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Life During Wartime interviews: WIIIIIILD MOHICANS!!


March 14th, 2013 by
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Hey, it’s been a while so we’re stoked to bring you another Life During Wartime interview! Our comrades-in-arms at the Life During Wartime radio show in Portland, OR, talk to bands who perform live in the studio, send us the transcript and bada-bing—entertainment! This time Colin and Ian interview Portland’s WILD MOHICANS, who appeared on the show on February 27, 2013. The band’s on-air performance and interview can be heard here, or here:

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Colin: What is your name, what do you play in the band and where is your favorite sandwich in Portland?

Sean: I’m Sean, I play drums and my favorite sandwich… I’ll go with East Side Deli cause you can get big old sandwiches for super cheap.

Jason: My name is Jason, I play bass. My favorite sandwich is probably New Seasons cause I can get them on food stamps.

Adam: I’m Adam, I play guitar. My favorite sandwich in town, I’d have to say, and I’ve never had it before I moved to town is Jimmy John’s. And it’s pretty sad when that’s the best sandwich your town has to offer.

Matty: My name’s Matty. I sing and my favorite sandwich is also Jimmy John’s, but I like Taste Tickler because it has a hilarious and slightly ribald name.

Ian: Why did you guys start? Why are you a band?

Adam: Matty and I did a cover band a few years ago covering songs by a band called the Pist. It turned out Matty was a good singer, who would have thought? I knew Matty from back in the day in Boston and I saw his bands play there, and I didn’t really expect much but low and behold. We decided to start a band, recruited our friend Sean and went from there.

Ian: How’d you end up in the band, Jason?

Jason: They were looking for a new bass player a few months and I think I talked to Sean, just kinda went from there.

Sean: We kept having drunk talk, running into each other at bars and finally we had band practice and it just worked out.

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Colin: We know why you got together, but why the name Wild Mohicans?

Matty: Lack of imagination.

Sean: Matty came up with it.

Colin: Why that one as opposed to all the other unimaginative ones out there?

Matty: Well once upon a time we originally thought we were gonna sound like Troops of Tomorrow-era Exploited and being a fan of the band Chaotic Dischord, they had written a song called “Wild Mohicans (for Wattie)” about the Exploited. But it kind of turned into a different thing cause of the way I sing and our influences, more of an American hardcore influence, but yeah, that’s the story behind the nom de plume Wild Mohicans.

Colin: So you do have the red dread hawk?

Matty: Yes, I do. At this exact moment I do.

Ian: You go by Wild Mohicans but everyone knows its really WIIIILD MOHICANS!

Matty: Yes, that is the name our band is often referred to.

Ian: Whats that again?

Matty: The name to which you refer?

Ian: Yes.

Matty: It’s uh…. [long pause] WIIIILD MOHICANS! Ugh that was a shitty one…. WIIIIIIIIIIILD MOHICANS.

Ian: And where does that come from? How did that happen? The shouty-ness?

Adam: We get down to the practice space whenever we’re practicing. There’s a good five minutes or so of us tuning up and getting ready to play and whatever. And while we’re doing that Matty is just flying off the walls jumping around, screaming nonsense into the microphone at full volume just to annoy us. And those are one of those things that he screams. There’s a couple of other things some of you might have heard, like the gurgle throat.

Matty: Ya, the bad chicken [**pukes on microphone**]

Adam: Imagine tuning your guitar over that.

Colin: Now you guys are all outlanders. None of you were born in our dear Portland, Oregon. Yet you all come from different cities, if I’m correct. Is that an accurate statement?

Sean: Yes.

Colin: Do you guys feel you have a different perspective, or a unique sentiment than a typical Portland band?

Adam: Yeah, I dunno… maybe. Being here for five years I feel like I haven’t seen too many bands that were 100% born and raised in Portland, or Oregon for that matter.

Colin: It’s a rare thing.

Adam: Me and Matty knew each other from Boston, we both lived there and we met along time ago.

Ian: Where are you guys from?

Sean: I’m from the Bay Area.

Jason: Originally from San Diego. I’ve lived here for about 11 years or so.

Adam: It seems like bands only last for a little bit here, and everyone is from all over the place anyway. It’s rare that you get a band like that unless they were kids that met here growing up, have known each other forever and have been playing music together since. There are a few of those bands here but few and far between.

Matty: I think Portland is unique to cultivate a deep and un-abiding hatred for humanity. I mean, just walking Alberta St I have enough fuel for my rage and alienation and can write at least a couple dozen songs. I used to live on a street where a guy would ride by on a unicycle everyday and I just wanted to run out with a big stick and jam it in his spokes, that usually keeps me going for a little bit.

Ian: Why didn’t you?

Matty: Why didn’t I… fear and cowardice.

