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Billie Joe Armstrong says he's renouncing US citizenship after Roe v. Wade reversal

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day told the crowd during a Hella Mega Tour stop in the UK that he was renouncing his US citizenship. His statement comes after the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. His full statement was caught on video and reads, Fuck America. I'm fucking renouncing my citizenship. I'm fucking coming here. There's just too much fucking stupid in the world to go back to that miserable fucking excuse for a country. Oh, I'm not kidding. You're going to get a lot of me in the coming days. Billie Joe Armstrong also yelled "Fuck the Supreme Court of America" before "American Idiot" started up. Green Day will be continuing their UK and European tour this month and into July. The band released their live album BBC Sessions in 2021 and released Father of All Motherfuckers in 2020. Check out the video below.

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Citizen is a rock band from Michigan that formed in 2009.

Citizen announce 'Calling The Dogs'

Citizen has announced the release of their fifth release, Calling The Dogs. The album will be out on October 6th, 2023 through Run For Cover Records. They have released the first single off the album, see below to check out “If You’re Lonely”. They will also be out on tour with Narrow Head and Modern Color in the US and with Drug Church in the UK.

DS Exclusive: (World) Cup The Punx! Volume 1 w/members of Stiff Little Fingers, Slapshot, Sam Russo and more!

Reporting by Dying Scene Staff Members, MerGold, Jay Stone, Rae, and Nasty Nate Dying Scene staffers are fans of “The Beautiful Game,” and we are not alone. Some of your favorite punk musicians from all over the United States and internationally discuss the game they love and what they are looking forward to as World […]

Reporting by Dying Scene Staff Members, MerGold, Jay Stone, Rae, and Nasty Nate

Dying Scene staffers are fans of “The Beautiful Game,” and we are not alone. Some of your favorite punk musicians from all over the United States and internationally discuss the game they love and what they are looking forward to as World Cup 2022 kicks in to action in Doha, Qatar. The selection of Qatar as the host nation the subject of FIFA itself, has been rife with controversy from the get-go. Some of the musicians don’t mince words about these issues. Indeed, many of us are also torn over the question of whether to watch the World Cup or not in light of the deserved criticisms. That’s for each of us to decide as individuals. However, in response to our questions about the World Cup and the sport in general, here are the answers from the participating musicians. Also, for newbies to the sport or those needing a refresher course here is a guide from The Athletic for World Cup 2022 viewing.


Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers is a living legend. Burns, now living in Chicago, is unafraid to be blunt when expressing his views, whether in song or any other form. Here, he tackles the elephant in the stadium straight on.

DS: What are you most looking forward to in the World Cup?

JB: “Nothing. Seriously. I cannot ever remember NOT caring about the World Cup since I was transfixed by the great Brazil team of 1970. I was 12 years old and marvelled at the mercurial Jairzinho, the only player to score in every round. The selection of venues for the last two World Cups stinks to high heaven. (See the great Netflix documentary “FIFA Uncovered”.) However, there was some footballing merit on the tournament being awarded to Russia last time around. This time, there is none. To move the tournament from its usual summer schedule to the winter just to facilitate it being played in the desert is only one reason to ignore this travesty, perhaps the least salient reason in fact.”

DS: Which team(s) are you rooting for and which teams do you think are going to be there are the end fighting for the trophy and will win that trophy?

JB: “I spent the longest period of my life living in England and, obviously I’m most familiar with those players so, insomuch as I will be rooting for anyone, that’s who I will be pulling for. It’s also great to see Wales there after a huge absence. As a fairly recently minted American citizen, I also hope the U.S. do well. As to who will win it? Brazil. Not a particularly brave call on my part, but I think the temperatures will suit them more than any of the European teams. And, IF they play to their full potential, I honestly think England can make it all the way to the final.”

DS: Do you have a favorite team(s))/player(s) in the English Premiere League, United States Major League Soccer or any other leagues around the world?

