Go For Launch – Artist Spotlight

Are the rock? Are they Punk? Are they Soul? Whatever they are, Go For Launch is a band from New York that we were instant fans of the first time we heard their music.

Go For Launch: Photo by Michele Landon

Go For Launch: Photo by Michele Landon

In fact after being steered towards listening to them by our good friends in the band Clear For Takeoff, we thought so much of them that we invited them to play at our first ever MARR Rocks For MDA Benefit Concert in October of 2012. We had never seen them live before but loved what we heard from the studio music and were pretty confident in what we thought we would hear.

Scott Griffin: Photo by Michele Landon

Scott Griffin: Photo by Michele Landon

Once Go For Launch hit the stage, it was instantly clear that these guys were a band we would continue to follow and be fans of for a very long time. The band formed in 2009 in Westchester, New York and has something that is hard to find these days, which is a unique sound. The band released their second album in 2012 entitled “Frequency Change” which is available on Itunes along with their 2010 self titled album.

Nick Bilancia: Photo by Michele Landon

Nick Bilancia: Photo by Michele Landon

Go For Launch has a definite funky and soulful style to them, but just when you think they are settled into a groove, a killer rock or punk riff comes bursting into the song. It makes for a delightfully unique sound that grabs you and makes the albums incredibly interesting. Supported by great vocals from the slightly quirky singer Scott Griffin who takes the stage in his socks, the songs feature some awesome harmonies and great guitar work as well from Nick Bilancia and Anthony Mauriello. Solid musicianship and some very unique and cool song-writing is the key to this band’s success.

Anthony Mauriello: Photo by Michele Landon

Anthony Mauriello: Photo by Michele Landon

We had the chance to chat with the members of Go For Launch which includes:

Drums: Michael Argondizza
Guitar: Nick Bilancia
Vocals: Scott Griffin
Guitar/Vocals: Anthony Mauriello
Bass Guitar: Derek Ortiz

Here is what Go For Launch had to say:

K-rock: GFL has a very unique style. Do the guys consider themselves fitting into any particular genre?

Derek: Without getting lost in a spiral of genres and their seemingly endless sub genres, we’re ultimately a rock band.  We’ve thrown around the term “groove rock” because we can’t really pin a genre for ourselves, but that one makes us giggle.
Mike: We don’t particularly think that there is one genre that we fit into. We like to ask people that know us what they think and we love the stumped look on their faces.
Scott: We just try to make music that we all like.
Tony: Collectively, our style has a foundation in the genres of “Rock”/”Alternative”, but because our individual styles and influences are so diverse, we are always hesitant to put such a vague definition to our sound.

K-rock: I noticed the band just celebrated their third birthday. How is the band different today from when they started?

Mike: Today our music is more defined and elaborate. When we first started we were still getting a feel for the style of playing we each had. Now that we have learned how to work with each other, we put together bigger ideas and better songs. We put ourselves to the test every time we start to write now.
Scott: We have done a lot of growing as a band, and as people in the last 3 years. We’ve been through a lot in that time, as any band or relationship will. With this much time under our belts together, we have learned what each band mate needs to be the best we can be.
Derek: The hardest part about being a band is… being a band.  It’s a marriage among members, managers, girlfriends, and families.  We have learned more about each other’s idiosyncrasies.  Also, having worked on recordings as individual tracks and a full album gets everyone REAL close very quickly.  It’s just growth as people and a collective that has made us different since three years ago.

K-rock: Scott does not seem to be the “stereotypical” rock singer. Can you share a little about his roots/influences?

Scott: As a kid, my family travelled a lot due to the fact my father works NASA and we were transferred several times. Music and my family were the only constant factors in my life. I listened to any kind of music that made want to sing, which was mainly: Soul, Motown, and “oldies”. I was never really one of the cool kids. I didn’t “fit in”, and really didn’t want to. I’m a geek, and refuse to be anyone but myself. I take not being “stereotypical” as a compliment. It’s not easy being yourself, but it beats the hell out of trying to be what/who you are not. The hardest person to be honest with is oneself.
Derek: Scott’s tastes spread the gamut of genres like ska, punk, soul, rap, rock and Motown.  He, like some of us, grew up listening to our parents’ oldies station on the radio during car rides or at home.  Those are his roots.  He’s not the stereotypical rock singer, but I think that image is fading into old memory with the artists of today from YouTube and other Internet mediums.  An
ybody with a computer, a camera, an idea, and the Internet has the chance to be a “rock star”.

K-rock: Does Scott always perform in socks?

Scott I always perform in socks. It started at our first or second show. It is part of my pre- performance ritual. When the shoes come off, it’s go time.
Derek: I’d be very frightened if he didn’t. 

K-Rock: Name drop a few of the big acts you have been performing with recently.

Scott: We have performed with some amazing bands in our life as a band. Ballyhoo!, Badfish, The Pietasters, The Ataris, The Toasters, Fear Nuttin’ Band and The Slackers were some of our biggest shows.

K-Rock:Are there any big shows/news events coming up you want to highlight?

Scott: We will be back in New York City at Sullivan Hall on Saturday March 23rd with Clear For Takeoff. We have a few other interesting projects coming up that we can’t wait to share with you all soon.

Derek Ortiz: Photo by Michele Landon

Derek Ortiz: Photo by Michele Landon

We are looking forward to a big year in 2013 from Go For Launch and can tell you that if you are looking for a good-time rock band who can bring the musical party to you at  live show, Go For Launch is a band you definitely want to keep an eye on for when they come to your town.

Mike Argondizza: Photo by Michele Landon

Mike Argondizza: Photo by Michele Landon

Here is a live performance of one of my favorite GFL tunes “Judgement Day”

You can find out more about Go For Launch on their Facebook page at : http://www.facebook.com/GoForLaunchMusic

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