Flashback Friday 004. Featuring Hampshire
Teddy Roberts – Guitar, Vocals, Drums.Billy Medlen – GuitarAndre Iadipaolo – Bass
- Where/When was your bands first show? How did that go?
Hampshire: Our first show was at this awesome house venue in Ann Arbor called The Metal Frat in January 2009. We played with a band called Bike Tuff and we sounded better than the Foo Fighters and The Beatles combined, Grohl said so himself. It was an actually an awesome show.
- Did you guys play any covers? If so, of what?
Hampshire: We didn’t do any covers at that gig. The only covers we’ve ever done as a band are “Shorty” by The Get Up Kids and “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World.
- What was the first song you guys wrote as a band? Is it on any of your releases?
Hampshire: The first ever hampshire song was called “Grey Grey” and it’s on a release of 6 songs that was put out in 2008. It made its way to one cd-rom with self packaging and was given to one person. You’ll never hear it.
- Did your band ever have a different name?
Hampshire: For a couple months I thought it was cool to name your band after a song title of another artist you liked so i went with “A Bird in Hand” for a while.
- When did you decide that making music was something you really wanted to pursue?
Hampshire: I’ve always known I wanted to do music. I’ve played drums my entire life whether it be in rock bands, jazz bands, symphony orchestra’s and other groups. Hampshire was started as a vessel for creativity beyond playing other peoples songs. I have fun doing this band and my end goal is never to “make it”. It’s just to always create honest music you can be proud of and especially content with when you’re older.
- What is the first band you remember getting really, really into?
Andre: The first concert-show-anything I attended was Fall Out Boy’s first arena tour, the Black Clouds and Underdogs tour. Looking back, they were such a sloppy live band, but at the time I couldn’t have cared less. The energy those dudes brought to the stage was captivating to 12 year old me. A lot of my own stage presence probably developed from watching Joe Trohman do a full spin in the air while almost, kind of hitting the strings. It’s crazy to think how time has passed too, considering how Skrillex sang in the second band I ever saw live. Billy: Back in the fifth grade I bought my first Walkman and I would listen to music on the bus. I remember having 2 CDs that were the first I was REALLY into. The first of which was Jimmy Eat World’s “Futures”. That album I still love to this day. The guitar tone in that opening riff is something I’m still trying to figure out. The second was Slipknot’s Vol. 3: (the subliminal verses). I think that one kinda speaks for itself.
- What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Andre: If I’m answering this honestly, it was definitely “Willenium” by Will Smith. I distinctly remember getting shorted a toy in my Taco Bell meal, and my dad giving me the option of a new Batman action figure or my first CD. Once I saw that green tinted album cover, the Fresh Prince looks as tough as he was ever gonna get, I was sold. Man, I wish my answer could be something like “Jersey’s Best Dancers, dude”. But really, who messes with big Willy’s style?
- What was the first show you went to?
Andre: The first concert-show-anything I attended was Fall Out Boy’s first arena tour, the Black Clouds and Underdogs tour. Looking back, they were such a sloppy live band, but at the time I couldn’t have cared less. The energy those dudes brought to the stage was captivating to 12 year old me. A lot of my own stage presence probably developed from watching Joe Trohman do a full spin in the air while almost, kind of hitting the strings. It’s crazy to think how time has passed too, considering how Skrillex sang in the second band I ever saw live.
- Favorite One Hit Wonder? If you don’t have one, then Favorite song not from this decade?
Teddy: “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down will always be a one hit wonder to me regardless of the later chart topping “When I’m Gone”. This song comes up in conversation a lot seeing as how their great great grandkids will survive off royalties alone. (that might not be true, but I like to think it is).
- Favorite Movie? If you can recall, favorite line?
Billy: My favorite movie, as almost anyone that knows me will tell you, is Star Wars. Specifically ep. 4, A New Hope. I remember my Dad brought the original trilogy VHS collection home one day when I was sick, I was maybe 7 or 8. That was my introduction to an obsession. I watched all three movies that day, and almost every day after that too (seriously, every day). My favorite line from that movie is when Obi-Wan tells Han “in my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” I’ve never liked the idea of bad or good luck, shit happens to everyone, doesn’t mean you’re unlucky.
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We have some upcoming shows Grey Gordon and Undesirable.
6/26 Bowling Green, OH – BLV House
6/27 Fort Wayne, IN – The Den
6/28 Muskegon, MI – FEST FEST
6/29 Grand Rapids, MI – The Spoke Folks
6/30 Lansing, MI – Hariet Brown