Du'c it Easy
"rock solid groove"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST:-
I had the privilege last week to check out the "October" EP from hot new band from the east - Duc'n it Easy. Overall “October“ by Duc'n It Easy is a rock solid groove. It's nice to know there are still Jam Bands out there pumping out serious grooves. At the end the day these guys are a lot of fun to groove, & no doubt a blast to check out live. Their music is rock solid, all the messages are passionate & are sung from a deeply honest perspective, & the writing, playing abilities of this band are clearly above the bar. Their strong suit – the amazing vocal presence of lead singer Antonio Casasanta. Like the aforementioned he is a musical triple threat, & is clearly the premier talent within this band. He possesses enough musical talent & songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. Let’s hope his head doesn’t catch up to where his talent is any time soon. So if you like a jammed out musical experience that serves up musical textures reminiscent of Counting Crows, & Dave Mathews Band, then I highly recommend you jump head first into the October EP by Duc'n It Easy as soon as possible. I look forward to checking out the full length later this year.
IMD Tell us a bit about your band name?
DE Our Band name first and foremost is somehow difficult for people to pronounce. I am sure that left promoters scratching their heads. It also has an apostrophe in it, which we have heard time and time again is a big no no for band names. Honestly, who cares right? It has meaning to us. It’s where it all began. Duc’n It Easy (pronounced like duct tape) was a phrase the guys use to say quite often. We were four friends hanging out in my basement playing music. The gear we had was pretty bad. Mic stands would fall a part and guitar straps would break. While everything around us was crumbling to the ground, it seemed Duct tape was the only secure thing we had. We started taping all our gear so it would hold up for practices and gigs. And so was born the name Duc’n It Easy. A staple phrase if you ask us.
IMD How’s the Music Scene in Milford these days.
DE There is a talented pool of musicians that reside in Milford MA. I find our home town to be fairly new to the “live music scene”. Places for live music have been popping up all over the place the past few years which is bringing in new talent, and that is a really great thing. I hate to call it an issue because we definitely view it as an opportunity or challenge, but the fact that we are playing original music is the hardest part about breaking into a scene. Let’s face it the majority of people who go out just want to hear your top 40 hits. The response to our original music has been overwhelming though. People really dig our original sound. We are in a niche and don’t sound much like any bands out there in our area right now. Being an original band we tend to gravitate to places such as The Middle East in Boston, or The Lucky Dog and Tammany Hall in Worcester. Those are places where we know we can find “the dedicated music lover”. At those places, you can find people that search for indie bands that no one has heard of yet.
IMD I really enjoyed the Jam Band sound when listening to your CD. I can here some classic Jam Band influences Who are some of those bands that have influenced you over the years?
DE Our band consists of members who collectively might have the most diverse range of musical tastes. To be more specific, I (Antonio) grew up on Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Bob Marley, and some DMB here and there. But I have been listening to quite different music these days. Music I am really enjoying at the moment comes from bands like Two Door Cinema Club, Incubus, and Andrew W.K. The other guys are more influenced by blues and southern rock, such as the Allman Brothers Band, and Warren Haynes. Steve Paddocks tastes span the Cosmos, he really enjoys everything.
IMD Listening to your music I keep hearing Santana, Dave Mathews Band & Allman Brothers Band, am I off the mark there?
DE No, I would say those influences are definitely apparent on the October EP. Steve Rice was heavily influenced by Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, and so you will hear a lot of those influences throughout the EP. However with his departure from the band in recent months things sound quite different. These same songs have a breath of fresh air as we revamped them to be more structured and rock than open ended. I think we can all say it is sad to see Steve go, but we are excited in regards to the way these new songs sound with the addition of our new guitarist.
IMD (For Guitarist Steve) I really enjoyed some of the solo guitar work who are some of your influences?
DE Steve’s influences are deeply rooted in folk blues. The Allman Brothers band, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks are just a few of his favorites. He appreciated their ability to tell a story through their guitar work. I think my song writing aloud Steve the opportunity to do the same. In the live setting he would often captivate the audience with his skill and precision.
IMD (For vocalist Antonio) Tell us who have been some of your vocal influences over the years?
