Dead Letter Dept
Rob from Dead Letter Dept has a few words to say and of course answers my questions
1. how did the band form?
A. 3 kids living in Canada’s biggest city, Andrew, Mike and myself *still* managed to get bored enough to want to start a punk rock band… It started as the funnest thing ever, and I’ll quit the day it stops being that. After 7 years of breaking strings on stage, making fun of people for “moshing to my emotional baggage”, traveling the continent of North America and even now, getting ready to take the world by storm… Its amazing that it started at all! Fuck I hate so many factors about music, I feel that only about 95% of it is Un-listenable to, let alone purchasable… Um oh yeah back to the question… We started playing in bands together when we were 14 and haven’t stoped. Dan, our new 2nd guitarist who will be playing with us very soon has played in bands for years as well, and things are really starting to look up for us all. This is going to be one exciting summer.(winter for you Aussie’s)
2. what has been your favorite gig so far?
A. The one you’re going to help us get in Melbourne when we come to Australia next year 🙂
3. who were your influences?
A. Personally, my influences for playing and writing music don’t just come from musicians alone… But from a lot of things. Organizations, record labels and people have influenced me to a point where there’s one thing I want to do with me life, one solitary goal. To write songs I’d like to hear, and not work the 9 to 5 or the 10 to 6 for as long as I can. Some of those people include Green Day, Michael Moore, Alkaline Trio, G7 Welcoming Committee Records (CAN), Nirvana, Paul Westerberg, Billy Bragg, Aaron Cometbus, Propagandhi, Jawbreaker and many, many more.
4. what made you want to play music?
A. I was 14 and Kurt Cobain showed me (and the world) that you can dress in drag, smash guitars, play your hit song completely out of tune, not say a single word to the crowd and STILL be considered a fucking Icon… That’s amazing, think about it! Plus I always had this huge crush on this girl Emma in High School and I always thought if I wrote songs about her she’d fall in love with me. The best part is that in reading this, one might think of it as lame, but when you’re 15, living at home with the folks playing shows in the local music scene with bands twice your age… That’s pretty fucking rad! But now when you’re 22, still living at home with the folks, yet now playing with bands HALF your age… Heh. That’s pretty lame… Fuck I gotta move out one day.
5. if you could have a 3 band bill who would the bands be?
A. Ill do them by some continents and countrys.
-for Australia and NZ it would be 1.Sekiden 2. Darren Hanlon 3. The Datsuns
-for Europe 1. Satanic Surfers 2.Randy 3. The Refused (I don’t care if they’re broken up, “New Noise” will kill any fucking lame ass “cookie monster” me-want-cookie hardcore band the world ’round)
-for the UK 1.Billy Bragg and the Blokes 2. Leatherface 3. Radiohead
-for Canada it would have to be 1. Closet Monster 2. The Weakerthans 3. Chixdiggit
-for the US 1. Green Day 2. Dillinger Four 3. Left Behind (any day, any stage brothers!)
6. what is your beer of choice?
A. Last time I was in Australia I drank those “Victoria Bitter” stubbies and they sucked, they made my throat feel like I was swallowing razor blades. I’ll stick to imported Mexican Corona’s for my poor baby throat.
7. what bands do you enjoy playing with?
A. All of them. Ive seen about 2000 bands in my lifetime, and all for free! Although I enjoy and learn from each and every one of them, and some genuinely make me want to break my own “too cool for school” no-dancing rule at shows and tear up the floor with my fist in the air, there are always those who make me want to kill myself. Even so, I honestly enjoy playing with all of them. If there’s one thing I’d like to comment on, it’s gender in the music scene. Please, girls of the world, (Aussie girls!!! I’m talking to you!!!) please for the love of Jihad, start a fucking band! This doesn’t have to be a little boys club… You don’t have to settle for taking pictures at the shows when you can be playing the guitar! Trust me… It’s heaps funner!
8. will we see you come down to Melbourne or NZ soon?
We’re thinking about combing the pacific coast and raising a 200 year-old sunken pirate ship… You know, get a good “fixer upper”, buy some nails, a fresh coat of paint, then we could start sailing to all the places we could never afford to fly to. So yes in about a year’s time we’ll be playing in Australia, but you probably have to come to Sydney harbor because we’re collectively too cheap to pay for work visas so we wouldnt be able to actually step off the ship… Heh. We’ll hit up Australia one day.
thanks for your time any last words
Yeah, unfortunatly for you the editor and anyone who’s reading this far down, I do have some last words.
In the political-themed area of my mind, a good attitude to have is to always ask questions.
Ask not how can we get revenge for Sept. 11th, but ask why did Sept. 11th happen.
Ask why no-one glorifies Iraqi Fire-Fighters when they have to dig through rubble to find someone’s friend, husband or child the way we glorified the American Fire-Fighters of 9/11.
Ask why millions of people have, in some form, protested this war in the many months leading up to it more then any other war since Vietnam.
Ask why George W. Bush is so gung-ho for war, when he himself as a 20 year-old was draft-dodger?
