DFW skate-punk band Noogy is touring the East Coast on the heels of their second EP release this year, “Pessimistic”. If you get the chance, this is for-sure, for-sure a band you are going to want to check out live. These boys have been pretty busy tearing up the southwest, from Texas to Cali, hanging out with MDC and otherwise running amok. They’ve made a pretty noticeable impression on their worthy followers of youthful hoodrats and miscreants as well. Check em out!
I caught up with Andre at the kick-off party, and scheduled a time for him to give me a call… He hit me up, and we talked road life, Dead Kennedy’s, Steve-O and more. Check out their tour schedule and read that conversation below.
DS: Hey Andre, what’s up, man? How’s it going?
Andre: Pretty good, just hanging out and playing guitar.
DS: Oh yeah? Are you in Arkansas?
Andre: Nah we’re leaving tomorrow in the morning.
DS: Oh, tomorrow. Ok, that’s cool man.
Andre: Yeah, I’m pretty excited it’s gonna be crazy.
DS: For sure, for sure. You ready?
Andre: Hell yeah.
DS: Alright, cool man. So, this is your second big tour. How do you feel about it?
Andre: Pretty stoked. It’s crazy to be going to New York, you know? I mean, that’s a real kind of milestone for us, because we’ve already been to California and stuff. I don’t know, it’s just a real trip, you know? It makes you feel like you’re doing something. That’s for sure.
DS: Yeah, for sure. That’s cool. I’m proud of you guys. Why “Noogy”, dude?
Andre: Hah, yeah, we get that a lot. Well, I was trying to think of words that were, you know, close to my heart, or whatever, and, well my brothers, they got me into punk. So that was kind of the main reason. You know what I mean?
DS: Oh yeah, younger brother?
Andre: Yeah, and just, you know getting the hand-me-down from them. That’s kind of how I heard about the whole punk rock thing in the first place so that’s kind of how it came about. We catch a lot of shit for that though.
DS: Do you?
Andre: It’s kind of crazy. Scott, (owner of Three Links, Dallas) one time he introduced me to the drummer of The Distillers, and he was like, “Hey, check this out. These kids play in this band called Noogy. Awesome band, terrible name!”
Andre: Like motherfucker dude! This dude’s my hero and he was clowning on us. He’s cool though. He was just playing. That was pretty funny.
DS: Cool man. Is this your baby?
Andre: Oh yeah. Big time, man. This is our first band ever, and well, we just went through a lot of bullshit with bandmembers and you know what I mean? Like your first band is the one you learn with, learn all the ropes, so we’ve been through a lot with that.
DS: What drives you, man?
Andre: It’s either this or fuckin’ be a janitor.
DS: Right on, yeah, I feel you.
Andre: You know what I mean? I mean, what else are we gonna… because, that’s the other thing, you know? Like, before we were doing all this, me and Nick, the drummer, because we have been best friends since like, I don’t know… high school. Before this, I mean we were just fucking doing drugs and going to jail, really. You know? And Skateboarding, but… so I don’t know man, it was just kind of an alternative. You know what I mean?
DS: For sure. Keep it positive… You guys met Steve-O on your last tour. What happened there? That’s awesome.
Andre: Yeah, yeah. Dude, that was so crazy. Ok, so we were in California. We were in like Ventura or something and we pulled over to go to Whole Foods, right? So, I like get out the van door, and I just look over. I’m like stretching or something and there’s this fucking big motherfucker getting out of this tiny little electric car and they had like those little like charger pump things for those out there and he’s getting out of it. I’m like, “That’s fucking Steve-O!” I said that out loud. I was like, “Steve-O! Holy Shit!” You know? So, like we all just rush him and he looked like, he was like, “Aww shit!” and he was trying to get away, but I was like “Ahhh dude, can I get a picture with you or something?” and he was like, “Yeah for sure.” He was super cool about it. He took pictures with everybody. He is way bigger than you think he’d be dude. That guy’s like football player big.
DS: Oh wow! The big guy was Steve-O?
Andre: Yeah, dude. I though he was gonna be like a little crack head dude. You know what I mean? This fool’s big man. It’s just funny. He was really nice and down to earth. That was pretty crazy though. That was definitely like, “What the fuck, dude?”
DS: Yeah, cool. You guys had a couple releases in the past year. I like Pessimistic a whole lot. Could you run through your studio and recording experience and just like how you guys went about that?
