Ok anyone who knows me knows, that Floorpunch is one of my all time favorite bands so I was really psyched to do this interview, and it is the first interview I ever conducted. Enjoy.
Where in Jersey are you from?
Maplewood, it's in north Jersey, about 20 miles outside of NYC
Who is your favorite Jersey band of all time?
Hmm, I'd say Vision. I got to know those guys way back when and they were the first band that I knew to play CBGDs.
What are your favorite Sports teams? Where do your loyalties lie for football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and College?
I only follow 2 teams ' Notre Dame (in all sports - I graduated in 1996), and the NY Yankees.
I don't have a favorite pro football team and I don't really watch pro basketball or hockey.
Alright this is a hard question. What are your top 10 favorite bands ever HC and or non-HC and what are your top 10 records of all time?
I'll give you 1 list with my top 10 bands and favorite LP by that band:
1 Cro-Mags The Age of Quarrel
2 Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
3 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
4 U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
5 Agnostic Front - Victim in Pain
6 Mercyful Fate - Melissa
7 Straight Ahead Straight Ahead
8 Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East
9 Ozzy - Blizzard of Ozz
10 Judge - New York Crew 7"
And what do you think made the first "New York Crew" 7 even better than Bringin it Down? What is your favorite Judge song?
I LOVE "New York Crew". It's my favorite 7" and Judge is my favorite SxE band. I've always liked the harder NYHC and the militant lyrics just connected with me. I was 17 and in high school when the 7" came out and it was just the perfect record. Not sure why I like it more than the LP, I guess because it was faster and the songs were just more raw. A lot of the LP seems to be more mid tempo and not as "urgent" sounding. I saw Judge a bunch of times and they were always great. One of the things I'm most thankful for is that my old band Release got to play with Judge at the Anthrax. If I had to pick a favorite song it would be "In My Way" , that might be my favorite HC song bar none. It just sums it all up.
How did Floorpunch
form? What was the motivation for starting the band and who got it started?
The band started in the summer of 1995, I'm not sure of who came up with the idea, I think it might have been Porter. We were all at a show in NJ and he said, "we're going to do a SxE band a called Floorpunch, these are the guys who are gonna be in it" and it just kind of happened.
Are you doing anything musically now, or do you have something planned for the future?
I'm not currently doing anything musically. I'd love to do another band but it would have to be the right situation.
I was in a band called Release from 1988-1990, and I was in Resurrection from 1991-1995
How did you get into Hardcore and straightedge?
I was into metal in high school. I got exposed to HC from this kid Alan that I used to hang out with. He got me into Agnotic Front, Cro-Mags, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies. I started going to shows with him in like 87. At the time I was heavily into drugs, when I finally cleaned up in 1988 I got into SxE. It was an easy transition since I was already involved in HC.
What is your favorite kind of guitar?
I love Gibson's. The first guitar I got was the 72 Les Paul that I use. After that I got an 86 Fender Stat but never really got into it (I later sold it and used the money for tattoos). I then went through my Black Flag phase and picked up a 1969 Dan Armstrong (the clear Lucite guitar that Greg Ginn plays). Most recently I got a 92 Gibson SG. I've wanted one forever. I'd love to get a Gibson Explorer next. My theory is that eventually I'll have so much money invested in guitars that I'll be motivated to take lessons again.
Do you think some kids my age are too fixated on color vinyl, vintage shirts, clothes, and sneakers, and not enough about the message and the music?
I'd like to think that if you're that into HC collecting that you'd be just as into the message. I know that isn't always the case but I'd rather give people the benefit of the doubt as far as that goes.
What do you think of the hardcore scene today? What new bands do you like, and in your eyes what are the positive things and problems in the scene?
To be honest I'm not all that involved with the scene these days so I wouldn't want to comment on the state of things today. I hope the kids today are as into it as I was when I was younger. Appreciate this time in your lives, because it doesn't last. I'm not saying that you'll drop out of the core or anything like that but HC can only be fresh and new to you for a limited amount of time, as you get older your priorities and responsibilities change. So take advantage of it while you can.
Alright, Let it Ride sparked my curiosity, What is your favorite Casino, in AC or Vegas or both? Is there one that you prefer or that sticks out? Do you and did Floorpunch
have a particularly favorite one?
Our favorite casino is the one where we're winning. I will say that AC blows. I'll still go, but Vegas is where it's at.
For people who haven't heard about Floorpunch
's eating habits, exploits, and eating records, and for those who know who might not have heard every story, what are some of the best?
There are so many. I mean really, all we do is eat. Other dudes may say that they like to eat, but we really take it to the next level. Some classic lines, "I said I'm full, not done", "You won't eat that, I heard you're afraid of food", "Order me another appetizer so I don't look fat", "This is a joke (said in reference to what kids were calling a "big" ice cream cookie sandwich)", "Can I get his bacon on my Buffalo wings?", "Can you give me as much ice cream as is legally permitted?"
Could you elaborate on one outrageous and great eating story? I heard a few and they are hilarious.
