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Diesel Boy

Hi there. This is Trevor with yet another interview for your viewing pleasure. This one is with Dave from the always entertaining band, Diesel Boy. Random Fact: Both Morton and Diesel Boy hail from the same small city of Santa Rosa, California. Random Fact, Part 2: Morton has admitted to me confidentially that he has used Lemon Scented Pledge as masturbatory lubricant. What does this all mean? I do not know. Read on and maybe the truth shall set you free.

So who is this and what makes you so special?

I’m Diesel Dave, the singer/guitar player for Diesel Boy. I write the songs that make the whole world sing. I’m also hopelessly addicted the “Real World.”

When are you going to go to college and get a real job?

Obviously, my journalistic friend, you aren’t well trained in the art of interview research. Otherwise, you would have already discovered that I have been to college and that I have a degree in Communications. How else could I have become so literate and so adept at communicating? I’m not sure what qualifies as a real job, but I’m pretty sure I’ll never have one.

What was the most embarrassing moment of your childhood? How did that event warp your psyche and turn you into the man you’ve become?

I don’t know about embarrassing, but I was teased a lot in elementary school. My “friends” used to take off my shoes and toss them back and forth refusing to give them back until I would cry. I believe the game is called “monkey in the middle.” Fuck those guys. That period of my life certainly left its mark on me but that was a long time ago. I’ve come a long way since then. Coincidentally, one of my elementary school buddies is now an MTV VJ. And fortunately for me, he was not one of the assholes involved in the shoe game.
note from morton: Lemme guess… Jesse the big haired freaky guy?

How would a world under your tyrannical control differ from the one we are currently inhabiting?

Reese Witherspoon would be my wife and everyone would think I was good-looking. If you told me otherwise you would be killed. Courtney Love would be exiled to an island whose only other inhabitant was Britney Spears. And the world’s printing presses would be implanted with a chip that would disallow anything other than the i dunno zine from being printed.
note from morton: wow, he actually said that?

I want to be a punk rocker just like you. The problem is I was born in 1979. If my parents took me to see any of the great early punk acts, I obviously don’t remember it. How do I overcome this shortcoming and become the best “Diesel Boy” I can be?

Here’s some advice: Masturbate often. Enjoy your body, its the only one you’ll ever have. Wear sunscreen. Go dancing. Listen to Diesel Boy records every day. Live in New York at least once in your life but leave before it hardens you. Live in Northern California at least once in your life but leave before you become too soft. Whenever Rush Limbaugh is on the radio, turn it off. Listen to lots and lots of Smoking Popes records. Don’t ever fuck your best friend’s girlfriend. Travel. And most importantly, trust me about the sunscreen.

How do your parents feel about your songs with debauncherous and lewd lyrics? Do they support the band and what you do?

My parents are cool. They totally respect and support what I do. They love Diesel Boy and they aren’t easily offended. Songs about girls that masturbate and whatnot don’t bother them. For the most part, they enjoy my sense of humor and they’ve never seemed put off by what I do. I mean we’re not Guttermouth or the Dwarves or something. More than anybody else, I really appreciate their support. I hope I make a pile of money someday so I can buy them a condo on the beach.

How would you react if the events Pet Cemetery happened to you? How would you combat zombie cats?

Um. Zombie cat repellent?

When you are on the road for countless hours it must bring about some odd lines of conversation. What has the band discussed at length during your journeys on the open highway?

Whether Orwell’s vision of a utopian society truly parallels that of Dostoevsky’s political model, or whether Orwell’s vision is in fact closer to that of Steven Hawking’s 1992 manuscript on the true meaning of time.

Why is it not cool to be a hippie? I think it’s pretty “punk rock” to not bathe, listen to bad music, and sleep with a lot of people, don’t you?

I assume you are referring either to Justin’s “Hippies Suck” T-shirt from the “Venus Envy” artwork or the slacker’s T-shirt on the cover of “Sofa King Cool.” In both cases, the people ARE hippies. Note the long hair and stoner expressions. It’s sarcasm.

What do you think is the most pointless activity that each of us engages in at some point? What troubles you about it?

Answering interview questions. I mean who’s actually going to read these answers anyway? I spend hours and hours baring my soul in an interview that I’m sure will only be read by some 11 year old kid in WhoTheFuckCares, Iowa, who happens only to stumble upon my interview while searching for wall-size pictures of lesbians fisting.

