“Let’s Go!”, BBQT’s debut album on No Front Teeth Records is a fine mix of 70s glitter rock and 77 punk rock’n’roll. We asked Gabbie Bam Bam a few questions about the band and the album. Once again, it seems like all that glitters rocks!
When did you start BBQT?
I started BBQT in 2010.
What have you released so far?
I have released 4 records under BBQT. Three seven inches (Astrogirl, Baby Carrot, and No Front Teeth records respectively)
When did you fall in love with glitter?
I fell in love with glitter when I rediscovered Gary Glitter and Marc Bolan and T. Rex. I say rediscovered because I have always known of their radio hits when I was younger of course but started really getting into both of them a couple years after that.
It seems like you’ve been touring a lot in the US, have you noticed any growing interest for hand clapping/feet stamping rock’n’roll lately?
I have noticed rock n roll coming back again (sounds weird right?). A few years back I feel like rock n roll had a cheesy or corny reputation so people didn’t really attach themselves to it like they do now.
What were your favourite places to play on the last tours?
I really loved playing New York on this last tour. Always a fun time! In the past I’ve loved playing Oakland (great response there) and Cincinnati from the past tours I’ve done.
Your music sounds very 70s, can you tell us about the recording of “Let’s Go!”? Did you use analog?
The recording for Let’s Go was pretty organic. I wrote a bunch of demos for songs and decided to record with Matthew Melton who at the time was recording in the style that I like with his bands. I had also heard the stuff he recorded for other like minded/sounding musicians/bands. I pretty much walked in with a bunch of songs, met a drummer last minute and got down to it. The record was recorded in sessions over a year and a half and recorded on tape. Any over dubs were done digitally. I’m very pleased to have recorded this way and I can’t wait for the next one!
Your songs are short (except for the Gary Glitteresque instrumental “Tuff ‘N Up”.) Can “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus!” apply to BBQT?
I try to keep it simple and effective.
5 albums you couldn’t live without?
Its always evolving really. I’d have to say,
Blitz: Voice of a Generation
Suzi Quatro: S/T
Selena: Amor Prohibido
Gary Glitter: Glitter
GG Allin: Always Was, Is and Always Shall be
Any other bands from Austin we should check out?
Yes! Cheap Fur, Trouble Boys, Vertical Vice, Institute, and Muther.
Any plan for coming to Europe yet?
Definitely plottin’ for next year!