1. How did you get your band name? Pure juvenile stupidity that overpowered us on a fateful night around 8 years ago.
2. How did this band get started? We were all friends originally anyway and I was playing in a metal band with David E (guitar/vocals) and Ken (drums). They decided to also start a punk band, as punk was their true passion. They recruited Bob (vocals/guitar) originally to play bass and, mercifully, the metal band faded away. After a couple of line-up changes, the guys turned to me to play bass, and the rest is horrible and smutty history. We’ve been in our current guise for around 5 years.
3. What bands are you influenced by? We all tend to come together on a few bands that we really love, even though we have varied tastes. Propagandhi, Bad Religion and Misfits are bands we all really love, and we get our love for the different kinds of punk we play from those bands. Our heaviness comes from Propagandhi, hooks and harmonies are BR, and Misfits are just the embodiment of how any bunch of guys can get together and write bad ass songs. David E and Ken would also probably say NOFX, but that’s a touchy subject around these parts...
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why? The bands mentioned above would be bloody lovely for our own enjoyment, and would also satisfy our inner masochists as we’d get blown off stage every single night. We’re also pretty tight with a bunch of other bands on the local scenes, so we’d love to play with some of those excellent bands - Droves would be a great example of that, as those guys come to play.
5. Best food to eat on tour? We don’t really tour, so anything that comes our way is much appreciated. Bob is vegetarian, so we need to make sure we have suckling pig and a succulent and juicy T-bone steak for him. The rest of us would be happy with a cup of coffee and a sandwich.
6. Why should people listen to your band? I think we have a little something for any kind of punk fan. We play fast and hard, we have harmonies, hooks and choruses aplenty; and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. To be honest, it’s enough for us if people are going to local shows and supporting local bands at all, so it’s not just us people should be listening to , it’s any kind of DIY bands who do it for the love of playing like we do.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with? I think each of us would like to switch places with any number of NFL athletes as we’re all big football fans, despite being from England. I’d choose AJ Green of the Bengals, and no doubt the other guys would choose guys from their respective teams. Except maybe for Ken, because even he knows the Raiders suck.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank? The guy who performed the complex deal with Satan that would need to be signed for us to even be considered for any kind of accolade. So...myself?
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be? I would make it so that “Call Me Maybe” belonged to everyone, so that all bands could feel the gorgeous bliss of being a part of that wonderful piece of brilliance. Also I’d make labels who take advantage of artists (*cough* VICTORY *cough*) leave the galaxy. I also think that vinyl is a really special way of playing music, and I think that all bands should have the opportunity to do affordable vinyl pressing of their records. We would have liked to have done that, but we couldn’t afford it after making it rain all over our engineer Andy and the guys at Blasting Room in Colorado...seriously, we paid those SOBs well. They did a great job though, so you won’t catch us complaining. Because we only do it behind people’s backs.
10. Memorable tour experience? I think we’d agree that our best shows have been since we perfected the new songs live. Whilst we love it when our set is well-received, we are even happier if the other bands on the bill are enjoyable. Recently we played with a bunch of bands in Liverpool, and from that we discovered Samuel Little and Hold the Fight, who were touring together at the time, and they were superb live acts. We’d take that any day. Our best experience was probably when we played with Army of Freshmen a while back. They were really nice guys and the other bands on the bill made it a really great night. We interviewed with our friend Craig before the show too, and that was probably the most fun I’ve ever had. So i’d say that show and that day were my personal highlight of my time in the band so far.
11. What does AP.net mean to you? To me, it means my favourite site for music. I’ve discovered a bunch of new bands via the site over the years, and they keep me up to date with new releases etc. It’s hard to find another site that’s as detailed and even-handed to bands of all sizes, so I’ll visit a few times a day. The vocal community around the site is also great, and again there’s not really many other places where users and site staff work so well together to bring really great content...and that marks the end of me covering your entire arse with kisses. But you deserve the love.
12. What is your favorite song to play? Personally I love playing any of the new songs because I took the lead on lyric writing and it’s great to have a genuinely skilled vocalist like Bob giving life to something I’ve put so much into. My particular favourite is probably "The Waves" from the new record, which I’ve added some fun little bass parts to for playing live, and it also has some ace riffs and a chance for me to do some screaming vocals. We have a little running joke that things always seem to go wrong at the end of the songs. We’ve had instruments cut out and even a tom deciding that it wanted to lie down...but when we get it right I think it showcases us at our best. There’s also the matter of our Misfits covers, which are always fun. Yes, I said covers. With an “S”.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice? Anywhere with a good pub and some computer games is a vacation for us, so pretty much anywhere in the first world.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood? Well it depends on how far back you want to go. I think Def Leppard was played around my house by my dad when I was young, and I think that went some way to getting me into guitar-based music. Then there’s all those 80’s songs that my parents love, and stuff like Michael Bolton. Strangely it’s all stuff that I’ll still listen to every now and then.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why? Does playing bass count as a super power? I’d like to be better at bass. I think every man who doesn’t say “invisibility” is an absolute liar. Of course you’d want to be invisible! Pranking people, generally being a pervert and a menace to society...that’s the dream...
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals? Not really. I have a little collection of stuff I like to have onstage with me inside my glasses case (funnily enough, no glasses in there). We get onstage, set up our gear carefully and methodically, then we give each other a nod and then we play. No real superstitions, just some organisation and calm. Also we probably make a lot of poo jokes. That’s as close to a ritual as we’ll get.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you? That we exist? Aside from our relatively unknown status, we’re pretty open guys who enjoy the usual stuff. Bob cried at the end of Spiderman 3...
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish? Unfortunately radio generally gets on my nerves nowadays. It’s full of stupid jingles and dicks appealing to the lowest common denominator, thereby making everyone even more stupid in the process. It isn’t all like that however, as we have stuff like the Radio 1 punk show and small, independent stations that do some really great work...but unfortunately these smaller operations won’t ever be heard over the absolute crap that pollutes the airwaves. I don’t think that our band would ever be played on the radio beyond those small stations, and to be honest I wouldn’t want us to be played on the commercial stations as I never want to listen to them.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time? It’s all about Fat Phace. This band is my spare time. I love a beer and a Bengals game or a Liverpool game too, not to mention my obsession with films. The band is king though, it gets the most of my time after my job and girlfriend. But all of this is obviously a lie, and what I mean to say is “porn.”
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have? I think we may all have something that we could bring to the table in that regard, although it depends what you mean by “talent”. I guess that, again due to our relatively unknown status, playing in a band would probably be our hidden talent. People our always surprised when I tell them I play in a band...even at the second or third time of mentioning. I guess my hidden talent is making people not give a shit about what I say. Or porn.