James Gunn: "The song that’s over the animated credits is a song called “Calling All Destroyers” by a band named Tsar. Great song, great album, not too many people know it. And I was listening to that song a lot when I writing the script, so I wrote those opening credits to play over that song from the very first draft."
"The thing that makes the album so great is that on almost every song, there's a pre-chorus that would be most bands' chorus in it's strength. Much like Ginger and the Wildhearts, they know that a killer pre-chorus makes a lot of difference..."
BP: Are you ever influenced by movies or by your surroundings in L.A.?
JW: No, I'm mostly influenced by pop songs. I cry about every day or every other day over a pop song that makes me feel that kind of hyper-emotionality of a really good pop song; that makes me really feel that aching of what I want my reality to be. Which it's not, so I try to create one that i really like...
Glitzine: Is the band at the point yet where you can concern yourselves with MTV and radio play or are you still more focused on cultivating fans on a club level?
Jeff Whalen: I just want the opportunity to keep making records and being in a band. If that means clubbing it from here on out, fine. If it means radio superstardom with our own Saturday morning comedy rock n roll fun-time TV show, then that's fine, too.
Strutting over trashy guitar riffs that would make G n' R proud, singer Jeff Whalen delivers a convincing snotty snarl, whether dabbling in Ramones-style mutant rock on "Superdeformed" or spreading defiant cheer on the feel-good singalong chorus of "The Love Explosion"... Tsar is lovably aggro, riding the line between commercial tastiness and rough-and-tumble attitude. MusicStack Review of "Band-Girls-Money"
"If you're gonna rock, put some lipstick on," Jeff Whalen says. "Dress up like a wizard. That's what you do if you're in a rock band: Wear a damn cape." Whalen, the singer for the Los Angeles quartet Tsar, is handing more ammunition to those who apply the adjectives "glam" and "glitter" to the band's brashly melodic riffs and soaring, anthem-like refrains.