Ian: Now there’s rumor going around that, to be in the band, you gotta get the Wild Mohicans tattoo? Read the rest of this entry »



Life During Wartime interviews:
Your Pest Band


October 12th, 2011 by
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Hey, it’s time again for our Life During Wartime interviews, where our home slices at the Life During Wartime radio show in Portland, OR, talk to bands who perform live in the studio… This time around they interview YOUR PEST BAND from Japan. And starting with this installment, you can listen to the bands’ on-the-air performance right here! Enjoy…

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Your Pest Band (photo by Katie B)

(*A=Alec Holland, local punk Japanese speaker)

LDW: Alright! Exciting to hear all of the answers that they will say! First will you say your name and what instrument you play? Humito-san…

HUMITO: Hello, I am Humito Yamazaki and I am playing guitar and I sing.

SATORU: My name is Satoru Kiroda. I am playing bass. Yeah!

T-BOY: My name is T-boy. I am playing guitar.

MARU: My name is Maru. I am playing drums.

LDW: Very good. OK. Next question. What other bands do you play in in Tokyo?

H: I’m not playing.

LDW: Humito, only in Your Pest Band.

H: Right.

LDW: Satoru-san.

S: I’m playing other band. Name — Dog Hotel.

LDW: Doc Hopper?

H: H-o-t-e-l.

LDW: Oh, Dog Hotel!

All: Yeah!

LDW: Yes! And this band, which style of music?

S: (pause) uhh… killer dance punk.

(all laugh)

LDW: T-Boy-san, what other bands do you play in?

T: I am playing in Broken Mountain.

Your Pest Band (photo by Katie B)

 

LDW: Alright. Maru-san?

M: I am only in Your Pest Band.

LDW: Alright! Good job you guys! (all laugh)

A: You don’t need me at all. Read the rest of this entry »



Life During Wartime interviews: Bi-Marks


July 28th, 2011 by

Hey, it’s been a while but we’re back with another exciting Life During Wartime interview! Portland punk rockers the BI-MARKS played live on KBOO on June 6, 2011 and had this fascinatin’ on-air conversation with LDW’s Colin. Hear their killer performance here!

Calvin: Wuzzuuuup? Wuzzuuuuup?

LDW: Alright, so we should just get this out. So what sort of what have I done?/what burns? Would you like to say?

Calvin: I’d like to say oh my god to biggy dude

Eric: Don’t forget to say hello to burno to a millionaire.

Calvin: What am I? Who are you? Who am I?

Eric: Don’t forget to tell a man where the plums at. H3 is in place!

Calvin: (moaning)

LDW: OK, backing up to the questions — who are you guys and what do you do in the band? Let’s start with you, Evan.

Evan: My name is Eric, I play guitar.

(all laugh)

Eric: I’m Evan, I do nothing.

Calvin: I’m Kevin. I’m bored and I play guitar.

Kevin: I’m Calvin. I’m really really really bored.

Ian: I’m Ian and I slappa da bass.

Calvin: Oh, he slappa da bass alright. I tell ya that much.

LDW: What else do you do in the punk scene? What other—

Kevin: Nothing!

LDW: —bands do you do or… OK, nothing from Kevin. What other bands do you guys do outside of this?

Eric: Me and Ian are in this band Death Machine, and Calvin is in Athetic or whatever it’s supposed to be.

Calvin: It’s a new band.

LDW: Is it called Fnordgasm?

Calvin: No, no.

Eric: That’s what it should be.

Calvin: It’s called Oh My God.

LDW: And does the new post-Nerveskade band have a name yet?

Ian: No, but we’re playing next month, hopefully.

LDW: Awesome. And how did you get the name Bi-Marks? Read the rest of this entry »



Life During Wartime interviews:
Loose Values


June 9th, 2011 by

Hey, here’s the third Life During Wartime interview, from our good pals at KBOO’s Life During Wartime radio show in Portland, OR… This time Colin interviews Portland “burnouts” LOOSE VALUES, whose complete on-air performance can be heard here. Come laugh and cry with us, won’t you?…

Loose Values:
Patrick — drums and bass
Drew — guitar and bass
Justyn — guitar and drums

Colin: How did you decide to start playing as a band?

Justyn: Drew and myself have been playing for a while. We used to play in a Halloween band called Ray Davies Babies with Rabies [lots of background laughs] and that was really fun. We liked playing  music together.

Colin: And this Halloween band was it all sorts of stuff or…

Drew: Mostly ’60s psychedelic crap.

Justyn: And then Pat came and saved u.

Patrick: I rolled into town in my hoopty.

Colin: How did you come across your name? Sub-question: did you realize it’s a combination of the Black Flag songs “Loose Nut” and “No Values”?

