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A Silver Jubilee – Six Crucial Questions for Pistoleros – A Music Interview

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Silver is a symbol for growing older.

Silver is the traditional gift for a 25th anniversary celebration.

Silver is an element that is adored.

And Silver is the name of the next album from Pisterolos, the Arizona-based band that carries a huge local following and a quarter of a century of experience under its belt.

Below we talk with two mainstays of the band, Lawrence and Mark Zubia, a pair of siblings who’ve devoted their life to rock n’ roll.

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SIX CRUCIAL QUESTIONS FOR… 

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Pistoleros_photo1byJimLouvau

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NAME: Mark Zubia (pictured above, second from left)

AGE (if you want to give it up): 50   

BAND: Pistoleros

POSITION: guitar, vocals, songwriter

HOMETOWN: Phoenix, AZ

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Name: Lawrence Zubia (pictured above, center)

AGE (if you want to give it up): 53

BAND: Pistoleros

POSITION: lead singer

HOMETOWN: Phoenix, AZ

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1. What is your earliest musical memory?

Mark: Jumping out of a closet with a guitar in my hand saying “Hi, I’m Johnny Cash.” I was five.

Lawrence: Kindergarten, radio. “Rosemary” was the song – a girl in my class was named Rosemary. I thought how cool it would be to write a song for a girl.

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2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment? 

Mark: Jumping out of a closet with a guitar in my hand saying “Hi, I’m Johnny Cash.” I was five.

Lawrence: Forgetting the words playing live.

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3. What do you like and dislike about touring?

Mark: Seeing different cities and meeting new people; not sleeping in my own bed, missing loved ones.

Lawrence: Sometimes espresso is hard to locate within the first five minutes of waking up.

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4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?

Mark: Eastside Records (Tempe, AZ) & Amoeba (Hollywood, CA).

Lawrence: Zia Records (Tempe, AZ).

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5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?

Mark: Right now it’s Moments from This Theatre – Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. It’s a live recording of them playing songs they wrote that other people made hits of. “Cry Like a Baby,” “The Dark End of The Street,” “I’m Your Puppet,” “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” to name a few. Just two vocals, acoustic guitar and acoustic piano. Perfection.

Lawrence: Exile On Main Street, Rolling Stones. An album with all the genres of music I like: rock ‘n roll, blues, country.

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6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?

Mark: To my road manager, then my girlfriend and/or wife.

Lawrence: My brother Mark, guitarist in Pistoleros.

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Pistoleros_Silver_coverartbyJimLouvau

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Silver cover courtesy of Fervor Records and Photographer Jim Louvau

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