Toys That Kill
Recess Records mastermind talks making albums, punks who go folk and nebulous band members
Where did you make the new album?
We actually recorded that in the garage, which also acts a warehouse for some label stuff and which probably helps with the sound because there's boxes in there. We did a little bit of tape but mainly recorded it using Logic which is easier to control. I have a Tascam 388 quater-inch and certain things sound good on that, but it's hard to get the drum sounds that we are accustomed to on that. We're pretty happy with the way it came out.
Yeah, it sounds good—like it was recorded with the band all together in one room.
What do you think of the phenomenon of punk rockers maturing into folk musicians?
Another trend seems to have a lot of young musicians playing acoustic folk/country music from the get-go and strictly not rocking out with drums and loud guitars.
I hate trends of any sort, but I really hate musical trends. It's something I take personally. The main reason you play music is you're kind of showcasing your personality in a loud, and albeit dumb, way. You're projecting your personality, not, Oh, I like this guy and I'm going to project his personality. You have to show who you are. I know a lot of it is that it's much easier to grab an acoustic guitar. And maybe people just don't get along with their friends anymore. They're at home on the Internet all day and talkin' shit and can't have a social life or have any friends and, hey, that's the way it is.
That's an interesting theory. Maybe the acoustic country trend is a symptom of a dystopic society.
You gotta get out of the house. Do something.
What are you listening to right now?
Does Toys That Kill need audience participation to play a good show or do you rock equally in front of a small, uptight crowd?
No matter what, we're gonna have fun. If we show up to a show on tour and there's 10 people there, sometimes I have more fun, actually. There's no pressure, and there are 10 people. There's no reason to punish them and not make something positive out of it. But it definitely helps when there's a good crowd, and they're getting into it. We think of them as the fifth member of the band, and they definitely help with the show. People aren't there just to see us. Everyone's there to make it a good night. Unfortunately, things don't always go that way, and sometimes there's a lot of people in the room standing there with their arms crossed. That's the worst. I'd rather have 10 people really into it than a bunch of snobs.
Toys That Kill
with Fort Hobo, Sweet Weapons, The Ill Motion and Robots Eating Brains
Tuesday, May 29, 7 p.m.
2429 Quincy NE
Tickets: $7, all-ages
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