Grand Band Slam Winners Preview – Triple XXX

Photo courtesy of Triple X

To conclude our weeklong series of articles previewing winners for Grand Band Slam 2010, the Underground decided to go hardcore. Luckily, the members of Valley-rockers Triple XXX were up to the job.

Though the group first formed in the late ‘80s, turbulent band relations led to an eventual break-up in 1990. Then, 20 years later video surfaced online of the original lineup in action at a nearby venue. This footage acted as the catalyst for a band reunion of sorts, and now complete with new members Dave Hall and Gina Andia the group is ready to bring “arena rock” back to clubs across Western Massachusetts.

Band name – Triple XXX

Category won – Rock

Members – Gina Andia (Lead Vocals) Dave Hall (Guitar and Vocals) Jake Torrey (Bass) Mike Duquette (Drums) John LaValley (Guitar & Vocals)

Q. What town(s) does Triple X call home?

A. West Springfield, Westfield, and Chicopee, Mass.

Q. What year did the band form?

A. Originally 1988, the current incarnation September 2009.

Q. What is your favorite thing about being a musician in the valley? Biggest complaint?

A. Favorite – The people, we have had soooo much support from all of our friends, it’s just amazing! Complaint – Not enough clubs anymore, we’ve seen the demise of some great rooms in the last two years, the recession has taken its toll on the local “Live Music” scene.

Q. Tell us about your best and worst gigs.

A. Best gig – Friends of the Sanders Benefit at the Knights of Columbus on Page Boulevard in Springfield. In August we got the opportunity to share the stage with some of the Valley’s most talented musicians (Bad Magick, Two Suffering Bastards, and Highroller) and help make a difference for an incredible family in their time of need.  Worst gig – Luckily I’d have to say that we have yet to have a “worst” gig. I would say our most recent gig was the toughest, both Gina and myself were incredibly sick, but we got through it. We have been very blessed to have the support we have gotten over the last year!

See video of Triple XXX at the Dawn of Hope Benefit here:


Q. What can fans expect at/ from one of your shows?

A. The unexpected. We will cover anything! You never know what’s going to be on the setlist next. We like to play stuff that you never get to hear in the clubs. And no genre is safe. We’ve gone from Pat Benatar to Megadeth to Judas Priest to Pink. Also, we are trying to re-create that “arena rock” feel in the clubs. Big light shows and production, strobes, and smoke et cetera.

Q. What was the last record you bought/ listened to?

A. Mike Abdow’s (Aquanett) “Native Alien,” hands down the best CD I’ve purchased in a long time.

Q. What other Valley band (or solo artist) do you like or look up to?

A. We like them all. There is so much raw talent in the Valley, I’m surprised that we don’t see more artists signed out of this area more frequently.

Q. What has been your biggest/ weirdest “rock ‘n’ roll moment”?

A. Hmmmm, we haven’t really been around long enough for anything really interesting. I will say that the coolest “rock ‘n’ roll” moment to date would have to be sharing the stage with the guys from Bad Magick and Two Suffering Bastards at the “Dawn of Hope” Benefit, then watching ourselves on TV40 News later that night! That was pretty interesting.

Q. What’s your favorite venue to play? Least favorite?

A. We love any room that will let us make noise in it. You got a deck, patio, gazebo, broom closet we’ll play in it!

Q. Do you have any advice for other Valley artists or musicians who are just starting out?

A. Be true to yourselves, and keep it fun, above everything else it should be fun. No gig is too small/too big. Give every gig 110% whether there are three or 300 people.

For more information and tour dates please visit www.facebook.com/pages/TRIPLE-XXX. And don’t miss the group on stage at Grand Band Slam 2010.

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