"Pumping Ethyl Interview"
Interview by Roger-Z (05/20/14)
Roger-Z: How did the band come together?
Since then, Toby moved back to Los Angeles to reconnect with his original band, Chalk FarM, which had been signed to Columbia Records and had toured with some of the top modern rock artists of the 1990’s (Goo Goo Dolls, Better than Ezra, Matchbox 20, and others).
With the departure of Toby, Pumping Ethyl recruited percussionist extraordinaire, Stephen Mansfield, who possesses a sense of total adaptability to any musical situation. He plays with such chops, tone, feel, and emotion that he can groove you up against a wall.
After moving to N.Y. City from Glasgow Scotland, bassist David Wilson joined the original band Jonas Bronk and later formed original group Mimi Ferocious. They cut two albums and after a year of grueling showcases in L.A. clubs such as the “Whiskey A Go Go” and “Roxy,” the members disbanded to seek their fortunes in new projects. David helped found Pumping Ethyl.
I first became a professional singer when I took the stage with original heavy metal band Tantrum. Professionally managed, we played big rooms all over the tri-state area including “The Chance,” “The Stone Pony,” “Cat Club,” “Lion’s Den”, “Studio 1,”and “Streets.” We also opened for national acts Pantera, Great White, Savatage, Toxic, and Cycle Sluts from Hell. I then joined cover band Speed Bag Baby which allowed me to sing not only metal but classic rock as well as dance music. In addition, I kept busy going unplugged, playing to the coffeehouse crowd. I also joined original band Ockam’s Razor. However, several tragic events sidelined the band indefinitely. I helped found Pumping Ethyl.
Paul Poulos has spent the last 2 decades as a truly inspired guitarist, recording on major label records and feature films. He's earned his "Road Warrior" status by touring the U.S. and Europe with bands such as Anthrax, The Misfits, Sugar Ray, Korn, Type O Negative, Life of Agony, and Clutch. Paul was an original member of Pumping Ethyl, but health reasons sidelined him.
With the departure of Paul, Pumping Ethyl recruited Eran Phillips who has been with the band since 2009. Recently Eran expressed a need to leave the group in order to focus on his media company, “Daddy Plays LLC,” dedicated to the production of high quality lullaby CDs that parents can also enjoy. As a result, Pumping Ethyl has been holding auditions for lead guitarists and will be making an announcement very soon as to their newest member.
In 2011, Pete recruited rhythm guitarist Mark Macilvane. Pete met Mark while filling in for hard rock outfit, Category 5. Mark serves as the “the perfect accomplice” who delivers the musical goods by laying down a foundation of sound.
Roger-Z: How did the group come up with the name “Pumping Ethyl?"
Roger-Z: Describe the band's repertoire.
Roger-Z: Do you rehearse or just learn songs off the record?
Roger-Z: Where do you perform?