If you could go open a show for any artist in the world, who would it be?
Isaac: 100 GecsNoel: Rancid Ian: I’d have to go with my new favorite band, No Cash.
What is one message you would give to any new musicians?Isaac: Play what you want to play and don’t worry about convention or what you’re supposed to do, just do what feels good. Noel: Just keep going for it. If you have a dream, just follow that, follow your heart, keep playing, and just stay active. Ian: I would say have fun, and just do what you like and enjoy.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?Isaac: Well I go to school for music so that would be a big change, so I feel like I would be going to school for film, if anything. Noel: Juvenile detention! Ian: I don’t know, I’d probably just be a boring, regular teenager. It doesn’t excite me, don’t plan on being one.
What is your favorite song to perform so far?Isaac: “Ray of Fucking Sunshine”, I guess. I haven’t performed yet. Noel: On our last release, American Endgame, probably “We’re All Fucked”, the opening track, it’s got a really good energy. And also “Teenage Dipshit” because that was the first song we ever wrote so a lot of the guys that we first started hooking up with in the local scene, that’s the stuff that they know, and they just go apeshit. And the stuff on the new EP, like a lot of the lyrical content, with everything that’s going on now. Ian: I’d say “Youth Disapproval” or “Ray of Fucking Sunshine”. They’re both fun, fast songs to play. What is the best advice you’ve been given so far about the music industry? Isaac: Being person and being legitimate. Noel: A few years ago when we first started out, the first shows we started playing with was a Celtic punk band, The Born Again Heathens, and they were really helpful. They got us our first real show that wasn’t a school talent show or some sh*t, and their singer Scott was saying that it’s brick by brick. If you keep going at it, you will see progress, and that’s been really helpful. Ian: I agree with what Noel said. They don’t really talk to me about that, they talk to Mike (the band’s manager) about that stuff. I get all of the whole “don’t do drugs or alcohol, it ruins your life.”
How would you describe your new album American Endgame, to any potential new fans reading this article?Isaac: Punk music, like I didn’t write it and I wasn’t involved in it, so I don’t think I have that much insight into what it’s trying to say as a body of work. Noel: Like 90’s-inspired punk with lyrics surrounding topics of today, with all of the crazy shit going on. Ian: It’s our first real album and it’s us trying to make these points that the world is messed up, and all we can do is shout about it because no one listens to us otherwise.