This band will be playing at the C-Haus tomorrow (FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17!). Patricia Weber scored an interview with them. Read on!
I have had the privilege to see Earth Program live at a local music venue in my
hometown, Gurnee, Ill. Since they’re gonna be playing here this weekend, I
figured I’d do a little interview just to introduce them to Beloit.
PW: When did Earth Program start and why did you start this band?
Mondo: The idea came around May of 2007. The band formed around August.
Bibbles: We chose the ‘profession’ ’cause it was either this or the catfish farm.
PW: Who are the members?
Christopher Mondo — vocals/acoustic guitar
Michael T. Signal — vocals/drums/percussion
Mister Bibbles — vocals/bass/synth
PW: What genre of music is Earth Program? Any influences?
Mondo: The Earth Program is a retro spooky atomic rawk stoner pop
mama jama space punk. Our influences include lemonade, pudding cups,
cut-up hot dogs and ketchup. Cupcakes are nice too.
PW: Have the members or the band changed throughout the years?
Yes. One, our old drummer Johnny X, was turned inside out and the other,
JenDroid, had a UFO crash on top of her.
PW: @Chris: Tell me about your old band, The BlowHoles. @Everyone: What
bands have you been in before?
Mondo: The BlowHoles (whose name came directly from an episode
of “The Adventures of Pete & Pete”) was my first attempt at a real band.
Israel Alpizar, the drummer from Donoma, as you may or may not know,
was an original member in band. The group was active from 2002-2007
and during that time we recorded three albums: Tunamilk Chronicles
(2003), Same Old Garbage (2004) & Empyrean (2006) and a side project
album with Chad from Richard Cranium called The Sh*tty Acoustic Album
Matt: Ska-Punk got me on the road to performing, I sang in
a band called Toe Tapping Scoundrels. We didn’t so much practice, it
was mostly just an excuse to play Mortal Kombat and rip on our drummer.
Michael: I started playing in bands when I was in 8th grade. I was in T.L.R.,
J.D.P., S.O.T.E., A.P.R. and T.E.P.
PW: How did you start your love of music?
Mondo: Banging on pots and pans & Yellow Submarine.
Michael: My mother played me lots of GG Allin when I was in the womb.
Mr. Bibbles: There’s only one kind of music that you should ever paint
Warhammer miniatures to: Rush.
PW: How do you create your music? Who writes the lyrics?
Bibbles: We hand over typewriters and toy instruments to monkeys and pre-
Mondo: Then mix the results in a blender for safe digestion.
PW: My favorite song is “Eat Your Make-Up.” What is this song about?
Mondo: The title came from an early John Waters film.
Can you explain the music video?
Signal: Family video nightmares. It was shot on two very separate dates
to indicate parallels between the Earth Program universe and edited
together by Sam Westerling.
Mondo: And also indicates parallels of being prepared and not being prepared.
PW: Any challenges along the way?
Bibbles: With the band, we’ve changed more than a couple of flat tires
along the way. With our van too! If anyone reading this sees Gilbert, our
mechanic, tell him we’re looking for him.
Signal: Like a hammer is looking for thumbs.
PW: What do you want out of this experience? Do you see a future or are you
just living life?
Signal: To be quoted accurately.
Mondo: Hover boards & milkshakes!!!
PW: Do you see a future or are you just living life?
Mondo: We certainly hope to and work and push for it. But we also know
how to have fun with it all too. That’s the important part.
Bibbles: I think anyone would consider themselves lucky to be able
to keep a roof over their heads by doing something they really love.
PW: Tell us about your debut album, INVADE!
Mondo: We recorded it ourselves at the SpookHouse during the winter
months of ‘08. It mastered by this dude, El Roberto. The mixing was a bit
of a tumultuous situation, what with the drummer turning inside out and all.
Bibbles: One of the benefits of doing it ourselves is that we got to have
total control from start to finish. It’s exciting to live in a time where we
have access to the tools where they can make a very professional album
that we can be proud of.
PW: How does it feel to be one of the 10 Chicago Bands to Watch in 2010?
Bibbles: Loud Loop Press have been really nice to us. We’re playing a
show with the editor’s, Richard Giraldi’s, band, Rodeo, on Halloween at the
Dark Room in Chicago.
Signal: I’m glad they (LoudLoopPress) were named the best music blog by
The Chicago Reader.
Mondo: It’s always a surprise and encouraging that so many great
publications have taken an interest in our music.
PW: I remember seeing you guys play last year at Swing State during the
outdoor festival. Care to explain Swing State? How does it compare to other
Mondo: That’s the show I puked at! For real though, Swing State is
rad. It’s great that they provide an all-ages place f0r bands to play and
kids to hang out at because they’re pretty far and few in a lot of places.
Signal: The staff really cares about the bands playing and the people who
are there to have fun. Like Popz can dance his ass off.
PW: I still have the demo CD from the festival. How does it feel to go from
passing out free demos on blank CDs purchased at Best Buy to having an
Mondo: It feels awesome.
PW: Got interesting stories to share?
Mondo: Each time we get together something interesting happens.
It’s been great to perform at all sorts of house and benefit shows.
Signal: We’ve had the [opportunity to] play with POLYSICS [and] The Fleshtones and meeting
a lot of other really cools bands along the way.
Bibbles: The Clams, Woo-Man & the Banana, Donoma, Gorilla Press, and many more are some of our favorites.
PW: Anything else to add? Last words of encouragement to other local bands?
Bibbles: It’s amazing to see how much you can get done if you work hard.
Mondo: Keep rawking. Stick with it and believe in what you do.
PW: Where can people go to know about Earth Program and contact you guys?
http://www.theearthprogram.org – you can find links to all of our other sites like
MySpace, Facebook, formspring, YouTube and more.