Roadkill Zine: Ok, so let me start off by asking you who’s in the band and what they play.
Kevin: Ok, i’m Kevin, I play the trumpet; Chris plays drums; Jeff sings; Ryan plays sax; Pat plays guitar; another Pat plays bass. Well, Jamie plays trombone, but he’s not in the tour.
RZ: Why not?
K: Cause he works. He’s older; he’s like 32, so he’s got kids and stuff.
RZ: How did the group form?
K: Basically, Chris and Tom started the band, they found me…I worked at a record store. I found other members. It wasn’t like we were all friends back in the day…it wasn’t like that at all. We met Jeff and Pat from a local band that they were in. We met the other Pat on the internet. It was basically a pretty odd way to form a band. RZ: Are all the members the original members of the band?
K: No, actually there’s three new members to the band. Thomas, our lead singer, quit; he used to play guitar, so we have two new people replacing him. And our bass player quit on us, he went to school.
RZ: So are you guys putting out a new CD anytime soon??
K: Yeah, probably in January of next year, maybe a little bit later.
RZ: How does it feel to be a punk/ska band in an otherwise harcore label (Victory Records)??
K: It’s awesome…it feels pretty cool. We get a lot of special attention from all different people. We’re like the black sheep of Victory Records. All the hardcore bands that probably never would’ve heard of us are exposed to us, and if the like us or not, at least they know us.
RZ: Has the hardcore that you’ve been exposed to influenced the way you guys play?
K: Yes. Our new record is gonna have a lot of hardcore and punk influences, cause that’s what we listen to. You know, when we started the band we always listened to ska and punk, and we’ll still will listen and play ska and punk forever, but since we signed on to Victory, we’ve been exposed to a lot of hardcore bands that we really like.
RZ: So, who are your favorite bands to play with?
K: To play with? Um…well, we’ve had a lot of fun playing with Ten Foot Pole. We also like playing with Digger and Mephiskapheles.
RZ: Are they crazy guys, Mephiskapheles??
K: Yeah, they’re pretty cool…our drummer takes lessons from their drummer. Yeah, they get a little wacky, you know, when they’re drinking. They’re cool though, they’re really cool. Like the drummer, he’s amazing, he’s a really good drummer.
RZ: What’s the biggest show you’ve ever played??
K: Probably in Chicago at the Metro. There was like 1,100 kids. That was like two weeks ago.
RZ: Do you have any road stories you wanna tell us?
K: I’m glad we did this interview today and not yesterday, cause we had the best time last night! Last night we were in St. Petersburg and we went to a Denny’s, and we were a little freaked out by the neighborhood cause we’re not exactly from the city so we don’t see a lot of this stuff everyday. There’s some wacky people in St. Petersburg. Anyway, we into a Denny’s late at night, probably like 3AM after our show with a couple members from Digger. One of the guys from Digger, Tom, who’s a wacko, he paid some chick five bucks to go to our singer and like mess with his mind, basically. So she just came up to him and like flashed him and stuff. We didn’t know either, so it was even funny for us. Our drummer was like, “Get out of here you skank!”. She was a weird-ass chick. Then, after that, this crazy guy came up to us and sat down and started telling us stories of his life about how he was an author and stuff. He was telling us about how we’re all gonna die. That was a lot of fun. We were laughing off our asses and we weren’t even drunk…we were completely sober.
RZ: So where are you guys heading to next?
RZ: Who gets the most play in the group?
K: Not me I have a girlfriend.
RZ: Do you have anything else you’d like to say?
K: Buy our record, I think you’ll like it.
Interview by : Roadkill Zine