A- First congratulations with getting on Union Label Group, what does this mean for Closet Monster?
Adam- Another chapterÖ
L- Yeah I guess another chapter it means we donít have to do it all on our own now.† We can focus more on music and our team gets a little bigger.
A- Youíre getting great distribution now?
L- Oh yeah for sure, itís really getting better, itís just great that we can find people like them, just good people that want to help put out good music, thatís the bottom line. To us it doesnít even feel like a record deal or anything itís Ďcool you guys want to help, thatís awesomeí.
A- Is Union going to be distributing your ĎKilled The Radio Starí records since youíve already released it on Underground Operations.
L- Yeah, itís sorta of like a split thing right now, theyíre dealing with the distro and the pressing aspect of it and we all work together on everything else.
A- Last time I saw you guys was with ĎThe Getawayísí, have you seen a lot of familiar faces, a following at shows from that tour?
Adam- Yeah definitely
L- Yeah actually a lot of positive responses from that tour, on the East Coast it was great when we got out there, it was crazy, like P.E.I, Halifax and Sydney, it was the same kids and all new kids coming out, it was a really great experience I guess we partied a little too hard, when we got to Quebec we were fucking toast.
A- Now that Closet Monster is no longer D.I.Y howís this tour been so far having Duncan at Union taking care of booking everything for you, no longer dealing with shady promoters, having contracts nowÖ?
L- Itís a good step in a direction where for once we donít have to worry about where weíre getting our food. We get fed and we get watered itís great
Adam- And we get to play. ..
L- And our shows donít fall through, now were dealing with really good scene promoters kids that promote because thatís where their heart is, instead of promoting to get their band on bills with other bands kind of business.†
Itís really cool itís a good network and weíre really happy to be a part of it.
A- After this tour you guys are going to Europe for the ĎFight War Tourí, is this your first time?
Adam- Yeah itís my first time, I canít wait.
L- Iíve been a couple of times but as Closet Monster this is my first time.
A- Did you ever think Closet Monster would make it, to tour Europe?
L- Honestly I think that was the end goal when we started we always said all we ever want to do with this is be able to go to Europe and travel and see the world and do it our way now six years later weíre finally doing it our way weíre going to Europe itís fucking awesome.
Chris- Itís going to be hectic though, hectic and tiring but super sweet though!
A- Okay London I hate to do this to you but thereís so much bullshit on the punknews message board about you playing in Avrilís band. You were yes, now you no longer are, it has no reflection on Closet MonsterÖ
L- It never didÖ but I donít know it just sucks that peopleÖ Well itís seems like Avril is just in everybodyís face that itís the first thing that they want to talk about, itís the first thing that they think about and it sucks that the major side of the music industry has that affect on people. Closet Monster was around before, it was around when I did it and weíre still around now, we havenít changed, it was a job, a job that I did for less than six months.
A- Only six months?
L- Yeah, really it drives us nutsÖ
A- Youíre really having trouble getting away from thisÖ
Adam- it seems like it dies down then comes back up then it dies againÖ
L- Yeah like whenever she gets a push it comes to us as well, theyíll push her on a tour this tour coming up then all of a sudden itís back, weíre sorta of almost beating it into people that Closet Monster has nothing to do with that.† She getting a push right now and again itís all back in our faces againÖ
Adam- Some guy asked me tonight, so I heard you guys are Avrilís back up bandÖ
Chris- Yeah thereís always that one guy in the crowd that either has to bust out one of her lyrics while were playing a song of be like hey arenít you with Avril?
L- We take it in stride though, in a sick sadistic way I kind of like it because it gives us something to prove when we get on stage and to that one guy that wants to say it, itís like okay watch what we do and if you saw us before all that shit youíd know. Itís cool that now we get to prove ourselves, as long as people understand itís not us and it never was and nothing about us relates to any of it then thatíll be alright but that will never happen so weíll just keep on fighting it.
A- Now life after MTV would you ever want that level of success for Closet Monster?
