Friday, 2 July 2010
I recently had the opportunity of Jason Chandler from The frustrators agreeing to do a special interview,
From the Designing of images for skate boards, The drawings of comics - for his own comic "horrible comics", to
T-shirt designs, & album covers, He also enjoys playing with his own band "The Frustrators" currently with the following members:
Jason Chandler (lead vocals),
Terry Linehan (guitar, vocals),
Art Tedeschi (drums),
Mike Dirnt (bass, vocals)
& of course not forgetting Stanley The Chicken!
They were all once members of other bands, Terry Linehan from Waterdog,
Jason Chandler and Art Tedeschi from Violent Anal Death,
and of course the well known Mike Dirnt currently from Green Day, Foxboro Hot Tubs, and of course Not in The Network!
They have had two releases with Adeline Records, "Bored in the USA" and "Achtung Jackass".
& Here's what Jason had to say,
Tell us a little about yourself, for the readers who don't know who you are.
Hi Lis! Thanks for having me over. I grew up in Massachusetts, which for a young guy was very hard to spell. I've always been in bands since 6th grade, most of them were a lot of fun and destined for obscurity. I graduated high school in 1987 full of schemes, some of which have actually worked out. I live in San Francisco now. I make my living drawing pictures and telling people how bad their websites are. About 10 years ago I got into a band called "The Frustrators." If that hadn't happened this interview would be highly unlikely.
When & how did you form the band? How did you come together as a band?
I only know it from my perspective. Most of my life I've been the guy who starts something... but this time around my good friend Art asked me to come try out for vocals one night at Mike's house where his new band was practicing. The band didn't have a name yet, hadn't been rehearsing very long, only had a couple of tunes, and "I Slept With Terry" was the only lyric they'd written by then. Apparently Terry and Mike had the initial idea to do a rockin' little project. Art and I had played in bands together since high school, and I was just glad to be hanging out with a familiar face out here in CA. So it felt like a regular band practice I guess. We ran through some covers -- maybe Crazy Train? Sheena is a Punk Rocker? I don't remember but we had some fun. After that we had band practice a night or two a week as I recall, drank beers, made noise, until we had our first set of 8 songs basically written and ready to go.
My Favorite Frustrators song, which was a single, is Trout. Tell us about The Frustrators albums & other singles they released.
Did you play Gilman with The Frustrators?
Yep. The big photo on the back of "Bored in the USA" (pictured here) was from that show. I think Gilman was our 2nd show, and maybe the first one where we called ourselves the Frustrators. ... I just Googled it, yes indeed it was our 2nd show and the first one where we used the name "The Frustrators." It was in 1999. At that show we handed out hand-burned copies of our unmastered "Bored in the USA" which had just been mixed. It was our first indoor show so it was nice.
Did you ever wanna make the band bigger and tour?
Nope. We once did a mini tour down to L.A. after "Achtung Jackass." But overall I think we've played a total of 8 shows in our history as a band which is weird. Your band should never have more songs than shows. So it's not anything like a desire to make the band "bigger" but it just would be nice to play more.
The craziest part of this band is all the attention we've gotten because of our bass player. If this was a video game it's like we typed in a cheat code and got unlimited bass player power. People literally copy his tattoos. I'm used to playing loud little songs in rooms full of scruffy proto-adults where some people like it, some people don't, but most people are just trying to have a beer in the dark. If I can get one person to laugh or heckle me I feel like it was a good show. But by literally the 3rd show the Frustrators played very young people were pressed right up to the stage. They were singing along and seemed to know every word better than I did, which was creepy but pretty convenient.
Well actually we've hung out a bit recently and there were instruments involved. It would be awesome to come out with another record. I'll warn you if anything happens...
He never knew his real father. He saw his mother loaded into a shipping carton. He was the accidental product of biological engineering, a unique mutant step along the way to the development of the boneless chicken... but he escaped, and now they're looking everywhere for him. Actually I don't know. When I met Mike he had a very special rubber chicken named Stanley. I ended up incorporating a surly plucked rooster with the same name into some comics and drawings (like the cover of Achtung Jackass). I've been noodling an animated video for Trout starring poor Stanley. So far I've got a pretty workable storyboard but don't hold yer breath waiting for me to finish it!
What made you wanna be a musician and get into The Music Scene?
