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Only Crime

Interview von: arne mit Russ, am: 09.07.2004 ]

Die beiden zentralen Figuren hinter Only Crime sind Russ von Good Riddance (Shouter) und Bill von Black Flag/Descendents/All, der hier die Trommel bearbeitet. Komplettiert wird das Quintett durch Aaron (Bane/Converge) und Zach (Hagfish/GWAR) an den Gitarren und Basser Donivan (Hagfish/Armstrong). Stilistisch fahren die Musiker Old School-Hardcore mit Pop-Punk-Vocals.


Musicscan: Give our readers a short briefing about Only Crime at first, please. What do we HAVE to know about the band?

Only Crime: we came to be in summer 2002 when aaron and i decided we wanted to start a band together. our two bands were on tour together and we had become friends. we quickly recruited zach and then, in january 2003, bill offered his services on drums. doni was the last piece of the puzzle and finally signed on in early 2004. all of us have played or are currently playing in other bands and have been involved in this kind of music for years.

Musicscan: What have been your first rehearsels like and how did you get the current Only Crime members together?

Only Crime: the first rehearsals were very noisy! there was a definite sense, even from the first practice, that this odd mix of guys from all over the u.s. could and would mesh together perfectly to create something special. we moved quickly and the song writing process just sort of fell into place.

Musicscan: I'm interested in how you came up with the band's name, cause I think it can really sums up what the listener gets!? What's the idea behind Only Crime?

Only Crime: well we had been concentrating so much on writing and demoing that we almost forgot to name ourselves! actually, our friend pete actually came up with the name. we liked it - it was simple and striking.

Musicscan: Did you always had people who supported you right from the biginning?

Only Crime: we supported each other. there was alot of outside speculation and interest as soon as we started but we just kept our goals in sight and believed in each other. from doing this for so long in our other bands we had more or less learned to trust the process.

Musicscan: Do you guys feel that the debut record is a pretty good representation of bands sounding as of right now? Or did your sound already change after the recordings?

Only Crime: no i think it's very accurate. we were fortunate enough to finish writing all that material and sign to FAT in a short period of time so those songs are exactly where we're at right now.

Musicscan: When you were writing the songs did you have certain issues you specifically wanted to address? How did you go about writing your songs?

Only Crime: i had a few specific things on a social or political level but i wanted to stay conscious of keeping any lyrical agenda cloaked in subtext and imagery. i wanted to focus on using words almost as their own instruments, getting as much mileage melodically out of the text as i could rather than just spell everything out which is what i had done alot of in my other band.

Musicscan: what are your thoughts on how this punk/emo/hardcore underground-thing is getting more big-time these days? Do you feel like having better chances today? maybe in comparism to your experiences with other bands/projects you have been involved into in the past...

Only Crime: honestly i really don't give a fuck. the culture industry has destroyed almost everything i ever found remotely cool about punk and hardcore so i am definitely not going to lose any sleep over whether or not they will embrace this band. of course, there will have to be some interaction with the press at large and i have no problem with that but there is some freedom in knowing that we aren't beholden to them to "make or break" us.

Musicscan: Do you feel hardcore/punk is losing it's edge by having more and more bands with no real political or social stance? is "more rock, less talk" a real viable idea in the punk movement? It's now partly changing with punkvoter.com, but what's your overall view on it? Is it important to you to be on "rock against bush 2"?

Only Crime: i have always been attracted to the political side of the punk scene so of course i'm stoked to be part of punkvoter.com and rock against bush. the overall lack of bands with something relevant to say kind of disturbs me but again, if we all were the same then music would be boring so, for obvious reasons, i don't get to make that call.

Musicscan: What lessons have you learned from being involved with punk/hardcore? What has it done for you?

Only Crime: i've learned to define my own reality. i have been able to be relatively happy in good times as well as bad and have felt a part of something positive that is greater than the sum of it's parts. i have also had the privilege of being able to touch people's lives all over the world in a positive and empowering way. for all of this i am grateful. i consider it my responsibility to do what i can to ensure that i leave this lifestyle no worse than i found it and to give freely what other people gave to me.

Musicscan: Are there any principles you would never give up to as a band? What kind of?

Only Crime: i'm sure there are (or will be) but it is still so new that we are just taking everything as it comes. i need to remember that this is a new band with new people and i have to be willing to defer to the group's decisions and be flexible. it will be good for me.

Musicscan: Many of todays bands seem to miss passion. Only Crime has lot of it and that's why i enjoy your record so much. Is it just a question of the right attitude? What do you miss within todays punk/hardcore music?

Only Crime: just the menace; that sense that you aren't quite sure what's going to happen. so much music is safe and packaged for maximum consumerism today while the music that we all grew up listening to was massive, dark and a little bit scary.

Musicscan: You are around with different bands for years now. Do you ever wish you had made a different choice and went with your standard job?

Only Crime: you know i don't think i ever have. it's weird because this rock and roll business isn't all fun times and sunshine - there's alot of work, disappointment and heartache that comes along with the choice to do this but, as bad as it's ever gotten for me, i have still been able to drum up some gratitude for the ability to create and travel and do things on my terms rather than restrained behind some social boundary.

Musicscan: Your biggest wish to happen for the band?

Only Crime: i have modest goals for only crime. as long as we can tour, play and continue to write music from the heart that stirs us i will be happy. i would like to tour all the continents as well.

Musicscan: anything left you want to say?

Only Crime: we look forward to getting over to europe as soon as possible! we hope to see you all soon!

Musicscan: photocredit: bryan wynacht

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