Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Los Bizzarros ***New Interview***

Los Bizzarros is are a great punk band from Argentina. They have a pretty cool live set and have shared the stage with Marky Ramone and a ton of local bands. They also have a great LP out and have played so shows outside of Argentina. I got the band to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
We are "Los Bizzarros", an Argentinean punk rock band that was born in,
Capital Federal, Buenos Aires.
Our band is integrated by Ezequiel (drums), Dino (vocals), Matías (lead
guitar and backing vocals), and Ariel (bass guitar).

How did the band start?
The band started in 2001. We used to play in underground places from Buenos
Aires, but unfortunately, by the year 2007, the band broke up, and it is in
the year 2009 that we got together again with some new members. From that
moment, we are very enthusiastic with the band, and we are playing all the
time and making new songs.

How did you come up with the name?
The name of the band, came up of "Mondo Bizarro" album released by The
Ramones.

Who would you say are your influences?
At the beginning of the band formation, our main influence was The Ramones.
They were the band which consolidated our music style and our sounds.
However, there are many other bands that influenced us at the time of
making songs, such us Kiss, The Kinks, Beach Boys, Buzzcocks, among others.

What is the punk scene like in Argentina?
The punk scene in Argentina is quite new, indeed. It comes from the 80’s
because it was during that decade that very important punk rock bands, such
as Los Violadores, were born. Moreover, during the 90’s The Ramones visited
our country so many times, and it was at that moment when the Argentinean
punk scene rose incredibly. The Ramones influenced the formation of many
new bands in our country, and the 90’s was also the decade in which
thousands of foreign bands came to Argentina. Nowadays, there are too many
bands playing punk rock, but it is not a massive music style – only the
bands that are consolidated from many years, such as Los Violadores, are
the ones that have more repercussion.

Describe the song writing process...
Generally, Ezequiel is the one who writes the majority of our songs. Once
he writes one, he performs it in a small home studio that we have, and
then, he shows us how the song would sound. After that, all the members of
the band give their contribution to that song in order to improve it or to
complement it, until the moment we all agree that the song is finished and
finally, we start to play it in our studio.

What have you released?
We have only edited one LP in 2007. It was released by the band itself, but
nowadays, it is out of catalogue and we hope that in a couple of years it
was turned into an item-collector! LOL

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
We have shared stage with Marky Ramone in two opportunities and several
Argentinean bands such as Cadena Perpetua, 2 Minutos, and Expulsados.
We always try to perform with bands that we like and admire. That’s why we
believe that if we perform with those kinds of bands, fun and enjoyment is
guaranteed!

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
We always prefer to perform in a big stage due to the fact that we can show
all the potential of the band in a better way. Better venues  implicate
better PA, better sound systems, better audio quality, etc. However, we
believe that playing in small venues  is a very good thing too, because we
can have all our fans near us enjoying every song of our show.

Have you toured?
Last year, we have been to Uruguay twice, and we have also visited some
Argentinean cities such as Mar del Plata (300Km away from the capital of
Buenos Aires) and some provinces such as Córdoba and Santa Fé. We always
have the idea of touring all our country and America, but it is a bit
complicated because of distances. There is too much distance between cities
and sometimes, we cannot trust producers that we don’t know. Once we have
recorded our new material, we have the idea of touring, so we hope we can
achieve that dream!

Is there a favourite band you like to do shows with?
We like performing with friend bands, such as Los Dukes, Sarcasmo,
Diasepunk and Cuatro lados (from Uruguay).

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
Yes, there are several places that we like to perform shows at. For
instance, El Especial and The Roxy are our favourite ones, but we hope that
soon we could perform shows at the Madison Square Garden! LOL

What do you see is the future of Los Bizzarros?
Our next show will be on November 19th, and it will be the last show of
this year. After that show, we will focus on the record of our next EP – we
will count with the artistic and executive production of Alejandro Taranto,
who was producer of very popular bands such as Los Fabulosos Cadillacs,
A.N.I.M.A.L., Infierno 18, among others. Our new album will be recorded in
a high level studio and we hope to exceed all our expectations because
having an international high quality audio it’s not typical for an
underground band, and we are glad to have this possibility. At this moment,
we are finishing the pre-production of our new songs and we are also
rehearsing all the time so that we can be at that studio and record our new
material.

How can people contact the band?
All the people that is interested in our music can visit our website at
www.losbizzarros.com.ar or they can also visit our Facebook Page at
www.facebook.com/losbizzarros. We always try to be present in all the
social webs and interact with our fans and colleagues of the entire world.

the Bram Stokers ***New Interview***


the Bram Stokers are an incredible punk band out of London. They have a great live set and have shared the stage with some of the legends of the UK punk scene. Not bad for a band that does not have an official studio release. I got the band to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
Clive Peacock (Vocals), Matt Hocking (Effects guitar), Mick Booth (Bass/Backing Vocals), Dave Bishop (Percussion)

How did the band start?
Unbeknown to The Bram Stokers They had actually existed as another band in the early 1980’s, Called Shoot the Moon However a tragic accident befell the band when the public lavatory in which they were residing (or was it rehearsing) collapsed on them, the result of this has rendered the entire band with partial amnesia And the delusion that they are descended from the Irish gothic novelist And secondly that that they can actually play their instruments To this end they have all adopted the family name of Stokes. The following is a brief synopsis of the band.

