recently interviewed Johnny Coolati about his new band Call Of The Wild and
their new release Leave Your Leather
Mike - How did you form and get the name of the
JC - My friend Gregory Stovetop actually
thought of it when we were trying to come up with band names a few years ago on
the subway. I remember when he said it we both completely lost it because I had
just read the book by Jack London and was telling him how I forgot how good a
book it was because I hadn't read it since 8th grade. Years later when I moved
back to New York after doing a stint in Nashville, Gregory again was sort of the
glue. He was having a drink at Daddy's Bar where Allison was serving drinks, on
the phone with me trying to convince me to move back to NYC, and Allison
overheard him and offered to play drums. Maxwell and I had played together for a
bit in short lived projects in NYC before I moved and he was just an obvious
pick as bassist. All of us had been friends with each other for a while and it
was just good timing.
Mike - When I’m not playing in Call of
the Wild, I’m….?
JC - Well,
honestly drinking. But I'm taking a break from that. We'll see how it goes. It's
hard not to drink but I'm giving it a shot. I'm still a wild man
Mike - How would you best describe your
JC - We sound like what it feels like to
be eaten alive.... Hard, scary, fast and brutal.
Mike - How does a COTW song get
JC - All different ways. Sometimes it will
be a joke we're throwing around. Some songs are more personal than others. We
all pitch in. In the end everyone contributes.
Mike - Who are some of your influences?
Any we’d be surprised with?
JC - For me it's a lot of Thin Lizzy and
Motorhead. I also like a lot of old punk bands like the Germs, Wipers and what
not. Allison and Max are really into Cock Sparrer right now. I also like them.
The Damned is a big one. Early Metallica, Rose Tattoo, you know, tuff guy rock
'n' roll basically.
Mike - Talk about Leave Your Leather On, who worked on
it with you, if there were any interesting experiences that occurred during the
recording of it, etc.
JC - We recorded it at Rare Book Room in
Greenpoint/Williamsburg area with Nicolas Vernhes. Matt Sweeney (of Chavez, plus
a lot of other things) and Jesper Eklow (of Endless Boogie) were there helping
out the whole time. Tom Gloady was assisting with things. We recorded it in like
3 days and mixed it in 3 days. Unfortunately I wasn't there for the last day of
mixing because my ass was in jail that day -- an undercover cop busted me for
some stupid minor shit.
Mike - What sets COTW apart from other
JC - Well, I kinda hate coming off like
this but what sets us apart is that it's real. All the songs' subject matters
relate to our lives. Hard partying, abusive relationships, movies we like, etc.
Track One on Leave Your Leather
On is really about the Autobahn
in Germany. They drive really fuckin' fast on that sucker. I think a lot of
bands try too hard and end up coming off, I don't know... not like us. This is a
really hard question to answer sometimes because I'm not trying to come off
righteous. But whatever, I'm going to end up sounding that way anyway because
I'm doing an interview, haha. We aren't trying to look cool or sexy. This is the
way we are. Some people will probably just think we're a bunch of dicks. I'm
fine with that. People are entitled to their opinions. I know I'm a nice guy. If
someone has a problem with something, keep it to yourself though. I hate it when
people try to belittle people. It's one of the only things that can make me lose
my temper. I don't like bullies. I root for the underdog always. Call of the
Wild are not bullies. We bully the bullies.
Mike - Why should people come see you
JC - I don't know. Because we're fun? If
you like high energy rock n' roll then yeah, come see us. We won't