Coming outta Lexington, Kentucky, THE INFECTED is a 4-piece Punk Rock band that combines a classic, snotty vintage sound with the sugar-fix energy of the latest bunch of whippersnappers fresh out of the snot blocks. The band split up in 2003 but, come 2007, were back together and ready to kick up a veritable storm of choice Punk Rock once again. Interview with vocalist Nate, guitarist Mark and bassist Andy.
..Let's start at the end of chapter one of INFECTED: What friction was going on within the band to warrant splitting up twice in a year before the final split in 2003?
..Nate) Years of building tension between me, Mark and Andy. Mostly about the control of the band and the direction it was going in. I had a lot of jealousy issues and habits that can alter a man's perception of his surroundings. Eventually it was directed toward Rocky, even though it wasn't at all his fault we were having problems. The problems were growing from the start before Rocky was ever involved. He was just picking up the pieces of an already broken band.
..What ultimately lead you to finally split up in 2003, right after recording the still-unreleased 'All Time Low' album and on the eve of fifth tour of the States? The sleeve notes of the recent retrospective state there was a lot of 'inner turmoil' and you were pulling in different directions - what happened? Did you, Nate, want INFECTED to be an Ska band or something?!!
..Nate) We were preparing to leave for Detroit, to start a week of dates that were booked when everything just exploded. We all started fighting each other at the same time. Some how I broke out the front window to my house and lost it. I kicked everyone out of my house and they all left. I was having a mental breakdown at that time in my life. I was very ill. When they called to try to work things out, I refused to cooperate. That was that. It was time for what we wouldn't know would be a long needed break.
As for the SQUALL LINE thing, it had been going on for a while before INFECTED had finally split. I enjoy all kinds of music and I had to get my fix. I was often ridiculed for liking certain things but I think the guys have come around a lot since those years, as I have to their music. And Ska? I have always hated ska. It's Mark that has love for Ska. Ask him about it!
..Haha - I couldn't really picture you in a Ska band! What lead to the band's reformation and who instigated it? How does the interaction between the band members now differ from when you split in 2003? Has the 3-4 intervening years seen a maturing and changing of attitudes?
..Mark) The reformation was basically because we all had a great time and made awesome music together while having a lot of fun doing it. We've all matured a little and decided that we were just idiots and should play together again. As for myself, Nate and Andy, I think we just realized that we are musical partners in a sense, and when we write together something insanely magical happens - for us at least. We don't really argue anymore, we're more like a family. Our differences are out in the open, we embrace that and really respect each other.
..What are you hoping the band will achieve now that it didn't before? You working on new material and playing live, or is this gonna be one of those tired reformations that sees a band playing on its past and only doing Holidays In The Sun style retrogressive festivals?
..Mark) We really want to get our record 'All Time Low' released which we have been sitting on for a while. It's being mastered at Peerless Mastering, in Boston by Jeff Lipton. We want to get out of the country, and we want to have a hectic touring schedule like we used to.
As for the Holidays in the Sun reference, I'm totally down with playing some festivals, but this is more than a tired reformation. We have been writing all kinds of new music that is taking us in different directions. We have always been about exploring new sounds and keeping the music exciting and eclectic. We're just taking that to the next level now.
..You have been musically active during the interim. You, Mark, were in DEEP 13 - is that still a going concern? And Nate - I understand you formed/joined an Emo band - the aforementioned SQUALL LINE - tell us about that.
..Mark) I have played guitar/vocals and wrote music with RUBBERBAND, toured the country with CITY MOUSE on drums (also with Andy Boy on bass), played guitar with SQUALL LINE, played guitar with VERY EMERGENCY, played and toured with DEEP 13 for years (drums and guitar on separate occasions, along with Andy Boy on bass), and play drums now for the ALL AMERICAN WEREWOLVES. I have been working in a recording studio, Nitrosonic for almost three years now and that's fucking amazing. Brian Pulito, drummer for 9 POUND HAMMER and the YELLOW BELTS, is the owner and we've developed an amazing relationship. That guy has his shit straight when it comes to doing audio right. That's what's been going on with me. But now, I'm really focusing on new stuff for INFECTED. I want to finish a new album; we're totally excited about our new material.
