Please tell me a little bit history of the group?
-Well, we are a 3 piece punk band from Cape Cod
Massachusetts (USA), but I guess I'll start with the
old project. Stevie (Fast Times bass player) and I
used to be in a 5 piece hardcore punk band called
Steve Vs the Volcano. After things fell apart for the
volcano, the 2 of us knew we had to continue playing.
This was the winter of 2011. At this point we needed
to find a drummer. Stevie had this friend Pat, a
younger dude who was always skating with Stevie and
coming to Volcano shows. He also happened to be a
drummer, and interested in jamming. At some point
January/Feb of 2012 we had our first practice. I had
written a couple songs "All Out of Ideas", "Time is
the Enemy", can't really remember what else at first,
but we spared no time in getting things together. We
had our first show early April at a local hall. I had
made some connections from being in Steve Vs. so we
were fortunate to get right out into the Boston MA
area to play as well. Later that year we recorded our
first cd, "In the Key of Dynamite." We released it
online January 5th 2013 and later had some cheap hard
copies made up to sell (give away for free) at shows.
We continued our efforts to play as much as possible
locally over the next year and writing new songs. Late
2013 we recorded what would be "Pioneers of Nothing."
Through 2014 we made our way around the New England
area a couple times doing mini tours while saving
money to release our new cd. We just released
"Pioneers of Nothing" in November after almost a year
of saving. That pretty much brings us up to now.
Please tell me a little about every member in the
group right now, age, family, work, interests and
something bad about everyone? Have you been in any
other punkbands before?
- Let's go youngest to oldest. Pat, our drummer, is
the youngin of the group, 23. He's played in punk
bands for at least a handful of years. Other than Fast
TImes, he plays guitar in a street punk band called
Moose Knuckle, and drums again in a band called No
Cigar. He works as a roofer and loves to skate and
party. He has earned the name Wicked Wasted Pat.
Stevie, our bassist and vocals, would be next in line
at 26. He's a really talented bassist and in the past
played with Hardcore band Kids of Carnage and Steve Vs
the Volcano. He and Pat met through skate boarding at
a local park. Stevie goes to school to be a barber.
That dude can make you look fresh and slick, unless
you are me and don't get haircuts.
Then there's me, Nick. I'm 32 and play guitar and do
lead vocals in Fast Times. I work in landscaping to
pay the bills. Was in my first "punk" band when I was
16 called The Infected. That project never made it
further than the bass player's practice space, but
you've gotta start somewhere right? Since then I've
played in various projects punk and metal. Currently I
play guitar in a metal band called Led to the Grave
and of course Fast Times.
We all live together in the same house, for better of
You have listened a lot to NOFX, Rancid, Lag Wagon?
Am I right? Favorites from the past?
-YES, all of the above. I LOVE California west coast
US punk. Nofx is easily one of my favorite bands. Last
December I had the chance to watch them practice
before a show at the Boston House of Blues. They
played the Decline 3 times in a row while getting
ready, I nearly shit myself that was so cool. Other
influences and favorites of mine would be Good
Riddance, AFI (older stuff anyway...), the Casualties,
the Unseen, Violent Society... the list could go on
and on really.
Fast Times are you satisfied with the name?? How did
it came up? Which is the best bandname you know?
-The name came from the idea that things happen so
fast, and people including myself, tend to take it for
granted. Wasting time doing nothing, worrying about
nothing, and before you know it, right before your
eyes, the time is gone. Never thought about being in
my 30's until it happened. I've always loved playing
shows and there is no better time than the present to
make that happen. We're always being compared to the
movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," no we did not
get the name from that movie, but since it is so well
known of course people draw a connection. Pat even got
the damn "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" logo tattooed
on his head. It was pretty hilarious when he showed me
the tattoo all excited and I said "sorry dude, but
we're not using that logo..."
The Pity Whores, great name, great band.
What´s the best thing with playing live?
-Playing live is a great release, get all that pent up
energy out whether its aggresion or silliness. We just
like to have fun. Plus you don't have to pay the door
charge and get to see other cool bands.
And where is best to play?
