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Verse

Words: Michael • October 16, 2010

Scene Point Blank: What are your top three hardcore bands from the 80s?

*silence from thinking*

Sean: Fuck, that is so tough.

*laughter*

Sean: I'll let you frigging do this first.

Eric: Youth Of Today...Uhhhh... Minor Threat and... ummmm

Sean: Minor Threat, Bad Brains and Scream.

Eric: I'm gonna go with Bad Brains too.

Sean: You can't go wrong with the classics.

Eric: Can't, how could you?

Scene Point Blank: What have you been listening to lately?

Sean: Into Another, Burn, Inside Out, mostly what we've been listening to in the van. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, stuff we probably shouldn't be telling you.

Eric: What happens in the van stays in the van.

Scene Point Blank: Any Soundgarden?

Eric: No, but we don't have Soundgarden stuff in the van.

Scene Point Blank: How has the tour been so far?

Eric: Amazing.

Sean: Every show has been totally awesome. Hanging out with Guns Up and Have Heart has been absolutely awesome cause they're already really good friends of ours. I love both of those bands so it's just been awesome.

Eric: Both of those bands are... I think... two of the most inspiring bands in hardcore right now. I rock that Have Heart record nonstop. Lyrically I think that's one of the best records. It has helped me out that I know Pat on a personal level. Just to know that somebody's that sincere about what he's saying in his band is just awesome.

Scene Point Blank: Do you have any funny road stories so far?

Sean: Brian and Justin. That's all I have to say.

Eric: Funny tour stories... we have raves in the van.

Sean: We've had dance parties in the van.

Eric: New year's Eve...

Sean: We're going 80 MPH down the highway having a dance rave party.

Eric: It has to be at night so you can see the glow of the cell phones spinning around in the van.

Sean: The van shaking around. The driver scared shitless also dancing.

Eric: We had to cancel our Atlanta show on New Year's Eve. At the stroke of midnight in a parking lot outside of the club we totally had a rave. That was mostly Pat and Ryan from Have Heart.

Sean: Dancing in front of a camera, jumping on top of the van.

Eric: It's all on video.

Scene Point Blank: So you guys are big into dance?

Sean: I'm not. But it was fun.

Eric: Singing real loud to Queen in the van yesterday was a good time.

Scene Point Blank: Do you have trouble juggling school/work with touring?

Eric: See the problem is that I just don't like to work. So it's not even a problem.

*laughter*

Eric: I work four days a week.

Sean: I work in an Army Navy store. Hopefully I still do have a job when I call in tomorrow to see if I still have the job.

Eric: I'm actually getting paid to be on tour right now.

Sean: Yeah, he's hooked up. He works at a Whole Foods. I don't have that.

Scene Point Blank: How did everything go at your first show ever as Verse?

Sean: Jeff from Youth Attack set that up. Desperate Measures, First Step, Youth Attack, us, Sex Positions and My Revenge played. It was awesome.

Scene Point Blank: Do you have an ideal burrito? I don't know if you have those on the East Coast...

Sean: We have what you might refer to as burritos, not very good.

Eric: Don't even bother.

Sean: There's this place called Bomber's in Albany, New York that has vegan chicken burritos. Insanely good. So friggin good. But other than that, there's nothing that can even touch the West Coast burritos. Can't even compare or get close.

Scene Point Blank: If you could do a split with any band still together what band would it be?

Eric: I would say, for myself, I'd love to do a split with Have Heart.

Sean: I'll give you the weirdest answer ever, it's Dropdead. Because, what the hell, they're from our home town.

Eric: That'd be awesome, I'd back that.

Scene Point Blank: What's your favorite part about Providence?

Eric: The diversity, probably, I'd say.

Sean: Likewise.

Scene Point Blank: Do you have any local bands that might not get a lot of attention from that area you'd suggest checking out?

Sean: This band Get Killed. They're kinda like thrashy punk/hardcore band. All Those Opposed, they're a punk/hardcore band too kinda along the same lines. The Nightmare Continues...

Eric: They're a grindy death metal. But they're gonna change their style.

Sean: But don't be sold on that one just yet. There's this band Learn. I actually played drums for them for a little while. They're an awesome band, just straight up hardcore.

Eric: Shred The Past.

Sean: Are they still playing?

Eric: Yeah, they just put that demo out.

Sean: Yeah, that's a good amount.

Eric: That might be it for right now.

Scene Point Blank: Do you have any last words?

Sean: We love California and we'll be back.

*laughter*

Scene Point Blank: Just so you know, this is going to be on a website so it's going to be all over the place. It's okay if you still love California though.

*more laughter*

Eric: That's okay, everyone needs to know.

Scene Point Blank: I agree.

Eric: Or if we could, whatever state they're checking out the site from, make it say that state. That exact location. Like, 'We love 69 Bonar St. Albuquerque, NM.'

Scene Point Blank: I don't have the internet skills for that yet.

Eric: I don't think anybody does, but that's okay.

*even more laughter*

Scene Point Blank: Alright, thank you guys!


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