John Wilkes Booth won't kill you, despite being a band that shares it's name with the infamous assassin of Abraham Lincoln, but they may come close if they don't kill each other first. This Long Island band have riffs-a-plenty and with a wailing vocal reminiscent of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell (he's seriously good!) you'll only have to wait a short time into the opening track "From the North" from their latest full length release "Useless Lucy" to see what they are capable of.
I got a chance to spend some time with Harry, John Wilkes Booth's bass player, discussing a wide variety of things such as:
- the effects of having an historic and often hated (with every reason to be) figure as a band name
- pondered the demise of each band member
- in-fighting and personality clashes
- band name wars
- accidentally blowing the real Batman's cover (we are so, so sorry!)
These guys are a passionate bunch of dudes who make awesome music for the sheer love of it. And they're damned good too! Bonus!
Their music is available (often for free) at bandcamp - https://johnwilkesbooth.bandcamp.com/