Friday, July 23, 2010

10 Questions with Teenage Bottlerocket


Teenage Bottlerocket is a four piece pop punk band from Wyoming that will be playing at the Conservatory in OKC tonight (July 23, 2010). The band has released records for Red Scare and is currently on Fat Wreck Chords. Fans of Screeching Weasel, The Ramones, and ALL should get to the show tonight, or if you can’t make it then check out any one of the bands fantastic CDs.

This interview was conducted with Ray Carlisle via email in July 2010. For more information on Teenage Bottlerocket check out on their Official website, MySpace, Facebook, Fat Wreck Chords, Last.fm, and Wikipedia.

Dave: How did the band get together?
Ray Carlisle: We sorta grew up together playing music in different bands. We grew closer and closer as the years went by. Everything just fell into place.

Dave: You have released records with Red Scare and Fat Wreck Chords. How did you get hooked up with each label?
Ray: We hooked up with redscare because of a show we played at Gilman St. We passed out free cd's at the show and one of them ended up in Toby's hands. He sent us an email and we recorded a couple of records for his label. Vanessa (our publicist) helped us out with our 2nd redscare release and she is the in house publicist for Fat. She gave us an in with Fat Mike. We also played some shows with NOFX. Mike called me and let me know they were interested. Thats what went down.

Dave: You contributed a track to the Swingin’ Utters tribute album Untitled 21: A Juvenile Tribute to Swingin’ Utters for Red Scare. How did you become involved with the project? Why did you pick the song “London Drunk?”
Ray: We are huge Swingin Utters fans and the tribute was a no brainer. My favorite Swingin Utters cd is Juvenile product and I always liked London Drunk. I thought that the accordian part would sound great as a guitar lead so we went for it.

Dave: How many of you skate?
Ray: 2 of us skate, my brother Brandon and I.

Dave: A lot of your songs focus on relationships (good and bad). How much of your lyrics are based on personal experience and/or past relationships?
Ray: We try to keep it half and half, Half the songs will be about girls and the other half are about skating or Burger King.

Dave: Who are some of your favorite bands to play with? What are your favorite cities to play?
Ray: San Francisco is my favorite city to play. Dead to Me, NOFX, Cobra Skulls and Banner Pilot are my favorite bands to tour with.

Dave: What’s it like to record in The Blasting Room?
Ray: It's phenominal. I dont have much to compare it to but it is by far the best studio I have ever recorded at.

Dave: This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top 5 favorite bands/artists, albums, movies, TV shows, books/authors?
Ray: Whoa, umm, my top 5 favorite bands at the moment are the Spits, Banner Pilot, Marked Men, Devo, and NOFX. My top 5 favorite albums are Fear the Record, Banner Pilot Collapser, Lillingtons Death By TV ,The Spits 19 million AC, and Marked Men Fix my Brain. My top 5 favorite movies are American Movie, Revenge of the Nerds, Goodfellas, First Blood, and First Blood 2. My top 5 favorite TV shows are South Park, Its always Sunny in Philly, Entourage, Dexter, and Iron Chef America. My top 5 favorite books are Rivethead, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Goodnight Goon, You Idiot, and Ask the Dust.

Dave: What’s next for the band?
Ray: We are going on tour with The Bosstones in August and then we head out with Me First in October.

Dave: Any final thoughts?
Ray: Thanks for checking this out. Love Love.

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