JB: “Newcastle United. A team that for decades was mired in unfulfilled potential. As a one club city, Newcastle has long been one of the many “sleeping giants” of English football. A recent takeover by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, for which read “Saudi Arabia” (honestly that “PIF” stuff is fooling no-one), has led to renewed investment both in staff and facilities that might, finally, see the Toon realize their vast potential…albeit at the cost of a considerable part of their soul.”

DS: How did you become a fan of the team if not from the area?

JB: “I lived in Newcastle for about sixteen years. As I said, it’s a one club city and if you don’t follow the Toon, then you don’t talk to anyone, at all, about anything!”

DS: Did you ever play football/soccer yourself?

JB: “Every kid in Britain or Ireland at one point fancied themselves a footballer, but as my eyesight was rubbish from an early age, I always sucked at it. So, no.”


Mike Park (past: Deal’s Gone Bad {DGB}; Lord Mike’s Dirty Calypsonians; present: The Crombies.) is a die-hard fan of West Ham F.C.

DS: What are you most looking forward to in the World Cup? 

MP: “The Qatar thing is sketchy I’m not saying I’m looking forward to drama but there’s gonna be drama. I’m ACTUALLY looking forward to seeing the US back in the mix. The collapse in qualifying last time was brutal.”

DS: Which teams do you think are going to be there are the end fighting for the trophy and will win that trophy? 

MP: “I want interesting things to happen, go underdogs! Often the further in your go the more boring and predictable the teams get. An Argentina Spain style final would be lame. Snore…

DS: Do you have a favorite team(s))/player(s) in the English Premiere League, United States Major League Soccer or any other leagues around the world?  How did you become a fan of the team if not from the area? 

MP: “I’m a Declan Rice, West Ham guy. I definitely got into West Ham via the punk scene. I got to see them at Upton Park years ago when they were down v Rotherham. I think West Ham’s biggest name that year was Marlon Harewood so I can say “I saw Marlon Harewood live!” Lol

The Chicago Fire once had a THRIVING supporters scene that was heavily influenced by the punk rocks. Years of failure and overt front office hostility eventually chased it away. It still exists but isn’t welcome anymore by the organization.

DS: Did you ever play football/soccer yourself? 

MP: I grew up in a blue collar suburb of LA in the 70s and soccer wasn’t really available to us, you had to move to a fancier neighborhood for that, it was all baseball and football near me. I did play bar league for the Delilah’s team for a couple years back in the early 2000s. It was hilarious, a bunch of hungover punk rock types up against folks who had played in college, were fit and hydrated. We had the most tattoos of any other team and eventually even won a couple games.

DS: Favorite Football related punk songs? 

MP: “Obviously my favorite punk soccer song is the Chicago Fire goal song Deal’s Gone Bad recorded back in 2002. They used it for like 15 years and it was always a trip to hear myself on ESPN.

In all seriousness I think my fave punk soccer song isn’t really explicitly about soccer but it captures the spirit of the whole scene and the vibe that makes it so exciting – “If the Kids are United” by Sham 69.”


Vee Sonnets presently performs with Park in the Crombies and formerly with him in DGB. He also leads The Sonnets.

DS: What are you most looking forward to in the World Cup?

VS: “All of it.

DS: Which team(s) are you rooting for and which teams do you think are going to be there are the end fighting for the trophy and will win that trophy?

VS: “I’m rooting for my team Ecuador but it’s looking like Qatar is gonna run away with it.” [DS note: Ecuador beat Qatar in the opening match of the 2022 World Cup]

DS: Do you have a favorite team(s))/player(s) in the English Premiere League, United States Major League Soccer or any other leagues around the world?

VS: “Tough one but I am rooting for [Lionel Messi. He deserves to win one.

DS: How did you become a fan of the team if not from the area?

VS: “Nationality.

DS: Did you ever play football/soccer yourself?

VS: “Yes. H.S. and pick up games throughout my life.

DS: Favorite Football related punk songs?

