Any band with the motto “I Don’t like my future” is usually right up my alley and Broken Guru didn’t disappoint. This trio, from Queens, New York (Rich Guerzon, Ray Fiero and Christy Fiero), has a new album that hits rock and roll at its core. (Review coming soon!) I was lucky enough to have this band discuss their new album, their writing process and of course, favorite drinks!
(Examiner): Let’s start with your new release Bent Up Halo, how does it feel to release this album?
(Broken Guru): It is a very rewarding feeling to see an idea come to fruition. The whole process from writing the material, rehearsing, recording, mixing, mastering, designing the CD art and then replicating is time and energy consuming. Seeing and hearing the final product is beyond words.
Your sound is classic, yet unique. Who are your influences?
We are influenced by anything that has happened since the Gregorian chant. I have lived on a healthy diet of Beatles, 60’s garage rock bands like the Sonics, current retro 60’s band like the Silversun Pickups to name a few. Our life experiences are our true influences.
I really like “Plight of Imemine”, but maybe that’s just because it is the first track and caught me off guard. What tracks are your favorites and are there any particular tunes you are looking forward to playing live?
‘Behind The Mouth’ and ’28 Cents’ are our most unique songs. I love performing the more aggressive songs like ‘Got To Be Mean’ and ‘Like A Whore’ live, just because of the energy they create.
What was the writing process for this album? Does the hook/chorus come first or melody or just ideas?
As an artist inspiration comes from a variety of sources. When I am inspired I try to let the ideas out without over thinking them, whether it’s a riff, melody of lyric. Then it’s like a puzzle, let me try these to ideas together. Some songs happen fast, while others take longer. The process is be free, don’t hold back, break all the rules, experiment, be you.
Let’s shift gears; you are a New York City band. What is your favorite NYC neighborhood?
NYC is one big neighborhood for us. We have lived here all all our lives, so it’s like our backyard. We enjoy Greenwich Village, Soho, the East Village, Dumbo and Williamsburg. There is so much going on at one time, you just have to decide what interest you. As a band we probably do spend more time in the East Village area, performing or checking out other bands.
Any favorite NYC venues for live music or just hanging out?
That all depends on what kind of music you are into. We went to go see Terry Reid at the Cutting Room on East 32nd street. A really great venue, a little classier than the downtown bar scene that we love so much. Terry Reid was amazing by the way. We bounce from Arlene’s Grocery, Pianos, Cake Shop, and The Bowery Electric to see bands all the time. There is so much great music happening always in NYC. It was a shame to see CBGB’s go away. Of course there are also many great venues in Brooklyn as well, Union all and Spike Hill to mention a few.
Drink of choice? I’m guessing Jack Daniels. Everyone says Jack Daniels.
Whatever is available LOL! We consume quite a bit of Meyers Dark rum, Jamerson from time to time, but I do love the Honey Jack!
How much red tape is there for rock musicians today, it seems hard to “get your music out there”, what type of obstructions have you faced?
There is so much music competing for attention out there, you sort have to do it for the love of doing it. We wanted to get Broken Guru out there for people to listen too. That’s exactly what we are doing. We are not out to conquer the world so there are no obstructions.
What would you hope listeners take away from the album?
I would like to hope they feel the sincerity in our music. It’s just our perspective through sounds. Whether they like it or not is irrelevant. It’s as honest as it gets.
It’s ten years from now and Broken Guru are rich and famous. VH1 does a Behind The Music episode on your band. What will they say?
Ha ha! If that happened they would probably be talking about the downward spiral and self destruction of Broken Guru. Money and fame are not our inspiration. Although money would be nice ha ha, I don’t think I could handle the pressures that go along with being famous. So they would probably be saying “Broken Guru cracked under the pressures of success”.
What else would you like listeners to know about the album?
This album is a reflection of the world through our own personal experiences.
Any gigs coming soon where fans can come see you?
You can see when we are playing on our social media sites below:
Be kind to your fellow man, stay true to yourself!
Be sure to listen to Broken Guru’s new album and check them out live!