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From Start To Finish

1. how did the band form?

the bands been around for just over a year. most of us had previous
experience with bands but it never got to a serious level. we all basically
just wanted to jam one day and everything just clicked. it’s nice to have a
band that gets along with each other and just wants to work to get better.

2. who has been your favorite band to play with?

Last Picked. they are a local nj ska band with amazing talent and an insane
live show.

3. who are your influences?
Rx Bandits,Yellowcard, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, The Starting Line, New
Found Glory and so many more even jazz and rap.

4. if you could who would most like to play with?

Less Than Jake without a doubt.

5. which bands have helped you out the most?

Less Than Jake on an inspiration level, Last Picked, The Saturday Morning
Special, Moto, My Fear and Regret and many more. All of them just gave their
support and we’ve have became very good friends with them. we are very
thankful for them.

6. if your were allowed to play on the Simpson’s where would it be?
Haha either Krusty Burger or Moes Tavern. probably Moes Tavern so we could
see
Barney and Homer. plus we might be able to get a nice prank phone call from
Bart….Barts tree house would be pretty cool too.

7. where has been your favorite venue to play?

Bloomfield Ave Cafe its just the place to be for shows. its nice and small
and your right in your fans faces. it’s also great to play even bigger
venues though like the Birch Hill Concert Hall in Old Bridge or Convention
Hall in Asbury Park because they do an amazing job with the sound and the
fact that you’re able to play on a stage where so many great bands played on
is an amazing feeling.

8. what are you listening to at the moment?

Yellowcard, Glassjaw, and Runaway Orange

9. much response from overseas?

Nope not much. you are the first!

10. what has been the best gig you played ?

Birch Hill February 15th. The whole room was packed for us they were all
going nuts for us. Being a new band to the scene and having so many people
enjoy what we make hit everyone in the band’s heart.

From Start To Finish

Kiss Chasy

Joel Answers my questions

Kiss Chasy

1.how did the band form?

The ashes of tenpin, and so many ways,…
basically these two bands played a show togteher once, and i (joel) saw daz
singing for so many ways, i approached him after the show, saying i wanted
to start another band, and he was super keen, so we started writing,…
then karl and sean(both ex-tenpin) heard the stuff we were doing and
thought it was cool, so they were in!!!

2.who are your major influnces?

Ummm, definitely the juliana thoery, and
saves the day. Sean and karl listen to alot of 311, and incubus… and we
can’t helped but be inspired by glassjaw as a whole. Not in a musical
influence way, we don’t write anything like them, but listening to them
just makes you wanna be in a band!

3.if you could have a three band bill who would they be?

including us??? Or 3 others??? I’ll say three others
1. saves the day
2. the juliana theory
3. phantom planet(sounds whack, but they have the most amazing live show)

4. what music do you class yourselves as?

Rock, derived from a punk sort of
background… but still Rock

5. where do you think you will be in 10 years?

Hopefully retired.. hahaha,
nah, we hope to be still writing music, selling records, touring…. and
spending various stints of time in the bettyford clinic(is that where the
drugged rockstars go????)

6. what has been your best gig you have played so far?
ummm, our second show
when we headlined, there were so many kids,…. it was in somerville…..
it was awesome…… that or the last goo show we played with i killed the
prom queen, and parkway drive. That was just a really cool show, and it was
packed…

7. what made you want to go out and play music?

the desire to NOT go out
and work, and the oppurtunity to travel around the world having fun!!!

8. what your fav type of beer? corona….hands down

9. who would most like to record a song with?

woah, thats a weird question,
since i had this dream last night, where we did like this benifit single
for some cause, and we were playing the music, and we had guest appearences
from chris(saves the day) daryl(glassjaw) Rob(joshwinsagain) and this girl
that we met a little while ago who was an amazing
songwriter/singer/guiatist!!, so i think that song would be pretty rad!!!

10. have you got any releases in the pipeline?

Yeah, we’re going to have an
album out during summer, we’re going into the studio late october for 6
weeks, can’t wait!!!

thanks for your time

any last words

thank you chris!!!!

Kiss Chasy

Sekiden



Simon Answers My Questions


Sekiden


1.how did the band form?



like all good bands we formed in high school



2.what were your major influnces?



back in the day we were influenced by local pop bands the melniks and biro



3.if you could have a three band bill who would they be?



ac/dc v.s. krafwerk
ramones main support



4. what music do you class yourselves as?



fast loud pop



5. where do you think you will be in 10 years?



i will be in my thirties in ten years?



