Hi! Today, I have the pleasure to chat with Mark Brodie, lead guitar from The Metalunas 3rd wave band! Thank you Mark for taking time to answer us. Let's surf and start the interview if you please. 😉
SRR: What year was The Metalunas founded?
Mark Brodie: 1999.
SRR: Who are the members of The Metalunas?
Mark Brodie: Originally, me on guitar; Rod Moore, drums and Mike Cinnamon, bass. Although there were personnel changes over the years.
SRR: From which city did The Metalunas originate?
Mark Brodie: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
SRR: Where did the idea to form an instrumental band come from?
Mark Brodie: It was my idea. I’d been in several other instrumental surf projects and this was just another one.
SRR: How did you meet each other?
Mark Brodie: I met Rod back in 1990 through a newspaper ad. Mike Cinnamon came into the band through another newspaper ad.
SRR: What were the influences of the band?
Mark Brodie: Dick Dale, Surfaris, Beach Boys, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.
SRR: How did you guys describe the band at the time?
Mark Brodie: Sci-Fi Surf Rock.
SRR: When was your first gig?
Mark Brodie: New Years Eve 1999 at the Picadilly Pub in Vancouver.
SRR: What year did you do your first recording?
Mark Brodie: 1999.
SRR: Did you have a label?
Mark Brodie: Yes, “American Pop Project” from San Rafael, California.
SRR: Which instrument did you used?
Mark Brodie: I used a Fender Stratocaster. I don’t know what other instrument brands the other guys used. Can't remember which amplifier I used.
SRR: Did you use a reverb tank?
Mark Brodie: Yes.
SRR: Was it an original or modified tank?
Mark Brodie: Re-issue.
SRR: What are the effects used on the guitar?
Mark Brodie: None, except the reverb tank.
SRR: What type of strings did you use, flatwounds or roundwounds?
Mark Brodie: Roundwound.
SRR: How long have the Metalunas been active for?
Mark Brodie: We were active from 1999-2002.
SRR: Were the members in any band(s) after The Metalunas?
Mark Brodie: I had other surf instrumental projects after the Metalunas. I was in the Banzai Rebels from 2003-2005 and created the Hang-Ten Hangmen in 2010.
SRR: Where can we buy and follow The Metalunas?
Mark Brodie: The Metalunas stuff is not available anymore except for what people have uploaded to the Internet.
SRR: Where can we listen and follow your actual band?
Mark Brodie: The Hang-Ten Hangmen have several releases (“Surfin’ and Swingin’ with”, “Live at the Shameful Tiki Room”, “Tales of the Hang-Ten Hangmen”, “Surfing, Cars, Girls, and Zombies”). I also released material under the names the Mad Doctors (“Robots, Lasers, and Disembodied Brains”) and the Surfside Swamis (“The Enlightened Sounds of…”) all available on iTunes and streaming sites.
SRR: Thank you very much Mark for taking time to answer me today.
Mark Brodie: No problem.