Interviews

We Were There: Voices from L.A. Punk’s First Wave | An Oral History hosted by Alice Bag

(Originally run in Razorcake #79, April / May 2014) My name is Alicia Velasquez, but I’m better known as Alice Bag. I grew up in East L.A., the daughter of Mexican immigrants. In the late 1970s, I was the lead singer of a band called The Bags, one of the first wave of Hollywood bands

Interview with Liz Suburbia: Punk Rock Ethos on Paper By Natalye Childress

It’s been a whirlwind year for Liz Suburbia, who saw the release of her first book, Sacred Heart, published by Fantagraphics Books. The artist and author opened up in an email interview about how punk rock and comics helped mold her approach to art, how she’s teaching herself to improve her craft, and her thoughts on the internet’s role in creating a platform for marginalized voices to be heard.

Talkin’ About These Days with Vic Bondi, Interview by David Ensminger

Articles Of Faith unleashed a dizzyingly coordinated and rhythmic three-guitar attack, literate lyrics that embraced sheer poetry as well as the anger of underground America, and a bracing, flexible hardcore style that still feels pertinent and prescient. Singer Vic Bondi continues to pack such  ferocity, commitment to contemporary issues (like problematic military drone campaigns, “psychopathic patriots,” and environmental damage), and a boiling sense of urgency on his newest solo outing Primary.

Bollweevils Interview By Kayla Greet


Mittler:
We’ve gotten better.
Ken: Probably more skilled.
Mumford: Less prolific.
Daryl: I mean, we’re not as angsty.
Mumford: We’re still pretty surly.

Real True Blood: An Interview with Red Hare: D.C. History and a Nod to the Future That Is Past By David Ensminger

By the late-1980s, the D.C. scene that once embodied a zealous hardcore epoch (think Minor Threat, Faith, S.O.A.) had matured into an alternative rock’n’roll scene dominated by bands like Scream and Government Issue. Then out of nowhere emerged Swiz, a brazen, youth-oriented, savvy, post-hardcore unit that has presently remade itself as Red Hare.

Interview with VHS: Out of the Garish Lights of Reno and under the Creative Umbrella in Seattle By Ryan Nichols

Violent Human System (VHS) sat down to talk about their musical influences, Reno, steamy video store sections, Lake Tahoe’s mysteries, Seattle’s current music scene, and how they came together as a band.

David Thomas of Rocket From The Tombs and Pere Ubu Interview By Erin Schultz

In a rare, introspective conversation, David Thomas of Rocket From The Tombs and Pere ”one of the most unique and influential experimental musicians ever”
discusses his musical philosophy and history.

Beach Slang Interview By Kayla Greet

Beach Slang will pull you out of your shell before the tide comes in.
They’ll punch you right in the heart. And they’ll do it while we’re all still smiling.

This Bike Is A Pipebomb Interview by Scott Stanton

Punk is a crappy old van held together with a pickle jar lid that you
have to hobble to in the morning and drive to another show!

ИO///sé Interview by John Massel: Beach Bathroom Punk Rock Down-Stroke Purveyors

ИO///sé is a dual city, down-stroke-loving punk band, sharing members in Oakland, CA, and Portland, OR. When I talked to the boys they were gearing up for the release of their second full-length, Lower Berth. ИO///sé loves Rudimentary Peni, The Wipers, and burritos. I let them fill you in on the rest.