Rudyard Wilberforce-Stokes  (AKA Clive Peacock):
Claims that he has come from a distinguished line of Wilberforce-Stokes and that one of his ancestors (Captain Bottysmack Wilberforce-Stokes) served with honour on the field of Waterloo. Unfortunately no evidence of this officer exists. The therapy to help him with his urges to bite the earlobes of members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints and to spontaneously shout “so where have you hidden the sausage this time!” appears to be working and Rudyard Wilberforce-Stokes appears to be able to function in his role as lead singer. He is, however, being monitored closely by his partner in case any other problematic outbursts occur.
Robert Brothel-Stokes  AKA Mick Booth and various other aliases):
The Brothel-Stokes, according to Bob, were respectable tradesmen in nineteenth century London, although he does not seem to be able to allude to what trade they were in. He claims that his ancestor Chopper Brother-Stokes had an extremely large portfolio that manifested itself in many areas. There is some evidence that he was arrested in 1853 and deported. The self-help group is working well for his tendency to carry out the balloon dance in inappropriate places although he struggles with it after consuming too many blue Smarties. He is also banned from consuming Vimto as doctors have positively linked it with his propensity to rub himself against pillar boxes in lurid manner. Despite this his bass playing is progressing well.
Rupert Avitt-Stokes (AKA Matt Hocking):
There is absolutely no evidence that the Right Honourable Gorn Avitt-Stokes was the Speaker of the House from 1858 to 1863. Nor that a Lord Wanna and Lady Often Avitt-Stokes ever existed. These are figments of an obviously twisted mind whose depths medical science has yet to fathom. The medication has successfully suppressed Rupert Avitt-Stokes’ urges to de-frock members of the clergy, chew shop awnings and inappropriately fondle vegetables in the supermarket. His tendency to hold lengthy conversations with kitchen appliances in various retail outfits can still only be described as “work in progress”. His wife has finally managed to convince him that a diet comprising entirely of Tequila and axle grease is not nature’s way and he is making tentative steps towards playing guitar.
Richard Dodge-Stokes (AKA Dave Bishop):
Little was known of Shoot the Moons drummer prior to the accident and even less seems apparent now. It would appear, by his demeanor, that he bore the brunt of the accident. His propensity to apply wallpaper to any available industrial or agricultural machinery has not in itself proved problematic but as an offshoot has resulted in several lucrative painting and decorating contracts. His conviction that he is a three toed sloth has resulted in several arrests when he has been found naked hanging upside down from trees with moss stuck to his back in a number of public places. To date he has not been formally charged and a cocktail of drugs has the condition under control. There is no historical evidence to his claims of an ancestor the honourable (Rumpy) Strumpington-Stokes or that the office of “Keeper of the Queen’s Libido” ever existed. For the best part his drumming abilities remain intact.

How did you come up with the name?
We love everything about the Victorian era and one of our new songs is called Whitechapel, after the area of London that Jack the Ripper used to haunt.
And of course the Irish Novelist Bram Stoker was from around this time too and that's where we got the name.

Who would you say are your influences?
So so many Inc. The Jam, The Stranglers, The Who, The Kinks, The Buzzcocks, The Clash, Nirvana, Deep Purple, Led Zep, Jimmy Hendrix of course.+ many many more.

What is the punk scene like in the UK?
There is a fantastic London scene with somewhere to play (it seems like) on every street corner.

Describe the song writing process...
Hard question that it varies it's either Matt or me (Mick) that come up with a set of chords or a bass line we take it into rehearsal and thrash it out, sometimes Clive comes up with some or all of the melodies, sometimes either Matt or I do and sometimes its a real band effort.

What have you released?
Up to date we done quite a few demo cd’s but we have never been happy enough with the quality to release them as a proper single, we are going into the studio again in new year to finally do it.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
Sham 69, English Dogs, Wonder stuff, London, Menace, Rhonda Dakar from The Bodysnatchers + loads more.

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
We love playing anywhere but personally I prefer a big stage and a big crowd.

Have you toured?
No not yet (we are hoping to next year).

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
We have played with many bands over the years very difficult to pick a favourite.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
We have played at Guilfest in Guilford Surrey UK twice now its a great festival we always have a great time before during and after the gig.

Do you see is the future of The Bram Stokers?
We have been gigging in and around London since way back in 1982, we had a 10 year + layup for work and family commitments but are now back with a vengeance.
We would like to do a mini tour of Europe and/or the States so if anyone reading/hearing this wants to contact us to arrange something the door is wide open.

How can people contact the band?
Either via our website ( www.thebramstokers.co.uk )which has various links or directly to thebramstokers@hotmail.co.uk

Nada Mas Basura ***New Interview***


Nada Mas Basura are a great punk band out of San Antonio. They have a great live set which they have shared throughout the Southwestern US, sharing the stage with some awesome bands. They currently have only released a demo, but are working on releasing more stuff. I got the band to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
We are Nada Mas Basura from San Antonio,TX
Rob on Drums
Ricky on Bass
Prater on Guitar/Vocals

How did the band start?
We met around late 2003, or early 2004 through Rob's sister Dina. Ricky and Rob used to jam together in High School (2002-2004-ish) in a band called Fire at Will, Prater was playing in a couple of bands around this time, but both broke up only after a short time. Fire at Will also came to an end soon after .
A friend of Prater's named Noe approached him in 2005 about starting a Horrorpunk band called The Dreadnauts, so he recruited Rob and Ricky to join. This lasted about 3 years (off and on) until Noe left.
After taking a year off from being a band, Rob played with other groups here and there. In 2008 Ricky & Prater traveled in England, Wales, & Ireland for a couple of weeks. While on the trip Prater wrote lyrics to what would eventually become the basis for the new direction and formation of Nada Mas Basura!
When they returned to San Antonio, Prater talked to Rob and Ricky about starting a new band from scratch...but not set out for any particular genre.  We carried over one song from The Dreadnauts days and wrote, rewrote, and reworked some punk rock, ska, surf songs, and even a reggae tune.
We played our first show in September of 2009 and have being playing ever since.

How did you come up with the name?
Some time in 2008 Prater was working long hours as a Gas Station clerk, passing the time reading magazines off the shelf. In one he came across an article about violence against Emo kids in Mexico. In the article the journalist was interviewing a group of young metal-heads and punk rockers who were attacking the Emo kids. The reporter asked one of the guys what he identified as, a punk rocker or metal-head? He answered, "Nada Mas Basura, I'm just trash."
Prater wrote that down thinking It would make a good name for a song or a band, It became both.

Who would you say are your influences?
LIFE. We write about what we know, what we've been through. Our families, our friends, our jobs.
Musically, we listen to everything from Punk Rock, Ska, Country, Tejano, Irish, Tex-Mex, Surf, 50s & 60s Rock N Roll, so It's kinda hard to narrow it down.
2tone bands like Bad Manners, The English Beat, and The Specials are a big influence. As are punk bands like The Dead Pets, The Clash, The Ramones, Choking Victim, Sex Pistols, Operation Ivy, and Agent Orange. Others like The Cure, Joy Division, Texas Tornados, Shane MacGowan & The Pogues. That's pretty much just the tip of the iceberg.

What is the punk scene like in San Antonio?
We don't really have a punk scene here in San Antonio anymore, at least from our perspective...not the punk scene that we grew up with anyways... and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The punk scene we were a part of in San Antonio was a long standing one stemming all the way from when the Sex Pistols played at Randy's Rodeo here in 1978. But from what we understand, the punk scene didn't really get going here till about the mid 1980s. Alot of bands that we saw as teenagers when we started going to shows around 1999-2000 had been around since the early to mid 1980s, so when we came up and finally had bands of our own that would play with these guys we were pretty excited.
But it became very repetitive, the same bands on the same bill, at the same club every weekend, the same songs over and over, no one was writing anything new. It became very stale.
Now in San Antonio exists a MUSIC scene. It's all DIY & DIT, bands help each other out, no matter the genre. Everyone has shows with everyone and it's not a cliquish scene anymore for the most part, yeah here and there a few but not many.

