Pink Cigarette Interview

Pink Cigarette is a new band in the blues rock scene. The band includes Drea Wiseman on vocals, Art Santora on guitar, Kellan Thomas on bass, and Cory Jurkiewicz on drums. They recently recorded a new album and we were able to catch one of their shows and speak with the band.

How did you come up with the name Pink Cigarette?

Drea: Pink Cigarette, it’s a Mr. Bungle song. The meaning of it is that a girl leaves a guy, and the only thing the guy has left to remember her by are her lipstick stains on her cigarettes.

Cory: And the band was also originally half girls and half guys so it was a good mix of masculine and feminine.

Kellan: ‘Till I came and ruined it all.

How long have you been playing together?

Drea: We had a thing going on for a while but we became more serious when Art joined the band about eight months ago.

So all of the songs you played today are from your new album? Tell me more about the album.

Drea: Yes they were.

Art: We recorded it at Bristol Studios. We did nine songs in about 15 hours.

Drea: They were all live, none of them were overdubbed. Except for the vocals of course.

Art: We tracked instruments over 15 hours and then Drea took probably a good two months, three months to do the vocals, something like that.

Drea: Like a month!

Art: We just got the finished result a few weeks ago. Nine songs, eight originals and one cover. We’re pretty happy about it.

Did you all take part in writing the songs?

Art: Nope

Drea: I write lyrics and Art puts something to the lyrics and we’ll all put together something as a band so we have kind of a rough skeleton made or on a couple songs Art would come up with a cool riff and then I would write a melody over that. We would all collaborate after that.

Art: A lot of the songs were already written when I got here but I just went over the guitar parts and made them my own.

Any more shows coming up?

Drea: Right now we’re just promoting the album. We’re getting a little bit of college radio play and trying to get some more press.

Art: Our next show might very well be the release party, depending on the timing of everything. We’re hoping to release the album late January/early February. So the next time you see us might be the big release show.

Can we find you online?

Drea: or

Interview by Liz Lohnes

Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete founded Blues Rock Review in 2010 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

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