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Take Five with the Jack Bambis

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You’ve heard it already, “Wow, they’re like 13 years old and in a band!” The Jack Bambis have gotten a lot of attention for their ages – guitarist Indio, bassist Jasper and singer Lia are all 13. Cash, the drummer, shies a few years behind. But the Jack Bambis sound better than a whole lotta crap on the radio being made by people 21 and up (i.e. old enough to know better). Cash graduated from Flea’s Silverlake Conservatory of Music, so they’ve gotten some nice attention from the RHCP crowd, such as a slot on the conservatory’s fundraising concert Hullabaloo and some kudos from Kiedis in the press. Check The Jack Bambis out for yourself at 9 p.m. Thursday night (tonight) at Pershing Square downtown as part of Spaceland’s Thursday Night series. It's free!

LAist: So ... how sick of are you guys of talking about how old you are?

It's not that we're sick of it, we just want people to say, "Hey, you're really good!" without adding "... for kids."

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Rolling Stone referred to you as “Zeppelin-worshipping.” Does that mean not all teenagers are listening to Britney Spears?

We each bring different musical influences to the table, but some bands that we ALL like are: The White Stripes, Nirvana, David Bowie, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Wolfmother, Red Hot Chili Peppers and of course, Led Zeppelin.

What's your take on the all-ages scene in L.A.? Is there enough cool stuff to do for 18 and under folk?

What all-ages scene in LA? We wish there was one.

You guys have gotten some props from the RHCP and the Silverlake Music Conservatory, an institution the L.A. music scene can really be proud of. Do you have any creative ideas about how you'll "give back" when you're rich and famous (like next year, maybe)?

We've already begun to give back to the community; most of the shows we play are benefits, such as the Hullabaloo, Kidstock 2007 (benefiting the One Voice Scholars Program,) and playing at fundraisers for various schools. We want to continue these types of shows.

What are you future plans (recording, touring, etc.)?

We are getting pretty tired of only having one recorded song, so we have been talking about recording with a few different people. We also look forward to exterminating our primitive YouTube videos.

photo provided by The Jack Bambis