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Interview with Kirby Krackle.
This week I interviewed Jim Demonakos and Kyle Stevens from the band Kirby Krackle. I first saw Kirby Krackle live at the Long Beach Comic Con, and I had a great time at their show. The band plays some fun power pop songs that are each video game or comic book themed. They cover such subjects as Mario Kart, The Green Lantern, and the infamous Konami Code. If you know what any of those things are, you'll probably love what Kirby Krackle does. Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit the band at the links below.
Brax: Can you tell me about the name of your band? Who is Kirby Krackle?
Jim: Kirby Krackle is the name of the energy 'dots' that Jack Kirby
drew on all his art, specifically from his legendary run on Fantastic Four.
Kyle: As for us, we're a Nerd Rock band based in Seattle. There's two
of us, myself and Jim, and we got together to make an album about all
the stuff we loved, specifically comic books, video games, zombies,
girls, and things that are awesome.
Brax: What music project are you currently working on?
Jim: We're about a month away from going into the studio to record
our second album, so currently, we're practicing like maniacs!
Brax: What makes your band special?
Kyle: If you could call it special or unique, I would say that first
and foremost we're fans and songwriters. We, like other fans, really
enjoy the human element to comics and what metaphors are used, whether
it be super powers or crazy situations and how they relate to
everyone's everyday experience. As songwriters, our job is to take
that and turn it back to the people in the same way. Our goal is to
take the human element of the comics we love and send it back with the
same amount of enthusiasm as the stories we write about give us.
Brax: Given the subject matter of your songs, what are your favorite
video games and comics?
Jim: I've been playing a lot of Fallout 3, Batman: Arkham Asylum and
Peggle. Comics, where to begin? Here's three: the Green Lantern stuff
is great, most of the Deadpool books are laugh-out-loud funny, and I
love Agents of Atlas.
Kyle: I just beat Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 on 360 and that was a
blast. Much shorter than the last one, but fun as hell. As much as
Deadpool annoys me in comics, he kicked (butt) in the game! I've always
been a big fan of Marvel, but the Blackest Night run has really made
me delve deeper into the DCU, and indies like Crossed and Walking Dead
are always on the top of my pull list.
Brax: Do you like playing comic conventions or regular shows better? Why?
Kyle: I think having music at the comic conventions is a really new
energy and really a chance where we can show that comics and music can
be melded together in a new way. It's a challenge every time, and the
excitement we see at our shows gives us energy to keep hungry and
spread the word. Regular shows always rule, but the comic con
environment can't be replicated anywhere but there.
Brax: Who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo?
Both: Han Solo.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
Jim: I'm an iPod guy, mostly for how on the go I am.
Kyle: I've become and iPod guy, but I refuse to pack up my CD and tape
collection. Physical media still has a place in my heart for some time I think.
Brax: What other bands do you listen to and/or admire?
Jim: I love everything from Daft Punk to N.E.R.D., John Coltrane to
Architecture in Helsinki, Arctic Monkeys, Bryan Adams, Belle &
Sebastian, Kid Cudi, too much to name!
Brax: Warp speed or light speed?
Kyle: Warp Speed.
Brax: Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
Jim: As soon as we figure out how to make it ourselves, we'll let you
know! Ha ha ha...actually, our only advice is to just keep practicing
your art, keep writing songs, keep playing, just keep making music.
Brax: Anything else you’d like to add?
Kyle: Though we try year round, with the holidays coming up, be sure
to support those in your community who are less fortunate.
Visit Kirby Krackle:
Tell them Brax sent you!
Thanks to Kirby Krackle.
Check back next Wednesday for another exciting band interview.