Monday, 1 June 2009

MALE BONDING



You guys seem to have entered the lo-fi thing from the punk side of the musical spectrum, what with your GBH t-shirts, split EPs and Dj-ing at what’s my age again, will you ever get over your punk youth?


JOHN ARTHUR WEBB:i hope not. i know as an individual and we know as a band that we can''t operate in any other way. It has to be about control, creativity and independence. Making things happen because no one else is going to do it for you - when I say no one else, I mean dudes with $$$. There are of course a lot of amazing bands and independent labels that want to help, and be involved - and this all relates to how we try to run our label, PARADISE VENDORS INC.
Male bonding live together and a fairly typical night involves us hashing out how we can afford to make things happen. but it all pays off. Last night we figured out a way of making tees for the Vivian girls tour for free. Calling in favours. That stuff feels pretty good.

Is paradise vendors run out of necessity or for ideological reasons?

I guess ideological reasons. our first 7inch release (with pens) seemed to make perfect sense as both our bands formed at the same time, and we used to all hang around together, so it was a fun thing to do. A good way to document that good fun time. PVI is, and always has been about us putting records out by our friends. Bands we love and want to try and support and be involved with. It’s funny - recently we have been approached by other labels wanting to release our music. one big label who we have total love for said to us that they always assumed that we would release a MB album on our own label, and told us that if they had known that we were interested in working with other labels, then they would of put an offer in last year. It’s funny how people see us as a fiercely independent unit that won't work with any other labels - that's not the case.

Tell us about the GG Allen covers comp, is it coming out on Paradise vendors?

No - that's coming out on our best friend Conan’s (graffiti island) label called Italian beach babes. I’m not sure what format it's going to be. It was initially a tape release, but Conan was talking about doing it as a 7". Either way it's going to be great. All I really know about it at this stage is that we've been too busy/slack to record our cover!


Do you agree with GG when he says rape can make you stronger?


Utterly not, and i'm really reluctant to talk about this in an interview for pix magazine. it's important that i make it clear that i love gg allin's music, but not his views and opinions - some of them i do, but certainly not all of them. He fascinates me as a person - how over the years he went from "don't talk to me" to a song like "shove that warrant". He lived 100% through his music, and you can see that and hear it - literally hear it. His voice changed so much. All those cigarettes and bottles of Jim beam. i think he was an intelligent person, but he'd consumed too much of his own shit - quite literally...

I read on that amusing blog entry about playground magazine and the art rocker interview that you don’t want to associate yourselves with certain publications and do every interview, is there any point in bands doing interviews?

Yeah, I think there is, but it's not the only means of people hearing about your band anymore. The internet is way more powerful and a million times more interesting and rewarding than a copy of artrocker magazine. It breaks down all of the barriers the "music industry" built over the years... for reals.

Please tell me something cool that happened when you were in California…

Well, last time we went we ate vegan donuts made by one of flipper. That was cool. We were all stoked to discover that one of the flipper dudes now makes vegan donuts for this little bakery in Oakland! Thanks vice cooler for sharing the wealth!
As for this time - too much. Plenty of beaches and cutting through the ocean like pale skinny dolphins. in Austin (Texas - not California) we were taxied around by finally punk for an evening - that involved seeing devo, then watching annihilation time, trash talk and the Vivian girls play on a bridge, a.m. tacos and climbing a mountain and watching the sun come up. That was one of the best days of my life.

What’s your definition of an awesome gig?

Currently it's Graffiti Island and teen sheikhs

You play a lot of gigs. Where would you most like to play if you could play anywhere in the world?

We have played there before, but the smell in LA is the best venue I’ve ever been in - so the smell, always the smell.

You’ve done a lot of stuff with graffiti island, but if it came down to it, which band would win in a fight?

ummm... there is collectively a lot of glasses involved so there wouldn't be any face punching allowed - plus Pete is too beautiful to hit in the face. Bear hugs and spitting... the odd body shot. I guess they would probably win.

Can you send me £200 for the interview? That is the standard fee incurred by being featured in a cutting edge publication


Sure thing big balls.
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