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LAist Interview: Cormac Neeson of The Answer

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Southern Californians with a taste for the ballsy, beery hard rock sounds of the seventies have already bought their tickets for AC/DC's long-awaited return to LA this coming Saturday and Monday. (We hope so, for your sake, because they’ve been sold out since around the time they went on sale.) The Forum, the site of many historic metal gigs, seems like the perfect venue for their special brand of mass gathering, and according to the reviews, the new album Black Ice is their best album since the last one that was actually pretty good. Consider us About To Rock.

This time out, we suggest you don't go all Heavy Metal Parking Lot through the opening act. The Answer, a four-piece from Northern Ireland on their first American tour, have a sonic template that stretches even further back then the headliner's. The songs and stylings on their American debut EP Never Too Late seem grounded in about 1972, when Deep Purple had the number one album in the country, and Humble Pie, Black Oak Arkansas and Uriah Heep filled convention centers nationwide with blue-ish clouds of smoke as their audience repaid the favor. They're the kind of band whose music should be required to come with elaborate gatefold covers suitable for rendering cheap marijuana. You can't roll a joint on an Ipod, one of many irretrievable losses for the children of tomorrow, poor things.

But these guys believe some traditions are worth preserving, so listen up. Lead singer Cormac Neeson is a real nice, down to earth guy once you crank up the volume on your cellphone enough to cut through the brogue.

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Have you guys been in LA before or are the shows next week going to be your first time here?

No, we’ve been to LA a few times before. The first time we just did a couple of gigs, we played at a place called Spaceland and a gig at the Viper Room. And then we came to LA to record our album over the summer. We were there for about six weeks, so we know LA quite well.