Mustard Plug, thank you for playing the ska! Does it get lonely being the only one?
Yes. More lonely than you could ever know. I weep. My soul aches with grief. I cry into my porkpie hat. Only Bucket knows my pain. In fact we almost named the new album, “The Road to Skavation is Paved in the Tears of a Million Lost Rude Boys”….but it turns out Reel Big Fish is already using that for their next live DVD.
Your new album “These Ones Are Bitter” was just released on your own label, Mendota Recordings. What made you decide that this was going to a digital-only release?
I wanted to release the album myself and it was really the only way I could afford to do it and still promote it properly. CD sales are in the toilet across the board from what I’ve been told by the people I know who are running independent labels. Vinyl sales are up a bit but the main thing is that digital sales are climbing. I decided to go with this idea last October. At that point the label people I asked were telling me 30-35% of their sales were digital. 9 months later I’m hearing 40-50%.
What are you more excited about – your new album or this interview?
This interview of course! If it weren’t for people like you guys I couldn’t talk about how excited I am about the album.
How would you compare Reggae Hit LA to your other albums?
I believe album is a lot more soul influenced than the last two.
I was scoping out the $30 official tour t-shirts, when I spotted her: a girl. At a Rush concert. I charmed her into an interview to learn how someone with two X chromosomes could appreciate the female-repelling rockitude of Rush.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera on me, and so I fear this interview will be likened to stories of Loch Ness monster spottings. But I assure you, she was as real as the voices in my head. Read on in wonderment:
Guff play the fun, melodic skater punk that the Warped Tour was created for. Only, they don’t suck. I sat down with frontman Ash who is high on life. And lots and lots of drugs. -Adam Coozer
Guff, I like your name because it reminds me of boxcar hobos. Do you play old-timey skiffle?
Strung Out is a mighty steed in Fat Wreck’s stable, consistently churning out metaltastic punk rock and eating many bundles of hay. I sat down with singer/artist Jason Cruz to discuss life, love, and their latest, “Blackhawks Over Los Angeles.” Or none of those things.
So far, in your 15+ year history, what has been the defining moment for Strung Out?
In 15 years I’d have to say the most defining moment for us would be doing this interview!
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