Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Toy Store Riot

What are the origins of Toy Store Riot
The early incarnation of the band started in late 2010. The name Toy Store Riot came to me while watching YouTube videos of Black Friday incidents gone awry in various states of intoxication. I wanted a name that captured the sarcastic and energetic ridiculousness that the songwriting conveys. What’s more ironic or absurd than a riot in a toy store? The idea behind the music and the band itself began with the consensus that we really just want to have fun playing music, really fast and really loud, while not taking ourselves too seriously.
We aim to be ironically offensive, just hoping a handful of people understand our jaded and obnoxious sense of humor. We just try to keep it simple, plugging our guitars into an amplifier and turning it all the way up, playing songs that allow the drunks to sing along. Besides, I really hate tap dancing let alone while playing an instrument and attempting to sing.
We started out as a 4 piece with myself on guitar. Our original drummer was a bit of a sociopath, to put it nicely, so we parted ways early on. Our bass player, whom we're still great friends and happens to be the inspiration behind our 2nd EP, left us to fulfill his dreams of preparing for the apocalypse and marrying the love of his life. We've been a 3 piece ever since and haven't looked back.



You are playing this year's Pouzza Fest in Montreal, who are you most excited to see?
There are so many bands playing this year it’s really hard to narrow it down.  We have a bunch of friends in incredible bands that will be joining us in Montreal and, since I just moved overseas, I’m probably most excited to see them.
Actually the last couple of shows we played before I left were with Teen Agers, Ex Friends, and Signals Midwest, great bunch of punks. The guys in Kill Lincoln are definitely at the top of the list along with our friends in Walk The Plank, Soundtrack To Sleep, Not Half Bad, and The Down & Outs.
My cousin Micah is also playing with his band Two Cow Garage and performing a solo set which I’m beyond excited to see. Even though we’re family, I’m a huge fan. He’s been an inspiration to me as musician and his songwriting is amazing. Unfortunately, I always seem to miss them whenever they come through town so it’s been a really long time.
Beyond that, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was dying to see The Lillingtons, The Mad Caddies, and The Menzingers. Jon, our guitar player, is a huge Dillinger Four fan. Chris's head might explode if he tries to narrow it down even a little. He's trying to find a way to clone himself so that he doesn't miss anyone's set. So much talent, so little time…

What is your craziest experience playing music?
That’s a tough one to narrow down as well. We tend to incorporate our crazy friends into our sets as much as possible. Sometimes we have our honorary fourth member, Sergio (who also does most of our photography), dress up as a luchador and wrestle kids in the pit.
We played a Halloween show dressed as Masked Intruder with our friend David from Braceface and everyone thought we were Pussy Riot. Not all that “crazy” per se, but we tend to drink too much, get a little out of control, and have a hell of a lot of fun. I guess, when I think about it, we’ve had our share of odd experiences.
We played a show at the Velvet Lounge in DC where a linebacker was having sex with a “little person” in the bathroom with the door open. The physics were baffling but she seemed to be enjoying herself. We played a show back home in VA with Aspiga and Heartwell, two more bands playing Pouzza Fest this year, that was raided by police. We ended up just relocating the show to the house that the guys in Kill Lincoln were living in at the time. We share NWA’s sentiments of the police and punks always find a way.
R.I.P. Tosche Station and KL House.


Who/What is your favourite animal?
For me it would have to be penguins. Maybe it was the trips to Sea World as a kid or Mr. Penguin from Billy Madison. You gotta love the irony of a bird that can’t fly but can swim faster than a seal… if it’s lucky. Jon has a thing for horses in gas masks, like you see in old WW1 photos. I think he’s actually getting one tattooed on his shoulder soon. He and Chris both have a thing for cats too. Chris has a collection of cat t-shirts that’s rather impressive.

You’re living in London right now, how are you maintaining the band from overseas?
We’re making the most of our down time to work on some new material, recording some demos and playing with some different ideas. We’re trying to put together shows when we can, schedules permitting. We’re also looking at it as an opportunity to focus on other projects that have taken a backseat as of late. Jon and Chris are in another band called JOY! with our friend Eric from The Occupants and Tom from The Good Fight. It’s a slight deviation from the pop punk TSR sound. Chris, who’s by far the most talented drummer I’ve had the pleasure of playing with is actually branching out on bass.

