Here’s an interview we did with a band called PRIDE, a hardcore/thrash band from Centralia, WA. They’re a fairly new band, for fans of Trash Talk, Cruel Hand, and Minor Threat.
Go ahead and introduce yourself and what you play.
Hey. My name is Jesus Martinez and I do vocals in Pride.
You guys amaze me. A lot of bands take about a year to get to the place you’ve gotten in less than a month. So far you’re playing shows, recording, promoting, and getting ready for tour! You make it look so easy. What’s your secret? What’s your rush?
Uh yeah, it’s kind of wild for us too. But my idea of being in the band was basically if we are gonna do this, we are gonna do this. I don’t wanna start a band and sit around and do nothing. So I basically told the guys, if we are gonna do this, we are gonna do this. Haha. And the guys are way down. We’ve all been around this Lewis county music scene for a long time. So it’s just our goal to bring something new to the area. And have fun of course.
There’s nothing I love more than a political band. To me, Pride stands for a lot politically. Do you plan to build and maintain your reputation as a political band or expand into different avenues later?
I like politics and I’m an ex history major and since I do all the lyric writing, I tend to write about it. Frankly, I can’t understand people who say they don’t care about politics. Stuff like that screws you over in the long run. This is supposed to be a government for the people, by the people. Yet if the people don’t care then it is a shame. And for the future of us writing political stuff. yeah, I can see it. But my idea is to write about the emotions, not just the facts. So we will see!
"Was pride really our way out of this?" is one of my favorite lyrics. Is that the story behind the band name?
Well after 9/11, the country was so ready to get Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban. We went for war without any questions, frankly. But look at us until now, 10 years later. Our country is in a recession. We never found weapons of mass destruction and I question the agenda of my leaders. Sometimes pride gets the best of us.
How did you all form as a band?
Well, I just got home early from tour. I do merch for a band called No Bragging Rights and I had nothing to do other than book shows. Also, I got re-inspired to start a band due to this band called letlive who we just did a tour with. (Go check them out, they just got signed to epitaph and they are amazing!) So, I was talking to a couple of friends (Spencer/Sam Payne) and they said they wanted to start a hardcore band, and I was like I’m down to play and we started jamming and it just clicked. So yeah, we just added a guitarist.. and yeah, haha.
So far, how has the turn out been at shows? Are you getting a lot of support and feedback or feel like you need to work more to connect with your audience?
It’s been interesting. We’ve been playing random shows. Our first show was with Oblivion and we had three days of practice before that. So that was not bad for our first show. And then we played a pop punk show and a battle of the bands. Kids don’t really know us musically because we haven’t released anything. Also, hardcore isn’t really big in Lewis county, which is fine, but I think the more shows we play , the more kids will get stoked on it. And we actually get a lot of feedback via FaceBook and Tumblr, which is wild. We got 40 some reblogs when we posted our promos, which was awkward because they are just promos, but it was cool that people care.
Your promos look great. How was working with Michael Porter?
Working with Michael was great. I’ve known Michael for many years now, so I was stoked to do a shoot with him. He’s amazing, make sure to check out his work at http://blog.michaelporterphotography.com/
As mentioned above, you’re moving fast and going in a great direction, how are you working to involve your growing fanbase in all of this? (social networking, snail mail, contests, after show hangs, etc.)
Well social networking, for sure. And people check out our live videos on YouTube. If people dig it, then cool, we are stoked. If they don’t, they don’t. It happens. We just hope people give us a chance. we’re not going to try to be something we are not.
Looking at the current state of our country at the moment, which political issue concerns you the most and why?
Oof. That is a tough one. So many issues, I don’t think we have enough time to talk about it in this interview, haha. But I would say immigration is a key issue I care about. Due to me having some connections with it. Also, the American involvement in the drug cartels and marijuana. And probably the war, but I’m sure we don’t get all the facts.
What can fans expect from you in the near future?
Just us working hard and releasing music and playing shows.
Where can new fans go to check out your music and stay updated?
They can check out our FaceBook or Tumblr.
Well thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Is there anything more you would like to add?
To support local music. Whether it be NWHC bands like Ill Intent, Power, Wreck, Oblivion, Sojourner, Cowardice, Breaking Ground, Life’s Ill, Gravemaker, Open Fire, etc. or just good northwest bands such as Sons, Nineveh, Oh Dear, Four Minute Mile, Noah Gundersen, etc. I can name a million bands. We have such a good music scene in the northwest that we shouldn’t take it for granted. And also I’d like to say that people should listen to what they like and not care what anyone thinks. The more we strive to please everyone ,the more we lose who we are.
And thank you so much for doing this! We appreciate it!
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