A really good and for me an unknown band gives me the kicks. K.T.P. is here and they really is a good band. Here Andy who plays the guitar answer my questions in December 2007.
-Well its a long story but
I'll make it as short as i can. Al and Brent started the band in late 2000
with another friend in their hometown of Yates Center, Kansas. A few years
later their guitarist left to be a sailor and I was brought in to replace
him on guitar. A few more years go by and we moved to our current town,
Lawrence Ks. I ended up leaving for awhile to join a band in California so
they brought in our long time friend Merritt to play guitar. I ended up
coming back from California to rejoin KTP and thatís how this lineup came to
-Well, I'm 23 my name is
Andy. I play rhythm guitar and I'm short. Al is 23, he sings and plays bass,
he's terrified of spiders. Brent is 23 and he plays drums. He's addicted to
Nintendo. Merritt is 21 and he sings and plays lead guitar. He loves getting
his ass licked.
-Punk Rock in the states is
hit or miss. Some cities have great scenes, some have little or no scene.
some kids really wanna get out and have fun with friends at shows... and
some would rather sit in front of myspace all day.
-Kings of the Plains
-Zero Youth is a fuckin
awesome label. The Owner, Matt, is a great guy. He's signed some great bands
here in the midwest and he gives 110% effort. Its a small outfit and all the
bands are pretty tight. We've made a lot friends.
-All of em! Brutally Frank
is a great band, and they have a new EP coming out in December so check them
out! Dead City Shakers are from Dallas Tx and their lead guitarist Gabe
takes all of our money gambling... he's a son of a bitch.
-That makes sense. We have a
TON of influences and each one of us are into a lot of different things. So
who knows what you're gonna hear!
-People compare to bands
that sound nothing like we do all the time. Its kind of a running joke.
We've been told we sound like Murphy's Law and Dropkick Murphys... which is
nothing like us.
-Punk rock can mean so many
things to so many people. I can't really define it for anyone but us. Our
life is all about friends, fun, music and being on the road. We work our
asses off at shitty jobs all year just so we can have enough money to buy
equipment and to tour and go broke doing it.
-Rad, really rad, and ultra
-We've heard a lot of
positive things about it. People seemed to really like it.
-Well thatís a tricky
question. Of course we enjoy getting good reviews... who doesn't? People
wouldn't send out their record if they didn't want to hear some positive
feedback. If you get a bad review, so what? Its gonna happen. People are
different and have different tastes and thatís just something you have to
-Well the world is in a
crazy place right now. We're aware that the United States gets a bad rap
from the rest of the world and I can definately see why. We aren't happy
with the way our country is being ran right now... hopefully things can
change. We'll be electing a new President soon so thatís good fuckin news
-I think the United States
has over stepped its boundaries with a lot of things. I don't support the
war in Iraq. Most Americans donít. We all have friends and family members
that are overseas in Iraq and we just want them to be safe. Bottom line.
-Thats way too hard of a
question to answer! And I've only met one Swede in my life. His name was
Johan. He was super cool.
-Not a lot actually.
-I'm sure there are bands I like from Sweden and I just dont know they are from there.
-Alot of great bands, even
more really really really bad bands. haha
-We love doing interviews!
-Please ask it and answer
it? How fucking awesome we are in bed. Answer: way fucking awesome.
-Well, everybody in the band
has different favourites so I can't really say... but i can tell you what
we've been playing in the van a lot lately. Any Ramones record, Dead to Me-
Cuban Ballerina, Lorretta Lynn- Van Lear Rose, Joe Strummer and Mesceleros-
Streetcore, One Man Army- Rumours and Headlines... thereís so many more...
we always have music playing.
-The first record i ever
bought was an Aerosmith Cd.. I forget which one. I just bought two records
yesterday, it was the Leftover Crack/Citizen Fish split and a Lawrence Arms
-Tegan and Sarah- the
con.... Iím the only one who likes them in the band. Iím a pussy.
-Politics and music what do
you think about that? We write about alot of different things. Its so boring
when a band sings about the same fucking thing over and over and over,
record after record. We just write songs about what we're feeling at the
time, thatís all.
-They are good to an extent.
Its great to stay in touch with friends but i think a lot of people send WAY
to much fucking time on the internet. get out and experience the real
-Thatís such a hard
question. I'm slit about it. On one hand, if somebody is finding my band
online and downloading songs I'm glad we're getting the exposure and I'm
greatful they like our music... but I can also see how it can be very
frustrating for bands and labels losing money. I think the music industry is
gonna go through some major changes in the way it does business in the next
-We've been really lucky and
have gotten to play with some really great bands. We've played with some of
our favourites like Against Me!, the Street Dogs, UK Subs, the Suicide
-There are alot of bands
we'd like to support on tour... way too many to pick one.
-Touring as much as possible
in 2008, make new friends, new fans,... touring Europe would be fuckin cool.
-Thanks! thats it!