Briggs must be one of the punkworlds most interesting and best bands right now and one of the best ones. So I´m very happy to present an interview with the group here. January 2007.
-The Briggs were formed by brothers Joey and Jason
LaRocca about 5 years ago stealing there drummer Chris from another local
band at the time. Soon after forming they played a show with the Hunns and
Duane Peters saw the show, loved the band and signed them to Disaster
Records. After countless tours including Warped Tour, Flogging Molly, the
Casualties, 7 Seconds, to name a few, we got picked up by SideOneDummy
Records. After our original bass player left the band in 2003 we couldn't
hold on to one. We've had 7 bass players in all. We just finished our 3rd
record, did our own headlining tour and a tour with the Living End and here
-Thanks that's very nice of you.
-Clash, Rancid many other bands people think we sound
like, I guess.
-I prefer not to bother with reviews because there is
really no point to reading them, good or bad.
-The one's in different languages that I couldn't read,
they could be saying we sound like Backstreet Boys on crack for all I know.
-Folk punk rock
-It's great, I love where I live. In LA it's almost
always warm and sunny and it's where my family and friends are.
-It will always need to improve, right now not so great.
-Not really, I think for some bands yes but not in
-Sure, Against Me!, AFI, Dead To Me, Bright Eyes. I like
a lot of stuff
-I've been there once I thought it was beautiful. I don't
know much about the country though.
-ABBA, that's about it. hahaha Not that I can recall but
there might be a band I didn't know was from Sweden
-For some it's a lifestyle, I don't really give a shit
about all that. I like music, I don't care how you live your life, it
doesn't make you cool.
-Are you mad about that or do you don´t care? I don't
care, what can you do. Most people don't know enough about music to tell the
difference between it so, fuck 'em
-First Record was Metallica Master of Puppets when I was
9, last record was Against Me and most expensive was the Misfits boxset.
Most embarrasing record in your collection?
-Yes, we've done many different covers over the years.
The Clash, Cock Sparrer, Adicts. It's fun to do covers.
-Most of the time, but I just got myself a stiff drink
and I'm making a fool of myself so it's pretty fun.
-Yes as a matter of fact we are playing on August 3rd in
Lindesberg at Augustibuller and probably a couple others.
-Yes, we played 3 shows with Flogging Molly there.
-It's hard to choose one place, but playing in Chicago,
IL USA is cool
-When everyone had a good time and the crowd just went
-Mostly grandmas older women in their 70s. It's pretty
-Teach them to read, and maybe if they have an education
they will realize how stupid they look when they can't even construct a
sentence well enough to make a point
-Do lots of interviews. We're not even gonna play
anymore, we're just gonna talk about our band.
-Make sweet love
-In the music industry, don't trust anyone