-I think it is most fun when we get to play somewhere
new, in another state, or a new venue. If we had to
pick one place though, there's this club called The
Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. It was
our first Boston gig and we play there every couple
months or so. Small sized club that fits around 100
people but whether it is packed or dead, you are among
How is it to play this sort of music in USA?
-I guess it depends on the area. I live on cape cod in
Massachusetts. There aren't any clubs or venues here
that support punk rock so it can actually be pretty
challenging. We rely on friends and networking with
bands we meet to set up shows. There really isn't any
money here in punk, in my experience anyway. You have
to do it because you love it.
How would you describe your music in three words?
-Fun for us
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is
it a lifestyle?
-Punk is doing things your own way, and not taking shit
from anyone in the process. In that sense it's more of
a lifestyle I suppose. Obviously there is Punk music,
and Punk fashion, but you don't need to look a certain
way to be "punk".
How do you see on downloading, mp3 and that stuff?
-You know, digital downloading has made things easier,
and more accessible, but its always way cooler to have
hard copies of records or cd's. To hold the artwork
and check out the disc or whatever is all part of the
How is it to live in the USA now? Politically?
-It is frustrating. Two main political parties in
control that can't get anything done. Corruption to
the point that when it comes to voting it is always
WHICH evil are you voting for, not just the lesser of
the two. Its a system run by corporations and banks,
where the MAJOR majority of people are kept under so
much debt that we are forced to work our lives away
for empty promises of retirement and better lives.
Maybe its the nihilist in me, but I don't see things
getting better in our future. . I generally say fuck
it and focus on playing music and having fun while I
have the time on this earth.
Is there any good bands from USA now? Is the
punkscene big? How is it in your hometown?
-While I know there are a lot of good bands all over
the USA, I've been mainly focused on the bands local
to me. Just to name a few, The Pity Whores, great old
school type pop punk, remind me of the Queers,
Screeching Weasel, Ramones. Great guys who put on an
awesome show. The Radicals, who sound to me a lot like
Rancid meets Against Me with a folky punk type sound
and great lyrics. The Straphangers, from New York, a
female fronted hardcore band with sweet guitar riffs
verging on thrash. The Revilers, from our hometown
area, have an Oi meets straight up rock n' roll sound.
You know what, there are so many good bands and
friends in the area I could sit here all day and talk
about them. I'll leave it at these for now...
What do you know about Sweden?
-I know a bunch of sick metal bands come from Sweden!
That is about as far as my knowlege goes though
Have you heard any good bands from Sweden?
-Millencolin! Though I haven't heard anything from them
since early 2000's. Also In Flames, probably my
biggest influence in the realm of metal. Jester Race,
Lunar Strain, all that old stuff is amazing. AT THE
GATES, just saw them at Maryland Deathfest in
Baltimore, Maryland USA. 1st time I've seen them and
it was amazing. Listened to them for years! Fucking
Arch Enemy and Dark Tranquility too, awesome, lots of
Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you?
-I pretty much write the majority of the lyrics, some
times Pat or Stevie will suggest something that sounds
better and we'll switch it up. Lyrical influence is
anything from life experience to silly ideas like
tacos, we love tacos. We can be 100% serious about a
subject, but then pull a 180 and sing about drinking
beer through your anus.
Is there any subject that you never will write
-I don't think any subject is really off limits. If it
works, we'll use it.
Politic and music, does it goes hand in hand?
-I think they do, but they don't have to. Some times
the best way to get a message or idea across to people
is through music. The power of a catchy hook or chorus
can be pretty influential. It's good to bring
attention to corruption and wrongdoing through music
and conversation, but I'm not one who's really out
there to "change the world". I try to make the best of
what we have going on.
Best political band/artist?
-Dead Kennedys have always kinda been number 1 in that
respect in my eyes. Bad Religion, Anti-Flag and Good
Riddance are good politcal bands as well.
