I read recently that your label Bloodtown Records has somewhat gone on hiatus. What were some of your favourite aspects of having your own label and what were some of the pitfalls you came across?
Putting out our own records meant that we could see the release as we envisioned it to look like at the end. If we had to spend the extra cash to get a gatefold cover, or full colour insert, or multi-paged/glossy/matte whatever, then we just did it. The pitfalls came when we started to put out other bands’ stuff. It was a cool idea obviously, and they were our homies, but we were not too involved in it all to really have that part of the label take off. We all have day jobs and other shit going on, and in the end, we didn’t have enough time to put in to running the label too.
You guys toured Australia with local band Quiet Steps a few years ago, how did that come about?
We were planning on going back to Japan two summers ago and also had offers to tour in Malaysia. So with those two countries in mind, it only made sense to hit up Australia (which we had wanted to go to for a while) right after Malaysia. And then I believe a friend recommended that we talk to the Quiet Steps dudes and the rest is history. Those guys are some homies and were great to us in their country. Definitely good people who hooked us up.
What did you enjoy most about the tour/Australia and what was the most difficult aspect to work around?
It was a beautiful country to be in. The scenery was definitely one of my favourite parts of being there (especially when we got to the beaches/coasts). Also, the people we met were fun and showed us a great time, the Quiet Steps dudes were awesome, the shows were rad, and personally, I got to see The Get Up Kids on our last night there (they are my favourite band and coincidentally they were playing a show in Melbourne the night we had a day show). And as far as difficult, the only thing I can think of is that it got straightup cold a few nights.