I would you like you to start some rumors and stories on our zine involving bands you’ve toured with both past and present. Will you comply?

Sure. Tony from Ten Foot Pole stills sucks his thumb. Jake from Strung Out pees his bed on tour. Fat Mike’s real first name isn’t Mike, it’s Walter. And Chuck from Good Riddance is really GG Allin. He faked his own death. That picture in their record of Chuck and GG together isn’t real. It’s trick photography.

In listening to your albums, it’s quite obvious that you only rival Crass and Propagandhi in terms of social and political awareness. What observations have you made about life and the government’s heavy-handed actions in your years on this planet?

The most important thing I’ve learned is this: Never trust whitey.

Why do you all wear matching star shirts on stage? It’s a joke that I’m not in on. I feel left out. It hurts a lot. Why do you treat me like this?

The truth is the record company told us if we wore matching shirts we would sell more records, so we did. The star symbolizes our life-long commitment to the ways of our astrological guru, Kenny Kingston.

Do you believe in fate or destiny? Why or why not?

Not really. I think life is what you make of it. If you wanna be something, work your ass off and you can be whatever you wanna be. If you want to be a doctor, go to med school because your destiny sure as fuck ain’t going to make you a doctor. I do think that things happen on this planet that we can’t explain, but I wouldn’t classify them as fate or destiny. Life is a series of choices. Make the right ones and hopefully it’ll work out for you.

How does this interview rank up amongst all of the others you’ve done through the years? Am I your favorite? Will a friendship stem from this short-term association?

I had a good time doing this interview. The Crass/Propagandhi question made me laugh which is pretty rare. I’ll give you four out of five stars. I’m a tough grader. Will we become friends? We’ll probably never share a moonlit walk along the beach or double team some rock slut together but I would consider answering an e-mail if it came my way.
Note From Trevor: In your face, Morton! I have rock star friends!

Any final words for our viewing audience?

Thanks for the interview.

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Jord has been hitting the drums with Propagandhi since their inception as a two piece speed metal/ melodic hardcore band 10 years ago. In that time Jord has become one of the most prominent and best drummers in hardcore as Propagandhi have become one of the best selling and popular bands on Fat Wreck Chords. Anyone who knows Jord, know him to be a out going and generous man with a heart of gold. It is always a pleasure to talk with Jord, which is why I had him type in his answers to this interview. Actually, that’s his fault, he was procrastinating. Follow ups on this interview will appear on the webpage, check it out.

