This is the beginning of this european tour. Is this the first time
you come here and
What do you expect from this show and this tour?
I'm the only one of the band who has been to France before, but, I don't
know, I'm really not sure what to expect 'cause when I was here it was
with my family, everyone was kinda looking at me like I was from another
planet and sometimes it's interesting to see what the music scene is
like in here, what the punk rock scene is like, because last time I
was here people were looking at me like I was out of my mind for having
tattoos and you know, the way I dress or something like that, so, I
really have no idea what it's gonna be like.
George : I would say that our expectations
are at zero, anything other than nothing is gonna be great I think,
its' gonna feel really good.
played at the groezrock festival 2 weeks ago and were reported to really
rock the place, what was your perception of this show?
Well, the kids kept trying to pull my underwear off and I kept kicking
them as hard as I could and when they came on stage
it was fun,
I mean, it was neat!! Especially for a city we've never been to before,
it was very chocking to see that the kids knew the songs, that they
were really excited to see us. It was fun though, it was cool, we got
to see a lot of cool bands and hang out with cool people
you have toured with many great bands. Which bands did you enjoy playing
with the most and which bands do you hope to play with in the future?
I think doing a tour with Hot Water music is probably the best tour
we've ever done.
Georges : this is a good band. We played
with Death from Above on one of our first tour, it was a really great
tour, Rise Against is obviously a band we've toured with, we played
more shows with Rise against than any other band.
Chris : I'd like to play with Green Day
sometime, that'd be very good. We toured with Aerosmith for a while
Georges : Aerosmith are nice guys! We just,
you know, it's hard to get tours with them!
Wade : It's a bad fit!! Really musically
it's a bad combination! And Steven Tyler, "C'est une grande bouche"!!
(laughs) "Mon français est comme ci comme ça"
're Canadian but yet you played with many American bands, are they many
bridges between the Canadian scene and the American one?
it's virtually, I think, the same sort of thing, as far as bands from
there and bands from where we're from, we're all like, pretty much the
same I think. We're just from a different place! We don't have to pay
for health care, they do, that's pretty much it, the rest is all
We're practically Americans, they're practically Canadians, very similar
cultures, we just have less gun violence (laughs).
your favorite song on the new album live/ recorded and what was your
favorite song recorded/ live on the old one?
Jesse : on
the old album I would say "little girls pointing and laughing",
on the new one
tough call, they're just all so fabulous!! (laughs)
"that girl possessed"
music mix the groove of rock'n roll and the agressivity of hardcore
and screamo. Can you name some of your different influences? Favourite
I'm highly influenced by "brie" and "baguette" (laughs)
and "tour de france"
Chris : also our music that we play is
referring to skull smashing kissing music!!!
George : Good luck translating that!!!
Wade : "les pamplemousses c'est un
excellent cadeau pour les enfants"
Georges : " ou est la bibliotheque
? " (lot of laughs)
Chris : Also, international Noise conspiracy
is an awesome band !!
Geoge : we didn't answer your question
at all there!!!!! We listen to a very wide variety of music, we have
very eclectic music taste, everything from the misfits to tom waits
to green day to 7seconds, tooth and the metal
listen to lots and lots of different music and I think that what influences
us when we play our music.
you create the band with the idea of mixing those different music styles
or was it natural when you started working together?
I think it just kinda happened, we didn't have a real idea, we didn't
wanna sound like something, when we got together to write songs, that's
toured really hard those last two years in North America. Have you already
noticed a difference between your American fans and the European ones?
George : Oh
yeah, definitely! There's a huge difference!
Wade : the difference is that we like touring over here, we don't like
touring America!! (laughs)
mean you like most playing here than in your country?
Oh yeah, definitely. There's a lot more culture is the different cities.
When you go to America sometimes the shows will kinda hit or miss depending
on where you are, there's probably like, 6 or 7 cities in America that
I feel have a lot of culture, you know, and here it's like every city
that I feel has like a very specific culture while in America it's always
Wal-Mart, Taco Bell, Mc Donald, everything the same, here it's just
very different no matter where you are.
Chris : and also as far as the music scene
goes overseas, so far it seems that when we come over here, the shows
are like the kids and everything are so into it and the shows are huge
for us right away even for a first time being here where in America
we kinda have to hit the same city like over and over and over to finally
get an impact or a reaction or anything.
seem to have a very humoristic world, to often not take things at face
value. What makes you laugh and what doesn't?
George : Dave
Chappelle makes me laugh a lot, I think it's very funny and cancer does
not make me laugh.
Wade : You laughed though! You sick sick
sick person!! (lots of laughs)
Chris : my friend Wade here, he makes me
laugh a lot, I could barely play the last song the other night and also
I make myself laugh a lot, I told some guys a joke this morning and
I couldn't stop laughing.
George : Sometimes I find about to go to
bed and I think about something that he said earlier and I'm like "ah
ah ah! Oh he's so funny I love him". We're pretty big jokers, we
don't say things too seriously, you can't take yourself too seriously!
Wade : We're touring and playing shows,
like the shows are kind of series of disaster, things went wrong constantly
so if you start getting serious about everything, you're gonna loose
Chris : also, our sense of humour, stuff
that makes us laugh often only makes us laugh.
George : there's a lot of jokes that just
kill ourselves and everybody else is like "oh yeah I guess it's
kind of funny" and we just can't stop laughing
Wade : we were with a band in Birmingham
the other day, in the UK, an George and I pretended to get into an argument
on stage ending in George storming the stage and me finishing the last
song, we thought it was absolutely hilarious but there was absolutely
no reaction from the crowd
George : they were like "what happened!"
what about catholic school girls ?
it's the kilts! It's the fact of being in the punk rock scene for so
long, pleat skirts drive us wild! When we started the band, we saw on
a show a band that had a little description of what it was and we thought
that "two catholics school girl in a knife fight" would be
good for us and that became our album cover and, catholic school girls
are sexy sometimes! Even though there young!
you think there are stuff we can't laugh about?
I don't know, there are a lot of stuff that are inappropriate but that
we laugh about! And those stuff that are inappropriate to laugh about
are so funny because they are so inappropriate!! Like, we've got a series
of jokes that are just so inappropriate that I will save you from this
interview 'cause they shouldn't be printed in text! I guess there are
stuff that probably shouldn't be funny but it's hard not to be laughing!
Wade : once on tour in the US this girl
named Amanda Rogers playing skate opened the tour and she told this
joke that we were kinda going off about some stuff in the movie Philadelphia,
which is just the worse subject, and she retold the joke to a bunch
of people on a show in Toronto and that's really inappropriate! That's
the thing that's inappropriate: retelling our jokes that no one should
Georges : I think, the thing is that the
weirdness is really funny so that's why we go off about supid terrible
diseases and say horrible stuff!
Wade: female American folks who are weird hippies should not be retelling
our jokes! (laughs)
are for you the most promising bands on the hardcore/punk scene?
there's this band from Toronto called Fucked up that I think is one
of the best hardcore punk band ever in a long time, Wade here is a big
fan of Turbonegro,
Wade : I think Turbonegro is the best punk
rock band in the world
George : there's this band from Boston
: Cut the shit, that I think are fantastic, and also Keep It Up, they're
friends of ours,
Wade : is think Bane is the best hardcore
band. Bane is still and has been the best hardcore band in the last
Chris : Playing Nine, that was my other
hardcore local band 5 years ago! (Laughs)