I’ve started playing in a band here in the UK called Paperjets with some really incredible musicians as well. They just put out an awesome 7” called Before The Fall and just released a video for their first single “Rescue Me.”
I’m also working on an acoustic, folk punk, project. I busted out my old trumpet and started playing the drums again, which I’m sure my neighbors absolutely love. I just started demoing some of the songs in my tiny studio space. We’ll see where it goes, I’m excited to do something different and make noise with new toys.


What cultural shocks have you experienced in London?
 I’ve traveled quite a bit over the years so as far a culture shock goes, I’d say London is pretty mild. The UK has nearly all the comforts of home and they speak the same language (generally). Most of my issues are related to everyone driving on the wrong side of the road. I have moments when I see a car coming at me or driving by me and I panic because I think there’s no one driving or the driver isn’t paying attention. Then I realize I’m an idiot or drunk and looking at the passenger seat. I’ve been saved many times by the signs painted on the pavement reminding you to “Look Left.”

What are some fun facts about where you are from?
I grew up in a small town in Ohio called Bucyrus. It’s the kind of small where everyone knows everyone else’s business and if you screwed up at school or with the police your parents already knew about it by the time you got home. You grew up with all the kids in your high school graduating class, which was somewhere around 100, and few people came or went. It’s a bit like Varsity Blues but in the buckeye state. It’s a drinking town with a farming problem. However, it happens to be the bratwurst capital of America and, every year for 3 days in August, the entire town shuts down for the Bratwurst Festival where everyone ends up gorging themselves on deep fried street food, insane amounts of alcohol, and some of the best sausages you’ve ever put in your mouth. Unfortunately it’s seen it’s share of changes over the years and with the abundance of manufacturing jobs dwindling it’s been taken over by a heroin epidemic.


What are you passionate about other than music?
I have a beautiful little family. I’ve been married to my best friend and incredibly talented sugar mama for over 6 years now. We have a son who will be 2 in July. I quit my day job when he was born to stay home with him and it’s turned out to be a really great experience. Some days are easier than others but I get to wake up every morning, some earlier than others, and hang out with papa’s little punk.
We have a band together called Aloha Tambourine Man. He plays the tambourine and I play the ukulele. We usually play for a crowd of one but mama gets pretty rowdy.
I don’t skate or snowboard as much I would like to or used to. Mostly because, as I get older, I don’t heal nearly as fast, but I get out when I can. I do most of the cooking, which is the perfect escape after wrangling a toddler all day.
I also really like beer. Ok, I love beer. My little brother started brewing at home and has gotten me into it. Once I get settled, I’m planning on putting together a space to brew and bottle.

What social causes are important to you?
For being in a punk band so close to the nation’s capital, I’m not the most politically charged individual. I don’t like to use the stage as a way to promote my own ideas or agenda. I know, I know, it’s punk. That being said, I’m a huge advocate of equality on every possible level. Live and let live. I think too many people these days are overly concerned with what everyone else is doing. If most people were as concerned with their own lives as they are with everyone else’s, they wouldn’t have time to pass judgment.
Love who you want. Be who you want. Eat, drink, and enjoy what you want. Don’t shove your ideas down my throat and I’ll reciprocate. I’m far from an angry old anarchist, a libertarian maybe, but I do believe the government should be playing a very limited role in our lives. In an age where hypocrisy runs rampant, I think that our elected officials and society as a whole have drastically interfered with the natural selection process. If someone’s been nominated for a Darwin Award, we should allow them to walk down the aisle and up to the stage to accept what they most likely deserve and have so diligently earned.
We all make our beds…


What are you currently promoting?
We just finished our third EP, Viva Chile, at the end of last year that we’ll be releasing as a 7” through Basement Bullshit Records to celebrate our trip up north in May. I think it’s our best offering thus far and the best example of the journey we’ve been on writing together as a band. It’s also easily the most offensive thing we’ve ever recorded. After we found out I was moving unexpectedly, we decided to release it digitally for Christmas as a gift to our fans. You can download it, in addition to our first 2 EPs (I’m Gonna Stop You Right There and Dead Man’s Shoes also on Basement Bullshit Records) for free at our Bandcamp page http://toystoreriot.bandcamp.com where we also have hard copies of the records and various merch for sale. If you’re feeling generous, everything’s also available on iTunes.
Chris also books and promotes shows at a few places in NOVA, mainly The Lab in Alexandria. It’s a DIY space that’s been an incredible part of TSR’s history as well as the music scene in general. It’s run by an rad group of volunteers, Chris being one of them, that work really hard to put on killer, all ages, and substance free shows with a really positive and inclusive environment. It’s been our second home for some time now, it’s also been our rehearsal space for the last couple of years.  They even have a huge, 3 day, DIY fest every summer to help support the local music community. In addition to live music, they have art exhibits and workshops too. My better halves will be playing it with JOY! when they get back from Pouzza Fest. Anyone who hasn’t been to a show there should definitely check it out!

