well oiled machine usually has 4 cylinders. So
far we have heard from three of those four
cylinders that are the inner workings of the
band known as TNA. Now we hear that fourth and
newly acquired cylinder, bassist
Doug Odell! This new addition to an already road
seasoned mean machine, has only added to its
torque and help rev up its engine even meaner,
bigger and badder. We had a moment to catch up
with this 5 stringer (yes...5 string....NOT 4
STRING!) bass player and seeing what is it that
burns deep inside this proverbial bass beast.
The Loudest Rock: So far we have heard
from your other band mates in TNA and their
feelings on the new album, new sound etc. But
what about you being the 'new guy'. Spill it!
What was it like being in the studio with these
guys knowing the history they had.
Doug Odell: The very first time I met
Sean, Mike and Danny in the studio I was
immediately taken with how humble and laid back
everyone was. There was an instant vibe when we
jammed together. It felt like home.
The Loudest Rock: Were you a fan of
the band prior to joining?
Doug Odell: Oh, yeah I was a
definitely a fan. In the late 80's, I used to
frequent Streets (legendary Westchester rock
club in New Rochelle, NY) and TNA were one of
the top shelf original acts performing there
regularly. One night they threw some demos into
the audience, and I was lucky enough to catch
one!! I wore that tape out, let me tell you.
"Rung On The Ladder" and "Let Me Down Easy" were
songs that stayed with me for years.
The Loudest Rock: Tell us a little
about you. Your playing is very bottom thick and
really helps shape the new sound of the band and
album. Was this a conscious thing on your part,
or a need to with the material?
Odell: I was a 4-string bassist for my first
15 years of playing. In January 2002 I made the
jump to 5-string thanks to Stuart Spector
(http://www.spectorbass.com/). In approaching
the new material that Sean and Mike put together
for 'BRANDED', I wanted to incorporate the lower
register notes without losing sight of the
classic TNA sound. I think it adds a fresh,
contemporary element to the recording.
The Loudest Rock: Was it hard for you
to fill Phil's shoes? Or was it
seamless/painless for you?
Doug Odell: I had the benefit of being
a TNA fan, so I think that helped me in keeping
the spirit of what Phil brought to the band
intact. I went for a simple, raw feel and locked
in with Danny on the grooves. The guys made me
feel very comfortable and welcome!
The Loudest Rock: Mike (lead vocalist
of TNA) said you were what the band needed. How
do you feel about such comments.
Doug Odell: Considering the legacy of
the band, I feel honored to be a part of TNA
2004. I bring an aggressive feel to the sound
with my playing, and that seems to do justice to
The Loudest Rock: Let's talk about the
music. Your feelings on the new material and
sound. How do you compare the two albums?
Doug Odell: 'FINGER ON THE TRIGGER'
has some classic melodic rock. I would put those
songs up against any of TNA's contemporaries
from the heyday of this genre. With 'BRANDED',
it still sounds like TNA but edgier. I think a
song like "Scream" has a lot of punk attitude,
while "Kill Your Idols" has this post-grunge
swagger that I LOVE! Mike and Sean have clearly
absorbed some influences over the years, and it
The Loudest Rock: If you were to play
a song from the first album live. Which ones
would you be excited to include in the set, and
Doug Odell: "Let Me Down Easy" and
"Rung On The Ladder" would be my picks. It's
classic TNA; catchy, melodic and great
The Loudest Rock: What were the
'BRANDED' writing/recording sessions like? Any
Doug Odell: Well, nobody ended up in
rehab or in jail, so I guess we don't
necessarily qualify for a 'BEHIND THE MUSIC'
feature (laughs). Seriously though; everyone in
this band is very grounded and focused on the
task at hand. We had fun, but also took care of
Loudest Rock: Now this is the band's second
release with KIVEL RECORDS. The label seems to
be giving you guys the red carpet push they
reserve for their more seasoned/bigger acts like
ADRIANGALE. Do you feel this is a plan to break
TNA to a higher level, like more of the premier
bands in the scene like Adriangale, Harem Scarem,
Westworld and TEN.
Doug Odell: The Kivel imprint is doing
a great job of promoting TNA. John (Kivel) has
been a champion of melodic rock for so many
years and he continues to wave the flag. The USA
market for this music is very much a niche one,
but I think there is limitless potential for
notching TNA up to a new level in the other
The Loudest Rock: How do you feel
about the market and labels like Kivel, Z, N+T,
and others pushing a style of music that is not
Doug Odell: I'm really grateful that
these labels care enough about music to snub the
trends and give a vehicle to some great bands.
Mainstream music has become so corporate. Just
look at atrocities like the phenomenon of
The Loudest Rock: Bill Leverty of
Firehouse said he liked the new album. Steve
Brown of Trixter/Ringo said this was a kick ass
rock record. What's it like to see a person of
their accomplishments give a nod to your album.
Doug Odell: I've always been a fan of
Firehouse, especially their 3rd record. It's an
honor and quite humbling to get such great
feedback from seasoned pros.
The Loudest Rock: We are going to name
some bands in the scene, please give us our
TEN: Great guitar work, but couldn't call
myself a fan
XYZ: Love the debut. "After The Rain" still
gives me chills
SEVENTH KEY: Who knew that Billy Greer had those
WESTWORLD: Tony Harnell could sing about
mouthwash and I would buy it
DAMN CHEETAH: Easily my favorite NY band. This
band should have been HUGE
FIREHOUSE: Much more than power ballads, this
band wrote great hard rock songs
DANNY VAUGHN: The first Tyketto record is a
The Loudest Rock: Please give us a set
list of the band live. What songs would you
think would make a kick ass TNA show.
Doug Odell: I would love to pick songs
from 'TRIGGER' and 'BRANDED', and maybe throw in
a cover, for fun. Guys?
The Loudest Rock: There has been talk
about your label putting on a show in NH/VT with
a few of its top acts besides TNA. How do you
feel about a Kivel fest, for lack of a better
Doug Odell: I think it's a fantastic
idea. You've got prog fests (Prog Power,
Headway) and tours like Lollapalooza and Lilith
Fair. Why not a celebration of melodic rock? I
hope it happens!
Loudest Rock: You guys have a nice new band
site (http://www.tnarocks.com/). Do you have
input in the site? What can we expect more of
with the site?
Doug Odell: I know that Danny and Sean
have been heavily involved in the website.
Sorcery Studios are well known on the Net for
being top notch. Fans can expect loads of new
content, including videos, and hopefully some
live samples, once we get back on stage.
The Loudest Rock: What is ahead for
you and the band?
Doug Odell: We're very excited about
playing 'BRANDED' songs live. We've got some
gigs in the works, so keep checking the site for
The Loudest Rock: Thanks for your time
Doug. Any parting words for the fans?
Doug Odell: I would like to thank the
fans and my band mates in TNA for the warm
welcome. I would also like to give a shameless
plug to my other original band, Ice Age (http://www.ice-age.com/).