Coach N' Commando are a musical duo based in New York City that play hard-stomping, gritty psychobilly fused with punk rock and old school outlaw country. Zumic was lucky enough to host them for a day for an in-house recording of some of their songs and an interview. Check out their set here, as well as the interview below.
Zumic Interviews Coach N' Commando. August, 2013
Zumic: Tell us a bit about Coach N' Commando. Where are you from, how did you get your start?
Matt Witte: Coach N' Commando originally started in the LES with Matt Witte (Chainsaw Trio) on guitar, vocals, Texas Clamp (Banana Fish Zero) on drums, and Dan Bennet on bass. We started off playing Hank Sr., Carl Perkins, Coe, Webb Pierce, and Rev. Gary Davis covers and eventually fused the Chainsaw sound with the new band and started writing originals.
Z: Who are your main musical influences?
MW: Influenced by the likes of the Cramps, Social Distortion, Dead Moon, Hank, Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Tom Waits, Coach N' Commando blends ol' school twangy speed-psycho-hillbilly with garage rock spinning tall tales of love, betrayal, satan, murder, and bad, bad girls and boys destined for eternal damnation.
Z: What is your creative/writing process like?
MW: I write the songs on my couch and play them for my dog first. Then I bring them to the band.
Z: What has been your favorite show so far?
MW: Best shows? Duluth, Minnesota at Quinlan's and w/ Barbwire Dolls at Bowery Electric.
Z: What's next for the band?
MW: Going back into the studio next month to record a new record. Gonna be a mix of electronic, industrial, and psycho-hillbilly. Northern California tour in late September and early October.
Z: Where can we follow what you guys are doing?
Be sure to keep up with Coach N' Commando and if you get the chance, see them live for the full experience. You won't regret it.