Band: The Delta Bombers
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Band members: Chris Moinichen, Andrew Himmler, Gregorio Garcia
Booking contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Merchandise purchase info: www.wildrecordsusa.com
How would you describe your style of music?
We're a Wild Rock and Roll band. We play some Rockabilly and some Blues, and throw it in the blender occasionally.
How did you get into this style of music?
I (Andrew) got lucky and hooked up with a Rockabilly crazy girl in high school. I'd always loved Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent but I had no clue there was a modern scene where that music was relevant. Greg and Chris have been into it since highschool also. Greg is Mexican and oldies are huge in his family and often in Mexican families in general. That's a doorway for lots of young Mexican kids.
How did you come up with your band name?
We loved the Delta Blues and knew we wanted to incorporate some of that clean yet creepiness somehow. So that is where the Delta came from. The Del Bombers were a badass black gang in the 1979 cult classic "The Wanderers" so we became the Delta Bombers. We're not black though, unfortunately.
What is the background of your band members?
All of us grew up in blue collar families in Las Vegas. My and Chris's families have roots in the mid-west but we all consider ourselves Las Vegas people. Greg has strong roots in the mid-west also because he's a Packers fan.
Who are they as individuals?
I really enjoy working with the guys in this band because nobody is immortal. Chris can tell me that I suck, and I can tell Greg that he sucks, and I can tell both of them that they suck (on a particular part of something). No feelings are hurt, it's all about getting better. Everyone is out to have a good time. I feel like that's what music should basically be about anyway.
Where can people purchase your music and or merchandise?
How long has your band been together?
6 years now. It feels a lot longer, and I mean that in a great way. We went from teenagers just trying to make a racket and hopefully form a sound, to a little bit more mature musicians who are constantly shaping and trying new things.
What do you like the most about the Rockabilly scene?
There are a lot of things to love and hate about the Rockabilly scene. First off, it's given us the opportunity to travel the world and play some of our favorite music, so it will forever be our home. People here really do take the music seriously, and that is really really awesome. A lot of fans that are not musicians are very music conscious and know what they're listing to. They aren't like some idiot slobbering on the dance floor to some shitty EDM song because that's what everyone else is doing.
Who are your music idols, who influences your music?
The original Wild Record's guys were hugely influential on us. Santos, Omar and the Stringpoppers, The Hi-Strung Ramblers, Dusty Chance, Lil' Luis y los Wild Teens etc. We're also not afraid to steal from our modern label mates like the Desperados and the Savage Breed because they know what they're doing, we're all friends and usually I sound better when I play their guitar parts. I'm kidding of course, but the WILD label is hugely influential. We also love Chess Records, Motown, Sun Records (of course) and anything Rock and Roll really. We like Jerry Lee Lewis, Ronnie Dawson, The Misfits, Tool, Desmond Dekker and the Specials. All of that, as varied as it is, resonates with us.
What future events do you have planned?
2014 was a crazy year. We have our work cut out for us. We're playing with the Nekromantix in just a few days which is huge for us because it's a crossover audience. We have Viva Las Vegas weekender in April. We play on Thursday night. We're also launching a website and working on touring in the US. (We haven't done much of that, only Europe).
Do your band members have day jobs or do they make their dime as professional musicians?
I haven't had a real job in a really long time, it's a good thing. Though now, I'm working with my father's contracting business. Chris is a bartender and Greg worked in a fine dining restaurant for a long while. There were times we went several months in 2014 just playing music, and it works great. We're nearly at the cusp of being full time musicians for real, and that feels amazing.
Do you or any of your band members collect records?
We all have varied collections from our travels, mostly stuff given to us. I know Greg loves to buy records. The vinyl scene in Las Vegas is surprisingly alive and well. He buys mostly obscure overpriced 50's stuff, but I'm positive I've seen a Rick James record or two of his.
What is your most memorable experience at a concert?
Russia, It wasn't necessarily one thing that we remember at the show, but just playing American Rock and Roll to a bunch of people that speak 0 English, to your countries former dire enemies just 20 years ago. That was surreal and awesome. The Russian Rockabilly scene is strong!
What was your funniest memory at a concert?
Pretty much anytime Greg falls off the stage. Which has happened enough that I'm not able to choose a specific time.
Is there anything that you would like to add about yourself or your band?
we're out there working hard trying to do it right. It isn't always easy. Being in a band at our level is tough. We have a fan base, but not really the fan base that entitles us to travel around the country and play to an interested audience with your own equipment everywhere we go. It's usually jetting around here and there using backline stuff. Now I'm not complaining one bit because that shit is awesome, but we're working really hard to get to the point where we can load in a van, drive in any direction and play a bunch of shows with our own stuff. Help!
Last but not least, what makes this band tick?
We love the sound. I'm not going to say we came up with anything unique because we didn't, but it's a little different than your average band. It makes it fun to work and to try harder and harder at.
The Delta Bombers have smashed stages all over the world since 2008 and have no plans of stopping anytime soon. Driven by a hybrid of 50's Rock and Roll fused with Blues and the most exciting elements of Rockabilly, the band's haunting but powerful voice Chris Moinichen constantly keeps the songs fresh. The goal of the band has always been to build something people who wear gabardine, denim or mohawks could enjoy together. The Delta Bombers continue to tour new and distant places such as Russia and the Czech Republic supported by four studio albums. What started as a teenage dream has now come to fruition as a worldwide Rock and Roll expedition, one that should be witnessed by anyone who considers themselves a fan of music! The Delta Bombers are playing at a venue near you!
The Delta Bombers