VS: “Kick in the Eye.”


Jordan Salazar of Vultures United is such an Association Football fan he has favorite clubs from almost all of the most prominent leagues around the globe.

DS: What are you most looking forward to in the World Cup?

JS: “Just the whole thing. It’s like a month-long gift”

DS: Which teams do you think are going to be there at the end fighting for the trophy?

JS: “Rooting for Mexico then Portugal then the US. Fighting at the end? Argentina, Brazil and France.”

DS: Do you have a favorite team(s)/player(s) in the English Premier League, Major League Soccer, or any other leagues around the world?

JS: “English Premier League = Manchester United / MLS = LAFC / La Liga = Real Madrid / Ligue 1 = PSG / Liga MX = Chivas / Serie A = Juventus and Roma

DS: How did you become a fan of the team if not from that area?

JS: “For Manchester United, it was all Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. He came up in Mexico and played for Chivas, who are from the town my Dad and uncles grew up in. So Chivas and Mexican International Soccer was the first sports teams I was exposed to as a kid and just never stopped following them from then on. Oddly enough, out of all teams mentioned, Manchester United is definitely the team I care and pay attention to (and suffer with) the most.”

DS: Did you ever play football/soccer yourself?

JS: “I play 1 to 2 times a week
with an adult league team or pick-up soccer with friends (our pick-up
group has been doing it for 15 years!)”

“I’m part of an adult club team still called Green Valley Football Club.”

 


Singer-Songwriter Sam Russo is as hardcore soccer supporter so he’ll be keeping his eyes on the matches. Russo will also be on the lookout for commentary by his Red Scare Industries boss Tobias Jeg.

DS: What are you most looking forward to in the World Cup?

SR: “The thing I’m looking forward to most about the World Cup is watching England win the World Cup. Also, Jeg on Twitter defending the refs.”

DS: Which team(s) are you rooting for and which teams do you think are going to be there are the end fighting for the trophy and will win that trophy?

 SR: “I’m rooting for England, and I’m pretty sure Germany will be hanging in there at the end as usual. I follow all the Italy games because my family is Italian, and I always root for Mexico, too.” [DS note: for the second consecutive time Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.]

DS: Do you have a favorite team(s)/player(s) in the English Premiere League, United States Major League Soccer or any other leagues around the world?

SR: “I support Ipswich Town – the Tractor Boys. My favourite player in the Premier League is a guy called Robin Koch. Great punk name.”

DS: How did you become a fan of the team if not from that area?

SR: “I became a Tractor Boy when I was a kid because Ipswich were the only team we could afford to go watch play. Me, my brothers and my Dad used to go to every home game. We had awesome seats because nobody went. It was great!” 

DS: Did you ever play football/soccer yourself?

SR: “I play 5-a-side with a group I’ve been playing with for over ten years! It’s the highlight of my week and I love those bellends.

DS: Favorite Football related punk songs?

SR: “Olé by the Bouncing Souls, and Three Lions by Baddiel, Skinner, and The Lightning Seeds.

Sam Russo says about the photo he included with his answers:

“Yeah! This is me and my team from an 11-a-side match before the pandemic – WE ARE THE SMSC! On yer touch! Shoutout to the excellent humans I play with, they always support my music and we have a bloody good time on a Friday!”


Ryan Packer of Slapshot, is a massive Chelsea F.C. supporter (as are my cousins; I am a long-time supporter of the current EPL-leading Arsenal FC.). So naturally, he, along with Jake Burns, was one of the first people I solicited for this piece. I recalled the photo I shot of him in his Chelsea kit as he worked producing a Boston punk rock weekend several years ago.

DS: What are you most looking forward to in the World Cup?

RP: “I would obviously like to see the US make a round or two. That’s all we can hope for with that squad.” 

DS: Which team(s) are you rooting for and which teams do you think are going to be there are the end fighting for the trophy and will win that trophy?

