Hey, it’s been a while so we’re stoked to bring you another Life During Wartime interview! Our comrades-in-arms at the Life During Wartime radio show in Portland, OR, talk to bands who perform live in the studio, send us the transcript and bada-bing—entertainment! This time Colin and Ian interview Portland’s WILD MOHICANS, who appeared on the show on February 27, 2013. The band’s on-air performance and interview can be heard here, or here:
Colin: What is your name, what do you play in the band and where is your favorite sandwich in Portland?
Sean: I’m Sean, I play drums and my favorite sandwich… I’ll go with East Side Deli cause you can get big old sandwiches for super cheap.
Jason: My name is Jason, I play bass. My favorite sandwich is probably New Seasons cause I can get them on food stamps.
Adam: I’m Adam, I play guitar. My favorite sandwich in town, I’d have to say, and I’ve never had it before I moved to town is Jimmy John’s. And it’s pretty sad when that’s the best sandwich your town has to offer.
Matty: My name’s Matty. I sing and my favorite sandwich is also Jimmy John’s, but I like Taste Tickler because it has a hilarious and slightly ribald name.
Ian: Why did you guys start? Why are you a band?
Adam: Matty and I did a cover band a few years ago covering songs by a band called the Pist. It turned out Matty was a good singer, who would have thought? I knew Matty from back in the day in Boston and I saw his bands play there, and I didn’t really expect much but low and behold. We decided to start a band, recruited our friend Sean and went from there.
Ian: How’d you end up in the band, Jason?
Jason: They were looking for a new bass player a few months and I think I talked to Sean, just kinda went from there.
Sean: We kept having drunk talk, running into each other at bars and finally we had band practice and it just worked out.
Colin: We know why you got together, but why the name Wild Mohicans?
Matty: Lack of imagination.
Sean: Matty came up with it.
Colin: Why that one as opposed to all the other unimaginative ones out there?
Matty: Well once upon a time we originally thought we were gonna sound like Troops of Tomorrow-era Exploited and being a fan of the band Chaotic Dischord, they had written a song called “Wild Mohicans (for Wattie)” about the Exploited. But it kind of turned into a different thing cause of the way I sing and our influences, more of an American hardcore influence, but yeah, that’s the story behind the nom de plume Wild Mohicans.
Colin: So you do have the red dread hawk?
Matty: Yes, I do. At this exact moment I do.
Ian: You go by Wild Mohicans but everyone knows its really WIIIILD MOHICANS!
Matty: Yes, that is the name our band is often referred to.
Ian: Whats that again?
Matty: The name to which you refer?
Matty: It’s uh…. [long pause] WIIIILD MOHICANS! Ugh that was a shitty one…. WIIIIIIIIIIILD MOHICANS.
Ian: And where does that come from? How did that happen? The shouty-ness?
Adam: We get down to the practice space whenever we’re practicing. There’s a good five minutes or so of us tuning up and getting ready to play and whatever. And while we’re doing that Matty is just flying off the walls jumping around, screaming nonsense into the microphone at full volume just to annoy us. And those are one of those things that he screams. There’s a couple of other things some of you might have heard, like the gurgle throat.
Matty: Ya, the bad chicken [**pukes on microphone**]
Adam: Imagine tuning your guitar over that.
Colin: Now you guys are all outlanders. None of you were born in our dear Portland, Oregon. Yet you all come from different cities, if I’m correct. Is that an accurate statement?
Colin: Do you guys feel you have a different perspective, or a unique sentiment than a typical Portland band?
Adam: Yeah, I dunno… maybe. Being here for five years I feel like I haven’t seen too many bands that were 100% born and raised in Portland, or Oregon for that matter.
Colin: It’s a rare thing.
Adam: Me and Matty knew each other from Boston, we both lived there and we met along time ago.
Ian: Where are you guys from?
Sean: I’m from the Bay Area.
Jason: Originally from San Diego. I’ve lived here for about 11 years or so.
Adam: It seems like bands only last for a little bit here, and everyone is from all over the place anyway. It’s rare that you get a band like that unless they were kids that met here growing up, have known each other forever and have been playing music together since. There are a few of those bands here but few and far between.
Matty: I think Portland is unique to cultivate a deep and un-abiding hatred for humanity. I mean, just walking Alberta St I have enough fuel for my rage and alienation and can write at least a couple dozen songs. I used to live on a street where a guy would ride by on a unicycle everyday and I just wanted to run out with a big stick and jam it in his spokes, that usually keeps me going for a little bit.
Ian: Why didn’t you?
Matty: Why didn’t I… fear and cowardice.
Ian: Now there’s rumor going around that, to be in the band, you gotta get the Wild Mohicans tattoo? Read the rest of this entry »