Burning Stars: Can you start by introducting yourself?
Nick Gigler (drums): I'm Nick Gigler, I play drums for a Detroit band called Bastardous.
BS: Right now you only have 2 songs available on Bandcamp. Do you have any plans to head into the studio to record a full length?
Nick: We just put out our debut album. It's self-titled, and is available through a small Michigan based label. It will be available on iTunes
and other sites when our vinyl is released, but that won't be until fall of 2015. The cd can be purchased through Bellyache records now,
BS: In April you got to tour with the Suicide Machines. How did the tour go?
Nick: The Suicide Machines tour was a blast, Rich the bass player of TSM is our bass player. I actually met all those guys in 2003 on
Warped with Mest, and that was the first group of friends I had from Detroit before eventually moving there. I hadn't toured in about 7
years so it was a little difficult, (now that I have a 1 1/2 year old son) but, some of the shows were pretty big, about half of them sold
out. TSM have always been one of my favorite bands, and Derek Grant is an idol of mine, so it was surreal to be riding in a van with
him, hearing Alkaline Trio stories. He was a great guy, and pretty understanding of us Bastardous dudes being drunk 15 nights in a row.
BS: Are there any highlights from the tour you would like to share?
Nick: Every night was so much fun, but Chicago was probably the best, it was sold out at Reggies, and a bunch of my old friends and
family were there. We really got to bro down with a fellow Detroit band called Break Anchor on the tour too, it's Jay Navarro from TSM
other band and they kick ass and are great dudes. Check em out!
BS: You have mostly done east coast dates so far. Do you have any plans to hit the west coast and do a full tour in the near future?
Nick: It's always easier to do east coast tours, because the drives are a lot shorter. This opportunity was proposed to us and we had to
say yes. We don't have plans as of now to head west, but I always loved that part of the country, and we definitely would if it made
sense. I'm actually heading to Anaheim this Thursday to play a Mest reunion show at the HOB, but Bastardous will probably have to
BS: Dream tour?
Nick: Dream tour? Man that's tough. NOFX has always been up there for me, I'm not sure how fans of them would respond to us
though. I'm a big Alkaline Trio fan, and I think their fans would like Bastardous. I bring a lot of their songwriting style to our songs...well I
try anyway. So that would be the tour I guess, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, and The Bronx from Los Angeles because I just fucking love that
band right now.
BS: If you could be invisible for a day, where would you go and what would you do?
Nick: Invisible for a day? I guess like, I'd hang out in a Victoria's Secret dressing room all day right?
BS: Anything else you'd like to add? Final words for your fans?
Nick: I'd just add, that I am unbelievably excited about Bastardous, these songs are some of the greatest I've ever been a part of. My
singer/guitarist Tony Del Bel writes amazing songs, and we naturally come together to make them even better. I believe there's 3 songs
online, and a video for "Kristen" that I put together of us in the studio (www.vimeo.com/123322230). Check us out on Facebook, and all
that good stuff.
Bastardous interview by: Maureen Benedict