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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I'll always be a fanatic of hardcore music. I'm years-old and nothing has changed.
But you just don't listen to one style of music all of the time. You don't just eat steak every day of your life either.
My background in music was the Beatles. So, to go back to Staring Into the Sunwhen we decided to make that album, it wasn't that we were trying to be rock stars. That's laughable. What it was, truly, was us progressing as musicians. We thought about it a lot, Carlos, we really did. We asked ourselves if we wanted to make another straight-up hardcore album, and it was, "Damned right we want to, but we're going to write hardcore songs. They loved melodic rock. Pat and I wanted to do something that was challenging for all of us that combined the influences.
I love some of it, and I don't like some of it. You know, just like everyone else, and I'm one of the people who actually made it. But I wouldn't change them now, because I'm proud of what we did.
Whether people like something or don't like something, that's fine. That was new music at the time. It was different. But at that time, I still went out and bought all of the newer hardcore records that were coming out.
When we made Staring Into the Sunit wasn't like we were worried that people in the hardcore scene were going to hate us. Pat and I were struggling to make everything work. We were also going to college at Pepperdine.
Dave and Vic were older than us and had their own stuff going on. So we wanted to come up with something that would invigorate us as musicians. We weren't trying to be Judas Priest. It was nothing like that. I grew my hair out because I had to cut it for school for so many years [laughs].
So you chalk a lot of the resistance to that album to the hardcore scene being to close-minded? Yeah, at that time, the straight edge hardcore scene had a lot of people that were very, "You better stay this way or you're not one of us anymore! We would never cower behind anyone. I was like, "Fuck you! If you think it's about how long my hair is or not, then I don't care anyway.
I didn't drink back then, and I don't do it now. That's me. It's not because some straight edge police A Choice - Uniform Choice - Wishingwell - The Complete Discography (CD) looking over my shoulder at 52 [laughs].
I don't care. My children don't drink. My oldest son is a pitcher at the University of Southern California right now. He's got a million friends who drink, but he never has. It's OK. It takes a hell of a lot of balls to not give into peer pressure at that age. You know, to womanize, and all of that other stuff. The fun part for me was putting together a gatefold for that album, which, by the way, we lost all of our fucking money doing [laughs]. I remember coming up with that cool silhouette photo of the band that we shot in Malibu.
I also remember I almost fell off a fucking cliff while doing it! If you had to pick your favorite song from Staring Into the Sunwhich one would it be and why?
One that was really heartfelt, for me, because of the lyrics, was "Staring Into the Sun. So, yeah, that one was a big deal for me. When Vic came up with this very cool melodic idea, that was special for me. When we played that thing live, it was harder than anything we ever did beacuse it was blistering fast! What was the touring like for Staring Into the Sunand that whole era of the band? We did one tour in for that album. It was all over the US and Canada. The shows were fantastic.
But there were definitely people who showed up to the shows and went, "Well, where are all the bald guys? We figured that would happen. But, look, like I said before, we gave people their money's worth. It wasn't like we sat around in a circle with acoustic guitars playing "Kumbaya.
Blood Days was supposed to be a project that was done for the absolute fun of it. Pat had started his own label, Power House Records, and he wanted to put something out that would just hit people hard for his first offering, A Choice - Uniform Choice - Wishingwell - The Complete Discography (CD).
So he came up with the idea of reaching out to John [Lorey] and Joe [Foster] to help us write some new songs and have some fun. That's exactly what we did. We wanted to have fun again. It had been a number of years since we had played with Joe. Also, Joe is a completely different songwriter than Vic from Uniform Choice. Joe aggravated me. John aggravated me. You know, it was like old times [laughs]. Pat and I wrote lyrics for the new material and they were every bit as heartfelt as anything we've ever done.
I wouldn't say that we wanted to go back to the older straight edge stuff, but maybe something in between. The shape and feel of the songs are kind of like in the middle of Screaming for Change and Staring Into the Sun. I would say it was possibly in that Dag Nasty kind of feel.
You know, medium tempo kind of stuff? We hadn't been able to do that kind of feel, Pat and I. That kind of feel is definitely Joe's thing. He's great at it. So it was fun to get together and do those songs and make the album.
What's the story with the silly A Choice - Uniform Choice - Wishingwell - The Complete Discography (CD) photo in the layout for Blood Days?
That was taken inside the room I was renting in a house out in Malibu. I was going to Pepperdine University at the time, which was right by the house.
We laugh about that A Choice - Uniform Choice - Wishingwell - The Complete Discography (CD) this day. I think my girlfriend, Penny, took that band photo. We decided to just throw some shit in the corner of my room and have some fun with it. I've got cowboy boots on like a fucking dufus. I look back now and laugh at it, but there's people who were like, "Look at how dumb Dubar and Longrie look It's crazy how much people look into this kind of stuff.
It's silly. Uniform Choice played our last show in It was with Bad Religion and Toxic Reasons. I knew it was going to be our last show. Pat and I were both going to graduate from college and he wanted to try a different adventure that had nothing to do with punk.
That was it. There was no bomb blast. There was no "Fuck you! We all decided to move on and it ended perfectly. There was nothing bad about it. We were simply done. It really didn't continue, at least as a punk band it didn't. The band experimented with other singers before Colla.
Newport Beach local Eric Whittick sang for a short while. The band made its first studio demo in September Orange Peel Sessions with Colla heading up vocals.
Inthe band experimented with an additional second lead bass player, Brent Turner. Turner only played several shows with the band and left the group to record the album When in Rome Do as the Vandals with The Vandals. In earlyHanna and Meyer decided to leave the band, and Bates enlisted an entire new line-up which would be fronted by Pat Dubar and drums being played by Hanna's friend and classmate Pat Dyson who had played with Plain Wrap in Meyer went on to play with other groups such as the Finks and Peace Corp.
Dyson and Dubar tried to re-recruit Eric VonArab to rejoin this new rendition of the band. The group with this final line-up of Pat Dubar, Pat Dyson, Vic Maynez and David Mello went forward with a new vision as Uniform Choice and continued to record and create what was considered the first O. Straight Edge Demos.
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