NEW INTERVIEW WITH JON KRAY!
|1) WHEN YOU STARTED THE
BAND, WHAT WAS YOUR GOAL? DID YOU WANNA SAY SOMETHING WITH YOUR MUSIC AND
My goal was to rock out, get a chance to write
and play my own music and have fun playing shows. I wanted to be the best
I could and not dumb anything down. I wanted to show how punk rock could
be done intelligently and originally as possible, no limits as long as
it had heart and was real.
It was very exciting. We had a great time playing
shows and rehearsing, every part of being in the band felt great. There
was a feeling that anything was possible.
We it's been a long road with alot of hard
luck, but I feel great about the band, I think we all do. We are all proud
of what we do, and how we sound. The shows have been fun and I think we
have a good vibe going right now.
Recording is always a thrill for me. I remember
recording the first LP. I had a sense that we were doing something important,
getting itdown, setting it in stone. Making an album feels great. It feels
like a great accomplishment and something to be proud of.
Energetic, electric. Back then the scene felt
tougher and playing a show was like shouting your beliefs for everyone
to see, everyone to listen too. To had to gain respect. It was great to
feel like you were fighting your way in, into something.Showing people
you weren't some shit band with nothing to say, nothing to bring to the
table. I still feel that way, like when we play new places, play in front
of new faces.
We got contacted by Fredz, who worked for the
label and he asked if he could release a collection of the bands music.
I thought it was awesome. I asked him if he could also help booking a tour
for us in Europe and he did. So far he's booked all our tours over there.
He's become a great friend of ours and he may be releasing a new collection
of tunes in the future, stuff from A Time For Action, different versions
as well as some new tunes never released.
Like I said, Fredz is a great friend of mine
and the bands and I think it's great.
L.A. is great, so is Seattle, Atlanta, NEW
YORK CITY!! Most of Texas is great as well. Geneva Switzerland is fantastic.
I think good original ideas, honest lyrics.
I hate bands with the vibe of just pulling together ideas from other bands,
ideas they feel will make them popular. The vibe of getting over on the
audience just to be a poser.
I like old metal, but mainly just any songs
that are good, any music that gets me and I feel is good. I can listen
to Bach then Motorhead right after. Whatever I feel is good.
My grandfather and my uncle were both great
musicians so I've been exposed to it since I was born. I feel like it's
my birthright, my destiny to be a musician. I'm also an artist so I play
what I wanna play. Maybe I'll never make a buck or be famous but I wasn't
put here for that. I was put here to rock as good as I can (& I feel
I can play really well). So far I'm proud of what I've accomplished and
in my ability. I've also gained the respect of my peers. Anything after
that is just gravy.
To tour as mush as we can and continue to make
music. We wanna record a live album, maybe even sometime this year.
Like always, I think it has it's up's and it's
down's. Good art(music, movies, books) sometimes has to be discovered.
You have to search for it because it comes out on small labels and publishing
companies. Search and you shall find. Look for clues and ask around and
you can always fine good stuff out there. Mainstream is generally always
crap, always will be.
I'm not really embaraced by any band I listen
too, but I know there are some bands that I won't play in front of people
because I know they'll think it sucks. Opinions are opinions. I like Traffic,
used to listen to them alot a few years back. They were just inducted to
the Rock and Roll hall of fame. Everyone I know right now thinks it's crap.
Oh well. I love music from the renaissance, especially from England. It's
like classical music but older, not as many instruments, more simple.a
lot of harpsichords, violins and vocals.
Jon--From SinkHole Fanzine Sept. 2000 (I edited it a bit so it has more
up to date answers like current line up)
was your first punk show or record?
11. Do you have any other projects(records,
comps, tours) in the works?
15. Is anyone in the band in any
other bands? (Updated Answer)
Thanks Mark for the interview!