RP: “The last two cups I was lucky enough to be in Europe. I have some great memories of Belgium advancing. Maybe they can put a couple of wins together.”

[on what is one of the best aspects of the World Cup] “That’s what’s great about the tournament it can go a million different ways.”

DS: Do you have a favorite team(s)/player(s) in the English Premiere League, United States Major League Soccer or any other leagues around the world?

RP: “Premier league I’m a Chelsea FC supporter. I have to support the hometown team so I also back the [New England] Revolution.”


DS: How did you become a fan of the team if not from that area?

RP: “I became a Chelsea fan by going to a local bar that a lot of supporters hung out at Saturday mornings so I became a fan.”

DS: Favorite Football related punk songs?

RP: ‘War On The Terraces” by The Cockney Rejects is definitely a stand out.” 


For Felipe Patino, from SACK, disappointment struck during the Qualifiers. His native Peru’s national team did not qualify for the World Cup. Still, he will be cheering on one team in particular.

DS: What are you most looking forward to in the World Cup?

FP: “Argentina winning.

DS: Which team(s) are you rooting for? Which teams do you think are going to be there are the end fighting for the trophy?

FP: “Rooting for Argentina and France.”

DS:  Do you have a favorite team(s)/player(s) in the English Premier League, Major League Soccer or any other leagues around the world?

FP: Haaland, Martinelli, and Luis Diaz for the Premier League. Flores and Gallese for the MLS.  Messi and Ramos for L1.  Advincula for Primera Division

DS: How did you become a fan of the team if not from that area?

FP: “Just by enjoying the talent and appreciating the sport.” 

DS: Did you ever play football/soccer yourself?

FP: “Yes, still do occasionally.”

DS: Favorite Football related punk songs?

FP: Domingos by Dos Minutos.


Pedro Aida, of Fire Sale, does not have a particular bar or spot on his couch from where he’ll be watching the matches. But he still plans to watch as many as he can.

DS: What are you most looking forward to in the World Cup? 

PA: “I’ll be on tour in Europe for most of it with The Iron Roses and I’m looking forward to the experience of watching some of those matches in that environment. All but one of the countries we’re performing in is in the World Cup. Additionally we have some time off so I’ll be in Paris for the semis and London for the final. It would be a dream if France or England were in those matches.”

DS: Which team(s) are you rooting for? Which teams do you think are going to be there are the end fighting for the trophy? 

PA: “Since my home country of Peru missed out in the playoff I’ll be pulling for the Yanks. My final four bracket is Argentina, Germany, France, and Croatia with Argentina winning the cup.

DS: Do you have a favorite team(s))/player(s) in the English Premier League, Major League Soccer or any other leagues around the world?

PA: “Fulham FC from the Prem. Tim Ream is my guy, excellent defender and will be holding down the backline in Qatar for the US. I’ve forgiven him for being a former [NY] Red Bull (barf).”

“The team I’ve been watching and supporting since I was a teenager is D.C United (VAMOS UNITED). Grew up watching Ben Olsen play and then coach for DC. Named my first born Olsen.”

My local home team is The Richmond Kickers in USL League 1. My guy Emiliano Terzaghi, an Argentinian striker, just took his 3rd League MVP in a row. #UpTheRoos!”

DS: How did you become a fan of the team if not from that area?

PA: “I’ve been a casual Fulham supporter for about 20 years since they brought in Brian McBride and are known for bringing in Americans well before it was common to see Yanks in European football.

DS: Did you ever play football/soccer yourself?

PA: “Played as a kid and through high school (rec). Didn’t really play regularly throughout my 20’s. In my 30’s I dove back into it pretty seriously in adult rec leagues here in Richmond. I’ve been taking it easy this past year with touring and stuff ramping up, I can’t risk getting injured.”

DS: Favorite Football related punk songs?

PA: “Not so punk but it’s Men Without Hats “Pop Goes The World”. I could say something by Cockney Rejects or The Business but they don’t represent any of my clubs.”