6. what has been your best gig you have played so far?



too hard to name one (too much beer and loud music….sorry!)



7. what made you want to go out and play music?



at first to have fun and then later so other people could have fun with us



8. if you could have a all star band who would the members be?



keith moon on drums (sorry mirko!)
kim deal on bass
malcom young on guitar
joey santiago on lead guitar
mark mothersbaugh on synths (sorry seja!)
joey ramone on vocals
i wouldn’t be in it i’d just stand at the back and look cool??



9. who would most like to record a song with?



can i put a few in here?
norman blake of teenage fanclub
giorgio moroder
daft punk (i think the results would be interesting…)



10. how was your tour in canada and the usa?



awsome they love rock music in north america…who would’ve thunk it?



11. hear lots of cool new bands?

yep i really liked
kiddo – from cleveland ohio
the winks – from vancouver
the cinch – from vancouver
the pets – from manitoba

thanks for your time any last words

thanks and take care of each other!!



Sekiden

Die Radio Die


Die Radio Die


1.how did the band form?



well, chad used to play with our old singer brent in a bunch of different
bands. a couple years ago, they were looking for a bass player, and when i
joined we changed our name and started writing different stuff.



2.what were your major influnces?



right now we are heavily influenced by radiohead and u2, thats really it



3.if you could have a three band bill who would they be?



definitely us, radiohead, and u2



4. what music do you class yourselves as?



experimental rock



5. where do you think you will be in 10 years?



the cover of every rock magazine in the world



6. what has been your best gig you have played so far?



furnace fest last year was definitely the best time i ever had at a show,
not because it was a lot of people but because the fest was great



7. what made you want to go out and play music?



just our own creativity and the realization we could do it for a job



8. what your fav type of beer?



haha, we dont really drink.. mountain dew


9. who would most like to record a song with?



bono



10. any new releases in the pipeline?



yeah we should have an ep the next 6 months and a full length out next year



Check out www.dieradiodie.com

Amanda Rogers


Amanda Rogers Answers My Questions


Amanda


1.what made you want to go out and play music?



well, i had played classical piano since i was 6 years old, and when i was in highschool, i realized that i liked putting my own twist on the songs.
piano teachers dont like that. so, i started writing my own songs, and at the time i listened to pop/emo stuff (sorry to categorize music) so that was the kind of shows i would play.

well, i actually did play some shows with those “girls on guitar” and realized quickly that i didn’t quite fit in.

anyway, after playing all these punk shows and rock shows and basement shows, i knew that i would love nothing more than to go on tour in a big ugly van and play crazy shows, and sleep on floors and skip showers, etc. i was accepted to berklee college of music (in boston) and didn’t go because i knew that that would take me in a different direction with my music. i enjoy pouring my heart out to kids that feel a little out of place, like myself.



2.what were your major influnces?



i’ve had this question many times, but i really think that everything influences everybody and everything. movies, personal situations, where i live, friends, strangers, family, music my parents listened to, music i listened to growing up, classical music, music when your stuck in an elavator, music when you are put on hold over the phone, music someone else is listening toway too loud in the car next to you…..it all affects something, someone, my thoughts, my songs.

i like being affected and influenced by everything. thats living.



3.any chance of coming down under?



>oh, i would love to sometime. i’ll be in europe in january, so you never know..



4. have you had much interest from overseas since the release of the album?



well, yes sort of. a label out of greece actually decided they wanted to have a european release of my cd in september and they are the ones taking care of my tour that will most likely be in january.

i occasionally get emails from kids overseas as well.



5. where do you think you will be in 10 years?



who knows, i just try to do as much as possible right now. i guess that i hope in ten years, my music will still be surviving on an independent level and i would have already quit my time-consuming day job and touring most the time. oh, and hopefully have a songs and some independent film. ? .



6. what has been your best gig you have played so far?



well, to be honest, i always much prefer the dirty basement shows to anything else. its small, dark, and personal. those shows seem to be the most memorable as well. i did have this show in CT that was tape by mtv2…..but i still like my beasement and livingroom shows. i think shows to brag about, would be last years and this years Parfest in albany. i wont do any namedropping.



7. what are you listening to at the moment?



godspeed you black emperor! , mogwai, explosions in the sky, death cab for cutie, blood brothers, broken social scene, murder by death, mars volta.



8. if you could have any one in a band who would they be?



the kids that are in my side project band, or if i had to pick someone already well known, i would say….anyone on saddlecreek records, anyone on costellation records and thom yorke.