..Nate) I have, off and on, done SQUALL LINE through several formations since 2001. Patrick Cammack is my musical partner in The LINE, and my current members also include Mark and Andy from INFECTED. I have also played on Cammack's projects such as HATCHER WOUNDS, and OUTLAW CULTURE. I spent a couple years playing in a rock band called MAYO BALTIMORE AND THE VULVATONES. That was pretty nuts.
..Given all the extracurricular INFECTED activity (bassist Andrew is in the great KILL TOBY WYATT also), has this hindered INFECTED's progress? Does INFECTED take priority over all the other bands - or is it 'first-come-first-served' deal?
..Andy) Well, for the most part, we have all been in the other bands with each other. I kind of look at it like different personalities. I try not to put one band in front of the other ever, but sometimes if there are two shows to choose from, you have to decide which one is more important. For example, if INFECTED is supposed to play some big festival out of state and KILL TOBY WYATT is supposed to play on the same day here in town, it's obvious which one is going to be played. There isn't a problem from any band members, cause here in this town, we don't have a lot of people to choose from, so more than often we end up sharing members with other locals.
..Nate) We don't have a problem with sharing members. I personally enjoy all of Mark and Andy's other projects, although KILL TOBY WYATT is my favourite. Before DEEP 13 disbanded, they were a force to be reckoned with!
..Mark) It's never been an issue with us playing in other bands. Like Andy said, we all support each other and this is a grass roots family of punk rockers, metal heads, music lovers and friends.
..Can you tell us how you got involved with Punk Rock in the first place?
..Andy) I was an orchestra nerd. I played classical from when I was in grade school till I met old Nasty Nate in Spanish class. We hung out a lot after that and he actually started getting me into a lot of stuff. I think he actually walked up to me one day with an OFFSPRING record - 'Smash' I think it was, ha ha! - and said, "Hey man, check this one out!" and that was kinda how it all started for me.
..Nate) I grew up listening to Black Sabbath and Motley Crue. I was huge into SAMHAIN and MISFITS. An older guy in my neighborhood that loved the MISFITS used to come pick me up and drive me to Cut Corner Record Store and say I was stupid if I didn't buy what he told me. I was 12. He was like 20. I wasn't going to argue. He made me buy 'The First Four Years' by BLACK FLAG. I was blown away. It was all the hatred I had locked up inside thrashing out of my stereo! Then I got into SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, BAD RELIGION, DESCENDENTS, BAD BRAINS, OFFSPRING, PANTERA, and ya know how it goes from there. The underground bands just had more I could identify with, being an outcast from my peers. It stood for the struggle and pressure young kids face. It taught me how to say FUCK YOU and fight back. I'm still living for it 16 years later.
..Mark) I started Eugene Fanzine when I was 15, with an older friend, Jesus Rivera, who introduced me to the fanzine world with a zine he worked on in Detroit called 'Hoofsip'. I loved it and wanted the outlet. I fell in love with Punk Rock because it was underground and different, and I could relate to it. When I was in high school, Greg Graffin and BAD RELIGION was my religion, and stuff like DESCENDENTS, BLACK FLAG, MISFITS, SCREECHING WEASEL, DEAD MILKMEN, DISRUPT, MINOR THREAT, PENNYWISE, DAG NASTY, and so much more was my soundtrack.
..What about your youth - did you come from particularly musical households, or with an upbringing where you were surrounded by music?
..Nate) My mom was a Country music singer and a gospel singer when I was a small child. I can slightly remember being woke up out of bed as a little child to watch her perform on a amateur TV show called 'You Can Be A Star!'. I guess she was always musical and let me listen to pretty much whatever I wanted. So she wasn't too surprised when I started listening to the craziest shit I could find.
