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 email@example.com