Is it just a label for Minmae stuff or are we get also other bands from
I'm only seconds away from releasing '19 ways to avoid the draft.' Its a
compilation that will feature Drekka, Halkyn, Ms. Black, Moral Crayfich,
cLOUDDEAD, Steard, Empress, The Nylon Coated Cats, Karina ESP, Monera,
Federico Castaneda and the Spiders from Mars, Women, Gang Wizard and more.
Its been the first big step for me in terms of releasing non-[minmae] stuff,
although [minmae] will be on it as well.
Primarily, because of money, Airborne Virus has just been [minmae], but I've done splits with other bands and I want to start releasing other music as well.
Actually, I'm working on a CD EP for the band Seaworthy right now. I'm looking forward to that as they are a great Austrailian band that will really extend the Airborne Virus sound. I also just finished a split CDR with ONQ from Italy, and there will be a split with Moral Crayfish, as well a full length from a band called Fern Trio. So its expanding and that's good.
| What are the criteria for being on a split single with Minmae?
There's no criteria. It just sort of happens. [minmae] has done two split
7"s. One with Gang Wizard and one with the and/or'S. In the case of Gang
Wizard, Mike and I had already been working together with Airborne Virus and
his label, Black Bean & Placenta. We co-released it at a pressing of 200. It
was cheap, easy and fun. At the time Mike was working at a place where he
could do small runs like that for a couple hundred dollars. Billy Sprague
did the artwork and packaging by using stamps and some pictures we found in
an old electronics magazine.
With the and/or'S split, Danny (from the and/or'S) and I had been friends for awhile. He even played in [minmae] for a time. He had this Curve cover he did that I fell in love with. So I just asked him if I could use it, and that was it. He helped with the printing of the sleeves and we pressed 300. Every situation is different. Obviously the music has to be something I like, and the people have to be nice enough to work with, which is usually the case. Every scenario is different.
Can you give some information about the and &or'? And Gang Wizard?
the and/or'S are a band fronted by Danny Power. His girlfriend, Arabe, also
plays in the band. Since I've moved to San Francisco I haven't really stayed
in touch with them, so I don't know what they're up to at the moment. Last I
heard they had an album on the way, but I'm not sure on what label. It may
be Caffeine vs Nicotine.
Gang Wizard is Mike Landucci's band. He also runs the label, Black Bean & Placenta, which I mentioned. Its a great DIY label. He's done hundreds of releases. Gang Wizard is a great band, too. Very noisy and unpredictable. We've done a handful of shows together and will probably be doing a collaboration at some point, at least another split somewhere down the line.