Gameface

This is an e-mail interview I did with Jeff of Gameface on October 24th, 2000.

How long has Gameface been together?

Ten long years. Always DIY. Always for the music.

Has the line-up been the same?

No.

How many records has the band put out?

Four full lengths
Four 7″s
Two EPs

What are some of the more memorable moments in the bands history?

This question would take a conversation to answer. There have been many times when I felt like there was a purpose for me being in Gameface. I feel like we’ve touched a lot of people’s lives with the music we’ve made.

What did you listen to growing up?

I liked metal in the mid-80’s. Maiden, Preist, Van Halen. And a lot of classic rock. When I got to highschool I discovered hardcore. 7 Seconds, Uniform Choice, Insted. That led to my true love, melodic punk. Descendents, Big Drill Car… Since then I’ve just about covered all kinds of indie music.

How does the new record, Always On, compare to the earlier stuff?

It rocks with a mightier vengeance. It’s more of a big rock record than a punk rock record. I’m really proud of it. I think it’s the record I’ve been wanting to make all along.

How do you describe your sound?

Rock.

Where do you see yourself as a band in five years?

I see myself in a country band.

What inspires your lyrics and music the most?

Just living. I like to write stories about my life that people can relate to.

Do you plan to tour anytime soon?

No plans yet.

The cover of the new record is different from most because it is just a drawing with no band name or title, what made you want to have a cover like that?

For that reason. It’s not as predictible as our past releases. I wanted to do something really expressive so I staring painting again.

Who are you voting for in the presidential election?

Gore. He seems to have a heart. Bush gives me the idiot shivers.

Do you think Napster is better or worse for bands?

I haven’t completely decided. I just love the idea of going to a record store and being psyched to buy A COMPLETE album instead of just downloading a song but I can’t stop progress.

What was your favorite record of 2000?

Idlewild – 100 Broken Windows

Do you have a favorite book or movie?

I loved ‘Almost Famous’

What do you think of Britney Spears?

Smokin’ hot.

Interview by :
Josh Stern – josh@joshstern.com