LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2015 — When people think of music from New Orleans, they most likely think of jazz and the rich jazz roots in New Orleans. Perhaps they may even think about Phil Anselmo from Pantera, but rarely would someone think about New Orleans punk rock. PEARS is a four-piece punk band that will change your perspective of New Orleans music. Back in August 2014, PEARS did an interview with Wells On Music.
The interview was then lost for what was thought to be forever, but due to the wonders of modern technology, it has been unearthed and is now available for all to read. Enjoy.
Kevin Wells: How did PEARS first form?
Zack: Well, a few of us were in a band called The Lollies for four years previously and I guess that band kind of dismantled due to our drummer having wrist issues, chronic wrist issues. After some time apart, we decided we wanted to make music again. We missed each other, you know? Brian and I went to get coffee really late at night in December [of 2013] and we started talking about playing music together again. It seemed like a really fun idea.
KW: What bands would you list as influences?
Zack: Bands, I guess…not a lot of punk bands on my end. I guess, like Failure, a lot of Failure. I really love Failure.
Brian: I say Descendents.
Tim: Circle Jerks.
KW: What is the New Orleans punk scene like?
Zack: It’s really crusty and then there was also, at one time, a lot of ska and now there are a lot of ska kids and no ska bands. It’s bizarre. As far as punk bands go, it’s a lot of crusty punk bands. There’s a lot of hardcore.
KW: Do you ever see yourselves living somewhere other than New Orleans?
Zack: Tim, our drummer, is from Denton, Texas. He moved here to play with us. He’s the man. I would live anywhere if I could afford to.
Brian: I don’t want to go home to anywhere else, but I would go somewhere for a day.
Zack: Alex just wants to live in Chicago.
KW: You released your first record via Bandcamp, but it has since been picked up by Anxious and Angry and is due out this September (2014). How did you guys get hooked up with Anxious and Angry?
Zack: We played our first show with Off With Their Heads. We were terrible, but Ryan [Young] from Off With Their Heads seems to think we were really good. I guess that was the genesis of all that. We kept in touch and sent him our demos when we had them. He played them on Anxious and Angry [podcast] and I guess that went well from what I understand. So, yeah, we’re really excited to be putting out a record with him He’s a great dude and we’re having a lot of fun.
KW: Was the album really recorded in a hotel room?
Zack: Yes and no. Mostly we thought it was a really funny thing to put on the in sleeve, but it was a hotel and now it is rehearsal spaces. [laughs]
KW: What kind of touring do you plan on doing for the record?
Zack: We’re gonna tour our faces off.
Brian: I think he wants you to be more specific.
Zack: Brian can get more specific on that.
Brian: Right now we’re on a 10-day run leading up to Summer Grind in Denver, and then we got three weeks off before we go out for a month by ourselves and do the east coast. Then we have two weeks off and then we’re going to do the entire west coast. Right after that we have four days off and then 10 days with a band we can’t announce right now, and then Europe in February.
KW: Is there anything else you would like people to know?
Zack: We’re all dead. We are all dead men walking and nothing matters [laughs]
One of the other PEARS: Tell the world they can go f**k themselves. [laughs]
PEARS are now on Fat Wreck Chords. For more information on touring and upcoming releases, visit http://www.FatWreck.com
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News. He also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music and food. You can also find articles from Kevin at New Noise Magazine. Kevin plays guitar in the Los Angeles punk bands Emmer Effer and Violent Self. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball