~ Asbury Park Vibes ' Band of the Week ~

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December 13, 2020  - Supermutt is the perfect rock band to feature as our current BAND OF THE WEEK for several reasons. First, they've used 2020 to redefine and expand upon their goals by producing several standout singles that are catchy, technically advanced, and worthy of radio air-play.


But instead of just basking in that glow, they've chosen to use their platform to help others. This week kicks off their massive holiday fundraiser called "THE 12 DAYS OF COVERS," where NJ bands play their favorite holiday songs in an effort to raise money for Grace Community Services, a non-profit organization committed to community outreach and providing meals to those experiencing food insecurity.


Tune in to tinyurl.com/12DaysOfCovers every day from now until December 25th to hear great holiday tunes by your favorite NJ bands! While enjoying the music, please consider making a donation to assist those in need, and continue to support these incredible musicians who have put a lot of time and love into this cause.


Now ... in order to learn more about the band behind all of this goodness, have fun reading Supermutt's answers to our interview questions. They are hilarious!       

HOMETOWN

Jersey City

YEAR FORMED

2019

BAND MEMBERS

Billy (vocals)

Tommy (lead guitar)

Mike (bass)

Josh (guitar)

Kyle (drums)


THE BASICS

YOUR MUSICAL PAST AND PRESENT IN ONE RUN-ON SENTENCE.

We used to play music together, and we still do but we also used to as well.


SORRY, BUT WE HAVE TO ASK … WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BAND NAME?

Doggie DNA Test


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T YET HEARD YOUR MUSIC?

Mix between Fergie and Jesus


HOW DID THE STARS ALIGN TO BRING YOU ALL TOGETHER?

This seems like a question for Neil deGrasse Tyson


IF BANDS WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SLOGAN … WHAT WOULD YOUR BAND SLOGAN BE?

"We are offering $5 for a good band slogan."

MUSIC

A PROJECT YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

Our first full album


HOW DOES THE BAND FLESH OUT A SONG FROM START (IDEA IN YOUR HEAD) TO FINISH (RECORDING)?

If my 2 year old nephew dances to it, we keep it. If he cries, we 100% keep it.


WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST SONG YOU EVER RELEASED, AND WHY?

Ain't So Kind. It has a cool music video.


PICK ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOUR REHEARSALS ARE LIKE. [YOU CAN ELABORATE IF YOU’D LIKE!]

I wouldn't call them a waste of time. Also, they are totally a waste of time.


ANY MUSIC VIDEOS PLANNED OR IN PRODUCTION?

We got a good one upcoming for our next single "No Shame". It was inspired by the movie MacGruber.


LET’S GEEK OUT FOR A SECOND … TELL US WHAT YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL EQUIPMENT IS RIGHT NOW.

I've been cooking meat with a sous vide and a blow torch combo the past few months. It makes a better product than any of our musical equipment.

INFLUENCES

WHICH ARTIST, BAND, OR LIFE EXPERIENCE INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

Seeing Fred Durst on TV. If he could do it, anybody could.


AN ALBUM THAT’S HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOU.

Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water


VOCALIST YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Freddie Mercury


GUITAR SOLO THAT ALWAYS GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?

November Rain


MOST BAD-ASS BASSIST?

Matt Freeman


DRUMMER WITH KILLER CHOPS?

Our old drummer Matt. He was so much cooler than our current drummer Kyle.


ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?

In a fight? 100% the stones would win

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PERFORMING

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-SHOW RITUALS?

Sugar free red bull, beef jerky and lays potato chips


FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE ON STAGE.

Couldn't hear the bass in a song that started with the bass. A lot of funny faces were made


IF POSSIBLE, DESCRIBE WHAT PERFORMING LIVE FEELS LIKE FOR YOU.

It's a positive affirmation of a performance you've spent many hours on. That or people hate it and you question how you spent the past 6+ months.


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? [GOOD CHANCE TO PLUG A NEWER BAND YOU REALLY LIKE]

Desir Decir since they were the first band to give us a shot and they put on an awesome performance. Breaktime would be the opener since they remind me of us when we spent many years as a cover band in Bayonne.


WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR FANS GET FROM YOUR MUSIC? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE THEM TO KNOW?

That they get a chance to enjoy some of our crunchy tunes. Without them ::insert generic answer about appreciation and such::

GOALS

MOST DON’T ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BELIEVE THAT WHAT THEY REALLY WANT ... CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND VISUALIZE WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Playing a gig at Pet Shop in Jersey City in exchange for one free beer. That's what this whole thing is truly about.


WHAT ARE YOU DETERMINED TO SEE HAPPEN FOR YOUR BAND IN THE NEXT YEAR?

Keep making music, playing gigs and raising money for Grace Community Services in Downtown Jersey City helping feed those in need!


UPCOMING SHOWS, EVENTS, FESTIVALS YOU’RE PLAYING?

We are going to be putting out a full album in upcoming months and have a live stream that goes along with it. Until then we'll be posting nonsense on our Instagram and hoping for the best.



PERSONAL

WHAT CONCERT DID YOU ATTEND THAT YOU’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET?

AC/DC with Axel Rose as the singer. Couldn't forget that even if I tried (and believe me, I've tried).


BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN.

"Question those that give you unsolicited advice" - Guy I didn't ask for advice from.


WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

My dogs. Yes, I'm sure I didn't answer this questions correctly... but they are.


WHICH OF YOUR BANDMATES: IS ALWAYS LATE? EATS THE HEALTHIEST? IS THE PRANKSTER? IS THE TASK MASTER TO GET THINGS DONE? HAS A USELESS TALENT? IS QUIRKIEST ... IN WHAT WAY?

Bill is late. Tommy is the healthy. Matt was the prankster by leaving the state, and therefore the band. I (Mike) am the task rabbit. Josh is a useless talent. Kyle is quirky (he's not, but i just wanted to include him).


WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE TO DO?

I love hanging out with my most value material possessions.


IF WE WERE TO LOOK AT YOUR “GO-TO” PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW, WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS WE’D SEE?

Crazy & the Brains, Lizzo, Rent soundtrack, Misfits, Norah Jones


BEST BAND NAME YOU EVER HEARD.

Mookie Blaylock


VINYL RECORDS, CASSETTES, CD’s, OR DOWNLOADS?

I'm sure I'm suppose to answer vinyls... but downloads is more accurate


WHAT SONG IS AMAZING, YET NOT VERY POPULAR?

Our upcoming single "No Shame" :)


AN ALBUM YOU NEVER GET TIRED OF LISTENING TO.

Rancid- ...And out come the wolves


WHAT SONG HELPED YOU WHEN YOU WERE HEARTBROKEN?

Michael Deej - It's Over


WHAT ALBUM OR ARTIST DID YOUR PARENTS INTRODUCE YOU TO THAT YOU LOVE?

Eddie Money


WHAT’S YOUR BENCHMARK FOR A GREAT MUSICIAN?

Dave Grohl

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