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Caught Inside

On Febuary 23, 2000 Andy from the punk band Caught Inside emailed me back his answers to my questions. If you have never heard of Caught Inside they recently signed with the awesome label drive thru records. Check out the new Drive Thru records sampler to hear two killer songs from Caught Inside.

Caught Inside’s website: www.geocities.com/sunsetstrip/club/2627

 

Can you give a brief history of Caught Inside including when you formed, the current members, and how you got your name?

Caught Inside began in December of ’94 in Miami, FL. The current lineup is Andy on vocals, buster on guitar, justin on bass, and shane on drums. “Caught Inside” is a surfing term and originally, back in day with the old lineup, 3 of the 4 of us surfed so that’s all there was to that. But now with the new lineup, I am the only one who surfs, so “caught inside” serves as a reminder NOT to be “caught inside” society’s predetermined roles and make your own future.

What’s up next for the band?

Our new album on drive thru records should be out around mid June, then about 6 weeks to 2 months of touring, then another semester of school and then its anyone’s guess.

Is there one show that sticks out in your mind as being the best?

Nah, not any 1 show. I could probably pick out 7 to 10 shows that stick out as being our best shows.

How did Caught Inside get signed to drive thru and did you have any offers from other labels?

Drive thru saw an interview of ours in rational inquirer and checked out our website and signed our guestbook. I emailed them, started talking, they loved our stuff and they signed us. we didn’t have any offers from any other labels.

Do you have any interesting tour stories?

Oh my lord yes, way too many to pick out just one. There’s stories of masturbation, fornication, defication, general nudity, close calls with hitch hikers, times that were way too hot, times that were way too cold, times we slept in very odd and very dirty places, very odd and interesting people we’ve met, etc. The usual tour stuff.

How would describe the sound of Caught Inside?

poppy aggression, loud guitars, powerful hooks.

Does the band fight a lot while on tour or in the studio?

Very rarely on tour. Maybe a little more in the studio, but no more than any other band I would assume.  

What is the best and worst part of being in Caught Inside?

The best part is enjoying the modest, but hard earned successes we’ve achieved. The worst is never being able to practice and write new songs cuz we live so far from one another.

Who are your favorite bands at the moment and who are your favorite bands of all time?

Not speaking for the rest of the band, the bands I’ve been listening to most recently are the ataris, foolproof, and poison the well. Some of my favorite bands of all time are lagwagon, pennywise, gorilla biscuits, and quicksand.

What are your views on Straight Edge?

Well I am straight edge so I guess i have kind of a bias but I do not advocate violence or prejudice toward anyone based on their decision to drink or whatever. I believe people should decide for themselves what is right for them, and if that means identifying oneself as straight edge, then that’s awesome. If not, that’s rad too.

How did you get in to music like punk, hardcore, and ska?

My cousin got me into alot of stuff when I was younger as did older kids in my high school when I was a freshman and sophomore. As you begin to learn more and start reading zines, going to shows, and buying records, you start being able to stand on your own 2 feet and start getting into new music on your own.

How would you define punk?

Punk, to me, is developing your own social norms and values for how you believe society and relationships should work and standing by those beliefs while. At the same time respecting the beliefs and values of those around you.

What is the dumbest thing you have ever done for money?

Richard, one of the owners of drive thru records, has paid me a dollar on 2 seperate occasions to lick the comforter on a hotel bed.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Hopefully 10 years from now, I will have accomplished everything I wanted to do before I turned 30 and I’ll be relaxing on the beach in Costa Rica.

What would you be doing if you were not in a band?

Alot more surfing, alot more skating. Probably would have built some shit. I’d be counting the days till I finished school and then would probably live in costa rica.

If you could have call a dead person on the phone and have 1 conversation with them who would it be and why?

My dad cuz I miss him.

What sucks and what rocks?

People who don’t respect others suck. close minded people suck. I’ve decided that when it comes to the continental U.S., living anywhere but Florida or California sucks. Music rocks. Friendly people rock. Touring rocks. Working 9-5 sucks.

What do you think of Britney Spears?

She’s pretty cool I guess. I’d like to play with her boobs. I’d also like to get paid a lot of money to sing someone else’s songs, as long as it didn’t mean I couldn’t play my own.


