Formed in 2003, Roxy Monoxide launch their album Another Day, Another Episode on Friday, October 9, with a release party at Tio Leo’s in Linda Vista. “We’ll definitely be throwing a few surprises in there in terms of cover songs,” says singer-guitarist Scott Samuels.
The glam-minded quintet plays power pop with a retro-’70s sound heavily influenced by British glitterati such as Slade and the Sweet, early new wavers like Blondie and the Pretenders, and bubblegum blasters by the likes of Cheap Trick and the Raspberries.
WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?
Scott Samuels (vocals, guitar):
1. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Sinner. “A lot of artists feel the need to change their sound to broaden their appeal or stay in style, but Joan has always remained true to basic rock and roll.”
2. Bruce Springsteen, Magic. “It’s a lushly produced album with a great pop sound but offset by very dark lyrics.”
3. The Quick, Mondo Deco. “This was a late-’70s L.A. power-pop band, produced by Earle Mankey of Sparks and managed by Runaways mastermind Kim Fowley.”
4. Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3, Static Transmission. “Steve Wynn, formerly of Dream Syndicate, puts out album after album of solid material.”
5. Paul Kelly, Songs from the South. “The Australian Dylan…I wish he’d tour the U.S. again.”
Scott Southwood (drums, vocals):
1. Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf. “All of their CDs are in my rotation.”
2. Nada Surf, Lucky. “Outstanding power pop for the new millennium.”
3. A Perfect Circle, Thirteenth Step. “A healthy dose of mainstream rock, with a touch of prog.”
4. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Hearts of Stone. “From the late ’70s…the memories come flooding back whenever I listen to this record.”
5. Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights. “The superior predecessor to their breakthrough, Antics.”
Darko Petrovic (bass, vocals):
1. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium. “I love the bass lines on this one.”
2. Gogol Bordello, Super Taranta. “A really fun album from a very fun band.”
Dave Gladish (guitar, vocals):
1. The Derek Trucks Band, Already Free. “For my money, the best slide player around.”
2. The Allman Brothers, Eat a Peach. “If you have to ask why, then you haven’t heard it.”
Coree Levy (lead vocals):
“I’ve been liking the Buddha-Bar CDs a whole lot.”
1. Slade in Flame. “A gritty and realistic fictional picture of the marketing of a ’70s rock band.”
2. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones. “It tells the whole Ramones story, including the contentious relationship between Johnny and Joey.”
3. Rock ’n’ Roll High School. “My favorite scene is when P.J. Soles is fantasizing about the Ramones and Dee Dee is playing bass in the shower.”
4. New York Doll. “In this 90-minute documentary centered around the reunion of the New York Dolls, Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane goes from rock star to washed up to Jehovah’s Witness to resurrected rock star and, finally, to dead rock star.”
1. Blade Runner. “The story itself is the star.”
2. The Matrix. “The story costars with the special effects.”
1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind. “Still seems so real to me.”
2. Jaws. “Robert Shaw is brilliant.”
BRUSH WITH FAME?
Samuels: “I flew down to New Orleans recently, and Harry Shearer — Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap, among other things — was seated in front of me on the plane.”
Gladish: “I once met Rickey Medlocke of Blackfoot and Lynyrd Skynyrd in the Fort Myers airport. I told him I was playing in a kick-ass Southern rock band…it was like telling Picasso I had a watercolor set at home.”
GOT SOME FREE ADVICE FOR US?
Samuels: “I think it was my father who told me never to trust a guy wearing a pinky ring, and I have yet to disprove that theory.”
Southwood: “Be very careful how you answer questionnaires for publication.”
Petrovic: “A friend in Serbia once told me never to mess with IRS and INS when you go to U.S.”
Gladish: “If you have a problem with the world, maybe the problem is you.”
Samuels: “I worked in a factory that packaged cough medicine for the military. My job was to glue together cardboard boxes and fill them with cough syrup. I lasted one day.”
Petrovic: “I was once a collection rep for a small auto-finance company, surrounded by people with bad attitudes, calling on people with bad credit.”
Gladish: “In college I worked at Taco Bell, as did all four roommates. So bad I can still smell it.”
SOMETHING IMPOSSIBLE TO DO WITHOUT?
Samuels: “XM radio, with clear signals everywhere I go…I tune in the Underground Garage channel, the best rock-music station I’ve ever heard.”
TELL US SOMETHING (TRUE) WE’D NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU.
Samuels: “I produced a cable public-access show in the late ’70s called Minority Derelict Wrestling.”
Petrovic: “I served one year in the communist People’s Army Signal Corps, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.”