I never really thought about it. I played music with my parents when I was a kid. They were heavy into bluegrass and festivals and partying and so by the time I was 8 I'd been in plenty of situations where the only way out was to play some bluegrass music. By the time I was 11 I decided that the only way to move forward was to make the loudest, ugliest music I could. So near the end of 6th grade I got into "the music scene" of Norfolk Massachusetts playing a self-wired old Sears Harmony electric guitar in a band with my brother who played a little Casio CS-01. Over the next few years I figured out how to rent Knights of Columbus Halls, build speaker cabinets, write songs, etc. I never really understood the idea of a music scene. I was pretty much an outsider among the outsiders. Oh well. You just keep doing what you do and eventually you either become world famous or you go on to other things. I personally benefit from the fact that the first band I've been in that sounds really great (The Frustrators) is also the first one to exist during the Internet Age. So nobody can search for all the embarrassing old crap I did. And yet people all over the world are able to hear about this one good band of mine. It's pretty convenient.
What was the last music CD you bought?
Jimi Hendrix Live in Stockholm. It's working for me. I'm glad to know that even at my advanced age there's still huge veins of untapped music for me to like.
I hear your other band member Mike Dirnt has a passion for vinyls, Do you also collect vinyls, or have any cool collections?
I don't really collect things. I've got lots of vinyl, usually ones I can get for a dollar but a few that are just meaningful relics. I love listening to records. The time it takes to play one side of an LP is about the right amount of time a person should pay attention to something.
Drawing is like being in a band all by yourself. On the one hand you've got nobody else to bother you, nobody to set your schedule, nobody to fart while you're in a van with them. But on the other hand you've got nobody to bounce things off, keep you focused, hand you a beer. For me making comics is the most complex thing I've ever tried to do but it's like I finally plugged myself into the right outlet. I spend literally every spare moment of my life on this open ended project... a series of short stories about zombies, mutants, robots etc. called "Living It Up at the End of the World". It's taking forever. By the time I finish it I'm sure everyone here will have completely forgotten about it. Maybe I'll be able to sell it to your kids.
You designed the Foxboro Hot Tubs artwork for the "Stop Drop and Roll" album.
I love the 60's style to it all, What gave you the inspiration and ideas?
The guys in the band sent me a book they'd been reading about what was happening on the Sunset Strip back when the music was popping off and leading up to the riots. I think they knew I was the right guy to design it since my style is a lot like that: all wacky and manly and scrappy. To me it's not "retro" (which makes me cringe), it's just the way good things should look. I even got to work with Julian Wasser, a photographer who was down there snapping the party people back in the day. In the beginning it was just going to be a web site which my pal Greg Schneider and I worked on together. I wanted the image on the screen to feel as real and scratched and worn-by-use as the tracks sounded. Then when it turned into design for a physical CD I wanted to keep that feeling going by doing everything in my power to make that CD felt like a tiny, old, vinyl LP. I'm really happy with how it all turned out -- when I pick it up I feel like a giant. There's some bits from the development of that design on my facebook page (facebook.com/horriblecomics) in one of the photo albums.
Do you think you can live the punk way of life when you're an artist as much as when you're a musician?
Yep. It's just the way you approach your life without compromising your individuality or your efforts to shock the world into becoming a better place.
How did becoming a dad affect your Art and Music?
Honestly I don't notice any difference since my son came around. But a lot of things kinda changed focus in the years running up to that. It's not like I write stuff that needs a Parental Advisory -- my instincts are to surprise and annoy people into action, not to disgust them or dwell on death or anything that kids shouldn't see. But things have gotten more complicated now that I'm what you'd call an adult. The hardest thing is to offend just the right people. When I was at the height of my hormone-drenched, poverty-stricken, angst-ridden, gleefully-cynical, post-highschool rebellion I realized the amazing power of offending EVERYBODY. It was the antidote for what I'd absorbed from a lifetime of exposure to mass marketing (those guys try to offend NOBODY, which is itself somewhat offensive if you think about it). But these days I've realized there are real villains and enemies in this world, people who spend a lot of effort and money directly trying to turn back the clock. So you have to pick your battles, and it's wasteful to attack your fans (but it sure is fun... I mean c'mon they're sitting right there!!)
If you had tomorrow afternoon off what would you be up to?!
Working on about 100 things that I've promised to do for people that are already behind schedule. Or reading Saga of the Swamp Thing. Or sleeping.
Thanks Lis and Punk Globe! Yer pal, ~JasonC
You can find The Frustrators at:
ALSO - check out Jasons page on facebook & drawings, comics, album designs here at:
Thanks Jason Chandler you Rock!
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Up close and personal with Broadway calls.
By Lis Booth
Thank you So much for the interview guys,
I have your last 2 albums & i think they totally Rock!,
But for the readers that dont know you, Could you tell them a little about yourselves, and who the band are:
Thanks! We're a pop punk band from Portland, Oregon, which is in the Northwest corner of the United States. We love it here, but we're always on tour.
Broadway Calls is a great catchy name, How did that name come about?
There's a band from Portland called The Decemberists. They have a song called "I Was Meant For The Stage". It's a really amazing song about a man who,
night after night performs for all the people that come into his theatre. Our band name was inspired by that song.
