Reported and Photographed by Louisa Rechter
TAB the Band’s performance at Lollapalooza 2011 fired up festival-goers and set the tone for a wild day. Their performance also caught Y&P’s ear.
Y&P followed the band catching shows at Webster Hall in NYC and also during CMJ. We were impressed by their professionalism, “tightness,” and overall magnetism; specifically from the curly-haired front man, Adrian Perry.
Adrian is the son of Joe Perry (Aerosmith), a recent father of daughter nicknamed “Vivi,” and a Georgetown graduate; Adrian has a lot going for him. With an upcoming sold-out performance with Slash (Guns N’ Roses) and a new album coming out, Y&P has deemed TAB the Band and Adrian Top 12 of 2012.
[Adrian Perry] Born in Boston, raised in LA. Live in NYC. I’m sort of a vagabond I guess, though I think I’ll be in NYC awhile.
Capri. It’s a fantasy land. I’m gonna need to go back in time and invent Facebook though if I’m gonna move there.
When did you realize you wanted to play music?
I was 12. I was pretty ill and out of school for several weeks. A friend of my Mom’s started sending me a couple Beatles records each week to keep me company. As I started to feel better, I’d get up and wander around the room imagining myself playing and singing all the parts. At that point I figured why not start doing it for real. So I got a bass.
Which musicians inspire you?
John Lennon. Paul McCartney. Nick Jerret.
Favorite song of the new album and why?
Right now, it’s a tie between Bullfighter and Saturdays. Bullfighter because it embraces the stubborn reality of having responsibility and being the one people depend on, the one who is ultimately accountable. Saturdays because of its simplicity and purity. It gets at that innocent, joyful anticipation of the weekend you have when you’re a kid.
When is the next show and what kind of show can we expect?
April 24th at Brooklyn Bowl. We are starting to play shows again to get geared up for releasing our new record later this year. Expect a heavy dose of the new material, which is easily our best to date.
Best part of being a dad?
Listening to Beatles records with my daughter. Music calms her down and makes her happy.
What’s your vice?
Something only your mother knows about?
How I was as a fetus. She’s probably cornered the market on that knowledge.
Best advice ever received?
“Learn from the best, leave the rest.” I got that from my Dad.