Interview :: Apologies, I Have None

“Socks and showering, that’s all secondary, because no one cares what you smell like…” – Dan Bond (Apologies, I Have None)

After their awesome show with Touche Amore and Pianos Become The Teeth in Manchester, I chatted to Dan and Josh from Apologies, I Have None. The guys are currently riding a wave of critical praise following the release of their debut record London, and the band’s fan-base is growing with every show. Regardless of their successes, they still stood out in the cold and talked about things like re-recording old songs, the possibility of them playing acoustic again and they even managed to throw out some tour/life tips thanks to a well placed question from Moving North’s Kieran Kelly.

Interview :: Henry Rollins

“Western solutions to non Western places, that’s a big fail.”

Henry Rollins is one of the hardest working guys out there. The former Black Flag and Rollins Band frontman now spends his time touring the world, performing spoken word shows to packed crowds and writing the occasional book (amongst other things). Thankfully he took some time out to answer some questions of ours, covering everything from Black Flag, to politics, to Green Lantern.

We saw you in Manchester in January, and you described, in part, the route you had taken across the world to get to your recent run of UK shows. It’s pretty intense. Do you think you’ll ever slow down?

That’s a good question. I guess I will have to at some point. Honestly, I don’t really think about the future, past the work I have to get done and perhaps the year ahead so I can plan it in advance. I guess I will go as I do until I go a different way.

You seem to be have a huge backing for the current revolutionary activities (and rightly so) in areas such as Egypt, et al. That being said, do you think there could be more done by countries in the west to help relieve the political vacuum that is often left after revolutions of this nature?

I think more pre-emptive action could be taken as in not setting up bad governments in countries you wish to dominate, not destroy their economy, etc. These ideas sadly go against the party line of American foreign policy. We want the vacuum. That’s when we come in and do our work. The disaster is what we’re after. If you really wanted to help, you would get in and get out and leave behind sustainability. To do that, you would have to understand the culture and care about the history of a country so you don’t wreck it. Western solutions to non Western places, that’s a big fail.

During 2010-11 a project was started by a woman named Angela Bennett called “Thanks to Hank” which featured contributions by various people who feel they had been helped immensely in their lives by yourself and your work (we both contributed, so thank you!) This must have been a very humbling gift to receive but do you find it hard to not let it go to your head? In your shows and books you never seem to really give yourself credit as being such an inspiration, why is that?

I don’t think it a good idea for me to think about any of that too much. I truly appreciate anyone paying attention to what I do, of course and am very grateful that someone gets something useful out of what I am trying to do. However, I don’t know what else to do about that past being thankful and keep working on things. I am humbled nightly by an audience being there, people out by the bus, the letters, etc. That’s all it is to me–humbling. It doesn’t cause me to swell up as much as it urges me to do as good as I can. My overall feeling, besides gratitude, is one of caution to be clear and patient.

Could you tell us a little about the voice acting you did on the Green Lantern animated film you did last year? How did it come about and are you a big fan of graphic novels? (if so, the next question is, DC or Marvel?)

I work with the producer Andrea Romano now and then. She called me in to do the voice work on that character. I don’t know much about the graphic novel world.

You were quoted in a 2011 edition of Trebuchet magaizine as saying “… and I must say that I miss it [music] every day. I just don’t know honestly what I could do with it that’s different.” Is there a possibility of you collaborating with other artists in the future as oppose to writing your own material, and does include production of other artists? (from what we’ve read the last production project you did was the 1995 Mark of Cain album, Ill at Ease).

I am really not interested in doing music at this point. I did a lot of it and don’t know what else to do with it and production doesn’t really interest me all that much. It’s a lot of sitting still.

Recently Keith Morris, Bill Stevenson, Steven Eggerton and Chuck Dukowski ‘reformed’ Black Flag at GV30. You must be sick of questions like this, but would you ever be a part of something like that?

No. It’s not of my interest.

Finally, as a guy who always appears pretty clued in on good music, could you recommend some artists/bands you’ve been enjoying recently?

Electric Wizard, High On Fire, Boris, Bong, Ashtray Navigations, a lot of old German space music.

