DrummerBitch - Neil Hennessy Interview

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( 6 Votes ) There's a new interview posted over at drummerbitch.com of Neil Hesseny you should check it out here is a clip from it.

 

DB: Did you too live in "The Lawrence Arms" apartments in Chicago? If so, what was that like?

NH: I never had a room there, but I spent a lot of time on their couch. It was one of Brendan and Chris' college apartments, and boy did it show. There was a garbage room at one point. No more taking the garbage out back and putting it in the dumpster. Pretty gross at times. I remember there was a dead mouse next to some little girls underwear outside of the back door. It's one of the more disturbing memories I have from that place. That and the weird crack heads that would shit in the hallway.

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Drummer Bitch Interview - Neil Hennessy

Hey guys! So, I got a chance to chat with Neil Hennessy from one of my favorite bands, the Chicago based punk trio, The Lawrence Arms and well, it went something like this...

DB: When did you join The Lawrence Arms or are you one of the original members?

NH: Brendan and I started the band in February of 99 as a two piece. He played guitar and I was on the drums. Since Brendan and Chris' band the Broadways had recently broken up, Chris wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his next project. He eventually decided to come over to our third practice and play guitar. Brendan then moved to bass and that's how it all began. We have our nine year anniversary coming up!

DB: Did you too live in "The Lawrence Arms" apartments in Chicago? If so, what was that like?

NH: I never had a room there, but I spent a lot of time on their couch. It was one of Brendan and Chris' college apartments, and boy did it show. There was a garbage room at one point. No more taking the garbage out back and putting it in the dumpster. Pretty gross at times. I remember there was a dead mouse next to some little girls underwear outside of the back door. It's one of the more disturbing memories I have from that place. That and the weird crack heads that would shit in the hallway.

DB: What has been the best part of touring and where could you say is your favorite place to play?

NH: Chicago is always going to be my favorite place to play. You can't beat the hometown shows. On the road though, I love playing Detroit. We have such a good group of friends there. Tokyo is great. Such a huge city... there's a lot of great places all over. The best part of touring is traveling. Music is a close second place though.

DB: Are there any perks being on Fat Wreck Chords opposed to any other type of label?

NH: At the office, they have one of those toilet seats that shoots water on your asshole after you take a dump. Does MCA have that? I don't know. Is MCA even a label any more? I don't know that either.

DB: When did you start playing the drums and what was your first kit like?

NH: I started playing drums in mid-'93. My brother was in a band during high school and they used to practice in our basement. I would go down there after they were done and try my hand at all the instruments. I always thought the drum set was the most fun and complicated. I would blast music through my headphones and try to figure out the logistics of the drum fills or just the beats in general. My brother and I ended up splitting the cost of a dark green Pearl Export. It was pretty good. Nothing exceptional, but I will say that Toby from Red Scare Records says that he loved the way the kick drum sounded on recordings. It's on everything the Lawrence Arms recorded up until the Greatest Story Ever Told. In 2003 I bought a mid-70's Slingerland kit that has been a true pleasure.

DB: Are there any drummers out there that really influenced you musically?

NH: I grew up loving the way Dale Crover plays. He gives each song such intricate attention. I really like drummers who understand song writing and who aren't afraid to make a certain feel happen. A couple others are John Wright, Art Blakey, Rob Kellenberger, Dave Grohl, Stuart Copeland.. I'm not too well versed in drummer history, but all those guys are good.

DB: Who and When was the last show you checked out?

NH: I just saw the Stitch-Up a couple of nights ago at the Metro in Chicago. It's Dan P. from Mu330's new band.

DB: Ok, so I don't see anything booked tour wise for you guys so do you have anything happening in 2008 that we should know about as far as recording, touring, etc?

NH: Well, we're playing one of Hot Water Music's reunion shows on the 25th of January in New Jersey. That should be an awesome time. We have a local suburban show next weekend, but other than that we're going to take it pretty slow. We have some domestic duties to tend to before we hit the road again at a large capacity. There may be a recording this year though. We take things at their natural pace.

DB: Finally, Where can the people get your music, merch, etc and find out updates about the band?

NH: Myspace is pretty easy for people to get updates and our music is available online and in stores. I don't have any specifics for you because I don't shop for the stuff personally, but you could search some Google sites for shirts or cd's.

Alright guys you heard the man, his music is available online and in stores as well as merch, etc.
So don't be cheap and go buy some shit!
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