Get The Fuck Outta Dodge – Interview
Interview withJames and Ren from Get The Fuck Outta Dodge and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
We are a garagey/punky/harcorey noise mongers via the gift of big muff, big drums and big mouths. If we like it, we play it. Nuff said.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
James: GTFOD started as a project for Ren to learn how to play the drums before he turned 40. He’d never played drums before (let alone shouting whilst drumming) and I could barely play bass, although we have both been around the block band wise (James – The Ape Drape Escape and The Friends of Batman, Ren – Commercial Dual Purpose, Stunt Team and the FOB). We started in February 2019, wrote a shit ton of tunes, recorded and released the album (Climbing Higher, Hitting Harder than King Kong) before the big 4 0. It’s been downhill since then.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
James: I’ve been a fan of punk for years, I have arrested development, so bands like NOFX, Descendents, Black Flag, Fugazi have all been a big influence on me. Ren on the other hand has only just taken to hardcore and punk, but has dived in with both feet, hence a song on our forthcoming album “Trying not to be punk is the most punk thing I’ve ever done”. Although we play pretty straight ahead punk rock we have a really varied eclectic taste. You only need to look at our covers album “These Songs Aren’t Ours” to get a taste of what floats our boat.
Ren: I just like noise really and a good melody, my real music education came from bands like Deftones, Faith No More, Death From Above. I am also quite partial to some filthy hip hop.
We are both also influenced by the DIY scene, being dinosaurs being brought up before the dawn of the internet so making our own records/artwork is a given.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
James: We’re too old for dreams. We’re under no illusion that we’re going to become rock stars or anything. With a band name like Get The Fuck Outta Dodge, we’re never gonna be on Top of The Pops. Goals though, hhmmm. Getting someone else to put something out for us would be nice. We’re both skint and records cost.
Ren: Yeh we aint gonna be running off and touring the world or owt, we have kids to rear and mouths to feed. I’m mean if someone wants to shove some cash in our pockets to run our label properly (The Laundrette Recording Company) then we can make our own dreams.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
James: I’m a bit of a riff machine, so I’m constantly sending ren ideas. My outlook is if you throw enough shit, some of it has to stick. During lockdown we’ve been doing loads of stuff remotely via garage band, so I’ll send stuff to ren and he fucks about with it until it sounds good. Lyric wise I haven’t got a fucking clue what he’s on about. I’ll occasionally chuck a line in here and there but Ren shoulders the burden of writing all the words.
Ren: Without sounding like a dick I think I subscribe to the Bowie method of lyric writing, I have pages and pages of just pretty sounding words or sayings/lines that have either passed through my lips or heard other people say. I usually lay a drum beat over James’ riffs and then try and work out the melody using these words. Re-arranging and changing as I go, adding new lines that seem to fit. I can’t sit and write about a topic that seems a bit forced and too much effort. Weirdly at times the songs subconsciously can sound like I’m going on about one thing….which I’m not. That’s really up to the listener not me.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
James: In the old days we used to go on covert flyering missions and there were loads of pubs/clubs etc that you could stick posters up in. These days they are few and far between and we’re too old to give a fuck, so social media has become the be all and end all for promotion. We have slowly started developing a network of groups and promoters/labels etc that we can share with, however we’re not able to boost any of our posts cuz facebook doesn’t like the word fuck! Who’d have thought it!
Ren: Ditto what James says, social media though can be like an echo chamber and I’m getting to old to learn how to use Twitter properly!
I have learnt that you don’t need to vomit your music to anyone that has a blog with a hope that they will like it and post about you, as you will only get disappointed when no one replies back. Just go find the small genre specific blogs as there is more chance you will get exposure you need within the correct circles.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
James: We’re from the Napster generation, so we’ve spent our youth downloading stuff. Ren got a cease and desist letter for downloading Huey Lewis hahaha. I flogged my cd collection years ago and joined Spotify. We’re not in this to make any money, so if anyone steals our music it makes no odds to me. I just think it’s cool that someone likes us enough to do it. We’re still fans of the physical release though, which is why we’ve tried to get cassettes/limited run vinyl out there. We like to give the people what they want.
Re: Same goes, we make music that we wanna hear, if someone leaks/downloads it, who really gives a shit. Bands that leak their own albums are fucking amazing.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
James: I’d have to say Nervous Breakdown by Black Flag cuz it’s just ferocious and primal and gets my dander up, or Merry Xmas everybody by Slade cuz the royalties would be nice.
Rene: Mr Your On Fire Mr by Liars hands down….just listen to it. Oh and the Guns!, Razors!, Knives! Fuck with me! bit in Deftones Rocket Skates.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
James: Not being able to gig is a bitch. We’d barely played anything before all this pandemic shite. We’ve got a shit ton of new tunes that I want to try out live.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
James: For me, playing at Glastonbury in 2008 with the Ape Drape Escape was ace. We played to about 8 people cuz we were on at the same time as Amy Winehouse, which was great, but we got to go for free and told people that we were support for Jay Z.
Ren: Having real people like what we do. I’m a simple man, that’s enough for me, oh and when that random kidsused Left Left Fire on one of his TikToc’s
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
James: We’re always super productive. Ren worked out the we’ve recorded about 40 odd songs since March. We’ve released the covers album, our new EP and the new album will be out in the next couple of months. The EP was just a taster of what’s to come. The new album sounds fat as fuck and has some proper amazing tunes. I’m up for doing another covers album, just for something to do, but we’ll have to see what happens. We’ll keep knocking stuff out until the well runs dry.
Ren: In between writing new stuff I have embarked in remixing the studio tracks from our 1st album making them sound less polished and more raw. These are coming out quite gritty, kinda like if you were sat in the room when we recorded them.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
James: We’re on Spotify and all those kinds of things, but head to bandcamp if you want to throw a little cash our way. It’s always well received and we promise not to spunk it all on drugs and booze.
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