XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Jim Bobbi: Throughout the last year, one major priority has been getting out and playing our latest release “Incredible Villains” to the villains that follow our band while also hoping to meet new people along the way. We always love meeting the newest villains to our fanbase and love hearing what they think about being apart of our band. The most important part in fact. October 11th we have a great show at The Chance theater Poughkeepsie, New York opening up for PUDDLE of MUDD. Also November 15th at The Starland Ballroom opening for Almost Queen. Jim Bobbi is a giant Queen fan and has seen Almost Queen 3 times. They live up to the name and then some and to see the look on Jim’s face alone will be enough entertainment for everyone when they take the stage. The villains will see for the first time N.A.S.H. take a stage we’ve all grown up watching our favorite groups on and we hope to leave our mark on it like our they did. Along with all of that though the band has begun writing our next album. Still a way away but if we can continue with what we got so far we think we will do our villains proud.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Jim Bobbi: “Bryan, Joseph and I started playing together since childhood. We were apart of a musically loving family with our mother and father and younger brother John. They saw something in each of us that was probably reminiscent of what Master Splinter saw in Leonardo, Donatello, Michael Angelo, and Raphael their talent was karate ours was not being able to sit silently for five minutes. So I guess their rationale was if you cant live in peace, Live in the loud. Lucky for us they caught it early and taught us what it means to have musicianship. The three brothers agree though we didn’t become a band until the day Dylan Johnson joined our group. And though the names differ when Dylan joined 5 years ago we all became family. His mother and father and sister are supportive of what we are doing and it only makes us a stronger group because of it. We wouldn’t be who we are both as people and as musicians without the giant family that was formed with the band N.A.S.H.”
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Jim Bobbi: Our Parents. They were in the Kiss Army. What else needs saying. The way our father would talk about seeing Kiss live and the experience that lived within him. We not only wanted that. We wanted to reproduce that feeling In others. Our father Joseph B. Nash used to play the drums for the band when Jim Bobbi was still a preteen. It’s one thing sneaking in a couple of teenagers into a bar to play a gig. It’s a whole other to sneak in a 12-year-old. Mother Nash dawned the manager hat during this time and without that guidance, we wouldn’t have ended where we are. For all of us though I think we all feel the same thing on that stage with a crowd that feels what you’re feeling while singing your songs. It’s the closest thing to conjuring real magic.”
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Each member does share many of the same influences but there are some variations that we believe gives us the sound we ended up developing. We all love and are inspired greatly by bands like:
Metallica, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper (Welcome to my nightmare we feel in a way is highly underrated, one of the best damn albums ever) The Beatles and Led Zepplin
We differ slightly tho.
Jim Bobbi: highly influenced by Punk Rock, Funk, Soul and was highly influenced by Haitian and African drumming backbeats when In high school that stayed with him. *wants to thank Jason and Rothly for that*
Bands like: Adam and the Ants, Parliament, The Brothers Johnson, The Misfits, Bad Religion, Newfound Glory (amazing drummer Cyrus Balooki), Elton John and Hall and Oates.
And of course, Mr. Fahrenheit himself plays a major roll in who I want to be on any stage.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Joe Nash: “I believe our music conveys an image of darkness and struggle that the common person can relate to. Our analogies are something that a person of any age or background can find some sort of personal comparison to. We do not do it to pander to everyone; we just understand that we are all the same and we are all in it together.”
Dylan: “IDK if this is an image but we’re just four normal dudes who are friends and play/write music about everyday problems and things everyone goes through.”
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Jim Bobbi: The goal is to make our music our career. We don’t need five cars or a big house. Our fans give us that rockstar life every time we take the stage. We just want to have that be our lives along with being our livelihood. Support the lives we have currently with playing our music to our fans. Go out on tour as much as we can. Record new stuff and produce quality music we feel connects us to the ones who can relate to it. But hell if we get the five cars and the giant houses thats cool too. Hell the first house party at Joe’s house….all villains welcome. Really we just want the music to be what we do along with what we are and we want to go further to continue to discover more people that share in our belief in our music because those people are the ones keeping rock and roll alive. Hell keeping all music alive because the know it’s more than just notes on a page.
