How long have you guys been playing together?

Although we’ve had a few line-up changes, we started playing as a band about four and a half years ago.

Who thought of the band name ‘Bounder’, is there any meaning behind it?

Our old guitarist thought of it, as a replacement for our old name, RooSteak, which nobody understood. The only significance is that it maintains the “kangaroo” theme.

How old are all the members?

I am 22, Sam is 21, Mark is 23, and Kevin is 20.

Did or do all of you attend school?

Sam and I have graduated college, Mark is finishing in the spring, and Kevin has two years of school left.

What influences your songwriting the most?

We’re all about the rock, so any rock bands have an influence on our music.

Is “All Out” your first release?

We’d done two demo tapes, and put out a 7″, before “All Out.”

Did you have any regrets or anything you wanted to change when you heard “All Out” for the first time?

There are always things you hear the 100th time listening to it that you didn’t hear the first 99, but for the most part, I think we were satisfied with how it came out musically.

What were you referring to in “Modern-Day Babylon”?

College towns, and the “in-crowd” stigma that goes along with them, specifically Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Ragamuffin” is a song about losing a good friend. Is Ragamuffin your dog?

Indeed. She was a hell of an animal.

My favorite song on “All Out” is definitely “Wolverine”, what is yours?

We all have different favorites, although “Dirty You” and “When You’re Not There” are songs we all dig.

Do you have a favorite band?

There are a lot of bands I like a lot, but I don’t really have a favorite.

Some top spots go to Face to Face, The Get Up Kids, At the Drive-In, Kid Dynamite, Sam Cooke, the Jackson 5, and the Alkaline Trio, among others.

What was in your stereo say, 5 years ago?

More poppy stuff, like Screeching Weasel and the Queers, along with some hip-hop like Pharcyde, Del, and De La Soul.

If you could go on a full US tour with two bands, who would they be and why?

Face to Face and Social Distortion. Face to Face because they put on an awesome, high-energy live show, and Social Distortion because they put on an awesome rock’n’roll show. Plus it’d be cool to get drunk with Mike Ness.

What do you have to say about all of these school shootings that keep happening?

I think that kids don’t fully understand the consequences of shooting someone, and it doesn’t help that every school-shooting story that occurs is stuffed down our throats by the media for weeks.

How do you feel about MTV and its affect on music?

I think that the original form of MTV is a good idea, as is proven by M2.

One time I saw “Ace of Spades,” “I Would Die 4 U” and “Take On Me,” all in a row. What could be better than that?

When the band first formed did you ever expect to be on the same cd as Lagwagon, The Ataris, or Me First and The Gimme Gimmes?

Not at all. We just keep doing what we like doing, and if it puts us in good company, so be it.

Whats in the future for Bounder?

More writing, recording, and touring.

What is your favorite record of ’99?

“Clarity” by Jimmy Eat World.

Do you have a favorite movie?

I’m not much of a movie fan, but the Bounder boys have always been big fans of “Braveheart” and “Mallrats.”

What do you think of Britney Spears?

She’d better have a good financial mangager.

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