In Defence: the Gimme Noise interview
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They had their welcome home show on Monday at Memory Lanes. Gimme Noise sat with vocalist/daredevil Ben Crew and bassist Tony Hoff to talk out the intricacies of the ongoing war between pizza lovers and taco lovers.
Ben Crew: Yes we did, We were there for five years and three days. We toured every country but England because we hate England.
Why do you hate England?
Tony Hoff: We pulled their ass out of double-ya double-ya eye eye.
So, the war between taco and pizza. Is it being waged as strongly in Europe as it is here?
TH: It is now.
BC: Over there, people know what a pizza is. That's universal. Not as many people know what a taco is. In Europe they've got this thing called a falafel. We've got that here too. That's as close as a taco as it gets over there. So we had to adapt our message to include the falafel so people understood what we were talking about.
Is that a compromise of your message though?
BC: No. The falafel is awesome. It's a soft shell taco with a different filling. So for us it was something we could get behind.
TH: They have the same enemy over there.
BC: The enemy is what's important. Bands like Youth Of Today and Gorilla Biscuits went over and toured Europe and brought their message of straight edge to Europe. It's the same when in In Defence went over there. We weren't talking about straight edge. We were talking about tacos versus pizza. People were resistant to the message. People didn't want to hear it. People spat at us. People threw hings at us. But I tell you what--go back there in four years and there'll be hundreds of taco bands.
Did you say taco bands or taco vans?
So, you guys did a month in Europe, and a month in the states. Any major differences between European crowds and American crowds?
TH: There's more girls in Europe. That are into punk.
BC: There's a language difference. Granted, there's more people in Europe who speak English than there are people in America that speak other languages. But we talk a lot of shit onstage. I'm not sure how much of that translated over there.
Also, European punks in the DIY scene are very organized in Europe. Lots of squats. The DIY scene is definitely a lot more organized. Even though it's still DIY, it's run much more professionally than some of the DYI show spaces and punk houses we play in when we tour the U.S. It's been going on longer. People take it more seriously.