Do you think that music(lyrics and so on) can
change anyones life, I mean people who listens to
-I know it can. I never really thought too much outside
of the box as a kid, and when I did, I didn't think it
was ok to do so. Then I heard bands like Bad Religion,
Dead Kennedys, and Operation Ivy 17-18 years ago. I
can thank punk rock for teaching me you can question
the status quo, you can voice your own ideas, and its
ok to disagree, you don't have to go along with the
crowd. Although we don't necessarilly look to change
anybody's minds or lives with what we do in Fast
Times, we wouldn't be here if it weren't life changing
You´re only three in the group, never any thoughts
to take in some more in the group?
-Being in a band is like have mulitple girlfriends (or
boyfriends if that's your style). It can be tough to
maintain decent relationships and keep everyone happy.
As a 3 piece we work well together, and although I'd
love to have a 2nd guitar player involved I'm not sure
it will ever happen.
Is it important for you to get out your records
physical also?? Something new on it´s way?
-Physical copies are the best. As I said before it's
convenient to use mp3s or an Ipod or whatever but they
are no replacement for the real thing. We've been
writing some new songs but probably won't get around
to recording until later in 2015. We just released
Pioneers of Nothing so if anyone hasn't heard it they
should get in touch and get a copy!
Please tell me a funny thing which have happened
during your career and under some gig?
-There have been so many... mostly things that would
incriminate us. So I'll go with a recent show we
played. We were in the middle of playing "Butt Chug",
song about drinking beer the wrong way. This dude
jumped up on stage, bent over, stuck a full beer
bottle in his pants, apparenlty up his ass, then
sprayed what was left on me as he pulled it out. Funny...
maybe. Gross... definitely. Either way it was all in
the name of a good time.
How does your audience look like? Which people do
you miss on your concerts?
-All kinds of people come out to the shows. The age
range is pretty wide too. And the only people we wish
were there, are the ones that aren't!
Please rank your five favoriterecords, five
favoriteconcerts and five most important things in
-Its hard to really pick 5 absolute favorites, but
these are all right up there.
Pat- Records: Motley Crue- Shout at the Devil, Motley
Crue- Dr Feelgood, Guns N' Roses- Appetite for
Destruction, Poison- Look at what the Cat Dragged In,
Van Halen- Van Halen 2
Steve- Records: Converge- No Heroes, Wu Tang Clan-
Enter the Wu Tang (36 chambers), Silver Mt Zion-
Horses in the Sky, AFI- Black Sails in the Sunset,
Elton John- Madman Across the Water
Me (Nick)- Records- Bad Religion- Suffer, Nofx- Punk
in Drublic, Good Riddance- Operation Phoenix, The
Clash- London Calling, Baroness- Yellow and Green.
Is it boring with interviews? IS it much interviews??
-We haven't really done interviews, in fact this is the
first "written interview" we've done. I did an online
radio interview with Ken Kelleher of Pissed of Radio
out of New York (www.nosaleradio.com)
not too long ago, but that's it. I'll do a million
interviews if it helps get the word out about Fast
If you could choose five bands from the past and
the history and nowadays and both dead and living
bands to have a concert together with your band. Which
five have you been chosed?
-The Clash, Nofx, Thin Lizzy, Motley Crue, and The
Freeze. I can't even imagine the amount of party that
would ensue before, during and after that show! We'd
probably all be dead by the end (some of whom would be
Futureplans for the band?
-We'll be continuing our touring efforts, so we'll be
trying to set up more dates this year and in the
coming years. Along the way we'll be writing new music
and hopefully putting that out as well. You can expect
us to keep working at this, because its the best thing
and most fun in our lives, and we only have as long as
we're alive to do it.
-I'll be heading out on tour with my metal band Led to
the Grave (www.ledtothegrave.com)
from February 20 - March 21 2015. We're heading south
to Florida, then west as far as New Mexico and back
north east. Once I get back, its back to regular job
and planning for the next adventures with Fast Times.
That's about as far as I've gotten for future planning
but I guarantee it will always involve playing punk
rock and metal.
-All I can say is you'll never get anywhere or do
anything in life if you don't put yourself out there.
So figure out what you want and don't be afraid to
live outside of the norm.
Something to add?
-I don't have much to add, but I am curious how you
came across our small relatively unknown band? And I'd
like to thank you Peter, for contacting us and
spending time to review our music. Keep at it man
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