Lou: It’s just Sick Of It All for me. I do guest spots on other band’s records and I’ve done that for years. The only guy in the band who works another band right now is our bass player, Craig. He plays Bass for the Cro-Mags whenever they need him and he has free time.
Lou: A lot of touring. We did almost two years off of “Death To Tyrants.” Around that time we were thinking about getting into the studio to write because we had a bunch of ideas but then we released a tribute record. We didn’t expect it, but we got a bunch of calls for tours so we toured off that record for another year and a half almost. We finally had to say “enough” and get back into the studio.
Lou: This one is definitely a combination of all the stuff we’ve done in the past. I think we’ve matured enough that it’s more focused and our writing is way better. We’ve written more memorable songs I think. We loved the production we had on “Death To Tyrants” with Tue Madsen. We said we wanted to work with him next time, but he wanted us to come to Denmark because he said he could do it even better from the studio he was more familiar with, and I think it shows. ‘Death To Tyrants” has got great production, but this one just sounds ten times bigger and has a more “in your face” sound.
Lou: It’s a little different now. “Death To Tyrants” is more political, but this one is more introspective. That’s why we used the title “Based on a True Story.” It’s about stuff that happened to us growing up and things that we’ve experienced, both good and bad.
Lou: We went up to Boston to do some shows around St. Patrick’s Day. A friend of ours who did our last video said he had a real easy and fun concept. We did the day after our two shows and we went into this warehouse he had booked for us. We just had at it. I got smashed against a wall by an actor playing a cop for like three hours. That was fun.
Lou: They said “You ever see Cops? Just act like that while you are in the car.”
Lou: We’ve stuck it out. Killing Time was around and then took a hiatus or broke up for years. For us it never really went in waves. I see it going in waves more in the interest of the mainstream. Magazines for certain periods will suddenly interview hardcore bands and then they’ll let it fade out before coming back. They do it with everything, with whatever will keep readers interested I guess. I’d agree with him though that there have been cycles of violence plaguing the scene. We’ve been through it constantly and you have to pick and choose what kind of bands you are going to play with. If you are going to play with bands that promote that kind of thing then you are going to get that kind of thing at your show. We were friends with bands that have questionable backgrounds but we’ve always told them we don’t want any stupidity at our shows. To us, hardcore has nothing to do with that. Hardcore is all open mindedness to us.
Lou: One of the guys who works for that company, and was in charge of the music, wanted to make it an authentic mid-80’s New York City. And of course they had the mid-80’s hip hop. But you can’t talk about the ‘80s in New York without New York hardcore. The director of the video game was like “Well, you live through it, you choose the bands.” He did a really great favor for all of those bands, because it’s another way to expose your music. I thought it was really cool that they kept authentic by putting some New York hardcore in there. We kind of wanted to re-record the song, but they wanted the one we did in the ‘80s. We’re not embarrassed by those songs, but I think the performances could be a lot better since we know more of what we’re doing now. Back then we were just going into the studio for the first time.
Lou: We’re doing a couple of shows. We’ve got our record release show on June 11th in New York. After that a bunch of festivals in Europe and I think by early Fall we’ll do a full U.S. tour.
Lou: That was great. We’ve been friends with them for decades. When they started out they were like a California hardcore band. They were more on the punk side that was faster and aggressive and they’ve progressed into what they are now. Even when they were changing we were still friends with them and we took them out on the road. They really appreciated that and they just returned the favor. They wanted to show these kids another side of their influences. We were lucky enough that they still respect us and love our music. Playing for their audience was great because it’s a totally different audience. Out in Europe they still have a large punk following, which surprised me, so it wasn’t that big of a stretch. We got to play for some really young kids. I think in Scotland the age group was like 13 to 29. These 13 year old kids who had never seen hardcore before were just blown away we came on. It was fun.
Lou: Me and my wife are having our first baby, any week now. Instead of doing a full tour in the summer in South America, which would be about two and a half weeks, we’ve postponed it to early next year so I can spend more time at home with the family. Instead of that we’re doing just two more shows in Europe. I thought it was funny that I got an email from some guy in South America saying that “I guess you’re going for the big money in Europe.” I’m laughing because we’re doing two shows. If we played a tour of South America we’d make a hell of a lot more money. This is just so I can spend time with my newborn daughter. That’s the only reason. Terror are friends of ours so I’m sorry we can’t do it with, but I think H20 is going to do it with Terror now through South America. I think when we go, it looks like it’s going to be us and Comeback Kid.
Lou: We had to cancel a tour of Korea about five years ago and we’ve never gone to there. China has also been asking us to come, so China and the Philippines and places like that. We’ve gone through Eastern Europe, which was amazing and we have to get back to them. There’s three places I’d really like to go we haven’t played, which is Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska. They are closer to home, so it’s like we can go halfway around the world but we can’t go to Hawaii for some reason. I’d love to play Alaska.
Lou: A whole bunch of stuff. There’s a band from New York called Tombs. I like that new album “Winter Hours.” I’ve been playing that a lot in my car. It’s really heavy, it’s Helmet meets Neurosis kind of stuff. I like the new Cancer Bats. I’ve been listening to Maximum Penalty a lot. Believe it or not I still like metal and I love Manowar.
Lou: We’re just hoping people like it. We are really happy with it, sound-wise and song-wise. We’re hoping people pick up on it.