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Interview: Big Talk (Ronnie Vannucci)

By on Monday, 26th September 2011 at 12:00 pm

Big Talk…well it was just a stupid name that kind of stuck, I means it’s just a nod to bullshit that is coming out today.” These are the words of Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci, whose band Big Talk are hitting the UK for three shows. He was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule here to talk to TGTF. (Their second show is tomorrow night at Manchester Academy 2.)

“The record was just so free and felt so natural,” said Ronnie, and it’s quite easy to tell that; even over the phone a lot of things come naturally to the Vegas-loving sticksman. In conversation he comes across as everything you want one of your favourite rock stars to be: easy going, friendly but more importantly a lover of the career he has chosen and for good reason: the man knows his music and to him it seems to come instinctively. “A lot of the songs were just born here and there, I had ideas before and I think I only used just a small amount of those ideas for some songs and it was like a lot of it was just born there at the studio.”

“We all (in the Killers) decided to take a break and 2 weeks in, I just found myself at a loose end”, so with the Killers on hiatus, Big Talk was born as “more of a function of boredom, it was y’know, like fuck, we’re taking a break, now what am I gonna do? I mean, when you quit making music cold turkey, it’s pretty hard”.

“We just sat around. Well, we didn’t just sit around, but it was a nice time. I mean, the way we made the record was just so free and kinda natural as well, kind of like a party.” The record has already come out with single ‘Getaways’ featuring on NME Radio regularly. And when asked about the influences for the album he replied, “I didn’t really aim the gun in any specific direction, I think if there is any kind of continuity, I guess it is based on just my skill set as a musician”.

No interview with Ronnie Vannucci is complete without a look in the direction of new Killers material. “It’s coming along really well and once I am done with the UK tour, I am going straight back to Nashville. And we are gonna be in Vegas as well for about a week, then run through some tunes that we have written, then go to Nashville to record some stuff. It feels good to bounce back and forth between the two and I feel what I learnt from playing guitar and singing is valuable for when I sit behind the drums or when we are writing songs in the studio because you kind of attack it with another perspective.” It looks like the future seems bright for Killers fans, but while Big Talk are around, why not catch them and see the Killers stickman in a whole other light? Who knows? You might not think Brandon is the best thing about the Killers anymore.


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