20 questions with Cowabunga pizza hour
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” pizza and chop-devouring pop punk band, Cowabunga Pizza Time is made up of members of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society and bands like Thee Lexington Arrows, Gunwife Gone and Entertainment System – and sounds like some sort of candy-colored combination of the ideas and ideals of all these groups. Their new album, “Secret Of The Booze” is released this week with a record-breaking release on January 26 at the Ottobar (if you haven’t heard the band yet, start with ‘(Skeebrawlin’) At The Arcade ‘). Highly recommended if you like: Horse The Band, Stan Bush, Andrew WK, Harold Faltermeyer and Eastman & Laird. Cowabunga Pizza Time took a moment from recent practice to answer Beat’s 20 questions: Below are answers from Ralph (guitar and vocals), Mickey (lead vocals), June (keyboards, vocals), Leon ( guitar), Danny (bass) and Chip (drums).
1. What are you doing?
RALPH: Play guitar, sing backing vocals, sleep and train for ninjas by day, and at night.
MICKEY: I jump up and down and yell about things, swing the mic-chaku, and hand out the free pizza, the uplifting platitudes, and the high kicks. Sometimes I also sing.
JUNE: Play clefs, flute, and sing tracks and backups. Sharpen my psychic skills.
LEON: Tear up tracks, study chord boxes, protect the innocent, but pretty much always break through scales.
DANNY: Play bass and install gadgets and secret weapons in everyone’s instruments.
CHIP: I play drums and line up the rest of the band with the ever-burning ninja spirit.
2. Why are you doing it?
RALPH: That’s all I know.
MICKEY: I don’t know. It works, I guess.
JUNE: Why is someone doing something? For the love of it.
LEON: There will always be someone who needs Cowabunga Pizza Time and my job is to make sure we’re here to help!
DANNY: Because I have rhythm in my soul and it’s important to always be prepared.
CHIP: Because you have to do if you can.
3. Which stereotype of Baltimore bothers you the most?
RALPH: It’s everywhere “The Wire”
MICKEY: That the city’s problems are the result of the people who live here either not working hard enough to fix them or not caring enough about each other. It’s a bunch of bullshit. Can I say bullshit?
JUNE: It’s so scary and dangerous and it always will be. Yes, bad things happen, but people need love and assistance, not disdain and ignorance.
LEON: That we were bleeding orange and purple. . . we are not bleeding.
DANNY: That we have “fatbergs” floating around the sewers here. I’ve never seen one.
CHIP: To be bored is to separate yourself from the whole universe and pretend to be above it.
4. Favorite Baltimorean?
RALPH: As long as you’re not an asshole, all of you.
MICKEY: Link between the TV lawyer “don’t pee on my leg” and Kyle Merman.
JUNE: There are too many people to love to choose just one.
LEON: Chip led me and inspired me beyond words, so I would probably choose him.
DANNY: Ottmar Mergenthaler.
CHIP: Tom Tasselmyer.
5. Favorite restaurant / restaurant?
RALPH: Pizza, pretty much any of them.
MICKEY: American wings and pizza.
JUNE: Paulie Gee’s pizza.
LEON: I usually don’t have much time to go out to eat. I love ordering pizza from Spartan’s and eating it at home as a couple.
DANNY: Joe Squared.
CHIP: Chez Daniella.
6. The last thing you bought?
RALPH: Ingredients of smoke bombs.
MICKEY: A bag of Utz crab chips, a pineapple soda, and two packs of Magic cards.
JUNE: Pad See Ew and a yoga class.
LEON: Pizza and picks.
DANNY: A soldering iron.
CHIP: Money is a man-made concept that has no value in the realm of the mind.
7. The last thing you read?
RALPH: Dark Nights Metal: “Batman: The Murder Machine.”
MICKEY: I have two comics and an anarchist zine by my bed that I need to finish.
JUNE: A piece of music.
LEON: The autobiography of Frank Zappa.
DANNY: “The essential inventor’s guide” (2010 edition).
CHIP: “The keepers. “
8. Last post or tweet on Facebook?
RALPH: “Don’t be a freak, come to our album release concert in ottobar on January 26, 2018, freak.”
MICKEY: I post links to music that I love. Have you ever heard this new Andrew WK song?
JUNE: A video of an adorable man rapping while bathing his cat.
