“The guy who started the band with me went to Belmont University, and basically back in Nashville in that era, if you went to Belmont and were in a band, you couldn’t get gigs, because Belmont is a dry campus. They used to be much more conservative, so Belmont bands wouldn’t bring enough people to bars to drink so they don’t make enough money [to get booked]. Belmont lures you in with this idea that they’re accepting of all styles of music and all forms of art, showcasing their student body talent, but in reality, they’re looking for the one percent of kids trying to do the John Mayer thing or the commercial thing.
We were in this weird area where no one at our school would give us a shot, because we wanted to play more extreme punk music. No one in the scene would give us a shot because we went to Belmont, so we kind of had to start booking ourselves, taking any show we could get. The name was a reaction to that. We said, ‘Well, if people aren’t going to give us a chance, let’s come up with a band name that could never be cool or used.’ Something esoteric, like an eleven-year-old made it. If we ever get good, we will force people to say ‘this is the band I like.’ It was a reaction to all of that—’fuck this, we’re going to fuck with everybody.’ It got farther than it was supposed to. It was supposed to be a joke.” —Diarrhea Planet guitarist/vocalist Jordan Smith, via Riot Fest
“Modern Convenience is a long running punk trio out of Nashville, TN… It’s the brainchild of frontman Mike Bibbs, who writes and records everything himself, bringing in a rotating cast of friends for his frequent US tours.” —50THIRDAND3RD.com
“[Our first show] was at a house party for the Fourth of July in Nashville. It was a two-piece band at that point. We had maybe six or seven songs at that point and one of them was ‘Volcano.’ I made the Volcano Vaporizer as part of our set… The first song on the first album that was written after a marijuana vaporizer called the Volcano Vaporizer. It was some German-made insane thing that took you to the moon and back. I remember having the idea of it, and we were like, ‘Yeah! Let’s bust out the Volcano!’ It fills up these huge bags so you can catch it or pass around these giant bags that are made of vapor. It has a mouthpiece on it so you can pass it around and people can take a puffs off of it. Coincidentally that same weekend, my friend had just finished growing this extremely, extremely, extremely strong crop of weed and he gave me a container of it and I just loaded [the Volcano] to the brim before the show and started passing it around to everybody. I think everyone, including myself, just got scared high. We played our set, we were on the moon, and it was a lot of fuckin’ fun. I remember being so stoned after the show that I was really paranoid. I had a bunch more of that stuff in my truck, and I was like, ‘I gotta get this stuff home.’ So, I drove all the way back to my farm, 30 minutes outside Nashville and dropped all that stuff off. And then drove back to the party and kept on partying.” —Turbo Fruits frontman Jonas Stein, via the Dallas Observer
Related Photos → Turbo Fruits at Fond Object
“after a year and some change this record is out now. its gross and muddy and angsty and kinda bullshit, but its My gross muddy angsty bullshit, so I’m just glad to put it out and not be thinking about it all the time.” —Ace Quaalude
“I’d say this third record was a bit more of a communal writing experience than the first two – more people chimed in on this one. We were just way more prepared. I’ve never been more prepared for recording a record in my life. We had a no-mess, non-stop work ethic. The first song on the album, ‘Where The Stars Don’t Shine,’ was recorded live with no overdubs. We were just like, no bullshit, no fuckin’ around, this is the way we’re starting off the record.” —Vocalist and guitarist Jonas Stein, via Rolling Stone
Related Photos → Turbo Fruits at Fond Object
“Sometimes, I’m like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I’m OK with putting this out’… I’m a lot more sensitive than I would like to be, but when I can just take things I’m really self-critical about and write them into a song and sing about them, I’m admitting it to other people and also accepting it myself. And the more I do it, the easier it is.” —Bully vocalist Alicia Bognanno, via Pitchfork
“I Remember” is taken from Bully’s 2015 album, Feels Like. The music video for the track was directed by Stewart Copeland.
“As run and gun as it gets! Had about an hour and half to shoot the around the bar footage. Those guys had just arrived from a long drive down from Portland and were obviously exhausted and hungry. They were great sports posing in an alley alongside discarded needles, empty brown bags and either dog or human excrement and everything else.” —Director Chris Anderson
“I had the idea for the video after a trip to the recycling center in East Nashville. It was right after that flood [in the spring of 2010]. Needless to say, the recycling center turned into mountains of metal. It was eerily beautiful. There was a mountain of refrigerators connected by a metal valley to a hill of air conditioners. Destroyed washers and dryers stacked up like Legos. And then there was this wall of TVs. It stood quite tall and just kind of beamed in the sunlight.
I stood there for a while just kind of staring at. Then I decided it needed to be destroyed broken down somehow, and I needed to film this happening. It reminded me of those early MTV bites where someone would say I want my MTV and then smash a TV with a sledge hammer or something. I wanted it to be a nod to that.
I knew Hans Condor was the band for the job. After a few weeks of collecting old TVs off the side of the road (we got kicked out of the recycling center—apparently, you’re allowed to drop stuff off there but you cant TAKE things), we set up in [drummer Erik Holcombe’s] backyard. There were all sorts of other goodies back there as well so we all just went at it and added some personal touches (like Rodger’s TV drum kit and Charles’s bottle mic).” —“Time Rhyme or Reason” video director Poni Silver, via Culture Bully