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Gary Commentucci of Working Disorder wears a funny black hat in Starbucks

24 Dec

You know, this was supposed to be a feature piece on a show Working Disorder was booked for at The Chance in Poughkeepsie but because of poor event planning and promotion skills on the venue’s part, that didn’t happen. I don’t need to tell you that venues aren’t about the music anymore. That was a hairy night, to say the least. I apparently made their lives very difficult.

Working Disorder however, is still all about the music. The band consists of Gary Commentucci, Jordan Moore and Mike Gramazio and is based in Rockland County, NY, a suburb of New York City. Gary and I chatted about their music at Starbucks in a relatively harried interview the morning of Christmas Eve.

the dudes

the dudes

Juliana: So when’s the next show you have planned?

Gary: We’re focusing more on giving people stuff to listen to so they know that they like us in the first place. It’s all gonna be free unless they want to pay for it, which is pretty cool. That’s already how music is because of torrenting. Music should be free, unless you want to pay for it. For movies you get to watch the trailer, right? And like, if you look at a painting, you’ll be like “okay that’s nice but I don’t wanna buy that,” it’s not like they just tell you the name of the painting and you just guess. I feel like torrenting is good, kind of. You get to listen to the music but it’s not for any fixed period of time, and then keep it.

J: Are you guys on the Pirate Bay?

G: No, we’re not nearly famous enough for that. But that’s the point I’m making, you get to stream the music for free any time but you don’t own the file, it’s kind of a pain in the ass, you can still listen to it if you want but it helps everyone if you buy it. I think that’s why a lot of bands get a lot of flack when people say they like the old albums better, because they’ve heard the old albums already and know that they like them. When a band comes out with a new album, nobody knows anything.

J: You’ve mentioned that you don’t like punk. Why not?

G: I don’t care about punk rock. I think punk rock is not a thing, and it’s really only punk rock when you don’t give a shit about what iTunes says you are or what some guy who works at Hot Topic who thinks he has all the street cred in the world because he saw Against Me! like six years ago, like fuck you, I don’t care, yeah he’s a girl now, he was a boy, congratulations, you know that, how are your gauges, I don’t care. People don’t understand how selfish I am. When I make music it’s for me to listen to. If you like it, I don’t care. We don’t sit in Mike’s basement and go, “man I hope the world really appreciates this” I go, “man I wish Mike and Jordan weren’t here so I could beat off to this.” That’s why I also wouldn’t mind playing in front of an audience of two people. I’m playing because it’s fun. I never understood that. People are wrapped up in the idea of being a celebrity.

J: That sounds pretty punk rock to me; the idea of you beating off in Mike’s basement.

Maybe it is, maybe it’s not. He’s got a pretty cool basement.

J: So now the serious questions. What bands influence you?

G: I guarantee there won’t be any serious answers. I like the Flatliners; maybe they’ll see this. I had a fire drill with the Flatliners once; isn’t that so punk? Somebody was smoking in the back and an alarm went off and the Flatliners had to go offstage. To quote Jordan, “we’re having a flatlining fucking fire drill fuck right now.” I had to document it, it was too ridiculous not to. Then I was talking to the Flatliners for a little bit. I really like them. They’re really good.

J: Are they the only band you listen to?

G: Yeah

J: Oh come on

G: Like nine times out of ten I listen to the Flatliners. I also like the Menzingers. I’ve been listening to Starbomb constantly; that’s Game Grumps. The Metal Gear Solid 3 soundtrack constantly, like constantly. The homosexual overtones are so huge. We just saw NOFX, they’re really good. Bad Religion put out a Christmas album, Greg Graffin’s hair is all gray now. We’re gonna put out an EP called Grandpa Graffin, or the Sandman, maybe, it’s very tentative, we have like two or three songs in the works all about Greg Graffin and how we’re obsessed with him. None of this is true.

J: Well that sucks.

G: I mean we have songs about Greg Graffin but I don’t know if we’ll release them. Greg Graffin is awesome, he gets all the biddies, he wears grandpa jeans.

Back to your old question, whatever’s on right now is good (referring to the jazz that’s on in Starbucks). I don’t listen to that much independent music. It’s never that good. That’s probably how people feel about our music. But every so often a band will reach out to us and it’ll be really good.

J: Like which bands?

G: Oh god let me see, I have a list. Jersey Drive, The Jasons, Suburban Drag, that’s it.

J: What about this whole list?

G: Eh, fuck those guys. Whatever, I don’t even know who they are.

J: Are you gonna be doing any more radio appearances like you did with TBFM?

G: We’re gonna be with them a lot this year, Eddi likes our stuff and he wants us to send it to him. We made it to number 57 on best songs of 2013 according to Eddi, even though he only played the top 50. It wasn’t just independent bands either. It was pretty awesome to be on the same list as Bad Religion, NOFX, AFI. I love those bands. I love Eddi.

(I tried to find a link to the list but apparently it doesn’t exist. Gary thinks he just played them in order on air. I’m sorry.)

J: What song was it?

G: In The City. It was the last song off our EP.

J: Anyway didn’t Jordan have to learn bass like last minute?

G: Yeah he’s only been playing bass for like five and a half months. He has a strong music background but he’d never played a string instrument before. The day that Ryan left our band, I don’t wanna talk about that so much, but like, the day we knew we needed a bassist, I was like “does anyone wanna play bass? LOL.” He was like “I don’t know but I’ll give it a shot.” I hang out with Jordan 24/7 so instead of playing Tiddlywinks and watching Wes Anderson movies, we can play bass instead. And so I remember very distinctly I went out and bought a bass the next day and we borrowed the amp from our friend Jeremy, I brought it over to Jordan’s house, put on the Ramones and went “this is how you play the bass” and we played to the Ramones because it was really easy. We played Blitzkrieg Bop I think, it doesn’t matter, all the songs are the same. Don’t put that in, the fans will kill me. Jordan’s awesome.

J: Too late

G: People treat the Ramones like the Beatles. The Beatles shouldn’t even be treated like the Beatles.

J: Well I gotta bounce soon, so any closing remarks?

G: EEEEeeeee… that’s like a door closing.

Umm, stay in school, eat your vegetables, um, rock your body, if you’re 12 and under PM me on Yahoo Chat and ask your parents if it’s okay to use your computer. Bo Burnham’s really cool, shoutout to Bo Burnham. His new special, What? It’s on iTunes, it’s on Netflix, it’s on Youtube, watch it. It’s a really good introspective on what it’s like to be a performer, or an artist. I identify with it a lot, not that I consider myself an artist.

Check Working Disorder out on ReverbNation, and give them a like on Facebook.

 

 

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Rancid at Terminal 5

22 Jun

Rancid at Terminal 5

I’m pretty sure punk rock is the secret to eternal youth. Every punk band I’ve seen live never fails to sound fresh, and the members always look more or less the same as they always have. Rancid absolutely killed it, these guys never disappoint. Picture links to setlist. They played songs from Life Won’t Wait, so I was sold.