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LAist Interview: John Dragonetti of The Submarines

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John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard never intended to form the Submarines. They had met in Boston through mutual friends when they were both playing in separate bands. They became a couple, moved to LA, and promptly broke up.

After their break up each of them began to write songs about how the break up had affected them. They still shared the same studio space, and eventually got to hear each others songs. Blake and John decided that the two sets of break up songs which told both sides of the story would make an excellent album.

They got back together, got married, and released the album Declare A New State! as the Submarines. Three years later they have released their second disk Honeysuckle Weeks, to high critical acclaim, and are still going strong. The Submarines will be playing at the Echo this Friday as they wrap up their US tour. John Dragonetti was kind enough to speak with us over the weekend:

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Does the name Submarines have any significance?

You’d probably get a different answer from Blake, but really we just thought it was a catchy name. But I guess it has some significance in that when we first met we watched the German submarine movie Das Boot . So I guess we were destined to be submarines.