Find out more about Toy Store Riot on Facebook,  Reverbnation,  Twitter,  Bandcamp and at Pouzza Fest

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Down and Outs

What is the Down and Outs origin story?
I started The Down And Outs in 2006 with two other (awesome) guys who aren't in the band anymore. In the time since we have released 2 EPs and a full length and have played shows in over 20 states via weekend trips and 2 national tours.



Your from Rhode Island, what are your favourite and least favourite facts about it? 
It's the smallest state. That's something right? But its TOO COLD!!!!!!!!!

You have a pretty big tour coming up, what aspects are you most looking forward to? What are you most nervous about?
We are mostly stoked because we've never taken The Down And Outs outside of the US before. Our appearance at Pouzza will be our first international show! I can definitely be described as the "worry wart" in our band so I will worry about the small things...van stuff, money, getting places on time, etc. But we are never nervous about the music part. When we get to set up or stuff and do our thing everything else melts away for me. We're very comfortable with our act and with each other.


Who/What is your favourite animal?
Our drummer and I like cats. If Jay Migz (bassist from The Down And Outs) were here he would say dinosaurs.

What has been your craziest experience playing music?
November 2011 in Orlando, FL. We were playing in a club called Uncle Lou's and it was the first show of our tour. Our guitarist Tripper did a punk-jump and landed in a way that rolled his ankle hard. It was the first moment, of the first song, of our first show of tour. He played through the whole set like a trooper and was rushed to the hospital afterwards. I played my heart out because i was CERTAIN that we were going straight home. I'll never forget Tripp's attitude as they rolled him out of the ER. He was on crutches and ready to go to the next show. Over the following 11 days we got to explain to audiences across the east coast why our guitar player was playing on a stool. Lesser musicians would have gone home to recover (and who would have blamed them?) but thanks to the dedication and amazing resiliency of Tripper we got to finish a pretty kickass tour.


What are you passionate about other than music?
We don't do much besides our band. We like boring things like books, movies, and video games. Tripper is in a dart league. I have an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars.

What does it take for a band to win over your heart? Have you discovered any bands/solo musicians who blew your mind recently?
I like bands that are great at being a band. I don't have to love the songs or even really dig the style but I get stoked when I see a group of people who really know how to play as a unit. Anybody can just stand next to other musicians and press matching frets. To me, a real band is tuned into each other and locks into the same groove. It's also a plus for me if you love what you're doing. A band that is comfortable and happy to be on stage makes for a great show. A Minor Revolution from NH (also playing Pouzza Fest) is probly the greatest unsigned band in the world.



If you could make a movie with no limits what would it be about?
Star Wars Episode VII: The Down And Outs

What social causes are important to you?
We are hardly a political band but we do adopt some stances that we feel are important to our roles as progressive humans. We do not affiliate ourselves with nationalism, organized religions, or systems of government. We like things like freedom and equality.


What's next for the Down and Outs?
Anything and everything! We are working on another EP and the plan is that our second full length will follow. Besides that we will continue to tour regionally and nationally. We love being a band and are always very excited for a chance to go out and play someplace new. We've been together for 7 years and have proven that we  aren't some flash-in-the-pan band. Keep up with us and you can be sure we'll have something going on!

Find out more about The Down and Outs on Facebook,  PunkNews.org,  Bandcamp,  Reverbnation,  Last.Fm, at Pouzza Fest in Montreal (Sunday, Cafe Chaos 6pm) or on tour!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gunner's Daughter

How would you describe Gunner's Daughter for someone totally unfamiliar?
Blake : A rock band with those scruffy vocals people seem to love.

Ramos: We're the "beer and a shot" of music.  Nothing fancy, but if you care about drinking and/or music, you'll be into it.



Your bio says "Gunner’s Daughter began playing music that made sense to them, that had substance and would break down scene stereotypes. " What stereotypes would you most like to see broken? 
Chris: We just want to make our music accessible to a wide variety of folks. There's no gimmicks with us. What you see is what you get. We're not the ultra cool guy band, or the fashion obsessed band.  We're simple and we hope that people that see us can connect with that. We're not groundbreaking, but we all enjoy what we do. We want that aspect to shine through more than anything.

