Pour Habit is a punk rock band from Compton, California. In 2007 the band released their breakthrough album, “Suiticide” and after signing to Fat Wreck in 2009, the album was re-released on the label that same year. Their next album, “Got Your Back”, is scheduled for release for March/April of 2011.
Interview & Photos by Brian Crabtree
You guys are out on tour with Pepper at the moment?
Eric: We’ve just done seven and half weeks with Pepper. We’re in Santa Cruz tonight for a show with the Super Villains and Ballyhoo!; going to rage it up on a good ol’ Tuesday night.
So I hear you guys are all big drinkers... what’s your drink of choice?
Steve: Loko for me. Lime, lemon Loko.
Colin: I’m the Hennessey, but on tour a beer drinker. Gneiss - the good stuff.
Eric: I’m a Hennessey and Four Loko drinker when I’m on tour and my tolerance is high.
Chuck: (Smashes a can on the table) Four Loko Fruit Punch and Jaeger. The Four Loko gets me going.
And in the off season?
Steve: The MGD... the crying...
Eric: Yes, and a lot of post tour withdrawls.
And how has the recent tour with Pepper been?
Colin: Pepper’s great.
Eric: Pepper are some of the greatest dudes.
Chuck: Hello is this thing on… HELLO….
Any big plans for Pour Habit going into 2011?
Eric: We’re going to release our album!
Chuck: It’s the long awaited album.
Eric: Now it’s done - done and all good to go.
Was the album recorded during the tour or before?
Colin: It was recorded in June or May...wait February?
Eric: No, it was after the Blackout Tour. It was recorded in the spring of last year, and I don’t know why it’s taken so long to come out.
Steve: It has to do with business shit we have nothing to do with.
And you guys are on Fat Wreck now... How have they been treating you guys?
Colin: They’ve treated us to the world.
Steve: They’ve taken us everywhere.
Chuck: Well, Mike has done an excellent job by recruiting us.
Steve: Fat Wreck has treated us like family and we love it.
Chuck: We love you mother fuckers and shit!
Being a fresh face in Punk Rock, how do you feel about the state of the scene?
Chuck: The current state of punk rock is that if you enjoy it, it’s great.
Colin: I find it weird that we’re a punk/metal band and our last two tours have been with reggae bands. I’ve found that you don’t really have to classify yourself, you just have to go out and have a good show. Even though we’re kind of opposite, you still get to go to a great show.
Steve: I feel the genre we’re in, you have to be equal to the big guys like NOFX, Bad Religion, or Pennywise something like that.
Chuck: Everything he just said I don’t know and is utter crap.
Steve: All I’m trying to say is that these days you have to be big to be doing the big shows and clubs. The music doesn’t seem to be there anymore.
Eric: Wrap it up B.
Steve: Maybe if you go to Australia or Europe.
Chuck you’re described as a mad-man on stage. How do you reply to that?
Chuck: Because I’m with three other mad-men on stage. These guys get me wiled up on stage every single day; and I love being able to be on stage performing with these guys every single day. And that’s where I get my energy from every single day.
Eric: And that goes back to the idea that people don’t want to go to a show to be bummed out, and the band gives off some energy to those people.
Chuck: You have to understand that most bands give off some vibe. You just have to go up there and do what you do because that’s what you do. We go up there for our thirty minutes and do what we do. We’re just happy that we can share our talent, doing what we’re doing. It’s a win/win situation.
Eric: Like in the words of Brother Ali: “If you don’t like what we do, then fuck you.”