The definition of expandable is as follows, something that is more easily or economically replaced than rescued, salvaged, or protected. In the case of California native band, The Expendables, they have proven that definition to be just the opposite. They have managed to revive and combine many genres of music, all while introducing their music to fans across the United States.
The Expendables consists of four friends: Geoff Weers (Guitar and Vocals), Adam Patterson (Drums and Vocals), Raul Bianchi (Lead Guitar) and Ryan DeMars (Bass). Bianchi discussed what fans can expect that are new to hearing their musical stylings. “We love all types of music. In general we play a mixture of reggae, rock, metal, blues, aka, punk, and surf. With hints of jazz, country and everything in between. We describe ourselves as having musical A.D.D,” detailed Bianchi.
It took 2,405 miles for The Expendables to travel from California to Lansing, Michigan, there have been stops along the way, but fans have been looking forward to their arrival in Michigan for sometime. Bianchi is excited about sharing the old and new music with local fans. “We will be playing a mix of old and new music. Even some unreleased material from our upcoming album. Expect a good time and a lot of energy…our live performances are high energy and we try to make or shows fun party style atmosphere that can be an escape from daily life.” said Bianchi.
I had the chance to interview Raul Bianchi from The Expendables. We discussed everything from what life on the road is like to what fans can expect if they are coming out to the show on Sunday at The Loft in downtown Lansing. For more information on The Expendables visit their website and Facebook page.
C: For readers that are not as familiar with your band, how do you guys come together and what is your musical sound?
R: Adam Patterson (drums/vocals) and I have been friends since we were in 1st grade and we’ve been friends with Geoff Weers (guitar/vocals) since junior high. We were always friends first and that’s how we’ve been able to stay together so long is because we don’t just enjoy making music together we also enjoy each others company. When we needed a new bass player after our original one left for college that’s why Ryan DeMars fit right in. He wasn’t just good, he was a cool guy too. We describe ourselves as having musical A.D.D. We love all types of music. In general we play a mixture of reggae, rock, metal, blues, aka, punk, and surf. With hints of jazz, country and everything in between.
C: What musical influences do you pull from when you are performing or writing music?
R: Anything and everyone. We don’t feel like any style or genre of music should be off limits. Some of our favorite artists are The Police, steel pulse, NOFX, iron maiden, Pantera, jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, bob marley, SRV, the specials, the list could go on forever.
C: What is it like being a part of the “Life’s A Beach” tour?
R: We are from small surf town in Santa Cruz California. Very laid back atmosphere. So we took that play on words and decided to take it on tour. Our live performances are high energy and we try to make or shows fun party style atmosphere that can be an escape from daily life.
C: Any crazy/unique stories from being on the road? Are you excited to come to Lansing this Sunday?
R: First story that popped into my head was from being on your with big b in Gainesville Florida. Some drunk guys pulled up to our bus and were trying to hang out and get on the bus. We kicked them out and they got angry and started throwing beer bottles at or bus. So big b pulled the college rape alarm and the guys freaked out. They got in their car and drive away right when the cops came. Long story short there was a short chase, a now missing telephone pole and a felony DUI.
And we always love coming to Michigan. It’s usually a cold but fun time. This will be our first time in Lansing and I think our first time in the summer.
C: What can fans expect to experience if they are coming out to the show?
R: We will be playing a mix of old and new music. Even some unreleased material from our upcoming album. Expect a good time and a lot of energy.
C: Anything else you would like to add?
R: Thanks to all our fans for purchasing our music and coming out to support us at shows. We couldn’t do it without you and you’re the reason why we still enjoy it. And look for us to drop our new single “Zombies” in America very soon!