Jason: Depending on where you look, the punk scene can come across as one giant, shallow party or a breeding ground for cynical careerists, but that sells it far short of what it can be.  This music has brought me moments of profound depth and passion over the course of my life, giving it meaning in a way little else could.  I want to recreate that for myself and anyone who is open to it.

Ramos: What those guys said

What do you need to see in a band to really want to support them?
Chris: Sincerity, struggle and drive. If those ingredients add up and I can bang my head to it, they've made a lifelong fan.

Jason: For the most part, I gravitate toward music that is honest, energetic, and dedicated to a search for personal truth.  It also helps a lot if the people making the music are friendly and remember to keep it fun. Basically, there needs to be a sense of both challenge and community.

Ramos: Bands that love to play as opposed to people that love to be in bands.


Who/What is your favorite animal?
Blake: Animal is my favorite animal that’s why I am a drummer.

Jason:  My dog, Nibbler.  Don't tell my cat.  Or my other dog.

Ramos: Chas Chandler

Chris: my 8 year old chocolate lab, brownie

What is your craziest story you have during your time playing music?
Jason:  I seem to always be sleeping when the good stories happen.  Or too drunk to remember them.

Ramos: It's blurry but involves a dog show, a luggage cart, Sic Waiting, a Christian retreat, fish bowls, a breathalyzer, a ferret, and a tennis ball.



What are you passionate about other than music?
Blake: I love Hockey

Jason:  Comic books (check out my comics - dreadartscompany.com) and politics.

Ramos: White Sox, the Machete franchise, and drinking

Chris: Sailing. No really, I race sailboats on Lake Michigan every Saturday from May - October.

What food most often blows your mind?
Blake: Our deep dish pizza in this city still does it for me!

Jason:  The Tofu "Wings" at Ground Control in Chicago and the Veggie Burger at Northstar Cafe in Columbus, OH.

Ramos: The panzarotti at Punky's

Chris: Anchor Bar, Buffalo, NY Chicken Wings. Also generally anything that I know will make my tummy hurt hours after eating it. I have a problem.


What social causes are important to you?
Chris: We will play any cancer benefit that is offered to us. I also feel very strongly about no kill animal shelters. Anyway that I can use this platform to open peoples eyes and push animal adoption I will.

Jason:  I am also a firm proponent of no-kill shelters and animal adoption.  All three of my pets came from shelters and pet sanctuaries.  I believe that we need to work to get women's issues, gender identity and prison reform the kind of national attention they deserve.

Ramos: Bottom Up Government, which ultimately applies to every social issue I care about.

Find out more about Gunner's Daughter at GunnersDaughter.net,  Facebook,  Twitter,  Soundcloud, and Reverbnation

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Mighty Fine

What is the Mighty Fine?
The Mighty Fine is made up of dudes that grew up wanting to make rock & roll records.  It's pretty cool we still get to do it in our mid-late 20's.  We named our band after we chomped on a delicious cheeseburger at Firestone Grill in our hometown of San Luis Obispo, CA.



Tell me about your new LP Brothers and Smugglers which was out March 4th.
Brothers and Smugglers is our brand spanking new album.  It was produced by Kyle Black (Strung Out, Comeback Kid, New Found Glory).  A lot of hard work went into this album and working with someone who shares the same passions as us makes the experience that much better.  We've been enjoying the fruit of our labor.  And I think Ben Murray from Creator-Destructor Records/Heartsounds does too.  He runs a great label and was awesome enough to offer putting this bad boy out. Brothers & Smugglers is the best representation of what The Mighty Fine is all about.

Your Facebook says you are from San Luis Obispo, CA, What are some fun facts about it? How do you think being from California influences your music?
This is true, San Luis Obispo (or SLO), CA is where we hail from.  It's absolutely gorgeous here.  We're the halfway point between Los Angeles & San Francisco. The Motel Inn in SLO (which is no longer around) was world's first motel.  I'd say that's pretty damn cool. Oh and Oprah declared San Luis Obispo to be the happiest city in America.

We definitely grew up listening to a variety of music but our main influences were and still are from the great '90s Southern California bands.  We grew up on Green Day, Rancid, Blink 182, Bad Religion, No Use For A Name, Epitaph/Fat Wreck sound

That has most certainly played an integral part in our song writing.  It's a blast listening to those bands and to feel inspired all over again.


Who/What is your favourite animal?
My cat Muffin is my favorite (and only) animal.  As a band, I'd say we're more dog people.  In fact, my fiance and I plan on getting a German Shepherd after our wedding.  His name will be Larry (if you watch the Dick Van Dyke Show, you'll know what I'm talking about).

