Interview: Big Talk
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:12:48
Band from The Killers' drummer has a new no-frills rock album.
The Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. is one busy fella. Not only does he hold down beats for one of the biggest bands of this century, he also fronts Big Talk. The group plays no-frills straight ahead rock 'n' roll with some downright damn good tunes. That's the point of their new album, Straight In No Kissin'. They get down to business and give you a great time with every track. In this exclusive interview, Ronnie talks the album and so much more.
It's been awhile since last Big Talk album, what does it all mean for you?
I had just come off some shows with The Killers, and it was really cool to play drums. I really enjoy music. Stick me in a room with a group of people and a tambourine—I don't care. I guess I am a little anxious and want people to hear the whole record.
There are a lot of surprises on Straight In No Kissin'...
Well thank you so much, man. You know it is a fun thing for me to produce and to keep going after those nuances. I try and keep things pretty simple but you want to make it a little interesting here and there. Sort of the smaller strokes versus these older gestures is what I am into at the moment.
Is that something that kind of happens when you are jamming with the other guys? Or happening by yourself?
I wrote those songs and had them in demo form and then showed the guys. I had a bunch of them. We got everyone in a room and figured out which ones to improve and grow on. There were a couple of surprises in there and also the guys putting there on taste, their own fingerprints on the music-that was my intention all along. Ideally, I would love to just get in and write with these guys from Zygote stage to full birth. Everyone is in another band and it is hard to get everyone together all the time, but you never know. Everyone is so damn good and it is great to be flanked by other musicians.
Watch Big Talk perform "I've Been Sentimental Lately" on Jimmy Kimmel Live: