Good Riddance (26 juillet 2005)

Après deux essais infructueux lors de leur passage à Montréal, nous avons finalement rejoins Russ du groupe Good Riddance pour lui poser quelquesquestions. Il semble cependant avoir inversé le vieux dicton qui dit Grand parleur, petit faiseur par Petit parleur mais grand faiseur.

For those who’ve been living in the bush for the past few years, could you please give us a brief summary of what is the current situation for Good Riddance?

we are still a band although we have very limited availability and we can't really tour the way we did throughout much of the late 1990's. we have plans to record a new album in january of 2006 and i think fans can expect us to continue to play whenever and wherever we can given our situation.

Probably all of you are busy with other things in life, whether it’s music or family or school or whatever – how much time did you have together as Good Riddance so far this year?

so far this year we have done several shows in eastern canada and will be playing two shows in california at the end of july. we will also be getting together pretty often this fall to write a new album.

What have you all been up to?

luke is a full time student at san jose state university and is fronting his own band 'outlie.' sean is playing drums in 'outlie' as well as finding session and studio work. chuck is a father! he is also playing in 'i want out' when he isn't busy working for bell sports in their marketing department. i'm still busy with my other band 'only crime' and writing my monthly column in 'amp' magazine.

Things have definitely changed for GR, this band is no longer your full-time gig; what’s the most important thing in your lives right now?

i think all the things listed above. we still want GR to be part of our lives and we feel confident we have found a way to keep it fun and relatively consistent.

Looking back, what does this band mean to you now?

for me it has been an amazing opportunity to travel and meet all kinds of people and to actually make an impact in the world.

Do you ever see this band coming back as a priority?

it doesn't seem likely but, at the same time, i know better than to say 'never.' we'll just have to see what happens with the new album and all of our availability as far as touring etc.

Bands like yours, Propagandhi, I-Spy and a bunch of others have lots to do with the reason why I decided to made positive changes in my lifestyle throughout the years; What were some of the things/people that really made you start to think?

for me it was the dead kennedys and crass and alot of noam chomsky's work. i was instantly drawn to the more political aspects of the punk movement when i was initially exposed to it and it really made an impact on my life.

There’ are so many bands these days, quantity seems to have replaced quality. Are there newer bands out there that you can look at and think without any hesitation, this is a really great band?

i like strike anywhere, against me! and the break.

How did you all start getting involved in music?

i just started jamming with friends. i didn't know how to play anything so i was the singer. after a while i got sick of having to write my lyrics over someone else's guitar riffs so i taught myself how to play guitar.

What’s the first punk record you ever owned?

it was either 'valley of the yakes' by JFA or 'plastic surgery disasters' by the dead kennedys

What did you grow up listening to?

pretty much only punk since 1983. before that it was a weird mix of led zeppelin, the surf punks and black sabbath.

What bands have influenced you lyrically and musically?

bad religion, pennywise, social distortion, adolescents, the germs, black flag, sick of it all, by the grace of god, undertow, cro mags, agnostic front, crucifix

Is there any of your past records that you identify with more than another?

not really - they are like snapshots of the time they were conceived and recorded in for me. some good - some not so good.

How did you initially hook up with Fat? How much did they have going on at the time?

hahaha... when we got in with FAT it was being run out of mike and erin's kitchen. i think the first albums by propagandhi, lagwagon and strung out were released and the first tilt album on FAT was just about ready to come out.

You’ve been with them ever since; what do you think makes them such a strong label?

i think mike just made alot of sound business moves early on which garnered him a loyal following and they set a standard for quality of releases. FAT has been consistent and has weathered all the shifts in the pop-culture's musical landscape.

There are many messages that shine through your music. Is it important to you to be a band that talks to people at the same time as being entertainment?

for me sure... maybe not so much for the other guys. they allow me to be pretty specific and political in my lyrics but GR has always tried to be about a good time as well.

What’s one of the best tours you’ve been on so far?

as far as success i'd have to say our summer/fall 2001 tours in support of the album 'symptoms of a leveling spirit.' i think that was GR at the very pinnacle of our career.

What do you feel most proud of with this band?

being from a smaller town and still working hard enough to 'make it.' also being able to touch people's lives in what i feel has been a positive way.

A LOT - and I say this very sadly, - of the punk bands that really got me into the whole punk thing like GR did, are either dead or putting out crappy records today. GR has NEVER put out ANYTHING that was even slightly mediocre. For a band that’s been around something over 15 years, can you please try to explain who you’ve managed to do that? And where do you get the fuel to still rock out every night ?

well that's very kind of you to say -unfortunately there are several hundred record reviewers that will part ways with your judgement. we don't know anything other than what we do - there's no plan or design that we're aware of.

Does the “business” side of being in a band ever get to you? Do you consider you’ve succeeded at keeping up with that?

yeah - it had it's moments for sure. i think, like most bands, we learned as we went. we never went into it as a business so we were in for alot of rude awakenings.

Your lyrics are some of the most awesome stuff I’ve to this date come across. I was like 16 or 17 at the time, and I remember the essay inside Ballads From The Revolution really touched me and inspired me. Where can we find some more of Russ’ writings?

i write a column every month in AMP magazine and they have a website where all of the columnists' writings are available. also, i write all the lyrics for my new band 'only crime.'

If you had to put out a benefit show these days, what bands would you invite and what cause would you support?

i have no idea as far as bands. i like supporting causes like peta or various food banks. maybe for the united states green party.

So, I hear a new record is potentially coming out next spring. What can we expect?

well we haven't started writing yet but i think fans can expect a mix of classic GR stuff... think 'comprehensive guide to moderne rebellion' meets 'operation phoenix.'

What is planned for the months ahead with Good Riddance?

writing the new album.

How about with the other bands some of you are involved with?

i can't speak for luke, sean or chuck but i know that 'only crime' will be getting together in august to begin writing new material for our next album which is scheduled for a november 2006 release.

En savoir plus Entrevues les plus récentesLire les commentaires (0)Ajouter un commentaire