You have new music out with DCJam Records, Tell us
about that and what your plans are..
Don: We`are stoked to have a label that wants to put our stuff
Last year we did "to all our friends" (the live album) and we
just finished "speed of sound"
our first Full length studio album since 1996's "only live once"
Punk Globe: Tell the readers about your past recordings...
Don: Well, the recent past I just covered. Before that there
were a bunch of comps
and split singles and then the albums on Placebo Records (which
folded in 1988)
Punk Globe: What was the Last Gig you played.
Don: At a cool Repo Man/Pulp Fiction restaurant type outside
deal in the LA warehouse
district May 14. That will be our last show for 9 months or so
(Brian is out of the country)
Punk Globe: How was The Hoco Fest 2009
Don: That was awesome!!! Total John Dillinger era hotel where we
played to a (packed)
bar and then stayed over the next day to watch John Doe and
Exene (X) and the Meat Puppets.
Before that, I do not think we had played Tucson in 10 years;
plus it was Brian's B-Day
so he was in rare form!!!
Punk Globe: Do you have any favorite things you like to do when
your on stage
for example like bring out water pistols, crowd surf, join the
mosh, drench ya self in alcohol etc??
Don: No, none of that. We don't "dress up" either...whatever we
were wearing when we
skated that day...just plug in and go (let the music do the
Punk Globe:How does it make you feel when your on a stage
playing to thousands of people.
Don: Really cool to the point of being so lost in it, that you
do not remember any
of the songs you did...just fully in the moment!
Punk Globe: Do you ever get nervous before your about to play?
Don: Not really, but I do remember wanting to play well in front
of East Bay Ray (DK's)
and some other guitarists I admire (Ron from TSOL, Jan
Orig/Vandals) They are good players
so you don't want to screw up!!!
Punk Globe: You have Played some great shows with some other
great bands out there in the skate punk scene,
do you have any fav bands you like to jam with
Don: I like Frontside Five (they actually skate) and Jan from
the Vandals (skates too)
has a new band called Anarchy Taco
Punk Globe: I like to ask most of my bands this question, as I
like to know who are the sounds in everybodys ears!
who are you currently listening to
Don: I like the "new" (probably a year old by now) Rancid album
Punk Globe: What influences have inspired you through to your
Don: In the late 70's it was the Damned/Clash/Pistols/Sham 69.
Early 80's it was the
Dead Kennedy's (DK's), Big Boys, TSOL, Vandals etc. Late 80's
new Model Army...and from then on
a whole bunch of different stuff
Punk Globe: Would you say your music is a release of energy and
Don: The music is energy for sure, but I would say the lyrics
are more sarcasm vs
Punk Globe: Will you ever retire from music or will you play
Don: I may not play live forever, but I will always play music
Punk Globe: What do you love to do in your spare time,
Punk Globe: Idols - do you have any? & why
Don: No, not really. I was lucky to grow up around a lot of
talented folks in
really good bands both in HB and then when I lived in
Phoenix...so the folks most people
look up to are just guys I know from wherever. Before I moved to
PHX I knew the bass player
from TSOL (bought surfboards from him) worked at a restaurant
with the guitarist and
bassist from the Meat Puppets (those guys are WAY talented) and
nowadays surf with the orig.
Vandals guitarist every weekend (legend of Pat Brown, Urban
Struggle etc.) I do think Capt.
Sensible is an AWESOME guitarist and the orig. New Model Army
bassist rules, but they are
not my idols.
Punk Globe: Do you listen to any UK punk sounds, who?
Don: See above, but before the pistols I would like to add the
who and the kinks!
Punk Globe: Any plans come to Play in the UK?
Don: Working a lot right now (music does not pay the bills) but
never say never.
I would really like to play overseas!
Thanks for sparing some time to answer these questions Don.
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Punk Globe would like to thank Don Pendleton and Lisa Booth for
the fun Interview