All About the Lincolns
"We will rock your grandma," Geremy Cady says through a cloud of cigarette smoke. And he means it. Cady plays guitar for local band Gaza Strip and says their fan base ranges from your run-of-the-mill teenager with a good fake ID to, yes, even grandmothers. The band's sound is as eclectic as their fan base, with such influences as Nirvana and the Doors and laugh-out-loud lyrics that bring to mind an early Sublime. All members lend vocals to the album and each writes music, with Cady and guitar player Keith Lamott contributing most of the lyrics. Songs are all over the map; they discuss themselves, their fans and various abstract concepts like "rednecks," on the album, which has no apparent theme. "We have the coolest fans around," brags bass player Brian James. "We have a lot of hot girls, but no stalkers," Lamott chimes in. In fact, it was Gaza Strip's fans who named the band's first album, "It's All About the Lincolns," Members of the band-Cady, James, Lamott and drummer Levi Misner (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Adrien Brody)-chose four to five names they liked and drew the winner out of a hat. "We picked the name because that was our budget," jokes James, who wore sunglasses and a constant mischievous grin throughout the interview at A Shot In the Dark Café. James' self-deprecating humor is indicative of his fellow band mates' belief in never taking themselves too seriously. (Cady has been known to wear a New Kids on the Block T-shirt during gigs.) Even their band name is a bit of a joke to them. While Gaza Strip may sound political, the moniker was suggested to them by a fellow musician who said, ''You have a Jew (Misner) and a soldier (Lamott) in your band. . . . You should be the Gaza Strip,'' Cady says. The name stuck, he continues, because the band thought it was funny, it's always in the news and "we really never thought we'd get out of the bedroom with this (the band)." The tattooed, chain-smoking, wisecracking players, while not political, are humble, appreciative and completely relatable: They all work steady jobs to support their entirely self-funded band. Those jobs (along with wives, girlfriends, fiancees and children) leave little time for rehearsing, so Sundays are reserved for practice. "It's our day of worship and we worship the god of rock," Cady deadpans. If they prayed to their god of rock for financial assistance, their requests fell on deaf ears. A lack of money kept the band from recording an album for the last three and a half years. (Gaza Strip was formed in 2004, with James joining them in 2007).