Against All Authority

If you weren’t in a band what would you be doing?
Danny- putting out records, school, probably working at some shitty job.
Joe- Hating my life…massaging naked people.
Big Dawg- nothing.
Jeremy- school, getting fired from some shitty job.
Kris- traveling.

What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened on tour?
We played Boulder, CO one night and after the show our friend Virgil took us to a party at a friend’s house to drink and hang out. After a few hours we were ready to leave to catch up on some sleep. Big Dawg wanted to stay behind at the party and have a few more beers and hang out with The Sickness and the Beans so we gave him directions to Virgil’s house and told him that we’d leave the front door open for him. When the party was over Big Dawg stumbled down the streets of Boulder looking for Virgil’s house. He found our van and figured that we parked in front of Virgil’s house…we didn’t. He walked into someone’s house and made himself a drink…watched some TV…took a shit in the bathroom…after about 45 minutes he started wondering where everybody was and started to flip through a photo album. When he found that there were no pictures of Virgil in it, he put 2 and 2 together, looked out the window and saw us in Virgil’s house across the street. So he walked into Virgil’s house, sat on the sofa, took a big gulp of vodka… and puked on himself.

Do any of you work besides touring?
I run a record label (Records of Rebellion), Joe is a massuse, Big Dawg has a pilot’s license and a captain’s license…but he does odd jobs, Jeremy just got fired, Kris works at a natural food market, and Devin (our adopted member) works at a Spencer’s when he’s not moving units.

Do you consider yourself a ska punk band?
We’re definitely a punk band. We have reggae and ska parts in the music…but none of us listen to any ska. We listen to a lot of reggae…like punk, reggae has a political edge…that’s what inspires this band.

Are any of you straight edge or do you have any views on it?

Are any of you vegan or do you have any views on it?
None of us are vegan. Some of us are vegetarian.

Who’s the coolest band you ever played with or toured with?
I would have to say Falling Sickness. They’re a great bunch of guys. We spent about 6 weeks together last summer and it was one of the best tours we’ve been on. They’re like family.

Who would you tour with if you had a choice?
Citizen Fish.

Tell us about your label, Records of Rebellion.
I put out records by bands that have something to say. I listen to bands that have a political or social edge to them…so the bands that I work with are bands that’ll make you think. Right now we have 7″s with Plan A Project, The Basicks, -AAA-, the Pist, and Anti-Flag. Now we are starting to do 10″s and CD’s with Plan A Project and then we’re going to try a full length. It’s a lot of work and it’s hard to keep up with everything when you’re on tour. But I love it.

Where did you guys get the band name from?
It’s something we used to write on walls in our school to piss everyone off. When we first got together we wrote a bunch of songs and when we were ready to start playing shows we figured it was time to come up with a name. The name fit because we didn’t want people to think we were a ska band, we wanted them to look past all that shit. If you never heard the music and picked up a lyric sheet…ska would be the furthest thing from your mind.

Essential records that everybody should own?
Dead Kennedys “Plastic Surgery Disasters”, Subhumans “EP-LP”, The Clash.

Did living so close to Cuba have any impact on your music?

You guys have very political lyrics, are you registered to vote? What party?
I used to look at both parties (we do live in a 2 party system) and pick the lesser of the two evils. I’ve come to realize that none of the parties actually represent me or my beliefs. I’ll vote only for someone that does…I can’t say that I belong to any political party. Each party has its good points…but the bad outweighs the good in each case. I just try to stay informed and find the person that reflects my views.

If you could choose a three band bill- who would it be?
Dead Kennedys, Subhumans & The Stiff Little Fingers.

What have you guys been listening to lately?
Dillinger 4, The Belltones, Apocalypse Hoboken, Plan A, Anti-Flag.

How was the Skankin’ in the Pit tour? Tell us about it. It was by far one of the best tours we’ve been on. All the bands got along great and we had fun. We made a lot of friends that summer. We got to get into Canada for the first time. The kids there were great.

What non-punk records do you listen to?
When we’re in the van touring the most requested non-punk music is reggae. Dennis Brown, Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley, etc. Joe likes Johnny Cash.

You have recently recorded with Donnell Cameron, how was it? Are you happy with the results?
Donnell is a great guy…if you like to eat Thai food we suggest you hang out with him for awhile. We’re very happy with the results. We recorded “Destroy What Destroys You” about 3 years ago. Since then our line-up has changed a few times. Right now we are back to all the original members…Jeremy (trumpet) was in the band before we recorded our first 7″ but left the band for school. We’ve been playing together for 5 years now. The music has evolved.

What’s the first thing you guys do when you get into a new town?
We crawl out of the van and look for the closest cup of coffee.

You are about to do a tour with Blanks 77; Tell us about it, are you excited?
We’ve played with the Blanks at ABC NO RIO, Gilman ST. And a few other places. They’re nice people and we’re excited to about the tour. We’ll be on the road with them for 6 weeks (mid Feb. to the end of March). We’re very excited about it. There’s gonna be some crazy nights in store for us.

What can we expect in the future?
Lots of tours, more albums and bottomless cups of coffee at the Waffle House!

 


Interview by :
Hopeless Records ‘Zine #1, Winter-Spring 1998