at work on their follow to "Finger On The
Trigger", TNA are in the final stages of the new
CD "Branded" coming out on Kivel Records. From
the sounds so far, it looks to be a more hard
in-your-face rock album for the masses!
The Loudest Rock got a chance to catch up
with 'the man behind the TNA beat', Danny Tore.
Giving us a little background on TNA, influences
and of course about the new album.
The Loudest Rock: Let's start with basics.
How did you all get together, where do you come
from and how long have you been playing?
Danny Tore: Well, this story goes back
a long time. Sean and I Met in college. We were
both attending the University of Arizona.
Considering we were the only 2 there with long
hair, we didn't have a hard time finding each
other! Funny enough we lived about 3 miles from
each other in New York, but didn't meet until we
were in Arizona!! We put together a small party
band, nothing to speak of. It was just for fun
with no serious intentions. However, after
hearing some of Sean's original material we
decided to go back to New York and record. I
called up Phil Pacheco to play bass. We then
called Mike who was in another band at the time.
You could say we lucked out!! He came in and
started singing & that's when the antennas went
up. Hearing it all come through the monitors
with Mikes voice, I thought, "Holy Shit" this
could actually work!! I guess we should call
Mike "Glue". He's the one who made it all come
together. We played the club scene extensively
back in the good ol days. We had some GREAT
opportunities to play with bands like, Winger,
Warrant ,Skid Row, Badlands, Dokken and Trixter.
As well as gaining some good radio exposure on
radio stations like WSOU. We eventually called
it quits in 91. Then after a mutual friend of a
cousin of mine and Kivel Records put us in
touch, talks started to bring the band back
after its long dormant state. The magic was
still there and it was like it was yesterday we
were playing Lamours. Now we are here and about
to do our second album for the label. Who would
have thought it. Its definitely great to be able
to do something you love for people that really
TLRock: TNA is an interesting name for
a band. Any interesting story behind it?
DT: Haha! You can say that again. Some
would call it something else @#$!! Let's just
say thank God the music speaks for itself. Let
me take you back to that day! We were sitting
around trying to figure it out. What could we
call this band that probably wouldn't do much
anyway. After all, we were just going to record
a demo. I mean think about it.. Sean, a college
student never really played in any serious band.
I just got out of a hard core Metal band signed
to a sub or Mega Force Records with only one
secret album and a secret it was. I don't think
anybody knew about it. I think we sold like
ahhhh.... 10 copies!! Phil didn't even play bass
at first!! HA!! I guess your getting the idea!
Well, we just couldn't think of a name, so after
a few days of shooting out the most ridiculous
names, somebody said, "How about TNA"? At that
point we just figured it was the lesser of the
other evils!! We just went with it. It didn't
sound as bad then as it does now!!! HAHA! But
hey, makes for great album covers!! After all,
who doesn't like a little TNA once in a
TLRock: "Finger On The Trigger" is a
pretty well-rounded rock album. What and who are
some of the biggest influences on the style of
sound for the band?
DT: Wow, that's a fun question! We all
had such different tastes in Music! Mike and I
loved the hard and heavy stuff: Metalica,
Anthrax and Accept. Sean was into the Dokken,
Ratt style. I guess if you take the riffs of the
80's Hair Band and put it with a hard drum style
and a powerful vocal you get TNA. It was the
coolest thing that we had the opportunities to
play with bands like, Winger and Warrant. Jump
to a show with Skid Row, play a ballad and have
Mike doing stage dives and getting guys and
girls with big hair to mosh in front of the
room!!!!! (lol) Who knows, guess we were a bit
of a mutt band. Hmmmm, maybe we should have
called the band MUTT!!
TLRock: Your signed to KIVEL RECORDS,
along with a lot of great melodic acts such as
PYN SIREN, NO MORE JOHNNY, ADRIANGALE and STEVE
WHITEMAN of KIX fame. Do you think you fit in
well with the label and its fellow bands? Do you
have the same vision on what TNA should be
DT: Kivel is a label that didn't give
up on the 80's sound when others did. We have
actually played with some of the bands on the
label, many years ago before we all found a home
here. We played with Steve Whiteman when he was
in Kix, and Tour De Force to name a few, sre
some of the bands we played with from the
roster. I think we are all going in the same
directions.. only with a bit of a KICK!
TLRock: Who are some of your personal
influences? What musicians do you admire that
leave you in awe?
DT: Wow, let me see. Simon Phillips,
Neil Pert Lars Ulrich!! I have to say, Rod
Morgenstein. We were playing with Winger around
the time that 17 hit MTV. We both play backwards
( Lefty ) and during sound check he sat down at
my drums and let's just say it hadn't sounded
that way before and for sure hasn't since. I
think I'll just say he broke them. I couldn't
get them to sound even close to the way he did..
by far an amazing musician!!!
TLRock: What are you listening to
DT: A lot of the same. It's nice to
see some of the 80's bands touring again. I
still love the sound of Pearl Jam, Sound Garden
( Temple of the Dog ) Metallica and some new
stuff like Creed.
