Elvis Cortez sings in Left Alone and he and his partners in the group have done a
really really good CD. He was so kind that he answered some questions from me
and there he tell us that he have all Gin Blossoms records, hmmmmm.
Left alone started in 1996 in Wilmington California a little town 30
min south of Los Angeles. In the past 10 years we not changed our sound
and have stayed with play punk/ska
Please tell me a little about every member, age, family, work, interests and
something bad about every one?
- Ram Rod is 23 and is into working on cars and is always fixing
something. The one bad thing about Ram is that he eats McDonalds 3 times
a day. Kat is 19 and does not really do much, he lives at home with his
parents and smokes to much weed.
Lil Rudy our new bass player is 18 right out of high school and I think the only bad thing about him is that he does not really talk.
I'm 28 and drink like a fish we are lucky enough to no work at this time....and boy
are we lucky!!!
You have a hatesong to emocore, is it so fucking bad? You arent compared with
-Emo blows and that's that. I'm just not down with it. I can't get over the hair and
all the girl pants.
Is there any other bands youīre being compared with?
Uum we get the Rancid thing, Elvis Costello, Operation Ivy, the Clash and
sometimes Swingin Utters
Do you care about reviews?
-Yes and no I mean itīs nice to read that people get what you are trying
to do and on the other hand it sucks when someone rips your band apart but
overall does it really matter what people think? No as long as we are happy with
what we do that's good enough for us
Left Alone, where did the name come from?
-Itīs the story of my life and comes from things I went thru and still go thru every
Whatīs the best and the worst with being a punkband?
-Thereīs nothing bad about being in a punk band and the best thing is we
get to do what we want all the time. I feel punk is the only way I was able to find
a place where I fit in.
How is it to live in USA today?
-Living in the USA is good cause I've lived else where and even thou
things are bad at times and their always some conflict and the who
politics side sucks I'd rather live here than anywhere else.
What about your government?
- I'm not a fan
Do you think that music and politics goes hand in hand?
-I think it could only if its done with taste.
Best political band?
Is there any good bands in your homecountry now?
-Yes their are the Phenomenauts, the Teenage Harlets, the Triggers, I can go on
What do you know about Sweden?
-I love Sweden actually the first time I ever saw snow was while on tour with the Horrorpops in Sweden.
Have you heard any good swedish bands?
-No I can't say that I have
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
-Lifestyle but itīs something I don't set out to do its just in my opinion in you. Its
how you go about doing things. I've been a punk way before I was in the band
its just where I fit in.
Please rank your five favourite records, five favourite concerts and five
most important things in life?
-1 the Clash(London alling) 2 Rancid (Out come the wolves) 3 Elvis
Costello (My aim is true) Swingin utters(Juvenile product of the
working class) 13 dead end drive (To establish ties) Shows. 1 Rancid,Iggy
Pop 1995, 2 Swingin Utters One man army 1999, 3 Warped tour 98, 4 13
dead end drive 1993 Backyard show in Wilmington, the Slackers in Longbeach.
1 Food 2 booze 3 sex 4 music 5 Star Wars
First, last and most expensive record ever bought?
-First record I ever bought was the Exploited (Punx not dead) last was
Against (Me internal cowboy) and most expensive? Hummm a signed Elvis
Costello My aim is true LP that shit was about 150bux I know I know I
retarded right? Sorry I'm a fan.
Most embarrasing record in your collection?
-Gin Blossoms I have all their records
You have Tim Armstrong and Patricia Day on guest vocals, howcome?
- It was these ideas I had before we recorded the record. I was at Tims
house showing him some of our new songs and he liked city to city so I
asked him if he wanted to sing on it and he did. Patricia on the other
had while on tour I had her listen to the song (I had an old
version recorded) and well I always wanted to sing it with a girl and
what better than her? We recorded to version in English and Spanish. Sh
also wrote the chorus for it.
You have a little bit different lineup with bass,guitar,drums and a
saxophone, you have never thought of taking a guitarplayer more?
-Yes and no I would like to add one but its another guy in the van more
equipment and well we have been doing it like this for years so why change now.
Is it many interviews? Is it boring?
-I like interviews they are not boring maybe of I did 10 a day then it would get
Which is the question you never get, please ask it and answer it?
-Ummmm do you cry when you are alone because you write such sad songs....
the answer is yes yes I do hahahaha.
Is it any chance to see you in Sweden soon?
-We want to tour Europe again in 2007. Sweden will be a sure stop...
Where is the best place to play?
- The Allen Theatre in south gate and the milestone in North Carolina
How is a good gig with you?
-Kids going ape shit people singing along and a bottle of Jack Daniels
that never ends.
What shall we do about the racists?
-Kill them and feed them to the sharks
Futureplans for the band?
- Stay on tour and keep working hard. We tour with the Bouncing Souls
after this tour then in 2007 we hope to tour Europe and play Warped tour
and see where else we can go.
-I just want to keep going and continue to write music and maybe start working
on my label more.
Something to add?
-Thanx for your time and see ya in 2007
You can find our old cds and merch at www.interpunk.com