Interview :: Louise Distras

“At the end of the day, I’m just doing this for myself. If I get a bad review, it’s not going to stop me…” – Louise Distras

Louise Distras is one of the most exciting, up and coming, artists in the UK at the minute. Her brand of acoustic punk has drawn comparisons with that of Brody Dalle and it’s hard to disagree. Having been bestowed such high acclaim, we thought we’d drop in on her for a quick chat about everything from playing shows with Tim Barry to her fear of fish.

Interview :: Leagues Apart

“Oh, it’s Moon & Back!” – James Hull (Leagues Apart)

Leagues Apart recently embarked on a short tour in support of The Menzingers. Having already toured with the band last year, the Manchester-based punk foursome were happy to be touring with their friends again, as well as just playing shows. We caught up with the guys to talk new material, ‘side projects’, singing with Hot Water Music at Reading Festival and playing Fest 10. We also found out that they’d, inadvertently, ruined our surprise for Chuck Ragan. Bastards!

Below is either the best, or the worst, interview we’ve ever done. Decide for yourselves and let us know in the comments.

Interview :: Into It. Over It.

Evan in the Asbury Lanes photo booth with Chris Farren (Fake Problems)

“Koji and I have known eachother since we were fifteen or sixteen years old…coming over here with him is perfect” – Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.)

Evan Weiss, better known as the key component of Into It. Over It., recently rolled into Manchester on tour. Having just gotten in from Ireland, he was tired and hungry, but still gave us this great interview. We talked about the forthcoming Into It. Over It. record, finally getting to do a ‘full band’ tour and being on the road with your friends. Please excuse the sound of trains.

Interview :: El Morgan

“What’s up with the kitchen?” – El Morgan

We’ve known El for a little while now so, unsurprisingly, this interview is a little more informal than most. The Southsea songstress was up in Manchester, on tour with The State Lottery and Bangers. Before her set we had a chat about, her new EP, Darlington, quitting her job, working with Charlotte Church’s viola player, Southsea Fest 2011 and even her kitchen.

Interview :: Frank Turner

“It suddenly occurred to me that, if I’m wrong, I’m fucked…” – Frank Turner

Frank Turner was back touring the UK’s smaller venues alongside Ben Marwood and Franz Nicolay so, as expected, we went off to ask him questions. Some of them dumb, but many of them insightful. We talked about the new album, going back to playing small venues and finally got to debut ‘Dumb Shit People Say About Frank Turner’. If he wasn’t sick of us yet, he is now.

Interview :: Austin Lucas

“If you’re fucking thirty and still listen to Goldfinger…”

It’s been a good while since Austin Lucas was last in the UK, so it was great to sit down with him for a chat in a lovely ‘green room’ provided by the staff at Santiago in Leeds. Austin’s got a big tour with Willie Nelson (fucking Willie Nelson!) coming up soon, so we talked a lot about that, the possibility of him moving back to Europe and had a bit of a rant about Ska.

Video shot and edited by Dicking Around Productions.

Video Interview :: Sean Mackin (Yellowcard)

“If I was invisible, I’d get into too much trouble” – Sean Mackin

It’s been a long time since Yellowcard brought their brand of, violin-infused, pop-punk to UK shores. Their tour with, fellow pop punkers, All Time Low made its way around to Manchester so we caught up with, violin playing, backflipper extraordinaire, Sean Mackin. We talked about culture shocks in Japan, what brought the guys back together and, their new album, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes.

Video Interview :: Jonah Matranga

“It’s really nice to meet you, and I’m not just saying that”

Early last month we sat down for another chat with Jonah Matranga. We’ve established on the podcast that he’s the nicest man in the world and that’s been proven with his latest UK tour. Unofficially titled the ‘Manglefoot’ tour, due to his foot being mangled by a van in New York city, Jonah played a series of small dates in the UK and the one in Manchester was a whole lot of fun.

We talked to Jonah about writing a record with his fans, how best to deal with being heckled and a whole bunch of other stuff. Check out the video – yet another Dicking Around Production – below.