INTERVIEW: Nothington

We met up with Chris Matulich from Nothington while we were at Groezrock earlier this year to talk about their latest record ‘In The End’.

Have you been to Groezrock before?

Yeah, this is our second time.

Are you happy to be back?

Yeah, it was awesome! We played at 13:40pm so we’re all done.

Are you seeing any bands later?

Most of the bands I really wanted to see played yesterday, but I do wanna see Gorilla Biscuits and H2O.

We realised that before your latest release ‘In The End’ there was a big gap where you guys didn’t release any music. Did you spend the whole five or six years working on it?

No, we took some time off from touring and writing for about a year or two and when we picked up again. It took us about a year and a half to actually write it and then we had some delays with the recording process and it took another year and a half to get everything exactly right, so I think it was worth it.

Tell us about your creative process.

Well, generally Jay and I both write songs. I write a lot of songs for him to sing and so that we can switch off vocally and stuff. But he also writes a lot and we just kind of bounce ideas of each other until we start piecing things together.

Have you ever recorded songs which haven’t been released?

We’ve actually released I think every song we’ve ever recorded, except for one song we didn’t put on the latest record. We have that left over maybe to do a split with another band.

I hadn’t thought about that before cause in my other bands we always had songs we didn’t wanna release. You don’t always know how a song is gonna turn out, if it’s gonna be good or not, sometimes they just aren’t but actually I think Nothington has released every song we have ever written.

If you could do a collaboration with another band who would it be?

Geez! I don’t know. I’ve never thought about that. Collaborate how?

Musically.

I don’t know. Maybe like Hot Water Music or something like that.

So, where did you record the album?

We recorded it in San Fransisco at Motor Studios which is Fat Mike’s studio where they do all the Fat Wreck Chords band stuff, not all of it but a lot of it. Steve Rizun was the producer, he did successors record and the first three flatliners records.

You were raised in the same area as Hot Water Music, what are you doing to revive the scene?

That’s a good question. I don’t know we’re playing a lot and writing the best music we can, that’s all you can do really.

How has the scene changed over time?

I don’t know that its changed, I mean geographically scenes are different but I think one of the main ways its changed across the board is that this style of music is very old now so there’s not a lot of kids that listen to punk rock and there’s not like, I mean when I was in high school there were no adults that listen to punk rock, and now there’s no kids that listen to it. It’s like old man music. I think that shows are smaller a lot of times and scenes are a little bit more sparse cause at this age a lot of people have kids and jobs and responsibilities that keep them from going to shows all the time.

Has it lost its authenticity?

I wouldn’t say so. I mean it’s up to interpretation really.

You’re from San Fransisco, what’s your favourite and least favourite thing about the area?

San Fransisco has changed a lot in the last 15 years and one of my favourite parts about it is it was a city for weirdos and artists and progressive thinking and literal political values and such. Unfortunately recently the second tech industry boom has brought in a lot of transplant people that just come to the city for work and they don’t necessarily subscribe to the culture that San Fransisco had before so my least favourite thing is the culture and my favourte thing was the culture.

What have you got planned for the rest of the year?

Well, we have an east coast tour coming up and then we have another European tour happening in July (2017) and we’re playing The Fest in Gainesville.

Are you coming back to the UK on the European tour?

I don’t know if we’re doing the UK on that tour because we’ve already done the UK twice now cause we did it on this tour and we did London on the first tour. You know what I just lied, there’s a music festival we’re playing in Blackpool, I don’t know what it’s called, but we are playing the UK again.

You’ve just come off your 10 year annivesary tour. How did it go?

It was great! We had I think five sold out shows which is really good and in general the turnouts were pretty good.

Interview by Kaori Manz and Hannah Smith.