Took a bit of effort to get this interview done. We were at the gig they did with No Use For A Name in Glasgow, but by the time we had spoken to No use, and Marko about My Records, we ran out of tape. I was due to go down London the following day, so we went via Leeds and eventually had a chat with Darius.
We've been around for a long time, this line-up since '92, but we started in '88 so we've been around for ten years. Now we've got Marko on bass, because our old bass player left. I guess he got sick of the band and now he's a teacher. We have two full-length albums out, 'The Streets of San Francisco' on New Red Archives and 'A Juvenile Product of the Working Class' on Fat. I don't know how many 45's, probably 7 or 8. We have another CD called 'Sounds Wrong' which is pretty impossible to find because the company went under. The company was called IFA. They released some really good stuff and then went under. If you can find any shit on that label, it's all good. There's another one on Side One Records called 'More Scared' which was a nine song album and was one of our first releases in '92 or something.
P101-How did you end up on Fat? Because you aren't a typical Fat band.
We were looking around for a label and Fat were around the top of our list. Then Max met Fat Mike and he was like 'Yeah, we should do a single'. It was like 'Okay. . .' because at first we didn't think we'd get signed because we aren't a typical Fat band, but he liked it. He took it without a demo, and just signed us. He didn't even like our first record that much, he said so, but he just kinda trusted us.
P101-Who would you say influenced the way you do sound?
Mostly it tends to be 70's punk just like everybody else, although we do listen to a crazy, huge variety of music. A lot of British stuff: Stiff Little Fingers, Clash, the Pogues. The Pogues are a huge influence.
P101-When you've toured in Britain have you got to see laces you know or have seen through punk? Being in whoever's hometown, that kinda thing.
It's really cool, our first European show ever was in Bristol with Rancid in this little pub (Fleece and Firkin, Sep. '95). We got such a good response in the UK. We were worried we'd get laughed at, because in the States people have made fun of us, saying 'You wish you were English!' I mean, what the fuck are they talking about?
P101-So was the song 'London Drunk' based on that tour?
Yeah, I wrote it on the plane on the way home. I mixed up Glasgow with Birmingham somehow. I puked all over myself and got drunk and this and that. Chaos (from Chaos UK) was raging drunk that night. It's just a little nostalgic thing.
P101-Do you generally write on the road?
Occasionally, lyrics mainly. The tune usually comes with the lyrics, so I'll keep it in my head. Then when I look at the lyrics I'll rememer the tune to write.
P101-Changing the subject a little, do you agree that it is healthy for the punk scene for a few bands to get really big?
Totally. I don't think there is anything wrong with it. I don't understand why people think there is something wrong with that. Jesus, it's just a form of music. If the bands don't get big, they're gonna be fucking broke and break up, then everybody's pissed off. I'd love to make some money. We don't make shit, we can't make a living from it.
P101-So what do you do when you're off tour?
I fucking work. Construction, I deliver pizzas, whatever.
P101-It seems really strange to me that bands coming over here that I consider big bands, someone like Ten Foot Pole, on a label like Epitaph, with people getting autographs have to work day jobs. It seems wrong that there isn't enough money in punk for bands to get by.
I always thought that was weird before I was in a band. It just kinda sucks.
P101-Especially when you consider what a huge commercial, popular culture thing punk was in the 70's.
Look at the Sex Pistols. I don't know what all these people are nagging about selling out. . . they're totally full of shit. I mean, they're probably listening to the Ramones, and the Clash, the fucking Sex Pistols, all major label bands. Some of 'em huge, rich fucking millionaires and that's how it all started. After the first wave died down it seemed to get much more Do It Yourself, which is great. But then people got all these politically correct views about everything. They're fucking assholes. I don't like hearing that shit at all, it doesn't make any sense to me. They're really happy if a band doesn't make any money. Like 'it's the spirit, man!' It's like, 'fuck you, hippie!'
P101-Did you get any reaction when you went onto Fat?
Not really, I was expecting some, but once in a while you'll get someone going 'I can't believe you signed to Fat'. It's like 'What are you talking about? It's a better label than we were on, now you can find our records.'
P101-Does being in a band ever feel like a job?
Totally, you don't feel like playing, but you've got to because that's what you're here for. It's a good job though.
P101-Do you think of your music as being political? In that is there any message you are trying to get across?
Not really through my music. I'm pretty political. I'm more like a moderate anarchist, if anything. I don't vote, though I probably should. I just registered for the first time about a year ago. I still wouldn't vote for the fucking President or anuything. It's bullshit. I don't think it really makes a difference. I think they are all fucking criminals. I'm totally not into politicians at all. I would feel like a journalist (if I wrote about politics), and I can't do that. I think of it more as poetry set to music. . .