Wunky Zine #2: Running Scared
We are excited to again bring you the electronic version of the interviews from the locally created Wunky Zine. Erica Krumm is back with a 2nd edition of the great Zine (the first edition can be found HERE that finds her chatting with some really great local bands. Read the interviews all week and pick up the Zine for only $4 at Treehouse or Yeti Records and support our local scene! Check back tomorrow for her interview with Teenage Moods.
April 28, 2011
The Running Scared are good friends who never fail to put on an awesome party show! Rusty (vocals), Trevor (bass), Gloria (guitar and vocals), and Damien (drums), hung out by the fire in the back of the Nomad before (and after) their set and discussed songwriting, fast food and phobias. So much fun, it could have gone on all night! Hear music from the group HERE.
Erica- O.k. you guys, what is your songwriting process like when you guys get together and write a song?
Rusty- Uh, it’s embarrassing to say, I feel like…
Gloria- Well, we say, ‘We should write a song today..’
Rusty- And then Gloria comes up with a riff and then everybody plays it, and then I make up none sense words to go along with it that I then change into real words later.
Damien- It usually goes well.
Damien- We’ve written at least sixteen great songs.
Trevor- Our songs have like, a 76% success rate.
Erica- What would you say is a main theme to what your songs are about?
Damien- I like to say misogyny, lust, and paranoia.
Rusty- I’ll clarify that I write everything in character…. So it’s not MY misogyny, lust and paranoia.
Damien- It’s your lust.
Rusty- It might be my lust, well, it might be my paranoia… Probably not my misogyny.
Erica- So it’s different characters all the time?
Rusty- It’s different characters. It follows themes of like, action and danger and
depression, things like that. Dark sides of humanity.
Trevor- Dark grooves and noise are also themes that come up frequently.
Musical themes, like dark R&B kind of garagy grooves with noisy elements.
Rusty- Generally like, a bad attitude about life.
Erica- A pessimistic view? Like, things aren’t going to work out?
Rusty- Yeah, just sort of a bad attitude.
Erica- Do you guys have any pre-show rituals either individually or as a band?
Trevor- Three beers and two shots usually…
Gloria- I like to drink beer in the shower before shows.
Erica- I like to drink beer in the shower, too.
Rusty- I like to get to shows a little too early and be irritated about that. (laughing)
Damien-We’ve tried to relax on being overly punctual.
Damien- I’ve been playing in clubs for ten years… and we have always been super punctual.
Damien- We beat the sound guy there usually, you know, there’s no drink tickets usually by the time we get there…..
Damien- So you know, it fuels our anxiety…We usually like to play first, for better or for worse, we always end up playing first.
Erica- Why do you like to play first?
Damien- I don’t know…
Trevor- There’s a clean slate, there’s no precedent set, you know, kind of sets the energy, kind of lets us come out of the gates strong, I feel like, when you play different clubs with different bands…. I like to play on bills that are like grab bags, with different bands that have different sounds. Setting the stakes higher, playing first is good. That, and for some reason in this band I’m more nervous than I am in other bands.
Erica- Before you go on?
Trevor- Well just in general. That’s why I never face the crowd really in this band.
Erica- That’s kind of your thing.
Trevor- Well yeah, I don’t know, it’s like a security blanket. I feel like I have more emotionally involved. I care more about what people think. I don’t want to look or see anybody participating or not participating. (laughing)
Rusty- (laughing) …Well, I think we ARE kind of exposed, though, if we’re playing a bill with punk bands or indie bands, we’re not really a punk band or indie band. We’re like a standard band and there’s some amount of anxiety that’s like, don’t look at us, we’re just a standard band.
Trevor- That’s true, that’s true.
Erica- A very serious question, what is your favorite fast food chain?
Trevor- That’s rough, that’s a serious question…
Damien- I’d have to say Wendy’s.
Trevor- That’s a loaded question because there’s so many variables.
Gloria- Depends on your mood!
Rusty- That’s true. (laughing)
Trevor- Is it for value, or for taste?
Rusty- Yeah, like, what’s the most delicious?