Interview by :
Daniel daniel@acornweb.com

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes

Q: The question remains. Why?
Mike: You know why? Because we wanted to be in a band a lot more fun than our other bands.

Q: What type of selection process do you have for this band?
Joey: You have to drink a lot of alcohol to be in this and,
Mike: At least half a six pack.

Q: So who’s in the band now? Give me your name and your title.
Mike: I’m Fat Mike, human pez dispenser.
Dave: ..[struggling]…I’m Dave,
Joey: He’s our drummer.
Spike: I’m Spike, ear, nose, and throat.
Joey: I’m Joey. I’m the untightness coordinator of the band. I take care of the, you know, sloppy ends of the band.
Spike: When you want something sloppy, Joey gets the job done.
Joey: That’s why they got me. They didn’t want to look too good. They say the key to every
really good alternative band is having one really poor musician in the band and that’s me.

Q: What are the worst conditions you ever played under? Either venue, personal or audience?
Joey: It was Berlin at the Franklin.
Spike: We didn’t play there, we did drugs there.
Mike: Yeah, we did a four date European tour and between the coke and the Valiums, and the Vicadins and the Bushmills…
Spike: And the wine…
Mike: I think we did our best show.

Q: The music that you cover, is that homage or satire?
Mike: Homage
Joey: It’s Amish actually.
Mike: Our new album is show tunes.
Spike: How many people are going to rock out to show tunes?
Mike: You can never rock out to show tunes. What we are doing is bridging the generation gap from kids to grandparents. Parents and kids will have something to talk about. They can relate to the show tunes.

Q: So you are like musical diplomats?
Mike: Exactly right.

Q: You are like the U.N.?
Mike: We are bridging the generation gap.

Q: OK, what was the band that inspired this band?
Mike: Years ago, I thought, Man, I would love to do old Neil Diamond songs and old folk guitar songs and make them punk – that’d be great. And Joey thought the same thing.
Joey: I was living with our other guitar player, who’s not here right now, and we had a list on our refrigerator of all these cheezy ’70’s on our refrigerator that would thought would be cool to do punk rock and then Mike came up and stole our idea telepathically. It was really kind of a drag and now he is sort of the leader, which I think is really unfair. Jake Jackson should be the leader of this affair. In all seriousness, I think the reason that we agreed on is that we both write songs in our bands, and I think the idea is that any good song comes out in formatting and style. You could take a good song that would make people cringe, but if you put it in a format or a style that people would enjoy….
Mike: Nobody wants to hear Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” but it is a great song.

Q: Now they do!
Mike: Now they do. We’re easing them into it. We’re making people realize. We’re visionary.

Q: Have you ever thought of rewriting a song, in the middle of a song, like a chorus?
Mike: We do. A lot. We do “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”. It doesn’t have enough choruses so we through in three choruses.
Dave: Sometimes when we play live, I’ll just personally decide to put a stop in a song but I won’t tell them, I’ll just stop.
Joey: It is like a guitar break. A lot of improvisation. That’s when the best type of stuff happens.

Q: How many times, total have you played?
Spike: I’d say fourteen or fifteen.
Joey: No, that is wrong. I would say twelve.
Dave: Only one that I could remember.
Mike: I’m the leader and I say it was fourteen.

Q: What activity have people done while listening to your music that you were kind of astonished by?
Joey: What about those two guys in the front row at the Berlin show? They were like, doing it. That was pretty weird.
Joey: Dry, no lubricant.
Spike: Once these people were beating the shit out of people, and it was a Barry Manilow song. If you can make a fucking Barry Manilow song to drive people to beat other people up, then you’re doing something right.
Mike: Do you know what is going to happen? In about five years, some band is going to come along and do what we do and sell it to radio and MTV and get huge doing it.
Joey: They will burn our whole deal.

Q: Any future concepts for albums?
Joey: A Skrewdriver cover album. One side’s the Subhumans, the other’s Skrewdriver. Killer.

Q: In the style of?
Mike: Bar-b-que-style.



Interview by :
Todd at Fat Wreck – Smash Music Magazine – May 1999, Issue 5 Vol. 2