Joe Nash: “Be on stage. I don’t care where it is. Just be there”
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Jim Bobbi: Oh man. At first, I think we all took this one as that true or false question on a test that you think you know the answer to but then you begin to doubt yourself and the 50/50 shot you have. Almost as if the teacher wants you to circle both true and false. But then we all remembered we cut that class anyway so…. playing live. My man Hugh Jackman said it best in that movie with the magicians. I think it was called Robocop 2. Anyway, the quote says it best:
“Robert Angier: You never understood… why we did this? The audience knows the truth – the world is simple… and miserable… solid all the way through. But if you could fool them, even for a second, then you can make them wonder. And then you… then you got to see something very special. You really don’t know? It was… it was the look on their faces.”
like I said it’s the closest thing to conjuring real magic. Like a Robot cop.
Joe Nash: “I definitely prefer to live performances. While I love it when we put a new song together, there is nothing quite like being on stage pouring your heart into a show. I always wake up the next day with a strained neck. Always.”
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about?
Bryan Nash: When writing anything, I’ve always felt it’s important to write what you know. I didn’t come up with that concept, but I believe in it wholeheartedly. That being said, that is just the start of writing a good story, and that’s what a song is: a short story. On “Incredible Villains”, I wrote about the classic themes: life, death, love, change, necrophelia…..it’s all about how you can write your story in such a way so that others can relate to it. “Adjust” is about the love a sick person has for another…a stalker that is obsessed with someone else. That isn’t a new idea per se….but it’s all in the delivery. Our themes range as a band, the next album will go even deeper into who we are and how we feel about certain things. The one area I can say I stay away from is politics. I just don’t draw any inspiration from it. But you never know what’ll happen in the future!
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Bryan Nash: Guitar tuner? I don’t think it’s any surprise that to us, the fans of music are THE start and the end.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Bryan Nash: Ohhh too many to count. We just played a show where the guy in charge started to light off fireworks, which wasn’t really discussed prior to the show. It wouldn’t have been a problem if one of the mortars didn’t go off 3 feet from the microphones. – Bryan Nash
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Bryan Nash: What!??!!? Cmon man, our mothers are going to read this!!! Joking There’s been a TON of weirdness out there during our tenure together, and really what comes to mind isn’t really strange. We’ve had a lot of fans get tattoos with our name and artwork over the years, and I remember the first time I ever saw it was a friend of ours, John, had gotten our first symbol tattooed on his arm. I remember thinking “oh man what are you nuts!!?? What if someday you don’t like our music or us!!??” But after talking to him, I realized that he just believed in our music that much. Now, when I see someone get our ink on their body, just like the day I saw Johns, they reach a new level of respect in our house. That’s what being a fan is all about. That’s what being a VILLAIN is all about, friend.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Jim Bobbi: With this band, our friends and family are more than supportive, they are the bedrock on which this foundation was built. Without them, we would not be the band we are….if not for them we may have never been lucky enough to discover our love of music. Period.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Jim Bobbi: Don’t let outside forces rule over your decisions. Good, bad, hard, easy or ugly Come up with everything together. Treat it as a family because eventually, that’s exactly what a band should turn into. It is easy for us to say this but it does not make it any less true. We would be still brothers even if we didn’t share any relation. Through the toughest of times within the band, any ego-driven squabbling or bullshitting banter eventually gets buried along with the hatchets forged in fighting & meant for disbanding. When you think of it as family you’ll always have it in your mind that come tomorrow you’ll still need to look your brothers in the eye.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Jim Bobbi- Cellar Door Bryan: Adjust.October.The Editor. D.i.t.c.h.