Ask why John Howard sent Australian Troops to Iraq when the majority of the civillian populace was against participation.
Ask Mr. Howard if he’s ready to send his own kids to war.
Ask questions everywhere. Talk with each other. But more importantly, listen. Turn off your fucking televisions.
My father watches CNN war coverage the way corporate sleaze bags watch the stock market ticker.
CNN has got to him. He’s paranoid as fuck and thinks The “coalition of the willing” is justified in killing 3000+ Iraqi’s to get rid of a 60 year old man who is just as evil as the next dictator in the world but *just* happens to be unfortunate enough to be sitting in a region rich in oil. Poor evil dictator…
In some personal last words, a few hints of advice from an angry but charmingly handsome 22 year old Sagittarius,
the game Risk is better then you think it might be, don’t type e-mail Interviews while eating greasy vegetarian pizza, always eat your cereal with a fork and do your homework with your lights out
On a final note Be fucking proud that AC/DC was the biggest thing to come out of Australia, just think Celine Dion is the biggest thing to come out of Canada… Hmm..
Thanks for the interview Chris!
Karl from Hayst answers my questions
1. how did Hayst form?
Well, it just sorta happened. It wasn’t really planned.
A skeleton of the band kinda existed back in 1999, but it was all over
the place and not really much of a band.
Everyone was involved in
other bands and Hayst was just a little project at that stage (originally
We’d all jammed together and came up with a couple of
songs and thought that they sounded pretty cool, so we decided to
actually do something with it.
2. who were your major influnces?
That’s a hard one. We all listen to various stuff. Punk, metal,
everything. I think as far as ‘modern’ punk, it’s just all the current stuff
we hear like Sum41.
But we really don’t reckon we’re punk, ’cause to us
punk is the good ol’ stuff like The Exploited and UK Subs. That’s the
We like a lot of crossover stuff from the 80’s too, like SOD
and DRI and even Cro-Mags and all that.
I know Eric still likes the
Pistols quite a bit, too. We all do.
3. what has been your favourite gig you have played?
Um, not sure, but I remember one particular gig that had a generous
rider and by the time we got on stage we were pretty happy.
generally when you get more than 5 seconds for a soundcheck you’re more
likely to have a good gig.
We’ve played with bands (won’t mention any names)
that act like rock stars and have an hour long soundcheck and we get
fuck all time to do ours.
That just pisses us off. And you get bands that
get their sound guy to fuck up your sound so that they sound better
4. if you play with any one who would it be?
As weird as this may seem, I think it would be Ozzy for all of us. He’s
just a legend and plus we’re all into the show as well.
But I reckon it
would probably be a bit of a clash of musical styles though.
wanna get up on stage and do a Sabbath song with Ozzy.
That would rule.
5. do you get much response about the songs?
Yeah, actually we get quite a bit of response from the mp3’s we’ve got
online, as well.
Out of those tracks, people seem to like ‘Thin Line’,
which is weird cause we thought ‘Not Popular’ would be the one people
would get into the most.
6. any plans to come and play down in melbourne?
No plans at the moment but if someone was to offer us some gigs down
there we’d probably organise something and come down there without
putting up too much of an argument! 🙂
7. if you could have any chick in a video clip who would it be?
I dunno, but whenever you see a hip-hop or R&B video there’s always a
few hot chicks in there wearing skimpy clothes.
You kinda watch the
video even if you’re not into the music.
Now that’s what I call smart
marketing tactics. Tits’n’arse sell CD’s.
Maybe we should do that with
Hayst. Get 20 chicks to prance around in ridiculously short skirts on stage
or in a video. Could work.
Thanks for your time any last words
Tim From Yesterday’s Kids Answers Parx-e Questions
1. how did the the yesterday’s kids form?
Justin and I (tim) were in the same band in high school. After that ended
(graduation day) both of us had a bunch of songs written that we decided to
record with each other. We needed someone to play the drums so we called
our friend Joe Schmidt to do it. We really liked how the songs turned out
so we asked our friend JonE (of teenage rejects/catholic boys) to play bass
and started playing shows under the name Amazing Larry.
2. who were your major influnces?
It’s hard to say. I think the major influences of YK change from time to
time. The constant ones are Beatles, Ramones, Early Police, Replacements,
Undertones and Tom Petty.
3. what has been your favourite gig you have played?
We played an in store acoustic show the night the “can’t hear nothin'”
record came out. The place was packed and it was really exciting. Another
great show was the last time we played in Green Bay with Mystery Girls and
4. if you could have a 3 band bill what would it be?
That’s a tough one.I don’t know.
5. who has been your favourite band to play with?
It was cool playing with Screeching weasel cause we have been such big fans for so long.
6. when will see the yesterday’s kids come to aussie?
Probably not anytime soon, we aren’t really playing together at the moment.
7. what is your beer of choice?
Guiness or Miller High Life. Or Pabst Blue Ribbon. I’m more into liquor.
8. what are you listening to at the moment?
Big Star “nobody can dance”
that for your time any last words
Steve McQueen’s a total badass.