2005_01_artsdearleaderpic.jpgDo you remember rock n' roll? Not the synthy 80's stuff that's been inundating our ears lately, but actual guitar grinding rock. Well Dear Leader will make you remember, incase you don't. They are what rose from the ashes after the band Sheila Divine broke up in 2003. Their lyrics and sound are anthemic and loud. So come stomp your feet to them tonight at Pianos. More details after the interview.

Recently Aaron Perrino (vox/guitar) took some time to answer our questions...

Let's get this out of the way, where did your band name originate?
The mystery surrounding Dear Leader extends back to the date and place of its birth. According to state officials, it was born in February 1973 at a guerilla base on Mount Fuji. "At the time of its birth, there were flashes of lightning and thunder, the iceberg in the pond on Mount Fuji emitted a mysterious sound as it broke, and bright double rainbows rose up."

What is your first conscious memory of New York?
My Father took me and my brother to NYC after the divorce for a little vacation. We stayed at his friends sister's apartment. She was a Cab driver and lived in a tiny two room apartment. We all slept on the floor and listened to the sounds of a car alarm that went off for like five hours. Finally, someone emerged out of their apartment with a baseball bat smashed in the windshield and dismantled the alarm. That same weekend I saw the Statue of Liberty, but was more fascinated by the guy in his underwear roller skating down the street.

What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
My favorite memory was my old band The Sheila Divine opening for Morrissey at the Beacon Theater. To get to play in a historic venue with one of your favorite childhood idols was incredible. Even better was that despite the Moz's explicit request that no meat products could be in the building, they sold hotdogs in the lobby.

My least favorite memory in New York involves some bad Thai food, a door less bathroom, and Colin Farrell. I think I've said too much!!!

What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New York?
My favorite thing besides the amazing Pizza, is seeing so many cool people with expensive haircuts in one room.
The negative aspect of NYC is playing to a crowd of people who look more Rock N Roll than you..

How do the Boston and NY music scenes differ?
NYC has the Music Industry and successful bands as part of their scene. Boston was the home to cool bands back in the day, but now we only have Aerosmith and Peter Wolf. NYC bands seem to garner National attention immediately without having to build a fan base because it is the center of cool culture. The Boston scene is pretty petty with bands fighting to be the king of the kiddy pool. (Sounds like the makings of a new Reality Show.)

Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action:

You know youve made it when...
VH1 does a Fabulous Life of Dear Leader special.

It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when...
Youre a commentator on VH1s The week of show.

I'll never forget the first time I...
went on tour.

I'll never forget the first time [insert another band members name here].
Jon play Bass in his first band Tugboat Annie.

And finally, lets have some fun with word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following (if youve got no discernable feelings, make something up that wont embarrass you in the morning):

Biggest Choke in sports history. You use Steroids. Jeter Swallows Arod's an Asshole.. I'm totally programmed due to living in Boston. Let's go Red Sox!!!!!!

In my best Boston Brogue.. Paydro, you broke my haaaart.

What happened? She has turned into quite a disappointment. Her music career was looking so promising.. I can't wait to hear the new Kevin Federline Rap Album. I hear its Hard..

Bridge & Tunnel
The reason I never go out on the weekends.

The Darkness
I have a great sense of humor and I just dont get it.

Times Square
Isnt that where MTV does TRL? Oh, someday my dreams will be fulfilled.

Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws
1. Mayor McCheese? (Not sure)
2. My Clothes smell so much better
3. Quiet, I'm trying to sleep

Questions inspired by movies...

If you will, a brief justification of the ontological necessity of modern man's existential dilemma (in less than 10 words). (Reality Bites)
Can I phone a friend? I like beer!!!!

What came first, the music or the misery? (High Fidelity)
The misery of course. Why else would I be stupid enough to try for a career in the Music Industry?

A few quickies on the music tip:

Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
Guitar-Will Sergeant (Echo and The Bunnymen)
Guitar-Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
Bass-Kim Deal (The Pixies)
Drums-Paul Buckley (Dear Leader)

If you released a 7 what would you put on the cover?
We have released a 7 for a song called My Life as a Wrestler and there is a Soldier on the front. If we were to do another one it would be a painting of Evil Knievil shaking hands with a dragon at a Las Vegas Celine Dion Concert.

What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
The first album I remember buying on the release day was U2s Achtung Baby. The last album I bought on release day is Interpol Antics.

2005_01_artsdlcd.jpgDear Leader plays Gothamist's Movable Hype 1.5 show tonight January 17th. They're joining The Moirai, Morning Theft and Fort Ancient. Get there by 8:30 to hear them play.
Their latest release, All I Ever Wanted Was Tonight, can be puchased here.