New Haven Rock And Roll Q&A

punk rock birthday

I love rock and roll, especially local rock and roll. Even more so when it’s celebrating my birthday! The Elm City’s own The Lost Riots, The Defcon Five, and The Hulls will be taking over the Outer Space December 6th, and some of their members did some Q&A with me. Find out what beers they like to drink and all about their 7-inches. No pun intended.

THE LOST RIOTS

You guys did a weekly residency at the Outer Space a few months ago- home of the 30-in-30 club which I know at least one of you is a member. Any particularly memorable brews?

Jeffrey Thunders, The Lost Riots: I am the only member of The Lost Riots who is in the club. There are a lot of great beers coming in and out of The Outer Space so it’s tough to pick out only a few. My all-time favorite is Innis and Gunn (the original) and pretty much anything the Berkshire Brewing Company puts out is an instant classic in my mind.

You’ve been playing a ton of shows throughout Connecticut and New York lately- any plans to go on tour in the near future?

JT: Touring is tough when you have to hold down a full time job. I would love to do a little extended weekend thing. Maybe go down to D.C. and back or up to Portland and back. That’s probably all we can realistically do. Unless some label picks us up and wants to pay my mortgage for the next year.

You recently contributed to the “It Came From Connecticut” compilation; can you tell me a little more about it?

JT: Tom at Bonehead studios did a compilation many years back that showcased Connecticut punk bands called “Connecticut Fun “(bands like Youth of Today and Rude Awakening were on there). He wanted to do another one for underground bands of today. He actually asked me what bands he should be on it and together he and I contacted a bunch. Every band recorded a few songs at Bonehead Studios in Cheshire. There are 13 bands on the comp. It’s been a fun process and the best part is all the proceeds are going to the Red Cross disaster relief effort from hurricane Sandy. The Hulls & The Defcon Five are also on the compilation. Getting a sneak peak at all the songs was fun and there are some talented bands on it. Should be a good compilation.

What else can we look forward to as far as recordings from you guys?

JT: We have been working on a 7” for our single “Downtown” which should be arriving at Die Hipster! Records soon. Also 2013 is going to be a big year for us. Our plan is to get out as many ep’s as possible One every few months on some sort of format (Cd, Cassette, or 7”). We also want to do a bunch of splits with bands. So no need to worry there will be plenty of new stuff coming out in the next few months.

THE DEFCON FIVE

What’s your band beer of choice?

Sean: Anything free…although on the sliding scale, PBR means you want to make-out by the dumpsters while Delirium Tremens means we’re shacking up and getting a puppy.

Brett: I don’t know if we have an official “band beer” because we all have such unique personalities that manifest themselves in our beer choices (though if we did it would probably be PBR) But as for me personally I greatly enjoy a good Newcastle.

Mike: anything cold!

Moe: Schaefer…it is the one to have, when you’re having more than one

You guys got the band back together last year after a hiatus- how are things different now?

Sean: I’ve got twice as many records, and phones have cameras in them. Our practice space also has a sink in it, while our old one only had ceiling to floor mirrors and a stretching bar.

Brett: Technology exists now that didn’t before, such as iPhones, Facebook and Lady Gaga. It’s truly a different world. But due to our advanced ages I believe we have more experience and we’re playing at our peak because we understand each other musically now better than ever.

Mike: I’m older and more divorceier.

Moe: I’m a little older, a little smarter, act a little stupider, play a little better.

What’s one of your most memorable moments playing a show in the past year?

Sean: Watching Mike incite a riot at Ideat Village while quoting Black Flag lyrics as the tear gas was being unholstered. I keep thinking “if he had only chanted Bee-Gees lyrics, it would have been an orgy instead”.

Brett: Probably playing with David Liebe Hart (of Tim and Eric fame) at Cafe 9, and while this didn’t happen at a show, being nominated for best band and best punk band in Connecticut by CT.com was nice. We’re always pleasantly surprised when people have heard of us.

Mike: Falling flat on my ass at the space 2 secs into a song.

Moe: Getting to play with The David Liebe Hart Band was a real treat and Mike tanking during the first song of our show at The Space is classic.

Since this is an analog beer blog after all, I’ve heard you guys are planning to put out some 7-inches. Tell me more about what’s going to be on them.

Sean: Put out?! We’re not that type of band. Unless you buy us pizza. 2013, Mayans willing, will see even more new recordings, a split single with North Shore Troubadours, a single of our own, some more compilation and cover songs, so start investing in dancing shoes and mouth guards now!

Brett: Without giving away too many “spoilers”, I would say that there are some fan favorites on there, such as… ah the hell with it, it’s going to be The Girl With the Rock and Roll Belt on the A side, and Benzoyl Peroxide and Do You Have a Following on the B side. We’re also planning a split 7″ with the North Shore Troubadours, a great band that we share a practice space with. Look for those in 2013.

Mike: Only my hair dresser knows for sure. Sean Brett and Moe know too.

Moe: We’ve got a couple 7″s, a 10″, and a 5″, but I won’t tell who has what! But seriously, we’re planning two 45’s in the coming year. One with all new material and a split with North Shore Troubadours…so look for those!

THE HULLS

I’ve seen some posts on facebook that you guys are working on a new record. When is it slated to come out, and can you tell me a little about what the production process has been like so far?

Kevin: We’ve recorded 12 songs with Jason Duguay up at Project Sound Recording in Haverhill, MA. He’s got a 40+ year-old 16 track 2″ tape machine that we recorded all the basic tracks on. I think it’s the first time any of us have recorded on to tape, given the modern day methods of recording straight to computers. It’s basically just us, no computer tricks or fixes. It was really important to us that this recording is as close to what we sound like live as possible. We recorded everything in 2 days and the mixing took another 2. We’re really over the moon about what we’ve heard so far, we’ve got a really excellent record on our hands!

Do you have any plans for release shows or a tour in support of it when it comes out?

K: We don’t have any set plans currently, we’re still waiting for the mastering to be completed. First we’re going to look around for a label that can put it out. Once we figure out who and how it will be released, shows and touring will follow. In a perfect world, I’d say a summertime release would be the earliest we could hope for.

Since this is a beer blog, what’s your beer of choice to have at a show?

K: Well, beggars can’t be choosers, so I’d have to say the beer of choice at a show would be the free kind! Personally, Guinness tops my list, but anything imported, craft, or micro-brewed would be ideal. Not such a fan of the Buds, Coors, or Millers of the world – unless it’s free of course!

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