9. who would most like to record a song with?



hmmm…tim kasher of cursive. ? . maybe cyndi lauper. ? . tough question! i would love to make music with anybody really. im used to just doing it all myself, so it would be a refreshing change.



10. is your album released in australia?



probably, im not quite sure. if not, there are many ways to get it online.




thanks for your time any last words

if anyone has questions or just wants to say hello! they can email me at [email protected] thanks and hugs, MANDA

Amanda Piano

Record label site to listen to some mp3s

The Long Winters


John Answers My Questions


Long Winters


1.how did the band form?



I made the first Long Winters record as a project with a couple of friends.
The Barsuk record label heard the finished product and wanted to put it out
and they told me I’d better find a band. So I called some old friends and
now, miraculously, we’re still together two years later.



2.what were your major influnces?



The usual Beatles and Stones. I was really into early British heavy metal,
Priest, Sabbath, Maiden, etc. when I was in high school, and I listen mostly
to oldies radio now, but my biggest influences have to be some of the
Seattle bands that came right before me, like Built to Spill, Death Cab for
Cutie, and Harvey Danger. They showed me the way.



3.if you could have a three band bill who would they be?



Built to Spill, Death Cab for Cutie and the Long Winters. You had to see
that coming. Harvey Danger broke up.



4. what music do you class yourselves as?



Interesting question. The term ‘indie rock’ is meaningless in terms of
describing sound. ‘Indie’ refers to the business end of things. I think we
play rock music.



5. where do you think you will be in 10 years?



I want to be able to play music and earn enough money to buy a little house
somewhere. That’ll probably take me at least ten years.



6. what has been your best gig you have played so far?


They keep getting better. The tour we did with Nada Surf was fun every
night. We played Pittsburgh when I was really sick and I spent most of the
show just talking really slowly and deadpan about the history of the city of
Pittsburgh and I thought I was hysterical, so that show was a highlight for
me. My bandmates all thought it sucked, though.



7. what made you want to go out and play music?



I liked playing the guitar alone, mostly, for many years. The process of
turning my acoustic guitar songs into band songs and ‘going out’ to play
music took a long time. But playing electric rock beats working in a bank.



8. what your fav type of beer?



I had to quit drinking beer around the time that the little gnomes that were
following me everywhere stopped being so friendly. Eight years ago.



9. who would most like to record a song with?



I’d love Johnny Cash to record one of my songs. But right now I’d love to
record with just about anybody. I guess Neil Young’s right up there.



10. any chance of coming down under to play?



We’re planning on touring Australia soon, just as soon as we find a good
record label down there that likes pop. We get some intriguing emails, but
no one has fronted the cash yet.



thanks for your time any last words


If you like the Long Winters and want us to come rock out and eat
dingo-babies, (or whatever), then make some noise down there. And visit us
at thelongwinters.com


www.thelongwinters.com

Charter 77



Luke Answers My Questions


Charter 77


1.how did the band form?



I don’t know how the original line-up formed, but
the current and longest lasting line-up formed by Red (Bass) and Paul
(Guitar) coming to Joel’s (Singer) house for a party. Red got drunk and got
on a table and asked if anyone wanted to join a band, Joel said yes and said
that I knew how to play drums (even though I was playing guitar in another
band at the time) and in the span of a few weeks we learnt about 10 songs
and were playing gigs. Badly I must admit!



2.what were your major influnces?



Way too many beers at rehearsal! We
would come up with really stupid songs. The good thing about stupid songs
though is if people are laughing at the shows they will wanna keep watching.
I think we are taking a more serious approach now though with a slightly
more hardcore influence on our songwriting. If I made a list of bands that
have influenced us it would probably take up 3 pages, so I won’t.



3.if you could have a three band bill who would they be?



I think the bands that the whole band would agree on would be Blood For Blood and the
Dropkick Murphys.



4. what music do you class yourselves as?



Well on the back of our new
tshirts it says “Oi! – Punk – Hardcore”, sounds a bit lame but I guess
that’s how you would describe us.



5. where do you think you will be in 10 years?



Well we’ve lasted 3 years so I guess it can only get better from here, hopefully Joel and Paul will
get off their arses and get passports so we can tour overseas. We should
have a few albums under our belts in 10 years.



6. what has been your best gig you have played so far?


They keep getting better. The tour we did with Nada Surf was fun every
night. We played Pittsburgh when I was really sick and I spent most of the
show just talking really slowly and deadpan about the history of the city of
Pittsburgh and I thought I was hysterical, so that show was a highlight for
me. My bandmates all thought it sucked, though.



7. what made you want to go out and play music?



