NEW YORK WASTE, Spring 2013
INTERVIEW with BERGO '45
BERGO '45 are 4 young guys (early 20's) from NJ and NY who are seriously talented and moving up in the local scene! I decided to sit down with them at a local watering hole and get some answers to a few questions!
FRANK WOOD (W): WHAT THE HELL IS A BERGO'45? A CAR? A GUN? IS IT A SEXUAL THING?
DEVON (D): A super-charged, semi-automatic sex machine.
DWIGHT (DW): Hybrid...
CALVIN (C): All of the above.
ERIC (E): What they said.
W: HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING?
DW: We've been a band since the autumn of '09.
W: I MEAN INDIVIDUALLY?
C: About 11 years
DW: About 5 years
E: 11 years
D: 10 years
W: HOW DID THE BAND FORM?
C: They threw us all into the same cell.
E: We hung out in the same crowd and decided to try it.
WHAT ARE YOUR INFLUENCES?
E: For me it's always been about the power that music has over your emotions, and so to take my shot at fast women, fast cars and fast-acting medication - while wielding enormous power over people - well, what else is there?
DW: You idiot.
D: That's almost impossible to answer. I think there's so much stuff we've been molded by, to some extent. The list of influences would be really, really long.
DW: Well, my dad was into the Rolling Stones - other artists too, but there was this cool poster of the Stones on the wall in our basement, and I used to think - if that's what it looks like and feels like to be in a band, I'm going to be in a rock and roll band.
E: What about you, Calvin?
C: I'm impervious. Nothing has ever influenced me.
D: Keith Moon is my spirit animal. I don't know if that helps.
C: The four of us all listen to so much varied stuff - you know, from, say, the Coasters to, like Nirvana - so there's going to be some kind of trickle-down effect into our own material. I just want to make great music that I know is meaningful to people out there who hear it.
W: YOU GUYS ARE KNOWN TO BE CLEAN CUT. WHAT RUMORS ABOUT YOURSELVES WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE OR DENY?
C: Who squealed?
D: They're all true.
DW: Consult my barber.
W: TELL US ABOUT THE LAST TIME YOU WERE ARRESTED AND WHAT FOR?
DW: We're still waiting for an apology from those bastards.
E: Fuck one goat - you've fucked them all.
W: MALE OR FEMALE GOAT?
E: A goat's a goat!
C: Apparently you can't distribute animal porn without a license.
W: WHAT ABOUT GIRLFRIENDS?
C: I like to keep open to change.
E: Looking around.
D: I'm just enjoying the Rock'n'Roll lifestyle and all it incurs!
W: DWIGHT AND CALVIN, YOU GUYS ARE BROTHERS AND LOOK PRETTY MUCH ALIKE, SO HOW'S THAT WORK WITH THE GIRLS?
C: Some don't care which one of us they get!
DW: Neither do we, as long as we get them!
WHEN's THE NEXT RECORD/CD COMING OUT?
DW: Well, it took us over a year to complete the one you guys are reviewing in this issue, so it'll probably be something along those lines with the next one.
D: Yeah, probably.
W: WHO's KNOCKED UP THE MOST TEENAGE GIRLS?
E: You, Frank.
W: HEY! THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO!
W: TELL US ABOUT YOUR 'COUGAR' FANS!
D: They're good-hearted environmentalists with a sound enthusiasm for big cats.
C: I can get behind that.
W: WHAT's YOUR FAVORITE PRIVATE GIRLS SCHOOL?
E: Mmm. Hmm.
DW & C: ALL OF THEM!
WHY DO YOUR FEMALE FRENDS THROW THEIR PANTIES AT YOU? And WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THEM?
DW: That's one of the best things about your shows, Frank.
D: Something comes over us.
C: You mean something comes over them.
E: Keep the panties coming, Frank.
W: HEY! I'M NOT THROWING THEM!
W: IF I ASKED THE OTHER BAND MEMBERS WHAT THEY THOUGHT OF YOU PERSONALLY,WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD SAY?
E: I don't know exactly what they'd say, but it wouldn't make me feel uncomfortable.
C: Yeah, I'd say we trust each other quite a bit.
D: Yeah, you know I'd say we work too hard to get caught up in petty bullshit.
DW: I think they just said it all.
W: YOU KNOW, THE REASON WE"RE DOING THIS INTERVIEW IN A BAR IS YOUR SUPPOSED TO BE DRINKING! YOU'RE MAKING THIS A ROUGH INTERVIEW! WHAT? DON'T YOU GUYS DRINK?
C: Who says we don't drink?
DW: We don't drink when we play.
W: WHAT? C'MON! IF YOU WERE HITTING ON A CHIC IN A BAR, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DRINKING?
DW: WHAT D'YA GOT?
D: I'm a Beer snob, you know craft beers.
W: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE TOOTHPASTE?
DW, E, C & D: WHAT?
W: TOOTHPASTE, YOU KNOW, WHAT YOU CLEAN YOUR PEARLY WHITES WITH?
D: CREST TOTAL WHITE (and proceeds to repeat the TV commercial word-for-word)!
C: Anything that works.
DW: If it works, it works!
W: DO YOU DO WHAT YOUR MANAGEMENT ADVISES, WITHOUT QUESTION?
DW: Our management invites questions.
W: C'MON, THEY'RE NOT HERE! YOU CAN TELL ME!
DW: , C, D, & E: ( NERVOUS LAUGHTER!)
W: DOES YOUR MANAGEMENT/ RECORD COMPANY LISTEN WHEN YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION TO MAKE?
DW: Yeah, they're pretty good about that.
C: Most of the time.
W: DO THEY JUST PRETEND TO, AND GO ON WITH THEIR OWN PLANS FOR THE BAND REGARDLESS?
D: If we didn't trust the people around us, we wouldn't be around them.
C: There's no blind following.
E; The music decides what's happening!
W: FAVORITE BAR:
D: Any bar with good music or some decent live band, and serving good cheap drinks.
E: My house.
W: BEST JUKEBOX:
D: The ones that still work.
W: WHAT DISC / RECORD / MP3 IS ON YOUR PLAYER:
DW: Skeleton Breath
E: E L O
C: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
D: The Dead Weather
W: FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY / ENTERTAIN:
DW: We really have liked our gigs at TRASH BAR.
C: I think the coolest place we ever played was the Oneonta Theatre - one of those big old movie palaces from the thirties.
E: Definitely, yeah.
D: Yeah, that was an awesome show.
W: FENDER OR GIBSON:
C: I play on a Fender and it's a great guitar. But I definitely want a Gibson one of these days.
E: I don't really have a clear preference - but I've got my eye on a couple of each.
W: DO YOU PLAY AIR GUITAR:
C: That's really where I think Gibson went wrong.
D: I was in an air band for a couple years, but we got dropped by the record company for poor sales.
W: WHERE ARE YOU GUYS HEADED?
C: We don't know where we're going to end up, we just know that we're on our way.
E: Over the hills and far away, with a pocketful of gold.
D: To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
DW: And the true success is to labor.
W: WELL,BOYS, ALL I GOTTA SAY IS, IT'S ROUGH OUT THERE! DON'T GET DISCOURAGED! KEEP DOING WHAT YOUR DOING! AND JUST KEEP GOING FORWARD! I SEE A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR YOU GUYS!
D, DW, E, & C: THANKS!
W: SEE YA AT THE NEXT SHOW!
W: (Note to self, DON'T INTERVIEW BANDS W/O MAKING THEM DRINK FIRST!)
See ya around,