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Actor's New Band All About Spontaneity

Of the Oakland Press

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Vincent Gallo may be the best known member of the new band RRIICCEE, but he’s adamant that doesn’t mean it’s his band.

“This is not the Vince Gallo project,” says the actor, best known for his roles in “Buffalo 66,” which he also wrote and directed, and “Goodfellas.” “This is a musical group ... that I happen to be a member of, no more or less equal than any other member of the band.

“For the moment right now, I’ve been the one to initiate the pieces, but I’m not a band ‘leader’ as such. There’s still a musical dynamic that involves everybody. It’s not more me to say what’s right or wrong, you know?”

RRIICCEE, a name Gallo, 45, fashioned as “something that doesn’t define us as a musical group,” is hardly his first band outing. He’s been in a variety of groups such as Blue Mood, Zephyr, the Plastics, Gray, Bohack and Bunny. In 2002, he released an album of his older songs called “Recordings of Music for a Film” and did some beatboxing on the Zoosersadd album, “The Gates of Hell.”

But RRIICCEE, which also includes former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson, is entirely different from any of those. The group is purely improvisational, getting onstage and playing without any preparation or discussion, while Gallo records the proceedings. RRIICCEE’s future, according to Gallo, is as unknown as what the band will play each night.

“To say I’m not gonna make a recording with this project is unlikely,” he explains. “But we’re not making plans like that ’cause what’s interesting to us is what we’re doing right now, so why would we be interested in other things yet?

“When the moment is right, when it comes naturally, when it seems obvious, I’m sure we would make a recording. But to think about that upfront in some ways is not honest, not part of the exprience we’re going through. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

RRIICCEE performs at 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 14) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 832-6622 or visit www.mocadetroit.org.

Web Site: www.mocadetroit.org

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