Dylan: D.I.t.c.h. and Fair Verona Joseph: D.i.t.c.h. The Prince
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Pearl Jam, Sam Cooke, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Al Green, Nirvana, Chris Cornell, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Live, Slipknot, Bad Religion, The Misfits, Bayside, Newfound Glory, Green Day, In Flames, Pantera, Queen, and Tool.
They had major impacts on the band members. Mentally/physically/emotionally
Joe Nash: “I am a huge metal fan. I grew up on Metallica and Pantera, which morphed into a love of bands like Killswitch Engage, Slipknot, Lamb of God, and In Flames. It is my dream one day to write a true metal song for N.a.s.H.”
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Jim Bobbi: Collectively we all have loved Slipknot since their first album I think it’s safe to say opening for them would be the dream come true for every member of our group but then again you did say “dream tour” so anyone who didn’t write their band as the headliner would be lying with humbled smiles on display. Sooooo…..Slipknot opens the show With a giant N.A.S.H. as the headliner on that sweet 11×17 tour poster with dates for every major city in the world and a single once in a lifetime concert date on the moon. It would be bigger than Elvis In Hawaii.
Joe Nash: “Metallica Would have to be involved to call it the dream tour.”
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Jim Bobbi: We are very proud of our recent works on our 2nd album “Incredible Villains”. In actuality during the 2 years, it took to complete the band took some devastating blows to the gut that left its members floored. The struggle isn’t even close to the word because it implies we still had fights left in us. You can hear it inside these tracks. Pain and rage underneath a guise of happiness. It was a time that shook members to the core and left all of us not knowing if we would be the same people when all was said and done. But having the creation of this album and the band to fall back on and help pull each other out of the misery pit and channel that rage into what you hear within the tracks, We each recorded our parts like Jedi well more accurately put Sith lords… I don’t speak of technique or skill. No, I speak of letting feeling and emotion dictate what ended up in the final mix and we believe it turn our hard time into something fans could relate to and maybe channel it as we managed to in the end.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Jim Bobbi: I would definitely turn to a life of petty crime. If I couldn’t achieve fame by way of music than I would be a cat burglar….but I calling card would be that I only steal dogs from those dog shows on TV. I just would want to see what fox news would call such a cunning cat burglar who only stole high market breeds of dog.
Joe Nash: Cleaning toilets at NASA”
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Jim Bobbi: Drummer
Zildjian 16″ 20″ sweet K crash
Zildjian 14″ A custom hi-hat
Zildjian 20″ ride
and anything else I get can sweetwater to allow me to pay 6 easy payments for. *
Dylan Johnson: :lead guitar/backing Vox
orange rockerverb 50 amps
Gibson Les Paul traditional guitars.
Bryan:: Rhythm guitar/lead vocals
ESP, Gibson, and PRS guitars
Joseph:: Bass guitar/ backup VOX
Gallien Krueger Amp
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Bryan Nash: I think we’re at the bottom of the upswing….some believe that music, especially rock music, is cyclical. Right now, the current conditions surrounding the industry are bleak and if anyone says otherwise, they are truly fooling themselves. If you want to music your career, there is a need to diversify and that distraction has pulled attention away from the MUSIC. GO OUT TO SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC PEOPLE!!!!! Especially on the local level.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Bryan Nash: For anyone who has been to a live N.a.s.H. show, they would probably know that we make no moves to hide our identities. We want people to know who we are so that we can connect with them even more. We always surprise people in other ways
Dylan: ” that the band and I found each other on fucking craigslist lol.”
Jim Bobbi: That is okay though Dylan….my parents found/adopted brother joe on tinder.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Bryan Nash: THANK YOU Our Villains’ support over the years of our active career has been the lifeblood of our band. Please continue to feed with us. And for anyone else reading this: do not waste your life and energy on hate. Explore all your emotions, but don’t let hate run your life. And to EVERYONE young and old… SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!