Describe the song writing process...
After running through our existing set, we'll just sit and fuck around for an hour so showing each other new riffs we've come up with, or come up with stuff off the top of our heads and play it until it sounds good. Prater will take that and try to write some lyrics to it and he brings it back and we arrange it in a way it sort of makes sense.
We've been playing together for a long time so it's really easy for us to understand what the other is trying to get across to us, or wants from us on a certain song.

What have you released?
So far we have released a 4 song demo that we hand out at shows. It was recorded in our buddy Anthony's shed in May or June of 2010.
We are currently recording with Phillip Luna, he's a booking agent for Boneshakers Bicycle Pub and is a musician with jazz outfit Royal Punisher and rock group Fear Snakeface.
We've laid down music and vocals for 7 tracks and we are going in this weekend to finish up some lead and backup vocals, and to mix the tracks. Hopefully we'll have enough money to press a 5 song E.P. for release in January 2013. Also we are planning a 7" vinyl split with our friends (and Rob's other band) Knockin' Chucks, shooting for a mid-summer release for that.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
National Acts: Agent Orange, Calabrese, Everybody Out!, Destroy Everything, Dr. Chud's X-Ward.
While On Tour: The Rebel Set (Phoenix), Social Concern (Sacramento), Ollin (Boyle Heights, Los Angeles), Nuclear Victims (Atlanta), Greg Esparza of Thee Midniters (Los Angeles)
Local and other Texas Acts: Pinata Protest, Viet-Ruse, Blue Means Go, American Swine, MiraLook, Ovary Action, Pussyfoot, Lisa Frank, Las Hijas de la Chingada, Robo Tumble, The Dementers, Flametrick Subs (Austin), Bacchanalian Bliss(Laredo), Without Profit,  DUB Gideon, No Time for The Old In And Out, Eric Montoya/HOME,  The Phantomatics, The Moriartys, Elvis Cantu & The Babymoons, Fear Snakeface, Los #3 Dinners, Knockin Chucks, Kon Madre, Jiffy (Corpus Christi),  Broke Dick Dogs, Ted F. Bundy, & Say Revenge

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
It's all good to us. We'll play every chance we get, we don't have a comfort zone so we are always looking for a new place and new people to play for.

Have you toured?
Yes, we hit the road with our friends Viet-Ruse for the DO I LOOK ILLEGAL TOUR in July of 2010. It was our gear, clothes, and 10 people stuffed into a 15 passenger van for 2 weeks. We played shows in West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
The band we haven't played with before. We like gaining new drinking buddies and having a variety of bands to play with, it keeps it fresh and fun...so any bands who wanna do a show swap with us and play in S.A. contact us.
We play alot with Viet-Ruse, Knockin' Chucks, Pinata Protest, and Elvis Cantu & The Baby Moons.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
This bar BONESHAKERS is great, it's one of our favorite places. So is HITONES, it's a new place but it is quickly becoming one of the best bars in town.
We like any place that treats musicians with respect and doesn't allow shady promoters and production companies to fuck bands over. We aren't money hungry or anything but we believe that if YOU (the bar, the promoter, the production company, the touring band) has a good night...then WE (the bands) should have a good night too. If the show didn't do as well as you expected then at the very least a generous bar tab.

What do you see is the future of Nada Mas Basura?
We want to tour some more, release some more albums, and keep making music as long as we can stand being around each other.

How can people contact the band?
nadamasbasura@yahoo.com (easiest #1)
http://www.myspace.com/nadamasbasura (we no longer keep up with this one but you can check it out anyway)
http://www.facebook.com/nadamasbasura (easiest #2)
http://www.twitter.com/#!/NadaMasBasura
http://www.reverbnation.com/nadamasbasura
Some Video Links:
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRzF01Dm1bA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbL5ug_9THI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok0e5B7hxgI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_drq3AJ_DHc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA1XYgGoS3M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TasMLMjdGU4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c0nsQH8EAY

Kryovax ***New Interview***


Kryovax is a great punk band out of New Jersey. They have an insanely powerful live set and have shared the stage with a ton of awesome bands throughout the Philly scene. They have also released a great EP. I got the band to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
Brad Venereal- lead vocals
Jonny Koks- guitar/vocals
Neal Nerdypants- bass/vocals
Will Scabiez- drums

How did the band start?
The quick and dirty is that in the spring of 2010, a couple of guys who had outgrown their prior bands and wanted to do something more musically substantial pegged a couple of other guys who hadn't been in bands for a while. We started jamming, writing songs, building chemistry, and the band was born.    
How did you come up with the name?
We came up with the name very quickly.  The long story is that snagged a slot for our first show 12/29/10, but didn't have a name yet and the people who booked it needed a name so they could promote it and do flyers.  Each of us came up with a list of names, The Cryovacs, suggested by Jonny after seeing a Cryovac machine at his job, was the only name none of us disliked, and the band reworked the spelling to Kryovax to avoid any trademark conflicts of anything.

Who would you say are your influences?
We draw influences from many styles including d-beat, street punk, anarcho, crust, crossover thrash, and various non-punk styles of music.  We could list all the specific bands and artists who influence us as a band and as individuals, but it would be stupid long.

What is the punk scene like in New Jersey?
The punk scene in southern New Jersey is still reeling from the loss of a crucial venue (Savage Rock School) shutting down, so the scene is slowly rebuilding.  New bands continue forming and play backyards, basements, garages, anywhere.  We can't speak completely for central New Jersey (i.e. New Brunswick) since we haven't been up there in a minute, but there's people keeping shit going there.  No clue what's going on in north Jersey, though.     We're most tied to the Philly punk scene and it continues to get stronger.  Sure, the loss of Halfway House was a crushing blow to the scene there a few years ago, but new show houses and venues are popping up and bands like Population Zero, Combat Crisis, Bucket Flush and more are ripping shit up like there's no tomorrow.  We are proud to be a part of the "Hostile City" punk scene right now.    

Describe the song writing process...
There really isn't a hard and fast songwriting process.  Just sharing ideas for riffs and lyrics, talking about stuff we feel passionate about, etc. and then trying to turn the mess of ideas into songs.

