After touring with beloved Toronto punks Pup and releasing their new garage-pop single Wall Song, Washington’s Typefighter took the time to have a chat with A Music Blog, Yea? to discuss phone chargers, huge accomplishments, and wanting to experience the DC punk scene. Enjoy!
AMBY: Hey Typefighter, welcome to AMBY. Where does our interview find you today?
Typefighter: Hello! This is Ryan (vocals & guitar). Thanks so much for having us! We are all home in DC. Things have finally calmed down after the holidays!
AMBY: Late last year, you wrapped up a tour with PUP. What was that experience like?
Typefighter: Yeah! It was an extremely positive experience. First of all, the PUP fellas are some of the kindest guys around and one of the best (live and otherwise) bands I’ve ever seen. Secondly, all of the shows were great! Everyone always seemed in such high spirits and we always felt very welcome. We were sad to see it end but we made a lot of amazing memories. Also, made some great new friends. (Shoutout to Chumped who also killed it on the tour! Their new record is so cool.)
AMBY: What are some quintessential items you must have with you while on the road?
Typefighter: Phone charger! I always seem to forget that! Something comfortable on which to sleep, for real – vital. Computer, little things to keep me busy so my anxiety doesn’t eat me alive. Oh- and something that I can be creative with. Being on tour can stifle your creative fulfillment so it’s super important for me to have that outlet. Also- snacks. Snacks forever.
AMBY: You released your debut record The End Of Everything in 2014. What are your thoughts on the album now that there’s been some time to reflect on it?
Typefighter: That’s a good question. We still love it, honestly. On one hand, it took us a long time to make, so naturally there was growth that occurred during the process. On the other, we learned a lot of not-to-do’s and just have a better sense of identity now from it all. ‘The End of Everything’ is a huge accomplishment for us, but we are definitely looking forward to recording the next record.
AMBY: You recently dropped a new single titled Wall Song. Is there a new EP or album in the works?
Typefighter: Yeah, we have been writing for a little while now. How we will organize our next release is yet to be determined. ‘Wall Song’ and the b-side that came with it, ‘Better (How to Be)’, was kind of self indulgent. We just really wanted to do something fresh for ourselves and we are really happy we did! We will see if they end up on a future release. We have a lot of material in the works so once we figure out what it all means, we will be sure to shout it out!
AMBY: Has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? And if so, which song?
Typefighter: That is difficult to answer! There is a very small line between admiration and envy. Wishing I wrote a song that I love always felt wrong. Part of connecting to a song is understanding it without having to experience exactly what brought the song to existence in the first place. There’s a certain magic to only being on the receiving end of it. I savor that, ya know? So, I guess the short answer is ‘no’.
AMBY: If you could be a fly on the wall at any given time or event, where would you want to be?
Typefighter: Hmmmmm… You know, I would have loved to experience the early DC punk scene. I caught on at the tail end (of that era, anyway) going to see bands like Majority Rule and Pg. 99, which was awesome; don’t get me wrong! We just hear so much about those times before and I’m grateful for the legacy! Hearing people from then reminisce can be so important and inspiring. But now is also a great time for DC. Couldn’t be happier to be a part of the current movement. So much good happening here.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Typefighter that nobody knows yet?
Typefighter: Well, ‘Wall Song’ almost never happened! We spent a very short time on it at practice and made a shitty little demo of it that we almost totally forgot about. It wasn’t until months later when we went over the demos we had that we were like ‘wait a second, play that one back again’. After that, the song just kind of wrote itself. Love when that happens.
Thank you Typefighter, for giving us your answers!
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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout