JS: My last question for the day is do you guys have any advise for bands trying to get their start in this changing industry?
AR: That’s a tough one. It’s funny. Yesterday at the Irving Plaza at the record release show, we had an unsigned band contest, just trying to give back, ya know. It’s kind of how we found our way, we got to play some really great shows when we were a baby band, played with Agnostic Front, opened for Type O, and Overkill at the Ritz. Stuff like that happened to us and it help us put us on the map so now we are trying to do that for someone else. Just gotta keep doing it and hope that those opportunities happen.
JZ: And a way to make them happen and it’s something we did in the past is, and I remember clearly, when we were young, we didn’t have management or anything, we used to connect with the promoters ourselves. And I remember Gene from Faces. The only way we got to play that first show was that we would go to faces and see a band like Biohazard or Monkey Bump, and we met the promoter and said “Hey we would like to play here.” And gave them music. I think if more people did that, actually found out who was booking the shows at their local venue, and actually went to go personally say hello. You see people just complain that nothings happening but they’re not trying.
AR: It’s like everything is all computers, and everything is virtual, friendships are virtual. There are no faces to names anymore. It’s like sometimes you have to get “real” with people so they can give you a shot.
JZ: Yea go meet with them. Go to the venue. Go hand them some music and say we’d love to play here.
AR: It’s easy for someone to press delete when the email comes in with music from someone you’ve never met before.
JZ: Yeah, there’s no face, there’s no personality, there’s no connection you know?
AR: And there’s so much of it online. It’s almost like you get bombarded.
JS: Yeah, I get it.
AR: Sometimes you’ve gotta be more proactive.
JZ: Definitely! That’s it, you people out there! Young bands, get proactive!
JZ: And I don’t mean the fucking pimple shit.
JS: Guys, thanks so much for giving me the time to do this. Go kick ass out there, I’m definitely looking forward to the show, and obviously best of luck for the rest of the shows. And just a quick special thanks to Napal Records, Life of Agony, over at NYS Music.com, Peter and Jim, my co-hosts Mosh Pit Fardo, Black Metal Steve, and Psycho Steve of Steve Losurdo Productions, and of course my lovely camera gal Danielle, thank you so much. It’s been a real honor.