This "5 and Dime" interview was conducted on the phone with Rusty Gregoire, the lead singer for NOD, on November 9, 2005.

Tell me about your band NOD.

We're a band from Louisiana and I'm Rusty Gregoire, the lead vocalist. Jimi Harris drums, and he and I formed the band about 2 1/2 years ago. We've since added Shawn Curry on rhythm guitar, Shannon Louque on bass guitar, and Peter Cooper, our newest member, is on lead guitar. Peter's a diamond-in-the-rough down here in Louisiana, and he's pulling it all together. We're named after an ancient Sanskrit word for "sound." NOD is a hard-working, bottom-line, and get-it-done type of band. We're a straight forward rock band, sometimes heavy heavy, sometimes light and pretty. We feel the music and let it lead us.

Talk about your band's upcoming CD, "Everything Falls."

That's the working title, but we're kicking around a couple of other names. The tracks are down, we're in a mixing and mastering stage. We should be pressing them in a few weeks. It'll be available at our shows or through our website. Between our website, Myspace page, and Electronic Press Kit, you can find plenty of song samples.

Talk about you plans to play live shows in 2006.

We'd love to play outside of Louisiana, we'll go anywhere. We've all got day jobs, but on the weekend we can take off. It's our passion, it's what we love. We've dedicated our free time lately to the record so we haven't been booking shows, but we're starting that soon. In April of 2005, we're headlining at the Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula. It's the biggest thing around here, other than Mardi Gras.

What does NOD have in store for your fans in the next 12 months?

We're going to be more experimental, and we're trying new, conceptual ideas with our music. Every practice we try to write a new song so there's lots of new material to look forward to. After the new CD is released, we'll already have nine new songs written. If you dig our style and the sound of our music, it's only going to get bigger and better.

Feel free to promote anything else you'd like that applies to your band.

Our official website is, with merch under the "gear" link, our Myspace page is, and we have an Electronic Press Kit at the website. There's no video on the internet, but we've made five videos and when we find the right server to store them, we'll upload them. Keep checking at our website.

Please share your thoughts on Dimebag Darrell.

I listened to Pantera growing up, and Dimebag influenced us all. Pantera influenced how I like to feel music and enjoy it. There was something about them that you couldn't get from other bands. What happened to Dimebag was such a shame. How someone could get so caught up in what a person is playing or singing and bring a gun to a club to kill him, it dumbfounded me. People need to realize that members of bands have real lives outside the band. As a performer it scares me. Fans have to see the separation between a performer's band life and his personal life. They can't blame musicians for something we sing or write about, or something they believed happened because of a song.

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