Hi Plug & Play, we'd like to take the
time on this special occasion , the release of your first album, to
get to know you
a little better. Web site "Road To Jacksonville" would like
to thank you for letting all of the blues & rock fans in France
and "around the world" into your band.
All right now, when, where and how was Plug & Play born ?
Alan : Plug & Play started out in 1999 in Troyes (Champagne).
At the time, Chris and Alan, the 2 guitarists decided to get together
and devote themselves to their all time favorite music.
Then, in order to make a move onwards, they decided to get their old
buddies Bruno & Fred to come and sing along, Jean Phi to play
the bass, Eric to hit the drum and Richie to conduct the "racket"
and a few other stuff...
Fred : Hey
who's talkin' ???
How do you approach music? (is it your job ?)
Alan : In fact, it's rather what you can call a passion, aside
for two of us who make a living in the music business, we all have
differents jobs. But we've never really been motivated by the money
anyways, and it's better that way considering the style of music we're
Fred : Speaking for myself, I'm only in it for the money ! Not so
sure about the others...but if I were you , I'd watch out , they are
Chris : Damn it , Fred , don't start now , this is serious!!!!
I've chatted with several members of the band before, and I felt
a lot of passion in your approach to music , what can you say about
Alan : Well , for one thing staying honest with the music we
like and then just being enthusiastic and upright about it, and of
course , sharing emotions with the public and friends to keep rock
n' roll alive.
Fred : What's he sayin' ???
Without giving out any top secret information, how do you guys
works things out?
Alan : In the old democratic way and with a big smile on our
face. We try not to get too serious about things.
Chris : I don't exactly agree with Alan on that...
Alan to Fred : I'll bet you don't agree with either one of
Fred : Pffftttt ! I'll say ! we were talking hypocrites here
? What's « democratic» ???
Those who know you, tend to classify you in the "southern
music" category , but as for myself , I've noticed a big influence
coming from Texas blues rock ( ZZ Top , Point Blank etc...) Do you
guys appreciate southerners such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet,
Allman Brothers, 38 Spécial, etc .. ??
Alan : As the matter of fact, the Allman Bros and 38 Special
happen to be two of my favorite bands along with the Outlaws and Gov't
Mule, also the more I listen to Skynyrd the more I appreciate them.
The french like to categorize but I feel that when the music is good,
there's no need for a tag.
Chris : As for myself , I enjoy all of these groups but my
heart goes to ZZ Top & Point Blank.
Fred : Hey Alan, who knows us ? Come on , tell the truth now....
RTJ : Well now , let's talk about this bran new album, how did
you get it together ??
Alan : We had a few songs of our own that we wanted to put
accross to the public, in order to find places to play in.
Chris : In fact, I don't really know anymore, but I guess the
recording process is a compelled means towards progression.
How did the recording go ?
Alan : Quite fast, we used 6 tracks for the instruments recorded
live and 2 tracks for the vocals. We did it all in 2 weekends , happy
faces on , in our usual "la grange" Richie's home studio.
Fred : Bad ! no sun , no drinks, no girls ! A real nightmare
Chris : Alan summed it up all right, but we really did get
You have a "mister sound", Richie who seems to know the
band pretty well ?
Alan : That's right, we've known each other since high school
(late 70's), when he first arrived in France coming from the States,
covered with Led Zeppelin, Kiss and the others all over his jeans
and t-shirts, to us, he really looked like he came from out of space...
He's really a member of Plug n Play and also one of the reasons we
have a nice sound, we all set a great importance in the way we sound.
Plus that, he also writes a lot of the lyrics.
Fred : Who are you talkin' about ??? You went to high school
?? Well, which one ?!?
When I listened to your CD, there was one thing that really disappointed
there aren't enough songs on it !!!!! Ha, ha, ha, when you like something,
you just can't seem you get enough !!!
The way I see it, you guys could of kicked yourselves in the butts
to add a few songs !?! Just kidding !!
But anyways, I'm sure you already have a few songs laying around just
waiting to be recorded ..... Ha, ha, ha !!!!
Chris: In fact, we like this cool start, keeping things nice
and easy allows us to concentrate on one piece at a time, limit the
expends while trying to pursue a good quality bases.