..Andy) I grew up with music all around me. I played a lot of instruments and had like five or six private lessons a week. When I got involved in playing in a band, my parents freaked out. They expected me to go to college on a scholarship for music or something, not play Punk Rock. They are totally cool with it now, especially after they see how the guys that I started playing music with 11 or so years ago are still my closest friends!
..Mark) I've always been into music, since I was a tiny little tike, and it makes complete sense that everything else went out the window besides this for me. The only music that I am aware of in my family is my brother, Rocky, who drummed with us for years. And my Aunt Mickey, who is an amazing pianist. I traded my Sega Game Gear for a Fender electric guitar when I was 15, and that was it. My parents would never let me have a drum set, or buy me a guitar, so it was up to me. They hated it for a while, my dad was a coach for almost 20 years. They seem ok with it now, but my dad has expressed to me in the past that he's worried it's all just about sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
..How did the band meet and why did you decide to form INFECTED? Did you have any goals or ambitions in those formative years?
..Nate) I played bass for a Metal band called Obsidian, with this guitar genius guy named Matt Page. We covered a shit ton of Rush and Metallica. I always wanted to cover MISFITS, DK's and BAD RELIGION. They weren't having it. When that fell through I hooked up with this skinny kid named Brandon Faulkner who played drums and we started playing MISFITS songs. So I guess the first songs we ever played were 'Some Kinda Hate' and 'I Turned Into A Martian'. From there we started playing with his best friend Rob Gunning on guitar. I switched from guitar to bass and that was the first line up as INFECTED. We stole our name off an Obituary song called 'Infected'. We loved Thrash and Metal! We just didn't have the developed skill play it!
Our goals? To rule the world!!!! What else?!
..Andy) I met Nate in high school. I wasn't an original member, but from when I was in the band, our goals were pretty much just to play the music we loved and tour the country as well as put out records. It's all we ever dreamed about!
..You weren't initially involved in INFECTED were you Mark? What were your thoughts on the band when you first crossed paths?
..Mark) Nate came to me in late '96, because he heard my tape of DEEP 13 where I played guitar. I did some palm muting on there, and Nate searched me out. I lived in Berea, about 35 minutes south, and that started my two to three times a week trip to Lexington in my beat up Ford Escort - "the Creeper" - and eventually I moved to Lexington where I still live now. John Cox originally gave me a tape of INFECTED's 'New Defiance', and I wore it the fuck out. I couldn't believe there was a real Punk band so close to me. Ha! When I first met Nate, we became friends immediately I think he said something like, "You're like somebody I would've beat up as a kid".
..In what ways do you think that your joining the band altered its sound and progression? And Nate, in what ways did Mark's arrival actually change the band?
..Mark) I brought a lot of songs to the table, and Nate and I still to this day love to write music together.
..Nate) I think Mark's joining really opened up what we were capable of doing with our guitar work, but at no time did he ever over step his boundaries to try and change our sound or what we had written prior to his arrival. He just added and layered to the direction we were heading. We also gained an excellent showman and back up singer! Mark was so crazy at shows when we first joined we had to tell him to calm down! He was thrashing everywhere. Breaking shit. It was quite a sight.
..You first worked together on the split 7" with fellow Kentuckians, REDHEADED STEPCHILDREN. What do you recall from that first recording session?
..Mark) The recording session was awesome! I got to see our drummer's girlfriend's boobs for the first time, and we recorded it all in one day. I remember the engineer asking me to tune a few times, and turning my bass, mid, treble, gain knobs on my Marshall head all the way up. I had no idea what I was doing, I just ripped through it!! After that I would let people use my guitar head, just to see what they did with it. INFECTED was different from DEEP 13 because everyone wanted to get on the road, and we're fucking troopers. The hardest thing with D13 was getting everybody out on the road and making shit happen. That was easy with INFECTED because everyone had the same goals, and we did shit.