What have you released?
Besides flatulence?  We released our EP "Here Comes the Doomsday" on Broken Liberty Records on 10/22/11.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
Although we've most often played with Philly bands like Population Zero, Bucket Flush, and Combat Crisis, we've had opportunities to play with bands from all over like Hump Yard (NOLA), Refuse Resist (Boston), Short Fuse (Long Island) just to name a few.  We hope to play with more bands from more places.  We'll play with anyone whether they're hungry, scrappy kids just starting out or more established bands who've been around the block while we were still in diapers.  "Big planet, small world" as our bassist likes to say.

Have you toured?
We haven't yet, but we did play a basement show in Long Island once and we definitely hope to tour or at least do some weekend road trips.  Hit up NY again, DC, Boston, maybe Chicago.  Yeah, that would be fucking sweet!

Do you prefer small clubs or large venues?
Basement shows rule!

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
That's a tough one, because everyone in the band has his personal favorites.  All the musicians we've met so far have been pretty cool cats though.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
Any basement, backyard, garage, abandoned warehouse, or hole-in-the-wall that will have us.  If it has a working toilet, even better!

What do you see is the future of Kryovax?
We're just taking things one day at a time and seeing where this crazy roller coaster ride takes us.

How can people contact the band?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kryovax/112277955508088.  Either that or carrier pigeon.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Type53 ***New Interview***


Type53 is an incredible punk band out of Baltimore. They have a great live set and have shared the stage with some legendary punk bands. They have a great EP out and a few bootlegs. They currently only play shows in the local area, but who knows. I got Mash to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
I am Mash, lead singer and one of two song writers in the band.

How did the band start?
The band started as 3 people screwing around in a basement with drums, bass, and guitar. Someone had to "sing" so I did.

How did you come up with the name?
This is a closely guarded secret, but I've heard that Type53 might be a Soviet torpedo, and Chinese rifle, or even a carburetor ...

Who would you say are your influences?
1970s punk like UK Subs, Clash, Pistols, Ramones, and of course, many many others.

What is the punk scene like in Baltimore?
The punk scene in Baltimore comes and goes. I guess sorta like fashion ...

Describe the song writing process...
Varies, but most of the better songs happen from inspiration, then are formed quickly. Shawn and I both write songs alone, but sometimes we write together (we wrote Airstrike together). When we co-write it usually (but not always) ends up that I write the words and Shawn writes the music.

What have you released?
Nothing. Really. We "self" released a four song EP called "Airstrike" in 2007, and several "official bootlegs" since then.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
The Mandroids, The Living Wrecks, The Business, Call The Cops, The Revelevens, Corporate Agenda, Iron Cross, and many many many many more!

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
Uh, small clubs.

Have you toured?
No, not yet, Our short term goal is to play out of Baltimore. That would be PA, NJ, NY, VA, WV, maybe even in the land of elites ... DC

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
All our favorites broke up.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
We love the Sidebar here in Baltimore, but we like to play any venue that isn't run by DICKS.

What do you see is the future of Type53?
A full length is coming (no, really!), a tour, then we'll see.

How can people contact the band?
Here's a good start: http://www.reverbnation.com/type53 also, find us on facebook if you're into that sort of stupidity! (hint, there's a facebook link on the Reverbnation site)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dogz on Parole ***New Interview***


Dogz on Parole are an awesome punk band out of Houston. They have an awesome live set and have shared the stage with some great bands. They also have an awesome EP available online as a free download, download now! I said now! I got the band to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
Rocker Jonez - Lead Vocals / Rythym Guitar
Juice - Lead Guitar / Background Vocals
Tifferz - Bass / Background Vocals
Mister Insane - Drums (the world is a better place when I don't sing)

How did the band start?
Rocker met Tifferz awhile back in the studio where we have
our rehearsal room. There was a bird in the building and
they were trying to get it out of the building before it
wound up dieing. This was before Tifferz was doing anything
professional with the roller derby. Fast forward 3 years and
they ran into each other again and Rocker commented about the
stars on her helmet saying he thought they were cool. Tifferz
thought he was hitting on her. Rocker asked if she was still
playing bass and told her he needed a bass player for this project
he was trying to get together. He gave Tifferz his phone number
but it took Tifferz 3 days before she called cause she thought
Rocker was hitting on her instead. She came to jam and the room
was totally empty except for a guitar and amp. Rocker played a
riff and she followed along and the rest is history.
Rocker met Juice while they were both doing valet parking at a
venue.
After a few years and different member changes, the drummer that was
in the band at the time was hit by a train in downtown houston while
the band was hanging out, he was killed instantly. After the train passed
by Mister Insane was just standing there on the corner and was asked to join
the band cause he looked like a drummer.
However, it was revealed later that Mister Insane really just posted a
Craigslist ad saying:
Hard Hitting 80's Metal Drummer Available / Forming Band (Crosby, Texas)
I've been a drummer for 28 years. Been in many bands, recorded and played
many shows on the east coast. My last show was in 1993. I am looking for
a band who needs a responsible, dedicated, drug and alcohol free drummer.
I will be 40 in June but still rock. Used to playing 5-6 hours non-stop
on the kit.
You can hear some my playing from back in 1988 and 1993 here: http://www.bandmix.com/cmpastore/
Looking to join a band who wants to perform their own songs, record and gig.
Maybe get signed to an indie label that still recognizes talent and good music
if they still exist! I am NOT looking for a cover-band, my end goal is all
original songs.
Or, I will be forming my own band. So I'll need a rhythm guitarist,
ead guitarist, bass guitarist and a kick-ass singer. Male or Female,
doesn't matter to me. Just be serious, dedicated and issue free.
I am originally from New York City, moved to Texas in 2007. I really don't care
for music that is popular today other than Country. So I am sticking with what
I love to play. Metal from the 70's / 80's and early 90's. The sound in vain of
Poison, BulletBoys, Cinderella, Britny Fox, Pretty Boy Floyd, Van Halen etc.
Turns out, we are still around and rocking. Still putting out CDs and still
have fans who like this music. I've been away from the business too long
Enough said!

How did you come up with the name?
Rocker was driving in the Heights with his wife in Houston and he saw a pack
of like 10 dogs crossing the street near a cop doing some report while they
were sitting at a red light. Rocker was thinking wow look at the dogs just
doing whatever they want with no rules, with no care in the world and it just
came out when he said to his wife look it's Dogz on Parole.

Who would you say are your influences?
We have many influences that are all over the map in music genres and many of them
wouldn't normally fit into the music that comes out when we get together. Maybe it's
like some secret recipe or secret sauce. It all blends together and creates something
that normally wouldn't be without the diversity.

