AN INTERVIEW WITH DIRTY FENCES
As so many great bands were formed, Dirty Fences, like many others, came about during high school. Max Comaskey (bass, vocals), Jack Daves (guitar, vocals), and Max Hiersteiner (drums, vocals) all began playing together during those formative years in Boston, eventually moving to Brooklyn and adding Max Roseglass (guitar, vocals) to the roster. Together, the group makes music praised to embody the rowdy energy of punk and rock music during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Their sound, filled with fuzz and grit and punchy lyrics, is especially prominent in their latest album, Goodbye Love.
YOU GUYS ARE CURRENTLY TOURING EUROPE. WHAT'S THAT BEEN LIKE SO FAR?
Europe is such a blast. People are really motivated to get out to the live shows. They really love American rock and roll. This is our 7th time in Europe. We've made a quite a few trips around Canada and to Puerto Rico as well. If any of our friends in P.R. are reading this, hope you guys are doing well!
ON YOUR THIRD STUDIO ALBUM, GOODBYE LOVE, WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TITLE TRACK?
A lot of the songs on the record have an upbeat feel and poppy sensibility on this record. That being said, it's lyrically one of the darker records we've made. The title "Goodbye Love" is not necessarily a reference to the track on the record but a reminder that there's a lot of pain and love lost on here. Like the Everley Brothers said, "Bye bye love.. bye bye happiness... hello loneliness ... I think I'm gonna cry."
THE SECOND SINGLE FROM THE ALBUM, "ONE MORE STEP," FEATURES CHRISTINA HALLDAY. WHAT WAS WORKING WITH HALLADAY LIKE? THE SONG DEFINITELY HAS A DIFFERENT KIND OF ENERGY TO IT FROM THE REST OF THE TRACKS OFF OF THE ALBUM - WHAT WAS THE WRITING PROCESS LIKE FOR IT?
Christina is one our good buds. Max [bass/vocals] wrote this one with Tina's voice in mind. It wasn't til later that the lyrics changed and it became apparent that this one had to be a duet.
WHERE DID YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM WHILE WRITING AND RECORDING?
I'll tell you about Joni Ekman. We just finished doing a three show jaunt with Joni in Finland. He's makes beautiful melodic glam rock with some Status Quo boogie thrown in. His band cannot be beat. This guy is one of my favorite songwriters lately. Very inspiring.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU GUYS HAVE DEVELOPED AS A BAND BETWEEN THIS RELEASE AND YOUR FIRST FULL LENGTH, TOO HIGH TO KROSS, BACK IN 2013?
We played hundreds and hundreds of more shows, toured about 15 more countries and somehow never killed each other. We hope to make a whole pile of records for you and stay on the road.
LAST MONTH YOU GUYS RELEASED A MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE SINGLE "TEEN ANGEL," PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY UNPRODUCTION. WHAT WAS THE SHOOTING PROCESS LIKE? WAS BEHIND THE SCENES AS WILD AS THE VIDEO ITSELF?
Ha ha. Yes it was. The guys behind Unproducton (Ryan Weibust and Chris Shonting) are so fun and creative and just helped everyone to relax and get weird. This video was filmed at our drummer Hersh's home where we practice. Our friends in the video may have been dressed a little more freaky than usual for the video but that's pretty much the scene over there.
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS FOR THIS ALBUM AND THE SHOWS TO FOLLOW AS YOU GET TO STAY PLAYING THESE SONGS LIVE?
We've been playing the songs all over Europe and people are getting down to 'em! Our set features songs from all of our records with a heavy focus on these new ones. The record wasn't even out for most of our Europe trip (though it was available at the shows). I think it's fun to play these songs to people who haven't had a chance to listen to the record and learn the lyrics yet. They dance just the same and a lot of the time pretend to know the lyrics. Haha. We're also looking forward to playing them on our upcoming U.S. tour in January after people have had some time to get into the new record.
WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING A MUSICIAN IN THE 21ST CENTURY?
It's not the '70s anymore. There is a lot less money going around in this Rock and Roll thing so there are no jets and there are no expense accounts. Sometimes there's no drink tickets. But people still love this music and if it's your dream to travel the world playing every night you can do exactly that if you bust your ass.
photo by JUSTIN AVERSANO