No Use For A Name (21 mai 2009)


Entrevue de Melissa Hetu avec Tony Sly

Le groupe Californien NO USE FOR A NAME sera de passage à Montréal le 29 mai prochain au Medley. Notre journaliste Melissa Hetu a récemment eu la chance de s’entretenir avec Tony Sly le chanteur de cette légendaire formation punk-rock. Voici de quoi ils ont parlé:

[PMU]: Do you recall the first time STRUNG OUT and NO USE FOR A NAME toured together? If so, when was it? What was the tour?

[TONY SLY]
: We just played a lot of shows together and short tours in the beginning because we were both Fat bands. We didn’t actually do a full tour until Australia 2008 together.

[PMU]: Early on in your career, did you enjoy touring with a labelmate? Was it reassuring or nice to go out on the road with people you knew or that played similar music?

[TONY SLY]
: Well, it was a cool way to be in the know with what was going on with the label and I think the Fat name drew people to the shows as well as the bands, so yes.

[PMU]: Have you ever felt competition between the two bands (STRUNG OUT and NUFAN)? Or has the relationship always been more like a family?

[TONY SLY]
: Not really competition, but if you see a good band like them play it definitely makes you think “oh...we have to go off tonight” so it’s good to be on tour with great live bands.

[PMU]: Over the years, both STRUNG OUT and NO USE FOR A NAME have toured together on several occasions. Can you pinpoint one most memorable moment on the road together?

[TONY SLY]
: For sure Australia, it was long and we got to know those guys better and drank a lot and had a great time, we had BBQ’s, went to the zoo, had hotel damages...it was fun.

[PMU]: How much has the life of a touring band changed in recent years? (the way bands tour, the itinerary, the costs, the crowds, etc.)

[TONY SLY]: It gets easier I think. You meet so many cool people that you end up having relationships with and get to look forward to doing things in specific cities so that every time you go back there’s a little nostalgia there. But having a family at home makes me naturally want to be more at home now, but this is also my way of life.

[PMU]: What are your thoughts on bands today that rely on radio airplay and publishing as ways of getting their band known rather than going out on the road and touring their asses to build a fan base, as bands did traditionally?

[TONY SLY]
: I don’t know a lot of bands that do that. A lot of young bands still get in the van and are stoked to being playing in front of people. We have this band POUR HABIT out with us and they’re amazing and funny too. So there are still bands working it out there. But yeah, I have seen some bands that kind of expect their first tour to be on a luxury bus. I think that is foreign to me because we have never done it like that.

[PMU]: Today, do you guys prefer touring with similar bands from the label or like to switch it up? Do you like having different sounding bands on the road together? Do you like encouraging up and coming acts?

[TONY SLY]
: We like both, it depends on the band, but when you can get the kind of line-up we have on this tour, especially in the east, I think that’s incredible.

[PMU]: Why do you think your fans have stayed and grown up with you throughout all of these years? Very few bands can still attract several hundreds or even thousands of kids everywhere they go…

[TONY SLY]
: Longevity is huge...you need to be able to roll with the punches, fail and succeed together to be truly successful.

[PMU]: Would you say that it’s motivating to see another band with a similar career path continuing to make music and touring?

[TONY SLY]
: Absolutely...I love seeing bands our age still doing it, it always bums me out when a band in our genre breaks up.

[PMU]: As much as most bands would want continue forever, I was wondering if in recent years, you’ve ever questioned why you were still doing this? Or doubted if it was worth all the sacrifices?

[TONY SLY]
: Like I said, it becomes your life. It becomes such a part of you that you don’t know what else to do. It becomes your other family. Your band mates, your crew. You miss the hell of your family at home when you’re on the road and miss the band when you’re at home. It’s a double edge sword really.

[PMU]: What would you say is the most rewarding thing about still being on the road and being in this band?

[TONY SLY]
: For me it’s writing music and playing live. Actually sitting down and writing a song in my note book and guitar and then a few months later hearing a crowd sing those words in some other part of the world.

Un gros merci à Tony d’avoir répondu à ces questions ainsi qu’à Melanie Kaye d’avoir rendu cet entretient possible!



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