We’re here at Groezrock today. How’re you guys doing?
We’re excited, a bit cold.
Is it your first time here?
My first time here was 11 years ago I guess. Yeah, it was one of the first festivals I ever did. I think it was 6,000 people back then, really good line up. I remember not going to Groezrock once because it was 20 euros and I thought it was way too expensive (laughs). Yeah, it was 25 euros, Bad Religion played. It was a good festival. We’ve enjoyed being at Groezrock, for the last couple of years we’ve been here now. It’s not too far from where we live, so each and every year we come to see a lot of bands.
Are you excited to play tomorrow?
Yeah definitely, a bit nervous. We’re on 1st at etnies stage. It’s a cool stage to play for a band like us. It’s a small stage and there’s no security or no fence before the stage.
Have you seen any other bands play?
Yeah, our goal was to make it to see Red City Radio, cause they were on pretty early, but we made it, we’re surprised ourselves even. We saw a lot of other cool bands, like The Lawrence Arms, The Menzingers, PUP, Gameface. Yeah, I always like seeing Alkaline Trio, punk in drublic (NOFX).
How did your band originally form?
We’re actually like the most cliché story you can come up with, just three 16 year old kids, we met at the skate park and we were like “Do you want to start a band?” and now 11 years later, we’re still here. We liked the same music back then so we had to do it together and never stopped.
Because you’ve been together for so long, would you have any words of advice for anyone trying to start their own band?
Some bands have the wrong approach, they really wanna make it and they try real hard to do it, but they miss the essence. In my eyes that’s putting on shows, supporting other bands and making the most fun you can imagine. It’s the only reason we basically do it.
If your band had a motto what would it be?
I have two mottos, a BMW and a Suzuki (laughs). Yeah, well our last album was ‘Can’t loose’. So that’s a pretty good motto.
If you were to describe your music in 3 words, what would they be?
Loud, fast and snotty (laughs).
What is the 1st CD you ever bought?
The first punk rock CD was The Donnas ‘Get Skintight’ (1999).
Do you have any crazy tour stories?
The first thing that comes to my mind is we played a show in Sheffield and it was a really cool show and we stayed at a squat. At night I’d been up really late drinking with all the guys there and it was a really really sketchy squat and at some point our drummer woke up and for some reason he heard a car leaving and he thought they were taking me somewhere. He ran up the stairs in his bare feet and stepped in some glass and got a pretty bad injury from it. That was really bad.
In 2007, the first show we did, we drove from where we live all the way to Glasgow and when we arrived in Glasgow, the promoter didn’t even know there was a show, so that was funny. We did end up playing a show and it happened but the owner wasn’t aware of a show going on.
Have you recently released any music?
We released our last EP in March, a month ago, its very fresh. Its called ‘Why Not’, Why not! (laughs). The response has been really good, at the release party we played almost all of the songs on it and it turned out most people already knew a lot of the lyrics and stuff, so it was really crazy. We’re playing it tomorrow as well so I think it’ll be good.
‘Why Not’ is available for purchase here.
Any plans for the rest of the year?
In June we’re doing a USA and Canada tour and that’s gonna be a first for us as well. It’s gonna be awesome. It’s gonna be something else. We play a few bigger cities and venues so that’s cool too. We’re really stoked for that, even more so than Groezrock actually! I shouldn’t be saying this here, but that lasts for two and a half weeks, this is only half an hour.
Interview by Kaori Manz.
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