Formed in 2008, TNG is a rock band composed of Frank Maccarone (lead vox, guitar), Jeff Skrypek (lead guitar, backing vox), Evan Wilson (bass, organ, backing vox) and Dave Celebre (percussion, backing vox). They call themselves a rock n roll band and don't like to "overanalyze genre too much", tells us front man Frank. Their major influences include the White Stripes, the Stooges, the Rolling Stones, and Motorhead, and the band plays shows to deliver high-energy and a good time! They've been showcased at Canadian Music Week and had their debut album “It’s About Time…” drop on August 13, 2011. We talked to Frank about the band and the ups and downs of stress. He says, "...you need to know when to step back and take a break".
Could you please quickly introduce yourself and your role in the band?
Hi there, I’m Frank Maccarone from the rock n roll band TNG. I sing and I play guitar.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard of you before?
A full-on barrage of never-ending explosions. No, I don’t like to overanalyze genre too much so I generally keep it to straight rock-n-roll. We are a pretty high-energy band and we like to make sure people have a good time when they come out to see us.
Your debut album is entitled “It’s About Time…” what does that album title mean for you?
That name actually came about from one of our fans yelling it to us onstage. I guess he had been waiting long enough for an LP from us after coming to three years of our shows. The name also works for me because good music and great live bands have been hard to find for a while now, so it’s about time for TNG.
What was the process of putting an album together, were there any emotional or physical tolls that come along with that experience?
Well, we had been building up to recording an album for 3 years like I said, so we had a lot of songs to choose from. Do we keep the old stuff? Or do we get the new stuff out there? There were a few squabbles here and there, but the end product definitely leans heavier on the new stuff. That, and 12-hour recording days...you need to know when to step back and take a break, go grab some fried plantains from the rastafarian guy down the street.
What kind of stresses did you go through in finally putting your music out there? Did you ever feel like it wouldn’t be received? How did you come to deal with those stresses and get your music out there?
Well, we had fans coming out to see our shows regularly by the time of our album’s release, so we knew that our music would be well-received by people who aren’t our mothers and brothers. It was a fun process for us to try and nail these songs down that we had been writing and that people had told us they liked. We wanted people to hear what we had been working so hard for, so we were very excited to finally get an album out there.
Besides the stress of making it in the industry, what is something that you do in your daily life to deal with things that you may go through?
Jamming with the band is a pretty good stress release. Trying to write new songs. A few vices here and there, nothing serious; hockey card collecting is gonna kill me one of these days.
Which song off your album speaks to you the most?
Ringin’ In My Head definitely speaks to me the most off of the album. I mentioned before about knowing when to step back and take a break in the studio, well the same is true for life in general. On the surface, the song is about indulging a bit too much and losing yourself in the fray. But I think the underlying message is that everybody has their problems and you need to step back and take a look inside yourself from time to time. Make sure you’re living on your own terms in some way.
How would you define success?
Playing kick ass shows that lots of people want to come and see.
What’s next for TNG?
We’ve got plenty of dates coming up in and around Toronto. We’re looking forward to a few out of town shows this summer that will take us around the province. And maybe, just maybe an EP of some of our newest (and best, in my opinion) songs within the year.