with Dan, singer/guitarist, & Dennis "who beats the skins."
are you guys from?
Dennis: We live in town. In Eureka.
How long have you guys been together?
Dan: How long have we been together?
Dennis: We have been together for years. Since June of this year.
Has it always been all three of you guys?
Dennis: No Dan and I, we had a two-piece for awhile, and then we realized
we needed a bass player. So we got hooked up.
Dan: Like two months ago.
Dennis: Yeah, six weeks actually. A little over six weeks we have
been playing with Andy. Our friend Brandon hooked us up with him.
We are eternally greatful.
Do you guys have regular shows going on locally?
Dennis: We play the Vista on a regular basis.
Dan: We played this place in Arcata once. They hated us. It was kind
of cool. They didn't really respond; a bunch of little trust-fund
activists. It was kind of fun though, but irritating.
Do all your friends come to the shows?
Dan: We don't have many.
Dennis: But they come.
Dan: All four of them.
Dennis: Yeah, my friend comes.
Do you guys have any demo tapes or cds out?
Dennis: We are actually recording a cd tomorrow. We have a couple
leads on other recording things that sound pretty exciting. We record
at home all the time and we have tapes. I don't have copies of them
or anything, you know, whenever somebody wants one.
Do you sell them?
Dennis: We give them, whatever,... or trade.
When was your first show at the Vista?
Dan: August, wasn't it?
Dennis: Could have been.
Dan: I think it was August. We opened for Dodgeball; a ska band from
San Diego. That was fun.
How would you describe your music in five words
Dennis: Sissy Core!
Dan: Snail Core!
I like sludge!
Dan: We play slow and we,...ugh...., Dennis writes songs. We both
write songs. We make up songs and I try to tell stories.
What bands have inspired you?
Dan: Countless. Tom Waits. Clutch. I'm a follower of Sleep and Melvins
and the new Alanis Morissette Album rocks, I don't care what anybody
says. Vanilla Ice.
Dennis: The new one.
Dan: Yeah, its good.
Do you listen to Garbage at all?
Dan: I've heard them. They haven't really lived up to their potential
yet. Their last album sounded like the one before it. But they definitely
Dennis: Well, what do you have to live up to when your name is Garbage?
What have been your local inspirations?
Dan: Sake, 14 KT Sedan,
Dennis: Kawasake. Trailer Hitch Rocks. Yeah, and we like Paxil Haze.
Dan: Yeah, we like Paxil Haze.
Dennis: I like Couch; Chris's old band.
Do you guys like being close to the crowd?
Dan: Yeah. It would be nice if people touched us. I would like them
to do it anonymously.
What would you do if someone threw himself at
your feet at a show?
Dennis: Oh boy, whatever he wanted me to do. (laughs) For a dollar
I think. Oh, if he threw himself at me, I would say, "Got a rolo?"
Dan: What the hell was that?
Dennis: Because I couldn't really afford them (rolos) , cause I'm
not really rich.
Anything odd ever happen at your shows here?
Dennis: People clap.
Dan: Yeah, That was about the weirdest I think. We need enthusiastic
people to come to our shows and do active things regardless of what
we are doing.
Dennis: Usually Paxil Haze is here, and he gives us an enthusiastic
response. He is a cool guy.
Do you flyer your shows?
Dennis: Yeah, we always do.
What are your views on fashion?
Dan: I like to dress nice alot. I got a job where I can't do it because
I get all dirty and shitty.
Where do you work?
Dan: I work at a second-hand store. It's kind of hard to do up here;
buying new clothes. I just moved up here. What I wear is what I got.
Where did you move from?
Dan: The Bay Area. We are moving back next year.
Dennis: Well, he is moving back I'm tentative.
Dan: Well we might be moving back, Andy is not though. Yeah, fashion
is a good thing. But, it's lacking in this town.
Where did you shop in the Bay Area?
Dan: Everywhere. Up on Telegraph, up on Haight. Macy's, JC Penny's.
Do you like Wasteland?
Dan: Yeah, that is a cool place.
Ever shop in the Dragstore?
Dan: Dragstore. No, not really. It's a little too flashy. Give me
five more years and I will be dragging.
Dennis: Five more years.
What age range do you think you hit with your
Dennis: Probably, the same age we are, you know; mid-twenties.
Dan: Mid-twenties. All the acoholic, heroine-addicts.
Dennis: We haven't really hit people yet. People give us encouraging
Dan: Some people usually stick around after we stop playing. They
are really nice to us. They clap and say they liked it. Its the same
four people every time.
You don't bring the audience to hate you?
Dennis: No, not yet. But, we are working on it, you know. (laughs)
Is there anything you want Humboldt County to
Dan: I have got a few things that I would like to get off my chest:
Take a bath!
Get some good clothes.
Don't smoke so much pot!
Don't drink all day!
And come see us play.
And there is a Melt Banana/Trailer Hitch cd for sale at the Vista
for ten dollars.
Dan: (looks at Dennis) What are your final last words, tough guy?
Dennis: Oh.(looks at Dan).... Don't listen to this guy.
Dan: (Smiles) Ignore the smile.