Andre: Ok the first one was the Whatever EP. We recorded a bunch of little shitty ones before that, but this is kind of like the most… It was like once the band got the songs together, and we had a forth member, second guitar, so… that’s kind of when it got more serious. We just recorded it in Nick’s bedroom. Had a dude come over. Yeah, mic’d up, did a live thing, over-dubbed the vocals, but, yeah, I think the songs are pretty good man, but honestly, we were pretty green, because we just started with Zach (guitar) at that point. So, it was again just like a learning experience. Just kind of trying to figure out how we wanted it to sound.
DS: So how was the Pessimistic EP different?
Andre: We just knew a little bit more. You know what I mean? And we had been playing a lot longer with each other so that was a lot more smooth, but I kind of didn’t like how it sounded a little bit over produced to me. I like the whole 80’s punk sound, you know what I mean? Like, it sounds like how they would sound live. I felt like the “Pessimistic” one was a little bit more like, you know, a studio album, which is good too. I don’t know. I think the songs are a lot better on Pessimistic for sure. They came out better, but I’m ready to put out a fucking, you know an album that sounds how we sound live, which I don’t think we really have yet. You know?
DS: Ok. Do you write all the songs?
Andre: Yeah. Yeah, I’m pretty much the one writing all the lyrics. We kind of make the music up as a band, you know?
DS: So, you mentioned before that like Zach… he had just joined the band, and I guess that was when you guys started to learn how things were going, or you know, you guys just kind of progressed a lot, and now he’s not in the band anymore, and you also told me that Mason the bass player is gonna be leaving the band as well, and so how will you be moving on with writing and just in general, you know, with a new band? Can we expect the same kind of stuff out of you? Or what? Is that gonna affect anything?
Andre: I think it will and it won’t. I think it will because, you know, you just have a chemistry with people when you play with them. I’m sure you know that from playing with a bunch of different drummers, you know? Like, fucking, everybody’s different when you jam with them. Like even if it’s the same songs, they’ll play it a little bit different, so in that way, yeah, you know… It’ll be different. But I mean, really, from the start it’s been me and Nick. That’s kind of always been the core of Noogy.
DS: Alright so the core is still intact. Noogy is still there.
Andre: Yeah, you know, like that’s who I started with, so that hasn’t really changed. But it will still be the same songs and honestly if anything I fell like it’s gonna be better because the people we are getting now are like younger kids. You know? And they are real… like you know Anthony, (Noogy’s new guitarist) and we’ll get my younger homie Kurt. He’s moving from Austin to play bass. They are just like, all-in. Before it was like we couldn’t tour as much because they had jobs and stuff, and me and Nick are bumming it so we’re fucking… you know? We’re just trying to do the whole full on music thing. After, like sometimes when people are older they’ve got more responsibilities and stuff, so we got some younger cats and now we’re gonna try to really knuckle down and go for it.
DS: For sure, well, how’d the last tour go?
Andre: Ok, so we had that first one in California. That was like a year ago. Then we did one in December, and that was kind of like, that was like a lot smaller. But the last tour in December, we just went through the southeast and stuff, and that was cool. I was just fucking cold and crazy. You know? It’s like every night is different. You never know what to expect. If you’re gonna have a place to stay, or, you know what I mean? You never know. It’s just a trip dude, like everyday is different. It was just a blast dude. It makes you feel like you’re living! You know what I mean?
DS: For sure, for sure. You guys put on a pretty rowdy show.
Andre: Thank you.
DS: Where did that come from? Is that just local vibes or does that follow you on the road as well?
Andre: Well, I think that’s a bit of both too, you know? I think because locally, everybody knows the songs and stuff so they sing them. I think that kind of makes it gnarlier when people feel involved. And I think that’s the biggest part. That’s really like what I want with the music most. Is for people to feel like they can be a part of it. You know? That’s, I don’t know, that’s how it was for me at least, when I would listen to music. With like an Op Ivy CD or something you know the words and you can sing to it and you can learn to play it real easy. You know what I mean? It just makes it feel like its possible for YOU to start a band, and I think that’s, that’s the main thing we are shooting for with the music. I think that’s what makes it rowdy, because people can get into it really easy. Long story short, yeah, fuckin’ I think when we go on the road it’s a little bit harder to get people moving sometimes because it will be like a Tuesday in Omaha or something. You know what I mean? They’re like, “I got work in the morning.” Or whatever, but it is cool when you go to some place and it’s just a bunch of kids and they just tear shit up. That’s Denver for us. We have a lot of friends out there now.
