BEATALLICA: 'Fuel On The Hill' Video Released; New Tour Dates Announced

The Milwaukee-based band BEATALLICA — a satirical mashup act whose hilarious schtick marries the songwriting prowess of THE BEATLES to the deep-throated rock growl of METALLICA — is continuing to support its latest release, "Masterful Mystery Tour", with a set of East Coast tour dates throughout April.

The group's latest video, "Fuel On The Hill", was directed by Mike VVeber and assisted by Tim "Murph Dawg" Murphy. It can be viewed below.

Recorded and engineered by Flemball Rasmartin, "Masterful Mystery Tour" is BEATALLICA's second full-length album overall, and features such exceptional song titles as "The Battery Of Jaymz And Yoko", "Everybody's Got A Ticket To Ride Except For Me And My Lightning", and "I Want To Choke Your Band", among countless other clever part-psychedelic/part-headbanging masterpieces.

The dates are as follows:

April 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Altar Bar
April 17 - Huntington, WV - V Club
April 18 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie's
April 19 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
April 22 - Rockville, NY - Vibe Lounge
April 23 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star
April 24 - New York, NY - The Delancey
April 25 - Harrisburg, PA - Spy Club
April 26 - W. Babylon, NY - Looney Tunes
April 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
April 28 - Syracuse, NY - Half Penny Club

OnMilwaukee.com conducted an interview with Jaymz Lennfield. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

In a 2009 interview with OnMilwaukee.com, guitarist/vocalist Jaymz Lennfield stated about the songwriting process for BEATALLICA, "Like any songwriting band, some things regarding songwriting get more difficult the longer you are together. You always want to one-up yourself. A band should always be trying to compose the best material possible; make it interesting, but not too self-indulgent. With BEATALLICA, we really have to be careful to not be lax in what we mash-up. The songs need to sound natural together and seamless when it comes to transitions. It's almost like striving to be Machiavellian; make it seem like the impossible is sort of easy to do ... when in all likelihood, it's really not.

"The concepts are plentiful for us as we have good composers in the band. But, eventually, the music is the master. I don't think a song is ever finished. Even some of the older songs on this CD have undergone changes, either lyrically or musically. I'm sure there will be changes in minute details down the road. The listener who is really knowledgeable of both mashed-up sides will get the differences."

When asked if BEATALLICA still has the attention — good and bad — of METALLICA and Sony Music, Lennfield replied, "We'll always have the eyes and ears of Sony and METALLICA on us. Sony is our label partner in Japan and they releas[ed] the 'Masterful' CD, as well. Plus, just with all the crazy licensing, it's a never-ending relationship. We don't aim for that to be a battle. The main struggles are with individual licensors of songs. Some of them can be a bit, uh, volatile. The legal, political and personal jive is something I find fascinating. We've definitely learned a lot about many different topics. I speak with someone in the METALLICA camp pretty often, if not a band member himself. Got to hang with them on BEATALLICA's band birthday, April 1 [2009], in Paris; that was great. Good to catch up with those guys in person."

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