Brad Savage of Charlottesville, Virginia's 106.1 FM WCNR radio station recently conducted an interview with Kliff McBurtney of BEATALLICA — a satirical mashup act whose hilarious schtick marries the songwriting prowess of THE BEATLES to the deep-throated rock growl of METALLICA. The chat is now available for streaming using the audio player below.
"Hero of the Day Tripper", the new video from the Milwaukee-based band BEATALLICA, can be viewed below. The song comes off BEATALLICA's new album, "Masterful Mystery Tour", which was released on August 4. The CD features 12 tracks, including "The Battery of Jaymz and Yoko" and "I Want to Choke Your Band".
OnMilwaukee.com recently conducted an interview with BEATALLICA guitarist/vocalist Jaymz Lennfield. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
OnMilwaukee.com: How does it feel in BEATALLICA these days? Does the concept still flow easily or do you have to work a little harder to work it?
Jaymz Lennfield: 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.
OnMilwaukee.com: Do you still have the attention — good and bad — of METALLICA and Sony Music?
Jaymz Lennfield: We'll always have the eyes and ears of Sony and METALLICA on us. Sony is our label partner in Japan and they are releasing the "Masterful" CD in August, 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, in Paris; that was great. Good to catch up with those guys in person.
Kliff McBurtney interviewed on 106.1 FM WCNR (click on player below to launch audio):