Scene Point Blank: What are your top five albums that were released in 2007?
- The Minor Times - Summer of Wolves
- Engineer - The Dregs
- Tides/Giant - Split
- Jena Berlin - Quo Vadimus
- Behold? the Arctopus - Skullgrid
Scene Point Blank: How will you remember 2007? (In terms of music)
I felt like 2007 was sort of a down year for music. There wasn't too many records that I was excited for. Whether that's because my own taste are changing or because the quality of bands is going down is a question I ask myself all the time.
Scene Point Blank: What kind of impact do you think donation-based releases like Radiohead, Saul Williams, etc? will have on the record industry?
I'm very excited about the donation-based releases of Radiohead and Saul Williams. It very well could be the future of how bands put out music. At this point anyone can have any album they want for free anyways. I personally like having a physical copy of albums that I like whether it's on CD, tape or vinyl but understand that most people don't care at this point. Big labels have been ripping bands and music buyers off for so long, it's nice to see bands working around those big labels.
Scene Point Blank: 2007 saw the decommissioning of two prominent file-sharing groups - Demonoid and Oink. What kind of impact will the increased crackdown on file-sharing have on the record industry? Did it personally have an effect on you?
I don't download too much stuff these days anyway so it didn't have any effect on me. I think it's stupid that all this efforts being put into stopping illegal downloading. For a band in our position illegal downloading helps us, I doubt half as many people would've heard of us without it.
Scene Point Blank: What can we look forward to from your band in 2008?
We are doing a short tour with Nights Like These in January and an Australian tour in the summer. We are also putting out splits with The Minor times on Relapse Records, East of the Wall and Year of No Light on Level-Plane Records, and a split with Souvenirs Young America.
Scene Point Blank: What three records are you looking forward to most in 2008?
Honestly, I have no idea what bands are planning on putting stuff out next year. I would love to hear new records from Buried Inside, East of the Wall, and Dysrhythmia.