We’re here at Groezrock festival 2014. How’re you guys doing?
Very tired but really good. It was really fun cause we played the pre-show last night, stayed up way too late and then we played at 12:30pm. We were up until 2am or 3am last night, we were looking for a camp fire show but couldn’t find one
Have you ever been here before?
Never. This is our first time. We played a number of American festivals but never here, its really cool. Its been fun so far, you always hear about how great this fest is in the states, but I’ve never had the chance to go, so its really cool to be here.
So is it the bands first time in Belgium as well?
We’ve been to Belgium before with our old bands but never anything like this.
If you guys get some spare time are you going to see any bands?
I missed PUP, like a jerk. I want to see Paint It Black and Ignite, but they’re playing at the same time. I wanna see Madball later. I wanna see Descendents and The Offspring, you know all the big headliners. I’ve never seen the Descendents play, that’s why I’m being a fan boy about it. I’m excited to watch The Menzingers as always. The Smith Street Band! It’s one of the few festivals which we’re playing where we’re pretty much excited to see most of the other bands.
What’s the best and worst thing about living in Philadelphia, USA?
It’s great. There’s just some really good bands and venues. It kind of came out of nowhere and all of a sudden Philly is just the place to be for music and its cheap to live there and the food is good and the people are okay. Big bands keep moving into my neighbourhood. It’s where we’re all from so its nice that our scene is doing well. Every two weeks there’s like a new Philly band making headlines and doing tours. It’s a cool place to be. It is a dirty city and sometimes its mean and dangerous but that’s everywhere. You just wanna know where to not go. It’s a lot like over here to be honest. As far as American cities go its got a similar attitude and it doesn’t seem too foreign being over here.
How did you guys originally form?
We were in a bunch of old bands basically, that all kind of done nothing and toured a lot, gone everywhere but didn’t really make it that far I guess. So we started this band as a side project. It’s been really really strange. We’re a little late in the game but we’re very happy with where we’re at.
Describe your music in 3 words.
Loud, dumb & mean. That sounds good, I like that.
What is the first CD that you ever bought?
I decided the other day it was either Green Day ‘Dookie’ (1994) or Boys II Men ‘II’ (1994). I think Green Day was the one I first bought with my own money. Im not sure which is more embarrassing.
If it’s cassette tape, I’d say Green Jellÿ – ‘Cereal Killer Soundtrack’ (1993).
Mine was Bad Religion ‘All Ages’ (1995) . CD-wise probably 311 ‘Grassroots’ (1994).
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Peanut butter. Crunchy!
I dunno, air?
Honestly on this tour it’s been great, we get like fruit and vegetables and sparkling water and I haven’t felt like dog shit on this tour which I think might be a first. I think I was sick for two days and that was it. Yeah, fresh fruit and vegetables. Oranges, kiwis, apples.
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What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Face the crowd”. We started playing that way and I feel like we got better as a band. He’s a fill-in guitarist for H2O, another Philly dude. It’s a dumb tip, but that was it. It introduces an intimacy, facing the crowd. We’re not a too cool for school band, we appreciate everything put in front of us. I’m here, I want to meet the people that come to see us. Its silly not to and when I’m at home I go to shows and obsess over bands, so it’s nice to be on the other side of that.
What have you guys got planned for the rest of the year?
We’re gonna go home and do some 7″ material and then we’re gonna play some festivals and then our record comes out in the fall, I hope. Then we’ve got a few things planned but I really can’t talk about it. We’ll be busy. We’ll be out touring.
Interview by Kaori Manz.
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