Magnificent Bastards have no problem with embracing the “old guy rock” image
indsor’s Magnificent Bastards has been a band for a little bit over a year, but they’ve been
at it for decades.
“We have to embrace the old guy rock image. We really do want to be famous before we die,” laughed Magnificent Bastards guitarist and frontman Dale D’Amore. “Jamie [Greer] is the youngest at 40.”
When D’Amore was asked how the Magnificent Bastards chose their title and if they were aware of the short-lived Scott Weiland band of the same name, D’Amore responded that he was inspired after watching Seinfield and had no idea about Weiland’s band— most people don’t.
But most people don’t know Windsor’s Bastards, either. They’re a working class, hard rock band filled with old steady hands like D’Amore, who most notably played under the Elad monilker in the Rose City’s 1970s punk legends the Spy’s.
Windsor Star writer Ted Shaw short changed them when he called their “Famous When I Die” video a “slap in the face” for Windsor because it was made by Detroit’s 77 Productions. The band set the record straight, arguing the video was filmed in Detroit but all the audio used was recorded in Windsor by Mark Plancke at Sharktank Productions.
The American-born D’Amore was not angry at Shaw for the slight, but bandmates and Windsorites Greer, Mike Fortier and Tim and Dave Garant were less than pleased. The band adamantly “supports local,” said D’Amore, having made the decision to complete its self-titled debut release in the intimate setting of Plancke’s Walkerville studio.
D’Amore argued that the band is doing something right because their growing audience is already a big mix of “young and old.”
He said some are fans from his punk following, but the Bastards are prolific and involved in multiple projects that are sparking interests all over town, such as Greer’s work in the Unquiet Dead. Regardless of demographic, the goals remain the same: promotion, airplay, Internet marketing and finding time to be impressive in the wake of so many other projects happening at once.
Locals, like the programmers at Uwindsor campus radio station CJAM 99.1 FM have “kept my music alive,” D’Amore said, while response from bigger stations has been slow. “The DJs don’t do enough to move it along.”
D’Amore had shopped around and originally recorded project material with Polaris Studios. He was disappointed in the result and had not released the work. D’Amore said that in the September craziness of trying to get their self-titled album out, Plancke didn’t get the credit he should have for a recording job well done.
Plancke himself said, “making Bastards was the most fun I’ve had in a while.”
With an event next Saturday at the Dugout, their first since they played a show to support the release of the “Famous When I Die” video in December, the band is excited to get out and push the album. D’Amore said he’s hoping to attract some new fans and that old ones “don’t die.”
Magnificent Bastards play Jan. 28 at the Dugout, located at 300 Ouellette Ave. The show is free and begins at 10 p.m.