I learnt guitar at an
early age and I guess it took off from there, everyone likes to show off!



8. what your fav type of beer?



Personally I like Newcastle Brown Ale or Coopers Export Ale, but VB or Carlton Draught are good thirst quenchers.


9. who would most like to record a song with?



As far as a producer goes? The guy who has done our latest stuff is just awesome, that is Renae at
Westforce Studios altona, check it out at
http://www.mp3.com.au/artist.asp?id=13061 Apart from that early next year I
should have a fully setup studio, I like to spend alot of time on the
recordings myself.

Chris Ballew



He answers my questions



1. what influenced you to play music?



IT IS ALL I KNOW HOW TO DO REALLY….I WAS JUST MADE TO DO IT AND I HAVE
NO


CHOICE….SOMETIMES TO MY DELIGHT AND SOMETIMES TO MY FRUSTRATION.



2. If you could have a 3 band bill who would the bands be?



MR. DIBBS (AMAZING DJ) THE LONG WINTERS (CLEVER ANTHEM POP) AND MOTORHEAD

(NEED I SAY MORE)



3. will you ever come back down under to play some gigs?



I HOPE HOPE HOPE SO…WE WOULD LOVE TO COME BACK. WE HAD THE BEST TIME OF
OUR


LIVES THERE…THOSE PEOPLE WERE MADE FOR US AND WE WERE MADE FOR THEM.



4. is any of your stuff you did after pusa is released in australia?



NOT OFFICIALLY…IT WAS ALL DONE ON TINY LABELS AND NEVER VERY HIGH


PROFILE…IT IS ALL THERE ON
CHRISBALLEW.COM NOW THOUGH..



5. if you could have any one in a band apart from yourself who would
they be?



HAVE…..YOU MEAN WHO WOULD I WANT TO BE IN A BAND WITH? PAUL MCCARTNEY,
MR.


DIBBS, IGGY POP AND VIVALDI.



6. what are you listening to at the moment?



LOTS OF ELECTRONIC SHIT….THE AVALANCHES, MR DIBBS OF COURSE, THE LONG


WINTERS, THE FLAMING SIDEBURNS, BEETHOVEN PIANO SONATAS, DAVE ATTEL (A COMEDIAN),


ADAM AND THE ANTS, TOWA TEI (DJ FROM DEE LITE) AND MYSELF.



7. do you have any new releases in the pipeline?



LETS SEE….I HAVE 2 RECORDS I AM MAKING AT ONCE OF ELECTRONIC SAMPLADELIC


STUFF….BOTH SHOULD BE UP ON THE SITE IN A MONTH OR SO…PUSA IS RE-RELEASING

THE FIRST RECORD WITH BONUS TRACKS AND DVD FEATURES….WORKING ON AN ALL
NEW


PUSA ALBUM TO BE OUT IN THE FALL WE HOPE…..AND A CHRIS AND TAD RECORD (WITH


TAD FROM THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS) AND A COLLABORATION CALLED CREEPY STICK
WITH


AN OLD FRIEND THAT I HAVE BEEN RECORDING WITH FOR 25 YEARS….HOPE FULLY
OUT


THIS WINTER ON MY SITE AS WELL.



thanks for your time any last words



I LOVE MUSIC…I AM BARELY A PHYSICAL BODY…I FEEL LIKE A BIG COOKIE JAR

FULL OF IDEAS THAT I NEED TO GET OUT OR THE JAR WILL CRACK AND EXPLODE….HELP
I


AM DROWNING IN PLANS AND IDEAS….HELP!



CHRISBALLEW.COM

The Getback


The Get Back

The band answers my questions



1. How did the band form?




Juan: in march of 1998 Jose asked me to help with his punk project,


so he and Danny showed up at my house to practice a few songs. About 8


months later I brought in Gus, who was bored playing his guitar at home,


and he ended up in the band. We had our fun playing tons of shows, until

last year, about June of 2002, when we sat down and decided to take


things a little more seriously, release a record and tour. That’s when


The Getback was officially born.




2. What were your major influences?




Jose: as a band we take all kinds of influences, from ’60s rock
and


roll to punk to pop, and all in between. And bands like The Ramones, the


Stones and Guns n’ Roses.




Danny: each person in the band comes from a different musical


background. Everything from The Stones, Fugazi, Ramones, to one of my


personal favorites, The Beach Boys. Since we all listen to a lot of


different music, I think many times we influence each other.




Gus: Guns n’ Roses and the Rolling Stones.




