Thursday, May 28, 2009

Chatting with Robbie and Cruise from Famine



Cruise and Robbie just came back from tour so I asked them to do a bit of Q and A.

Alright lads, cheers for coming on MSN at 1.14 am to do this. For people who might not know, what are your roles in the band?

Cruise
I play bass.

Robbie
I play guitar.

This is the first tour with the new name. How exactly did the name change come about and are you happy you changed it? Do you think you might change it again when you write another record?

Cruise
Not all of us were ever really happy with the old name and as time went on and our music changed we felt it suited the band better. The decision to change the name came about while we were recording the album. I don't think we will ever change it again or anything I think it was just a good time to do it before we put out a proper release.

You guys played in Germany and the Netherlands. How many shows did you play when you were over there and what bands were you playing with?

Cruise
We played 4 shows in Germany and 1 in the Netherlands. We played with Bitter End, True Colors, Ritual, State of Mind and some other really cool bands. All the bands we met were really nice and we got sorted out with gear by some bands which was cool.

Robbie
In Berlin we played with New Bruises. They played the Dublin [Go It Alone] date last year. They have a song on their new 7 inch about Dublin. It was great to meet up with [Ritual] again.

I was going to ask you if you had any shit to talk on the bands but they were all cool guys, yeah? Did you make any new best mates over there?

Robbie
It was a beef free tour. The guys in State of Mind and Striking Justice were really cool. BE/TC were also awesome. Really nice guys. Both such great bands too.

Cruise
Everyone we met was really friendly. I think our new best mate is Michael Grey. He sorted us out with the shows and drove us around. He did so much for us on that trip and we can't thank him enough. He even felt bad about taking a free t-shirt. All the people who put us up and all the bands were really nice and helpful.

Robbie
Yeah, definitely.

You guys met Michael when he was driving for Verse in Ireland, right? How did it go from that to playing in Germany? Just got talking?

Robbie
Yeah. He liked us and messaged us saying he was doing a Bitter End show and from there it turned into 5 days with him driving. Aside from helping us out, he is one of the nicest guys we've been in contact with and seems to be putting on a lot of shows in Germany and has been for the last few years.

What were the venues you played in like? Were you playing to many people in the end?
Which venue was the best for stage diving?

Cruise
Every venue was really cool. Some of them were youth centres which you never seem to get over here. Every venue had food for the bands and there was almost an unlimited supply of beer and drinks. Some shows had about 80 people at them and some had around 150. The show in Lichtenstein had about 150 kids at it and people said that it was a small turn out and that promoters would have been expecting around 300 which we thought was crazy. The only reason the turnout was “small” was because there was 6 shows on the same night in that town.

Robbie
The venues were all really cool. The Bitter End/TC shows were up to 200 people. I thought this was crazy. JZ Riot, a venue that Michael uses, is probably the greatest place we've played in. For the last few years he has been using a guestbook that he gets every band to sign and do a design on. It was so awesome reading all the stuff people had left. Cruise did a page for us... it was incredible. Stage diving was scarce, though.

So it's safe to say that you guys had fun?

Cruise
The most fun I have ever had on a tour without a doubt.

Robbie
Yeah, it was incredible.

Not everything went perfectly though, Jonathan broke his leg in Germany, or close to it. How did it happen? Did either of you see it? What's the latest update on poor Jon?

Cruise
It happened during the last song in the Bitter End set in Bochum. I didn't see it happen but I nearly fell on him when he was lying on the ground. He fell down a step that was near the side of the stage and there was a pile of people nearly on top of him.

Robbie
The venue had this stupid step off the side of the ground on front of the stage. I was standing just off the step. During the last song everyone was doing the side to side thing and Jon landed awkwardly and was landed on by a few people. Obviously it was all an accident. I helped him up and pulled him aside to realise his leg was fucked.
After the set was over Iano, Michael and our new friend Joe went with Jon to the hospital. They gave him crutches and told him it may be broken but the swelling was too much and to wait until he was home to have an x-ray. He went to the hospital today and they reckon he has torn a pad under his kneecap. He [has to] rest until the swelling goes down more. I feel so bad for [him] and it sucks so much.
All this said, he did play in Netherlands with a broken leg. After the set, I told him he could get away with all the power violence merch he has.


How would you compare your experience in Germany with your previous tours in the UK?

Cruise
They were very generous over there and it was really cool to see sun for once. It was also alot easier having a van driver who knew where he was going, haha.

Robbie
It was really different. We were treated incredibly in Germany. We were lucky to do our last UK tour with Dungeons and Everyday Hell, though. The shows on that were great and the Deal With It records release was still one of the best shows I've been to. Ask me this question again on June 15th.

Ah yeah, you're hitting the UK again soon. What's going on with that? When are you leaving? Give me the skinny.

Robbie
We're doing a few shows over there at the start of June. Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham and Birmingham. We're still looking to book a few shows in between the Italian dates we have.

Cruise
Well at first we didn't think we were going to be going because [of what happened to Jonathan]. Luckily we got our friend Rory who plays Young Wolves to fill in for the tour. We are leaving on June 1st to go see Bitter End and True Colors again in Newport and then we are driving to Edinburgh to play a show on June 2nd to start the tour.

What's next for Famine?

Cruise
We plan on doing a European tour in the last two weeks of September. I guess we will start working on that when we get home. We are hopefully gonna get some new songs written and put out more releases and keep touring.

Robbie
We have plans to do a gatefold vinyl release of Every Road Leads Back Here. If all goes to plan it will be in time for a Euro tour with another DHC band... Maybe a 7" before the end of the year too, we've only been talking about ideas so far. More touring.

Is the LP being put out on HUP! Records?

Cruise
Yeah

Robbie
Yeah

Cruise
Half Shell

Robbie
Haha

I'm going to show you an image and I want to know what you think of it when you see it. Ok?

Cruise
Ok

Robbie
Haha, Ok.



Robbie
Jealous that I don't have a CC test press and I had forgotten about the importance of scene points. I could do with
some.

Cruise
I could do with a test press too. I think I’m Ok for scene points though.

Robbie
Yeah, you’re fine.

Cruise

Haha.

Could I use some?

Cruise
Take em all if you want. I’m just glad that’s the test press and not what the actual record is going to look like.

Have you guys anything you want to say yourselves or any shout outs that are left to give?

Cruise
I just want to thank everyone who has supported us and given us a chance to play here and in different countries. Everyone who has given us a place to stay and just helped us out in general. And obviously Hurry Up! Records.

Robbie

Yeah. Thanks everyone that made it to the release show especially and picked up our CD. The New Frustration 7" is going to be incredible. Start new bands and continue supporting DHC. Keep up the good work with the shows and Forced Out, Mac.
Peace out motherfuckers.

Cruise
Peace

Haha. Cheers for taking the time to do this again boys, just one last question.
What's it like to be the biggest thing to come out of Ireland since Bono and the rest of the lads?

Cruise
I dunno, ask Wounds.

Robbie
LOL

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