Monday, July 01, 2013

10 Questions with Violent Affair

Images courtesy of Violent Affair
Violent Affair is a street punk band hailing from Oklahoma City.  Recently the band has been on tour opening for The Casualties and is releasing an EP (Pressure Is Rising) and full length record (The Cockroach Theory) this year.

This interview was conducted via email with Zach and Jesse May 8 – June 24, 2013.

For more information on Violent Affair check out their Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, ReverbNation, YouTube,, SongKick, Dying Scene, Unrepentant Records, Jailhouse Records, Discogs, and iTunes pages.

Dave:  How did the band get together?  What’s the story behind the name Violent Affair?

Zach:  The band was pieced together between 2007 and 2010 with some line-ups working better than others, we have now what we consider to be the final line-up. The name Violent Affair is a throwback to east coast street punk band Self-Destruct (members of A Global Threat and The Unseen) and is the title track of their 7 inch EP.

Jesse:  I'm pretty sure I saw VA with the original lineup in 2007. They were a different band than what you see today but I liked them. To me our name basically describes my worldview as a whole. Not what I want to see, but what I do see. And like Zach said, it came from Self-Destruct

Dave:  You are putting out two releases with Jailhouse Records this year, the Pressure Is Rising EP and The Cockroach Theory full-length.  How did you get hooked up with the label?  

Jesse:  I can't speak for our VA's Dave or Dave Jailhouse, and I think the hooking up part was mostly their doing. One thing I can say is that hard work does pay off, and hard work is something that we as a band have always done.

Dave:  You are currently on the road with The Casualties.  How did you become part of the tour?

Zach:  The Casualties happened to watch our set one night while we were opening up for them and I suppose they liked what they saw. Dave or Jesse could probably answer this one better, as the tour was decided on at a bar after-party I was too young to get into at the time haha.

Jesse:  We played with the Casualties in OKC last year and it was a really good show. I'm pretty sure everyone there had a blast. I think it's a combination of that and the fact that there just haven't been as many street punk bands on the road as there used to be.

Dave:  Does the band have any specific type of songwriting process?  How has your songwriting changed over the years?

Zach:  Over the years we tried some shit that worked and some shit that really didn't work, it's all trial and error in music and with the rise of social media now everybody gets to watch your trial and error like a TV show. In that, we worked harder to stick to the aspects that did work. Dave will come up with some lyrics and we'll use that as our jumping point, or sometimes Ryan might have a great idea for a song that we mold into our style, or it could be as simple as one of us playing a good riff at practice and flowing with it. It comes from all places, I think that's what keeps us unique as a punk band.

Jesse:  Zach said it. I think it helps that we practice together often and take our sessions seriously so we have a good understanding of how to work with each others' styles and by the time we share it with others we have each thoroughly made it our own.

Dave:  Your write a lot of lyrics about politics and society.  Do you consider Violent Affair to be a political band?  Also how has living in Oklahoma shaped your politics and lyrics?

Zach:  We support no party, no system, and have no declared affiliation. The 5 members have some differing political opinions, but we can all agree that the assholes who pull the strings (the banking cartels, crooked politicians, lobbyists, insurance companies) have run this country into the ground. That's where a lot of the political sounding songs come from. It can't be fixed, just burnt the fuck down and rebuilt.

Jesse:  They've run this country into the ground, and the entire world gets dragged down with it. However, I think the current state of politics is the equivalent of standing in your living room while it's on fire and discussing or debating about what sort of drapes you should get instead of putting it out.

I think the biggest impression that growing up here has left on me involves the way that Native Americans were treated by the government, and the understanding that people in the world today are still being mistreated. I find it odd and somewhat repulsive that elementary students are taught to celebrate the land run and statehood. But hey, it makes for a catchy song.

Dave:  What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?

Zach:  It's hard to say anything too solid about the scene in Oklahoma, it will always have its bigger and smaller waves, but most of all it's home. The people who give enough of a shit will be around forever.

Jesse:  I'll go with Zach's answer.

Dave:  Since starting out, you have toured across the country.  What have been some of your favorite cities to play in and who are some of your favorite bands too play with?

Zach:  Favorite cities for me at least: El Paso, Boston, Denver, San Diego, and Salt Lake City

Favorite bands to play with: The Potato Pirates, Combat Crisis, The Dirty Mugs, Evacuate, and as funny as it is to say, the casualties. we have a way of pulling energy out of watching each other play. it makes us both push harder.

Jesse:  Those. And Omaha.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question.  What are your top 5 favorite bands/artists, albums, movies, television series, and books/authors?

Zach:  I'm gonna let the other guys take it from here, but i'm answering the next one for fun.

Jesse:  I am so bad at picking favorites. Ummm. I thought I would at least try but it's downright impossible.

Dave:  What’s next for the band?

Zach:  Pizza naps
Breakfast pussy
Goats 'n shit

We've got "The Cockroach Theory" coming out September 10th and after that probably another couple of tours before the end of 2013. The busier we stay the happier we all are. Never expect us to slow down.

Dave:  Any final thoughts?

Zach:  Thank you very much for your time and good luck turning my gibberish into comprehensible answers.

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