The Backseat Boogie was born in the Milan area of Italy in 2007. They started out as a Rockabilly Trio. The band became a quartet a few years later when they added a harp/saxaphone player. To classify The Backseat Boogie as Rockabilly would be incorrect or rather reductive in their description. Their sound intersperses various types of music to include Rockabilly, Country, Rockin' Blues and Boogie. They have intergrated a wild guitar, a solid rhythm section, saxaphone, harmonious vocals and even a banjo to create a sound that is uniquely their own. The majority of their repetoire consists of self penned songs about everyday life. Their witicism shows in the ironic and smart lyrics. Years of experience have combined to make a punchy, energetic show consistently.
Albums published are as follows:
"The Backseat Boogie Trio" in 2008
"Till The Day I Die" in 2010
"Original Spirit" in 2012 with RocketMan Records
Miko Cantu- guitar, banjo and lead vocals
Pedro Bredeon- double bass, back up vocals
Nick Rizzi- harmonica, saxaphone and back up vocals
In Italy: Andrea firstname.lastname@example.org
Rest of the world : email@example.com
Merchandise purchase info:
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How would you describe your style of music?
A blend of rock n' roll, boogie, country, rockabilly and a bit of blues. We play original songs.
How did you get into this style of music?
Looking at the older guys in town and at school in the late 80's- early 90's listening to tongs of records by 50's singers and modern rock n' roll musicians.
How did you come up with your band name?
Just playing with words, Miko came up with Backseat Boogie. We liked it because it suggested images of teen rebellion in the 50's pure fun and rock n' roll.
What is the background of your band members?
Some are from the punk scene, some from the blues but mainly from the big "Rock" world of the late 60's.
Who are they as individuals?
Where can people purchase your music and or merchandise?
On our website or at every one of our gigs.
How long has your band been together?
What do you like the most about the Rockabilly scene?
Mainly the passion in the music, instruments, recordings, etc...music mainly.
Who are your music idols, who influences your music?
Too many to mention, here are a few: Eddie Cochran, Johnny Burnette, Creedence Clearwater Revival, early Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, The Starliters, Stray Cats, Buzz & The Flyers, Little Walter, Reverend Horton, Wayne Hancock, Big Joe McNeely, Lester & Flatt, etc....
What furture events do you have planned?
Many summer gigs in Italy, one week tour in Holland, Belgium and Germany.
Do your band members have day jobs or do they make their dime as professional musicians?
Some have a day job, some are students....etc
If day jobs, what type of work do they do?
Sound engineer, workman, music teacher.
Do you or any of your band members collect records?
Not really, we collect the records that we buy to listen to.
What is your most memborable experience at a concert?
Bad: one open air gig up in the mountains and the rain started falling fast. There was a blackout and we found ourselves totally covered with water and mud, instruments included.
Good: Every concert is a memorable experience!
What was your funniest memory at a concert?
Usually people go mad for the "banjo time", when Miko switches from guitar to banjo and people start to scream and jump.
Is there anything that you would like to add about yourself or your band?
We play freely, with no style barrier but our own. We like to write songs and rock the stage.
Last but not least, what makes this band tick?
Passion, freedom and fun