Dying Scene’s Nate Kernell has curated a special playlist for the World Cup. Check it out here and let us know what tunes should be added! Also, stay tuned for more installments of (World) Cup The Punx!

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DS Exclusive: Check out mysterious Tampa-meets-Australia punk band Crash Code’s new single “Sayonara Hitomi”

From the depths of the Bay (Tampa Bay, that is) arises a mysterious new two piece punk rock studio project (also featuring an Australian citizen): Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce Crash Code! These guys just released their very first single, a bad ass melodic punk song called “So Long”, a few months ago. […]

From the depths of the Bay (Tampa Bay, that is) arises a mysterious new two piece punk rock studio project (also featuring an Australian citizen): Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce Crash Code!

These guys just released their very first single, a bad ass melodic punk song called “So Long”, a few months ago. I loved that song and told them I wanted to premiere the next single from their upcoming album. So here we are, they’re back with another new single “Sayonara Hitomi”, which is a complete change of pace in the most refreshing way. We’re exclusively premiering the song today – check it out below!

Crash Code will be releasing a full-length album at some point this year, so stay tuned for more to come on that. I already have a feeling this record’s probably gonna be one of my favorites this year just based on what I’ve heard so far. Here’s what the band had to say about it:

“We really try hard to be creative and not follow any templates. Every song is different and unique. No rules perspective. Only important if we like it. Some may not??? They all have special attributes to them to make them interesting. For example, one song that will be on the album is called “Skips a Beat” and, it quite literally skips a beat in the measure. It was a bitch to play and record that one. Just a melting pot of so many influences. We hope people find it refreshing, creative, and different.”

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DS Interview: Jake Burns, of Stiff Little Fingers, talks about the band’s final coast-to-coast US tour, new adventures, and more

Main photo by Will Byington Stiff Little Fingers (SLF) is embarking on its final coast-to-coast U.S. tour. The tour also celebrates the 45th anniversary of the band’s seminal debut album, Inflammable Material. I caught up with SLF’s founder and frontman, Jake Burns, in advance of the tour’s commencement. Jake Burns founded Stiff Little Fingers in […]

Main photo by Will Byington

Stiff Little Fingers (SLF) is embarking on its final coast-to-coast U.S. tour. The tour also celebrates the 45th anniversary of the band’s seminal debut album, Inflammable Material. I caught up with SLF’s founder and frontman, Jake Burns, in advance of the tour’s commencement.

Jake Burns founded Stiff Little Fingers in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1977. Burns grew up during the “The Troubles,” as the sectarian civil war raging in Northern Ireland was known. Inflammable Material, which included amongst its classic songs, “Alternative Ulster” and “Suspect Device,” addressed the political turmoil and violence all around it, and brought them to the attention of music fans, and others, worldwide. It is still considered one of the greatest and most important punk albums ever made.

As stated on the band’s site, “Along with The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Damned, Buzzcocks, they were there at the start of the punk rock movement and are still recording and touring today.

Burns, and his wife Shirley Sexton, moved to West Virginia a few years back from Chicago, where they resided for almost two decades. Burns and bandmates, Ali McMordie; Steve Grantley; and Ian McCallum, kick off their US tour on May 1st, 2024, starting on the East Coast and heading west.

Mer Gold: Please tell us about the inspiration for the title of the tour and the latest track from the band. I understand it is inspired by the “Hate Has No Home Here” campaign in Chicago.

Jake Burns: Yes, that’s correct. That local campaign had such a powerful title that I wanted to share it with people outside of Chicago. I felt it applied not just to a neighborhood or a city but, in fact, to life. So, I broadened the scope of the idea in the lyric to be pretty much all-encompassing.


This is SLF’s last US coast-to-coast tour, how did you decide the time was right to make it the final one?

