Your new LP, ďConfined,Ē is comes out this month. What can you tell us about the record?
Confined is our second LP, itís going to be on Grave Mistake. Weíve been writing this and working on it pretty hard for the past year and a half now. We just did a pretty extensive two-month tour all over the place in support of the record, even though itís not technically out on Grave Mistake, our European label has already released it. This LP has nine songs. Itís a pretty quick one. Itís over pretty fast. The M.O. behind the LP was to do a short and fast record that had absolutely no filler. That was the big thing. On our 7-inches I think thatís what weíve managed to accomplish pretty well in terms of getting the quality of the songs up there. We often cut songs. For every one that we record weíve probably written two or three others, but they would just end up getting cut, and we did that with the LP as well. We shot down a lot of riffs, shot down a lot of songs. This is basically what we were left with when we were done with that. Itís nothing out of the ordinary for us as a band, we donít experiment with any new songs. We have somewhat of a formula that we stick to Ė fast hardcore with a cross-range of influences. I think this definitely our best recorded work so far.
On your website, you provide a detailed background on each of your releases. Whatís the reasoning behind that?
To be honest, I realize itís not the nicest website, itís very Geocities, 1999-looking. Unfortunately thatís the extent of my HTML skills, but with that said, I thought it was cool when I was first growing up and getting into hardcore and punk, when I was a 15-year-old back in 2001, thatís what all the websites looked like. Every band had a website that had a lot of information on how you could get in contact with the band, they had their lyrics up, they had information on every release, and I thought that was really cool.
In 2004 or 2005, when MySpace got popular, bands stopped making websites and they just started making MySpace profiles. Then MySpace inevitably died and now itís just Facebook and it seems like all bands have is either a Facebook page and maybe an online store or some just have a Facebook page and that it, or even just a blog. I wanted to have something a little more interactive. I like the idea of engaging people a little more. I like the idea of being super accessible so somebody who has no idea what the band is about, they can just go online and check it out and feel like they have a feel for what the band is, who we are, how long weíve been around for and they can get a feel for what each record is like. This band is a pretty big deal to me Ė itís a pretty big deal to all of us Ė we prioritize it in a lot of different ways in our lives. I think itís important to document it. I think itís important to be as accessible and transparent as possible because Iím into what we do and I think other people might be into it as well, so I just try to share it.
You mentioned earlier that you just finished a pretty big tour. Where did that take you?
Iíll give you the full rundown. We started off June 13. We basically went clockwise around the United States. We went down to Miami, we went over to Tijuana, Mexico, we cut up the west coast, went up to Vancouver, then we cut back east and went up to the northeast and then came back down. Literally the day we got back from the US tour we started packing for our European leg, which was the next day. We flew from D.C. to Iceland and we played one show in Reykjavik, which was an awesome experience. I canít stress that enough. It was pretty awesome. Then we flew to continental Europe, to Germany. From there we kind of zig-zagged around a little bit, working our schedule around the European fest circuit a little bit. Within Europe we went to the Czech Republic and played Fluff Fest, that was probably our biggest show. We played a fest in Finland called Puntala-rock Fest, we flew up there. Then we went down to Italy and played Milan, played Berlin, Copenhagen, Sweden, we had two shows in Finland, a bunch of German shows, Slovakia, Croatia, some eastern European shows, Polish shows.
So you really got around Europe?
We were definitely all over the place. Last year we actually did an even more extensive European tour that was six weeks just in Europe.
Those European festivals usually have pretty diverse lineups, donít they?
Definitely. Maybe less so with the ones that are in western Europe but in eastern Europe they seem to have a much different feel. People are definitely more receptive to the mixed bills and people seem to enjoy the diversity a little bit more. Kids also travel a lot more in eastern Europe as well. Itís not unheard of to run into kids who are from Russia and Belarus and Ukraine, places that are pretty crazy and far out, long trips to make it over to the Czech Republic. Itís definitely inspiring and itís really cool. If youíre starting to feel kind of jaded on punk or hardcore and then you go to one of those festivals and you meet these wild heathens from all over the place who just spent 36 hours traveling by hitchhiking along with truckers across the Russian mountains, itíll definitely renew your faith in punk, thatís for sure.
You also had plans to go to South America, but that didnít work out. What happened?
We tried a couple of times, but for one reason or another it kept falling through, but now we have plans to go to Brazil in January. Weíre going to go there for two weeks. We have the money for plane tickets, so there should be no external variables that should come up at this point. Weíre ready to go. Itís just in the early stages of getting booked right now, but weíre super excited. Originally we were going to do Brazil, Chile and Argentina, but Argentina has some problems right now with shows, and apparently itís super-expensive to get visas just for Argentina, so weíre going to start off just doing Brazil, which is where the bulk of the shows would have been anyway, and weíre just going to do two weeks and see how it goes. Itís totally an unknown territory for us and we donít know what to expect.
Thatís the fun part, isnít it?
Oh, 300 percent, yeah.
Coke Bust is from D.C. Do you think there are any specific reasons that your city has always been such a fertile breeding ground for hardcore?
I was just talking about this with somebody else recently. I think that D.C. always has a very healthy and sustainable hardcore punk scene, and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that we have so many all-ages venues and such an all-ages mindset in this city. I think you absolutely have to credit Ian MacKaye and all of his work, the staunch stance that Fugazi took, refusing to play any shows that werenít all ages or five bucks. Weíve always had a culture within the city of really respecting all-ages shows and really embracing the younger crowd.
At the record release show for this LP that weíre talking about, that was two weeks ago in D.C., that was an all-ages show and I would say that 80 percent of the gig was 21 and under. There are a million young kids in D.C., theyíre all pretty engaged. Thereís tons of young bands, thereís tons of young kids setting up shows, tons of young kids who are just stoked on things. We take that for granted over here, because we go to other cities and we talk to people and the entire scene is 25-plus, 30-plus. Thatís difficult to maintain, thatís difficult to sustain. The enthusiasm really comes from the young kids. Even when people reach our age, weíre all 25, 26, 27, when you get to be our age people start slowing down, they get different priorities, it starts to get boring. The young kids definitely bring that good energy. I think that D.C. has always welcomed the youth, and thatís the key.
Do you have anything else youíd like to say?
I think itís important to also state that I think our band has a slightly different approach than a lot that are around today. Weíre enthusiastic about just trying to play everywhere. We want to go to Oklahoma. I really want to play in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana. I want to go to crazy spots in South America. I think a lot of bands today have the mindset of just wanting to play festivals, do a west coast tour, playing Toronto, Chicago and Boston. I really want to go everywhere and I want to see everything. Like I said earlier, I want it to be as accessible as possible, so I want to go to them, I donít want them to have to come to us.