Badfish Bassist Joel Hanks Promises Raging Party At House Of Blues Atlantic City On 4/20

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Imagine this. You’re in college and you and your buddies get together and form a band covering songs from the best band ever. You start playing local gigs, and they start selling out. Soon all of them sell out, and before you know it, your cover band is the hottest thing since last week’s issue of Playboy…. or Playgirl…whatever floats your boat. In a nutshell, this is the story of Badfish. And they’ve been out on a crazy number of national tours since their first packed show at Ocean Mist in Matunuck, Rhode Island in 2001.

The guys will be making a stop at  House Of Blues Atlantic City at Showboat this Saturday on their current tour, and we’re totally stoked! We recently caught up with original member and bass player, Joel Hanks. See what he has to say about the show, the phenomenon that is Badfish and more, below!

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TAC: Did you ever imagine that your love of Sublime and playing local clubs in college would turn into what it has?

Joel Hanks: It would have been pretty hard to imagine that it could have grown to the point that it has.  It was clear though that there was a demand for what we were doing.  We saw it grow pretty fast in our hometown and knew that if it was something that we could do in that one town, that it would be something that we could do in any town.  However, the music business is very difficult and the beginning stages are the hardest.

TAC: What was it about Sublime that made them the “it” band for all of you?

Joel Hanks: I was big into the punk/ska scene, and they were really the one band that molded the ska/punk/reggae/hip hop rhythms together into one unique sound.  Combine that with incredible lyrics and melodies and that is the product that you have.

TAC: At what moment did you realize that this was really taking off?

Joel Hanks: It is hard to pinpoint a particular moment.  There was a lot of hard work and a lot of relationships with many different clubs/agents/promoters that helped pave the way.  One defining moment for sure was the first time that we sold out our home town club, Lupos in Providence, RI (1500 capacity).  The joke was when we sold that club out that we would retire, but it happened well before we ever thought it would have.

TAC: How does it make you feel that you’ve turned into what Sublime is/was to you guys for a younger generation and those that were never able to see them live?

Joel Hanks:  We are honored to do what we do, and the response from fans has been amazing.  They are the reason that we continue to sacrifice any type of a ‘normal’ life and continue to pound the pavement and rack up the miles to bring them the experience.

TAC: We’re sure the past members of Sublime have reached out to you guys before. What have they said to you?

Joel Hanks: We’ve met Bud and he has been amazing to us, and thanked us for doing what we do.

TAC: What are some of the coolest things you have had the opportunity to do because of Badfish?

Joel Hanks: There are so many to name, but just recently we did a couple of very cool and unique things.  On St Paddy’s day, we opened for Snoop Dogg, and in early March we performed on the 311 Cruise.

TAC: Very cool! What can fans expect from your show here on at House Of Blues on 4/20?

Joel Hanks: A raging party.

TAC: Totally all for that. What do you do to get pumped up before a show?

Joel Hanks: Everyone in the band kind of has their own pre show routine.  For the most part, people are very relaxed before we go on.

TAC: Have you ever entertained the idea of making your own music or using this as a platform to dive into other projects as your main focus or will Badfish always take precedence?

Joel Hanks: We have started another project that features our original music.  It is called Scotty Don’t.  For a few years we were doing both sets every night, but we are starting to get away from doing that, as it was a bit taxing on us.  

TAC: Is there anything still on your bucket list left to accomplish?

Joel Hanks: It would be definitely be amazing to get to the level of band that Badfish is at with original music.  With Badfish, we want to bring this show worldwide someday soon.  

 

We will be looking forward to both of those things, no doubt. Catch Badfish: A Tribute To Sublime at the House Of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City this Saturday at 8 p.m. Stock up on last minute tix, here!

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