David: Perfect timing actually. Derek and I were still working on songs in the ashes of Landfill’s demise, and Mike and Matt were looking to form a hardcore band following some down time after Crime Wave had finished. I got a message from Mike one day asking if I was interested in doing a new hardcore band with him and Matt, and the rest of the story is on the demo tape.
I know your members are part of other bands. How do you balance the efforts in multiple bands?
David: Matt and I are the only ones juggling other projects right now (I think), although, Mike is a really prolific songwriter and releases his own stuff all the time via SoundCloud and cassette (Banbang! for instance – go buy it at Deep End, you won’t be sorry).
For me, it’s a balancing act of epic proportions to make being a dad, paying bills and also being in multiple bands work, but Loose Nukes is really important to me, so I will always make it a priority.
I’ll do my best impression of what Matt might say to this question: (clears throat) “Hold my beer.”
Your Fast Forward to Extinction cassette EP has gained lots of praise, mine included. Was that a self-released item? Are you also working with Agrowax?
Mike: Yes, it was self-released, and that was Agrowax’s last release. I'm done with that shit.
FN: Your sound is a fantastic homage to 80s hardcore. Besides the music, your artwork brings me back to the 80s Cold War era. Also, with recent events, the nuclear scare is a common thought. Do you feel the current world creates a ripe environment for writing angry songs?
Mike: Yes...and I think people should be pissed off. And afraid. There’s a lot of information and misinformation out there. The reality of getting obliterated in a nuclear war at this point seems very real. You can't help but feel a little helpless.
What are your thoughts about the digital direction the music scene has been sucked into?
David: The digital medium made it easy for us to release our demo while we waited for cassettes to be ready, so for us, the digital world has been awesome for us. Plus, Mike put some really cool videos together on YouTube for the demo, so go check ‘em out on the Agrowax channel.
When writing, what is your process?
Derek: Most of the time Mike and Matt write the songs, and then they record a rough idea and send them to the group SoundCloud.
Is it a collective activity?
Derek: Occasionally we will jam on something spontaneous, and a couple songs have come about that way. We’ll practice and adjust a few things until we feel ok with the final result.
Are the lyrics usually written before or after the music is complete?
What are your future goals?
David: This year, we are planning to release a series of 45’s with 2-3 songs per release, and we will continue to write and record. We have some upcoming gigs with Khobretti and Agent Orange that we are stoked about playing.
Do you plan on doing any regional touring?
Matt: We discussed doing a small or short
kind of tour this summer, but nothing concrete has been planned yet. We talk a
lot of shit, so it’s more of a “wait and see what we can do” approach to things
David: It’d be awesome to do some
-- not just the big cities either. Houston