the secret to keeping a band together for so many years?
Brian: The desire
to really want to put on a good show and put out some quality
music. To prove to people that you don't have to have corporate
backing to do so. And to allow the other members a lot of space,
creative and personal.
did you hook up with Suburban Home Records?
Brian: We knew
Virgil from previous tours, by him letting us crash at his house.
And while I was at Club Foot, it was Todd Pott that suggested
we send him our new stuff, which became the "Sweatpants U.S.A."
out of curiosity, why did you decided to release a full length
on Suburban Home instead of Johanns Face, a label that has put
out several Oblivion releases?
Brian: We needed
a change and we were off of Johanns for about two years before
that. We needed to release a record with people who would work
as hard as we would.
your comedy routine doing? Is there anything exciting coming up
in the future?
Brian: I want
to do more, but we shall see. Actually I am funny all the time,
not just up on stage, very funny. I think I am a genius. I am
sorry what was the question again? See that, a comic genius!
Oblivion ever played in Hillside, the town that holds the band's
mailing address? Any chance that you will play Hillside in the
Brian: It is
where I lived for 25 odd years. We played Berkley, which is the
town next to it. There really is NO place to play there, besides
the classic shows in my old basement.
you ever think that you'd be into punk rock for this long and
playing in a punk band?
Brian: NO. I
knew I would play drums for a long time though.
seems that some people have been criticizing the Fireside lately
because it has to many shows and takes the fun out of punk rock.
What is your take on this?
Brian: It has
seemed to have too many shows. People got what they wanted in
a place to have punk shows. But too much of a good thing can water
down the scene. So would we be happy with no shows.. hell no,
but there should be less I think.
are some of your favorite Chicago punk bands right now?
Hoboken is strong. Gaza Strippers, Mashers, Mushuganas and many
more I guess.
the punk scene in Chicago when you started this band to the current
punk scene. What is similar and what is different?
Brian: We made
it safe to be non-punk sounding I think. We took a lot of shit
but stuck it out. It is an easier scene these days, but for me
not as adventurous.
is coming in the future for Oblivion, as far as records and touring
in March I move to Tampa Bay to work at a tiger sanctuary, for
a change of lifestyle thing. So many punkers talk about making
the world a better place but so few really do anything but become
another number in the system. For Oblivion, we will go on and
see what we can do with the situation. You will always have our
memories and c.d.'s., and we will always have plenty of our c.d.'s
so buy some more will ya!