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"Not Funny Anymore"
Any interesting tidbits?
We once toured the Eastern U.S. and Canada in a K-Car station wagon. And if that weren't bad enough, we were touring with another band called Catch 23 and we were ALL TRAVELING TOGETHER IN THE ONE CAR. Did I mention it was a k-car?! You might wonder where we found room for all those people and all our gear. Well, fortunately, Andrew's our bass player girlfriend's dad had this big ol' long metal box that they used to mount on the roof of the family vehicle for vacations. It looked like a big steel coffin. It was about the length of the k-car wagon and about 4 feet high. Andrew's girlfriend's dad WELDED the fucker to the top the k-car and we filled it with all the gear. It stuck out past the roof of the car over the hood so there was always a dark shadow over the windshield. We were described as 'sparkin' by many an onlooker as we pulled into venues. Do you think we had trouble getting across the Canada-US border with this monstrosity on the roof? That's a whole other story. Pictures exist.
What are you up to right now?
We are gearing up to record a new full length release. Kind of just tying up loose ends before we go into the studio. We've developed a good relationship with a couple of labels, and we're hoping that one of them will be putting out the new album. Other than that, Craig, drummer, is working for an engineering firm, Brett, guitarist, is working at a record store, Andrew, bassist is helping assemble a new department store, And I Jason, guitarist, am doing web design.
What is the hardest part about being in a band?
Well, living where we do, New Brunswick, Canada it can be difficult to get shows. For me the hardest part is not playing as much as I'd like to. This area is also much more isolated and sparsely populated than most areas like most of Canada so it is impossible to make enough money to support the band. And by that I mean, if we want to buy a van, or some gear, it comes out of our pockets.
When did you and why did you to start a band?
I think we were all inspired in high school by the local punk bands at the time. None of us were interested in playing shitty covers in bars or being rock stars. And we certainly weren't virtuosos on our instruments. We saw local punks putting out great energetic music and fun shows and wanted to be a part of it. From there, we became highly involved in putting on shows, doing 'zines and playing.
How serious are you about your band?
We are very serious about what we do. It's something that means a lot to us and has probably kept some of us from going completely mad over the years. Every spare moment is spent somehow devoted to what we do.
What have you learned from being in a band?
How to overcome petty differences and disagreements. To get along. Being in a band with your best friends can take a toll on your relationships both in and out of the band. You have to learn how to sometimes walk a thin line and always respect each other.
What is the message your band is trying to convey?
I think if anything can be gleaned from what we do, it is that there is no need to allow yourself to be labeled, pigeonholed or 'locked-in' to any kind of specific sound, image or attitude. We are always trying different things.
What do you think your sound most resembles?
This is a difficult question for me, being in the band and all. We like to keep things interesting for us, as well as the listener. We are inspired by bands who are technical, maybe even a little dissonant, but still catchy.
What were your primary influences?
Hmm. DC hard core, east bay pop-punk, fiction by Richard Brautigan, Lain Banks and Stephen King, movies, soda, coffee and lack of sleep among other things.
What equipments do you use? Any advice/preferences?
We advise that you DO NOT use peavy amplifiers. We use whatever we can afford. Except peavy.
Did you release an ep/lp/7"/demo? If so, how did you go about distributing it? Any advice/preferences?
We have 2 7" records out, 2 cassettes and a CD. The 7"'s were put out by friend's labels. the rest we put out ourselves. We find that if you can afford to do it, it is always best to have your release professionally replicated in as many copies as you can. But, if you have a small budget, there is something cool and more personal about hand designing covers, photocopies and hand numbered tapes, etc. Its always fun to come up with original ways to package your release and doing it all yourselves, including the dubbing, just gives you more freedom to be innovative. Plus just imagine what those fuckers will go for on ebay when you become huge! We would recommend avoiding HUGE distribution companies like Cargo. In our experience, if you are a band with one or two short run singles or cd's with no established label backing you up with PR, you will get lost in the shuffle and likely your stuff will wind up as earwig fodder in some moist warehouse and you will never get your hard-earned money re-imbursed. Pick up a zine and flip through it. There are thousands of independent little distros around the world who will deal with you personally and will represent you far better than any huge bogged-down distributor could. Its a fantastic network run by folks just like you and it is stronger and farther reaching than any slick company who is more concerned with "the media buzz" than your 'little' band.
Describe your 'scene.'
New Brunswick, Canada. It is probably pretty much like any other scene, just on a smaller scale. There are no clubs that really promote punk or hard core shows, so for the most part all the shows are run by punks in little halls and stuff. It is overall a healthy scene and I think that recently the bands here have finally stopped trying to sound like other bands and we are starting to produce something original. It's difficult because the small population coupled with the usual fluctuation of attendance at any given show can make things frustrating. People are friendly here, though and very open-minded for the most part.
What kind of sacrifices did you have to make for this band? Any obstacles?
No major sacrifices outside of having a social life.
What zines do you enjoy?
I enjoy Punk Planet, Fist City, Broken Pencil, Giraffecycle, Just Joy, Cometbus, JAB, Ben is dead. wherever we go there is always a new zine to check out. My closet is literally bulging with 'em.
Thank you for your time; it was appreciated.
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