You have a decade worth of music on
this cassette. How do you feel about the older
material as you listen to it today compared to the
Adam - Well, I think listening to old recordings is
a bit like looking at old naked baby photos of
yerself, y’know? For better, or worse, there you
are for all the world to see, all the little flaws
and scars just laying there on the tape. The oldest
tracks here were recorded when I was like 16 or 17,
sitting at my parents piano, pounding out brooding
But y’know, I’ve been releasing home-made cassettes
and CD-R’s since around that time anyways, since
like 2000, so I guess I’ve already felt like I was
completely out there , even if not all my material
is available or ever released. It’s certainly
easier to listen to the newer material, from say
the past 5 years or so, than it is to listen to the
Punk Globe: What influence has your home of Saint
John, New Brunswick, Canada had on your music?
Adam - I used Saint John, its landmarks and quirks,
basically as a vocabulary from which to draw
lyrical content for my songs. I think there’s a
weird thing that happens when you first begin
writing songs where you say to yerself, “O.K, What
the fuck am I going to sing about here?”, which
many people don't get past.To use that old Woody
Guthrie cliché, all you can write is what you see,
so that's what I did. I don't think I have much in
common with the music that's come from Saint John
in the past, but I certainly draw from local haunts
for my subject- matter.
Punk Globe: What are your three favorite albums
or artists of all time that have shaped your
songwriting and performing?
Well, I’m an album dude, so...
1. Alexander “Skip” Spence
– Oar – Got this when I
was about 16 and it blew my mind! Lo-fi in 1969,
Skippy playing all the instruments and recording
everything all by himself in this tiny Columbia
studio. The performances are so bare and honest,
with these killer simple songs. I know lotsa people
have gushed over this record, so I’ll spare you all
the detail, but when I first heard OAR it changed
the way I heard a lot of records.
2. Guided By Voices
– Alien Lanes – 28 songs in
like 42 minutes, man! Using lo-fi aesthetic to
produce these catchy little bedroom earworms.
Robert Pollard once said that lo-fi is the perfect
extension to punk, and he's right!
3. Violent Femmes
– S/T - I can't imagine what I
would sound like if it wasn't for this record, I
love it. The Femmes' frenetic energy made me
reconsider what a live performance is, and to think
of it more as a play. If you go to a play, no
matter how goo the acting is, at the back of yer
mind yer always slightly nervous that the lead will
forget all his lines and blow the performance. And
to me live performance of music should be the same
way, like watching a man spinning plates or
something, always fearing the moment is nearing
when they all come crashing to the ground! Real
excitement. Somehow, this Violent Femmes record
represents that to me.
Punk Globe: How can Punk Globe readers reading this
discover the other music you made and order it?
Right now you can check out my music at
and order some physical
copies of my music from Hamburger Tapes which has
released my last two cassettes, FERNHILL and Four
Track Mind. Hamburger are at
Thanks Adam for your time and the music!