5 Questions For: Mario Boiardi of The Band Dennis

The Band Dennis’ variety of space rock/interstellar prog is heavy on galactic freakouts and orbital psychedelia, driven by synth-and-guitar-generated soundscapes, but this distinct sound would be sorely lacking if not for their remarkably potent rhythm section. On bass is Pelham native Mario Boiardi, whose towering stature matches the towering vigor of his bass-playing, which drip with precision, and help weave Dennis’ cosmic atmospherics. He knows his way around a bassline for sure, but can he answer…


1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?

I’ve been consuming a ton of music lately, so this is a hard one to answer. I’m gonna split it between local and world-wide. I’ve been very much into “Static” by Dream Puppets. On the larger scale, I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve been playing Peter Gabriel’s “So” incessantly for months now. (I’m sure my band loves hearing me taking about it all the time)

2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill with?

This is another tough question, especially if we are talking about the local scene because there are so many awesome bands and variety right now. I like shows to be a mixed bag so I think it would be sick to play a mega show with Dream Puppets/Horse Mode/Strange Changes. I can’t choose just one!

3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?

Aside from playing music, my wife Christina and my daughter Maggie get the most of my time and I love them both dearly. I enjoy being in the woods, whether it be camping or hiking mountains. I also love taking absurdly long drives on byways, the further the better.

4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?

Far be it from me to say I could make any improvements to the scene myself. There’s the obvious things- more venues, more bands, more paying gigs for everybody. But I think if I could make one major change, it would be the establishment of some sort of multi-media collective that shares some sort of warehouse. Like, a singular place where people are creating album covers while the band is recording next door, and somebody’s waiting for the tracks to press them to vinyl or something like that.

5. Which artists, albums, or songs have been most influential in your life so far and in what ways?
(This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interviewee Kevin Conway)

Every one of these questions is not easy to answer! I’ll say:

Pink Floyd (Animals) – for showing how lyrical and musical themes can create an entire world, and deliver a message that remains consistently prescient and relevant throughout time.

Yes (Fragile) – for showing that music can be grandiose, bordering on absurdity, yet remain listenable.

King Crimson (Discipline) – for showing that music can be technical, aggressive, and progressive, while remaining subtle, and in some ways, understated.

Dennis will be appearing at UnchARTed with Sonic Avionics & Swimmintrunks on 02/22, at Thunder Road in Somerville with Band Inc, Kooked Out, X’ella, and Two Piece Trip on 03/02, and again at UnchARTed with No/Hugs on 04/13. Their new EP When The Daylight Comes can be streamed and downloaded from their BandCamp site.

– Lilz Martin