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OrlandoPunk.com interviews Repugnant Slumlords

ORLANDOPUNK.COM

REPUGNANT SLUMLORDS – INTERVIEW

HOW DID YOUR BAND COME TOGETHER? A: Former singer Nickolas Atkins talked to CJ about jamming and CJ asked Sebas if he wanted to play guitar because we needed a guitarist. Then some how found Alex’s tall ass and became Repugnant Slumlords.

HAS YOUR SOUND CHANGED? A: a lot, yes. We’ve become faster and a bit heavier over the past year.

WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR BEST SHOWS? A: At Taste with Horror Punks (DISFUNCTION) and Moral Decline and a long time ago with Broken War Machines and DeadLeg at Central Station.

DO YOU HAVE RECORDINGS AVAILABLE? A: We just finished recording our first album and we’ll have cd’s available soon.

HOW CAN WE LEARN ABOUT YOUR SHOWS? A:Like us on facebook  www.facebook.com/repugnantslumlordshardcore

WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOUR BAND? A: Play as many shows as possible and try and book shows around Florida and do a Florida tour.

WHAT ARE YOUR SONGS ABOUT? HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU ARE PERFORMING? THOUGHTS ON MOSHING/SLAMMING ETIQUETTE? A:We have songs about all sorts of shit, liars, cops, killing zombies, and stupid stuck up bitches. And FUCK YEA mosh it up at the RSL shows. The more movement the merrier.

BIGGEST INFLUENCES? MUSICAL AND/OR OTHERWISE A: Dream Theater, Irepress, DRI, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Trash Talk, all old school hardcore and thrash music.

BANDS TO WATCH OR CHECK OUT: LOCAL & WORLDWIDE, OLD & NEW? A: all of our influences and if you haven’t heard already, Dirty Spliff, Fortitude, Coldside, The Panix

WEIRDEST THING YOU’VE SEEN AT A SHOW? WHY ARE DRIVERS IN FL SO BAD? THOUGHTS ON DISNEY (WORLD)? WORDS FOR MICKEY? A: Well we watched some kid punch himself in the head until he started bleeding haha . And I don’t know why florida drivers are so bad, maybe because people are fucking stupid. Thoughts on Disney World? Not really, fuck tourists!!!

YOU ARE ALL FAIRLY YOUNG COMPARED TO MANY OF THE PUNK BANDS AROUND HERE. ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS? DOES THIS MAKE THINGS EASIER OR HARDER FOR YOU? A: we think about that all the time, it kind of makes it harder when we want our underage friends to come to shows and we feel that sometimes people don’t take us seriously because of our age. But once we start playing it usually will change the minds of those people. We want people to know we’re here to play REAL hardcore.

WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE ORLANDO AS HAVING MUCH OF A SCENE? OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE SEVERAL DECENT BANDS IN THE AREA…. WHAT ABOUT TURNOUT AND GENERAL INTEREST? WERE KIDS IN YOUR SCHOOLS INTO THIS OLD- SCHOOL TYPE OF MUSIC, OR WERE THEY MORE INTO HIP-HOP, EMO, METALCORE, WHATEVER? A: No I don’t think Orlando has much of a “scene” for oldschool hardcore. There’s many decent bands but the turn outs aren’t usually too great. I think promotion isn’t very good anymore. A lot of kids now are getting into the electronic scene.

RSL TOOK SOME TIME OFF BEFORE AUSTIN FROM DEADLEG JOINED ON LEAD VOCALS. WHAT DID RSL DO IN THE MEANTIME? NEW SONGS? A: mostly just took a break, tried another vocalist but it didn’t really work out.

AUSTIN WEARS A LOT OF PEACE IMAGERY. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELVES “PEACE PUNKS” OR “PUNKS” AT ALL? IF SO, WHAT DO THESE THINGS MEAN TO YOU? THOUGHTS ON HIPPIES? ANARCHY? A: haha I’m a human being man, I wear what I like and what I feel is comfortable. We’re musicians who play hardcore music. Call us what you want. Hippies are cool. And Anarchy in the UK

THERE IS SOME PRESSURE ON PUNK ROCKERS TO ADOPT EXTREME IDEOLOGIES AS A FASHIONABLE THING, ESPECIALLY FROM THE LEFT. MANY ARE POLITICALLY ILLITERATE OR KNOW LITTLE ABOUT THESE IDEOLOGIES. DO YOU FEEL THIS PRESSURE, AND/OR DO YOUSEE IT AS MORE BAGGAGE TO BE FREE FROM? DOES THIS AFFECT RSL’S APPROACH? A: What? No, fuck politics.

RSL’S SHOWS SEEM TO BE ABOUT LETTING OUT PENT-UP ENERGY. ARE YOUR INSPIRATIONS POSITIVE, NEGATIVE, OR BOTH? EXPLAIN. A: both, shows are definitely a release of energy but not necessarily negative. We try to have a positive time and for us it’s all about fun.

YOU ARE ALL VERY COMPETENT ON YOUR INSTRUMENTS. THIS MAY BE A BIT OF AN UNDERSTATEMENT. WHAT ARE YOUR MUSICAL BACKGROUNDS? A: We all took musical classes throughout middle school and highschool like band and orchestra. And we’ve all loved music our whole lives.

ARE THE REPUGNANT SLUMLORDS NICE GUYS OR MEAN-SPIRITED PUNKS? A: We’re definitely nice guys, come and talk to us at shows, we love meeting new people.

HAVE YOU TRIED THE NEW COCONUT M&MS? PLEASE GIVE YOUR REVIEWS A:Ummm DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

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