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5 questions with Brandon Gaines, singer/guitarist
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Sgt. Kickass
Record release party
What: Release of new album, “Get Tanked” by Sgt. Kickass featuring Dead Fryday, Nightlore Dequelo
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Masquerade, 695 North Ave. NE, Atlanta
How much: $8, $10 at the door
More info: 770-530-2865
Sometimes, you just need to rock.
And that’s when you go to a Sgt. Kickass show. Although the band is based in Gainesville, it’s found a following among the metalheads in Atlanta and is celebrating the release of its new album, “Get Tanked,” on Saturday at Masquerade.
We spoke with guitarist and singer Brandon Gaines who, along with fellow singer and guitarist Gordon Drumm, bassist Jaco Kiley and drummer Daniel Carlisle, will join fellow Gainesville band Dequelo and a couple of others to usher in the new album.

Question: Can you describe the band and its style?
Answer: We all just practice here in Gainesvillle. We’re sort of a mix of heavy ’70s rock with classic metal. It’s kind of like if Anthrax and AC/DC got drunk and made an album together.

Q: What are your shows like?
A: We have a crazy stage show. We built an Army tank around our drum set. Smoke comes out of the cannon of the tank and we dress up in all camo and we run around and basically act like maniacs.
(The tank) is there through the whole thing. It took us about an hour and a half to put the whole thing together. We’re good with power tools.

Q: How long has the band been together?
A: Five years. We usually do shows in Atlanta; we tried a couple local gigs but there’s not much room on these stages.

Q: Do you do covers or original songs?
A: We do a couple covers. We do some ’70s rock covers like Kiss, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, but most of what we do is original songs. We sing a lot about parties and beer. I got a bottle opener on the front of my guitar and I open beers with it during the show.

Q: So, what are your influences?
A: We actually have a very eclectic mix of music we listen to. One day we may be listening to the soundtrack of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” and the next day it may be classic country from the ’60s. I used to be a teacher at Ted’s Pro Music and I had to learn a bunch of styles.
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