Spastic Hearts plays a really good powerpunk or powerpop or call it what you want, I love it anyway. Mikey from the group answered the same day on my questions so here we go…June 2015.
Please tell me a little bit history of the group?
-We began writing/recording our first record, S/T, in 2010. We released that record ourselves and followed up with some US shows and a short 10 day European tour. Once we returned to the US we began working on the songs for No Girls No Fun. We began recording for this in the fall of 2013 and released the Album on Oct 31st, 2014.
-Jay Dee - Vox/Guitar - Also plays in a group called Jagger Holly
Mikey - Lead Guitar/Vox
Angi Phalangee - Bass/Vox
Casey - Drums - Also plays in Jagger Holly
We are all in our early 30's-ish. There's nothing bad to say about any of us, we're perfect party animals!
-You said it! I would also add the Beatles, Green Day, Chuck Berry, 90's Lookout Records releases as well.
-I think Jay came up with the name and we all liked it. RAMONES may be the best band name ever.
What´s the best thing with playing live?
-Playing live is great. The energy from just playing and interacting with fellow music lovers. One of the best shows ever was in a small practice space in Toulouse. The energy of the crowd surfing, climbing on the ceiling and walls was incredible. We made some new best friends that night.
-Sometimes the best places to play are where you'd least expect it. Some small towns that don't have much going on are the best times. I don't really have any 'worst' places to play...I guess I tend to block those out and only remember the good times.
-It's kind of strange because of how huge punk rock used to be in the 90's and 2000's. It seems even some of the biggest bands don't draw quite as well as they used to. But everything comes and goes...punk rock will not go away! We toured with the Teenage Bubblegums from Italy, they are RAD. One of my favorite bands to play with is the Apers, although it's been many moons since they've been to the US.
-GIRLS PARTY FUN
-Punk is I guess a mindset, mostly just being true to yourself and not worrying about what anyone thinks.
-I'll always want the physical copy of a band's music. I feel the artwork and packaging is what makes it complete. The digital stuff probably helps get the word out a bit more, but I'll always want a hard copy.
-Life is pretty comfortable in the US...the cost of living in our town is cheap, which helps. Politics are politics.
-The Spastic Hearts are the best hahaha. But our punk scene isn't really that great these days. There are bands like Teenage Bottlerocket and Masked Intruder that are playing good shows, but beyond that there aren't many new great bands.
What do you know about Sweden?
-I do not know too much about Sweden. When I was a kid my family had a Swedish exchange student stay with us, her name was Helena. Two of my favorite bands are Swedish, I will talk about them in next question.
-The High Hats, and The Visious are two of my favorite bands of all time. Also, The Hives are a great band as well!
-Jay writes most of the lyrics...I think he is influenced mostly by girls and partying.
-We usually stay away from politics...there is a time and place for that. Rock n Roll is about fun!
-Haha, well....I don't think any are political.
-NOFX seems to be able to walk the line of political but not too pushy the best.
-Of course, it did for all of us.
-Like I said earlier, I don't think a record is complete without the art. Ryan Rawtone does all of our artwork he plays in Panther Camp and the Rawtones, both from Florida. Ally Bubblegum from the Teenage Bubblegums took the picture that is used for the cover of No Girls No Fun.
-Of course. I like the entire packaging, artwork, whatever else is included
-Meeting new best friends is the best part about playing shows and playing music. This isn't really funny, but it's the truth. Music has brought so many great people into my life.
-Teenage Bottlerocket is probably the biggest band we've played with. The first time was probably after they released Total, and the most recent was about a month or two ago.
-Ramones - Rocket to Russia, Green Day - Dookie, The Clash - London Calling, The Huntingtons - High School Rock, Weezer - Blue
-Interviews are fun, I always like to see the different questions that come through. Lately I've had more requests than in the past.
-The Beatles, Buddy Holly, RAMONES, The Clash, Green Day - That would be a great lineup.
-Music is a great way to escape whatever problems life can throw at you.
-Haha, someone asked the worst bathroom I've ever seen on tour.
-Nothing comes to mind hahahaha
-Hopefully record some more music.
-Stay healthy and keep on rockin!
-Thanks so much for reaching out to us! We appreciate your time. Please stay in touch, xoxoxoxoxo