By Chris Baptiste
The Forty Nineteens are getting set to release their first album this month — “No Expiration Date” on Heyday Records drops April 17 — and they are planning a ton of shows throughout the calendar year.
The next one is scheduled for April 20 at Europa Village Winery, located at 33475 La Serena Way in Temecula.
Needless to say, this is an exciting time for these purveyors of “good-time raucousness.”
Here’s what lead singer and bass player John Pozza had to say about life in Temecula’s fast lane:
Q: The Forty Nineteens have performed all over Temecula the last few years — what have been (and are) your favorite places to play and why?
A: We got our start at Sidelines in Old Town Murrieta — the owners are great. We really like playing the wineries like Miramonte, Longshadow Ranch, and Europa Village. The crowd is always fun and the staff and owners are fantastic. We also recently rocked the Tilted Kilt and would like to thank Manager Mike Helm. The scenery was wonderful.
Q: How would you classify The Forty Nineteens’ sound and overall vibe?
A: We would describe our sound as high energy associated with having fun and forgetting the daily grind.
Q: Your musical influences are quite varied (Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Detroit Rock, Punk) — who would you consider your main inspirations?
A: All four of us have a varied catalog of influences that we try absorb into our sound. Good melody and hooks (are) our standard and inspiration.
Q: Touch upon the band’s dynamics a bit – who is the primary songwriter? Lyricist? Decision maker? Or is it a four-way “democracy”?
A: Chris (guitar/keys) and I are the primary songwriters, although Chuck (guitar/vocals) is credited with “Bad Tattoo.” Nick (drums/vocals) is our go-to guy. If a decision has to be made we try to leave Chuck out of it.
Q: Tell us what to expect with your forthcoming new CD “No Expiration Date.”
A: This is our first as The Forty Nineteens, so we are very happy it has all the energy and sound that we try to express in our live show. Everyone who has heard it has a different favorite song, which is fantastic feedback because each song is a favorite of ours.
Q: What are the future plans of The Forty Nineteens? First taking over Temecula, then world domination?
A: We started this band because it’s so much fun to play shows and watch people have such a great time. We would like to expand our horizons and play out of town shows in Southern California. We live in a great time for an independent band, because we can promote our music world wide with very little cost or effort on our part. It’s cool to hear that someone in Madrid, Spain is rocking to our first single “Turn It Around.” Save us a seat at the bar, we’re going to be playing in your town soon.
*Courtesy of Chris Baptiste with TemeculaNightOut.com.