Ok, probably my favorite eating story revolves around an ice cream cake, but it was no ordinary ice cream cake. Geoff TDT was going to have a BBQ, so I thought it was a great opportunity to get an $85 sheet ice cream cake that feeds 40-50 people from this ice cream store in New Brunswick Thomas Sweet. The cake would be Oreo ice cream with peanut butter cups and Kit Kats blended in. I had to order it like a week in advance. So like 2 days before the day of reckoning Geoff says he's not having the BBQ, and I'm pissed because I've already ordered the cake as a result I get them to write "Fuck Geoff" on the cake. So instead of like 20 people eating the cake it turns out being 4 of us, it must've been like 5" thick and the size of 2 dinner trays, plus it was like eating concrete because it was so dense. We all ate all that we could and barely made a dent in the thing. So now we're stuck with this huge cake I made Bill throw out all of the food in his freezer so we can fit the cake in there. Over the course of the next 3 weeks Bill makes me drive down to his house like 3 times a week to eat the cake so he can get it out of his freezer he would always threaten to throw it out so I'd have to drive down on like a Wednesday night and eat some. Finally we couldn't take it anymore, I was leaving one night after eating way too much of the cake and Bill took the rest of it and threw it out his back door at me. As it hit the ground I wasn't even sad, I had had enough.
Tough call, I like them all for different reasons. I'll say the demo though, just because it was just such a change from what was being done at the time (both lyrically and musically) and it really set the tone for the band. Although I can just as easily choose Fast Times, I was really happy with how that came out.
How was it being on Equalvison with so many other cool bands like (Ten Yard Fight
, Hands Tied
) and how was it being on the label?
At the time EVR was the only label we wanted to work with. I had known Steve for a while and it was the best fit for us. Since the band has been broken up for a while we don't have very much connection with what EVR is currently doing so don't blame us (hahaha).
What are some of the best and hardest mosh parts known to man?
Right off the bat you have to put just about every song on the "Age of Quarrel" on there, "Foreign Job Lot" (Antidote), "United Races" (Cause for Alarm), "Public Assistance" (Agnostic Front), "Breakaway" (Straight Ahead), all of Cause of Death (Obituary),"Kickback" and "Labeled" (Breakdown), "Enforcer" (Leeway).
Did you have a favorite Floorpunch
song, show, or memory?
I guess my 2 favorite memories would be 1) the show we played in Chatham, NJ in 1996 with Earth Crisis. There were probably 600 kids there and all we had out was the demo and the play was going nuts. The other would have to be playing with the Cro-Mags at CB's.
Will there be anything from the band in the future released posthumously: unreleased stuff, videos, reissues, or a discography?
Bill was talking about trying to get some sort of CD/DVD thing together with everything we recorded (including the LP demo) and some videos. Knowing us I'd say that there is a 1% chance of that happening.
Is there any chance for a Floorpunch
I doubt it. We got back together for that one show with the Cro-Mags in 2000 and I think that put the band to rest the right way.
What did you think about the way the NCAA tournament went this year? Did you think the Irish could do it? And what did you think about the big orange Syracuse winning it all?
I love the NCAA tournament. It's my favorite sports event. I wish ND would've played better against Arizona, but we had a good year. we'll be tough next year. I hate Syracuse, I was pulling for Kansas.
Raw Deal or Killing Time, Who's better?
As far as I'm concerned there is only Raw Deal
What are your views on hardline and that whole militant sXe vegan stance?
Hey, everyone's into their own thing. The problem I have with it is where do you draw the line? I mean do you not speak to your grandmother because she eats meat?
Is the internet beneficial or detrimental to HC?
I think it's good and bad. It's good because it's really the only thing that keeps old fucks like me and Brett connected to what's going on. It's bad for the same reason I guess, it makes things easier, instead of having to go to shows and buy zines to stay involved you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
If you could change one thing about hardcore today, what would it be?
Straight Ahead would be playing shows.
Were you psyched for the Cro-Mags
reunion this summer? Did you get to check it out, and how did it compare to the Mags in the 80s? (side note I went to the one at the World this summer and completely got killed during It's The Limit, It was a great time though.)
I took a week off of work and helped Steve EVR sell merch for them when they toured with the Bad Brains. I though that they were great the last time around - their show at Crome in NJ was awesome. I'd like them to keep playing for as long as possible.
What drew you to the Cro-Mags
? What did you think the first time you heard them, and what did you think the first time you saw them live, and how have they stood the test of time to still be your favorite today?
I first heard/saw the Cro-Mags in 1986, I saw them open for Venom at the old Ritz in NYC. I was a metal head and was psyched to see Venom, I mean they only played like 5 shows in the US. When the Cro-Mags went on it was like a full scale riot broke out, skinheads were everywhere going nuts. I moved to the side and just watched in amazement. This was right before the Age of Quarrel came out, I remember Bloodclot saying that it would be out in a month or so. My friend got the record and I taped it from him and haven't stopped listening to it. The Age of Quarrel was the first CD I ever bought and I still think that it's the greatest record ever. The Cro-Mags transcend music, that's what makes them so great. It's not just their music, but the infamy that surrounds them, the stories, rumors, and the reality. NY's hardest.
What are your views on Krishna and Krishna consciousness?
I'm generally pro religion. Like anything there are people who will exploit it, but I think religion is a positive thing. I have a lot of friends who are into KC and I think that some of it is very interesting.
And one last question, do you like the movie Rudy? Seeing as how you love Notre Dame and the Irish?
I loved it. I think it came out before I started going to ND (or very soon after it), I remember I went to see it by myself. ND is just a special place, I consider myself very fortunate for having been able to be a part of it. I go back to see at least 1 football game per year.
Any last comments or closing statements?
Thanks for the interview, keep the faith.