At The Mike Stand with Morgan Clamp
So, there we were minding our own (and most other people’s I might add) business recently, when who should we meet but New York City-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Morgan Clamp. No really, we did, we meet all sorts of cool people in this line of work, you know. Anyway, Morgan, the frontman for alternative-rock act, InAshton, is quite an excited young man these days, for the band is lined up to perform at iconic downtown Manhattan venue, Arlene’s Grocery, on Wednesday, April 14th (9pm). Fronted by Morgan (hence the whole ‘frontman’ reference earlier in this piece), InAshton is completed by guitarist Tony Calabro, drummer The Diehl and Mr. Williams on bass, and has been described by fans and pundits alike as being anywhere from pop-rock to, in Mr. Clamp’s own words, ‘singalongarock’. Currently, the band is offering its debut album completely free at www.inashton.com, and with over 30,000 units already downloaded, it’s being touted as ‘The best album you won’t buy this year’, by music reviewers. InAshton’s Arlene’s Grocery gig (the venue’s at 95 Stanton Street) could well be one of those occasions where future fans will swear they attended, a momentous event where it could well have all started for this exciting new act. In the meantime, check out the free download on the band’s website. Morgan, welcome to At The Mike Stand.
By Mike Fitzpatrick
What would you like your own tribute act to be called?
The Organ Clamps.
When’s the last time you laughed out loud?
Last night, another ‘Letterman’ gem to add to the pile.
What act would you like to have seen perform live?
AC/DC with Bon Scott. Those old concert films blow me away.
What team do you support?
The winning team. Hard-fought victory deserves applause.
What period in history would you most like to have visited?
The UK during the mid 1960s. I think most rock lovers envy that time period. It seems like we’ve been trying to recreate it ever since.
What song would you most like to have written?
‘All I Want Is You’ by U2. That song single handedly set my life ambitions in stone. If I write anything that makes someone feel the way that song makes me feel, I could happily call it a day!
Who or what, would make you leave a room?
Overly enthusiastic sports fans who scream their comments at the TV when the game is on. I don’t get it! It’d be like screaming out song requests at a concert DVD.
What decade rules?
2010 – 2020, I’ve decided.
What cover version do you most enjoy performing?
“Baby, I Love You” by The Ronettes.
What movie role would you like to have played?
’Randy the Ram’ (Mickey Rourke) in ‘The Wrestler’.
Considering my incredible physique, it’s a no-brainer.
What’s the first album you remember buying?
I had the benefit of a big brother who handed down lots of mix tapes to me when I was younger, but when he didn’t have ‘Ritual De Lo Habitual’ by Jane’s Addiction, I coughed up the cash and got it myself.
Who’s your favorite Beatle?
John… Hands down!
What’s your favorite Christmas song?
“Blue Christmas” by Elvis, I like it just as much in July as I do in December.
Who’s the most rock and roll person who ever lived?
Jagger seems to have had quite a good time! Some have been even crazier, but Mick’s lasted.
What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?
InAshton … the secret’s out! I can’t help myself.
Who would you most like to meet/have met?
The people my parents dated before they met each other. That would be something.
What book can you read again and again?
I’m still aiming to actually finish reading any of the books I’ve started.
What’s the greatest album ever recorded?
There’s too many to say just one, but I’d at least say ‘Hot Rocks’ by The Rolling Stones is the greatest “collection” album.
What artists would you most like to have played with in the band of your dreams?
I’d say ‘Freddie Mercury’ but then I’d be out of a sweet gig.
Band wise: Lenny Kravitz on drums, Adam Clayton on bass, and Neil Young on electric guitar. Just because of how each guy attacks those instruments.
What do few people know about you?
Few know of my small tattoo.
What sitcom character can you most identify with?
Larry David of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’. Doesn’t everyone?
What movie can you watch over and over again?
Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
Mr Burns of ‘The Simpsons’.
What’s the greatest place you’ve visited?
Central Park, NYC. My favorite place to day-dream.
What’s mankind’s most wonderful invention?
Viagra. I don’t know first-hand but if the day ever comes that I need it, I doubt anything else could be more wonderful!
What’s mankind’s most irritating invention?
Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?
Billy Connolly. Wow, I had that answer before the question was even finished.
Who’s your favorite namesake?