Friday, March 30, 2012

Meet The King Guys: Jeff McLary


Drummer Jeff McLary is a songwriter/singer who fronts his own band, Jeff McLary & The Heavy Huty Haulers. As part of Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys he's the secret weapon: A singing drummer who drives a fairly-bitchin' '51 Pontiac (American Automobile). He's also got a hot wood pellet stove he'd like to tell you about.


Name some things you like.
Food, beer, coffee, vintage American cars.

Now identify the exact opposites of those things.
Starvation, thirst, nondescript mostly-plastic pieces of crap all painted silver that populate our roads nowadays.

What's so great about this music thing? I don't get it.
Strap on a guitar, get behind a microphone and suddenly people find you interesting. Kinda wish I'd discovered this earlier in life.

What was your favorite TV show when you were a little kid?
The Rifleman! When I watched that show I'd bounce up and down on my rocking horse wearing nothing but a small felt cowboy hat and plastic chaps while waving my pistol in the air shouting "Shuck Connors! Shuck Connors!" Funny how some things never change.

Hey, where'd ya get that?
Probably my old man.

Please detail your most embarrassing memory involving an animal.
I thought we weren't allowed to mention [Name withheld to protect person named].

Please theorize on why manhole covers are round.
I'm still researching this idea, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with a road in the Hamptons named Daniel's Hole.

What's the favorite "can't do without" instrument you own, and... wanna sell it?
Gibson re-issue 1962 Western accoustic guitar. I'm not allowed to sell it.

Symmetry: Overrated, or Underrated?
Overrated Symmetry Underrated.
There. 

Are you gonna finish that?
Sigh.......I really should.

If you were a car, what kind of salad dressing would you choose?
10-W40 and vinegar

Can you describe an atom?
In a box or with a fox? On a train? In the rain?

There's no keyboard player in Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys. Why?

There's no horn section, either. Why?

Favorite beer?
The 1st one. 

Worst beer?
One too many

How good are you at faking sincerity?
Apparently pretty good, since you're still talking to me.

Should it be illegal to play harmonica while driving?
I once played a tree while attending elementary school. Should that have been illegal?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Meet The King Guys: Bassist Don Mangels

Bassist Don "The Mangler" Mangels has, at various times, surfed in a hurricane, locked eyes with a black bear at 30 yards, performed live music with his father in a dirty bar, lost his car for 2 days, been among the 200 attending  Stevie Ray Vaughn's 1st NY show, driven a Camaro 130 mph on Ocean Parkway, hitched a ride on the outside of a freight train, stuck his head in an actual cannon, stayed awake for 4 days, fallen asleep in the jury box, boogie boarded in a rain-swollen drainage ditch, jumped a Schwinn Sting-Ray over 4 garbage cans, driven a postal jeep on 2 wheels, flown a kite with 2000 ft (10 rolls) of string, broken his ankle on HS graduation night, gotten spit upon by Miles Davis, and once even tapped Buddy Guy on the shoulder during a solo (and lived to tell about it). We liked him the minute we saw his license plate, which is a tribute to the Fender P-Bass, and caught up with him long after the dry cleaners took care of Miles' saliva.

Don, please name some things you like.
Puppies, walks on the beach, and watching Nascar in underwear.

Now identify the exact opposites of those things.
Kittens, running on a rainy parking lot, and watching Harness Racing in a down parka.

What's so great about this music thing? I don't get it.
Money, women, and beer! And, you're correct you won't get any of it.

If you could eat one person from reality TV, who would that be?
I would eat Barry from Storage Wars, just so I could get his super-cool glasses. Then I'd eat Brandi.

Would you rather: Have a car that flies but can only run on apple cores OR Be able to produce cooked frogs legs whenever you want to, up to 20 times per day?
No question about it, I'd want a car that flies, especially after that 2 hour drive to get out here to bum-fuck south fork.

Hey, where'd ya get that?
I've had it since puberty and it's kinda growing on me.

Please detail your most embarrassing memory involving an animal.
In high school I harpooned my biology teacher's pet goldfish. I believe he was 6 years old, the fish I mean. I noticed that when you look thru the corner of the fish tank you could see 2 images of the fish. I took that "frog dissecting pokie" we used in biology lab and harpooned it into the water toward the fish image on the right. I won, fish lost, teacher was pissed.

Would you rather: eBay your groceries for a year OR Have tiny light-sabers for fingernails?
Ebay would suck, I'd be constantly sniped and probably starve to death. Light sabers for fingernails would be so cool and useful. It'd be like Edward Scissorhands but with the ability to turn them on and off when needed.

Please theorize on why manhole covers are round.
It's basic geometry, square or rectangle could fall in when lifted.

What's the favorite "can't do without" instrument you own, and... wanna sell it?
My junk....and NO.

How many gas stations would you say there are in the United States, and how have we become so good at striking oil wherever one is built?

There's actually only about a dozen gas station in the US. The rest are either service stations or minimarts, which always have those clear lens sunglasses that I love so much. There's no way there's an oil well under each one, although now I'm gonna look.

Symmetry: Overrated, or Underrated?
Equally both.

