The Moon Glampers | Songwriting, The Rolling Stones, and Chicken-Wire Shows

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I had the privilege of talking to The Moon Glampers at Venice Café. The rock band consists of Danny Moody (drums), Nick Gusman (vocals/guitar), Tony Hall (bass), and Tom Manion (vocals/guitar).

Where did you come up with your band name?

Tom Manion (TM): In Kurt Vonnegut’s story “Harrison Bergeron,” Diana Moon Glampers is the name of the handicapped general. She’s unpleasant and ruins everybody’s good time, so we thought the name fit.

Who writes your songs?

TM: Nick and I will write music and lyrics, but songs are never finished until the rest of the band gets ahold of them. Rhythms, tempos, keys, and arrangements are all pretty fluid for the first twenty or thirty times we play a song.

How does having two songwriters work in your favor?

TM: It helps with quality control, for sure. Nick will let me know if something needs work or if it just doesn’t work, and vice versa. It’s also nice that if I get stuck working on a song or idea, I can just push it off on him.

Nick Gusman (NG): Having two songwriters also creates a clash of styles that can work well. I usually bring a classic rock and country vibe to songs, while Tom brings a more punk rock element.

How would you describe your sound?

NG: We sound like your dad drinking and wrenching on a truck in the garage while the Pixies and Bob Seger fight to the death in a galvanized pool on the driveway.

Tony Hall (TH): Rock n’ roll.

What is your songwriting process like?

NG: It can go either way—words or music can come first. For me, if the words come first, the whole song can come together in thirty minutes. It takes longer for me to fit words together if the music comes first.

TM: I come up with a lot of ideas while I’m driving. My phone is filled with voice memos of me humming off-key bass lines and melodies.

What is the strangest show have you played?

Danny Moody (DM): We played a show in Louisville with chicken wire in front of the stage, and the only song we knew was the Bonanza theme song. We played it for six hours and got a standing ovation when we finished.

What are upcoming shows or projects do you have coming up?

TH: We’re working with our buddy to get some songs recorded. We also want to get together another mini tour soon.

Which Rolling Stone are you most like?

NG: I’m definitely Mick Jagger because when I was a baby my mom said I looked exactly like him.

TH: Mick Jagger because he played bass that one time.

TM: I’d probably be Mick Jagger because I look like an a**hole when I dance.

DM: Definitely Mick Jagger because I read that he can throw a whiffle ball eighty miles an hour.

If you like loud and fun music, check out the Moon Glampers on their website. | DL Hegel

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