To be fair, my knees pretty much made the decision for me! LOL. Seriously, though, we are all getting older and SLF have always prided ourselves on a pretty high bar when it comes to live performance. So, I decided I wanted to scale back the amount of touring we undertake to try and keep that bar as high as possible. I’ve seen a number of bands move into their 60’s and try to play as often as they did in their 20’s. In a lot of cases, they simply can’t pull it off and “ease up on the gas” a bit. Understandable, but I didn’t want to do that.

Photo by Michael Steff


What are you looking forward to most on this tour? What can your fans look forward to?

Playing a lot of towns that I know I’ll probably never see again. Most of the places we’re playing have incredibly fond memories for me and I’m looking forward to seeing them one more time. Also, they now contain friends I’m hoping to catch up with, even briefly, especially in Chicago. The tour set will be much the same as the recent one in the U.K., which means we’re putting in a couple of songs we rarely, if ever, play, as well as most of the old favorites.

Will you miss touring coast to coast?

I’ll miss the people, but not the travel. That’s one of the main reasons for scaling back. But, we’ll still do the occasional festival if we get asked. They usually involve a few shows around the main date, so it’s almost certainly not the last time we’ll play over here, but it will be the last “long scale” trip.

Last year, you and your wife Shirley, moved from Chicago to a rural area in West Virginia. How did that decision come about for you both?

Well, without banging on about my age all the time as I don’t “feel” that old(!), but 65 seemed like a good time to look at slowing things down in all aspects of my life. Take a bit of time to “smell the roses”, if you know what I mean. Both Shirley and I have always lived in large-ish cities, Washington DC and Chicago in her case, Belfast, London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Chicago in mine. So, I fancied living in a small town before I shuffle off this mortal coil. I looked at a lot of small towns, not just here in the U.S. but also back in Ireland and Scotland and we decided on this little one in West Virginia. Shirley has family in the State, so we’d been coming out this way for Thanksgiving etc for many years and knew we loved the area.


Is country life what you expected? I’ve seen some of the photos you have shared elsewhere, which are beautiful.  

It’s fantastic. Everything we could have hoped for. We’re still finding new stuff after almost a year here. It’s such a change of pace to come from Chicago to a small town with around 3,500 residents. You know you’re not in a major city anymore when the main story on the local news is a runaway cow blocking the main intersection in town!

Photo by Will Byington


You are married to an American from the DC punk scene, and became a US citizen partially to vote against Trump. What is your reaction to his continued support? And in general, the support for those worldwide whose own autocracy flourishes?

I find it incredibly saddening. From the selfishly wealthy who can never see beyond their bank accounts when it comes to elections to those who have been duped into buying the scapegoat nonsense that his campaign relies upon, it’s all very dispiriting that this is where humanity is in the 21st century. That an obvious charlatan and snake oil salesman such as Trump can deceive and delude so many people, so easily it would seem, is heartbreaking. I refuse to believe that all of his “fanbase” are rabid racists, although a proportion undoubtedly are. I think that we have all been fed such a diet of mis-information over the past few years that it’s very difficult for some people to see the wood for the trees. And, the consequences of that are truly terrifying.


You are well known to be a supporter of Newcastle United FC of the English Premier League. How do you think your Club will finish out the season? Dying Scene readers will recall that you have noted your love for the NUFC in our World Cup special. Have you found a “Newcastle Pub,” in your new stomping grounds?.  

A: No pub here, I’m afraid. I did buy the biggest television I could find and install it in the basement so I can watch the games. Newcastle have had a frustrating season to say the least. Hampered by an unbelievable injury list and also by over-achieving last year, I always felt we were a year ahead of schedule. As I said, the injuries haven’t helped, nor has Sandro Tonali’s ban. If they manage to get into any sort of European competition, that will constitute a decent season at this point.

Photo by Michael Steff


Stiff Little Fingers kicks off its final US Coast to Coast tour on May 1, 2024, at the Paradise in Boston, MA. Ricky Warwick, from Belfast, Northern Ireland. It ends (as solo headliner) at Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on May 26, 2024.