What is the punk scene like in Houston?
There is a small punk scene here in Houston. It's kind of hard to get shows.
If you aren't rap or some trendy hipster band take it elsewhere. We are trying
to change all that. Rap and Country are king here, and we all know Rap rhymes with cRap!

Describe the song writing process...
No crazy process here, someone comes up with a guitar riff, someone ads to it. As they say
shit happens! If we think it's cool it eventually forms a full song. Many times a song is
worked on as incomplete during our practice sessions. Rarely does someone come in with a whole
song done from beginning to end when it is presented to the rest of the band. Many times the
songs go on forever until we figure it out and put the right ending on it.

What have you released?
We leaked 4 songs out from our first recording session which aren't completely mixed.
We through it together as an E.P, name your price online and also offered it for free.
At shows we sell the E.P for $3 on disc.
In March we have a full length debut CD coming out called "Confinement" with 10 or 11 songs on it.
It's the first 4 songs plus the rest we recently finished recording. Only difference is it will
be fully mixed and complete. There may be a bonus track on it only on the CD, we haven't figured
out if that is final yet so that's why its 10 or 11.
Digitally it will be for sale on iTunes, Zune, CDBaby, AmazonMP3, EMusic etc. However, the bonus
track will not be available online. You'll have to by a physical CD to get it either on our web site or at a show.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
L.A Guns, Wednesday 13, The Hates, Monkeysoop, Green Jelly

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
Size doesn't matter too much, just as long there is a really good
sound system where they mic everything and a good crowd. We feed
off of the energy and power of a great crowd. We like to entertain,
not just stand still playing our instruments like some grundge band.
Ya'll paid money to come see us, if we did that you might as well
just stay home and listen to the CD instead!

Have you toured?
Rocker has toured back in the day in other bands. Tifferz
did a small tour in the Green Jelly Franchise. Most of my
show experience was local in New Jersey and New York in the
80s, early 90s.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
I wouldn't say any favorite, basically we believe in helping other bands out
and that also draws us closer to certain bands who like to do the same. Do onto
other as you would like done unto you. We are tired of it all being treated like
we are all each others competition.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
Rudyard's British Pub in Houston, Texas where our CD release party is being held at.

What do you see is the future of Dogz on Parole?
2012 will be the year of the Dogz. We will be playing shows extensively to promoting
our debute CD coming out in March. Not sure if we will ever "sign" to a record label.
Right now the best plan for us is to finance and distribute our own cd, merch and do
everything on our own. Technology has caught up and put the power into the hands of bands
themselves. I think record labels are dieing off and that allows us to keep the money we make
and put it back into the band to entertain the fans even more in the future instead of giving 90%
of sales to a record label.

How can people contact the band?
http://DogzOnParole.com
http://Facebook.com/DogzOnParole.com
Twitter: @DogzOnParole
RockerJonez@DogzOnParole.com
Juice@DogzOnParole.com
Tifferz@DogzOnParole.com
MisterInsane@DogzOnParole.com
Booking@DogzOnParole.com

Underhand Heroes ***New Interview***


Underhand Heroes are an awesome punk band out of the UK. They have an awesome live set and have shared the stage with some awesome punk bands (would you beleive the Fiend!). They have also released a great album. I got Karl to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
Im Karl, bassist and lead singer for Underhand Heroes. Completing the band is my brother Adam on lead guitar, John on rhythm guitar and Shawsy on drums

How did the band start?
We started three and a half years ago, mainly out of boredom. I'd previously been in a band (which i was kicked out of) and we wanted to make the kind of music that we loved, instead of doing what was popular at the time and, to be quite honest, there was really nothing else to do!

How did you come up with the name?
In our relatively short time together as a band weve been through three different names, Underhand Heroes was originally suggested as a possible song title but when we decided to change our name (from Fratricide) we wanted something that people would remember and Underhand Heroes just kind of stuck.

Who would you say are your influences?
Our individual influences are quite varied, from bands like the Ramones, Stiff Little Fingers and the Misfits to Metallica and Journey.

What is the punk scene like in the UK?
It varies from place to place, the scene in our particular part of the country (north-east england) has its good and bad points, theres a tight knit community of bands that really support each other as well as some fantastic fans, but it can sometimes be difficult to get decent promoters and venues to take on punk bands, weve been turned away from venues in the past when theyve found out the type of music we play.

Describe the song writing process...
Most (but not all) of the lyrics are written by myself and it usually consists of locking ourselves in a room and trying out different riffs and chord progressions until we find something that fits and then Shawsy will improvise the drums until weve got something that we're all happy with. We try to keep things quite relaxed and light hearted most of the time, just to ease the monotony of going over the same thing over and over again.

You released 'English Dreams and Harebrained Schemes', tell us about the album...
To be completely honest, looking back, the release was probably a bit premature, it was recorded with our old singer and was mainly just so we had something people could take away from our gigs so they would remember us. Dont get me wrong, im happy with the album and it was a great experience and lots of fun to record but it really isnt as good as it should have been and thats something that weve learned from as a band

What else have you released?
We are currently putting the finishing touches to our new E.P which should be ready in the next week or two.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
Weve played quite a few shows with The Fiend who are regarded as pioneers of the punk scene in the north east in the early 80's and we played a show last year with Bastard Squad from Australia.

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
Personally i prefer smaller venues, i think punk gigs are best when the crowd are going crazy only a few feet away from you!

Have you toured?
We havent toured yet, but we are in the early stages of planning a small U.K tour alongside a few other local bands.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
We love playing with The Fiend because theyre a great group of guys and the crowd is always really energetic, but there are two local bands who are very close friends, Low Ebbe and The Raging Sickness, we've been doing shows with these guys for nearly 3 years and theyre like brothers to us!

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
The venue isnt that important to us, we'll play absolutely anywhere, as long as the crowd is up for a good time.

What do you see is the future of Underhand Heroes?
Definitely a U.K tour in the near future and hopefully getting a bit further from home very soon. We arent one of those bands that is solely focused on getting a record deal and being famous, we just want to play with new bands, make new friends and hopefully pick up a few extra fans along the way.

How can people contact the band?
They can contact us through Facebook (just search Underhand Heroes) or alternatively they can contact me directly at karl_dav1@hotmail.com.

Duracel ***New Interview***


Duracel is an awesome punk band out of Italy. There have an awesome live set and have shared the stage with an awesome list of punk bands. They have a great list of releases. They also toured extensively. I got the band to tell their story...

Introduce yourself ...
We are 4 guys in Venice, lovers of pop-punk and the Ramones. We play together since 2002, that is, since we were kids. We are friends.

