14 June, 2009

gettin' some

When we decided to start this blog, we wanted to use it not only as a means to communicate what we as a band were doing, but also to talk about things that were important to us, interview bands/people we liked and think are important, or just post up goofy shit we find funny. Alan conducted this interview with Kyle from Get the Most back in the fall 2008 for a 2nd issue of his zine. Not being sure if a 2nd issue of his zine will be out, it's making it's way up here. Dig on these vibes.
- John

Get The Most are one of my favorite bands in the Northwest. They play a straight forward style of hardcore similar to Youth of Today and Insted. They have recorded two 7 inches and are currently working on a full length which will be released on React! Records. I did this interview with Kyle Deville in the fall of 2008.

Alan Blackman (AB) - What got you into hardcore/punk? What were some bands that had an early impact on you?

Kyle Deville (KD) - I got into hardcore through punk bands and listening to Metal as a little kid. My older cousins would play Slayer and bands like Anthrax so I knew a lot of thrash metal before I even knew what hardcore was. Bands that had an impact on me as a kid were D.R.I., Minor Threat, and Gorilla Biscuits.

AB - How did Get the Most start? Is there a show that you guys have played that stands out as a favorite?

KD - GTM started when Go It Alone and Blue Monday were on tour with each other in Summer of 2005. Kram and I wanted to do a side project for fun where we mixed up the instruments and got back to a more traditional hardcore sound which we grew up with and loved. Every show we have played has been fun as hell but Edge day in Boston 2007 was good, the last TFS show was really fun. I don't know, I don't want to pick.

AB - GTM recently played the last First Step show. What were your thoughts on that show, that band, and how they went out? Sub-question: When I told Aram I was doing an interview with you he informed me that you have a history of performing in a TFS sweat-suit. Any truth to this?

KD - TFS has been a very inspirational band for me in the last 6 years. They really believed in their message which I don't see all that much nowadays. Their live show was always so intense, it reminded me of the old videos of bands like Chain and Insted. But most of all they were/are some of the best guys I've met in hardcore and I consider them my good friends. I think they went out perfectly. Their last record was awesome so it's good to go out on a high note. Their last show was not all drawn out like some bands. It was just some of their favorite bands whom they have played with over the years. I have been known to play live in the official TFS sweats and hood. I don't front, I love TFS.

(Flyer for the last TFS show.)

AB - Would you say your lyrics have a particular focus? What do you hope people are left with after seeing your band?

KD - The lyrics focus more so on being a positive role model. I like when a band's sound can make you want to smash things but their lyrics make you want to improve your life and help people. That's kind of my inspiration. I want people to relate on some level with the issues I touch on in songs and be able to understand where I am coming from. I hope when people leave after we play live they have a smile on their face and they remember that hardcore can be fun and it doesn't have to be so serious.

AB - Let's go the High Fidelity route and do some top 5 lists:

KD -
Top 5 7"s
1. NY Crew - Judge
2. True Till Death - Chain of Strength
3. What Holds Us Apart - Chain of Strength
4. We'll Make The Difference - Insted
5. Can't Close My Eyes - Youth of Today

Top 5 12"s
1. We're Not In This Alone - Youth of Today
2. Break Down The Walls - Youth of Today
3. Bringin' It Down - Judge
4. Out Of Step - Minor Threat
5. Can I Say - Dag Nasty

AB - What are some experiences that have stuck with you from touring? Do you look at doing a band differently after doing shows on the road?

KD - Touring can be really hard, really expensive and tiring. In the end you can feel like you did nothing more than drive around the country to play for 20 kids a night. But it's also the most fun you will ever have, with some of your best friends at your side along the way. It's an opportunity to see the world and do what you love at the same time. I look at doing GTM differently than how I look at Blue Monday because with BM we tried really hard, we put 100% into playing as much as we could and we tried to do as much as possible. With GTM we don't try to do anything, but play a show every month or two and have 20 minutes of pure adrenaline infused fun.

AB - Are there plans for recording any time soon?

KD - We are going to get back in the studio and bust out a new LP hopefully in winter 2008. It will be about 10 songs and I am looking forward to it.

(Get The Most at Gilman St. Photo by Todd Polluck)

AB - How does fronting a band compare to playing guitar in one? Was it a tough transition?

KD - It's not a tough transition, the only thing is with guitar all you need to focus on his playing tight. With singing you have to not only sing the words but also keep up without dying on the floor of exhaustion and fatigue. I think singing is much harder and to be a good frontman is something I aspire to be.

AB - If you had to choose between seeing Youth of Today play the Anthrax in '88 or seeing Morrissey on the "Viva Hate" tour, which would you pick?

KD - I thought about this one for a couple of minutes before answering and I think it's too tough of a call. I have seen Morrissey numerous times and he is No. 1 in my book, but YOT are No. 1 for all time best live hardcore group (haven't actually seen them). They were one of the first to bring sxe to the forefront and to introduce the classic youth crew vibe that has been replicated for some 20 years now.