What do you think is the shape of punk to come?
Well it's one of my favorite records of all time.  Oh, you mean the actual punk scene.  I get it now.

It's an interesting question actually.  I think there's a lot new & seasoned bands out there making great music.  It's certainly hard to stand out when you're swimming in a massive sea of musical groups.  As for what's to come, I'm kind of nervous.  Punk's age demographic is getting older as a whole.  Obviously a lot of younger kids are getting into these "pop-punk" bands, but I don't see that transcending generations.  My fear is that the kids that are growing up now are no longer bored like we and those before us were.  The level of angst and aggression has been deflated by the brain numbing effects of social media and smart phone platforms.  Why would they want to relieve their youthful stress by learning how to play guitar and writing songs when they can just sit on their floor watching Rihanna videos and watch reruns of Say Yes To The Dress on Netflix?

Regardless, there will always be a few who value the true grit and purity of rock and roll.  They will be the ones who carry the torch.


If you could make a movie with no limits what would it be about and why?
I'd remake Star Wars Episode 1-3.  If you've seen these films along with the original trilogy you'd understand why.

If I showed up at your place asking for a vegan dinner what would you serve? What would we do for fun?
I'd whip up some Red Curry & Jasmine rice. If you drink alcohol, I'd serve it with a bottle of Claiborne & Churchill Dry Gewurztraminer (the winery I work at).  It's a match made in heaven.  If you don't drink, I'd be happy to serve some fresh sun tea.  We'd probably watch a marathon of Rocko's Modern Life while we eat. If there's time, a game of Monopoly would be in order.


What are you passionate about other than music?
Star Wars (if you couldn't tell), Disneyland, and wine.

What social causes matter most to you?
I think this definitely ties into some of my feelings about the shape of punk to come.  Something that always bothers me (yet I'm guilty of) is the social disconnect that's been created by the digital world we currently live it.  Day by day, new devices are created to make things easier and more convenient for us. Sure it's handy at times, but we don't get challenged.  I notice people, myself included, have a hard time being around others without looking at their damn phone every 19 seconds.  And for what?  To see what a friend I haven't seen in 10 years eat for dinner.  The meaning of privacy has completely changed, so has our ability to interact with one another on a personal level.  

I worry about how kids growing up now will grow and develop since these some of these platforms have been around since before they were born.  There's so much beauty in this world, it's hard to think about how much time we spend ignoring it.


What are you currently promoting and what's next for the Mighty Fine?
Since Brothers & Smugglers came out recently, we're trying to get the album into as many ears as possible.  Next month we play a handful of shows with Heartsounds down in Southern California.  We're really excited to see all our friends again.

You can pick up your copy of The Mighty Fine's Brothers and Smugglers at Creator-Destructor.com -or- themightyfine.limitedrun.com.

Find out more about The Mighty Fine at TheMightyFine.com,  Facebook,  PunkNews.org,  Bandcamp,  and Youtube

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

July Talk

You have been nominated for a JUNO Award this year for “Breakthrough Group Of The Year” what does that nomination mean to the band?
Well, it's a hard thing to quantify. We feel honoured to be accepted into that world, it's a shock and a surprise. In another way, Canada's music scene is tight knit, so as a band that has toured a lot over the past year we've gotten to know the bars, bands, promoters and music-lovers faster than you'd think. So the Junos can also be looked at as an opportunity to take a weekend away from our lives to celebrate the lucky year we've had and play music with a bunch of bands that we feel honoured to call our new friends.



You have an extensive tour coming up with some pretty huge shows, what are you most looking forward to? What are your biggest hardships?
We've travelled more in the last year and a half then we have in our entire lives. We've grown closer together and I think we're getting closer to realizing the kind of art we are meant to make. The road does that to a band. It has made our music more concise and has focused our ideas towards a common direction. With the crowds growing over the next few tours, we're getting to explore how the songs can react to those audiences. How much more of a chaotic riot can we create with 1500 people rather than 500 people? We're really interested in creating that honest, collective energy so we're looking forward to exploring that. In terms of hardships, I think every band goes through similar things. You miss the road when you're home and home when you're away. Your van breaks down an hour out of town after a 20 hour drive and you're late for a show. Sleeping on floors when you're sick etc... The five of us are lucky to love each other so we get through that stuff together.