Juan: we all come from different musical backgrounds… punk,


hardcore, rock n’ roll. I would name Guns n’ Roses, the Ramones, the


Stones, and maybe newer bands like Green Day and Alkaline Trio. Still, I


don’t think we sound like any of these bands.




3. If you could have a three band bill, who would they be?



Jose: I might’ve just said that in the last question, but let
me add


a little to it: Ramones 1978, the Stones1968, Guns n’ Roses 1989.




Danny: Right now, I’d have to say Fugazi, Refused, and The


Beatles



Gus: AC/DC, Guns n’ Roses, the Stones.



Juan: a reunited Guns n’ Roses (original line-up), Refused, and
the


Ramones (cause I never got to see them live).




4. What music do you class yourselves as?




Jose: I always tell people we play rock and roll; sometimes i
say

punk, too.



Danny: I’d say we’re a rock band who likes playing punk.


Gus: rock n roll /punk rock.



Juan: we have a hard time trying to describe our music. Some of
our


songs are more on the punk side, and some are on the rock n’ roll side.


However, I wouldn’t say we play “punk rock n’ roll”. I don’t really like


that term; I could be wrong but to me “punk rock n’ roll” sounds like we


are a bunch of drunks who play sloppy punk, and that’s definitely not


the case. Let’s just call it rock n’ roll, since it is more of a broader


term. I guess in the end it doesn’t matter what it is as long as we like


playing it, and people like hearing it.




5. Where do you think you will be in 10 years?




Jose: in a jacuzzi



Danny: hopefully still playing shows. That would be great!



Gus: somewhere still playing music .



Juan: hopefully still playing.




6. what has been your best gig you have played so far?




Jose: our CD release show; that night was a blast. We sounded
great


and had a lot of fun on stage.



Danny: our CD release show was great. We were all really excited
and


it showed on stage. Another show that comes to mind is when we played


with Fun People (Hardcore/Punk from Argentina) a few years back. That


night was a blast.



Gus: our CD release party



Juan: Yeah, our CD release show was really good. A
lot of friends,


good sound, good energy. We’ve gotten to play with cool bands, like


Tsunami Bomb, Fun People, Cadillac Blindside, Breaking Pangea and a few


more I can’t remember right now.



7. what made you want to go out and play music?




Jose: I don’t really know. I bought my first guitar so I could
start


a band; I figured I’d learn how to play along the way.



Danny: being on stage and rocking out is a great feeling. I can’t


think of anything i’d rather do.


Gus: I went to see a Guns n’ Roses concert when I was 13 and I
said,


I have to do this.



Juan: I always wanted to play drums, since I was a little kid.
I just


loved banging on those things and being able to make a beat for people


to follow. And making and playing music is an outlet for the four of us,


an escape from everything else and a way of releasing all the bullshit


inside.



8. What’s your fav type of beer?




Jose: Red Stripe.



Danny: right now, it would have to be Heineken.



Gus: Corona, I guess.



Juan: I barely drink any alcohol.




9. Who would you most like to record a song with?




Jose: Jon Spencer seems like he’s a real fun guy in the studio.
I


pick him, Jon Spencer!


Danny: Ian Mackeye and Guy Piciotto.



Gus: Stevie Ray Vaughan would’ve been awesome.



Juan: Slash! I want a song featuring Slash on guitar!




10. do you have any stuff out?



We have a 7-song EP called Right About Now, which is available online


at www.interpunk.com


Thanks for your time. Any last words?


You can download a few of our songs at
www.mp3.com/thegetback and at


www.thegetback.com and thanks to
you, Chris, for the interview!

Women Of Troy


Jeremy answers my questions




1.how did the band form?



I thought I had some cool songs so I needed a band so I recruited people
through other people I knew and now the band as a whole comes up with cool
stuff as well.



2.what were your major influnces?



Everything from Slayer to Gershwin.


3.if you could have a three band bill who would they be?



Queens of the Stone Age headlining, Women of Troy main support and Intercooler
opening the night.



4. what music do you class yourselves as?



Hard Pop



5. where do you think you will be in 10 years?



Paris



6. what has been your best gig you have played so far?



Supported The D4 and The Casanovas at the Annandale Hotel Sydney, lots of
people and good fun.



7. what made you want to go out and play music?



I wanted to be Angus Young



8. what your fav type of beer?



Stella Artois or James Squire Pilsner



9. any chance of coming down to melbourne?



Yes we are trying as we speak send a plane and we’re there.



10. do you have any releases out?



We’ve sold out of our first EP “I’d Like to be a Lion” and are working on
our second.



http://www.womenoftroy.live.com.au