How did the band start?
We've started doing covers of the Ramones and many Italian punk rock songs. At first there were only three, then Andrea came with his guitar and we started to write original songs. We did the first concert in our country and we made a record in the basement of his grandfather, playing among hanging chickens! But this record has been quite successful and we became very popular in our high school!

How did you come up with the name?
In our language, "battery" means "party" ... and thus, since we really like drinking and partying, we decided to call us as the queen of battery, the one that lasts longest!

Who would you say are your influences?
Certainly the Ramones, the Queers, and Schreecing Weasel , the best pop-punk American bands. But also the Italian band, especially Derozer.

What is the punk scene like in Italy?
The scene exists and is also a pretty big one. The problem in Italy is that the punkers are sectarian: each has its own subgroup and think that everything else is shit. But there are many great bands and many boys do their sympathetic throughout, both for playing and for organizing the events.

Describe the song writing process ...
The singer, Zamu, writes the pieces by himself on acoustic guitar. Then he leads the band, because the arrangements are made together. In fact, our songs often seem to songs songwriting ... but played with the electric guitar!

What have you released?
Two, three demos, then we signed a recording contract with Indiebox and we made three full lenght: "Donai è come oggi," "La Fabbrica dei Mostri" and the last, what we are promoting now, "Nati negli anni '80".

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
We played with virtually all of our favorite bands, Italian and worldwide: NOFX, The Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Apers, etc. ... we also played with Marky Ramone, with great great joy for our drummer, who is his biggest fan of all the time!

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
They are two different experiences, but both beautiful. Of course, when you play in small clubs you have more physical contact with people, u can feel the sweat, the voice, the passion of the people. The large venue can be exciting, but if you play in front of a few people at 4 pm ... can be frustrating too!

Have you toured?
We toured for 3 years now and... we have not yet tired! Now we are turning to Italy but we are planning to do a European tour...

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
Our dream is to play with Green Day, those of now we do not like much, but they were one of our favorite bands and it would be great to play with them and know those guys in person.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
The best clubs in Italy is undoubtedly the Pieffe Factory in Gorizia, on the border with Slovenia; it is a beautiful place but very small; it sounds great and people are always very warm and affectionate...we love it!

How can people contact the band?
People can find us on facebook, myspace (even if now it sucks) and on Soundcloud, here you can also quickly listen to some tracks, then I'm writing the link: ...  http://soundcloud.com/duracel_punkrock ...then if someone wants to speak directly with us, can find us on info@duracel.it.

Spreading Evictions ***New Interview***


Spreading Evictions are an awesome punk band out of San Diego. They have released an awesome demo and an EP. They have a great live set and have shared the stage with a few awesome bands. They also done shows outside of San Diego. I got Aaron and Curtis to tell their story...

How did the band start?
A:It started when our original drummer and I got tired of play in a "street punk" band La Raza Pura, cause they were simply playing what the people wanted to hear, rather then play what they liked and were influenced by.
C. Adding on that, We went through like four drummers over a two year span.(Rip Jon "Epic" Brewer)  With Aaron ultimately picking up drums and Me staying on guitar. But playing as a two piece, We've really progressed.

How did you come up with the name?
A:The name derived from the explosive increase of evictions around our neighborhood and once it affected our drummers' brothers' house we decided to take the name Spreading Evictions and run with it(after we googled it and made sure it was an unused title of course)

Who would you say are your influences?
A:My influences come from; Leftover Crack, Dystopia, Defiance,Ohio, Cattle Decapitation, If These Trees Could Talk, God Is An Astronaut, Brotha Lynch Hung, Necro and Disrupt. Those are my main influences.
C. Since he said a lot of mine too, I'll throw in others. Mike Kinsella's OWEN stuff. This Will Destroy You, Morning Glory, Oasis, Snak the Ripper, From Ashes Rise, Skarp. Black Dahlia Murder too. Can't forget them!

What is the punk scene like in San Diego?
A:I can't speak much on this one cause I wasn't very intune with the San Diego punk scene. But I'll say two words that describe the punk scene here and thats Internalized Classism.
C. Growing up in it, It's changed a lot. Venues would straight up get shut down cause of all the drama. Now, if you don't fit that certain sound.....good luck getting shows.

Describe the song writing process...
A:It starts with just jamming and finding a good flow and once we "okay" the beat I usually play it over and over in my head till words start to manifest into structure. Lots of trials and errors
C. I usually have riff's that I constantly work on so we have jumping off points.

What have you released?
A:We have released one ROUGH demo with our first drummer. But now we have one self-titled ep since I've started drumming and doing vocals. Full cd is in the works
C. Self Titled ep with is FREE

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
A:We did one show with Nino Zombi but most of our shows consist of local bands in small venues
C. The Cold Font from Long Beach. Cool dudes

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
A:Small clubs cause it makes an optical illusion of a descent crowd
C. Same

Have you toured?
A: Not yet
C. No, but we do get outta town to play every few months.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
Not yet.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
A:So far The Ruby Room has been my favorite little slice of bliss
C. Yeah Ruby Room, but it's 21 and up. Anywhere is better than a house, we have bad luck there haha

What do you see is the future of Spreading Evictions?
A:I'm not good with future visions, but I can see SE making a good long journy through this world, while infecting as many people as possible with our opinions and outlook
C. My goal is to keep making music as long as possible. Regardless if anyone listens to it or not. Our music isn't for them, its for us. We make what we want to hear. If others like it, thats cool.

How can people contact the band?
A:Facebook or Reverbnation to the best of my knowledge
C.facebook.com/spreadingevictions reverbnation.com/spreadingevictions

the Kilmaine Saints ***New Interview***


the Kilmaine Saints are a really awesome punk band out of Harrisburg, PA. They have an awesome album out. They also have an incredibly awesome live set and have shared the stage some of the best punk bands from the East Coast. They have limited tour experience and due to an issue with fiddles they probably won't be in Iowa in the near future. I got the band to tell their story...

BAND MEMEBERS –
Brendan Power – Vocals
Liz Mallin – Fiddle
Steve Murphy – Accordion, Bagpipes, Tin Whistle
Bill Brown – Bazouki, Bagpipes, Tin Whistle
Dave Nields – Guitar
Jon Heller – Bass, Bagpipes
Mike McNaughton – Drums

How did the band start?
JH - Mike and I met playing in a local pipe and drum band and quickly discovered a shared interest in celtic punk music.
MM – Plus we felt that between families, full time jobs & the pipe band, we weren’t nearly busy enough.

How did you come up with the name?
JH - Murphy has some family in Kilmaine, County Mayo and somehow that got combined with Saints. That’s really about it, there’s no meaningful story behind it unfortunately
MM – I beg to differ, I think it’s very meaningful. Very meaningful a lot.

