Thanks so much for the interview. Can you tell the
readers how long The Love Load has been around and who plays what in
T.W.: Hi Ginger! I got the idea for the project on the first day of
spring 2010. This is a classic case of the bass player makes a solo
record. I had been feeling marginalized in other bands I had played
with and musically frustrated. I had a few bucks stashed away, and
knew that I wanted a rock record. I knew that if I could get Ben
Azzara on board then I could make it fly. If not, then Plan B. The
original plan was to have Ben play drums, and I would handle bass,
guitar, and vocals and possibly pick up another guitarist. However,
the hour and change I spent, plus the price of a cheap lunch with
engineer and co-producer, Blaine Misner, turned out to be the best
money and time I ever spent. Blaine was amazing to work with and did
substantial guitar work and some percussion. So, in short, Ben Azzara
– Drums, Blaine Misner – guitar and percussion, and I did guitar,
bass, and vocals.
Punk Globe: Did you all play with other bands prior to The Love Load?
Punk Globe: In Lis Booth's review of the band she mentions that you
are from New York and Washington DC . Who lives where?
T.W.: Blaine and I are in D.C., and Ben moved from D.C. to Brooklyn
in early 2010.
How did you come up with the bands name? It does have
some sexual innuendos?
T.W.: Why yes it does. This is the truth, and it is for adults only.
MINORS SHOULD LOG OFF IMMEDIATELY. FURTHER READING OF THE FOLLOWING
FILTH COULD CAUSE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE! My girlfriend and I made love on
the family room sofa. Spent, I momentarily relaxed with my dead weight
on top of her. My stoned on endorphins bliss was interrupted when she
said she needed to get up to go to the bathroom. Not thinking it
through, I made some remark that she had just peed twenty minutes ago
and that her bladder must be getting as bad as mine. She said, “No, I
don’t have to pee. I just have to get the love load out of me”.
Giggling ensued, and I thought that might be a decent name for a rock
band specifically with a self-consciously delicious 70’s sound and
Punk Globe: Can you tell us about your drummer Ben's association with
T.W.: I’ll do my best. As I understand it Dischord does mostly
distribution these days. It has always functioned more as a co-op than
a traditional label. I could be wrong, and I probably am. In any case,
Ben played on a bunch of records that carry the Dischord label. A
couple of the artists include The Capital City Dusters and The Sarah
Azzara Band. I know he played with Joe Lally, because I was present at
a Ft. Reno show where he did. Henry Rollins was there along with Ian
and other members of Fugazzi. However, I don’t know if Lally recorded
with Ben or not. As I say this, I realize that it sounds like a bunch
of bullshit name dropping which is something I really hate about DC.
But Hell Ginger! You are from LA, so at the risk of being presumptuous
you probably know what that action is about.
So for the record, I really don’t know. I am a huge fan of some of the
music that Dischord has produced, but I am not a part of that world. I
also do not personally know any of the above mentioned rock icons, but
I am pretty sure Ben does. From my point of view the Dischord thing
has always felt more like an exclusive and didactic clique than an
inclusive and open minded advocate of local talent. I am sure that I
am jealous to a degree. Ben’s music resume is really worthy of its own
article. The Love Load – The Human Resourceful is, I think, Ben’s
twenty fourth album. Relatively recently, much of the Dischord
catalogue was digitally re-mastered. I hired T.J. Lipple, who worked
extensively on the Dischord project for The Love Load album. I vouch
for T.J. as a mastering engineer and as a decent soul, and hope to use
his services again. Props and respect to Dischord for what they built
and did. The Rites of Spring album “Spring” still ranks as probably my
favorite hardcore record of all time!
Who writes the material for the band? Is it a group effort?
T.W.: I do. However, the record ends with a Kinks cover. But in the
case of my most recent song, Blaine helped me to the extent that he
deserves co-writing credit which he will get. – I hope on the 2nd Love
Punk Globe: Who are some of the bands influences?
T.W.: The Clash, David Bowie, The Who, The Stooges, The Velvet
Underground, Mission of Burma, early Dinosaur jr., The Buzzcocks, Joy
Division, The Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan, X, and tons more!
Punk Globe: This is the bands debut CD right? How has the reception been?
T.W.: Yes. Not too bad for a DIY release in a flooded market. Of the
four reviews I have seen. Three have been very positive and the other
was condescending yet quite funny. There has also been a decent
response from internet and non-commercial radio.
Punk Globe: Is your new CD a self release or is it through a Label?
Punk Globe: In your press I have read thins about "non debutant".
Can you better explain?
T.W.: Sure. That came from our press release written by Nicole
Frost. It stated, “The Love Load – The Human Resourceful (Debut Album
by Non-debutants) I think it just means that all parties involved are
experienced musicians. In my case, I think it underscores my
unfortunate but very real class resentment. And as an aside, I saw
Blondie this summer while we were working on the record. And though I
very much enjoyed the concert, I was disappointed that they didn’t
play “Dreaming” and “Union City Blue”. Blondie fans will get the
Has the band toured yet?
Punk Globe: Can you tell us about your best show so far? How about
your worst show?
T.W.: The Love Load has yet to play a live show.
Punk Globe: If you had the power to put any show together. Who would
you have on the bill and at what venue?
T.W.: Wow, that is a tough question! To be a rock promoter, or to
just be me? I would choose the latter since the signed larger acts
have a monopoly on those gigs anyway. Friends, and people who have
been kind to me would be on the bill. Some artists that have never had
a chance would be invited. It would be my chance to play Santa. It
would be a long list of acts with relatively short sets probably at
the 930 club because of the great PA, someplace cool in NYC? – a
festival concert at the Del Mar Racetrack in the summer would be
beautiful! And that way I could drive up to Encinitas and drop off a
couple CD's at Lou’s Records.
Punk Globe: Can you give the readers some Website Addresses so they
can find more information about the band?
Punk Globe: What is in store for The Love Load in 2011?
T.W.: I hope some kick ass live shows, and more recording!
Any parting words for Punk Globe readers?
T.W.: This record is really designed to be listened to in its entirety
in one sitting. It is really a concept album. I know that sounds
pretentious, but so it goes. I hope it is enjoyed by some of you! To
all the other Nervous Alligators out there who would be dead without
rock, for God’s sake make your record! Thank you Lis and Ginger for
treating us so well!
Punk Globe would like to thank Ted for the fun interview....
All photos by Simone McCourtie