To say that Samantha Maloney has an impressive resume would be a huge understatement. The drummer has played with everyone from Motley Crue to Hole, and her skills have made her one of the most sought-after musicians in Los Angeles. Her latest project is Brother Clyde. The Southern flavored hard rock band also features Billy Ray Cyrus and Jamie Miller of Snot fame. The strange combination of talent has produced a self-titled album that just hit stores last week. SMNnews spoke with Maloney and asked her about Brother Clyde and her colorful career so far.
Some of our readers will remember you from the NYC band Shift. You guys released some stuff on an indie label and then signed to Sony for your last album. That album, Get In, sounds very different from the other material. How much of that was influenced by being on a much bigger label?
Get In Shift’s major label debut was an extension our 2 indie releases on Equal Vision records. There was definitely pressure to try and write songs that would be “radio friendly”. Otherwise, why sign to a major label?
When that album didn’t sell well, did you take it hard?
Considering that yearly only 2% of record releases sell more than 5000 copies, I would say we beat the odds and sold very well for our genre at the time. It is all relative. No, we did not sell as many as a platinum artist back then, but neither did any other bands in our specific genre, so I never thought of it as a failure. I am proud of every Shift album!
From there you ended up playing with Hole and then Motley Crue. Were you already fans of both artists when you took the gigs?
I did not own one Hole CD before I got the call to audition. As far as Motley, I was a big fan, and Tommy Lee was one of the reasons I picked up drum sticks, so yes I was a fan of the Crue!
Was it tough to jump from playing clubs to theaters and arenas?
No, it is was natural progression and totally awesome!
Motley Crue’s touring lifestyle is legendary. Did you get caught up in that side of it or were they much more subdued by then?
It was pretty legendary as to what I witnessed and encountered. I enjoyed every moment of it!
You recently played in a cover band called Chelsea Girls with members of bands like Nashville Pussy and The Donnas. Tell us about some of the guest stars you had on stage with you.
Oh dear, where do I start? Lemmy, Matt Sorum, Stephen Pearcy, Carlos Cavazo, Warren DeMartini, Taylor Dayne… we had so many I can’t remember!
Is that project still going?
Chelsea Girls on indefinite hiatus at the moment. We are all busy with different music and life projects.
Tell us about Brother Clyde. We didn’t know Billy Ray Cyrus was such a rock fan.
Billy Ray has loved Rock ‘n Roll his entire life. He is known as a Country Music Artist, but that guy is more of a rock n’ roller than some rock guys in well known bands I know.
We checked out your album and it’s got some great guitar stuff going on. Who played on it?
A bunch a different cats. And Billy Ray himself!
The Johnny Cash cover was also a nice touch.
Johnny Cash was a BIG Billy Ray fan, not only as an artist but as a human being. Billy was also a big fan of Johnny Cash’s so that track is Billy paying homage to one of his favorite artists of all time.
The video for “Lately” is pretty heavy stuff. Were you guys afraid some of Billy’s fans might think the imagery would be too much to swallow?
That’s the point. The song “Lately” is how a lot of people are feeling around the world. We need to see these images to not forget that there is a lot of pain and suffering. It is up to the individual to figure out what they will do with those images. Will they take a stand or just continue to be numb?
Are you guys going to be touring with harder bands now that the album is out?
I hope so! I wanna whip them “harder” band’s asses! I am very competitive. I work hard, and I play hard.
Thanks for your time… anything else you would like to tell us?
Brother Clyde’s debut album is out now… go pick it up! I promise that you will be pleasantly surprised by how hard it rocks.
Let’s go Mets!
Brother Clyde is in stores now… pick it up at this link
By Christian A.