Made in England
The line-up has changed and the name has been abbreviated since the last
interview back in 2000 - who is in the band now, and have the changes come
The line-up has changed and the name has been abbreviated
since the last
interview back in 2000 - who is in the band now, and have the changes
The new linep is:
Chet Knight (vocals, guitar)
Perry Templar (bass)
Amos Insane (drums)
Mark Magee (guitar)
Richard (guitar super-sub)
After the last line-up of the band split I thought a while about what
I wanted to do and decided that I wanted to continue with APA but also
wanted a fresh start. The best solution was a compromise I suppose. It's
still APA but without two of the Piss Artists, leaving our old drummer
Amos and myself as the foundation of a new band. First move was adding
my Templars band mate Perry on bass, then we recruited Mark Magee (of
our hometown Anti-Heros, and a Leicester native as well). We recorded
9 new songs as a demo and have 5 or 6 more ready since then. Labels get
How have the new members bought a different dynamic and
sound to the band?
I think the sound is a little more 70's now
and less 80's. A bit more Clash or whatever, and not so much Exploited
for lack of a better comparison. We still have a couple of raging new
songs but most of it is fairly tuneful mid-tempo stuff. At the same time
it's not so far from the old APA that people will be put off by it I
You must have seen some changes since 2000 in the music scene, what have they
In the US, especially the East Coast the scene
is really on a downturn. There's still a bit of a crowd for the spikey-haired
type punk bands, which we do okay with ourselves. But the garage rock
fad stole some of the audience, and they haven't come back since that
died out. On to a new fad perhaps? Who knows.
What is the best gig the band have ever done and who else
was on the line-up?
With the old line-up I think it was maybe a show
in Baltimore, Maryland in 2001. I know that Oxymoron, the Boils, and
Dead Empty played with us, and maybe some others too. Tiny place, and
the crowd went nuts while we were on stage, or should I say "on
floor" as there was no stage really. I kept getting hit in the face
with the microphone and kids were landing at our feet as we played. Lots
of fun. With the new line-up, we've recently had some great gigs in Newcastle
with Crashed Out, San Francisco with the Boils, and Southern California
with the Templars.
Do all the band members do other jobs as well as being in
the band? If so, what?
Yeah, we all have to work still. Very sad. Please
Chet-barback/security at a nightclub
Perry-the same at the same nightclub
Amos-unemployed scrounging bastard, ex-computer jobber
What were the best releases of 2003?
Somebody asked me this recently and I just blanked
on it. I'm a little out of touch at times. Not sure if they were 2003,
but fairly recent releases/demos from the Boils, Crashed Out, Counter
Attack, and Deadline have impressed.
Are any of you musically trained? Who were your inspiratations
in getting involved in music?
None of us have really taken musical lessons, other
than myself which was vocal training many, many years ago. So many
people inspired me to start my own band, it's impossible to list. But
I learned guitar sitting down with Sex Pistols and Ramones albums like
probably a million other kids did.
Tell the readers five facts about the band / band members
they will not know
I would mention our talent and good lucks but most
people will know about that I'm sure. So let's see:
#1-Amos is the tallest Jew (6 ft. 4 inches) I've ever met, but can't
play basketball to save his life.
#2-Perry, is taller than Amos (6 ft. 5 inches) and I'm told was quite
the basketball player in high school.
#3-I'm a more reasonable height (about 6 ft. even) and briefly attended
college on a basketball scholarship.
#4-Mark has an extreme obsession with digging holes, don't think he plays
#5-I like throwing obscure basketball references into punk rock interviews.
I'll send a free CD to the first person who writes and tells me what
hairstyle World B. Free was legendary for. Seriously
Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2004.
We'll be on the road constantly this year. Look
for us back in the UK and Europe, as well as all over the US. We're
recording more new material in March, and plan to weigh our options
and decide on a label by summer for a new full-length. Hopefully out
by the end of the year.
Any final comments?