NOPES

I don’t get to hear enough punk/hardcore to keep that side satisfied but when the opportunity comes I embrace it, like with NOPES. Interview answered by the whole band. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-Three of us were in an indie band that we liked, but wasn’t that fun. We just made this new band to play more fun shows again. We all write the songs together now on the spot which makes it more dynamic, more involved, but most of all, much easier.

As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-Never. We’ve learned not to care too much. The guys we work with (Jack Shirley and Will Killingworth) are both people that we respect and trust.

To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-We made a big list of band names. This was the least shitty.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I get it that it matters for some, but we don’t really put much thought in it. People are usually surprised after our sets. They always say, “But you seemed so normal!”

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-We just don’t want it to look shitty, unless it’s on purpose or something.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-I just wish it was MySpace

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-Nope, but the Bay Area does a good job of that. It’s pretty cliquey for the most part. When we were on tour, we saw a lot of great communities (Eugene, Olympia) where it was really something else. It was really refreshing and encouraging to see that.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-It just depends how much money you can spend. We’re broke dick motherfuckers.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We love to tour as much as possible. It is currently an excruciating pain in the ass that is slowly subsiding.

What will the future bring?
-The Apocalypse

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