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Blitzkid - 06.03.11

Interviewed by: Christian Wagner (06/06/11)
1. Please introduce yourself and your role in the band.
Argyle Goolsby. Bass and Vocals.

2. You recently released your latest full-length, Apparitional. Can you give us some details on it?
Apparitional is our 7th release. We recorded it last summer at SRG studios in Trenton, NJ. If you have heard our last album Five Cellars Below, its a continuation off of that. Meaning that there are still a number of atypical horror punk songs yet with a bit of a return to form for us personally.

3. Are there any lyrical themes to the record? It seems like several of the songs focus on a relationship or marriage of some sort.
Our music generally betrays the overall theme of our lyrics, meaning that much of our lyrics are macabre and dulcet while the music driving it is typically poppy. Reading our lyrics without the accompanying music often times provides an entire different scope of the song. We're not a political band, we're not a party band, but conversely, we are also not a band of doom and gloom prophets. While our lyrics tend to be a bit on the morose side of things there isn't any self loathing, or blind shock value to what we're trying to present. A lot of our lyrics tend to touch on elements of the human experience, but done so in a metaphorical way.

4. You're on tour with Face To Face and Strung Out, 2 legendary punk bands. How is it going?
.....amazing. I can't even begin to go in to detail with you in a descriptive enough of a manner to express just how awesome it is to not only see these bands every night, but to interact with them every day and get to know the people behind the music that had everything to do with constructing our little backwoods horror rock troupe.

5. A lot of bands tend to come and go very quickly but you guys have been around for close to 15 years. Can you define your success or why you have been able to maintain such a loyal fanbase?
You have to want to do it. That means going beyond what you're comfortable doing, or not doing as the case may sometimes be. It means WORK beyond your worst McDonalds cash register nightmares. No one is going to do this for you. We know exactly what it is we are trying to do and we make no bones about it. We never had the hype to buy that would subsequently propel us into an untimely demise. No one was on our side but us and where this would make most bands cynical, it only proved to us that we were doing something right as far as our punk rock ethos went. as time has gone on, we've accrued an impressively loyal fanbase and this addition to our course has only given us more direction. We play a style of music that can be done very badly very easily and we acknowledge the thin line we walk on but never worry about it. Your heart tells the story and we have been weaving them for over 14 years now. Just have to trust in your intentions and love what you do.

6. You recently signed to Century Media and People Like You Records. Why did you choose to sign with them?
We signed with PLY/Century Media records because they were the right choice for Blitzkid. For a band that has spent over a decade getting its stripes we felt an entity that could easily assimilate an expansion of our band into the public's collective consciousness would be the wise move. We are not a band that sits back and lets others do all the work for us. A lot of bands get a nice record deal and say ok cool, now we can relax and soak up the rewards. That's a horrible fallacy. The key is to work just as hard as you ever did (this is after all why most labels will even risk on you at this point) and combine that effort WITH the label. PLY has been really cool and understand our band and our directive. It wasn't just a blind jump to a label with laurels for that fact alone. The band's interest on both ends was considered.

7. Horror/goth/punk has changed considerably in the last decade or so with the emergence of Hot Topic and the like being marketed as a gimmick more than a lifestyle. How do you view it as a trend?
Everything is a trend at some point. If it hasn't been yet, you can bet your ass it will be. The Problem isn't trends, the trick is to endure them.

8. What bands should we be checking out right now?
The Cryptkeeper Five from Trenton, NJ. are a staple amongst this band. Face to Face and Strung Out if i even had to say it. The Darlings from LA with whom we are tour with presently. Awesome band from Tennessee(recently disbanded) called Silent Horror. Nim Vind out of Vancouver Canada, Bloodsucking Zombies from Outer Space out of Austria. These are some of my favorite playlists.

9. Thank you for your time, anything else you would like to say?
Thank you so much for the interview. We really appreciate it and hope to see you guys on one of our jaunts across the globe. To the old and new school, be true to the game. Long Live the Horror!
 
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