TLRock: What is one of your more
memorable moments on stage and what was the
DT: Wow so many. I would have to say a
sold out show at a club called lamour with
Winger, right when he was PEAKING. One of our
songs had just hit #1 on some college stations
at the time and after playing our 1st song of
the night the roar of the crowd was deafening!!
I don't think any of us expected it really. I
was looking around to see what everybody was
screaming about. Shit, I thought Elvis was in
the building. LOL! That was an incredible
feeling. I can't describe it. How flattering to
know so many people were touched by what we
worked so hard to create!! I hope our second
time out will gain the same sort of response .
As for the least, I would have to say when we
played a show and brought in so much production.
I mean hundreds or lights, pyro and a sound
system that could be heard for miles . The only
thing we didn't consider, was enough power to
fire it all up!! I think the power blew on us at
least once a song!! That sucked! But we, got
some great pictures. HA!!!!!
TLRock: Was the song 'Rung On The Ladder'
written about the band making it to where you
are today, or is there another story behind it?
DT: 'Rung' used to be another song. We
recorded it and just couldn't get it to flow.
So, it sat on the shelf collecting dust for a
long time!! Then while playing in the studio we
started jamming to the music and it started to
groove!! As for the lyrics, I guess it's about
us, what we went through and about who we played
with and what they went through. It's the hard
truth about playing in a rock band and trying to
get by on White Castle Hamburgers or Cup of
Noodle Soup. Just a couple of dollars to put gas
into your tank to get to the show and all the
while having some asshole boss giving you shit
while your killing yourself to make it happen.
Hey, it's a song about and for everybody who
tried and didn't listen to those who weren't big
TLRock: What would you say is the overall
fave song for the band to play live, and what is
the overall fave crowd fave?
DT: I would have to say for me it's
"Draw The Line" . It has a heavier side to it
and the drums and base just pound!! That and
"Life Goes On"!! As far as the crowd, I'm not
sure. I guess each song appeals to different
people. That is one of the things we were so
happy about. The fact that we could be diverse!!
TLRock: Who are the main lyric writers,
and who are the main music writers in the band?
DT: Most of the music on "Finger On
The Trigger" was written by Sean and Phil. We
would add towards the arrangements and change
things here and there!! On our Upcoming album,
"BRANDED" most of the material was put together
by Sean and Mike! I've always been more involved
in the business of the band.. Thank God for
Kivel, he's taken over a good part of what I
used to deal with!!
TLRock: Your music is gritty in your face
hard edge as does your artwork and image. Was
this a conscious effort to have them go hand in
hand or did it just worked out that way? Kudos
on the artwork btw as being one of the more
creative things I've ever seen!
DT: Well, our musical style was just
something that flowed, Mike and I had some
harder influences then the others. The in your
face thing kind of just happened. You could
count on Sean to write songs that we would fit
our styles. It was a comfortable fit. As for the
album, Kivel put together the package with what
he felt should just be there. We were pleased
with the artwork. No corners were cut there!!
TLRock: The album credits list Lez Warner
former drummer of the CULT and Alex Salz of TOUR
DE FORCE as working on the production side. What
was it like working with them and will they be
at the helm again for the next album?
DT: That was amazing! Alex knew what
he was doing. He was a huge help in revamping
some of our older stuff. As for Lez, great guy.
Being a drummer he really knew how to get the
drive out of the sound. He got the "In your
face" sound we were searching for. Sitting
around hearing stories about shows with the Cult
in front of 100,000 people.. well, that didn't
suck either! Overall, it was a great team. As
far as the next album, well you will just have
to wait and see. Lots of great things in the
works. We are already in pre-production and we
will start recording in the album June 25th .
I'm looking forward to getting in there!!
TLRock: What can we expect from the next
DT: Ahhh the next album. Well, the
next album is entitled "Branded" !! I'd say
material wise it will be like Bittersweet,
Falling Down, Wheres the Love. We have taken
some material from years ago and reworked it
along with alot of brand new material that Sean
and Mike have written. I'm going to say we're
like a good bottle of wine: getting better with
age. We are all very pleased so far!!
TLRock: What's the future hold for "TNA"?
DT: For a band that started out many
years ago as something to do for fun, we have
sure made the best of things. From playing sold
out shows all over the place in front of
thousands and having some great success on
college radio back in the hey day. We didn't
expect to be around so many years later. Once
again, hats off to Kivel who didn't give up on
such an amazing sound and so many incredible
bands. We are concentrating on doing "BRANDED",
and gearing up to do a few shows.. I'll just
say, the best is yet to come!
TLRock: In closing, Is there anything
you'd like to say or add to your fans?
DT: Thank you for not forgetting about
us or giving up on us through the years. What we
do is for you! It's not about the money, it's
about being able to reach so many people with
what comes from inside of us.. the music!!!!!!
We are very pleased and surprised to see how
well Finger on the Trigger did in the States and
over seas. Thank you so much for believing in
us. "Branded" will prove to be just as strong,
if not stronger! All we ask is that you enjoy
the music and PLAY IT LOUD!!