Friday, August 30, 2013


Thanks to Raven from Corrupt TV's Pennsylvania affiliate, Corruptsylvania !
(hearts and smiley faces included...)

I'd like to introduce Brian Lisik to you tonight. He is another AWESOME Artists from the Arkon, OH show case that I was able to finally meet up with. Brian it's been a pleasure chatting it up with off and on the past few weeks and to finally be able to post our interview thrills me. I love your answers to all my off the wall questions I tossed at ya.  You're wonderful. I look forward to checking in with you from time to time to see how things are goin.

So, Here it is everyone my interview with Brian Lisik.

Raven: When did music become your passion?

Brian Lisik: Like most people, I've always had music around me in some way. My parents always had a lot of stuff from the 50s and 60s lying around - Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, old country stuff. But when my older brother, Brock, got a guitar when he was about 15 and one of our cousins played us a Waylon Jennings record, it was all over. Brock learned as much of the Waylon catalog we could get our hands on, so I got to see someone playing Waylon songs in my own basement. At about 10 years old I began to really think 'THAT is something I could see myself doing.' Plus it had become painfully apparent by that point that I was a horrible baseball player and Indiana Jones wasn't hiring archaeologist interns to help fight Nazis, so my options were limited.

Raven: What drives you to keep pursing your dreams?

Brian Lisik: Stupidity mainly. And the fact that I keep coming up with songs and the live set keeps getting more solid and better. I guess the goal from the beginning was to become really good, get lots of accolades for my brilliance, then ride off into the sunset or something. I've gotten better, some people have told me I'm not bad, but I'm far from riding off anywhere yet.

Raven: What are your aspirations for the future?

Brian Lisik: I think I probably started to answer that one in the last question. In general, just to keep working and getting paid. In the immediate future, the band and I are recording a new CD that we hope to have out in the spring of 2014 - and we have been talking to a couple different labels about releasing it, which could open it up to some more markets than the other ones have been able to hit. So far we've had great success press-wise - and thank you for that - but I'd definitely like to tour more. I play throughout the Midwest and East Coast fairly regularly, but maybe get out west and down south some. And we are also releasing a live DVD later this year. So stay tuned.

Raven: How has the underground music world been to you?

Brian: The underground music world has kind of been a second - or maybe first - home for me. And 'underground' has meant a lot of different things over the years that I've been playing. I used to write for Scene Magazine in Cleveland and I got to review all the 'underground' music that the magazine received - which meant mostly self-released or very small label stuff that nobody else wanted to listen to. But I discovered some killer bands that way; Guided By Voices, Afghan Whigs, Less Than Jake, the Kelley Deal 6000, Todd Snider, some guy named Bob from Detroit who went by the name Kid Rock - then years later, many of these bands were being touted as the new wave of 'Alternative music' and everybody wanted to sound like The Nixons. To me, music - at least rock music - sounds best all loud and sweaty in a basement that smells like a cross between stale beer and mold. But I play at many much nicer places now - you know, since I am a guy who gets interviewed by magazines now. Wink.

Raven: HeHe! 

Raven:What’s your favorite moment so far in your career?

Brian Lisik: Boy, that is a tough one. Really every time my band and I are on stage and hit a groove and sort of glance at each other with that 'wow' expression - that becomes the latest 'favorite moment.' But I'd have to say the best times overall have been the really surreal moments - having lunch at Don Dixon's house with the Smithereens and Don gets a call from the guy who is about to go out on tour playing drums for Don Henley; doing shots and learning the chords to 'Frankie' backstage with Jesse Malin while my bass player is banging on the door going 'dude, we're on, let's go!'; practicing in the garage with my daughter and her friends as our 'audience'; watching my son sing Red Hot Chili Peppers songs with his new guitar player at a show on a patio in Canton last week...I got a million of 'em.

Raven: Where is your next event going to be held at?

Brian Lisik: I am playing at 6 p.m. tomorrow night (Aug. 30) at Eadies Fish House, 6616 Wise Ave. N.W. in North Canton. But depending on when this story runs, just check out for the whole schedule.
Also, Oct. 5 at will be my PA Show.

Raven: Where can we find your music to listen so we can jam to your awesomeness?

Brian Lisik: You can find me @
Brian Lisik rock musician and writer.

Raven:What is your favorite color and why?

Brian Lisik: Apologies to all the artists out there who may claim white and black aren't real colors, but I just feel like I look best wearing black. And I love Johnny Cash. So black is my favorite color.

Raven:Do you have a favorite memory from life so far that you can share with us?

Brian Lisik: Hmm...another tough one. Actually I can't think of just one. I'm proud of a lot of my accomplishments and being a dad has been one big long favorite memory really. But I guess I'll be vague and say I'm glad that in the memory department, I've had more favorites than not. From what I can remember.

Raven:If a fan is sitting there struggling with something in life, what would your advice be to them?

Brian Lisik: Don't quit. I know that sounds all Nancy-Reagan-Just-Say-No, or I'm-OK-Your-OK psycho-babble crap. But I remember several years ago, when I was going through - in hindsight - what was a really rough time for me - and a guy I worked with at a radio station came outside to have a smoke and I was standing there and he must have noticed something and he said 'you know, it will all work out. Because it has to, right?' In other words, life is life and it has a weird way of working out - not always like you think it should, but it does. We can't even control half of it. And by the way, I took that line from my co-worker and stuck it in a song. So you should also buy a Brian Lisik CD and come to a show if you are struggling with life; rock-n-roll always worked for me.

Keep it ROCKIN Brian.. Again thank you so much for this awesome time you shared with me here. We MUST do it again soon! 

Everyone check out Brian Lisik's work and be ready to be wow'd by the wonderful music you will find there. 
CTV only brings you the best underground stuff in the whole world!!!

Where will the adventure's take Raven next? Stay Tuned in to find out!!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013


After a few months back home taking care of business, socking away some cash, getting started on both the next studio record (due out Spring 2014) and the Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates live concert film Save Me From My Life, and working on a new on-the-road memoir (set to be released in 2014 in conjunction with the long-awaited retail release of the Lisik documentary film On The Wrong Side of the Canal) The Messy 2012-2013 Tour is set to hit the road again in early October, with planned stops in Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

New Brian Lisik The Mess That Money Could Buy T-shirts are also on sale now and can be purchased at the store - - along with the Happiness Is Boring and The Mess That Money Could Buy cds.

Stay tuned for more updates at ,, and .

And see ya at the shows kiddies!

“Picturesque story lines at times reminiscent of the masters of the genre including Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.” Bruce Moore - Pure Grain Audio