Hardcore punk act, The Casualties are currently touring the US in support of their recently released album “We Are All We Have”, and during their stopover in LA Dying Scene’s Natalie Perez was able to catch up with bassist Rick Lopez.
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1. How, when, and why did you form?
Rick: For the love of punk rock music because there wasn’t any at the time. It was all for the music, we formed in the 90s and have been playing strong ever since.
2. How does it feel to play back in the U.S. and how is the current tour going?
Rick: The current tour is going great. We just released the new record and this tour is to support that record. We’re out on the West Coast right now and we’re about to play L.A. tonight – one of our favorite cities to play. We’ve been having huge turn outs, having kids who are into the punk scene and punk music come out with lots of energy. After this tour, we’re going be heading out to Japan next month and then South America in December – pretty much hitting the road non-stop.
3. “We Are All We Have,” came out this past Tuesday. Have you gotten all the partying out of the way?
Rick: Well the partying is part of the tour and it’s something we do but we don’t want to get up on stage and look like retarded drunks. We want to make sure we play well and don’t want to suck on stage, so when we drink and party we save it for afterward!
4. What are a majority of your songs about? Is there an underlying theme?
Rick: We don’t have an agenda on what we write about. We just write about what’s currently going on around us and the world – what we’ve seen or heard about. Sometimes we have political themes to our music like our previous albums, but on “We Are All We Have” we basically wrote about whatever was important to us personally.
5. What are your immediate music career goals?
Rick: Just make the best records we can, do a lot of touring and make sure people like our music and have a good time.
6. What can you say about your secret show on September 27 out at the Cobalt Cafe?
Rick: Oh yes, we’re doing a secret show in L.A. before we head out to Japan the following day.
7. What is one of the toughest interview questions you’ve been asked?
Rick: “What does punk mean to you?” I just hate answering that. It’s not something that you can really describe. I know the answer but I just can’t put it into words. It’s one of those questions you just can’t answer.
8. Out of all the shows you have played, on this tour – is there one that stands out as a favorite? If so, please explain.
Rick: L.A. is one of our favorite places to play – the Key Club is a smaller venue to play and normally always packed, which is good so I’m really looking forward to playing it.
9. Who are some of your favorite bands you’ve shared the stage with? Can you name some of the bigger bands that you’ve played with if any?
Rick: Yeah one of the bigger bands we’ve played with was Bad Religion. They’re really cool guys and we pretty much followed them growing up, so having the chance to talk to them about music was awesome. Circle Jerks a favorite of mine and being able to hang out and talk music with those guys was great for me. As of right now we’re touring with a band called the Krum Bums. They’re an up and coming band from Austin, Texas, and those guys are great.
10. What advice do you have for fans who want to start their own bands?
Rick: It’s a lot of hard work and you should definitely do it. Don’t listen to what other people say – do what you want to do. Just go out and play and do what you love to do.
11. What should people know about you? What sets you apart?
Rick: I think what sets us apart is that we’re hardcore and we’re loud. That’s what I like. We’re doing what we love to do and when you see us playing you know we’re not doing this for a paycheck – we’re doing this because it’s what we love.
13. Thanks for doing the interview, anything you’d like to add?
Rick: Our new record is out now and we’re touring on it, so come check out a show pick up a record and come check out The Casualties.