One of our features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Well, sometimes we miss a day, but it will be four each week regardless.
After our social media followers get the first word, we'll later post a wrap-up here at the site and archive 'em here. This week check out Q&As with Iron Reagan, Fake Problems, Herra Terra and Raging Nathans.
Tony Foresta (Iron Reagan)
SPB: What is your favorite 1990s artist?
Tony: I was going to say Avail but it turns out that they actually started in ‘87. Did not know that! Haha.
So I'm going to have to go with Spazz. They opened so many doors for me musically with all the splits they did as well their smart yet funny lyrics. It really changed my perspective toward fast and brutal music back then and encouraged me to get into more heavy and crazier stuff as opposed to the more straight forward punk I was listening to at the time. A year and some change after discovering them and listening to them religiously we found out that Spazz was doing a full U.S. tour. It was like the fucking Beatles were coming to me and my friends. We were so excited. My first band was lucky enough to play the Virginia Beach show (also on the bill was His Hero is Gone and Suppression!) and afterwards we ended up following them up the East Coast like they were the fucking Greatful Dead. So many good memories from that time.
Chris Farren (Fake Problems)
SPB: What makes a good host when you sleep on a stranger’s floor?
Chris: I'll preface this by saying anyone who asks or lets a band stay at their house is a very kind and gracious soul, and we appreciate it immensely. We've been saved numerous times from costly hotel rooms and Walmart parking lots.
That said, there are a few things I ask about when looking for the ideal place to stay. For me, first and foremost is, "Are you having a party?" A lot of people are really excited to have a band stay over, and they want so desperately to show them a good time. This is great! But after a show, around 1am, most of us just want to sleep. I can't even count how many times I've been laying in a sleeping bag in the middle of someone's dining room as eight dudes stand over me drunkenly having the same conversation about the ethics of "selling out." This leads to me never sleeping that night and inevitably getting crazy sick for a week.
Next up is general comfort: how many couches/beds/carpeted floor space is there? Hardwood floors are very beautiful but they are also very painful to sleep on.
Last but not least is wifi, baby. I'm sorry but I am basically at your house to ignore everything around me and find a few moments of peace within months of spending 100% of my time with other people.
Oh, one more thing: the place you want to take us for breakfast that is 10 minutes away? It's 45 minutes away and we are going to be late for our show now.
SPB: What's the most interesting thing that has happened to the band this summer, any show horror stories or has it all been good so far?
Herra Terra: On a weekend tour in Providence RI, our manager Marcus was helping us load the van on the side of the road. The side door was open and he was standing in front of it. We could hear a car speeding up the road but didn't really think anything of it, so we went about our biz. For whatever reason, he moved a few feet over to reach into the back seat. No later than 3 seconds after he moved, the car slammed into the door he had just been standing in front of, literally caving the whole thing in and slamming it against the van. The driver decided to keep driving, leaving us with a mutilated van, but fortunately no one was hurt. Had Marcus not moved, we would without a doubt be telling a much different story. Luckily the venue had cameras and the bar manager recognized his car. Turns out he was a drummer in a local band so we managed to track him down a few weeks later. Moral of the story: drunk drummers never win.
Josh (Raging Nathans/Rad Girlfriend Records)
SPB: If you had your choice, what band would you love to tour with?
Josh: I think if we could pick to go on tour with one band it would probably be Iron Chic right now. I get along really well with all of those dudes and they are a ton of fun to hang out with. Plus, they are a band that I would love to watch every night. It's important to have fun on tour but I think it's equally important to surround yourself with people who inspire you. Those guys are really doing their thing.
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