DS: Oh, yeah?
Andre: There scene is all like 16-year-olds to like 20-year-olds, you know? So, they all go crazy. The first time we ever played there it was insane. We didn’t know anybody really, and then as soon as it kicked off, I mean the kids went ape, dude. Ok, because it’s at this place called Seventh Circle. That’s like the big club in Denver. It’s like Gillman, dude, and it’s a real blast just to be a part of something like that. I mean they really get it, dude. So, it’s just hit-or-miss, really, but we try to give it our all. That’s definitely a big part of what we do, and I think that’s helped us a lot moving forward, because we play hard even when there’s like four people there.
DS: Yeah, cool man. Can you tell me about the house show scene?
Andre: Yeah, a lot of the houses have shut down recently. That’s kind of a bum-out, but yeah, it’s just sick, dude. I mean it’s still, there’s definitely a circuit for it, but in Denton it’s kind of dying off a little bit. I think it’s true punk rock at its core, because, I mean, that DIY all the way, that these people are putting on themselves. They are getting their TV broken for a show. You know what I mean? I don’t know man it’s just more down to earth, I feel like, because when you go to a club they start having all these rules, like 21 and up, and just, I mean stuff that really cuts out the heart of it sometimes. You know? Like when they are more concerned with the money instead of the bands having a good show or whatever. But, yeah dude, there is a whole underground circuit and I don’t know. That’s definitely one way to go, and that’s a good way to meet people that really care about it, because when you play at a bar, you are definitely gonna run into some scummier people who are just about the money.
DS: Is your upcoming tour revolving around the house show scene, or are you guys going into more venues?
Andre: Well, you know that’s a good question. There’s so many dates I can’t really remember to be honest. Let me think for a second. Ok, the first one. The first one in Arkansas is gonna be a house show. So yeah, that’s a house show, and then the second one’s a house show. Heh. The third one is like a DIY… I guess it was an old auto shop or something in Ohio, outside Cleveland. So, I don’t know. We’ve got some place like that. Yeah, we had to go through a couple bars, like in the north east because that’s just, I mean we were really just picking out people we knew, and what they could get. You know what I mean? Most of the time you can’t be picky. Most of it is DIY spots. We are playing FDR Skatepark. That’s gonna be cool. That’s gonna be a definite awesome time, because that’s punk rock all the fucking way, dude! You know what I mean?
DS: Yeah, for sure.
Andre: So, I’m stoked on that.
DS: Do you prefer house shows to venues? I guess, you prefer when people are in it for the love?
Andre: It’s kind of a trade-off. House shows would seem like they would have people that would be more down, which is true, people are more down usually when you go into a house show, because they are in their own environment. You know what I mean? That’s where everybody feels more comfortable. There’s that, but like, also fuckin’ you know sometimes the houses don’t have a good PA or you know what I mean?
Andre: Or just it wasn’t promoted well. I mean it’s really just a trade-off. You never know. Really the only thing I care about is people having a good time and maybe our music reaching somebody, and it being like a thing people can look to. You know? Like, they go to a show, hear our music, and they’re like, “Wow! That kid was talking about, you know, starting my own band, or whatever, and, like, I never thought I could start my own band.” Because that’s happened a few times around here, you know? That’s like the main thing for me, dude, trying to get people to like do it themselves and show them, like, “Dude, we don’t know what we’re doing either.” Just go for it and it will work out, you know?
DS: For sure.
Andre: Yeah, so that’s the main focus for me, but… man, sorry I don’t even remember what the question was.
DS: Ahh its ok. I think you answered it.
Andre: Ok. Good. Good.
DS: You guys have played with some pretty big groups. Can you talk about that for a moment and what are some of your best memories?