Who would you say are your influences?
JH - Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, and of course The Pogues. We all have Celtic family heritage as well and grew up listening to traditional tunes.
MM – The Pogues first turned me on to the genre, so they’re evident in what we do, but I also think Dropkick, Neck, Killigans……even some Country Joe. If you watch & listen to Brendan closely, you’ll see what I mean.

What is the punk scene like in Harrisburg, PA?
JH - Small and underground, but there’s lots of great bands to be heard!
MM – Agreed. Unfortunately this is a cover band market, so it’s hard for anyone doing originals to get off the ground…..but yeah, there’s some damn good stuff here.

Describe the song writing process...
JH - Typically someone will bring a tune to the band that’s about 75% done and we work out the details as a group.
MM – Sometimes someone will only write 13% though, meaning the rest of the band has to figure out what that guy wanted the other 87% to sound like. It’s a real head scratcher.

You first released 'the Good, the Plaid & the Ugly', tell us about the album...
JH - I couldn’t be happier with it. It was a blast and a whirlwind to record. We’d been playing all the tunes on the album for a few months at gigs which was good because we only could afford a total of 24 hours in the studio.
MM – It was nice to get our original material out as well, as opposed to all the traditionals & the few covers we’d been doing. You can only play Riders on the Storm soooo many times before it gets to you.

What else have you released?
JH - Nothing to date, but we’re working on the next CD and discussing some early releases possibly on vinyl.
MM – There are rumors of an all-Murphy, all-accordion concept CD in the works, but keep it on the DL.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
JH - Flatfoot 56, Charm City Saints, Barley Juice, Albannach, Red Hot Chili Pipers, Scythian. To name a few.
MM – Reverend Horton Heat, the Rovers, Reverend Peyton…..there’s some bands we’ve played with at festivals that we haven’t necessarily shared the stage with too, like Dropkick Murphys, The Mighty Regis, Gobshites, Cutthroat Shamrocks, Fighting Jamesons…..tons.

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
JH - That’s tough. I’d say both depending on the crowd and who we’re playing with. Playing a large packed venue is amazing, but playing a small show for die hard fans is hard to beat.
MM – Agreed. The sound is always better at large venues, and who can turn up their noses at free Evian & granola bars?? But at the same time, there’s something cool about those small club shows where it’s your friends & fans, on your level, screaming every one of your lyrics right back at you.

Have you toured?
JH - Nothing extensive. Just some long weekends here and there.
MM – We attempted a small Midwest tour, but there was an “incident” involving Liz & someone touching her fiddle in Des Moines IA – I can’t get into the details, suffice to say it ended the trip & we’re no longer allowed back in that state.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
JH - Charm City Saints and Flatfoot 56 have both been a lot of fun to play shows with
MM – The Rovers party hard, and local band Saints of Sorrow are always a blast.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
JH - Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
MM – See above.

What do you see is the future of Kilmaine Saints?
JH - That’s a very good question. I’m not sure. It’s been a fun ride so far and we’ll keep doing it as long as people are interested in
MM – The future of Kilmaine Saints will be a VH1 Behind the Music episode. I’ve already begun my “downward spiral into drugs & depression that eventually tears the band apart”. That might be a lot to ask for, but I have big dreams….fingers crossed!

How can people contact the band?
We’re on the web a lot – especially our facebook page www.facebook.com/TheKilmaineSaints. Or  through email: info@kilmainesaints.com and booking@kilmainesaints.com

Crypt Keeper ***New Interview***


Crypt Keeper are an awesome punk band out of Oakland. They have an awesome live set and have shared the stage with some great bands. They have to recordings out and are working on releasing a full length album. I got the band to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
We're Crypt Keeper. We are a four piece punk band. Well, I guess we aren't really punk...it's hard to put a finger on exactly what genre of music we play. It's a cross between punk,hardcore,thrash,rock and metal music. Anyways, we are four friends from the SF Bay Area that play in this band.
Line-up:
Joey Camello- Vocals
Brian Shea- Bass
Demecus Hill- Guitar
Dave Francis- Drums

How did the band start?
Brian was living in Florida serving time in the U.S. Navy and playing in a few bands when he called up Dave to inform him he was planning on moving back to California and would like to start up something new upon his arrival. Dave contacted Demecus and I (Joey) and asked if we were interested in joining up with them to jam. We had all come from the same local music scene and have been playing shows together since we were pretty young. We have played in bands such as...Law Abiding Citizens, Dr.Kill Em All, Chubby Chubbies, Hyper Kidz, to name a few... So as I was saying, we all knew we had similar musical taste and that we all had spent the our young adult lives dedicating ourselves to writing and playing shows and figured why not give a new band a shot seeing as we had all been in bands that were currently inactive. We got together in mid-September 2010 and started writing songs and jamming out at Dave's house or at our practice studio in Oakland,CA.

How did you come up with the name?
When Brian moved back we were spending a lot of time inside of my apartment writing and recording demo songs without knowing what we were going to call ourselves, we smoked a lot of weed and drank quite a bit and were pretty hooked on watching some Tales From The Crypt seasons I had lying around. There was an episode featuring Tia Carrera and some shitty band and so we were watching that; sipping on some beer someone said, “Let's just call ourselves Crypt Keeper”. I'm pretty sure that's how that all went down.

Who would you say are your influences?
Ummm, we are all into a pretty wide variety of music that ranges from The Rolling Stones to Exodus to Black Flag. I dunno, we like good music.

What is the punk scene like in Oakland?
The Oakland scene is pretty rad. I'm the only member that actually lives in Oakland but we all frequent shows at bars, small venues, house parties, parks...There are so many good bands that play out here and at so many different types of places. Bands want to come here too which makes it easy to find a show almost any given day of the week. Some bands you should really listen to from the area are our friends, Kicker and Skin and Bonez. They are both great bands and great guys.

Describe the song writing process...
Every song is different. We tried to bake a cake once and we opened the oven and found a song in there.

What have you released?
We have released a self titled 7” record on my label Vandals and Thieves Records. It's a six song EP that we recorded in November 2010 with Bart Thurber of House of Faith recording studio. We are heading back into the studio in late January 2012 to record our debut full length LP with my friend Sam Pura at Panda Studios.
You can buy our record at our shows, select record stores on the west coast or online at a number of places.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
Jucifer, Buried at Birth, Skin and Bonez, Static Thought, Population Reduction, The Burial Tide, Feast, Exhausted Prayer, Razorhoof, Tigon, Pillars, Anti-Social, Baptists, Griever, Knifethruhead and many more that I can't think of off the top of my head.

