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How come the new record took so long to come out? Have heard rumours for ages..

Because we’re morons. It was recorded in July 2001 with Jerry Teel, then we moved to Chicago in August. Once in Chicago, we had to finish the artwork for “Greater Than Ever” and find a new drummer (Dapper stayed in Buffalo). Then we spent most of our time teaching Billiams (our new drummer) our songs and seeing if anyone wanted to put out “Let It Be”. No one did so Bart from Big Neck picked it up. We mixed it in July 2002 with Jerry but it came out wierd. So then we had to transfer it to 2″ tape because we wanted to remix it around here and no one has the old thinner tape using eight tracks that Jerry used. The tape transfer came out wrong, so we had to have it redone and decided to do the remixing in town at Volume studios where Hollywood had worked recording with the Tyrades and producing a couple other things (it’s also where the Dirges recorded).

How have the whole move-to-Chicago thing affected you?

Overall, it’s been positive. We knew the whole Horizontal Action crew and everyone that had moved there from Normal, IL (where we’d played before), so that made things a whole lot easier. Losing Dapper sucked bad, but we picked Billiams up when the Guilty Pleasures broke up, so that worked out since we were friends with the them. We all have OK jobs so we’re not starving like when we first moved here and everything seems to be working out fine.

Seems to be a great scene in Chicago - who are your fave bands?
It is good here. It could be way better though. It’s such a big city that people and different scenes seem to be divided by where they live in the city. There is usually so much going on that it takes a pretty big show to get someone to venture out of their normal area. We’re all guilty of this but it seems to be changing slowly. We just played a great show with I Attack who are from the southside and they seemed interested in us playing down there to all the Mexican punk and hardcore kids, that would be cool. It’s also a lot easier to get bands to town and set up shows than in Buffalo. There are a lot of cool bands here too: Headache City, Busy Signals, Functional Blackouts, Ponys, Krunchies, Alex White, Vee Dee, the Worst, MOTO, Manhandlers, Tyrades, I could go all day. Aside from good bands, its pretty easy to get together and play with whoever and record it just for fun.

Didn’t you go on a tour last fall to support the new album? How was that?

Yeah, we toured the middle and western US in October. It went great. We started out playing three shows with Dead Moon and met up with the Mistreaters in Austin for the rest of the tour. Touring is a lot better if your out with people you know so you don’t have to just hang out with the same three people for weeks at a time. Plus we witnessed a girl in San Francisco piss in her own kitchen all over the floor just for a T-shirt, and Hollywood and Christreater took over this kid’s basement in Seattle and had their own bar up and running, kicking the owner of the house out of his own basement bar.

Have you got any new recording sessions coming up? You seem to be an album-type band.. Where’d you like to record?

Like I said earlier, we will probably record in the months after we get back from Europe. For some reason, Odie doesn’t like singles so he is always against them. I’m all for them, but when we record we usually do a whole albums worth plus an extra 3 of 4 songs for a single or two. We actually have a single coming out in Europe (hopefully for the tour) on Alien Snatch. It’s 2 originals and a Reatards cover (”Quite Alright”-complete with kazoo solo). So that will make two albums, a 10″, four 7″s, and 2 comp tracks. We really should do more singles because people ask but we never have anything recorded to give because we always use everything we do record. Maybe this time we’ll do a bunch of songs for singles this next time. We’re looking at Electrical Audio which is Albini’s studio. It’s here in Chicago and relatively cheap if you don’t pay the extra for Steve. The Ponys just recorded there and it came out great.

Gonna be fun to see you guys in Europe - you haven’t been over before have you? Do you have any expectations?

I hope Europe is fun as fuck! Don’t have any expectations but I’m hoping that people will show up, get loaded and have fun. Actually, I’m expecting that so don’t show up if you’re boring!! I think we actually have one day off in the 5 weeks we’ll be there so it will be nice too actually see some things. It’s weird, being on tour, you never really get to see anything beside the club and where you stay. Hopefully the drives are shorter in Europe so there will be time to explore the cities a little. So if any of you want to be our guides, please let us know.

What’s a typical Furies show look like?

There is no typical Furies show. It depends on how drunk we are and how well each of us is handling it. Well, I guess drunken would be typical.

Any words of warning to the readers?

No matter what you do, DO NOT fall prey to Backstage Willie. He is a homewrecker and will ruin your day. Mudsharks beware!!!

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