Profile: New California Rock
Tim ( vocals / guitar )
Philipe ( guitar )
Matt ( bass )
Frank ( drums )
Visit their website here: New California Rock
How did you pick the band name?
N.C.R., New California Rock, originally the band was with a different bassist and guitar player and they were called New California Republic. The new members didn't care for the "political" image that came to mind when we thought about the name but we liked N.C.R.'s ring. We voted to change republic to rock and stuck with it.
How would your define your sound?
Our singer / rhythm guitar player, Tim, is highly influenced by Nirvana, Against Me and various modern rock and country artists. Lead guitarist, Philepe, is a true 90's rock 'n roller. The bassist, Matt, listens to everything from Dr. Dre to Allison Kraus, from Supertramp to Dean Martin. N.C.R.'s drummer, Frank, tosses Spanish rock in a bucket with gangers rap and a pinch of anger. So as the influences are widely diverse the outcome of our music follows close. We call it rock 'n roll and if you listen carefully you can hear the wide range of flavors meld.
Describe your creative process for writing and composing music?
The music typically evolves from a riff one of us troughs out at an after practice jam session. We work with our parts to compliment the sound until we have something that we feel works. Tim usually adds lyrics from the feeling he gets from the music. We then practice the song for several weeks and change it up until we all feel we have a complete package.
If you guys were to play with another band, which would it be?
We are influenced with such diversity that we can easily adapt our set to mesh with almost any audience. As a group I think Against Me, Greenday, Audioslave, or Incubus would give us all an equal rush but as individuals we would all favor slightly in different directions.
Where / how often / how do you guys practice?
We practice twice for a few hours during the week, weekends start with a practice and turn into a party real quick.
Finally, why do men have nipples?
"Male nipples aren't exactly a genetic glitch: they are evidence of our developmental clock. In the early stages of life from conception until about 14 weeks, all human fetuses look the same, regardless of gender. At the tender age of 14 weeks post-fertilization, genetically-male fetuses begin to produce male hormones including testosterone. These hormones turn the androgynous fetus into a bouncing baby boy. Here's where the developmental clock comes in. By 14 weeks, when the hormones turn on, the nipples have already formed. So, while our male fetus goes on to become a baby boy, he keeps his nipples, reminding all of us that people, male and female, started off the same way. In most men, the nipples really don't change after this point, but some men can develop a condition called gynecomastia. In gynecomastia, the fatty tissue around the nipple develops and eventually appears similar to a female breast. This can occur whenever the testosterone level is lowered by medications, such as those that treat prostate cancer, and by natural hormonal changes due to obesity, adolescence or aging. Luckily, most of us don't worry too much about male nipples, so men never have to worry about finding swimtrunks and a bikini top that fit. " Copied from: http://amos.indiana.edu/library/scripts/nipples.html "And for girls to suck on" - N.C.R.