Dying Scene will be on hand for the Chicago stop at The Metro on May 10, 2024.

SLF will also be one of the headliners at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas on May 27, 2024. In August they play Rebellion Fest in Blackpool, England; followed by dates in Cork and Dublin in Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photo by Craig O’Connell


Whether you are longtime fans of the band or are just discovering the punk legends, whether you have seen them live or have yet to do so, make sure to catch them on the road while you still can.

Thanks Jake! Cheers!

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DS Interview: Meet The Real You!

It’s been a minute since I did an interview, and we are definitely in for a treat today. Let me introduce you to The Real You, an emo pop-punk band from Florida. They have just released a new single, so I thought it was time for a little treat and to catch up with Tyler […]

It’s been a minute since I did an interview, and we are definitely in for a treat today. Let me introduce you to The Real You, an emo pop-punk band from Florida. They have just released a new single, so I thought it was time for a little treat and to catch up with Tyler from the band to give us some insight into who they are and how they came to be. And remember to check out Lackadaisical” below!


DS: HI, HI! How are you? Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers? 

Hello, I’m doing great today. Thank you so much for having me. My name is Tyler. I play guitar and do some lead and background vocals in an alternative emo band called The Real You. 

DS: What inspired your name? 

We got our name from a few different places. The first that I could think of was we had this song in the early stages of our band called Talk is Half the Game. It is still out on Spotify if anybody wants to listen to it. Still, we had written it before we had decided on a name, and in the bridge, there’s this lyric that says, “It’s not what you say, it’s what you do. Don’t let them change the real you. ”We were like “Oh, that could be our band name.” we also did this thing where we looked through the episode lists of some of our favorite cartoon shows to try to see if we could find a name that way because, at the time there was this band that we all kind of liked called trash boat which, I guess we don’t know for sure if their name originated from this. Still, there’s an episode of Regular Show, a Cartoon Network show titled Trash Boat. So we ended up finding an episode of a show called Adventure Time that was also titled “The Real You,” so we just decided that that would be the name.

DS: So, how did you start? What got you into music? 

So, I have always played music throughout my life. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 11, so it’s been a long time. I was in a band in Middle School. My high school offered a class called Music Techniques, which was otherwise known as rockband. In that class, we learned a set list and performed it at the end of the semester in the bands that we were broken up into at the beginning of the semester. It was a lot of fun, and we eventually did some concerts where we wrote our original music, which was also super fun. Some of my first songs that I ever wrote was performing them at those concerts.

I also took orchestra and learned how to play the cello, but all that boring stuff aside, what got me into this kind of music and playing in this band was due to our vocalist, Dennis. We went to the same high school, so we knew of each other, but he was in a band called Growing Pains, and he asked me to fill in for a show for them. We ended up not playing that show, but he and I wrote an EP together in his garage and tried to record it, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out. At that point, though, we had been kind of forming all new members. Everybody that was a part of growing pains was leaving, and we just decided that we were going to create a new project called the real you, and then we started from scratch essentially. Dennis was a big factor in getting me into this kind of music. I had always had these angsty kind of sad feelings, and I never really knew what to do with them, but once I discovered this genre of music, I instantly felt at home. I loved going out to shows, especially local shows. Still, like I experienced my first Warped Tour, I think, in 2016, and then I went every year after that, which was only until 2018, unfortunately, but that was how I got my start in this scene.

DS: Who are some big influences in music, but also non-musical influences? 

Some of my biggest influences are that it’s a tough one; it changes all the time, but I guess for me, the one that stays pretty consistent is Citizen. I think they have an amazing discography and an amazing sound. I’m definitely more of an album listener. I listen to albums in full rather than just random songs or playlists, and a citizen record from front to back is an experience that I don’t think any other band can replicate in the scene. I love the classics like The Story So Far. I’m also a big Movements fan, and that’s another one that’s been consistent for me. I’d say lately,  I’ve been getting into a lot more like shoegaze bands or shoegaze adjacent/grungy bands. I love Basement, I love balance and composure. Yeah, I’ll just stop at those. That’s enough to get the idea. As far as non-musical influences or inspiration, I don’t know how to answer that. I’m inspired by the people that I have in my life. Whether or not they make music, not most people that I have around me, including my family, are pretty cool. They are very supportive of everything that I do, and I couldn’t ask for a better support system. They inspire me and influence me to write music that I never thought I would ever be able to write, so I shout out to them. 