L- No never, not at all. I think the success that she has is manufactured, it will never have the integrity that we are desperately trying to hold onto. Itís not about if your video is played on Much Music itís about, who you are as a band and what youíre trying to do with your art and if youíre making videos as art with ideas in mind that you want to get out and itís not just about selling units and breaking markets. Itís about presenting your art to kids that maybe see it on MTV that maybe gets them into punk and acts as a doorway. My first shit that I saw was a Gob video on MTV and that got me into Gob which got me into something else but it helps and it shows kids that thereís more shit out there than the shit thatís there, so why canít bands like us make videos and make art instead of making product commercials as videos and say kids check this shit out, thereís more than Britney Spears, thereís music scenes out there with people doing what they want to do and itís fucking beautiful, I say why not sneak onto enemy lines and maybe weíll suck some kids out of that shit.
A- How was Closet Monster first received at shows being so young and politically involved, do you think you were taken seriously at first?
L- No I donít think so, we had a lot of people who did but we had a lot of opposition. Itís a growing long, long thing thatís been going on for awhile and slowly in time, that person that saw us in 98í and was like Ďah you fucking raver ska punkÖí blah, blah bullshit, itís like look at us now weíre still doing it, what are you doing? Weíre not going to quit, itís about putting your heart into whatever you do in life, thatís all itís about in the end.
A- I read somewhere that quoted you saying (London) ďWe believe punk rockís not just about music. Itís about creating an alternative through education and unity to the world that we live inĒ do feel itís kind of like your responsibility when you guys are up on stage to relay a message and gets kids thinking?
L-Not really our responsibility, I mean it doesnít even have to be something political it could be anything I think why not try and inspire someone, why not try and present something that they can take and use in their life in any way that can be positive maybe itís negative but itís some kind of action, then from action that cause affecting something will happen.† If you put your soul into something and show people that you can do that, that alone you donít even have to say something political maybe theyíll be like ĎI want to be in a band, I want to go up there and just lose my mind on stageí in the end thatís all we want kids to do.
Adam- Thatís all I want to do.
A- And you have a new EP coming out?
L- We have a Closet Monster EP thatís been sort of in the works and out of the works, we have three days off next week and weíre trying to get into the studio to do it then.
A- Do you know when it will be released?
L- Probably in May, just before we leave for Europe but this isnít going to be a release that weíre putting on shelves, itís more our own project. Itís probably going to be something that weíre going to sell on stage or hand out. Itís going to be more art based than music based, itís going to be cardboard sleeves with cut stamps, maybe spray-paint on it very D.I.Y, something that we want to do, we feel like itís time to go into the studio and lay out a few songs and maybe some political art tracks of noise, make a little project out of it and see what happens, weíll see.
A- Have your views regarding world governments and power changed a lot since the War on Iraq started and will we see this reflect over into your lyrics?
L- My views on the world seem to be reinvigorated it makes us really mad to see whatís going on, itís sadÖ
A- I noticed a lot of your lyrics are more applicable to world situations now then beforeÖ
L- Itís true, the world and everything that is going on, itís really scary, itís proof that big business and large powerful countries can run the world and can bully people around. As far as it affecting our music, our music is our passion and if this is affecting us in a passionate way you can definitely expect to find our next releases to have a lot of whatís going on.
A- To be on tour with Closet Monster are you guys a bunch of straight-edge sleeping early no after party bunch or do you guys indulge in festivities and stimulants while causing chaos on the road?
L- We love to party, I think thatís the weird misconceptionÖ
A- I thought you were straight-edgeÖ
L- Oh yeah everybody does.
Brandon- I live for drinking, actually Iím going to go drink now
L- To each their own, like Brandonís vegan and weíre all vegetarian, Chris doesnít drink or do drugs and weíre all pot-heads love to drink, it doesnít matter what you do with yourself as long as it doesnít affect anyone negatively around you but fuck yeah we love to party!
A- If you guys could go see any band in the world anywhere you pleased whoíd it be and where?
Chris- I want to see The Cure, In Britain where theyíre from for sure!
L- Iíd like to see a Sex Pistols show and I donít give a fuck where, well not in America.
Brandon- Iíd want to see the Beatles.
Adam- Since weíre all going with classicís Iíll go with Elvis, he died on the can man.
A- I found out that Elvis didnít even write any of his own songs!
L- I found that out too recently.
Adam- he had his own catalogue, they Elvis-sized him.
L- Iíd also love to see Operation IvyÖ
A- Anything else guysÖ?
(Russ from Ann Beretta adds in) ĎCookie Monster rules!í