Are you gonna finish that Godzilla movie?
Yes, once I get an Apple computer and some fresh Bob Marley.

If you were a car, what kind of salad dressing would you choose?
Oil and vinegar, I'd be a female car with that not so fresh interior.

Can you describe an atom?
Well, he's tall, plays killer sax, tends to under-dress for shows, likes Ducati Motorcycles, and I think he looks kinda silly in a cowboy hat.

There's no keyboard player in Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys. Why?
Good question, probably because all keyboardists took lessons as children.

Favorite beer?
COLD.

Worst beer?
Warm.

How good are you at faking sincerity?
I probably am, but I'm honestly not sure.



Should it be illegal to play harmonica while driving?
With the mouth YES, with fingers holding the harp out the window NO. I wonder if the pitch would go up the faster you drove?

See Don onstage when Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys perform at the Stephen Talkhouse FRI 3/30/12, The Rodeo Bar (NYC) SAT 4/14/12, and The Grey Horse Tavern SAT 5/12/12. 

http://www.donmangels.com

http://mickhargreaves.com

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Meet the King Guys: Guitarist Gary Dawson

Guitarist/vocalist Gary Dawson, born and raised in the land of the MC5, is a Red Wings fan (surprise) and as with everyone we like, he pays very close attention to his guitar tone AND beer selection. When performing with Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys, he wears Gibson, Telecaster, Gretsch guitars and a couple of other things plugged into a variety of amplifiers. We caught up with him while he was flying over "that middle part of the country" on a six-hour flight with no on-board movies, and kindly decided not to chastise him yet again for the Detroit Lions having Nickleback perform during halftime on Thanksgiving day. [MH]

The King Guys: (L to R) Michael Bifulco, Gary Dawson, Don Mangles, Jeff McClary, Mick Hargreaves

Name some things you like.
Talent and humility.

Well, that rules ME out. Now identify the exact opposites of those things.
[Persons named here by Gary have been removed from the text of this interview in order to protect the "totally, completely, guilty" - Editor.]

What's so great about this music thing? I don't get it.
You too? I thought it was just me?



If you could eat one person from the Civil War who would you eat?
Nobody named Johnson, that’s for sure.



Would you rather have: A car that flies but can only run on apple cores OR... Be able to produce cooked frogs legs whenever you want to, up to 20 times per day?
Don’t be so absurd by making this an OR rather than AND condition. Why can’t I have my car and eat it too?



Hey, where'd ya get that?
From someone who obviously doesn’t practice good personal hygiene.



Please detail your most embarrassing memory involving an animal.
Why don’t you ask the flirtatious llama that question? Like I made the first move!



Would you rather:
 eBay your groceries for a year OR Have tiny light-sabers for fingernails?

For anyone into self-pleasure, the light saber fingernail thing is a little scary.



Please theorize on why manhole covers are round.
Everyone knows it’s so they can’t fall into a man’s hole.



What's the favorite "can't do without" instrument you own, and... wanna sell it?
I consider this question a prelude to entrapment.

How many gas stations would you say there are in the United States, and how have we become so good at striking oil wherever one is built?

I don’t know, but that [name removed to protect drummer] guy is a walking natural gas mine.

Symmetry: Overrated, or Underrated?
Bilateral: overrated. Radial: underrated. Mirror image: let me reflect on that before answering.

Are you gonna finish that?
Right after I finish this.

If you were a car, what kind of salad dressing would you choose?
Volvo vinaigrette with a dash of fresh ground brake dust.

Can you describe an atom?
Small, self-centered and prone to attachment to others. Can be found hanging out in compounds, or sometimes just comfortable in its own element. Some highly refined ones are da bomb.

There's no keyboard player in Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys. Why?
We don’t need some guy tickling the ovaries on every song.

Favorite beer?
The one that’s handed to me.

Worst beer?
The one that I have to fetch.

How good are you at faking sincerity?
I must say in all honesty that this is without a doubt the best question I have ever been asked. I really mean that. How incredibly astute of you to include it in this questionnaire.



Should it be illegal to play harmonica while driving?
No, it should be illegal to play harmonica.

http://mickhargreaves.com

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys @ Stephen Talkhouse FRI 3/30/12

Everyone over here at Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys are super-excited and all prepped up to enjoy our Eastern Long Island debut at the Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett, NY) on Friday, March 30th 2012, 10pm. Cover charge is $10. Expect a guitar extravaganza, and we're pleased to have sister Jen pitching in on harmony vocals. Please share the news...

Facebook Invite Page 3/30 Stephen Talkhouse


The King Guys at the 3/30 Talkhouse show will be: Mick Hargreaves (Guitar, Vocals), Michael D. Bifulco (Guitars), Gary Dawson (Guitars, Vocals), Don Mangels (Bass), Jeff McClary (Drums, Vocals), Jennifer Hargreaves Pawliczak (Vocals).

Meanwhile, I'm working hard finishing my second full-length solo effort (due first half of 2012), to be titled "Redemption Center II", but right now, I'm busy producing other recording artists with the Lantern Sound Recording Rig, so the RCII release date has been pushed back a bit to accommodate this enjoyable workload.

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