For the past few years I have been throwing around the idea of doing a zine that focuses on people I find interesting from NEPA, but I have never actually gotten around to printing one. I’ve decided to start posting them on here to show kids some of the awesome things that have been coming out of our area and maybe inspire them to try new things. Hopefully I will be posting at least one interview a week and eventually printing them for a real zine.
Interview with Uriah Thomas of Dead End Path:
What is your favorite song you’ve written and what is it about?
Lyrically I’d probably have to say “Never Had Heaven Ever” because tht was my first real attempt at writing something about an issue. Before this I was really only focusing inwardly and writing about my self and my life. But I was at a point where, and I don’t want to sound delusional or big headed, I felt like I was in a position where i could write about something I feel strongly about and maybe change some people’s opinions on it. It was a cool opportunity to have a message and take a stand on something. The song is specifically is about homophobia and some people’s (intentional or not) intolerance.
What are something’s that influence your music/lyrics?
It’s always evolving honestly but on the LP there ate a lot more songs, lyrically, about things outside of my own self. Homophobia, corruption, greed, death. Obviously faith was the main theme on the LP. Not in a religious way but just this concept of having “faith” in something or someone and being let down.
Lyrically I was biting a whole lotta DC bands, Gray Matter, Embrace, Rain, Rites of spring all lended a line or two. Morrissey too, not so much in the lyrics but definitely in the song titles. I think every song title is either a nod to Moz or the Revolution Summer bands.
Musically, we were all listening to a lot of Discharge, Helmet, Death, Burn, Embrace. Even like The Hope Conspiracy and Unbroken. Supertouch, Ignition, Renee Heartfelt. Of course most of these only come through very subtley but I hear all that shit.
What do you think it is about our area that makes our scene so special?
I honestly don’t even know. There are soo many factors involved. I know t has to do a lot with the 40-50 younger kids that just started going to shows within the lat few years. They, along with some caring older kids really helped bolster our scene recently. It’s just a really good vibe and everyone checks their attitudes at the door. It’s tight knit like a group of outsiders should be but accepting to people just like us. We’re a very open minded scene and that’s my favorite aspect of it.
What’s your favorite band from this area?
Title Fight without a doubt. Band just means a lot to me. Besides them Frostbite was really special to me at the time, I really looked up to that band. Wested holds a special place, along with one of the coolest and most original bands from the area Kill The Lights, they got me into the pixies an fugazi. Cold World and War Hungry
obviously. Strength for a reason and not til death. United Youth. Halfling is the best newer band.
What are some of your favorite bands right now?
In Between from Baltimore. Just got done playing 3 shows with them and it was so fun. Great guys and I legitimately love their music. They find a genuine and honest way to play a style of music loaded with insincere and poser bands. Been really into Halfling obviously, Not Til Death, Merchandise, Cloud Nothings. There is this band from MA called Raindance that I really like. Shorthand, Pity Sex/Procession, Puerto Rico Flowers. Ceremony. Really all over the place.
Best local show you’ve seen?
Probably Frostbites last show in late 03. Craziest actual hardcore show i had seen up to that point. Blacklisted, Drug Test, Title Fight. I still have a track jacket with one of Hoodracks foot prints on the back of it from all the stage dives. Our record release was the funnest show I’ve ever played. Such a cool moment in my life. Any TF metro/future show. Disengage at the firehall. Wested’s last show. Hatebreed/Horrow show at homebase. Kill The Lights NFG impromptu van set/or last show. Anytime seeing catch 22.
What’s one thing you’d change about the area?
Nothing really about the scene because to me it really is perfect. I think id probably make normal people from the valley a little more open minded toward what we do. Having an all ages venue really isn’t looked at in the most positive light by a lot of people so honestly id probably say that. We have a lot of really talented bands, artists, skateboarders etc from this area but instead of embracing that individuality and diversity, it’s almost looked down on by politicians, city councils, “normal people.” that bums me out.
Favorite Joe Goose moment?
On a trip, which coincidentally featured you (Matt wren) to play a show in upstate NY. We were having a heated discussion about the greatest rock bands of all time. Of course the likes of Sabbath, Zepplin, The Who, Neil Young are all getting tossed around. I bring up Queen saying they are probably the best, hit for hit, rock band of all time. The discussion goes on, to which Foose responds “Queen? Queen? I like Golden Earring more than I like Queen”, everyone lost it. Golden Earring the one hit wonders solely responsible For the song “Radar Love” not even in the same universe as Queen and he drops that one on us. He held on to his convictions though and to this day stands by that opinion.
Any last words?
Shouts to the young kids who abandon their scooter whips for sidewalk surf boards. Step into the liquid.