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You ever hear a band and just go, "Oh my god yes!" ?


I mean, some bands grow on you. Some are tolerable. Some you say "its pretty cool." Some are a guilty pleasure - I know you know all the words to at least one Nickleback song you fucking junkie.




But some bands are


Just.

So.

Good.


Rancid. The Misfits. Pennywise. You hear them the first time and they just have it; that punk rock, fast and loud, oh my god give me more eargasm; blasting rebellion, and angst, and fun, and general badassery all over the face of the mainstream.


Enter Bad Mary.





I like Bad Mary, like, a lot.


The first time I heard them I immediately remembered why I love punk rock. They have a sound that is familiar, and old school, and distinctly punk, while at the same time being very much their own band, with their own sound.


I don't care if that makes sense. I love this band. I signed up for their email list. I follow them. I watch their live streams and I wake my family from peaceful slumber blasting "The Itch" at 12:30 a.m. while writing blog posts at the last minute, and if you think any of that sounds a bit much then you haven't listened to them yet, and you need to.





All gushing aside, we got to interview them. Yeah. We all have cooler jobs than you.


So for your reading pleasure, heres the Q&A, links at the bottom. Do all the things.




Thanks for taking the time to do an interview with us!


Let's start with who, what, where...


Who makes up the band, who does the writing...



Who: Bad Mary is: Amanda Mac (vocals), her Husband Mike Staub (Bass/Vocals), Her Dad Bill Mac (Drums), and Her College Professor David Henderson (Guitar)


That’s awesome! A real punk rock family!


Being in a family band is a very strange, and weird experience, but it's the MOST fun. As Amanda says "we don't go on family vacations, we go on tour". Amanda and Bill have always performed together, as well. Bill used to play drums in the pit for the shows Amanda would perform in growing up, so this is sort of in that same line. It also helps that Bill is an absolute monster of a drummer, one of the most versatile and talented drummers around.


The writing is done two different ways, really. David writes something or Mike writes something. When Mike writes things, he generally collaborates with Amanda to make it fit well.

The songs are brought to rehearsal then the band works on it collectively, adding our individual styles, making changes, and figuring out drums, vocal lines, harmonies, etc.





What do you consider to be your style of music?


We consider ourselves to be classic Punk Rock, like what was happening in NYC or the UK in the late 1970s. We have a modern twist on that classic style, but, simple, short songs that are loud and fast.


I really love that hard fast old school style and especially when you put the powerful female vocals in the mix! You can definitely tell that you have that old school punk influence!


Where you based out of?


We're based out of Long Island, NY.



I see your YouTube has some live feeds, What inspired that multiple times a week commitment? Are you guys enjoying that? What kind of engagement do your fans get to have with you when you are live streaming?


We really love streaming to the internet. We stream on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch at least twice a week as a full band. It's been a great way to interact with our audience and friends and fans. Our fans love being part of the action and platforms like twitch really show that off. Everyone's in on the fun!



What inspired starting the band?


We started out as a cover/party band for the school that Amanda and Mike went to, Hofstra University in NY. David is a professor there (theater - production. So set designing, building, props, makeup, costumes, etc). David has run a band to perform at the Drama & Dance Department parties, which has been called David and the Hendersons since its inception in the mid-late aughts. In 2009 Mike joined the band and by the end of the 2009 school year, they needed to replace their singer, so Amanda was asked, she joined up and the band was: David, Amanda, Mike, a bass player named Andrew Huber (currently bass/vocals for The Oil Barons in Los Angeles) and Rory Levin on drums. After the band's first show together, Mike suggested that the band stay together and play local shows. No one objected and we started playing local shows.

We came up with the name Madame X, because this was something that went outside of the normal DATH series of events. Eventually Andrew had to leave the band because he had moved away and Rory had to leave the band to pursue a career in Florida. Amanda invited her dad, Bill to join the band in 2010 and then we continued as Madame X for a bit. Bill joining Madame X was really a turning point for us and set us forward on this fun and wile path. We do love Rory though, she's amazing and has helped us EVERY step of the way. She's even a character in our song Disaster Party! Eventually Mike and David, who have always skewed more towards writing original music, started writing/sharing the songs they had written. Since Madame X has been fairly overused we decided to change our name. After about a month of back and forth on Facebook messenger, we came up with Bad Mary and we've been Bad Mary since 2011 or 2012.



Do you find having a female lead an advantage, hindrance, or is it not really a factor in your experience?


it's an advantage, especially due to someone as talented as Amanda. Each of us brings something to the table and Amanda's talent and range are such a benefit. We write songs that we want to perform and want to play live and

Amanda is a monster of a performer, we love writing songs for her to work on and sing. Her input is also invaluable, and her ability to mold and shape lyrics and ideas into performance is remarkable. Unfortunately, she still does face sexism that seems to always permeate into many aspects of social life. It's often implied by some that it's odd that a woman is performing this style of music; or when people tell Amanda she should be performing some other genre, she certainly gets VERY annoyed. That's not really a hindrance though, because we use all that as fuel and we're a band that LOVES to play when we're a little pissed off. We just go out, rock out, have fun, and say "f*** the haters,


let's kick some ass". Having a dynamic front woman like Amanda is incredible due to her raw talent, education in live performance, and vocal range. We've always written with that in mind and Amanda and Mike perform very well together, which helps with vocal harmonies among other things. The band thinks like a family, and it shows in how we get stuff done


Would you encourage young women to get into the music industry and even more specifically, the punk scene?


Absolutely. Performing in this band has been massively rewarding and has taken us all over the world. We always stress that performers and musicians do what they love and do it as independently as you can! The punk scene should be a welcoming and fun place for everyone to enjoy the music. That's the aesthetic, no gatekeepers here, just good music and great fun. Women have always been a vastly important voice in the punk scene. We owe a great debt to some of the most badass women of all time like: Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Wendy O Williams, Kathleen Hannah, and the list goes on and on and on. To us, there is no punk rock

without amazing women like the aforementioned!




Who is the art director of the band?! I have to ask because all of your videos are amazing! Your logo is killer, space girl, even the set up that you record your live streams in, everything is so well put together!



David! He's created all of our logos, has designed all of our album covers aside from Glitter Bomb. He's directed mostly all of our videos (except Addicted) and animated the entire short film for The Return of Space Girl (which has been winning some great awards!). He's also behind all of our twitch graphics and anything visual with the band.


We're lucky to have a professional designer in Bad Mary and he does amazing work






I strongly encourage everyone to follow and subscribe to the Twitch and YouTube live streams because you guys really put on a show, great music and a lot of laughs! What else is coming up for you? Live shows, new music? What should we all be on the lookout for?


We're finally getting back to playing live in June! Starting locally and slowly moving back to performing more regionally. We hope to go back to Japan in December of 2020 too. We have been releasing cover songs every month for 2021 and will be releasing a full cover record: Rock and Roll Classics Vol. 6 in the fall. We hope to start working on new music in 2022 with hopefully some new singles, and a new LP released at some point. You can also always check us out on our streaming platforms:


Be sure to check out all the links below, follow, like, share, and generally suppor:


Bad Mary | The Official site of Bad Mary

Youtube.com/badmaryband

Be sure to check out all the links below, follow, like, share, and generally support:

twitch.tv/badmaryband

patreon.com/badmary


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