“Bring NYC punk back to being FUN! Not carefree, just caring fun.”
FOUR QUESTIONS FOR FOUR BANDS:
a punk rock quadruple interview with the four bands playing the August 27th ABC No Rio punk rock matinee!
Interview is with:
James Claypool from The Terrordactyls.
Maegan Dolan from Schweinehund
Joey from Joey Steel & the Attitude Adjusters
and Sander Hicks from Black Market Justice.
Come see these interesting folks rock your world at the show this Saturday:
1. What is the name of your band, and why that name?
JAMES CLAYPOOL: The Terrordactyls. We like dinosaurs and some of us look kinda scary. Why not?
MAEGAN DOLAIN: Schweinehund, because it makes me laugh.
SANDER HICKS: Nick and I are in White Collar Crime so the name “Black Market Justice” seems kind of like the opposite of White Collar Crime. A good name for a side project. It also seems to be the only kind of justice that is real these days, when you look at the crimes that go unprosecuted and uninvestigated: the economic meltdown, the bailout, the Federal Reserve system, 9/11, the military/intelligence complex, the Iraq War propaganda machine. Anarchism and marxism are in truth only a good start to analyze the problems we are dealing with.
JOEY STEEL: Joey Steel & the Attitude Adjusters is the name.
Well, the concept behind the band was something I had been dreaming of for a long time. But I always wanted to be respectful of the music we were covering, motown and soul songs. SO we wanted to pick a name that payed homage to that genre, but also assert that we were doing the songs our way. So we came to the idea of doing something like Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Junior Walker & The All Stars, etc. I love those bands so much , esp. Smokey Robinson.
So we wanted to do that, but the whole idea behind this music was to have fun that was uplifting and sounded great. Music that moved us, but moved us in our own way. NYC punk and hardcore scene is great. We have a ton of great bands, but the scene is so uptight, sometimes punks can be too cool for school, if you will. SOOO! We wanted to change people attitudes, stop some negative nancies in their tracks and put some smiles on their faces. Bring NYC punk back to being FUN! Not carefree, just caring fun. SO we just called the band what we had as our objective- the attitude adjusters. (It helps that the phrase is also synonymous with guns as well.) But basically the name is an homage to the songs we love and a reminder of our simple objective.
2. Tell us the most colorful story about the the weirdest thing that ever happened to your band?
JAMES CLAYPOOL: One time the band collectively dumpster dived 20 boxes of pizza in one night. I suppose that’s pretty cool.
JOEY STEEL: I am not sure what colorful is any more. We cut lose pretty hard. One of the most entertaining shows was when we played Philly a while back at this place, Hong Kong Garden. Awesome show, some girl broke her nose, some dude lost a tooth, and the place went wild for us. Crazy fun….I did get into a wicked little spat with a guy a full foot taller than me and whom was beating on a woman. After I took him down he proceeded to rip off my shirt, so i guess between the red blood and the pale white cracker skin, that was pretty colorful.
MAEGAN: We have only played two shows as a band so we have not had much opportunity for mayhem.
SANDER: One time in Baltimore the White Collar Crime van caught fire, because when you run a Dodge Ram van out of gas you have to pour some directly into the carburetor. But a spark from the engine hit some spilled gas in the air filter housing. The whole thing turned into an inferno in like 10 minutes. We were able to pull our gear out, but I lost the entire edition of a newspaper I had just printed, and a great old van. I remember watching it happen in awe. Remembering that everything happens for a reason. It almost seemed to be a sign from God, it was like… Biblical. White Collar Crime took an 8 year break after that. It’s good to take some time off, sometimes.
3. What does punk rock mean to you?
MAEGAN: Rock is my religion
JAMES CLAYPOOL: Punk Rock? You mean like Avril Lavigne, right?
JOEY STEEL: Liberation – cutting lose and letting everything inside us OUT! Uncaging ourselves to be human again.
Responsibility – to those around us and those show should be encouraged to join in.
Passion – music that never holds anything back, for better or worse.
Fearlessness – music that is unafraid of change and progress, and shaping our world in the new. FORWARD, ALWAYS!
SANDER: It’s funny Maegan said “rock is my religion.” I have come to believe that resistance is not only necessary, it’s holy. Punk rock is like Buddhism - it’s a practice, without being a “religion.” But it has the best elements of it: community, and sharing.
4. What is your question for the group? [or questions for the Facebook group at large for this Event….please answer in the comments, below.]
JOEY STEEL: How many hard boiled eggs do you think you can eat in an hour?
…no? Too over asked? Ok, I’ll ask this one, When the going gets tough what keeps you going?
MAEGAN: Read any good books lately?
JAMES CLAYPOOL: What’s the best place for a vegan meal?
SANDER: Can an acoustic guitar be “punk rock?”
Please forward this interview to all your friends and enemies, and tell them, loud:
Come see these interesting folks rock your world at the show this Saturday AUG 27 - at ABC No Rio, LES, NYC, USSA,
listen to free music:
+Black Market Justice (members of White Collar Crime:
+Joey Steel and the Attitude Adjusters (NYC motown hardcore:
+Terrordactyls (Thrash on tour from St. Paul, MN: http://www.facebook.com/TheTerrordactyls )
+ Schweinhunde (NYC punk: schweinehundmusic: http://schweinehundmusic.com/