..Nate) RHSC was our brother band. Mike O Connor, RedHead front man, was friends with Mark through DEEP 13. We had recorded an eight-song session at Toon Town Studios with Les Campbell, and RHSC decided to cut their record 'Test Subject' there. When the sessions were done we took a couple tracks off each recording and did a split. It's what started the Eugene Label.
I think me and Andy would agree that Mark's precision and style has been the key to our ever developing sound. Robert did his thing and it was great, but when Mark joined we really expanded our abilities to go outside the box.
..How would you say your working relationship progressed over the years?
..Mark) Just touring together and playing together all the time really helped us progress. Andy and I would sit outside by a pool at some random joint in San Francisco and write songs for the new album at like 3 AM. Or we'd be up late one night sleeping outside our van at a rest stop in Arizona and hammer out a few songs with unamplified guitar and bass. We're non-stop Punk Rock ninjas. Hahaha!
..The band, while remaining seemingly quite a cult name, played a few notable shows and tours. Your first US tour was with Italian HC legends RAW POWER yeah?
..Mark) That tour was amazing. Those guys were old enough to be our dads, and we looked up to them. They taught us shit, and that experience was like no other. We played all over the East Coast, and from then on, we were sold. Punk Rock is life, rest stops are our homes, and ramen and pasta is food. This was both a dream come true and a baptism of fire. The real baptism of fire came in a few years when our van burnt up on I-5 in Bakersfield, CA. But that's a whole other story there.
..On another tour your drummer, Kevin Davis, was addicted to Heroin - how did that affect the shows? I read he was passing out on stage - that correct?
..Nate) It was hard to watch him kill himself like that. He cared more about escaping reality than keeping his composure to perform. It was embarrassing on several occasions. He would lose tempo to the songs until they would just come to a stop. We would look back at him and he wouldn't even know he was playing a show. He would start disappearing on tour to find the methadone clinics to get a dose. He was sick. We finally had to let him go. He was a huge contributor to the lyrics and vibe of our band. Heroin had robbed him of his ability to perform and write. It was sad.
I'm glad to say Kevin is clean and sober now and is expecting a baby boy. He's really turned his life around and I think I speak for us all when I say I'm proud of him. Andy and Mark are producing his first solo attempt since his departure from INFECTED in 2000.
..How does this Tony Patino guy fit into things? He was the band's tour manager I believe yeah? What doors did he open that the band couldn't access themselves?
..Mark) Tony P was a fan, a friend, and believed in us who knows why. He's still our friend to this day. Tony did tons of Punk Rock videos in Lexington for years, was involved with a local public access Punk show and more. He was the real deal, he hooked us up, and booked a few of our first tours including the RAW POWER tour. We used to tour like crazy. I think that our plan is to get back on the road, for good.
..Your brother Rocky joined on drums toward the tail-end of the band's first tenure - that correct Mark? Did working with your brother create any unnecessary friction? Have you got a drummer for the reunited INFECTED?
..Mark) Rocky joined almost immediately after we booted Kevin for his drug addiction. We had an intervention with Kevin at Nate's apartment one afternoon in Nate's bedroom. We were standing in a line and backing Kev in a corner. It was very edgy, confronting and awkward. Kevin wouldn't tell us he would quit so we got rid of him and he moved to Kansas City. Rocky joined a few days later. Working with Rocky caused no friction; once he joined things were amazing. Songs we couldn't play before were suddenly first on the set list. Rocky and I have a great relationship so it was a fucking blessing to be playing with him. We will always miss him. He was a part of the reunited band for the first few months and then he moved to Seattle. We have been through a few drummers and now our friend Pat K (SQUALL LINE, etc ) has moved to Lexington by way of Portland, OR and is our new drummer. We are currently writing and working on songs for our new album and plan to tour like madmen.