So how were the gardening lessons with you mom?
Oh, great, and thanks for asking! Got a few tips, planning on growing a little more than weeds in the ol’ flower bed next year, maybe some tomatoes, peppers, that kind of stuff. That is if I can count on your dog Molly to keep spraying our soil with her soil. A good fertilizer I’m told.
You spent a time of you childhood in shackles due to problem with club foot I believe. How do you feel this affected you as a person and if it has anything to do with you current desire to break free from the shackles of capitalist society?
Uhhh yeah…..sure….. had an physical problem as a young laddie, and then overcame it, and wish to overcome capitalist society as I overcame my illness…yes,yes…I guess that explains why I had a mohawk at the age of seven…
You tried to get on the wagon for the month of June, in terms of no booze, but did not fair very well, do you think your an alcoholic? What is longest period of time over the last 4 years you’ve gone without getting high?
No I don’t consider myself an alcoholic, although I sure do enjoy drinking a beer here and there, especially in the summer. Who fuckin’ wants to know? The last four years? About a minute and a half. That’s ‘cus I was born high, high on life baby!
Big Rock vs. Sleemans?
Yes it’s Big Rock vs. Sleeman’s competing for sales to those who like brew without 75 added chemicals. Smaller than Molson’s and Labatt’s, bigger than basement homebrew. Sleemans gets my nod.
Okay, while you would never sit and have dinner with a racist or sexist scum, you do have dinner with people who are eating animal flesh? Do you see this a compromise? Is animal rights not that important to you? How do you feel about animal rights organizations that assassinate vivisectionist and ranchers and people wearing fur?
Well, maybe a compromise, yes, but following the ethic of acclaimed drummer Bobby Rock, many of the meat-eating types are frequently interested in why one is not partaking in the consumption of meat. Reasons are stated, meathead maybe learns something new. No sympathy for capitalist fucks who get what’s been comin’ for too long. As for fur, possibly the most ridiculous fad of all time. Seems to be waning, hope that continues.
You claim to be a ‘gay positive’ band, as such, many people automatically assume you are therefore gay, which you obviously are not. Does this bother you, not that people think your gay, but that by supporting gay rights people think you have to be gay?
Yeah, that attitude stinks of shit + punkers’ B.O. It’s as if people think that if a problem doesn’t immediately concern themselves, then it’s not really a problem at all. Same for men who don’t give a shit about womens’ rights, or honkusmolonkus’ lack of respect for issues regarding race…..
What do you look for in a woman?
Advice on what to look for in women, and maybe for directions to the shitter.
Last good movie you say and why?
Well, when I think of the word “movie”, the words TRULY UNBELEIVABLE BADLY DONE PURE SHIT HOLLYWOOD PROPAGANDA I CANT SEE HOW PEOPLE PUT UP WITH THIS CRAP SAME OLD FUCKIN’ FORMULA EVERY FUCKIN’ TIME come to mind. Citizen Ruth was a good show, pretty funny.
At first it seemed you guys embraced the Food Not Bombs (FNB) basement show crowd and shunned the big PA club touring network. As you have progressed as a band and musicians you seemed more inclined to play bigger shows with better PA systems to accommodate your larger fan base. How do you strike a balance between the two without upsetting the punk purists while making sure everyone who wants to see you play can see you play?
Ahhh, the impossible balance. It’s difficult to please the- “I like your band but hate your crowd” types with “ machobaby moshin’ fucknuts trying to impress others through crowdsurfing” types in attendance. Well, what we’re trying to do is play in venues that can accomodate whatever size of a crowd that can reasonably be expected in a particular city. We don’t want to play in huge places if we know we’ll draw a small audience, but at the same time we don’t want people to be turned away at the door. And we prefer to play places that can also accomodate activist organizations doing info tables. It just simply makes way more sense to do larger shows if they are feasible, more exposure to the music, the ideas, and the info. And hey, it’s not like we were all pooped out as ethical punk rockers from the beginning or some shit. As a small boy from a small town, I didn’t get into the ideas behind the music for years after I was initially exposed to it. I’d like to think of people as ones who sometimes change as they grow. I’d also like to think that anyone is welcome to our shows (except for violent assholes, I don’t give a tinkers’ fuck about them).