How would you describe the Toronto music scene?
Ambitious and supportive. There's so many great bands that kill it and they all have taught us so much. Bands like Diana, Dinosaur Bones, Born Ruffians, Darcys, Timber Timbre or By Divine Right, these people know how to put on a show. To hear the great records that have come out of Toronto even just within the last year makes me so proud to live there. The funniest thing is that everyone hangs out, Toronto is a big city but I see everyone around town and there's very little competition. It really does confirm the reasons you do it when you see that community.

Photo by Ty Snaden

What are you passionate about other than music?
Hot sauce. Just kidding. Kind of. Josh and I run a production company called Vulture Culture Films. We've done music videos for tons of Canadian bands. We still fit as many as we can between every tour. Josh is a director/producer and I am a cinematographer/producer. Leah is a performance artist/dancer. Danny sells craft beer. Ian plays in the best cover band in Canada (Dwayne Gretzky). We're busy whenever we get home for a week or two.

What would your dream tour look like?
I'd love to do a tour where we do two shows in every city. First of all, our band is largely based on the symmetry between two voices, so I think we could do something really interesting with two back to back nights. Secondly, I never feel like we have time to explore the cities that we look forward to visiting. If we could have two nights in each city, I think we could have time to do that.

What social causes are important to you?
I grew up watching my left wing journalist mother fight for aboriginal and women's rights in Alberta. Not an easy place to get an ear on those issues. Her empathy is always in my mind, and I would love to offer July Talk's support to a benefit show soon. The Idle No More movement really blew me away. I was lucky enough to spend some time in Attawapiskat First Nation not so long ago and I wrote a song called Don't Call Home about it that was on our record.



What new music are you excited about right now?
We've been listening to a lot of female pop/electronic in the van. Lowell's record is a staggering achievement. We love the new Beyonce record. We got to see Timber Timbre at SXSW between our sets. He's got more lyrical guts than anyone right now. He says things you are afraid to. In terms of new bands just coming out, I really dig a band called Dear Sister from Toronto's Cameron house scene. They have it all. I don't know if they're the type of people to shove their music down your throats, so go look for it. You won't be disappointed.

What's next for July Talk?
We're touring all year in the states and Europe. We can't wait to get the record out there. It's really easy to tour in those areas, the cities are closer together and you can cover a lot more ground. We'll also be continuing to write our next record which will likely have a bit more intimacy meeting chaos style of our live show. We're hoping to do writing retreats around the world between tours and then come together and pick the best of it to put on the next record.

Find out more about July Talk on Bandcamp,  Facebook,  Wikipedia,  Twitter,  CBC,  Itunes,  Soundcloud and Sleepless Records

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Condition Oakland

How would you describe Condition Oakland for someone completely unfamiliar?
We're a Folk Punk band. If I had to compare the band to something, It would be like The Ramones with a acoustics mixed with Bruce Springsteen style song writing. Not at all saying We're on the same level as The Boss tho.



Who inspires you?
Myself, bands such as The Ataris, Lucero, & Hot Water Music.

What has been your craziest experience playing music?
We played this festival in Shikinny, Pa called Yardstock. Dan (our Bassist) booked it with our friend Chris (From The Greater Victory). When we played everyone just went off. Their was beer & circle pits. It was pretty gnarly.

Who/What is your favourite animal?
My cat jersey. I'm also in to turtles. Because the carry their homes on their backs

Photo by Al Brundage

What are you passionate about other than music?
Art. I think art in it's self is so important. It helps you express who you are. Also it lets you just escape reality, or at least cope with it.

What are you currently promoting?
We're trying to raise money for a new van so we can tour in something other then my car. Also about a year ago we released a new full length in tilted "Catholic Presidents" on No Less Records.

If you could make a movie with no limits what would it be about and why?
Honestly I would make a movie about our old house. We use to run shows out of it. It was called the green leaf. I would put a horror twist on it tho about the squirrel that lived in the walls, & make it end the it ate everyone at a show.


What social causes are important to you?
Same sex marriage. I think that is so messed up that two people that love each-other can't get married where ever they want because they are the same gender. I believe if you think you found your soul mate you should have the right to be with them, and celebrate it anywhere in the world.

What would your dream tour look like?
A full U.S. tour. While also stopping in Canada. Ending at The Fest in Gainesville, Fl. While being able to take out our friends with us.

What's next for Condition Oakland?
Hopefully raising enough money for the van on indiegogo.com. Then doing the east coast tour this summer.



Find out more about Condition Oakland on Facebook,  BandcampTwitter and IndieGoGo