Get To Know R6 Implant: (Maybe) "The Most Intense Rock and Roll Experience of Your Life"
Photo courtesy of R6 Implant.
The good thing about a band calling it quits in St. Louis is that its never really done. R6 Implant is playing a farewell-of-sorts show on Saturday at Cicero's, but this isn't goodbye forever. The bill is shared with the Lion's Daughter, Galaxicon and Iron Hills. We talked to a few members of R6 Implant (comprising Shawn O'Connor, Derek Yeager, Dave Winkeler and Scott Randall) in advance of this weekend's hurrah.
Diana Benanti: How did you guys get started playing together?
Scott: After Fragile Porcelain Mice broke up Dave & I wanted to continue to make music so he reached out to his cousin Jim about possible drummers. He recommended Shawn. We first met at the Jesus Lizard show in Chicago in November 2009 and we got together later that month. Derek came along in the spring of 2010.
Derek: I came in late as a replacement.
Shawn: yeah, basically the weird two degrees of Kevin Bacon thing here is that Dave's cousin is the bassist for The Conformists. When I went up there with those dudes, Dave came up to him and asked if he knew any drummers. I happened to be standing right there, which I guess means anyone who happened to be standing next to Jim at that moment was destined to be in the R6 Implant.
How do you guys find the time for multiple musical endeavors?
Scott: This is the only musical endeavor I am currently in. I am not good at multi-tasking.
Derek: Very good communication
Shawn: Sleep is for little girls. This is a rock band filled with dudes. Mostly bigger dudes. And I believe the good lord invented caffeine for this very reason. Also, not watching TV and eating dinner off your lap while you drive from work to band practice results in incredible efficency.
If your bands were people, who would win in a fight: R6 Implant, Yowie, Fragile Porcelain Mice or Sine Nomine?
Scott: Sine Nomine. They are younger and in better shape. Mike scares me somewhat. I think he killed a drifter in South City.
Derek: Sine Nomine would win the fight. Sorry fellas, no harm intended. I think I can fight and Mike does fight twice a week with mixed martial arts.
Shawn: Well if our bands were people I imagine that Sine Nomine would be a big biker swinging a brick bat, Yowie would probably be a limber expert in the art of drunken boxing, and Fragile Porcelain Mice, being now deceased, would basically just lie there. R6 Implant would practice the same martial art as Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse, and basically not need to fight most of the time because of superior intellectual abilities and charm. If all four were to fight each other at the same time, there would be a lot of blood, bile, and probably some vomit. This is what usually happens at R6 Implant shows on the stage.
To what extent do your other bands inform the music R6 Implant plays?
Scott: While this project is different from Fragile Porcelain Mice musically, people could draw comparisions to FPM because of my voice. I can't help it. If I could sing like Jeff Buckley I would, but I am kind of a hack at this music stuff.
Derek: Greatly. We are the culmination of our other projects. Voltron in a sense and I am the right ear.
Shawn: I draw heavily on the style I use in my Night Ranger cover band, Mr. Christian. I assume that is the one you are referencing.
You take your name from some whacked out Scientology shit. What is the significance of the R6 Implant? Are any of you actually thetans?
Scott: I defer to Shawn's knowledge. I believe like Scientology we are also banned in Germany.
Derek: It cleared the Mysapce band test, trying to get the church to take us to court so we can get some promotion and it sounds good. No we are not Thetans.
Shawn: First off, we can neither confirm nor deny whether the name has any relationship to the highly respected articles of faith or copyrighted materials of any religion, corpopration, religious coporation, or corporate religion. This is due to the band's sincere respect for diversity, which is informed by an intense mixture of both loathing and terror of lawyers, an emotion we like to call lerror. We have lerror of lawyers...changing the subject from potentially litigious discussions, a friend's son thought the name had something to do with an oversized breast implant. I'm not sure how to interpret that, but I guess he doesn't have access to wikipedia. Or if he does, he is not using the intenet for that purpose. So that may be the significance of the R6 Implant. Further potential significance lies in the fact that some really terrible band with guys from Voodoo Glow Skulls or some such garbage decided to name their band R6 Implant like a year and a half after we were around. When we confronted them about it, they decided to change their name to R6I, which stands for R6 Implant. That is what I call originality. Please, anyone reading this, contact them and tell them how much you dislike them.
Read the rest of the interview and listen to "Meth Party" on the next page.