C.C.:Doing great, summer vacation has just started!
Jiffy Marx: Pretty excited that our record is out in Europe now.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bad Day”?
Jiffy: “Bad Day” is about mental health and maybe more specifically about being medicated. I mostly want it to let people know that whether you suffer from anxiety, depression, addictions, bipolar or any other health issues for that matter, you are not alone. I know there are a lot of people out there who have issues and don’t necessarily want to talk about them but/so I just think it’s important for them to know they are not the only one(s).
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Jiffy: I personally suffer from anxiety, I take medication for ulcerative colitis and I sometimes probably drink too much! I have several friends who are prescribed antidepressants among other things. I am no doctor nor am I a politician but I personally think some pharmaceuticals have a lot of side effects and may be over-prescribed or misprescribed. Some people probably don’t realize but doctors, like the rest of us, make mistakes and global yearly spending on prescription drugs is in the hundreds of billions!?
Jiffy: Josh Wells, who produces our recordings with us, is a wonderful producer. Maybe too good as he is getting very busy and hard to pin down!
Silo: It’s always a blast to get inside a song with this group of weirdos!
Did you approach this record as a sort of departure or rather a continuation from your previous musical projects?
Jiffy: Most people seem to think it’s a real departure but since I know all three members and their vast back catalogues, I like to think it’s more of a continuation!
How did you get to balance the darkness with the much uplifting undertones this time around?
Jiffy: I would say with synthesizers.
Silo: And silly high harmonies!
How has The Clash and DEVO influenced your writing?
C.C.: Devo is an influence in all of our writing, we like their angular style. The Clash are amazing, so if you think you hear the Clash in this song that’s totally cool!
Silo: Two sides of a coin we flip — The Clash says “make it groovy, sing along!” // Devo says “Make it uncomfortable, confuse the audience!”
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
C.C.: We’ve been recording for the new record, but it might take a little while to complete. Our drummer The Silo is on tour with his other bands for a few months, so Jiffy and I will keep writing and finish things up when The Silo is back home.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
C.C.: Hopefully by spring next year.
Jiffy: We’re thinking something Canadian-Spanish like “Muy Enfermo” or “Chester Chido” or maybe just “Canadian-Spanish”?
Any plans to hit the road?
C.C.: Yes, we’re on tour in Europe very soon. The dates are below. But also more shows in the US and Mexico too.
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July 19 @ Yoko, Hamburg DE
July 20 @ VEB, Lübeck DE
July 23 @ Kap Tormentoso, Stuttgart DE
July 24 @ Geschichtswerkstatt Altes Volksbad, Mannheim DE