The Beatles and Metallica; both are renowned rock bands that changed the scope of history. Both masterfully introduced a revolutionary style of sound. But musically both bands are on completely different ends of the rock spectrum.
So, if you somehow managed to scientifically isolate and combine the crunching metal style of Metallica, and just perfectly applying it to some of The Beatles’ most well beloved songs, you would have a band half as great as Beatallica.
Throughout the past decade, Beatallica have been capturing the attention of fans from both bands with their dominative smashups, that bear such titles as “The Thing That Should Not Let It Be” and “I Want To Choke Your Band”.
Their unique, comedic rock take on these classics throughout the Beatles’ catalogue lands Beatallica a lengthy step above all other Metallica cover bands out on the scene.
I recently sat down to talk to front man Jaymz Lennfield to talk about the history of the band, the story behind the Beatallica name, and the band’s new studio album ‘Abbey Load.’
Jaymz Lennfield: Simply a Spoof Fest festival in Milwaukee where bands emulate some other artists. We did Metallica on April Fool’s Day and made some MP3s of fun stuff for the show. Combine that with the internet setting it on fire and…voila! Happy accident. I wasn’t even playing rock and roll at the time.
Jaymz: We’ve all known each other for 20 years or more individually so that part was easy. Just playing in the scene and realizing our admiration for both Beatles and Metallica. It’s a pre-requisite for this band, no doubt.
Jamyz: Dave Dixon, former webmaster, named the band for his Beatles radio show. The music had no name as it wasn’t really a band. The MP3s were anonymous so he took the initiative and found us later. I guess the name Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem was already taken.
Jaymz: Well sure! Sort of like having a stalker who reveals themselves to you. Except this one had all its teeth.
Jaymz: The title was too easy! We’d been kicking that idea around for about 5 years, truth be told. The permissions, however, needed to be had. Thankfully, most of them were. We’d love to put all our ideas on album but this never seems to happen due to logistics, denials, etc. So so so many things that didn’t make the album were not on our behalf but because of the agreement with various folks. We think Abbey is our best effort even with all the hurdles. The Beatle melody lines, lyrics, and structures are all there. It’s the Metallica groove and feel that spices up the album.
Jaymz: Working with both bands is always a challenge because you are automatically put inside a small box that has to include all musicians, label folks, publishers, etc. Everyone has to be satisfied with the effort and intent. The songwriting concepts may be the easiest part. But just because a vibe may seem to fit, it may not be permitted. Always a lot of checking and double checking and we were held to a certain presentation standard with ‘Abbey Load.’
Jaymz: Probably the best drum sessions to date, per Ringo and Flemball (engineer)! My vocal tracks went along quite well just due to the fact that I’m more seasoned at all this and we work well on the fly. Greg works best alone, actually. He did his guitar parts at his recording studio. Kliff’s sessions are usually a krupnik party so that may be a bit more uncontrolled.
Jaymz: You have to go with the medleys, right? Or else why tackle this beast?! The band is always up for a challenge and this is another one conquered!
Jaymz: You can’t deny parts of history. It’s a cultural thing and needs to be explored. Beatallica is a learning tool, in some ways. We turn folks on to Beatles, Metallica, parts of each band’s catalog that others may not be familiar with. It can be a great learning tool and the band opens minds to other ways of thinking.
Jaymz: If we tell you, we’d have to ice you.
Jaymz: A few areas are first on our list and we are having conversations with them as we’re doing this. Could be Europe, could be east coast USA. Follow us on Facebook for the real answers on shows, what the album is all about, how and why it is the way it is. Many misconceptions out there, just like every band!
Jaymz: Costuming, old school sweat, very interactive. We want to make folks part of the show and we usually drag unsuspecting victims up on stage, so don’t forget to brush!