Angie Lalonde shows all of us just how much of a skank she is with this candid interview with Jason and Dave of Big D and the Kids Table. Click READ MORE for all the special goodness, including a special guest interjection by Matt of the Planet Smashers.
ANGIE: First who are we talking with here?
DAVE: I am Dave & I sing
D: Oh heâs a sparky one! (laughs)
A: So you guys have a new record coming out called âHow It Goesââ¦
D: Yeah! How did you know that?
J: Oh sheâs got friends, we know more about you then you doâ¦
D: Oh man, what is this like going to be the most gruesome interview everâ¦
A: So did you guys finish the entire album up?
D: The day after tomorrow is ten straight days of mixing and then weâre done and itâs really, really good!
A: How many songs?
D: I think we recorded nineteen
A: How many songs will go on it?
D: I donât maybe eighteen? Sixteen or seventeenâ¦ Yeah we kind of did too many, everyone says donât do a long album but we wanted to do it anywaysâ¦
A: And the release is expected early of 2004?
D: Yeah, weâre hoping February, February?
J: We hope soâ¦?
D: Yeah manufacturing really sucks soâ¦
A: And itâs on all the same labels, Fork In Hand in the U.S?
D: We donât know yetâ¦ We have to do press kits!
D: (in a British accent) well were shopping, thereâs so many offers (laughs)
A: Seriously, you guys are looking around?
D: Well weâre gonna try some labels but like the way things go theyâll all say no so weâll probably justâ¦
A: Go back to DIYâ¦
D: Yup, so weâll probably go right back to where we are so
A: And you affiliation with Fork In Hand is?
D: Me and Steve run it, yeah so Fork In Hand is just us, itâs no biggieâ¦
J: And thatâs it, drum roll âSteve & I run it!â (laughs)
A: And in Canada you guys are on a totally separate Stomp Records
D: Yeah they want to put out the new record and we kind of want to but we have to kind of like ya know just see whatâs going onâ¦
A: So you guys are playing a new song live now âNew Nail Bedâ
D: Man! How do you know that! How does she know thatâ¦?
J: Weâre gonna do another new song tonight too!
D: Yeah, how did you know that though? (laughs) Yeah and weâre playing another new song tonight itâs called âGirls Against Drunk Bitchesâ itâs awesome! Weâre going to play it pretty poorly today but itâs good.
A: Howâs the reception been?
D: Oh yeah good so far, I think so
A: Whatâs the new album like compared to âGipsy Hillâ?
D: Ah, itâs just so much better!
J: Well yeah, ya know cause we went for the whole emo thing, going to slow it down ya know (laughs!). No really the new stuff is amazing.
D: Itâs awesome, âGipsy Hillâ was basically songs, we had way too many songs for âHow It Goesâ so thatâs why âGipsy Hillâ exists. But the âNew Nail Bedâ song itâs good because in Canada you can play a new song and kids will like it and in the States when you play a new song kids just sit there, analyze it, then when youâre done theyâre like alright, applaud! And in Canada you can play it and people will enjoy it.
A: And you recently lost your drummer
A: (Pointing to Jason) and this is your âGipsy Hillâ drummerâ¦
J: YES! I am
D: Everyone keeps asking this when youâre around, weird! (laughs) This is the way I put it, Jay moved to New York so we had to get this guy Dave and heâs a really good drummer but he didnât work out personality wise and so he kind of left us high and dry, quit and went back to school which is cool and we called up Jason and weâre like please! Please! Please! Help us out! And so Jasonâs like yeah, fuck yeah and so the goal here is to trick him into coming back, but we havenât tricked him yet. Weâre waiting for the huge advance cheques for the new record, to kind of lure him back (laughs)
J: Thatâd be sweet
D: So Jay, you donât want to do it? Well thereâs this cheque sitting here for twenty grand !! No, really thoughâ¦
A: And finally you guys were able to be a part of Warped Tour this year.
D: Yeah! That was weird. Yeah we didnât get paid instead we got catering, it was really, really fun. We played on the smallest stage, which is a tent; the Kevin Stage, well of course in Canada we played on the Union stage, but everywhere else we played in like this tent and it was cool, we got to eat food with like, you know in High School when you have your tray and shit, the Suicide Machine were like âOh come over here guysâ (in a cracked up voice) âOh, um yeah sure okay guys!â and theyâd be like âso you guys partying tonight, you hanging out?â like sure Jay yeah you wanna hang out with us? And once I was in line and the guitar player for Andrew WK was like âyo Dave!â I was like ahhh yeah! He was like âyou guys are on at 4:30pm right?â um yes we are and he was like âIâll be thereâ, cool then I turn around to the rest of the band and I was like fucking eh, did you just see that!!!
A: And at the rainy Toronto Warped Tour you guys were the only smart band selling Big D umbrellaâs!
