Backtrack are without a doubt one of my favorite bands right now.
They are also constantly touring at the moment but I sent a few questions over to Ricky (guitar) and he hooked me up.
DR: Hey how’s it going,
First off How long have BT been around for now and where did it all start?
RS: Backtrack has been a band for 6 Years now. We started in early 2008 with 2 groups of friends coming together to form a Hardcore band. Backtrack is from Long Island, NY.
DR: Do you still have the OG Line up?
RS: Over the years we’ve had some line-up changes but the core of the band (John, James, and myself) are still intact.
DR: You have a New Record Out (Lost in Life), Which is a banger by the way, do you think you did anything Different here style wise or anything compared to your past releases?
RS: Thanks for the compliment. I think all in all Lost In Life is very much so a NYHC LP which is what we will always be. I think we did open our minds a bit since Darker Half and it can be shown in the Songwriting and Production of the record. Since our last LP, we’ve all learned about songwriting and what we like/don’t like in our songs. Also we knew what we were in for a bit more coming into writing a Sophmore LP.
DR: How is it being on Bridge Nine They are a pretty big label now?
RS: Bridge Nine is cool. They have a great staff who is helpful when it’s needed and have been pushing out record well. I’ve been seeing the record in places I haven’t seen our stuff before which is great.
DR: what have you guys been up to tour wise and with who?
RS: We just got off a US Tour with Comeback Kid, Xibalba, Downpresser, and To The Wind a week ago. The shows were awesome and i’m stoked we could be a part of that line-up. In about a week we leave for a European Tour where we’re supporting Stick To Your Guns on a few shows and then doing a couple Headlining shows with Redemption Denied, an awesome band from Europe.
DR: what Hardcore bands and or other types of music/Bands influence BT?
RS: Madball, Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, Outburst, Breakdown, Kill Your Idols…the list goes on, we like a lot of stuff. We all listen to different types of music from Rap to Pop to whatever…
DR: you guys were in AUS recently right? how does playing shows differ from the states?
RS: We were in Australia a few months ago and it was great. The turnouts were better then expected and the weather was beautiful. Playing Australia is kind of similar to playing the states to be honest. Just a similar vibe at the shows pretty much from what i’ve noticed.
DR: Do you think you will be coming to Europe in 2014?
RS: Yeah we’ll be there in a week and then again in the summer of 2014.
DR.: What bands are you really enjoying at present?
RS: There’s a new band out of California called MIZERY that is really good…very talented musicians playing a style of hardcore that I like a lot. Also Cross Me from Milwaukee is sick and i’m putting out there new 7″ in a few months. Check them out!!!!
DR: You’re down on paper as one of the most important Bands in modern Hardcore. What do you think about that?
RS: That’s a pretty bold statement that I don’t know if I agree with but thank you for the kind words. If a person were to think that i’d be very flattered and stoked that we were able to write music that they would feel that way about.
DR: How do you think the Hardcore scene is changing since you got into it?
RS: Since i’ve got into the Hardcore scene I think there’s a lot of extra unnecessary drama at shows sometimes that doesn’t need to be there. People coming into shows with something to prove or a chip on their shoulder. Just have a good time and leave your ego at the door or get out ya dork.
DR: As Far as NYC Goes whats the best Era to go to shows there?
I was actually lucky enough to see 2 of my favourite Hardcore bands at
CBGB before it closed its doors.
RS: I think this question is easily answered by just saying any era that you go to shows should be your favorite. Some of my favorite bands broke up years ago but i’m not going to go worship the past and spend all my money trying to re-live it off ebay. I would’ve loved to see The Bad Brains play The Ritz in 1986 but the truth is I was still in my fathers testicles for another 2 years.
DR: Are Any of you Fight Fans? Boxing MMA or something else,
And who do you like at the moment?
RS: I used to like watching boxing a lot when I was younger but I haven’t watched anything in a while. I’ll turn on ESPN Classic and watch an old fight from time to time which is cool. Old Mike Tyson and De La Hoya fights are awesome…those were my two favorites growing up.
DR: who do you like better: Chain Or Judge?
RS: Judge, absolutely.