Kristin Gilmet: vocals, ukulele
Dave Gilmet: bass, guitar
Dave McCreery: guitar, bass
Sakura Paterniti: guitar
Lou Mang: drums
How did the name of the band come about?
(Kristin) Well, we play most songs in a “lounge” style so we wanted the name to evoke a moody, smoky vibe. “After Hours” works on that level and we were also charmed by the fact that the name can be traced to a handful of quirky cultural references: the Scorsese film, the Velvet underground song, the episode of The Twilight Zone when the mannequins came to life, etc.
How would you describe your music style?
(Dave Gilmet) Our initial thought with this project was to play songs from all our favorite artists, songs you don’t hear everyday and present them in a way where we could play them in all types of venues. It’s an eclectic mix of material played in a “jazzy/lounge” style.
Do you play/sing covers or all originals? Ar a combination of both?
(Kristin) All of us have written and performed original music in various projects (Global Village Idiots, The Fems, Paper Faces, and Supergenius to name a few). In After Hours, we have enjoyed performing the music of other artists. However, we have talked about incorporating original material and plan to do so when it seems appropriate.
What are your strengths?
(Dave Gilmet) Picking awesome music to cover. We play songs from the 30’s to current day from different genres, so there is always something for everyone. We also select songs that aren’t often covered so there are always some nice surprises.
(Dave Gilmet) Picking a specific genre to play
Which famous musician(s) do you admire? Influences?
(Kristin) As a child, I would sing along to Broadway musical cast recordings. More recent influences include Eartha Kitt, Blossom Dearie, and Caterina Valente.
(Lou) Chet Baker
(Dave Gilmet) Mingus, Monk, The Kinks, Chet Baker, Billy Holiday.
If you could play/sing with one famous band (any time in history), what would that band be?
(Dave Gilmet/ Sakura) Tom Waits
(Lou) Frank Zappa
(Kristin) I can imagine being a Yé-yé girl in the 1960s.
Are you schooled in music? From where?
(Dave Gilmet) I studied classical and jazz guitar at Villa Maria.
(Kristin) I work with ESL students for Buffalo Public Schools, Adult Education Division. I am also a licensed massage therapist at The Massage Studio on Allen Street.
(Dave Gilmet) I repair guitars and other musical equipment.
(Lou) Media Developer for Buffalo State College
(Dave McCreery, Sakura) furniture reupholstery
What’s it like to perform in front of a crowd? Give me three words.
(Dave Gilmet) Most fun ever!
Where and when is your next gig(s) in the city?
Pan American Grill tonight at 7PM – @ The Hotel Lafayette
then… Canvas@1206 on Hertel (http://www.canvas1206.com/) on August 17th.
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