D: Yeah! That was our merch guys idea, in Florida it rains real bad soâ¦
A: It was such a good idea though all day all I saw was Big D umbrellaâs everywhere
D: It was so funny to see, when it started raining we were selling umbrellas and we go to this kid, do you want an umbrella, he goes no! And his girlfriend was like you buy that umbrella right now! He was like okay.
A: Your name started out originally as The Kids Table?
D: No thatâs a lie
A: What you even told that to everyone at Stomp Records!
D: Well Jay had a good one; there was the dog story, the iguana oneâ¦
A: The one I heard was a cat story, that you ran over a cat named Big D henceâ¦
D: Oh well the cat works too, my friend Connor basically said to me drunk one night next time you have a band you have to promise me youâll call it Big D & the Kids Table, so I was like alright!
A: Are you Big D Dave?
D: No! I am not big enough to be Big D, but kids ask me that a lot.
A: So whatâs your favorite thing to steal from hotels?
D: Oh awesome, toilet paper, soap and towelsâ¦
J: Pillows, Iâm on a big pillows binge I have three pillows in my bag right now, so itâs like by the time I get to go home Iâll be like yeah, Iâve got some many new pillows!
D: Yeah and Jayâs got a new place, we try to like stock our houses up with stuff. The best is playing a College show and finding the janitors closet cause all the stuff in thereâ¦
A: And whatâs your favorite place to stop for breakfast on tour?
J: Tim Hortonâs, I like Waffle House
D: Well Waffle House in the Statesâ¦
J: I like Dennyâs
D: Waffle House is good, Dennyâs, Tim Thortonâs in Canadaâ¦
A: Tim Hortonâs is coming up in lots of my interviews
D: Oh man itâs so good! Today I had soup it was awesome, but we donât recommend this place in Trois-Rivieres, we donât recommend Theoâsâ¦
A: You know this is defamation on the internet (laughs)
D: Say what now!? I am going to get a call from Theoâs âyou ******-fuckers!â
J: You guys are assholes! We did nothing but treat you right! Yeah but ya knowâ¦
A: You guys recently lost a bunch of stuff on tour, did you ever find it?
D: Yeah, it wasnât my stuff though, did you hear about that Jay?
J: Yeah, cause I emailed you back cause I got my motorcycle stolen the same day, remember I was like Oh! I know how that is!
D: Basically, the band that played before us or two before us umm went into the room and stole all of Steveâs & Seanâs and the other drummers stuffâ¦
A: So you knew who it was?
D: Yeah! I donât see why they didnât follow up on it; I wouldâve followed-up on it butâ¦ I mean like the kids, I wouldâve called them up and I donât knowâ¦ Like on day my roommate Johnny hooked -up with this girl and we had woken up and she had stolen all his rent money and his Nintendo sheâd cleaned him out. I was like oh man that sucks that sucks so much then I had realized she had stolen my mini-disc player. So she poses nude on like this weird alternative naked porn thing so Iâd figured out who she was, figured out what she looked like, this is the weirdest Iâve even been, figured out her phone-number called her. Figured out where her house was, went on mapquest quick drove to her house with some friends around midnight and just busted open her door! And we took all our stuff back.
A: It was all just laying around!
D: Yeah! Just everywhere, we where like you ******-fucker.
J: Oh yeah she had the Nintendo hooked-up, listening to the mini-disc, ordering pizzaâs with the rent money! (laughs)
D: She even stole one of his Transformers and we grabbed the Transformer, we were like you bitch
A: So whatâs it like being in a Ska band in these hardcore, emo times?
J: Itâs just fucking lovely (laughs)
D: yeah itâs lovely! I like being the underdog, its funâ¦
A: You guys even just played with Death By Stereo
J: Oh man those dudes are awesome, they were fun to hang out with super good guys.
A: What was the reception at the show like?
D: It was as good as oneâ¦ It was as good as a Ska band could do (laughs!)â¦
J: Theyâre super one way and weâre super another way so ya see itâs what you would expect, kids weâre kind of like oh okay now Ska band is playing! Oh okay now the hardcore band is playingâ¦
D: We were confused they were confused! (laughs)
J: Weâre going to watch but itâs cool. It was just all around good vibes.
A: And on Halloween you guys are playing.
D: Yeah this is our 7th Annual Halloween Show.
A: What are you going to dress up as?
D: Oh, I donât know but if you have any suggestions as what to dress up as we need some!
(Matt from The Planet Smashers walks up)
D: Whatâs up Friendsterâs!!!
MATT: Oh god sheâs doing an interview, weâre right in the middle of it arenât we?
A: Actually this is the end, with your label man being here is there anything youâd like to add about Big D?
M: Yeah Dave blow meâ¦ (laughs)