Saturday Nite Conformity, debut full length from Hosemen, has been out since April and in case you missed out, here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor of a band that finds unique ways to bend and smash genre boundaries further than they already are. Seamlessly covering 90s alt-rock and grunge with a fleeting nod to the old NWOBHM guard and even the kind of goth that newcomers Idle Hands blew up with as well as a strong The Cure vibe. A mouthful for sure but Hosemen make it sound easy throughout this amazingly cohesive set of seven tracks. Awhile back, we reached out to mastermind, guitarist and frontman Anthony Quinn Carpanzano with our set of Profile questions and he was gracious enough to respond with some deep insight into a lot of things. Head directly below to see how it went down and don’t forget to grab your own copy from the embedded links.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I started getting into music when I saw Kiss on a Halloween special in 1975, I believe. I was 5 years old and it was mesmerizing to say the least. Also, my older brothers were into a wide variety of music ranging from the Beatles, the Who, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton to AC/DC, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, the best of 2 worlds. Two of them started playing guitar and I was really attracted to it. So, I had one brother teaching me Beatles and Frampton songs and the other teaching me AC/DC and Judas Priest songs. I was hooked from then on!!!
I am at peace with the success I have achieved to this point. I have opened for Helmet, Liege Lord, Ziggy Marley and many more and have played some amazing rooms. I feel our success will only get better as we grow and put forth good sounding music. My perseverance has never waned.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
The only real thing I can think of is that we’ve played in NYC on shitty nights/timeslots to prove ourselves to the promoters/bartenders/door folks to get to play on better nights. It usually works, sometimes not.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
I am an old school classic metal fan. I love that there are still many pockets across the globe that still have thriving metal scenes. I have been blessed the opportunity to travel with a legendary Power Metal band called Liege Lord. They have headlined Keep it True, Metal Assault, Metalheadz Open air in Germany and Up the Hammers in Greece over the last 5 years. The treatment and the passion these fans have is second to none. It is so inspiring!!!! I really don’t see anything bad in the scene, because I don’t look for it, if that makes any sense. lol….
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
I really don’t touch on anything political in my lyrics. I tend to stick to personal stuff that most people can relate to. There are many bands that carry the political torch, I leave that to them. Some humor in music I like, when it’s done the right way. But, I live a simple life and don’t like to share certain things to the public.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I grew up in a small town called Stamford, CT. My whole street was filled with Italian immigrants and their children. We were all a tight knit neighborhood. So all the kids started to get into rock and then it eventually turned to metal with Maiden, Priest, Scorpions, Accept, Saxon and that whole European scene. Then, Metallica hit. It was all over!!!! I was fortunate to grow up with the band I mentioned above called Liege Lord, they were part of my neighborhood. They were 4 to 6 years older than me at the time and they led the charge for all of us metalheads in the mid 80s…It was an amazing time for music!!!!
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
I really think you guys do a great job. Most metal/rock journalists do this because they love the music and want to be around the madness. LOL. Most, I think, are fans first and foremost and want to ask questions that they may want answered. I am sure you do all your homework on the bands you will be covering. That is my opinion.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
We just want to put out great sounding music and play live shows and bring a certain vibe and energy to the room that have people walking away saying, WOW!! We want people to walk away and feel like they were transported to an era of music that made them feel connected and all of their senses were heightened!!! We all have day jobs at this point, but they are very flexible to accommodate our Rock n Roll lifestyles/music.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
I have a wide range I go through, as should any true artist that is still learning to hone his craft. I still listen to the first two Iron Maiden albums, they are my favorite. I love old Scorpions when Uli Jon Roth was on guitar. As far as some non-metal stuff, I listen to Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, the Bravery, the Cure, Miles Davis, Luciano Pavarotti and just a wide variety stuff. I even listen to some hip hop and I love this band from the UK called Bastille for some crazy reason.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Our album called Saturday Nite Conformity will be released on April 19th on all major platforms. We are very excited about that!!! We hope that can help us latch on to the US and hopefully a European tour. Amsterdam here we cum!!!!!
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite.
Many thanks to Anthony for his time!