Interview :: The Menzingers

“It’s crazy how full circle it’s come…” – Tom May (The Menzingers)

The Menzingers were in the UK for a little while a few weeks back, so we couldn’t resist going and bothering them again. Having played in London with Make Do & Mend and Leagues Apart the night before, and played awesome sets at Reading and Leeds festivals, the guys were in good spirits. We talked about what playing that festival means to them, their recent switch to Epitaph Records and grilled them about some forthcoming new material.

Germs Of Perfection :: Guttermouth

Pity

Guttermouth, I haven’t heard that name in a while. The last time I listened to those guys I was trying to work out the words to one of their songs. I think it was something about bullets…who knows? Well they’re the latest band to add to this wonderful Bad Religion compilation. These guys have almost been around as long as Brett Gurewitz and co.

For their contribution they’ve gone for one of Bad Religion’s early anthems, ‘Pity’. The original track was on the band’s, 1982 album, How Could Hell Be Any Worse. The same album features, the iconic, ‘We’re Only Gonna Die’ and ‘Fuck Armageddon…This Is Hell’. Check out Guttermouth’s interpretation on a Bad Religion classic here.

Germs Of Perfection :: The Weakerthans

Sanity

Canada, eh? That’s where the next band to cover Bad Religion hail from. The Weakerthan’s have been compared to bands like Against Me! for their punk rock take on folk music and they’re really bloody good. Yet another band that I’ve heard of, but not heard much by. Then again, that’s what compilations like this are for aren’t they? Well, besides being a fitting tribute to one of the best punk bands going.

The guys have covered ‘Sanity’ from Bad Religion’s fourth album No Control, released in 1989. It’s a chilled out take on the classic song and, again, isn’t something I’d expect on a compilation like this. Be sure to check it out.

Germs Of Perfection :: William Elliot Whitmore

Don’t Pray On Me

We’ve had auto-tuned Danish punk from New Politics, the down tempo, acoustic, stylings of Tegan & Sara and now Bad Religion goes country with William Elliot Whitmore. Whitmore’s soulful, Blues infused, voice, with it’s wonderful Southern twang, may be the best and most interesting song on the album thus far. I’d go as far as saying I love it.

The Iowa-born singer/songwriter has covered ‘Don’t Pray On Me’, originally recorded for Bad Religion’s 1993 album Recipe For Hate. You can check it out here and be sure to check out William Elliot Whitmore on MySpace too.

Germs Of Perfection :: Ted Leo

Much like a certain Mr. Turner, Ted Leo is a punk rock troubadour. The Indiana native has provided a track for MySpace and Spin Magazine’s Bad Religion tribute album and he’s found yet another fan in me. His style is not quite that of Frank or Chuck Ragan, but is definitely working in a similar vein.

Ted has covered ‘Against The Grain’ from Bad Religon’s 1990 album of the same name. That album features tracks like ‘New Age Society’ and the original recording of 21st Century (Digital Boy)’.

You can listen to Ted’s cover here.

Germs Of Perfection :: Riverboat Gamblers

Riverboat Gamblers are one of those bands that I’ve heard a lot about, but never actually listened to. Shame on me I know, but now I have and, I have to say, I’m impressed. Very impressed indeed. The Dallas-based punk outfit’s rowdy, balls to wall sound is a perfect fit for a collection like this. If fast-paced drink-fuelled punk songs are for you, check these guys out.

They’ve covered ‘Heaven Is Falling’ from Bad Religion’s 1992 album Generator, and it’s fantastic. Bad Religion fans must admit, there’s not been a foot put wrong yet on this collection. This track is one of my favorites, let’s hope the streak continues, eh?

You can listen to the track here.

Promo :: Frank Turner’s New Single – ‘Try This At Home’

“Some of them are just like us, and some of them are dicks”

I’ve not written about Frank Turner in a while, something that may come as a shock to casual Moon & Back readers (whoever they are, I know you’re all hardcore). Well now seems as good a time as any, because he’s got a new single out and it’s dead good. Honest!


Earlier this year, Frank asked everyone to do exactly what the song says and ‘Try This At Home’. Alongside a few other judges, Frank picked out two B-sides for this latest release (one from the UK and one from elsewhere) that were submitted by fans. How cool is that?! Well now the single is being released and there’s a video for it, also featuring a bunch of Frank Turner fans. The new video, which was shot in a park – a place more appropriate for another track from Poetry Of The Deed – can be seen below. Look at it, listen to it (in all it’s censored glory) and then go and buy it.

You could get it from your favored digital download specialist, or perhaps you want it on an exclusive 7″ vinyl. Well if you do want the latter (I do) you can order it at Banquet Records. Do it! Now look at this video.

Interview :: Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio)

“Never give up. Never, never give up!. We shall go on to the end.” – Winston Churchill

We may have failed in our attempt to get a full band interview and our proposed phoner got canceled for reasons that’re best not discussed but, as always, we persevered. Trio bassist, Dan Andriano, agreed to answer some of our questions via email. Cool. We talked a little bit about touring, new projects and got him to answer the all important question. Our thanks go out to Dan for taking time out of his day to answer our questions.

