Prison City Brigade Interview 13/3/20
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences?
PCB: We are Prison City Brigade, a post punk/post hardcore band for lack of better labeling based out of Joliet, IL. The band started in late August of 2013 and since then we’ve made it a point to continually evolve our sound, as well as create music that is enjoyable by everyone. As for our biggest influence, we couldn’t just say one because we all come from a different musical influence and background that has also helped us create our own style and sound.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
PCB: A lot of our inspiration comes from our own personal experiences throughout our lives. We don’t like to just throw out what has happened, but if you listen closely you’ll hear the connecting stories and get an idea of what we’re talking about. Most of them people can relate to in their own way.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favorite song ?
PCB: We get asked this question a lot, and everytime we have to answer the same way. Due to our change in style and sound throughout the albums, we can’t just pick one favorite because each song has its own place and meaning to us individually. We just like when hearing our fans share what their favorite songs are.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
PCB: We’re hopeful that we will get to play some festivals during the summer. Right now our manager, Damon Moreno at Inner Light Agency has been hard at work pushing for shows to see what comes up. Other than that we’re in the final countdown before we leave for our Next Stop Prison Tour starting March 13th in Columbus, OH. We’re really excited that we get to kick the tour off with our friends from the C-Bus area. It’s kind of become like a second home for us. The tour runs all the way until March 28th when we play our homecoming show at The Looney Bin in Bradley, IL. All dates and events are listed on all our media sites.
MM: What can we expect from you guys live?
PCB: High energy and a few laughs along the way. Possibly some sing alongs if you know the words. Eddie likes to hand his microphone over to people in the crowd. Honestly, whenever or wherever we play we’re in it for a good time and hope the crowd has a good time as well.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
PCB: The best thing about touring has to be seeing new places and meeting new people along the way. Yes, there’s some marketing and networking portions to touring, but it’s mainly about just getting out there. The worst thing about touring, probably the anxiety leading up to it. Once you’re on the road there’s no turning back, but until that point there are so many factors that have to be planned out and you just can’t get them all done. Also, there’s the subtle fear of the unknown in a sense of all the “what ifs” that you didn’t think about, but in the end it’s all worth it.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
PBC: That’s hard to say because we’ve never really gone out on the road with anyone else and you really don’t know someone until you’ve been away from home for a bit. The Next Stop Prison Tour we have our friends and Joliet natives, Next To Eternity joining us on this run so who knows what’s in store. One way or another there will probably be cameras rolling somewhere.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
PCB: We’ve never taken a band outing to a concert surprisingly so you’d end up with multiple answers to this question with multiple reasons. We’ll have an answer for you next time around.
MM: What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment so far with Prison City Brigade?
PCB: Our biggest accomplishment to date is releasing three albums while still being at an unsigned level. Our fan base is amazing and their support helps us continue to do what we love. It pushes us forward to the next step in our musical adventure.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time?
PCB: With all the music and different styles and even genre bending it’s hard to just pick two favorites.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
PCB: We’ve all been in bands previously and some shows were better than others. Safe to say our first shows all around were kind of rough. Everyone has the idea that it’s easy to get up on stage until you go and do it, but the first time… It’s a bit of a nerve racking experience to say the least.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
PCB: Shhh it’s a secret. We’ll save that answer for another time.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person?
PCB: Tough call… You could argue this point all day. As for us, we haven’t even come to our own agreement on this question.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
PCB: Maintaining the momentum that we’ve been generating for the last year. We’re in a good spot musically and line-up wise to where we want to continue to ride this wave of growth and establish ourselves in the music scene for as long as we can.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
PCB: That’s a tough question. We’ve thrown around ideas like “Bad Moon Rising” by CCR and “Psycho Killer” by The Talking Heads, but usually when it comes to us doing a cover, we just throw out random ideas and see which one has the most interest.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
PCB: One key thing that we pride ourselves on is the fact that even though we have very heavy punk roots, we do everything in our power to remain out of the political aspect. We’re here to welcome everyone to our dysfunctional little family, fuck alienation. We write songs from personal experiences that can be related to, and if you don’t like one song, hey go to the next. There is always something for everyone when you listen to our music.
MM: Four words to describe the band
PCB: Not Your Average Band
Final Words for your fans and our readers
PCB: We want to thank everyone who’s been with us from the very beginning to those who are just tuning into what we are about and our music. Without all of you this train would come to a screeching halt and hit a brick wall. We hope to see all of you when we hit the road for our Next Stop Prison Tour in March, and if we don’t hit your town on this run, hopefully next time. We’re not going anywhere and we’re always here if you need a pick me up. Thank you, and remember, “We are one, We are all, We are The Brigade!”