..The band recently released the 'Insomnia' 7" which is made up of recordings from the aforementioned 'All Time Low' album. It features what I think is the band's best track so far, 'I Failed You...' I'm guessing this is a bittersweet relationship song, but given the turmoil in the band when the track was recorded, lines like, "Being the best was never me," and "I thought things were changing," could easily relate to the band - that correct?
..Nate) We are in the process of getting 'All Time Low' mastered at Peerless in Boston, MA. Kevin Lipton is doing it. He's really helped us out a lot! Thanks for your patience Kevin L.! Kevin is great and does killer work. As soon as we get it we'll get it pressed. We don't have a label yet, so it may be another Eugene release! The song 'I Failed You' was actually a re-recording of an older song from 1999's 'Floor Model' EP. Originally titled 'Smoove', it's a dark song about a crumbling love and the desperate measures we'll go to make the lasting mark in an ending relationship. Even if it includes death. Creepy.
..Would you say your lyrics are particularly political - or politically inclined at least? What inspires your lyrics, Nate?
..Nate) I don't like to keep boundaries on what our lyrics consist of. They can be anything from politics to personal issues. Sometimes funny, sometimes fantasy. Most have been about girls, homelessness, cheating, Heroin, pills, drinking, hatred, broken friendships. A couple of tunes are about killing lovers: 'Liar And The Lifetaker' and 'I Failed You'. I'm inspired by whatever I face in my everyday life. I was a homeless teen. A runaway. A drug user. I'm clean now at 28 and have a son, so I have all new inspirations in my life now. And it's hard to ignore the state of our world today. So finding new things to write about shouldn't be hard. It's all out there in front of ya!
..That single also features a cracking CIRCLE JERKS cover - you guys do any other covers live?
..Nate) We recorded that tune for a CIRCLE JERKS tribute that never came out. We love the song and it's a favourite live, so we figured it was a good bonus to the EP. We've done a ton of covers and it's naturally part of the live shows. I think it's what makes it fun! As of recently, since the reunion, our live shows have picked up. It's up and down, but we treat every show like there's a million people there that can feel every moment of every song just the way we do! We'd die for it.
..Now Mark, Eugene Records is also your/ the band's own label. I think I'm correct when I say that it was actually Nate who started it yeah? Was it set up primarily to release INFECTED records - or was there a bigger picture?
..Mark) I had the fanzine going and we had recorded the music for the 7" so we were all sitting in Kevin's basement, where we practiced and we wanted to come up with a label, so we picked Eugene because we already had the fanzine. It's Punk Rock fashion, zine, label, hand in hand, right? That's how we set it up, not just for INFECTED records, but just for that record. Who knew we'd still be doing it after all these years? We all, for the most part, had equal ties with the label through the first ten or so releases. Nate and Taylor dealt with a lot more than I did though the first few releases, as I was still doing the fanzine. Over the years we have split the duties up for the label. Now, Nate and I pretty much run the show. It has and always will be a collective. There is no president, and there are no employees. We are a locally, collective-run record label that helps out bands who team up together with a DIY ethic to put out records and do shit.
..I note that nearly all of the releases on the label are by bands from your home state of Kentcuky and more specifically Lexington. Is being based in Kentucky a criteria for the label - kinda like Dischord releasing predominantly DC bands?
..Mark) Not necessarily. Our basic agenda has and most likely will be Lexington area bands that we love and are doing something cool. We have always branched out though; for example the KENMORES. We released two of their records, toured twice around the USA with them and they are from Baton Rouge, LA. We met them because they sent us their demo tape in 1997, and it fucking ruled.
..What's the deal when you release a band's record? Do you pay any studio time? Are there contracts involved, or is it all based on trust? How many of each release do you usually press?
..Mark) Like I mentioned before, Eugene is a collective. We advertise, promote and help organize the release, including graphic design, photos, recording, promo for review, book shows, etc but we usually don't have contracts unless it's something like, we give you this many records, and you buy these for this much after that. Most of the time we don't pay for everything to put out the record, it's split between the bands and us. We usually press anywhere from 100-1000 copies of CDs and vinyl for each release.
..What about distribution? You go through anything like Mordam, or do you coordinate it all yourself?
..Mark) We don't really have much for distribution. I have sent packages to these distributors over and over, and I still do. They seem to not want to pick up something as small as Eugene. We sell stuff on our website, Interpunk, etc and on the road.
..What's been the most and least successful release to date? Has any band ripped you off, fucked you over or proven themselves to be aspiring rock stars?
..Mark) Luckily we haven't had any bad experiences with any bands; we're nothing but friends on the Eugene front Our most successful release has easily been the NINE POUND HAMMER and SOUTH 75 split. We picked up some distribution through Green Hell in Europe for a while with that one and sold quite a few records.
..Besides the band and label, you also do a zine and webzine as mentioned before - Eugene. What gives you the greatest satisfaction - label, band or zine? I know when I was in a band, the buzz from that was never as pleasing as publishing a zine that was respected - you feel the same?
..Mark) There is absolutely nothing like finishing an issue of a fanzine and holding multiple copies in your hand and handing it to someone and watching them flip through the pages. It's so awesome. But it's the same as a new record. There's no way to compare the two I love them all. I love writing music with my band, I love putting out a record, or helping someone get their release organized, or taping together an issue of the fanzine. IF I HAD TO choose, I think I would agree with you about the zine though, it's a real kick in the ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
..What's Lexington, Kentucky like to live in? It seems there is a helluva lot going on for a city that is not instantly recognized as a Punk Rock mecca.
..Nate) It has its own little history of what could at times have been called a scene, but really we have never seen enough rise of interest in Punk Rock around Lexington for the bands to thrive and survive. Most acts break up after a couple years, maybe only releasing one album or a demo, and then you never hear from 'em again. Lexington has produced a great share of credible Punk acts since the mid-eighties such as ACTIVE INGREDIENTS, VALE OF TEARS, 9lb HAMMER, THE HOOKERS and too many more to name. I don't see our city as any kind of "Mecca" or anything, but I do feel we're one of the best unknown spots in the U.S. for unsigned and raw talent.
..Kentucky being part of the old South, has - from an uneducated outsider's perspective - the aura of Redneck America. How far from the truth is that? Is there a great deal of homelessness and unemployment there? Would racism be any more prevalent there than say Los Angeles?
..Andy) It depends on what part of the state you go to. I mean there are plenty of rednecks here for sure, but there is everywhere in the U.S. We are the rednecks of the world - hehe! I wouldn't say we are all that racist here, though. I mean that happens everywhere. I would say it is less here than in Los Angeles, but of course, I don't live there, so I could never say for sure. As far as homelessness and unemployment, here in Lexington the homeless rate seems to grow every year but there really isn't a shortage of jobs. I would say that L.A. definitely has us beat on both subjects.
..What would be the essential things to see and do in Lexington, Kentucky?
..Nate) Nothing. Don't ever come here. You'll be sorry.
..Mark) Horse racing and of course, Wal-Mart. Can't miss Wal-Mart, ever been there?
..Hahaha - cheers Nate - I was looking for somewhere to escape the Kiwi Winter - guess I should forget Lexington huh? You never thought about getting out of the city/state and moving to a city with a recognised Punk Rock scene - say LA, Boston or DC - Richmond VA even?
..Mark) Man, who knows. We have always talked about moving, for a while it was Pittsburgh, then New York, then LA, then Seattle. We've always stuck in Lexington and just toured to hit all these spots. We have made a home here and we love the bluegrass!!! Who knows what the future holds though I wouldn't mind moving somewhere.
..Since splitting up 3-4 years ago and the band's comeback, what differences have you noticed in Punk Rock, its culture and those who follow? Do you think the DIY ideals of Punk/HC are getting ever more compromised as Punk Rock crosses over into mainstream acceptance or will the anti-establishment, rebellious nature of Punk Rock always exist - and healthily - at a grassroots level?
