Suburban Lockdown Interview
Who is in Suburban Lockdown (what other bands have you
been in etc) and how did the band come about?
Roger Lamoureux Bass:
I was the vocalist for 80's New York punk band Affirmative Action also
played in tons of other bands along the way.
I started Suburban Lockdown with Josh our original drummer and original
I was in a Central FL band called Another Round. We played together
under various lineups for 2-3 years. We were able to share the stage
with some good bands such as Fear, Defiance, Les Stitches, and AGT
to name a few. At the time a couple members were also playing in
a hardcore band called Vietnom (DMS) they went off on tour and I
started to get bored. My roommate at the time was playing with Roger,
but went back to California to play in Cheap Sex. I saw Roger at
a show and told him I wanted to front the band. Four years later,
a demo, two full lengths, a 7”, and an upcoming 10” well
here we are.
I've never really been in any band that really went anywhere. I opened
for MDC once 4 years ago, and I used to play in a thrash metal band.
That's about it. I've only been in the band for a little over a year,
and that's all thanks to knowing Roger; he hooked me up with an audition.
How would you describe the band and the
Roger:Fun and hard ass driving music.
Kevan: Fun no frills hardcore punk!!
Jake: The band is full of tiny assholes and teachers who love to rock
out. And the music is just straight up Rock N' Roll.
How has your album Laid to
Waste been recieved? What tracks would you recommend checking out
an what is it about?
Kevan: Pretty good! Our label Durty Mick has done a great job of getting
us some exposure. It’s kinda funny but 9 out of 10 reviews liken
us to Agnostic Front. Not a bad comparison by any standards, but I don’t
see too many similarities there. As far as a couple tracks that I like
I would probably say Living Wage, Dumbed Down, and Sink or Swim. Most
of our songs come from social issues that have touched our lives at one
point or ones that we may face in the future.
Jake: I guess it's been received as pretty good. My personal favorites
are Laid To Wait, Living Wage, Time Is Coming, and Altered Reality. They
just kick the most ass in my mind.
I belive you have split release
coming out early in the year with Beerzone. How did this come about?
Can we expect any changes on the new release?
Kevan: Not much to it really. The Mick called me up
and asked if we would like to do a split with Beerzone. We played a show
with them a few years back and had a great time. I was always a big Intensive
Care fan also, so it was a no brainer for me. As far as the new music
every release goes through a bit of a transformation while still having
the same feel. There are three songs on the new record that may be three
of our best I was pretty happy with what came out lyrically and musically.
Other than Beerzone, who would you love to
do a split album with and why?
Roger: GBH because they are the Godfathers as far as I am concerned.
Kevan: So many bands I would like to share a record with. Maybe the
Test Tube Babies or the Anti Nowhere League for the tongue in cheek humor
and fuck off attitude. But for Nostalgia purposes maybe The Dead Boys
or The Clash earlier on in their career.
Jake: If at all possible, which it is probably not, I would love to
do a split with Broken Bones or Black Uniforms.
Over the years you have toured with
many bands, who have been the worst and best to tour with and what secrets
can you tell us from being on the road? Have you noticed any major difference
with the US and UK touring bands?
Kevan: We have played with a ton of bands most of which
where fun as hell. Some of the most memorable would be GBH, The Vibrators,
The Business, Gang Green, and The Disasters. The after parties with Defiance,
AGT, and Left Alone crews are always an adventure. Every band is different
no matter where their from.
Roger: Best band that we have played with to me was Decontrol from Philly.As
far as touring with I'm gonna let that one slide by.
What has the highlight and lowest part of the
bands history been so far?
Roger: For me the highlight is playing with bands that I have been a
fan of for so long like GBH, Decontrol, The Vibrators.
The lowest part was when I went through a period of severe depression
and left the band for 5 months.
Kevan: Sharing the stage with all kinds of great bands and putting
out records that I can actually listen too. “I seem to hate everything
these days.” For a low point probably shows getting cancelled
on the road. That always sucks.
Jake: For me the best part is playing shows to people who fucking
What is the scene like in your
area and who do you recommend checking out?
Plans, gigs and releases
planned for 2008.
Roger: The scene comes and goes but over all the kids here are some
of the best. Check out The Sickboys,Moral Decline,The Angst.
Kevan: The scene comes and goes all the time. The culture is so accessable
these days that kids show up one day and are gone the next. One day
it seems that there is a shit ton of kids then you turn around and
they are gone but there is a new bunch turning up. One of my favorites
is the Dancin Knuckles but they moved to New Jersey those cunts. Andy
the mandallin player played in my old band and did backups on a couple
of the new songs. Another is Zero to Kill from California they used
to be from Central Florida but decided to get up and go out west. And
of course my roommate and old bandmates new band The Black River Boys
which will be releasing a record coming out soon on Durty Mick.
Kevan: Beerzone/Suburbanlockdown “Kingdom of the Dead” 10” and
CD. More gigs to follow check out our dumbass space bullshit for
updates or our website www.suburbanlockdown.com
Jake: Fuckin' Vinyl, new releases, new tours, etc.
Any final comments?
Roger: All of Englands punks should buy our albums so we
can come over and play there!
Kevan: Hope to be over that way before too long. Sorry about our guitar
player he had a tragic guitar accident that left him speechless. Probably
better though since he would have babbled a bunch of craziness anyway.
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