You spend a lot of time getting in shape and working on your body via weights and cardio exercises, do you think the anarcho community may be lacking in the physical department whilst striving for “revolution”?
Well, I don’t really see any revolution right around the corner, those exercises are practiced to allow myself to run away from the scary folk faster, and more effectively, and hopefully to build on last years hockey stats. I’m simply not satisfied with 5 goals in 30 games anymore.
Frank Zappa, man or myth?
What? Man, I guess. An extremely talented artist, currently being devoured by a large number of worms.
You have carved out quite an enviable nitch under this so called evil capitalist system- you basically play punk rock for a living, not a bad gig? Do you think there is something to be said for capitalism?
Yeah, there’s something to be said. Captialism is the dominant all-encompassing economic model under which we live, and if we don’t find workable alternatives for ourselves in the very near future, it’s going to be GAME OVER friends! Oh, but yes we could all run into the bush (with an ‘spontinaiety rules’ attitude of course) living free of societys’ evils, picking berries naked, smelling really unreal bad as the orgy continued…..maybe if I was born 50,000 years ago. Too many cornholio poseurs in that scene. Anyhoo, we’re all involved with the system and we’re all controlled. I’m not really into retreatism, might as well try to change things from within….
You spend a lot of time practicing drums and improving yourself as a musician, which used to be a bad word in the punk field, do you see yourself as a musician? What tactics do you use to become the best drummer in hardcore? Who influenced your drumming style? You often poke fun at Erik Sandin and his same old beat, you also said he wasn’t able to carry your jock. Elaborate.
Yeah I’m a musician all right, I play this thing called the anal tuba. Been practicing daily for 27 years, maybe you’d like to hear it again sometime soon. Influences – Pete Moffat (GI); Jesus Bonehead (Dayglo Abortions). As for the Eric Sandin comments, I thought you said that some drunken night. I remember thinking, “well Sandin’s a pretty strong guy, but there’s no way he could carry Dereks’ jock. I mean who could? The fuckin’ thing was custom-built at a Boeing plant by NASA techs. Didn’t it have to be assembled here in Winnipeg”?
Propagandhi vs. One Life Crew, who would win?
Win at what? A game of street hockey? Tennis match? Chess? Nintendo RBI Baseball 3? Belching contest? Farting contest? Beer drinkin’? Or are you insinuating something more physical, like an all out brawl? Cus’ you Derek of Dead Herring infamy LOVE to FIGHT!! And you would like to know who would win between us and them in a fight. Well that’s easy. We’d win at anything, anywhere, anytime. Lookit! We have Killer Kowalski on one hand and Psycho-Tongue-Bite-Hannahman on the other. Just give that guy a shot of vodka, watch him turn into a crazed incarnatoin of Jim Morrison and let him fly! All I’d have to do is stand around and collect from the bettors.
Cousins, your view?
Every time I go by that place there’s some fuckin’ guy with a beard floating in a chair, right in the middle of the room. Everyone in there is on their knees, heads bowed. I think it’s the headquarters of some kind of cult. Oh well, I heard that there’s good tunes there anyway.
Whose a better guy, Gilles or Frank?
What? Maybe if there’s an International Better Guy Competition I’d have a better idea. Until then Gilles and Frank are just two great guys, neither one even slightly better or worse than the other. Hey, if you do hear any word on such a competition, I’d love to be a judge. There might be some of the good willy-wacker-tabacker goin’ ‘round at one of those.

