|1. How did the band get started? How did you meet
and how long have you been together?
David Neil Cline:
In the late 80's I was playing with a band called Trama. At that same
time I was recording my first solo album "A Fit of Rage" performing
all instrument accept the drums. Shortly after going in the studio
with Trama and recording 8 of my songs, we replaced Bill Cozy (now
playing with Detroit's Speedball), with Donny Allen (who is currently
playing with Detroit's Halloween). Are ya following me?
Shortly after that, Dexter (our drummer), left us to join the band
Seduce. The songs that we recorded were written by myself and most
of the instruments done by myself such as all the rhythm guitar because
I could do it tighter and faster then Bill Cozy and we were on a budget,
My bass player JD Donnelly, Dropped a car battery on his hand a couple
days before one of the Malefic studio sessions and couldn't finish
the bass tracks. That's how I ended up playing bass on three of the
tracks. Anyway Malefic Influence became my 2nd solo album and we started
playing out under the solo act David Neil Cline.
Being that we now needed a drummer, Donny suggested trying out his
friend Jeff Giovannangeli. Jeff worked out great and is still playing
and recording with me today. Jeff played drums on the new tracks on
the "A Fit of Rage" (remixed plus two) CD. He also played on the Thorough
Scrutiny CD (soon to be released). Jeff has also been recording with
me recently on the new CD I am working on.
As for the band, we are not practicing at this time. There is no where
to play in Detroit anymore if your a heavy original rock band. All
the cool bars closed down or only hire top 40 or alternative bands.
Or there is way too much politics involved.
When the new CD is about ready, we plan to get together and work out
a tour to support the new CD. Europe is high on the list.
2. How would you describe your music?
Cline: I like to call it Heavy Rock. A cross between heavy metal
and good ol fashion foot stomping hard rock. The Hammond organ kinda
sets it aside from the other metal bands.
3. What are
your biggest influences?
David Neil Cline: As
far as guitar is concerned, Black Sabbath started it all for me. Then
I really started getting into Michael Schenker and Ulrich Roth. Years
later Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Old Rush was a big influence
too. Then Iron Maiden. Throw a little Deep purple and Fate's Warning
in there and you got music that sounds like my shit. :)
What influence do you think your bands has in music and metal today?
David Neil Cline: I think no matter what I write, a little
of all the bands I just mentioned is in there somewhere.
5. What made you want to be in the band? And if you werent
in the band what would you be doing now?
Cline: My Father was a self employed musician and supported himself
and our family that way till I was three. Then he moved on to a skilled
trade and music just became a hobby for him. I forgot to mention that
he was my biggest influence. I grew up with music. All my dad's brothers
played different instruments too and we had family jam-a-thons.
At age 9 I started taking my music serious and by 15 I was playing
the clubs warming up major acts such as Savoy Brown, Mitch Ryder and
As for today, If it wasn't for the dedication, hard work and alot
of hope with my music career, I would probably have splattered my
brains all over the wall with my 12 gage by now.
any band members in side projects? If so what are they, and explain
a little about them.
David Neil Cline: Explained
in first question.
7. How would you feel if a band took
their sound from yours and became very well known?
Neil Cline: I'd be impressed but pissed!!!!!!! A little flattered...
8. What current bands do you like or respect?
David Neil Cline: I like Tool, Megadeth... I never liked Korn
till I seen them live at Woodstock last year. I think they were the
most entertaining band there. I love their last album.
Believe it or not I really dig Veruca Salt. Them chicks rock!!!!
The radio stations here in Detroit play nothing but shit so there
is probably a lot of cool stuff out there that I'm not hip to yet.
I hate all these white, wigger, rap bands they keep playing on the
rock stations. I don't call that shit rock!!!!! But it is Kid stuff.....
no pun intended yuck, yuck.
9. How many demos/albums do
you have? Tell me about them!!
David Neil Cline:
Well I'd be boring you for quite a while if I got into all the demo's
I put out. I have 3 solo CD's at this time and working on a new one.
I also put out two CD's under another project name that I dont want
to mention at this time. They were a completely different style of
music then my solo stuff.
10. What demo/album do you like
David Neil Cline: I'd have to say the
Thorough Scrutiny CD is my favorite at this time. It was not released
when it was recorded cause I was broke at the time. But I just re-recorded
some of the vocal, guitar and keyboard tracks and am currently mixing
it. I'm very happy with the way it's coming out. It will be a lot
longer then the other two CD's and there is a bunch of weird stuff
edited in-between the songs. Kinda like a Frank Zappa production if
he did heavy rock.
11. What is the meaning behind the
David Neil Cline: Most of my tunes are
about things I hate, love or dont understand. A lot of them are very
political. Once upon a time I wrote songs about relationships that
went bad but I made myself a promise not to do that anymore. Been
done way too much.
The new album I'm working on has a lot to do with the every day yuppie
or lifer. Not to mention animal rights. Some lyrics about driving
among inconsiderate assholes in today's traffic. Something I'm sure
everyone can identify with. It's not finished yet though. Should be
12. What are the bands favorite songs?
David Neil Cline: Now that's an interesting question that
I dont have a clue about....
13. What does the future
hold for the band?
David Neil Cline: Hopefully
getting paid :) selling a million CD's...... tour of Europe next year...
and maybe southern states, US.
14. If you could play with
any band who would it be and why?
David Neil Cline:
Hmmmmmm if you mean play guitar in the band..... hmmmmmmmm I would
love to do an album with the old Nazareth. That singer had such a
great voice. I use to write songs and picture of that dude singing
them. I think it would be a great come back for them cause their new
shit aint doing shit!!!!!!
15. Who writes the majority
of the music?
David Neil Cline: Yours truely
16. Who has been the favorite band youve played with
David Neil Cline: Well playing with David
Chastain was really cool, so was Paul DI'anno, but when we played
with Foghat that was the best. We got orderve trays sent to our dressing
room and everything. Plus our dual Marshall stacks on each side of
the stage made their equipment look so cheezy that they offered us
tee shirts and other bribes to leave our amps up there when they went
17. Where did you get the band name from?
David Neil Cline: My parents. Neil Cline being my dads
name. My dad was and is a very creative man. I often wonder why such
a typical name such as David was chosen. Oh well.....
Describe what the band is like live?
David Neil Cline:
Loud, heavy rock and roll!!! With ripping double guitar leads and
long hair flying around. But who knows what we will come up with for
a stage show by the time we tour.
19. If you are gonna
do any kind of video what would be in it?
Cline: Really depends on what the song is about that we did it
20. Are there any touring plans made; if so
tell me about them?
David Neil Cline: Really
depends on what the song is about that we did it for.......
21. Where do you think the band will be 20 years from now?
David Neil Cline: Probably Dead!!!!! I expect a very crazy
fucking world in 20 years.... Not sure I wanna be here then... Things
would have to be going really well... and I'd probably move my studio
to some hidden place in the mountains somewhere and become a hermit...
I want to let people know that my CD's can be purchased at my web
or at CDbaby.com/dcline
There are MP3's and Real Audio at my site too!!!!!!! Even 3 songs
off the unreleased "Thorough Scrutiny " CD. If you buy one and really
hate it that bad.... I'll gladly refund your money :)
Please and Thank you.....DNC