How did you come together as a band, and how long have you been together.
We were in other bands together while we were growing up, and we finally decided to start a band that writes and plays our favorite kind of music.
So we started Broadway Calls about four years ago, and we've been going strong ever since.
You have played with some great bands such as Alkaline Trio, the Bouncing Souls, Rancid, and The Offspring. how was that,
The Alkaline Trio tour was a dream come true.
So was the Bouncing Souls/Bayside tour. We've been extremely lucky in the company we've been able to keep while on tour for the past couple years.
To be able to consider the bands you grew up listening to, and still love, as friends, is a trip.
Tell the readers about your recordings you have so far released,
Before we ever played our first show, we wrote and recorded six songs that turned into the "Call The Medic"... EP. We just recorded that in a freezing cold garage in January of 2006.
It was my first time singing in a band for about six years. It was so fun, so we released it for free download online, and then a label decided to release it on CD.
In September of 2006 we started recording our first full length album in California with Willie Samuels.
That record was released by State Of Mind records, and then later re-released on Adeline.
We toured extensively on that record for a while, and then last year we recorded and released Good Views, Bad News on SideOneDummy Records.
Your last album was not under Adeline Records, Are you still signed to Adeline Records ?
No. We are signed to SideOneDummy now, but we still work with Adeline on a daily basis.
They're like family to us, and I think we will always be in touch with them.
Your getting a Huge fan base around you now, how does that make you feel?
It feels pretty surreal. I mean, we still have a long way to go before I'm satisfied, but to be able to show up to a city on a different continent
and play and have kids sing along to songs I wrote in my bedroom is pretty incredible.
You have recently toured the UK/Europe, tell us about that:
We love touring over there. We went over to Europe three times last year, and they were all very different tours,
and on each of the tours, we met new friends, and played in front of new faces. I love touring over there. I love the history, and I love the shows.
How was the reaction of the European fans compared to the USA,
I think the European fans really cherish the fact that a small American band is coming through.
There's so many incredible bands from America that have never been able to make it over seas,
so I think Europeans know that it's a big deal when a smaller, new band makes it over.
As far as crowd reaction and craziness goes though, I've never seen anything in europe as rabid or wild as a California punk show.
Did you get to explore the sites of London - Did you love it?
London is a beautiful city. We've been there quite a lot for an American band.
You can see us doing the touristy stuff over there in our Basement Royalty video.
I hear you have been on a constant on and off tour since you started out, i guess you all love to tour!! when do you plan on returning to London.
Hopefully before the end of the year. No promises though. We're trying to get a new record done.
I am from Reading home of the Reading Festi & i love the Reading festival, you played at Reading & Leeds festis last yr?
Tell us about that
Those festivals were giant. We'd never played anything like it, and it was so much fun.
We got to see a lot of bands that we wouldn't normally get to see in a "punk" show setting.
Bands like Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, Crystal Castles. It was a blast. I'd love to come back and play in 2011.
Who did you grow up listening to?
Green Day changed my world when I was 12. As did Nirvana.
Then from there, I got into Rancid, Nofx, Bad Religion, Operation Ivy, The Queers, etc.....
Who are you currently listening to?
All of the above, as well as The Menzingers, Against Me!, Off With Their Heads, Dead To Me, Comadre, Surfer Blood, The Weakerthans.....
Honestly, too many to list.
What do you like to do on your day off!
RELAX!!! If it's hot out, we all love to go swimming.
For the girly fans out there are any of you single?!!
Please tell the readers where they can find you online...
Follow broadwaycalls on Twitter!!
Also you can find us easily on facebook and myspace. Twitter is what I'm on the most though.
Thanks for being great sports & answering the questions,
WHAT A Fantastic interview. Thanks so much To Ty of Broadway calls.
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JFA are also known as "Jodie Foster's Army" signed to DC JAM RECORDS.
They are a hardcore punk band formed with roots in The mainstream Arizona, & California skateboard culture.
They formed in 1981 with original members
Brian Brannon (vocals),
Don "Redondo" Pendleton (guitar),
Michael Cornelius (bass),
Mike "Bam-Bam" Sversvold (drums).
Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls also played bass in their past, Over the years the band has included many other bass players and drummers but the main core always have remained as Brian Brannon and Don Pendleton.
They recently played the hoco fest with a huge outburst... heres what Don had to say when we asked him a few questions.
You have new music out with DCJam Records, Tell us about that and what your plans are..
We`are stoked to have a label that wants to put our stuff out!
Last year we did "to all our friends" (the live album) and we just finshed "speed of sound"
our first Full legnth studio album since 1996's "only live once"
Tell the readers about your Past recordings...
