Sam Densmore’s Silverhawk

I think we are a song band. So that would put us in the same line as a lot of classic 60's rock, we all grew up in the 70's and 80's so we were influenced by Metal, New Wave, and Punk . And of course, the 90's were the college years so, yea, we are influenced by alternative and indie rock too.

TR: How long did you play together before you recorded the album?

This lineup was together for about 2 months before we recorded “Flowers in June”.

TR: If you were to make a family tree for your band what bands are your parents and ancestors?

Do you mean bands that influenced us or who we’re conected with directly?

I think we are a song band. So that would put us in the same line as a lot of classic 60’s rock, we all grew up in the 70’s and 80’s so we were influenced by Metal, New Wave, and Punk . And of course, the 90’s were the college years so, yea, we are influenced by alternative and indie rock too.

Here’s a list of players we are connected with:

Sam Densmore’s Silverhawk

Paul Elkins, Dai Kelly and Sam Densmore

Sam Densmore Discography: Slow Children CD, “da sein”, 1996, Running Records, Frequency db 7″ 1997, Running Records, Frequency db CD “Blue Down Where the Diver Goes”, produced by Jeremy Wilson of the Dharma Bums/Pilot, Resistor Records, Producer/Guitarist on Ted Connelly CD, “”, 2000, Achernar Productions. Rob Allison of Two Ton Boa/Frequency db sang back up vocals and co wrote the title track to “Flowers in June”, he also played drums on “”. Rob is currently in another band with Brian Sparhawk, which has no name yet. Two Ton Boa also featured Brian Sparhawk of Fitz of Depression.

TR: How often do you tour? Nationally or locally?

We tour as much as possible, year round. So far we’ve hit the west coast on I-5 and 101 from Bellingham to Los Angeles.

TR: How often do you practice as a band?

We tour a lot, so whenever we have a break.

TR: What recommendations would you make to other bands on music as a careeer choice?

Be ready to work your business because no one is going to do it for you.

TR: In general how important are band names?

Band names are important in that they give you an identity to the consumer of your work. So if you have the same name as someone else, it’s a good idea to change it or make sure it’s really yours before you use it. I like names with some symbolism or art in them, personally.

TR: Do you have a day job and what is it?


TR: What does it take to have a hit song?

Who knows? Timing maybe?

TR: Would you sell your songs to a pop-star band if they wanted to record them?

I’ll have to think about that one…>

TR: Would you be happy being a one hit wonder?

As long as I can play full time, I don’t care if I ever have a “Hit’. One hit would be nice. Who wouldn’t want more if you could have them?

TR: Do you feel the merger of AOL and Time Warner will really mess things up, or make cross entertainment (MSNBC/NBCi, CBS-VIACOM, ABC-DISNEY) the new positive standard for the future?

I think it is ineveitable that the corporate music structure will continue to benefit and scratch it’s own back whenever possible.

TR: Do musicians in general lose credibility with the mass popular audience as their music becomes free as traded mp3s on the Internet?

No. It’s just that now you can find the hard to get stuff.

TR: What do you think is going to happen with Napster?

I have no idea. My computer is still too weak to run it, so I haven’t been a part of the so called Napster revolution in the music biz.

TR: Where do you get most of your music? Online stores, traditional record stores?

I get most of my music at record stores, or people send me music or give it to me.

TR: What % is indie vs. major? Indie is “Independent”. Period. Without corporate funding/underwriting. There are as many different types of indie music as there are stars in the sky, I’m almost sure of it.

TR: What bands do you feel aren’t getting the attention they deserve?

Smog. Audio Wreck.

TR: Are indie bands even the underground anymore? And if not them, who is?

Indie Bands are totally the underground. Look at the mainstream right now. Big rock bands are bands like Radiohead, Ozzy and then you have POP, hip hop, etc. But indie rock is not the flavor of the moment. I tour a lot. I see a lot of underground indi bands. I don’t see many underground Backstreet Boys. Imagine that…

TR: What influence do you think our new president will have on indie music?

I think that it will be like the 80’s all over again. everyone gets to feeling kind of aggro under the republican rule. We bomb the Iraqi’s, people write anti war songs. The leftists unite. I heard somebody say thet the Republican win will actually do more to unite alternative political groups into action. Now they have to protect what they worked for and work ten times harder to get what they want in the future. Considering what most of us know as “indie”, indie music reflects the ideas of the left. I think people will get more outspoken and extreme than ever. We’ll see.

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