"When I was a youngster I played and sang because I didn't know better.
When I got a little older I saw Dave Ahl of the Suicide Commandos singing
and playing all the time. I just play and don't pay attention to anything
else when I'm singing. Breathing properly is essential (sic"
We pause here to talk with the band about a bunch of things.....
FS: Has there been much violence (punks vs. punks) at your recent shows?
Greg: Not at recent shows, it has been getting better. I think the word has
been getting out pretty well that the bands don't like it. The main thing at
a show id to have fun, not to kill your neighbor not only the bands
but the people who truely support the scene and the music do a great job of
keeping violence to a minimum.
FS: What are some other good mid-western bands that people should listen for?
Bob: The ones who don't try to cut everyone elses throat by bad-mouthing
people; anybody reading this, you know who you are. Good bands are: the
Replacements, Man-Sized Action, Die Kreuzen, Mecht Mensch, Marblehead, Six Feet
Under, AOF, Fix, Efigies, Trial by Fire, Delinquents, Toxics. I guess all the
bands in Michigan, although I haven't heard them. Some of them think they're
pretty cool, or so I've heard. What about this new band in Michigan, the
Elite Fuckers? If anyone knows how we can get a gig with them, let us know.
I hear they got loads of friends.
FS: How about your mid-west compilation?
Bob: We're going to try to do two compilations. Both of them will be cassette
only; the first one is Minneapolis and Madison bands only and the second one
will be anyone who sends a reproducable tape that is remotely HC or
It will be a lot like Noise Mags Charred Remains tape.
FS: Tell us about your new record?
Side one is called "In A Free Land". It's about freedom of thought, education
and what the government wants you to know. It is another departure from our
"typical" style. I'm sure it will get some good airplay. Side two starts
out with "What Do I Want?", it's about that certain something missing in
everybodys life. It's not the same thing for everybody. More or less it's
about being depressed for no particular reason. The last song is "M.I.C.",
which stands for Military Industrial Complex. War stimulates the economy but
it doesn't stimulate us. Wars suck. It will be out in April hopefully, on
New Alliance Records, which is the label "Land Speed Record" is on.
FS: What kind of sound are you looking for now?
Grant: The sound is a lot different. The album was recorded live on a 4 track.
It was a GOOD LIVE sound. The new ep on the other hand, was recorded on a 24
track in a studio. Our objective with the ep was to make a good record. We
were not intending to sell a million copies.
Bob: There's no way we can realistically put out another record as hectic as
LSR, unless we do another live album next summer. We just wanted a good
sounding studio thing, that's all.
FS: What bands do you listen to/influences?
Bob: Influences: 60's pop/psych. hits, some experimental stuff. Listen to:
American HC, some British stuff, some real garbage (Rick Springfield is God).
Grant: Influences: Pop/ethnic stuff/noises. Listen to: HC, psychedelic music
Greg: Influences: Psychedelic, new music experimental, early punk, late punk.
Listen to: our contemporarys (HC), experimental, silence.
FS: What are your upcoming tour plans?
Greg: We are planning to tour extensively this summer. Our last day in
Minneapolis will be May 15 (Armed Forces Day), after that we're leaving and
heading west to Denver then we will go north into Canada over to the west
coast and then down, hitting both SF and LA. From there it's off to Texas
and the rest of the south to the east coast, up the east coast thru DC and
back up into Canada. West to Detroit, thru the Ohio Valley to Chicago,
Milwaukee, Madison and then home. We should be out on tour for two or three
FS: What do see in the future for American Hardcore?
Bob: It's up to the individual bands. If bands decide to sign with major
labels (who now know that there is a market for it), it will become above
ground and subsequently fodder for FM radio.
FS: Any last/final band statements?
Grant: No thanks.
Greg: Make up your own mind, think for yourself.
Bob: Start a band, or a fanzine. Make yourself useful, make it happen and
don't get discouraged. And, as always, think.
"Statues"/"Amusement" Reflex 11/80
"Land Speed Record" lp New Alliance
"Bricklayer" on Charred Remains Comp.
Tape Noise Records 3/82
"In A Free Land" ep N.A.R. 6/82
"Land Speed Record" 12 inch ep
Alternative Tentacles U.K.
Wisconsin HC Compilation cassette
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