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May 13, 1997

Day of the Iguana Interview

With Roy Truxillo, Chris Banker, and Michael Banker

by Bret Krock

The past three years have seen some monumental reunions in the rock world. Salivating fans have been witness to the reunification of The Eagles, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, and KISS (They reunited with their make- up.). And now, Mobile has its own reunion to celebrate. After a two-year hiatus, the members of Day of the Iguana have returned with a vengeance. Members Chris and Michael Banker, Brian Graves and Roy Truxillo, decided it was time to get back together and give Mobile the show it has desperately waited for since the band's farewell gig back in 1995.

I sat down with three of the members to find out what sparked the reunion and what the ultimate goal of this new partnership really is.

How were the relationships in the band before Day of the Iguana's original break-up?

Roy: Right before we broke up the band had become our job. Not only were we playing four times a week, we had also become incredibly sick of playing covers. It had gotten to the point where we would tell people that we had a CD out and they would ask if there were any Stone Temple Pilot songs on there. The band became work that we didn't enjoy anymore.

Was there a certain event or idea that sparked this reunion?

Chris: We were standing on the balcony of a New Orleans hotel right after seeing KISS. I was doing my thing with Moonkricket, the band I was in at the time, and Brian was in the middle of his stint with Wonderbred, when he came up to me and said, "How would you like to record a full length Day of the Iguana CD? And I instantly said, "Why didn't ask me that a year ago!" I think that was what restarted the whole thing.

Lead singer Roy was reluctant when approached with the idea. "I was holding out. I wasn't ready to jump back into playing covers four nights a week. But after we all sat down and had a meeting to establish some common goals, I was ready to get back out there and put on a good show."

What are some of those common goals that you guys decided on?

Chris: "We are ultimately hoping for a record deal. And I think that with our new CD, Dogma?, there is a very good chance of this. We had a lot of fun recording it and I think that feeling comes out when you listen to it. We're putting a lot into this as far as work and money goes and we're expecting some positive results."

Mobilians will get their chance to see the newly reformed Day of the Iguana for the first time May 9 at Monsoons. It would be a serious mistake to miss this one since not only will the band be using "the biggest P.A. system a Mobile club has ever seen," the band will also be premiering songs off of the new studio effort, Dogma?, one of the best CD's to come from a hometown band in a long time. Catch them in the Mobile area while you can, because it seems Mobile will be sharing Day of the Iguana with the rest of the world sooner than you think.


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