..Nate) The whole "Punk" thing is exploited every so many years by corporate assholes in suits that know nothing about the movement in anyway. You start hearing Punk in the background on commercials to sell Pepsi and Tampons, or as theme songs for lame reality shows about coming of age frat boys. Some jerk sees the money for advertising not the bands. These are the artists that will be remembered as tools for the media, not as great songwriters. When I walk into a department store and see a life-sized cardboard cut out ad for MY CHEMICAL ROMACE, I realize that real Punk bands with either a real message or a true DIY ethic are getting weeded out by over produced bands that have way too much mascara on. It scares me. I don't hate bands for seeing success, they've worked for, but I'm seeing that everything outside of Punk's true cause is really just about money. Over all I think there will always be bands who stay true to the cause even when Punk's overwhelming popularity dies off.
..Andy) I have noticed that "Punk Rock", as far as a style of music, seems to be a little bit more accepted, which I guess could be both good and bad, considering the assholes who seem to think everything on MTV is what's cool. I think the internet has grown so much that now a small band like INFECTED, from the middle of nowhere, actually has a better chance of being heard than we did before.
..Mark) Things are just so different from like 1997 up until the blow up of the internet. We would tour with a copy of Book Your Own Fuckin' Life in our hands at all times. Calling numbers from payphones, and shit like that. Now it's the internet, Myspace and cellphones. Things are definitely different. Not necessarily bad, but, different. People listen to bad MP3s and download music; we listened to 45s and tapes, and bought them or copied them from a friend. There has been a downgrade in the way people listen to music. They don't hear it the way it was meant to be heard all the time now. At least when we had a bad copy of a cassette it didn't sound as awful as a shitty quality MP3.
..A few fun questions... If you could be in Star Wars, what character would you wanna be and why?
..Nate) Han Solo. Space Pimp. He was the only guy in Star Wars who got close to getting any
..Andy) DARTH FUCKIN VADER. Cause he is the biggest badass ever!
..Mark) I think I would either be Han Solo, cuz he took chances, or Lando Calrissian. I don't have to tell you why on that one. Er, maybe Boba Fett, cuz driving the Slave 1 had to be awesome.
..You have the ability to freeze time but retain the ability to move yourself. What is the first act you would think of doing and what embarrassingly compromising position would you put George Bush in if had unlimited time?
..Andy) The first thing I would think of doing would be to rob a bank. I would put George Bush blowing Dick Cheney!
..Mark) I would make sure to set up my camera for that.
..You'd be second in line behind myself, Mark!! You get sent to a Desert Island and can take only five records (albums, singles or comps allowed) - name 'em.
..Mark) NOMEANSNO - 'Wrong', BAD RELIGION - 'No Control', KEPONE - 'Ugly Dance', THE MELVINS - 'A Senile Animal', MEGADETH - 'Rust In Peace'.
..Nate) REPLACEMENTS - 'Let It Be', CRIMPSHRINE - 'Duct Tape Soup', JOHN PRINE - 'Sweet Revenge', JAWBREAKER - '24 Hour Revenge Therapy', GREAT DEPRESSION 'S/T'.
..Andy) In no particular order, THE HAUNTED - 'One Hit Wonder', FOO FIGHTERS - 'The Colour And The Shape', THE DRAFT - 'A Million Pieces', Shostakovitch's Fifth Symphony, GOOD RIDDANCE - 'Comprehensive Guide...'
..What's next for INFECTED, the label and the zine? You got any new material/releases in the pipeline? What about comp appearances or tours? You planning on re-issuing any of the older, out of print INFECTED albums? What are the next releases on the label?
..Mark) Now we're writing songs for the new album, soon we'll be releasing the 'All Time Low' album and we will be touring between February and April 2008. We will be doing a two day showcase for the label (Eugene Records and Outlaw Culture Compound) at SXSW in March and playing shows around that so check out the websites for more info on all that!