I understand Rise Against just got back from touring, how did
it go, any interesting things happen?
Joe: The tour
was very cut and dry. Drive, play, sleep, repeat. Nothing too
exciting happened. I would have expected more stories from a first
I know that you guys just played some shows in Canada. How would
you compare the Canadian punk scene with the US punk scene?
Joe: They go
off. We don't have an album out yet and these kids still went
off for us. It was a good feeling.
you guys have been involved in punk for a while, what things have
you notice change over the years in this scene?
Joe: The flavor
of the month style changed a whole lot over the last few years.
When I started going to shows everyone wanted to be Fugazi, then
it was NOFX, and now it's the Get Up Kids. It cracks me up.
you, what is the main difference between 88 Fingers Louie and
Joe: Tim, our
singer, is the main difference. His vocal style and lyrics make
us what we are.
thoughts on the Fireside Bowl closing?
Joe: I think
it sucks. All these kids bitch about that place, but they'll realize
really quick how important it is. Smaller bands can't play the
Metro so they're going to have a hard time finding a decent smaller
sized venue to play.
I always assumed that Rise Against would be on Hopeless Records
because of 88 Fingers Louie, what was behind you decision to go
with Fat Records?
Joe: Fat is a
better label pure and simple. They have great worldwide distribution,
the money to back a band, and they still maintain their punk rock
the band, what else are you guys involved in?
Joe: Dan records
bands in his basement and the rest of us just hangout and have
jobs. I still skate when I can.
does the future hold for Rise Against?
Joe: We want
to get out to as many people as possible. Tour, tour, tour. Ya
know, take it as far as it can go.
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