B.A. Singer/Songwriter for Sloppy Seconds
B.A.: The tour's been great. Texas shows have always been highlights of our touring schedule, so I'm glad that we're able to expand and prolong that leg of the route. Austin was certainly the biggest show, but they've all had their moments.
Tx Punk: Whats your Favorite song to play live?
B.A.: My favorites are the encores - things we didn't necessarily plan to include in the set. Sometimes we play "No Feelings" by the Sex Pistols or other covers. I guess of our original songs, my favorites would be "You Can't Kill Joey Ramone" and "Human Waste."
Tx Punk: Favorite Punk album?
B.A.: Wow - really broad question. Well, the Ramones are my favorite band, and my favorite Ramones album is Leave Home. The first Clash album, Dictators Go Girl Crazy, L.A.M.F. - I have a lot of favorites.
Tx Punk: Do you have a most memorable moment of being in Sloppy Seconds?
B.A.: I like all the festivals we've been involved with, from Holidays in the Sun in the U.K. to Insubordination Fest in Baltimore, the Rock Your Ass and Ramones Anniversary Festivals in Germany, and our own Sloppypalooza shows in Indianapolis. I just like sharing the bill with lots of other great bands.
Tx Punk: How did you decide on the band name?
B.A.: We called ourselves Mock Trash for about an hour, but we settled on Sloppy Seconds because the first time we played together, all we did was play terrible covers of garage band and rockabilly songs. Bad cover versions = sloppy seconds.
Tx Punk: How was your experience in Punk Rock different from most, since you started when Punk was waning through the late eighties? Plus you guys were in Indianapolis, which made things even more unique.
B.A.: When we came along, all the bands were playing angry, political hardcore punk. That's probably why we kind of stood out, because we just wrote about things we enjoyed and experienced - comics, porn, beer parties, horror movies, psychotic girlfriends. That was actually a radical choice at the time!
B.A.: They might seem random, but all our songs come about from moments of inspiration. I think that's why people enjoy the lyrics - they always come first. Then we write music to showcase the words and tunes. Most bands do the opposite - music first, then put words to it. But this is the way we've always worked.
Tx Punk: Do you have any up-and-coming Punk bands you're watching?
B.A.: A few bands on this tour really impressed me. In San Marcos, we played with two great bands, the Charger Fits and the Bellgraves. And there's a trio out of Chicago called the Sore Subjects that played our show back in Indianapolis. I'd buy CD's by all three of those bands. They were excellent.
Tx Punk: Anything on the horizon for Sloppy Seconds that fans should know about?
B.A.: We might be doing a covers disc for Kid Tested next year - we've got a lot of songs to consider before we decide. And I think we might be looking at playing some horror conventions either this fall or next spring.
B.A.: Lovers never say goodbye.