Andre: Oh, ok. I’d say Dead Kennedy’s is probably the biggest one, but I don’t know. That one was kind of… It’s not Jello, you know what I mean? So, it’s kind of like, but, it was crazy though because it was like some of the original members. Everybody but Jello. So, we get to open for them, right? And when we open there was probably like 300 people there, so that was insane, dude, and like a bunch of the kids knew our songs and everybody was going ape shit and that was really rad, but we drove like 13 hours from Denver the day before and slept like 3 hours because that was the only way we were gonna make it, and that was at the end of the last tour. So, it was like, we did like 9 days or something, get to Denver, drive to like, you know, Trinidad Colorado, 3 hours out or whatever, sleep for like 3 hours, get up, and then drive the rest of the way, and then play the show. You know what I mean? It was like totally nuts. Partying super hard, like just a total blast, you know? And it is an honor to play with a band like the Dead Kennedy’s you know? That was super crazy. That was really rowdy.
DS: Sounds like it.
Andre: And Nick blacked out at the end of it, and he was like yelling at me and shit. He was like totally blacked out, and had no idea what he was doing, and he was like… and this is the funniest part. So, we did the whole fucking tour, dude, 13-hour drive, played the show and we’re all beat and we’re driving back an hour to Denton and he’s in the back shit-housed and he’s going, “You know what your fucking problem is?” and I was like, “What?” and he was like, “You’re a fucking piece of shit!” and just fucking going crazy, and punching the back of the seat. I mean, it was nuts, dude, and that’s pretty much every tour there’s something like that. So, that was crazy. That was one of the crazier ones. That was my Dead Kennedy’s experience. We played with MDC and DOA the other day. That was really crazy. We played with them before, and drove like ten hours and not got paid, and then Dave Dictor gave us 20 bucks out of his own pocket. So that was definitely like a big moment for me, you know? To see the promoter not give a shit and then that dude be like, “Here you go.” You know?
Andre: That was really like a serious like, “Whoa…” you know? People really do believe in punk rock. It’s not all a bunch of washed-up sellout people, you know?
DS: For sure, man. Nice That was very nice of him.
Andre: Yeah that was really crazy. But yeah, we played with them and they asked us to do a Texas tour on this last one, so we’re gonna do a Texas tour with MDC in September. That’s gonna be pretty rowdy. I’m trying to think of some crazy shows though, like some really gnarly…
DS: Hey man, that’s plenty. That’s pretty good. You mentioned the Texas tour with MDC. What else does the future hold for Noogy?
Andre: Well… a lot of partying. Skateboarding. Well, ok so we’ve got this tour. We’re going to New York. That’s gonna be a seventeen-day thing going out there. We come back in August. Teach the new bass player all the songs, because the dude going on this tour with us is a different dude, so he is just the tour bass player. So, get back, August, gonna teach Kurt all the songs and go over that. In September or the end of August/early September we are going to California again, and we are gonna go play out there in like Albuquerque, Phoenix, but, on the way, but then we are gonna play L.A. at Toxic Toast Theatre. It’s the only all ages spot in Long Beach and it’s some pretty down-to-earth shit. Then we’re going to Fresno and we’re playing this really fucking big show with like Exploited and Monster Squad and all this shit. It’s called Fresno Invasion. So that’s gonna be some, like real huge shit. So that’s pretty much what we based the whole thing around. So, yeah, then Fresno with all those big bands, and then we are going to Gillman’s in Berkeley. That’s really crazy, because that’s like, you know, all my favorite bands started from there. Yeah, and then we’re coming back, and that’s another crazy thing. But yeah, then we get back from that and we are hanging out for another two weeks or whatever, and we are going on tour with MDC, and get to play a show with The Exploited again in Dallas.
DS: Sounds like you have a nice little schedule in front of you.
Andre: Yeah man, its crazy you know? Like you saw us early on. I mean you remember dude, I mean we didn’t, we were just like a local band. We didn’t have nothing going for us big time or anything, we were just some kids playing music, and you know to be here and to have people like you ask us to do an interview for like a cool magazine like Dying Scene, and to like get to play with bands like MDC, and you know just, DOA, and Reagan Youth and all these other bands like it’s a dream come true, really. This is the stuff that, you know, I never thought I could do and so to have the option and to have like people believe in us enough to do that, it’s a mind blower, you know? Dude I remember when it was just me and Nick, and we didn’t have shit going for us and we were just doing speed, and I had fucking felony probation, you know? And I’m like 15 and it’s just like to go from that bullshit to this, dude, is like, it’s just awesome. I mean we get to go around the country just skateboarding and playing shows and having fun, dude. So that’s, you know what I mean? It’s more than I could ever ask for.
DS: Best of luck to you in the future, Andre. That was a goods interview.
Andre: Yeah, Thank you, Forrest. For real man.