LEON: I don’t use social media too often. It confuses the mind. That being said, the last thing I posted was a cute little kitten. . . playing guitar. . .
DANNY: “Hey Table Legs, this razzleberry is happening tonight at the Thermos Center!” (I tried in vain to start new slang words)
CHIP: A Tide Pod meme.
9. What do you believe in?
MICKEY: I believe in human power.
JUNE: Love reigns over everything, but touches my keys and die.
LEON: Practice makes work perfect and hard, and my Cowabunga buddies totally radical.
DANNY: Endless movement, perfect devotion, the things I never had, my mom and dad.
10. What would you like to know when you were younger?
RALPH: The sooner you start training, the sooner you start kicking your ass.
MICKEY: Never give up, but have the courage to ask for help when you need it.
JUNE: To trust me.
LEON: Things tend to work out.
DANNY: Ohm’s Law.
CHIP: Knowledge without experience can be as dangerous as ignorance.
11. “The Wire” – yes or no?
RALPH: Mostly good, the last season was a bit meh.
MICKEY: RE-ELECTED FRANK SOBOTKA.
JUNE: Never seen.
LEON: Is that the one in Baltimore?
CHIP: “Pink Flag” was a good album.
12. What are you tired of?
RALPH: I keep leaving my sai behind after battles. You have to stop doing that.
MICKEY: Waking up every day to hear a new bunch of Trump-related crap. I can always say bullshit, right?
JUNE: Misogyny. Destructive gender roles.
LEON: All that Nazi bullshit. Cowabunga Pizza Time does not play with a Nazi threat. They better stay away from Baltimore or they will find themselves in a world of suffering!
DANNY: To wake up tired.
CHIP: The importance of meaning.
13. What are you grateful for?
MICKEY: Yeah, and our friends too.
A: My ability to make music and kick ass. I can say ass, right?
LEON: Rock and roll, pizza and good friends.
CHIP: The beauty of existence.
14. Favorite quote?
RALPH: “DEATH AT THE VIDEODROME! LIVE THE NEW FLESH! ‘
MICKEY: “If you think you’re too old for rock & roll, then you are. “
JUNE: “Don’t take life too seriously. You will never make it out alive. – Elbert Hubbard
LEON: “You will only succeed if you let go of your doubts and go beyond your limits. “- Chip
DANNY: “The invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation and 2% caramel ripple.
CHIP: “It’s okay not to know, but not to ask. “- David Lieberman
15. Best gift you’ve ever received?
RALPH: Probably Nintendo.
MICKEY: My first bike.
JUNE: The little girl growing up in my stomach right now.
LEON: My guitar!
DANNY: A graphing calculator.
16. Favorite local nightclub?
RALPH: Anywhere with a stage, loud speakers, a bar, and pizza delivery within reach.
MICKEY: Framed, I think. I really miss Liam Flynn.
JUNE: Framed. Ottobar. Clearance space. Metro gallery.
LEON: I spend most of my time at home in the Sewer Dojo.
DANNY: Baltimore Engineers Club
CHIP: liquidation space, Ottobar or sidebar.
17. If your life were a book, what would the title be?
RALPH: “Cowabunga Pizza Time: Out of the Shadows. “
MICKEY: “My idiotic life”
JUNE: “” She can really cry “: the story of June”
LEON: “Practice, patience and pizza: a story of determination, discipline and. . . Pizza.”
DANNY: “The phenomenology of life in the sewers. “
CHIP: “What are you even saying? “
18. What do you want the most?
RALPH: Justice and pizza.
MICKEY: Purse and pizza.
JUNE: Tie and pizza.
LEON: Skill and pizza.
DANNY: Knowledge and pizza.
CHIP: Discipline and pizza.
19. What do you look for in a significant other?
RALPH: Basic understanding of martial arts and a good pizza recipe.
MICKEY: Someone who loves cartoons, wants the world to be a better place for everyone, and can burp at least as hard as I can.
JUNE: Ninja skills, musical skills, emotional intelligence.
LEON: Someone who can enjoy a slice and good rock!
DANNY: A good library and a working knowledge of electronics.
CHIP: A calm of mind and purity of soul.
20. Why Baltimore?
RALPH: Because Baltimore is our home.
MICKEY: That’s kind of a big question.
JUNE: Is there another place, really?
LEON: We love people.
DANNY It’s a strategic location near the Pizza Belt.
CHIP: Why ask why?