FOCUSED Diaz in full howl
Kanerko — the band name should ring bells, not only because the moniker draws inspiration from veteran White Sox first baseman (and Providence native) Paul Konerko, but their '08 full-length disc Showtime ($5 at kanerko.com), a hefty platter of meat-and-potatoes hard rock that captured the energy put forth in their acclaimed live shows dating back to 2004. Less than one year later, however, vocalist Al Diaz, bassist Kevin Marz, guitarist Anthony Palumbo. and incredibly skilled drummer Nick Iddon (more on him in a sec) quietly closed up shop due to age-old circumstances.
"The four of us got burnt out, period," big bassman Kevin Marz told me earlier this week. "We had to take time to recharge the batteries.
"We take a lot of pride in what we do musically, and if we're not into it 100 percent then that isn't fair to the people who pay to see us and buy our records," he said.
"We absolutely have that focus again," Marz continued. "Expect a more evolved, angrier Kanerko this time around."
Kanerko's sound lands somewhere between major influences Alice In Chains and Corrosion of Conformity, and Marz also acknowledged "old-school Incubus" ("back before Brandon started taking his shirt off all the time"), which can be heard on Showtime's closing track "Spectrum."
The Kanerko resurrection is in full swing, as the band just shot a video for Showtime single "Five Across the Face" with NYC director Jonathan Leyton ("We shot on the rooftop of Monster Mini-Golf overlooking Route 95," Marz said, "we had an absolute blast"), Iddon picked up a sponsorship deal with Silverfox Percussion, and the band hired regional booking agency Revitalize the Scene, which has lined up shows from Hartford to Worcester to New Bedford.
"We had no direction in terms of the business aspect of music," Marz said. "The music business is a strange and currently-evolving entity, and that's why we started working with Nate [Franklin] from Revitalize. He has been a tremendous help thus far." As far as sniffing out record deals, Marz would only elaborate off the record: "Let's just say we're actively pursuing some things."