Nick Hade on Lead Vocals
David Cardenas on Guitars
Steve Cardenas on Drums/Backing vocals
Chigger on Bass
GENRE: Rock, Hard Rock, Metal
RECORD LABEL: INDIE
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HOW HAVE FANS RESPONDED TO YOUR EP ‘GRAND DESIGN’?
David: As far as I’m concerned, overwhelmingly. We only printed 500 discs and we have only 13 left. So, that’s pretty good in our small fish bowl. I’m pretty happy about that.
Steve: In that same fishbowl, I’ve never heard anything negative. So, I guess that’s a plus.
Chigger: I like it….I’m a fan! (laughs)
WHAT’S YOUR CRAZIEST FAN STORY?
Steve: Well, I’m trying to clean up my act. (laughs) But can we plead the fifth on that? There’s been some moments, but we’re…..I say “we”, but I’m cleaning up my act and I’m trying to be more thoughtful and understanding to the kids.
David: To quote our old bass player (Ghost of Bob), “We did more damage than Motley Crue and we never left New Jersey!” (laughs)
Steve: There’s a rumour that people are calling us the “Slumlords of New Jersey.” I don’t know why?
Chigger: So, basically we have no crazy fan stories. (laughs)
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT WITH YOUR FANS?
Steve: Well, I would say that whenever we’re playing and we see our fans singing our songs back to us and they know all of the songs, it’s pretty cool. It’s like a compliment actually.
Chigger: I recently felt what Steve was talking about at a recent show when played our new song “Cage The Animal” off of our upcoming Undefeated CD, and the crowd didn’t even know the song, but they sang the hook of the song back to us. So, that was my favorite fan moment so far since I am new to the band.
WHAT BRAND OF INSTRUMENTS DO YOU USE?
David: I play Gibson Les Pauls through Marshall amps and old Marshall 1969 heads. I don’t play anything newer because I don’t believe in that. I play Boss pedals and a Boss Bass wah-wah because it sounds better than the guitar wah-wah, and Clayton picks.
Steve: I have a Ludwig drum set. I also have a custom drum set with no name. I built it from scratch. So, it’s a Steve Cardenas special. I usually play Paistes 2002s. I usually use TAMA hardware because they’re the best and that’s about it. Anyone who wants to endorse me, go right ahead. (winks)
Chigger: I play a Gibson Blackbird, Nikki Sixx’s model, with Rex Brown’s humbuckers as my pickups given to me by the man himself. Check out my buddy Rex Brown’s new solo CD coming out soon! I also play a Fender Jazz Bass that hasn’t seen the light of day for quite some time. For effects, I use a Line 6 Bass pod, and I play that through an SWR Goliath stack. And no one can duplicate my sound because it’s my sound. (laughs)
HOW DID YOUR BAND FORM? AND HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC YOU WERE GOING TO PLAY?
David: I don’t know how we actually formed. We were just a bunch of kids who grew up together, and we all played. So, that would probably account for why we click so well.
Chigger: Well, you and Steve were just two kids in Mexico with a dream, right? (laughs)
David: Considering we’re Cuban….Yes! (laughs)
Steve: To round it up, I guess we started years ago and it formed into different things over the years, and now this current line-up, we consider it a new band. We’re talking about the past three years. This is Rahway. Anything past that was just a whole different band all together.
David: As for the music, we never decided what we were going to play, it comes out as it comes out. Obviously, your influences and whoever it is you hold dear is who you’re gonna emulate. For me and my brother, we were huge Led Zeppelin fans, and our music sounds nothing like Led Zeppelin, but we’re also huge Motley Crue fans, and I was a huge Eddie Van Halen freak when I was a kid, so that’s in there as well. I am a complete music lover, and I’m talking all genres from classical to old country, western, jazz, except for that free jazz. Nobody likes that shit! Pretty much, what comes out, comes out. We play for the melody, we play for the song. It’s not about trying to show off on a riff, or a drum groove. It’s completely about the song.
Chigger: Well, how I got into the band is I was delivering Chinese food to their practice space one night and they told me their bass player was leaving for Florida, so they asked me if I played bass. I said, “I can try. It’s only four strings.” Now, they won’t let me leave. (laughs)
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BAND SOUND IN THE FUTURE, ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SIMILAR SOUND OR ARE YOU GOING TO GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION?
David: We’re not purposely going into a different direction. It’s kind of morphing into its own thing. Anyone who’s in a band can tell you, you’re in a room with the same bunch of guys writing music and as time moves on, music morphs. You kind of click and you gel and once you start to gel this automatic clutch gets released and you kind of just get thrusted forward, which is kind of happening now. All these older songs are starting to be put on the back burner and new songs like “Cage The Animal” and “Undefeated” are thrusting themselves forward. So, it kind of morphs on its own. I don’t think anyone ever sits down and says, “Oh, we’re gonna change our direction.” It just kind of happens.
(Nick Hade walks into the room.)
Steve: Now that I know Nick’s voice, when I’m writing, I take his voice into consideration, but that’s how we gel together. I actually don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH SONGS ARE GOING TO BE ON YOUR SET LIST WHEN YOU PERFORM?
Nick: Basically, from the feedback that we get from each show when we perform them. We’ll try out a song and see how the audience reacts, and we’ll take that to heart. If someone comes up to us after a show and says to us, “I really love ‘War Machine’ or ‘I really love Jessie” and we get a good reaction that will generally dictate what we work into our sets.
TELL US A RANDOM FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT FANS DON’T KNOW?
David: Um, most people know this but fans don’t, but I like to fish. I fish a lot. I’m a seaman. (laughs)
Nick: I’m left-handed and I have a huge scar on the back of my head. I had a pre-cancerous patch on the back of my head. Actually, when I was younger, I was considered the Ugly Duckling because I had this huge thing on the back of my head. I would have to do the comb over every day before I went to school to cover it up. And when people would see it, they would say, “Ew! What’s that thing on the back of your head?” I used to go home really upset. Then one day, I had enough. My parents brought be to the doctor, they took a biopsy and they found it was pre-cancerous.
Steve: He just turned this into something serious! Me? I enjoy anything that has to do with survival. I’m totally into it. I just can’t stop watching anything that has to do with survival. I love it.
Chigger: Well, I have a lactose problem! (laughs) Enough said.
WHO WRITES THE MUSIC IN YOUR BAND OR DO YOU ALL WRITE IT TOGETHER?
Steve: It comes in different waves.
David: I can come up with a riff or Steve and Nick will come up with a melody or Nick or Chigger will come up with some kind of riff idea, and then we kind of write the whole song together. And then Steve yells at us, “You’re doin’ it wrong!”
Steve: Well, I kind of have a formula and I like to keep it close to that.
Nick: It’s a collective effort, but Steve does have a lot of swing with the melodies and the vocal stuff. He can immediately grab harmonies just like that on the spot.
Steve: I’ve always done a lot of writing. So, I’m always able to present therefore it gets mixed into the thing and then it turns into Rahway songs.
DID YOU START OFF WRITING YOUR OWN MUSIC OR DID YOU START OFF DOING COVERS?
David: Since the moment I could pick up a guitar, I wrote. We never played covers.
Chigger: I learned to play music by playing covers and it morphed me into the bass player I am today.