I had grown up listening to a lot of Green Day and Nirvana, and I was always kind of into music, but in seventh grade I got Rancid's "...And Out Come the Wolves" and AFI's "Black Sails in the Sunset" and that was it. I was in it for life.
2. As a band what are your goals for this summer?
We just got done with a northeast tour. Right now we're kind of laying low and gearing up for our album to come out and fall touring.
3. With your music up and going, what is the hardest part of being an artist?
Definitely the waiting period between writing a song and people being able to hear the song.
4. Who inspires you?
Ian Mackaye. Joe Strummer. Kurt Vonnegut. Everyone in this band.
5. Where do you all plan to be in ten years?
I'd love to be doing the same thing we're doing right now, hopefully on a much larger scale! :)
6. As a team how did you get where you are today?
I joined the band somewhat late in the game, I think in the grand scheme of things we haven't gotten very far, but I think whatever success we've achieved can probably be largely attributed to our live show.
7. What has been the best show you have done thus far?
This is most likely going to be my answer always, but our most recent show. It was in Baltimore, last show of tour, and I was just so happy to be there with everyone, and just had a crazy good time knowing it was the last show we'd be playing for a month or so.
8. Does the community around you effect your writing process?
Yes, in positive and negative ways, which we could fill a whole interview talking about.
9. Who is the clown of the band?
One reason I love this band is that we are all pretty goofy people, but if you had to single out one 'clown' it would definitely be Cadillac 'Bozo' Young.
10. Whats are your 10 year goals?
Oh man. I'd love to be releasing our 5th or 6th album and be touring ALL THE TIME!
11. How do you feel your music relates to the individual listeners?
Personally I approach writing as getting all my negative thoughts out so that I can be happy, and I think that's a universal thing everyone can relate to whether they play music or not. Purge yourself of the bad stuff, write it down, scream, paint, build, whatever. Get it out.
12. What was the funniest moment in band history?
When we were in Long Island we caught some clams at the beach, at that night we were cooking them on a portable grill we brought at a parking lot. It was getting dark and Calvin was using his flashlight on his phone to see what he was cooking. He then drops his phone into the pot of boiling water, potatoes, clams, and just completely freaks out. The whole time the flashlight is swirling around and he's frantically trying to get his phone out. Losing. His. Mind. It was great. I walked my phone into the ocean earlier that day so I don't feel too bad throwing him under the bus about that.
13. Who are you as people outside of music?
We don't exist much outside of music because all 6 of share the same goal in life which is to play the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
14. Any favorite fast food?
I don't like to eat a lot of fast food, it was awesome on tour we only had fast food once. With that being said, McDonald's is great I love me a double quarter pounder. We only have one Dunkin' Donuts here in Louisville I think, but between this northeast tour and having a girlfriend in New York I've had it a lot recently, and have grown to love their Jamocha Almond Fudge iced coffee.
Thanks for the interview! <3