Justyn: Yeah, we thought about that afterwards, but  really I was in the Bay Area and my friend — we’d been staying up all night, and he made us watch the Garbage Pail Kids movie. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it but it’s pretty weird

Drew: It’s like a really badly made porn.

Justyn: It’s pretty awful, but it’s really great at the same time. We were watching it and we were kind of blown away in our overhang stupor, and our friend  walked in and said, “Oh, you guys like this huh?” And we said, “Yeah, but it’s so messed up. What is going on in this movie? It’s so weird and offensive.” He said, “Well, yeah, but you know they had loose values in the ’80s.” and I immediately fell in love with that name and told Drew about it, and there it is.

Colin: Next thing you know you’re here at KBOO telling the story. Are you guys playing in any other bands at present, or contributing to the punk scene in some other way?

Justyn: I don’t know about contributing [laughs]. We’re kind of burnouts, you know, we applaud from afar. Pat here is getting ready to go on tour with his other band, which is…

Patrick: I have a band called Warhammer 48k, and other band called Jealousy. But that’s all. Neither here nor there… Well, more there than here…

Justyn: It’s very there… but here, I play in another band. It’s kind of a heavy duty metal band called Weirding Module where I play drums. We’ve only played a handful of shows.

Drew: I make fried food.

Justyn: So do I! That’s weird, dude. We should work together sometime. [Wha-wuuuh sound effects — they do work together…]

Colin: So, Portland has  a pretty divided scene as far as punks, garage, etc. Where do you guys feel like you fit in?

Justyn: I guess I’ve notice that, but I’ve always done my own thing. I just like music. I’ve gone to every kind of show you can imagine, and hung out with different folks in this town. It’s definitely divided but we don’t’ give too much to that. We don’t really care. Do you think it’s divided?

Colin: Kind  of, but to each their own.

Drew: We just want to hug everyone. [Lots of talk about hugging and unity here…]

Colin: What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you as a band?

Justyn: Playing with Mike Hudson and Cheetah Chrome was pretty fun.

Drew: And entertaining.

Colin: And how’d that come about?

Justyn: We got asked. First we thought we were playing with the Pagans…

Drew: …then it turned out we were the Pagans for that show.

Justyn: Yeah, Drew got in contact with those guys to figure out what was going on. We ended up learning some Pagans songs and some Dead Boys songs, and we almost learned a Human Switchboard song.

Drew: We did… five minutes before we played it.

Colin: Did Cheetah sing or play guitar?

Justyn: He  sang and played on a Dead Boys song, and then him and — what’s that dude’s name?

Drew: Bob Pfifer. It was fun. It was really weird, but it was fun. It was a loose night.

Justyn: Really.

Drew: Sound checking with those guys and making it halfway through each song, and then they’d go “Okay, it’s fine.”

Justyn: Old, fragile burnouts. We see our future in them [laughs all around!] But it was an honor to play. We’ve been huge Pagans and Dead Boys fans forever so it was pretty amazing.

Drew: Yeah, it was a good night.

Colin: And what are your plans for the future? Demo coming out?

Justyn: We have a demo out now, actually. It’s been out for a while. I don’t know where you’ve been… and I can say the name of it because it’s the name of the demo (referring to FCC regulations).

Colin: Do it.

Justyn: It’s called Raging Bullshit. It’s a piece of art in itself [laughs from the crowd]. But, we’re getting ready to record this weekend over at Buzz or Howl, and I’m pretty excited about it.

Colin: Awesome. Any closing statements?

Justyn: No.

Colin: How should people contact you if they want you to play their shows?

Drew: Face… uh. [Everyone laughs]

Drew: We do have a band email:

Justyn: Bingo.

Drew: …and I’ll check it tomorrow.

Justyn: We’ll go see how many shows we have lined up tonight.

Thanks to Loose Values for playing and for playing records for the rest of the radio show.



Life During Wartime interviews: Bellicose Minds


May 3rd, 2011 by

Welcome to the second in our series of Life During Wartime interviews, where our tight homies at KBOO’s Life During Wartime radio show in Portland, OR, talk to bands who perform live in the studio… This time Colin interviews Portland’s moody BELLICOSE MINDS, whose gloomtastic on-air performance can be heard here. Read and weep…

Colin: Who are you guys? What is your band? What are you names and what instruments do you play?
Nick: We’re the Bellicose Minds. I’m Nick. I play guitar and do vocals.
Suzy: I’m Suzy and I play the bass guitar.
AJ: My name is AJ and I play the drums.
Keith: I’m Keith and I play second guitar and keyboard.

Colin: What other bands are you in and what things do you do as part of the Portland punk scene?
Nick: I play in a band called Dove Asylum and hang out at Black Water a lot.
Suzy: I’m just in Bellicose Minds and go to shows.
AJ: I’m not in any other bands other than this one. I only play drums and only in Bellicose Minds.
Keith: I’m not in any other bands. I just play in this band and buy records and sell them.

