Punk Journeymen Two Fisted Law released a video this week for their version of “Folsom Prison Blues,” its an aggressive take on a classic that we are sure would make Mr. Cash proud. I was recently able to catch up with guitarist Kyle Trocolla for a brief interview to get a little background on the band and their future plans for 2012 and beyond. Check it out here.
DS: Two Fisted Law has been together and hitting it hard for at least ten years now correct?
KT: The Original band was Fuzzy53 and dated back to 2001, after a few years and with few lineup changes it became Two Fisted Law as it is today…Named after a 1930’s John Wayne Western… and regardless of the member changes we have all been united in the love of independent punk rock and it’s DIY ethos, and have really become more of a family over the years than just band mates.
DS: Two Fisted law has risen to almost legendary status in New York and New England, I’ve heard touring bands say if your heading to New England try and get on a TFL show, you have a good reputation for taking care of traveling acts.
KT: We have been on the road for years and know what its like to be in a City with money running low and miles and miles left to go. For us the Punk scene has been like a second home since we were kids, If we can help out a band by booking them a show, adding our show money to their show money, buying their merch, or on one rainy night getting their van out of impound then that’s what we’ll do. Our scene has never been about how much money we can make, its about the good people we could meet. If the music scene doesn’t support the scene why should anybody else?
DS: Folsom Prison Blues is your third video release this year, tell us a little about it and something about how prolific these videos have become for you.
KT: We are all big Johnny Cash fans, we have always thought of him as Nashville Punk, before there was a Punk Rock. Our take on Folsom Prison Blues is done the way we figured Johnny would have done it with full distortion and a double bass pedal. The video’s we have put out this year have been awesome in getting our name and music out in a different medium and introducing us to new fans. Blank TV has been amazing to us and has also helped us find new bands that we have fallen in love with. The video making process took some getting use to…We are use to the fast paced world of the punk live show, get on stage fast, play fast, breakdown and get another band up, making a video is the exact opposite of that.
DS: What is on the horizon for the rest of the year?
KT: We are really excited about the upcoming Upstart Fest. four dates in four Cities, playing with a ton of awesome bands that we love. We never stop playing out so our future schedule includes a ton of shows. We are working on our first trip to Canada and we have a number of extended tour plans for the rest of the year and in September we begin writing a new album.
DS: A new album, cool, can you give us some insight into it? when do you expect to release it?
KT: The new record is going to focus a little more on the aggressive side of Two Fisted Law. We have a lot of anger and angst that we simply must get out! and we are hoping to have it released in 2013.Add Two Fisted Law to My Radar