The Shrieks – Interview
Interview with Luis Accorsi of The Shrieks and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
LA: I am an artist that informs my music with what is relevant in the world of today.
I don’t feel connected if I’m writing about something that is not universal to all humans.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
LA: I am the fourth child of an Italian family, born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.
I was from an early stage in life keenly aware of class differences, and cultural differences.
I was educated in an American speaking school.
Got hooked on Rock N Roll early on when I asked my brother what the guys on the cover of the album did? His answer: Whatever they want. It was an early Stones album.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
LA: I’ve had a career in the arts, and understand painting, so I take much from there and translate it to music.
When I first started to sell art it was the mid 80’s. I was good at it, and worked with Keith Haring, Warhol, Basquiat, Futura, all that movement. But I love some Latin American art, and classic art, or Old Masters as they are called.
Music influences go from Fania All Stars to Sex Pistols to Edgar Winter to Grand Funk Railroad and back to the Beatles, with lots of the early blues men in the middle of it all.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
LA: I make great relevant music and would love for all walks of life to really get into it. I want to see a family car moving down the highway playing my music. Everyone totally into it for their own reasons.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
LA: I write the songs. On ‘Ode to Joe” the songs go from Fossil Fuel issue, to Psychiatric wards, to Notre Dame burning down, to being a whistle blower. And theres a few others about sex, love and survival.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
LA: This is where it is complicated. We all know that some material that gets widely diffused is not up to par with our evolved states of being. It’s as if the powers want us to stay at the baseline and only think about mating, and all the BS that goes with that. We need to have a concious uplifting of our communal values. I have hired Dewar PR and Matt Bacon to spearhead our entrance into a market that is near impossible to penetrate, and William Semeraro to distill The Shrieks into a drinkable potion, via his videos and photographs. They tell the visual story.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
LA: Hmmm, I can’t say I love this process of getting my music fix, Much funner having to work for the songs..Example was going to the record store and speaking with fellow minded people and setting up jams, etc. And bringing home an album and excitedly playing it full volume.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
LA: I honestly can’t speak to this. Music business has always been something of a mystery. I do love the great producers of the past and there’s great band managers no doubt.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LA: Immigrant Song…It’s the first song I put on when I invited my best friend over and we were 13 or 14? We made a pledge that we had found our way of life.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
LA: I have them, but I don’t want to share them. It’s petty. I’m on to my own life and there is no time to look around and get peeved.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
LA: I’m working on that as I write, my proudest moment is yet to come.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
LA: They say in music that what you don’t hear you won’t miss, I want to ask you to please give us a chance at your musical heart, be ready to hear something unconventional but powerful, heartfelt and not electronically made. 5 passionate professionals interpreting great songs with loads of energy, and nothing fake. Please give us your ear for just a few minutes. Very grateful, much Love.