Colin: How did this band start?
Nick: It was Suzy and I at first.
Suzy: Well AJ and Nick played in bands together, and I’ve always been listening to their bands, so Nick was like, “You need to get on it.” That’s about it. It started as the three of us.
Nick: It wasn’t like that.
Suzy: Kind of.
AJ: I thought it was more Nick and Suzy jammed a couple times and wrote some stuff. They were like “Hey, play this beat.” We just started jamming.
Suzy: What I meant by that is that I’ve never played before in any other band. It was the first time I picked up an instrument.
Keith: I joined the band in November 2009 playing keyboard and second guitar.

Colin: How did you guys settle on the name?
Suzy: I think Nick came up with it.
Nick: I came up with the name. I was just trying to come up with a name to describe who we were and what our sound was and that was it.
Keith: It was in vain.
Nick: It just sounded good.
AJ: What were some of the other names?
Suzy: Morgue Puppies.
Nick: That wasn’t me. I didn’t have anything to do with that.

Colin: War Puppets?
Keith: No, I believe it’s Morgue Puppies.
Suzy: Well War Puppets is good too. [laughter]
Nick: I endorse none of it.
AJ: I think at one point Chernobyl Nightlight was one.
Nick: Yea, that was one.
AJ: That would’ve been pretty grim.
Suzy: That’s fitting.
AJ: Oof.

Colin: What made you guys decide to play the style of music you play?
Suzy: Me, because I couldn’t play hardcore or punk. It kind of derived from that.
Nick: Yea, and it was just other influences that we drew off of other than hardcore and punk.
AJ: Something different.
Nick: Well it was just how we did our sound. That was what happened when us three started writing songs. It wasn’t hardcore and it wasn’t punk necessarily.
AJ: I think it was more just like an idea to try to emulate this style of music. Mainly the Cure, Joy Division, and post punk all rambled into one. And Nick just said, “Play this beat.” And it went from there.
Suzy: We play that beat a lot.
AJ: I’ve had to play that beat a lot. It took me a long time to learn that beat.

Colin: Are you comfortable being considered a punk band or do you think that’s too limiting?
Nick: I’m comfortable with that. We have songs that vary. Some of our songs are straight punk songs, some of them have more of a post punk sound.
AJ: The lyrics are pretty punk rock, I guess, if you want to say that.

Colin: So there have been a lot of bands starting sort of within the post punk/peace punk/goth sound and everywhere in between. Would you say that there’s sort of a separate scene starting and if so what do you feel is your role in that?
Nick: If it’s a separate scene I think our role in it is just with all the other bands playing and doing shows together. I think some people like that stuff more, at times, because it has melody and it’s not like crust or grind where everything is abrasive and in one line.
AJ: I think people have always listened to music like that, and ever since Bellicose Minds started people were like, “Oh, it’s OK to do music like that.” It wasn’t so generalized as just hardcore or punk bands.
Nick: Yea, I think the Estranged and Spectres were doing that as well, and maybe a year or two before us.
Suzy: And Prids as well.
Nick: I don’t know; it’s just new stuff happening.

Colin: Keith, how did you get involved in the band?
Keith: I’ve always hung out with Nick and Suzy, and played music a lot. And you know, we’d just kind of go down to the practice space late at night and play music. Nick asked me to try out on keyboard, and so I did it and I started playing guitar too. I realized I could do both of them and it just kind of fit. We get along with each other.

Colin: There has been some level of success with the band. Was that expected?
Suzy: Our first show I was like, this is just gonna be terrible. I’m pretty self-conscious as it is… Apparently everybody goes home and listens to Sisters of Mercy and the Cure, so we’re good. [Laughter]
Nick: To add to that, when we were writing songs she would be like, “No one’s gonna listen to this music. You’re nuts. Why would you ever want to play out with this?” I was like let’s try it, who cares.
Suzy: I really enjoy it, so…
Nick: That’s half of it, yea.

Colin: What releases have you had so far?
Nick: We had a demo tape, which had two songs that we recorded and released on our own. Then there was the Buzz or Howl Sessions, which we recorded with Stan at Buzz or Howl Studios, and we released on our own. Then we just got our self-titled four-song EP in, which came out on Whisper In Darkness and was recorded by Adam Becker last summer, and just finally came out. That’s it.

Colin: Finally, what plans do you have for the future?
Nick: Record an LP, play some shows, write some new music, hang out.
AJ: Make it to another country.
Nick: That’s true. I’d love to make it to another country.

Colin: Besides Canada.
Nick: Besides Canada.
Suzy and AJ: America’s hat.
Nick: Hey! [laughter]

Déjà vu (almost)

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