First/Last-The Blackboard Nails

November 11, 2013

“On the strength of their sound alone — a sound powered by Stones grooves, Jet rock hooks and harmonies all their own — The Blackboard Nails have toured the United Kingdom twice, including a stint at Liverpool’s renowned Sound City Festival, and they’ve recorded with producer Kato Khandwala (The Pretty Reckless, Paramore, Blondie). That session yielded the band’s first single, “Slow Down,” a midtempo romp whose first line says it all: “You need another man in your bed/like a hole in the head/so we always end up on the floor.” The attention is high. The reviews are raving. The fans are multiplying. The Blackboard Nails are here.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, ReverbNation, Tumblr, MySpace and Twitter. Extending my ongoing coverage of the Paste 50 States Project, we head back to Massachusetts with The Blackboard Nails. My thanks to Eric Deneen (Guitar/Vocals) for taking a few minutes to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Either Kiss “Destroyer” or Queen “The Game”. Still love both.
  • Your last album bought?
  • “Lonerism” by Tame Impala. I also just re-bought a bunch of Cramps albums I had on cassette and vinyl.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Tough one. . . Can’t do it. . . Here’s a couple in no particular order. “Velvet Underground and Nico”, “Sticky Fingers” The Stones, “Revolver” The Beatles, “Songs to Learn and Sing” Echo & the Bunnymen, “A Love Supreme” John Coltrane.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Another tough one. Brian Wilson’s “SMiLE” album. I used the track order as a blueprint for “SMiLE” though using the outtakes bootlegs that you can find and that’s pretty amazing.
  • First concert attended?
  • Tears for Fears. It was a great show. The singles from “Songs from the Big Chair” are classics but the album as a whole is underrated.
  • Last concert?
  • Wilco/Bob Dylan. Wilco was the best I’ve ever seen them and Dylan was great because I’ve never seen him live before!
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Would have to be Richard Ashcroft at the Paradise. He was completely ON that night. It was unreal.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • I wouldn’t want to say. Sometimes great bands have an off night and you have to create your own good time.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • I’ve never been to Pittsburgh but a couple of my favorite people are from there so I’d love to come check it out.

Thanks, Eric. It’s funny how people have obsessed over that “SMiLE” album over all these years. Have to agree, the ‘Brian Wilson version’ was a bit of a letdown.