac Hearse which took more influence from Rockablilly and Physcobilly and released the album “Hornswaggled” in 2005. Soon after its release Joe met me (after he saw me play in a band that opened for them) After having differences with the previous drummer he asked me to audition (ie. play a show with him with no rehearsal and little time to prepare! haha!) halfway thru the set he looked back and told me i was hired 🙂 Once Joe and I started playing together we instantly molded…I’ve played with alot of guitar players but its never been as easy as it is with him. Naturally we started writing new songs which started to focus more on fundamental blues and classic rock n’ roll of the 60’s and 70’s. This became a problem considering at the time we had an upright bass player which restricted much of the new material we were coming up with (you can only have upright with certain musical styles that make it sound complete) With this being our restriction we drafted our friend Darren to play electric bass in late 2006. With this change also came the cutting of “and the Cadillac Hearse” We felt although the music had changed from the original Junkrod the vision of playing raw, true, real rock n’ roll with no image or gimmicks was re-established. Which is essentually where the name comes from….its not a Hotrod…its a Junkrod, it might not be pretty on the outside but man does that motor run!!
2. Junkrod Style
We don’t like to say we’re any particular style…that’s the hardest question people ask us! we all like so many different styles and let them come through in our music its hard to pinpoint what we “are”. Usually i say Heavy Blues/Rock n’ Roll with a little bit of “billy” thrown in! I just like for people to see us live or listen to a cd and have them make their own decision on what genre we are. With that being said…what do YOU think our style is?! 😀
3. What do you think about when you play?
It depends…if its one of our newer songs i’m thinking about the music. Whats the next beat i have to play, where do my hands have to go next to hit the drums, “Darren don’t fuck up that note!!” haha! is joe gonna extend this solo?! If its a song i’ve played a million times, the last thing i’m thinking about is the music…it just comes naturally, like walking! Sometimes i’ll look out into the audience and wonder what people are thinking…and every show i look out a couple times to see Bunny to make sure she’s paying attention! hahaha!
4. Advice for others wanting to be in a band like Junk Rod?
Be prepared to work hard for something you love, don’t settle for mediocre…if we don’t think a new song is as good as the last one we wrote we don’t play it! Stay true to yourself and your bandmates.
5. What future plans does the band have?
Conquer the world…isn’t that everybody’s plan?! haha! Stick it to pop music and show people there’s something out there other than the generic bullshit the music industry tries to shove down your throat!
Band Self-Description: “A garage of rusty parts, bolts, sounds and prayers to drive fast, get drunk, or get angry to. Heavily influenced by dirty, swampy blues, punk, surf, & psychobilly while covering lyrical themes of dark places & demo derbies to roller girls and retribution.”