DS: You have just released a new single, Lackadaisical.”  Tell me everything about it! 

Yes, we have released a new single called “Lackadaisical.” This song was the first song to come about in the process of what we were working on at the time, which I know is the follow-up question, so I guess I’ll just give a little teaser into that, but we do have an EP coming out this year. We’re taking a little non-traditional approach into releasing it rather than you know doing a few singles and then releasing the thing as a whole I think we’re going to release every song on it as a single just because we’re a small band and we’re really trying to get our name out there and the more consistently your releasing music and exposing yourself to the the airwaves the better chance you have of getting picked up or people hearing you and all these songs that we have coming up are really good we’re all super proud of them I am definitely proud of them I had a lot to do with writing them which was a little bit different from how we had done stuff in the past but I had a blast and it was very cathartic for me to talk about some really tough things that I had been experiencing at the time. “Lackadaisical” for example was, you know, I had moved to Gainesville in like late 2020 early 2021 and I looking back on that time beforehand I don’t really feel like I had much going on in my life or much of my own identity and it was an adjustment. When I moved I was finally like a fully fledged adult and had responsibilities and you know I tried the college thing and it didn’t work and I gave up that to pursue music and I felt like my anxiety in all aspects, whether it was social anxiety or just anxiety about life, existential dread, whatever you want to call it was at an all-time high. I just remembered like being “like damn like I really want to write music right now but I just I can’t handle anything so what makes me think I’m going to be able to sit down and write a song?” That kind of birth the idea of “Lackadaisical.” Our drummer, his name is Kyle, (and) we were jamming on a riff one day and I kind of like wrote the melody on the guitar and it was that like cadence of “Lackadaisical” and I just thought it fit super well and then I just kind of wrote what was on my mind. You know I would say lyrically it’s pretty simple it just gets right to the point. It’s kind of repetitive but it just drives in the fact that you know I was really like I didn’t know what the f*** to do with myself at the time

DS: Will you be releasing an album this year? Or an EP? 

So yes, like I said before, we’re releasing an EP. It’ll be out entirely by the end of the summer, but we’re doing a single every six weeks, so after this one, we’ll have another song in 6 weeks and then follow it up with another one, and we only have six songs total, so yeah.

DS: What is the funniest that has happened since you started the band? 

This is tough. I don’t know if I could nail a specific funniest moment. I mean, the current group that we have right now is me, our vocalist Dennis, our other guitarist Isaac, and then our drummer Kyle. We all kind of, you know, goof around, make jokes, and do silly things when we’re playing shows. But if I had to pick a specific moment that jumps out to me, which isn’t funny, it’s definitely a moment to remember when we did a DIY tour in 2019. The band was a different lineup at the time, for the most part, so I’m not referring to the same people. Still, we were driving from Alabama to, I believe, South Carolina through the night, and that night was our bassist’s turn to lock up the U-Haul and make sure everything was good. And dude did not do a good job at it. He might have been too high or just wasn’t really fully there because, you know, playing shows is exhausting. He didn’t fully lock it up, and we drove down the interstate. Some car pulled up next to us like, honking their horn like crazy and waving their hands at us, and turned out the door to our trailer was completely open. I was terrified that when we pulled over, you know, we would just see for miles, our gear sprawled throughout the interstate, but fortunately, we only lost two personal bags of some of the members. All of our gear was fine, which is why I can look back on it now and kind of laugh, but at the time, it was actually really scary. But yeah, definitely memorable for sure.

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