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Interview: No Excuse for a Cheap Suit - 05.23.13
 

No Excuse for a Cheap Suit - 05.23.13

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No Excuse for a Cheap Suit - 05.23.13The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

No Excuse For A Cheap Suit

www.noexcuseforacheapsuit.bandcamp. com http://noexcuseforacheapsuit.blogspot.com

1. How did you get your band name?

I was just trying to come up with a clever unused name. I think I saw an ad for men's suits and it came to me. I was looking for a metaphor for not doing things half assed, I thought that worked well enough.

2. How did this band get started?

This band is just me currently, and it started because I wanted to see if I could play acoustically in front of people. I had played and toured with punk bands my whole life, I just wanted to see if I could pull it off.

3. What bands are you influenced by?

I love all types of music, from blues to hip hop to punk. The biggest influences have always been punk/punk influenced bands like Black Flag, The Decendents, The Ramones, The Pixies, Mudhoney, Beck, Fifteen, I Farm, Chocking Victim, Dillinger 4, the list goes on. Also influenced by hip hop groups like Tribe Called Quest, Jurassic 5 and Jungle Brothers.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?

Black Flag, because they and other early punk bands pioneered DIY touring. It was much more difficult for them to book tours, they didn't have the resources that musicians have today. I feel a lot of bands take what we have today for granted, like the internet and the easy access of information. I can only imagine how exiting the whole touring experience was back then and would have loved to be a part of it.

5. Best food to eat on tour?

If I can afford it then tacos or burritos. When it's a tight budget potato chip sandwiches are always a classic.

6. Why should people listen to your band?

Because I feel I have something new to offer. It's simplistic, but it's well thought out, the music and the lyrics. It's honest, I don't feel I'm trying to be anybody that I'm not. I feel a lot of music isn't honest anymore, and certain bands are just trying too hard to fit into a particular mold.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?

Raymond Felton of the New York Knicks. I would love to run point for the New York Knicks, although I think we would have to switch skill levels as well.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?

I think the grammys are bullshit. There are too many musicians out there that don't get appreciated and too much crap that gets worshipped. I'm not sure if I would accept it.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

That's a tough question. Of course I would want musicians to have more power and rights to there own music, but I know it's more complicated than that.

10. Memorable tour experience?

I've been on tour with No Excuse For A Cheap Suit, good shows and bad shows but nothing super memorable yet. One of my favorite tour memories was with my old band I Live With Zombies from Richmond, VA in like 2004-5? We were supposed to play a show at the Halfway House in Philadelphia but found out there no show anymore. The person who booked us didn't live there and was out of town and nobody else knew about it. Rob from Global Chaos (I think that was the band name) who lived at the house, gave us a tour of Philadelphia and asked around town to see if he could get us on a show. We stopped outside of this speak easy called Acapella's in South Philly where there was a punk show and talked to the guy booking the show. One of the bands was late so they threw us on. We set up our stuff and rocked it out, it was a super great time. It was a totally illegal operation, under aged kids were selling PBR for $2 to other under aged kids. The Goons and Common Enemy were also on the show, it was a blast. I suppose that's relevant because that was my first impression of Philly DIY shows and Philly is eventually where I ended up.

11. What does AP.net mean to you?

It's a cool spot to check out new music, not just what's popular at the time but you can always check out DIY bands from across the country.

12. What is your favorite song to play?

Chain Reaction, because I can usually play it without messing it up and it's the one that people seem to like the most.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?

Someplace I haven't been yet.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?

Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Def Leppard, Classic Yes

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

I would want to be able to freeze time, so time and every human being would become motionless. You could be the greatest super hero ever, solve any crime, figure out all government conspiracies. No one would be able to stop you because they would be stuck, and nobody would be able to figure you out because you would have unlimited time to get away and cover your tracks.

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?

Used to have some, but usually I'm rushing to a show after work so there would be no time for a pre-show ritual if I had any.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?

I love playing pick-up basketball.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?

There are independent radio stations like WRIR in Richmond, VA and WKDU in Philadelphia that feature local and independent artists along side more established bands. We need more radio stations like that and every decent musician could flourish on the radio. Most radio usually sucks, some stations are better than others. I don't think you can excel in radio nowadays unless you use auto-tune on your vocals, which I think sounds terrible.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spend time with my wife and my dog, play music, go hiking, ride my bicycle, sleep.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?

I'm a great cook!
 
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