Trevor- Aww, this is stupid, what are we talking about?! Taco Johns, man!
Erica- Oh, Taco Johns is the bomb.
Erica- O.k. What would you say is your greatest fear?
Trevor-The failure of not trying is pretty terrible, too. You know, getting too wrapped up in thinking about failure, that you don’t try.
Rusty- Yeah, that’s pretty harsh. Nothing like needles, though.
Erica- You’re not afraid of needles, you have tattoos.
Rusty- Those aren’t needles, they’re like… poking.
Erica- So you’re afraid of injections?
Rusty- Yeah, when I get injections I can feel the blood transferring and I pass out.
Erica- Do you really? I didn’t know that about you.
Trevor- I guess we don’t have to worry about Rusty having a heroin habit.
Rusty- Maybe it’s that I’m afraid of blood….
Erica- O.k. So, you two have glasses (to Rusty and Trevor) but do you guys (Gloria and Damien) wear contacts?
Damien- No, 20/20
Gloria- No, pretty good, but degenerating slowly. (laughing)
Erica- O.k. so only half of you are… weak? (laughing)
Rusty- In high school I wore hard contacts for like, six months and it repaired my vision for a year. The hard contacts re-molded my eyes and I could see for like a year with nothing, but then I went back to glasses.
Damien- There’s an optometrist who lives next door to me and he’s got his offices in his house, and what he does is like, it’s called “Learn To See,” that’s the name of his clinic, and it’s like vision training. So he takes people with bad vision and like, trains their eyes.
Rusty- That’s interesting.
Damien- However, he wears glasses (laughing) so I don’t know how successful it is.
Gloria- I can’t imagine waking up and opening my eyes and not being able to see…
Rusty- It’s terrifying! That’s my greatest fear! (laughing)
Trevor- It’s pretty weak, I gotta say, I can’t read with my glasses on, though.
The optometrist said that I need bifocals, but I’m not willing to go there yet.
Rusty- You can get invisible bifocals so no one can tell….
Trevor- Yeah, but I don’t want to do that, it seems inconvenient..
Damien- I’m passing kidney stones, you need bifocals…
Trevor- We’re all fucked up!
Erica- Oh my god, you guys! Are you guys not getting proper nutrition as a band?
(laughing) As Running Scared, would you say you are getting proper nutrition?
Rusty- Too much Wendy’s, too much-
Erica- Did you guys go to your high school prom?
Damien- I went to my junior prom.
Gloria- Went to my senior prom.
Rusty- I went sophomore and senior year.
Erica- Can you tell me an anecdote from your prom night? Something memorable that happened.
Trevor- My best buddy, Jade and I went with two dates each to our junior prom in a really nice town car driven by a sharp dressed friend of one of our dates brother, and it was great! And somehow I think that we both, we asked girls and then our real dates, out of the two each, we ended up being more smitten with the other and I think it switched somehow. I don’t know….
Erica- How about you, Gloria?
Gloria- I was going to get stood up!
Gloria- For a little bit, I hadn’t heard from my date, I was going with my best friend from high school and I was just waiting for him. He lived in Cedar Riverside here, and I was just waiting for him. Eventually he came dressed super sharp, exactly matching my dress.. A good time was had by all.
Rusty- Sophomore year a junior girl asked me and then offered to pay for my tuxedo, in order to get me to go, and then we went and she had a dress that would not allow her arms to move!
And so she could only dance like this (silly dancing ensues)
Erica- That’s really stupid!
Trevor- The roof was never raised!
Damien- I guess this didn’t happen directly to me, but when we left prom, the group that we were with split up into two cars, we didn’t have anybody driving us around in a town car or anything, so our car got to where we were going and waited and waited and waited, and uh, it turned out that the other car had been like, in an accident downtown and they totalled their car. They crashed into a lawyer, no one was injured, thankfully, but the car was totalled and they came back and it kind of ruined the rest of the night. Everybody was kind of in a shitty mood. At prom I just hung out outside, it was not my scene.
Erica- Have you ever had sex in your parent’s car?
Damien- It’s never too late!