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
Small clubs or house parties are usually the best places to play.

Have you toured?
Not yet. We wanted to wait. So we are trying to build up our fan base in our hometown and surrounding areas before wasting time touring with what could have been another short lived band. We all are really excited to release our next album and then do a tour supporting the release. So though we haven't toured yet...we are definitely planning on doing so in the very near future. I'm actually booking a North West tour for March 2012.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
We always enjoy playing with our friends in Skin and Bonez, Buried at Birth and Razorhoof but I can't say we have a favorite. We have enjoyed playing with all the bands we have shared the stage with in the past and I think it will always be that way.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
We really enjoy playing at this small little bar in West Oakland,CA called Eli's Mile High Club. We held our record release show there last May and have played there a handful of times since. It's a really small place but there are always great people there, great bands roll through there, they have a wonderful staff, cheap drinks and a great sound guy. Hands down my favorite place in Oakland by far.

What do you see is the future of Crypt Keeper?
World domination.

How can people contact the band?
Booking:
childrenofthecrypt@gmail.com
Distro:
distro@vandalsandthievesrecords.com
Other:
http://www.childrenofthecrypt.blogspot.com
http://www.vandalsandthievesrecords.com
http://www.facebook.com/childrenofthecrypt

Absolved ***New Interview***


Absolved is an awesome punk band out of Ventura, CA. They have a few great releases and have recently released an awesome EP. They have a great live set and have shared the stage with some great bands. I got Jimmy to tell their story...

Introduce yourself…
Yo soy Jimmy Sisco, co-founder, guitarist, and lead vocalist for the perpetually flippant collection of Neanderthals known as Absolved.

How did the band start?
Byron the bassist and I went to college together over a decade ago and started a band that eventually became Absolved. Some of the songs I wrote for us as far back as the year 2000 are still played by us today. Sad that in eleven years I still haven’t learned to write a decent song. After some interstate comings and goings we restarted the band with our drummer Aaron in 2007. Bob our other guitarist joined last year. That’s the snooze-inducing CliffNote’s version and was still about 100 words too long.

How did you come up with the name?
The world is so full of crap and by being in this world we, by default, have a lot of that crap rubbed into our lives. Scat references aside, to be “absolved” means to be released from culpability - and in the band’s belief system - released from the guilt that comes with being a faltering human thanks to a God who actually cares about us more than we even care about ourselves.

Who would you say are your influences?
If all four band members answered this question you’d have four very divergent answers. With regards to the “Absolved sound” we are definitely old school influenced. My vocals are very inspired by the youthcrew hardcore bands of the 80’s. The music itself ranges from old Suicidal Tendencies, Agnostic Front, D.R.I., Dag Nasty, and The Missing 23rd, to some much more modern punk outfits whose names are eluding me at the moment. There’s some metal included here and there in our sound as well but without coming off like that horrific trendy Hot Topic metalcore excrement.

What is the punk scene like in Ventura?
It ain’t what it used to be, that’s for sure. And due to the lack of both all-ages venues and knowledgeable promoters, it ain’t gonna get better either. There are definitely bands that are doing their best to hold it down in the 805 and they rule, but gone are the glory days of the Nardcore scene and what not.

Describe the song writing process...
As the resident band dictator, I write and demo pretty much all of the music we play and then upload the stuff to a website where the fellas can then download the garbage for themselves. The guys will take those demo songs and write their own parts if they don’t like what I have originally written for them. Sometimes my original demos stay pretty much intact through that process, sometimes barely at all. I don’t mind too much…it is a band afterall and not some solo project. Out of about two dozen songs, we’ve only written about two as a whole band altogether. I write all of the lyrics since I have to sing em. The one song where Byron wrote the lyrics he sings it. Unless it’s a cover song, I feel weird about singing someone else’s words.

What have you released?
Our first demo in 2009, our second demo in 2010, our self-titled full length in 2010, our EP “This One Goes To Seven” on Thumper Punk Records in 2011, and a few comps on various labels, namely a Christmas song “Carol of the Bells” on the Veritas Vinyl Christmas 7” which is coming out next month (November). We will also be re-releasing our out-of-print debut full length on Thumper Punk Records sometime in the next couple of months and a new full length early next year.

Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
We’ve played with the almighty Living Sacrifice and a slew of other local and touring acts. We’ve been playing with our hometown homies and labelmates The Way for a few years now. I think we’ve played around 6 or 7 or 8 shows with those girls. We love em to death. Check em out. Bad Religion meets Social D kinda stuff.

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues or small clubs?
Shoot, we’ll play wherever we can get a show. As a fan of this genre of music, I always prefer smaller and more intimate venues. Security guards standing between the bands and the fans is the antithesis of punk rock. So are those stupid fence-like barricades between stage and fans. With that said, if we actually had a choice between the two, I’d say small clubs. But since we have no choice, I’ll say small clubs.

Have you toured?
No. And I will preemptively answer the natural follow up question by saying perhaps.

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
Absolved.

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
There was an iconic venue in Ventura for many years called Skate Street which eventually became known as Alpine. When it unceremoniously closed it left every hardcore fan in literal tears. A few years later the same dudes opened a sick venue called Epic. The staff was hands-down professional and way courteous and the sound was near perfect. We played there three or four times. The last I heard was that they weren’t doing shows anymore. Concurrently lame and sad.

What do you see is the future of Absolved?
I honestly have no clue. We played as a band with little to no acknowledgement for our first three years and we were all fine with that fact. Just a group of friends jamming some killer music together on the occasional weekend. We’d still be doing so even if we weren’t signed. We just love playing. Thankfully, David Aaron aka Thumper Punk Records was cool enough to see that we had something that more people ought to be exposed to. Perhaps the Spanish conquistadors had the same sentiment about small pox and native peoples, and perhaps Absolved is the Christopher Columbus to Thumper Punk’s King Ferdinand. We shall smite the masses I suppose. Maybe Miss Cleo with that fake Jamaican accent of hers could tell us our future.

How can people contact the band?
Smoke signals first and foremost. The other more status-quo options are as follows…
-facebook.com/absolvedband
- reverbnation.com/absolved
- absolved.bandcamp.com
- twitter.com/xabsolvedx
- thumperpunkrecords.com
- jrsisco22@hotmail.com
…and I think that’s it. We have a page on myspace but only the Peter Cetera fan club and the American Idol spambots still use that bloody site. Lastly, peace to all our label mates and allies of the label…The Way, The Kings Kids, False Idle, The Hoax, Unshackled, and The Lonely Revolts.

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