On Friday New York city Punk-Rockers Dirty Fences will top the bill at Asbury Lanes for an official Little Dickman Records showcase featuring local luminaries The Battery Electric, Hot Blood, and more.
In preparation for the performance SIMGE caught up with Dirty Fences frontman Jack Daves to discus the bands throwback sound, adoption into the skating community, and a forthcoming follow up to the outfit’s breakout LP Too High To Kross, among other topics, including, but not limited to, Gherkins Pickles.
NOTE: It was stressed by Daves that those who bring he and his Dirty Fences bandmates Gherkins Pickles on Friday night will receive some sort of special parting gift…couldn’t make that up.
Find more information on the event here and stream Too High To Kross below.
1) While prepping for the show, I’ve read all the comparisons made in the reviews to the Stooges, the Ramones, Johnny Thunders, and likening your music that throwback era? What do you make of all that? Is it complimentary?
“It’s definitely flattering. Those bands were the best. They’re part of the reason we got into playing music. But that being said, it can be frustrating too. One outlet [Consequence of Sound] said we were ‘aping straight from the Stooges and Ramones.’ I don’t know about aping. We love those bands, we love listening to that music because it rocks. So if it comes through in our own music, that’s why…People are going to write their reviews, but aping straight from other bands? I don’t believe that.”
“We like a lot of different older music and it all comes through if you listen hard enough. So for the media to pick out some of the great ones like that, we take is as a compliment. And if it helps to get new listeners to give us a shot, we’ll take it.”
2) The genre you’re associated with, the music you play, its abrasive and fast and fun. When you first started to have an interest in music, were these the type of tunes you were attracted to? How did you get into playing this sort of music?
“We’ve always loved playing fast. That’s just what appeals to us. That’s why we like Johnny Thunders a lot – Though the Rolling Stone was the first thing I listened to – And Johnny Thunders, and the bands coming up during that period, they were going through the same thing we are. It’s all about a return to Rock N’ Roll. It always comes back.”
3) Is that love of Johnny Thunders, the Ramones, the Stooges, etc, part of the reason why you moved from Boston to New York City…to be part of that Rock community?
“Definitely. We moved to New York after high school because we wanted to be the Ramones. So we got some construction jobs and went to work. Every band we loved, they made their name in New York. We toured through New York during high school and had great experiences, so moving to this area was the obvious choice for us.”
4) As well as a globe-trotting rock band, you guys are also adoptive members of the world-wide skating community. We have both a large skating community as well as strong Punk scene in Asbury Park, which isn’t a coincidence…how do you explain that connection? Why do the Punk rockers and skaters mix so well?
“I think both groups live a similar lifestyle. They share the same ideas about doing what they want instead of what’s accepted by society. Skating is an aggressive action, just like the music we play is aggressive. The two go hand in hand. I really have no idea why the skaters like us, but we like that they like us, and we’ve met some great people on the road because of it. There’s a bond they feel with the aggressive music and we’re happy to call them our friends. The skaters take care of us.”
5) We love Little Dickman Records…they’re good friends of ours and we’re very supportive of what they do for our community, and they return that support our way. How did you hook up with them for this showcase?
I’m really not sure how we connected with them. I’m the wrong person to ask about that. I only know a little about what they do, can you fill me in?
Absolutely…Little Dickman is the single best independent label in Asbury Park. They’re huge supporters of the Punk and Rock scene in the area and have recently put out a handful of great albums by some of the area’s best, including the debut by these angsty high schoolers named Corrina, Corrina, which is a killer record, and that followed releases by The Battery Electric and Hot Blood, who’ll you be playing with this weekend.
That’s the best. I’m not really familiar with Corrina, Corrina or Hot Blood but we know The Battery Electric. Great guys. We’re excited to play with all of them.
6) Too High To Kross was a powerful introduction for listeners? What do you have in the works? What’s next for Dirty Fences?
“We’re putting out a 7’ on Oops Baby Records, which is based out of Brooklyn. It’s going to be three songs that we’re recording on our own in our drummer’s basement. We’re doing our own artwork, so it’s all on our own terms and it should all be done in early September and ready for our October tour of Europe.”
7) I know you recorded Too High To Kross in Memphis, and that was a great debut. But I imagine this time around, handling everything on your own, completing the process on your own terms, has to be more comfortable for you.
“Absolutely. We’ve been recording constantly in that basement…we recorded the first EP in a studio in Hoboken, and it looked like a place where The Stones would’ve recorded. It was way too big, a crazy huge studio. Then we worked at High/Low Recording in Memphis with a couple of buddies for a little over a week. But home is the best by far. We may not have all the fancy equipment at our disposal, but we’ve had friends come over with good mics and compressors. We can record and mix anyway we want, and have no one to answer to. We work on our own deadlines, not the producer’s. And because of this we’re very happy with the way it sounds. It sounds more like we do at live show, because we’re not nervous. We’re all just having fun on our own time.”