Since forming as a band in 2007, Tanks has been the go-to group for holiday themed rock shows. Tanks has played on just about every major holiday, in addition to the annual "Tanksgiving" extravaganza that normally goes down at the Hi-Tone every year. We caught up with Tanks' Nick Pyland to find out more about the Tanks holiday tradition and the Fourth of July show they are readying for this Friday at the Hi-Tone.
Flyer: How did the tradition of playing holidays get started?
Nick Pyland: I'm not sure how the first "Tanksgiving" got started, but we all just like to play when there is something going on, like a holiday for example. Holidays can almost always guarantee a good turnout and everyone is in a good mood and looking to party, so the shows are always fun.
How many holidays have you covered now? How many consecutive holidays have you played?
We did a Christmas show last year, and we've done three or four Thanksgivings. We've done Halloween once or twice, but this is actually our first Fourth of July show. We've played New Year's Eve, and I think we even played Saint Patrick's Day once.
Do you have anything special planned for the show coming up on the Fourth? Any fireworks or electric guitar renditions of the Star Spangled Banner?
I don't think there will be anything too over the top. We've got Richard cooking up BBQ, and our friend Scotty is going to be making ice cream. There won't be any fireworks at the Hi-Tone as far as I know, but we are going to wait until after the fireworks are done at the Buccaneer before we start the show. *EDIT- The show will have a brief intermission for those interested in watching fireworks at The Buccaneer.
How did you get the surf-metal band Daikaiju on the bill? Have you played with them before?
Every time they roll through here they want to play with us. They are always awesome and put on a great show; it's like a wave of chaos every time they play. Last time they played the Hi-Tone, they put the crowd on stage and then played on the floor. You never know what to expect.
What's next for Tanks? Do you have plans to release new material?
We don't have any plans to play out of town and so far this is our only planned show this year. We are working on our new album and are about halfway done with it. This year we've decided to take a step back from the live shows and hunker down and focus on this new album.