Interview by : Dead Herring Zine

Propagandhi (Jord)

V: What happened last time you came to Australia? There were rumours you got kicked out of the country…
J: No, we didn’t get kicked out, we got into some problems with the musicians union and the department of immigration or something like that, they wanted to prevent us from playing because we didn’t have the proper work visas and stuff like that, we kind of just went under the table so we had to cancel our first week of shows and we ended up getting a rush done on our visas and we ended up doing two thirds of the tour.
V: Even though you’re on Fat Wreck Chords, this tour is all arranged on a Do It Yourself basis, is that a band policy?
J: I guess it’s sort of a band policy, I don’t know how the other Fat bands arrange their tours to tell you the truth, we just wanted to keep the costs down and keep the door prices down and not have the middle people extracting the extra bucks.
V: I don’t know if it was conscious in you guys, but there seemed to me to be a fairly significant change between the two albums… was it a conscious thing?
J: I don’t think it was a conscious thing to change the sound of the record, I think we just wanted to make this record a bit more overtly political so that people can understand where we’re coming from ideologically because the band were being perceived by a lot of crowds as just being a fun punk rock band or whatever and we were getting some more agro types out to the shows and we just did that to try and weed out some of the morons from the crowd and it seems to have worked, for here in North America anyway. We seem to be having less problems at shows.
V: How do you react to things like that when you see people getting crushed by these guys that are totally just going ‘yeah, punk’ and they’ve seen it on MTV or something?
J: Well we just try to encourage alternative forms of dancing to the macho slam dancing and stage diving that people seem to learn off MTV or other popular forms of media. We try to encourage people to dance a little less violently without having to make it apparent that so and so is tougher than so and so in the pit, I don’t really see anything positive in that. Every show’s different from the previous one and different crowds are different so we can only do so much.
V: Have there been any really bad cases where you’ve thought, oh, we’re going to make all our songs slow now?
J: Actually instances like that are fairly rare, we have had a couple of times where we’ve had to stop because someone’s been hurt or if the crowd have just gone too bonkers but actually the last few tours the crowds have been pretty decent.
V: You mentioned earlier that people get those ideas from the mainstream media, does the band have any policies regarding that – like, I know that you don’t do band photos…
J: Yeah. I think that’s an ongoing thing – we don’t have anything carved in stone about that but generally we just try to stay away from corporate popular media because we’ve never been represented fairly through it. Here in our home city we’ve been kind of blacklisted in the press. But of course there have been reporters who’ve been fairly decent to us so I can’t write off the whole thing. You can use the mainstream media for positive purposes but generally we try to stick to alternative press.
V: I suppose you’ve been asked this a lot because your lyrics are very overtly political but is there ever some sort of difficulty in finding the balance between the lyrics and the music?
J: I would have to say that I think that the politics and the words have a priority over the music. I think in terms of that previous record I think it’s kind of out there but … I don’t know. They’re kind of inter-related in a way but I don’t know, it’s just what we do – we’re a band and we enjoy playing music. But we are always going to have the political commentary in the lyrics rather than just doing a political records and then doing a records of self-indulgent love songs or something like that.
V: Are all the band members in agreement on the politics?
J: Generally, yes. We’re not a liberal and a conservative and a socialist or something like that. We’re all pretty much on the same wavelength. We have slight differences in certain things and how we regard certain issues but generally we’re pretty much in agreement on most stuff.
V: One thing that I found really interesting and thought-provoking on a personal level was the comments in the last CD on having pets. Could you explain your views on that subject?
J: I can’t speak for the other two guys but I think if you’re going to have an animal companion or pet, you should be treating it like you treat yourself I guess. I don’t agree with people going out to buy a pet like they do a car or some kind of commodity where you go out and get a 100% Dalmatian or something like that just to have one. I can’t see myself really agreeing with that but I don’t have a problem with people having animal companions. I think it’s kind of good if they need it and you can take it into your home and take care of it.
V: So what do you think of things like free range meat, as opposed to normal meat?
J: Well that’s kind of tough. I am of the opinion that it isn’t a necessary part of the diet because we can obviously have proper nutrition without it. But if it came down to some bizarre equation of whether people supported free range meat a opposed to factory meat than I would say obviously go with the free range option. If they were committed meat eaters, I guess.
V: Do you ever have difficulties in keeping up your standards – do you ever sort of wake up and say, ‘look, I’ve got electricity and you need to mine for that’?
J: I think that involves balancing what you want to do with your life and how you want to make an impact. Obviously we’re not purists, we’re flying to Australia, we’re going to be renting a van and burning gas and stuff like that and we tour in a van all across North America. I think the only way to get away from that would be to adopt a quasi-religious life style where you’re living in a commune or something like that and you’re doing everything to avoid damaging the environment. But then you can’t have a band or anything like that.
V: And that would make it harder to influence other people to your way of thinking as well…
J: Yeah. That’s a kind of retreatist ideology and that’s fine for people who want to do that but that’s not really where we’re coming from. So we just try to balance the good with the bad I guess.
V: Something that has been a really big issue at the moment (and has been for a while now) is the internet – what are your general ideas on that?
J: Personally I’m a little bit intimidated by these new technologies but we have access to it. Chris has been working on setting up a website actually and we’ve been doing it in conjunction with Fat Wreck Chords. So soon we’ll have a page on that and see how far we can get with that. So I think it’s a good idea to check it out definitely, but I haven’t really done so myself.
V: Obviously you think that there is some hope, otherwise you wouldn’t bother trying to change people, but how positive are you that you’re going to change people’s ways?
J: We’re obviously not trying to change the world or overthrow the capitalist system by ourselves but I think the main thing that kind of gives us an idea that we’re affecting some people is just through the mail that we get and we actually get a fair amount of correspondence from people encouraging us to keep doing what we’re doing. So it obviously gets through to some people so I think it’s worthwhile. I was drawn into a lot of politics and stuff and it helped determine the way I decided to get my education and stuff so I guess if it helped me out, maybe it can help some other people out. I think the information is out there and if people here the info then they might be interested. I think that one of the main functions of the mainstream media is to keep these issues out of the public eye and I think there is interest in the public that wants to see or hear some of these issues but they just don’t get the chance to in today’s popularized society.
V: You mentioned your education – what did you do?
J: I went to University for about five years and basically took stuff that I wanted to take – different political and social courses and I can’t really advocate people using the Universities for stuff like that because it seems to be getting so expensive and more related to corporate interests at least here in Canada. But instead of going to do engineering, I chose to do liberal arts and had some good classes. I definitely learned a lot but over here right now the funding as been cut so dramatically that only faculties that have corporate ties are getting the scholarships and things like that… technological equipment. Areas and faculties that promote critical thinking and stuff like that are getting left behind and it’s just becoming so expensive that banks are benefiting highly from students who are forced to go through and get student loans and they just make a killing on interest. Also, there’s not really a lot of work over here for graduates, so a lot of money ends up getting sucked up by banks through the education process. They’re benefiting more financially than University graduates are… it’s a weird kind of construct. It definitely ties into the government influencing for corporate law firms and then just gobbling up the last free dollars.
Thanks to Jord for the interview!

Interview by : Vanessa Bowden