Well, the recent past I just covered. Before that there were a bunch of comps
and split singles and then the albums on Placebo Records (which folded in 1988)
What was the Last Gig you played.
At a cool repo man/pulp fiction restaruant type outside deal in the LA warehouse
district May 14. That will be our last show for 9 months or so (Brian is out of the country)
How was The Hoco Fest 2009
That was awesome!!! Total John Dillenger era hotel where we played to a (packed)
bar and then stayed over the next day to watch John Doe and Exene (X) and the Meat Puppets.
Before that, I do not think we had played Tucson in 10 years; plus it was Brian's B-Day
so he was in rare form!!!
Do you have any favorite things you like to do when your on stage
for example like bring out water pistols, crowd surf, join the mosh, drench ya self in acohol etc??
No, none of that. We don't "dress up" either...whatever we were wearing when we
skated that day...just plug in and go (let the music do the talking)
How does it make you feel when your on a stage playing to thousands of people.
really cool to the point of being so lost in it, that you do not remember any
of the songs you did...just fully in the moment!
Do you ever get nervous before your about to play?
Not really, but I do remember wanting to play well in front of East Bay Ray (DK's)
and some other guitarists I admire (Ron from TSOL, Jan Orig/Vandals) They are good players
so you don't want to screw up!!!
you have Played some great shows with some other great bands out there in the skate punk scene,
do you have any fav bands you like to jam with
I like frontside five (they actually skate) and Jan from the Vandals (skates too)
has a new band called Anarchy Taco
i like to ask most of my bands this question, as i like to know who are the sounds in everybodys ears!
who are you currently listening to
I like the "new" (probably a year old by now) Rancid album
what influences have inspired you through to your music
In the late 70's it was the Damned/Clash/Pistols/Sham 69. Early 80's it was the
Dead Kennedy's (DK's), Big Boys, TSOL, Vandals etc. Late 80's new Model Army...and from then on
a whole bunch of different stuff
would you say your music is a release of energy and frustration
The music is energy for sure, but I would say the lyrics are more sarcasm vs
will you ever retire from music or will you play forever!
I may not play live forever, but I will always play music
What do you love to do in your spare time,
idols - do you have any? & why
No, not really. I was lucky to grow up around a lot of talented folks in
really good bands both in HB and then when I lived in Phoenix...so the folks most people
look up to are just guys I know from wherever. Before I moved to PHX I knew the bass player
from TSOL (bought surfboards from him) worked at a restuarant with the guitarist and
bassist from the Meat Puppets (those guys are WAY talented) and nowadays surf with the orig.
Vandals guitarist every weekend (legend of Pat Brown, Urban Struggle etc.) I do think Capt.
Sensible is an AWESOME guitarist and the orig. New Model Army bassist rules, but they are
not my idols.
What sounds did you grow up listening to?
*** Don See above
Do you listen to any uk punk sounds / who
*** Don See above, but before the pistols I would like to add the who and the kinks!
any plans come to Play in the UK?
*** (Don) Working a lot right now (music does not pay the bills) but never say never.
I would really like to play overseas!
Thanks for sparing some time to answer these Don.
You can find JFA at the following sites:
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There is a good gig type feel running order of this collection of the band’s best singles
This is supposed to be the perfect Oasis gig! so is it.. well
there’s over 130 minutes of music here with what shows how much Time Flies which shows this is just Oasis and their 19-year life of their good old music..
But for a band who stuck to a way of their own, they sure did change the style and themed of first of imaginations of a beatles cover band.!
Supersonic, I’m Outta Time, is so very different to then then Liam’s angry pissed attitude,and Noels clean new cut self have emerged a total differet noise and sound of oasis to here and now then and now,
i love the classics as we all would and do & did, Supersonic, Don’t Look Back In Anger are what made them, champagne supernova and dont look back in anger i heard you say are whispering voices.
Shakermakers are rare as gold dust right now, and a few tunes that they really should play live,
They of course have set a standard or two. As one of The Best ‘British’ rock bands now of all times just like theyre first sounds of The Beatles like type sounds., all because they made some pretty awesome Tunes, had bad attitude and bad boy image, and it sure as hell worked very very well for them.
They hit my big music era time from 1994- 2009 and they did mix a good bunch up well here, epic in fact!
the way these particular songs crash landed their way through everybody’s mind body & soul made them huge has empowered the nation you have to put your hat up to them & i think we know they will surely be remebered as a massive huge Rock n Roll band from The UK when you compared to bands like The Jam Madness Beatles and so on.. i think they will be there,
So id def say this bands collection is one good collection,and all fans will love it, and it will step them into the next generation and leave 2010 with this greatest hits,
and we can then wonder what is next for the new next generation to come around the corner?
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