DE To be honest, I am really new to this music scene in regards to being labeled a “musician”. I have only been playing for a number of years all of which can be counted on one hand. So I never looked at musicians from the stand point of being a musician, if that makes sense? I am constantly expanding my horizon in regards to music. I love all styles of music and in the end it’s a form of art. So what better way to express your self, then creating a piece of music that is completely original and unique right? But if I had to pick my favorite singers I would have to go with Chris Robinson, Joe Cocker, Brandon Boyd, and Bill Withers. I just really appreciate the soul truthfulness their voices portray. Every time they sing you can hear meaning behind their tone and you can feel it take a hold of you. That to me is how someone should sing. It doesn’t matter to me if they hit an off note here or there. It’s the human element those singers share that make you feel apart of that experience when they sing. It’s captivating.
IMD What is the best concert you guys have been to over the years?
DE For me it was seeing The Black Crowes at the Hampton Ballroom Casino. Man, can those guys rock. They are all phenomenal musicians. Danny said his favorite was seeing Roger Waters @ Comcast center in MA. The Kings of Leon at the Agnes arena was another great show.
IMD I especially enjoyed the piece ‘Whiskey & Peanuts” can you tell us about that particular piece, what inspired that one?
DE This is actually a rather enjoyable story for me. I was heading to college for my senior year. I attended Fairfield University down in CT. I can safely say that I think I speak for most every student there when making it to senior year and living at the “beach” is a right of passage. If you don’t care about your degree and the pricey tag that goes along with it, you definitely care about making it to senior year so that you may live with all the other seniors down at Fairfield beach in some dilapidated beach bungalow. Anyway, I had just arrived at the “Sand trap” as it was known in my text books, jk. I would know this bungalow as my home for the next 7 or so months. On the first night I was their by myself, my roommates haven’t arrived yet. The house was moldy, cobwebs were everywhere and it smelled like it hadn’t been open for 10 years. All I had was a bottle of whiskey & some peanuts. I can safely say that is where the name for the song originated. Later my friend stopped by with his acoustic and we started messing around with a progression I written over the summer. As we were playing all the power went out and we were left in the dark with the bare necessities (Whiskey & Peanuts : ) ). I guess the weather report said we were receiving a Nor’easter. Go figure the one time the weather channel was spot on. Anyway, the song and lyrics originated from a night of chaos where we were left with the bare essentials. The lyrics are light and reinforce the idea of letting things roll of your shoulders. Not taking life to seriously is the best approach in my humble opinion. My mother would always tell me that the grass isn’t always greener, this I can definitely relate to at this point in my life. So just enjoy what comes your way.
IMD How about “Duc’n It (Back to MA), Falling From Grace" could you tell us more about those songs?
DE Duc’n It which has evolved into what we call Back To Massachusetts is a traveling song. It really just hits on the points of going out on the road. How, although it is definitely an eye opening experience to get outside ones own perception of the world (our little bubble we create for ourselves), it is always nice to come back to a place you call home. You start to realize maybe you aren’t missing out on everything that is out there and that the more important things in life are sometimes the things you left behind. I guess that is the simplest way I can explain that tune. Falling From Grace is definitely a love song that I think most anyone can relate to. Maybe it’s about someone specific or maybe it’s a dirty dream someone had at one time. Either way I think anyone who hears it can put a face to that significant other. It reiterates that really amazing relationship everyone comes across at some point in their lives. You know the type of relationship where two people are selfless and completely in love with each other. But in all honesty it is one of my favorite tunes to play. I think Danny’s bass groove and the fact that there is a lot of soul and honesty is what completely commands the song for me.
IMD What’s next for Duc’nit Easy?
DE Duc’n It Easy has some big plans up in the mix. With the addition of a new guitarist we have been getting him up to speed. We are currently working on a full length album that hopefully will be out the beginning of next year if all goes as planned. Our newest single is entitled “The Circus Within” which should be up in the next month or so on our website. We will also be shooting a music video for that song. We just love playing and creating music and so our goal is to be playing out somewhere between 100 to 200 times this year.
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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