Mike: How long
have you guys been around for?
Tom: Since like
'98. I think you were at the forming of the band at CJ and Del's
house with Mikey and Gifford. I was third man in. Ken was there
but he wasn't in yet.
Mike: What previous
bands have all of you been in?
Tom: Ogre was
in Bloody Mess and the Skabs. Me and Gifford were in Slow Children
together in high school and then Antabuse and Ken was in the Bollweevils
and the Feds.
different about being in Callaghan than the previous bands you
guys have been in?
Tom: We've always
had the same drummer. Ha. Well, we all have jobs and lives and
other things to do in life but we like rocking with each other
and kind of get off on being different from one another. We're
pretty laid back about the band. No delusions, we do it to have
Mike: Besides being
in the band what do each of you guys do?
Tom: Ken is a
science and reading teacher and plays and coaches baseball. Gifford
is the rock and roll optometrist and a muscle car enthusiast.
I'm a full time union iron worker and part time pharmacist. I'm
not sure what Ogre does but it must be strenuous because he's
in very good shape.
Mike: Would you
guys ever want to live off your band?
not. I really like my job. I'm lucky. Think about the poor guy
who has to make his rent sitting around writing songs to entertain
the idiot masses. He'd be at the fucking 7-Eleven selling lotto
if he didn't know how to play guitar. I feel for dude.
has released some stuff on Outsider Records from Long Beach, CA
how is working with them?
Tom: Cool. Some
people got to hear our shit. Dave is a good guy who put us on
with other bands we respect and enjoy. Most notably the
Mike: Your last
release was released on a Chicagoland label do you guys prefer
to keep it chose to home?
Tom: That's not
really an issue. If someone from another city said they
wanted to do an album with us the deciding factor would probably
not be location. It would be more like, do you wanna pay for the
recording? Will there be plenty of blow in the studio?
Mike: Where do
you guys like to play in Chicago?
Prodigal, gotta give props to the MPshows. We play all sorts of
wild shit. Straight bar punk shows. We've played Metro, Mexican
restaurants. Bar-bqs, basements... tend to prefer shows with beer
Mike: What bands
do you guys like to play with?
is nice. I would hate to start listing bands and miss someone
who I think is cool. I like the ones who are fun and don't
have an inflated sense of importance just because they're in some
fucking band. I think there are a lot of great bands in Chicago.
Mike: What are
you favorite Chicago bands of all time and why?
Element, Grab Bag Of Fathers, Screw Party, Hitmen, Alkaline Trio.
All of these bands had/have great songs, were fun and remind me
of cool times in my life. And of course there's the obvious Raygun,
Effigies, Big Black, AOF, Out Of Order, all the 80's stuff.
Mike: What was
the first punk show each of you saw?
Tom: Me and Gifford
saw DOA and The Dicks at the Metro in '84 I think. That or Battalion
of Saints around the same time.
Mike: Do you think
the punk scene in Chicago is different now than it was 10 years
Tom: No, it's
just a new crop of kids who happen to have the benefit of the
internet for easier networking. Every generation of kids think
they're doing something revolutionary and new and that's cool.
But kids tend to have fun and get excited in the same way regardless
of the haircuts.
Mike: What Chicago
bands today do you guys respect?
Tom: Aww crap.
I'd hate to miss someone. How about people? I think the people
that deserve respect are the people who devote their talent and
hard work to the "scene" for the benefit of the bands.
People like Brian Peterson, Doug Ward, Chuck Uchida. Everyone
at Redline and Choke. There are plenty.
Mike: Where can
people find out more about Callaghan?
or come to a show.
Mike: Any last
Tom: Vote locally.
Buy American. Buy Union. Be nice to old people and the differently