Rocket from the Crypt have released another blistering transmission from the underground. We've told their story so many times in SLAMM that we opt not to this time. The new details: they've just released Live at Camp X-Ray on Vagrant Records (Dashboard Confessional, Get Up Kids, etc.), they recently played the Craig Kilborne Show and they still rock. That being said, here's direct from frontman John Reis' mouth:
CityBeat: It seems there's less and less fanfare with each album. Is that intentional? John Reis: Yeah, I think so. We've always prided ourselves on staying true to what we're about, which is having fun and playing the music that we want to play... I'm not saying I hate [the fanfare and marketing aspects], but some things take away from the process, and so I prefer to do things a little bit more without the bullshit. The Hot Snakes record was an eye-opener... [it] sold amazingly well based on word of mouth, which is the most compelling kind of force I think you can have-to get someone to buy your record because a friend of theirs is digging it.
CB: But you guys aren't avoiding the commercial spotlight? JR: I don't think we're avoiding it at all. We just did that Craig Kilborn thing... And we looked at it with excitement with the ability to get our music out to people that would never listen to us in a million years. We just don't wanna do things that we don't wanna do in order to get success. We've made minor concessions in the past, and it never works, you know? In the end, when you don't make it huge, you're just kind of left with a shitty taste in your mouth.
CB: There's the whole “rock revival” these days. Does Rocket have shit timing? JR: Well... out of the six people in the band, five people are at genius level IQs. So there's a tendency to be not only one step ahead of everybody else, but like four, five, or six steps... Our only hope is to get so far ahead of everybody that we'll be hitting a trend that's happening, but we'll be... lapping it, basically.
CB: So pretty much, every musical form that exists today is because of Rocket From The Crypt, right? JR: No, I don't think much of what's going on in the Christian rock scene has much to do with Rocket From The Crypt.
CB: Is San Diego on the upswing or is it similar to what it always has been? JR: I think it's kind of the same as it always has been. At the [old] Casbah everybody knew each other, it seemed. It was basically just bands playing for other people in bands. And it was really cool to be a part of that minor explosion. But I think there's a lot of great stuff that's happening right now [with bands like] the Locust and Black Heart and Pinback... because the mainstream bands don't really represent the city. They represent more of the mall culture... And when it gets to that kind of level of success, it can't possibly represent the city because it's on a more kind of global platform. So it really takes the bands from the underground to kind of [represent a city's sound]... I've always waved a big flag for this city because I love it here.... I've done everything to associate myself with this place.