Flashback Friday 011. The Most Dangerous Animal
Where/When was your bands first show? How did that go?
Jeff: Our first show was in our hometown of flint in July of 2012. It was great, our friends Chiodos put us on some of the bands reunion dates, so we got the opportunity to play our first handful of shows with good friends.
Did you guys play any covers? If so, of what?
Jeff: No, we stuck to a seven song set of originals. It hasn’t been until about the last year that we have started slipping a cover in here or there.
What was the first song you guys wrote as a band? Is it on any of your releases?
Jeff: Our first song is called ‘Living Conditions’. We originally put it out as a 7” single, and about a year later it was featured on our LP ‘Time Heals All Wounds’
Did your band ever have a different name?
Jeff: The songs we have written and released as TMDA [The Most Dangerous Animal] have always been known only by TMDA, however, our band spawned from our last band. Previously we were in a band called ‘Downers of the world unite’, once we pulled the plug on that, we basically picked up where we left off, and kind of came at it with a different approach.
When did you decide that making music was something you really wanted to pursue?
Jeff: I personally have always been very interested in music. Since I can remember I’ve always wanted to play and create. Now that I’ve gotten much older, I’ve realized that its something I pretty much have to do. A few years back I stepped away from the music scene for a little bit, and it drove me completely nuts, so I guess at this point not playing isn’t much of an option.
What is the first band you remember getting really, really into?
Jeff: Tom Petty was the first artist that I recall stumbling onto and getting really into. When I was in the second or third grade, and I spent some time living with my grandparents who allowed me to watch MTV, and I worshipped all the Petty videos and songs. Although when ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance’ came on I had to change the channel, I think grandma must have been a little hip to that whole thing. At the same time I remember my parents paying certain things like Del Shannon, or Roy Orbison, so I guess I would have to consider them too, as they are still favorites of mine to this day.
What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Jeff: Around the same time I acquired some grass cutting cash, and I go to hit up a Harmony House. That’s when I made my first musical purchases of The Flaming Lips- Transmissions from the Satellite Heart and Tom Petty- Wildflowers. Both records are still in my top 5 to this day.
Favorite One Hit Wonder? If you don’t have one, then Favorite song not from this decade?
Jeff: They might have had a hit and a half, but ill go with The Greg Kihn band anyways. The Breakup Song is awesome.
Jeff: I want to mention something really inspiring and moving, but instead ill just fess up and say Duece Bigalow European Gigalo. Dumbest movie ever, but I crack up everytime.
Keep your eyes peeled for our Breakfast EP coming this fall on Save Your Generation Records, as well as a few other releases we haven’t announced quite yet. 36 Vultures, thanks for the support!
You can check out our stream of the title track of the new The Most Dangerous Animal EP here. You can pre-order that same record here.