Alan : We're already working on the next album, we're learning
and learning ... We have very little means so, we must be very strict
with ourselves, well organized and aim for good quality, like Chris
If you were to fit in other songs or artists, who would you choose
Alan : Probably Point Blank or another ZZ Top oldy.
Fred : Speaking for myself, I'd go for a K's Choice, and I
love Sarah Bettens ! She's a hell more of a heart on than Dusty Collin
Chris: What about a "Calibre 12" song ..
RTJ : In fact, I really loved your album, and what I particularly
enjoyed on it which also seems to be your trademark are the vocals,
you give it a special treatment by having two lead vocals Bruno and
Alan: In my opinion, it's probably what counts the most, it's
what people hear first anyways. Also, in southern rock music, vocals
are always very neat and tidy.
Fred : Alan, what does neat and tidy mean ?
Chris : Fred, cut it out, you're gonna upset him again ...
As a matter of fact, I sometimes wonder if Fred (that son of a
gun) isn't more at ease in american then in french !!Ha, ha, ha !!
Alan : Oh yeah, he is (more at ease), he's Richie's brother
and therefore has a similar backround ( as well as another close aquaintance
of mine ...) ( ??? ) and I can honestly say that Plug n Play isn't
the only reason for their using the american language.
Fred : I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM !
By the way, have you ever thought of writing and therefore singing
in french ?
Chris : Well, not really, considering that our two writers
quote "Shakespeare" as easily as "Molière"
and as Alan says Rock n' roll is here to stay ( in english ).
The title "Fred at the drugstore", is there a hidden
story behind it ?
Chris: You'll have to listen closely to some of the lyrics
of our songs to enjoy the little stories about certain members of
Fred : Chris, are you gonna eat that sandwich ?
Chris : Hey, he wants to steal my sandwich !!
Forward on, what are you expecting now ?
Chris: Well, to move ahead, do our own stuff, music wise that
is, and become rich and famous of course .....!!!
Alan: Get around and get the public to listening something
that would make them feel like we're playing in their backyard, something
loud and alive.
Fred : Money of course !! Don't listen to their bullshit !!!
RTJ : Ha ha ! A very important question .. where can we buy your
Alan : For the moment at the FNAC in Troyes or by our means
directly and hopefully very soon on the web site Compact Dixie.
Fred : That looks good ! What's in there ?
RTJ : And speaking about the web, when will we get to see yours,..
you know with the pictures, concert scenes, concert dates, late news
and everything ?
Chris : It's coming, we're gathering the information and all
the gear to make it worth looking at.
And here's the inevadable question at RTJ : If you were to live
on a desert island and could only bring 5 albums along, what would
they be ?
Chris : ZZ Top's Deguello album and Airplane by Point Bank
and all that multiplied by 5.
Alan : One of the three famous "Piledriver- Hello- Quo",
"The song remains the same" by Led Zeppelin, "Renegade"
by Thin Lizzy, "Resolution" by 38 Special, "Life before
insanity" by Gov't Mule and in my invisible luggage I'd throw
in "Live at Filmore East" by The Allman Bros. and "Desperado
by the Eagles.
Fred : Ha ha !! 1. "Almost Happy" by K's Choice;
2. Nougaro Live in Toulouse 2002; 3.Buck Owens Live in Las Vegas 197?
; 4. Thin Lizzy Live-Life ; 5. Joe Jackson Double Live around 1990.
And all of Crowded House, 5 albums.. I can't count anyways....
How do you compose your songs ?
Alan : Up to now, Chris and I have been composing separatly
our own songs and once they were practically finished, everyone would
pitch in and kind of give a personnal touch, Richie and Fred writing
the words. But for the futur, we'd like to work more in commun and
make it a team work.
Fred : We copy everything, I tell you, everything !!!!!! Do
you have a smoke ? Oh, and "long live democracy ! Thumbs down
for censure"! And sorry for spitting on your pretty shirt !!!!!!!!
Close aquaintance: "You can go back to sleep now Freddy....".
Well, there you have it, I hope that with this visit, the french
public (and more) will have the desire to discover your new album
and want to familiarise themselves with the band "Plug n Play
". As far as I'm concerned, I'll be crossing my fingers for you
and wishing you the very best to come, there's no question about it,
you deserve it !