Who are Windfall and when did you start up?
Jeff- Windfall are Jeff Terranova (ex-Up Front) and Jon Biviano (ex-Supertouch) on guitars, Jennifer Catucci on vocals, Chris Wallin on bass, and Rob McDonough on drums. The band started a few years back but we have gone through many member changes since the beginning. Jennifer and myself have been there since the beginning and the rest came along one by one throughout the past few years.
What have you released so far?
Jeff- We recorded a 4 song demo tape back in 1996. One of the songs we no longer do and the other 3 we rearranged since that recording. We recorded our debut 6 song cd/ep back in the spring of 1999 and it was released on Smorgasbord Records July of the same year.
Upon first hearing your CD “Awaken” I was very surprised, i couldn’t quiteput it into a certain genre, its very melodic and has an excellent vocal style , for people who wouldn’t have heard you how would you describe your sound?
Jeff- That seems to be our blessing and yet our curse. We definitely have a unique sound and it crosses through a few genres of music. It’s not hardcore but it has hardcore elements, it’s not rock n’ roll but it has definite rock elements. It’s not metal, but some songs are riffy enough to be compared to older Iron Maiden. We like to see ourselves as a female fronted hard rock band rooted in the hardcore scene.
What inspires your lyrics?
Jennifer- so many things, but basically anything and everything that moves me. From a blind girl like in Drowning to a love i someday hope to feel like in Wishful Thinking to time being a fiend like in Sunny in Glenville
The song “boy in a car” has very strange lyrics, what is it about?
Jennifer- I met a boy on Bleeker St. in NYC. He was homeless and asked for some change. Instead of just placing a dollar in his cup, I sat beside him and talked. Something about him made me trust him and want to know more about him. While drinking some apple juice and eating a hot pretzel, a beautiful, drug free, 25 year old Kyle told me of how he ended up on the street. I gave him my phone number and asked him to call if he needed me to help him get back on track. I smiled, gave him a kiss on the cheek, and walked away. He never called.
What bands influence you?
Jeff- Are influences go from Iron Maiden to Dag Nasty to Big Country to the Who to Verbal Assault to Catherine Wheel.
Have you done much touring yet within the States and in Europe?
Jeff- We have been trying very hard to tour the US and Europe. We have been playing out a lot recently and will continue to do so. What we need is a booking agent in our corner who can set up the shows and tours for us. These days it is becoming more and more difficult to do it all
What band would you most like to tour with?
Jeff- The Cranberries or Sense Field
Does the band have a message?
Jennifer- There is no one message we stand for. However, we believe compassion and sensitivity towards others and awareness in the unjust is crucial in living a full, meaningful life.
Is the band full time or do you all work outside the band?
Jeff- The band as of right now is only part time but we are doing everything in our power to make it full time.
What do you have planned next?
Jeff- To play out as much as possible, to keep writing new songs, to tour the world six times over.
Whats the scene like where your from, What are the shows like?
Jeff- Well I am kinda in between two scenes, the upstate NY scene and the CT scene. They are both pretty cool but they are also very small. The hardcore shows used to be a hell of a lot better years ago, especially in CT. I guess though that it is better to have something than nothing at all.
Is there much fighting/arguments between sxe and non sxe or does everyone come together at the shows?
Jeff- That stuff kinda went out in the late ’80’s. I mean you may get a heckler in the crowd now and again but there is no hatred or violence due to it.
You guys have a website, do you find that a big help in promoting the band, and do you get a lot of people looking at it and asking for more info?
Jeff- The web site for Windfall has really only been up a few months now. I think that we are getting a decent amount of hits on it on a weekly basis. Yes, the web is a great place to promote anything now a days. People from all over the world have access to it and in many cases it is the best from of communication between people from different countries. It’s quicker and cheaper than mailing a letter, it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than making a phone call. The best thing is that it does not matter what time it is, you can always visit and/or write 24 hours a day.
If you got offered an album deal off a major label tomorrow, would you take it?
Jeff- Well that would depend on the offer? We would love for some label to sign us but there are many factors that need to be considered before we would sign. From musical control and integrity all the way to what will they do for us. We aren’t young inexperienced kids and we would have to be 100% happy with the offer.
Can we ever expect to see you guys over in Ireland?
Jeff- I would love to play in Ireland. When we get the chance to tour Europe I will make sure that we can visit the UK!
Any final comments……………
Jeff- Thanks so much for the interview and for the chance to speak our minds. Feel free to write to us through Smorgasbord Records, P.O. Box 5392, Milford, CT 06460, USA.. email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us at http://www.windfall-go.com. Stay alive…Jeff