I’ll tell you something, this went a whole lot better than our last email interview.


Anthony Barlow: How’s it going?

Dan Andriano: Going pretty well, thanks. Trying to get in some relaxation here in Nottingham, before soundcheck and all that.

AB: How’s the tour been?

DA: Our shows have been really fun, but it’s also been really long. Three weeks in Europe, two in the UK, then back to Europe for a few days. I’d be lying if I said I
wasn’t feeling a little drained. Being overseas is a great time for us, but it’s harder for me to stay in touch with home, which makes touring a little more taxing
mentally. I get crazy homesick, but our shows are great here so it’s definitely worth it.

Ian Critchley: Do you find touring hard now that you’re a family man? Being away from them for extended periods of time must be hard.

DA: It definitely adds a whole new dynamic to being on tour. My daughter is changing everyday and it kills me to not be around for some of it but, this is what I do, it’s
what I love to do, so I think I’ll be able to do both for quite a while.

AB: What do you think to the reception of the new album?

DA: So far, so good. People seem to dig it. We had a really good and easy time making this record, I think that translates well when listening to the record and people seem to be responding well at shows.

IC: Which Trio album is your favorite and why?

DA: That’s kind of always changing, but right now This Addiction is my favorite because it’s still new and exciting.

AB: Derek mentioned something about the possibility of a “covers album” coming in the future. Can you elaborate on that?

DA: We’re always talking about different stuff we can do just because we love to play music, who knows if that will ever come together or not. We hope so.

IC: You have had quite a few split releases. Are there any new ones on the way?

DA: Nothing currently, but you never know. We’re always making new friends that we may try and team up with in the future.

IC: Is their any possibility of a Falcon UK tour? How about some new Falcon material?

DA: The Falcon is pretty much entirely Brendan Kelly. He writes the songs and organizes the shows and all that. I’m not even really in the band right now, it’s kind of a revolving cast of characters, whoever’s available at the time ya know? I would love to do more stuff with him at some point though.

IC: Is there any news on The Emergency Room?

DA: Unfortunately, no. I want to turn it into a band sooner than later, and I haven’t really had time lately to get that together.

IC: Do you think there’ll ever be a ‘Dan fronted’ Trio single?

DA: I don’t see why not, but, at the same time, that’s not the kind of thing that’s very important to us. We’re not concerned with who’s singing the singles, that’s just a distraction.

AB: Do you ever see yourself getting too old for punk rock?

DA: I’m already too old for punk rock… But I’ll never be too old to do what I want with my life.

IC: Is there any music/film/literature you would like to recommend?

DA: Anything by Wes Anderson, Ryan Adams, John Steinbeck, Alfred Hitchcock, Led Zeppelin, and Yo Gabba Gabba.

AB: If Chuck Ragan, Henry Rollins and a Shark had a fight, who would win?

DA: That’s ridiculous… Chuck

AB: Finally, what’s next for Alkaline Trio?

DA: Lotsa shows. Come on out and see us.

Promotion :: Frank Turner’s New DVD

If you’re one of those, admittedly odd, folks that doesn’t like to go to gigs, but you really want to see Frank Turner live then you’re in luck!

On March 22nd of this very year Frank is releasing a live DVD filmed at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire during the Poetry Of The Deed Tour. This looks to be a great addition to  the growing Turner catalogue and is a must have if, by the time it releases, you’ve yet to see the man live.

The DVD is titled ‘Take To The Road’ and will feature all of Frank’s hits. As a Frank Turner fan, I know I’ll be getting this and so should you all. There’s a trailer below, why don’t you take a look.

Guest Playlist :: Frank Turner

Not since last month has Frank Turner’s name graced the pages of Moon & Back Music, but now he’s back with more musical recommendations.

It’s already been established that Mr. Turner isn’t a fan of typical ‘chart music’. In our first interview he actually talked about having a fight with Fearne Cotton and that Reggie bloke from the radio, after listening to their chart show. In this playlist Frank has highlighted some of his favorite artists and tracks and there’s a good mix of styles here. Have his recommendations let us down before? Thought not.

Loudon Wainwright IIIMotel Blues
Tim Barry – On & On
Fairport Convention – Matty Groves
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
The Weakerthans – Tournament Of Hearts
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – There She Goes My Beautiful World
Bob Dylan – North Country Girl
Billy Bragg – Levi Stubbs’ Tears
The Hold Steady – Yeah Sapphire
Frightened Rabbit – Heads Roll Off


Thanks a lot to Frank for putting this together. Please go and give him your hard earned cash by buying an album from iTunes or maybe Amazon. How about a T-shirt? Hoodie? Hot pants? Get your other Frank Turner merchandise right here. Oh yeah, he’s touring the UK in March and you can find tickets for the appropriate venues here.