Adam Rifkin: Stick Together

By: Ed

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A couple of weeks ago I interviewed Adam (drums) from Stick Together to find out they were playing a few shows in Sweden, including my adopted home of Malmö. This was total news to me, as there was little to  no advertising for this show here in the city, on the SWHC Forum (until i posted the flyer) or on the net (as one of the guys from Eisberg was saying). There was a small amount of advertising on a couple of groups for some the other shows in Sweden, but not for Malmö. It was at a venue even one of the local bands had never heard of… a really cool little community center type place with little to no stage, in a total residential area, with a library attached to it and within spitting distance of the prison (which actually isn’t an ugly building). It took me back to some of the 2003/04 shows I attended in Canterbury. UK.  It ended up being a really cool show with all the bands being good. Iron from Malmö were great, as well as Eisberg from Luxembourg/England. Anyway, I thought as the show was coming up I would save the interview until after they had played, as it was my first time to see them as well. The guys were great, pretty tired, but got to talk Hardcore with them for a couple of hours which is, believe it or not, a rarity for me. All in all a great evening, I just hope they have more shows there.

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DR: Hi Adam how’s things? Where are you guys currently at?

AR: Hey man. Right now were in Boston for the afternoon. On our way to Maine for a show with DNA and then back to Boston for a show with Into Another and Supertouch. Very excited about the gigs. But I’m also very tired.

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DR: Let us in on a bit of ST history,who started the band and where etc?

AR: Well Hoodrack always wanted to do a straight edge band. Hoodrack and I decided to start it together. We then got Justin to play guitar and he came with some songs and then the demo was done. Ned played bass on the demo, but he couldn’t always play with us live and be also wanted to play second guitar. So we got Ryan to play bass on our first tour and he was a good fit so he stayed along. And now. Here we are.

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DR: You released No More Second Chances in Dec 2013, how was that received by the fans? I think it’s a great record- lots of substance

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AR: Thanks man. Well it’s just the first two 7″s put together so it’s nothing really different. People like having it all on one record though. So it’s cool. I’m excited about our new lp. Hopefully it gets finished soon.

DR: I’d say you have a real Traditional Straight Edge Hardcore sound with that modern twist, who would you liken yourselves to?

AR: When we were writing the demo the plan was to be the 1988 straight edge band from NYC that never existed. So I think it worked alright.

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DR: You just played a few shows in Europe, how was that? And who were you playing with?

Also how do you like the food here?! Haha…

 AR: Yeah. The shows were awesome. We loved it. We played the shows with cold world. We’ve all toured Europe several times before with our other bands before so we were fine food wise. I always enjoy it.

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DR: What are some of your main Lyrical focuses?

AR: There’s definitely straight edge songs. But I would say we write about things in the hardcore scene that we think are fucked up and just not really right.

DR: Is the writing a group effort?

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AR: Hoodrack wrote the major majority of the lyrics. Justin writes a big chunk of the music and I write whatever is left.

DR: What are some of the labels you are affiliated with and that have released stuff for you?

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AR: We have released a comp song on Six Feet Under Records. Our first 7″ was put out by Ned on Back to Back Records. And we exclusively put out everything in America through Triple B Records and in Europe through Control Records.

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DR: What are some of the other bands you guys are in?

AR: I am in Blacklisted, Life of Reilly, Gypsy, and Consolation Prize. Hoodrack is in War Hungry and Disengage. Justin is in Consolation Prize and Disengage. Ryan is in Dead End Path. And Ned is in Title Fight, Disengage, Big Contest, Noise Pet, and 3D.

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DR: The Straight Edge is a heavy influence in ST so who are some of your favourite Straight Edge bands past and present?

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AR: Bold, Unit Pride, Confront, Chain of Strength, Youth of Today, and Integrity when they were a straight edge band.

DR: What are some of the other interests that run through the band?

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 AR: We like malls, pretzels, and talkin shit.

DR: Where do you think the biggest Scene is in HC at the moment, East or West Coast USA? There seems to be lots of new bands from both at the moment.

 AR: East coast scene is probably smaller than usual right now. It’s on it’s way back up with. West coast is probably bigger right now. Shows are good out there.

DR: What’s Planned for ST in 2014?

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 AR: We’re doing a week in Sweden at the end of May. Playing some east coast shows soon and then playing out on the west coast for the next Destroy LA Fest. Also our new LP should be out soon. That’s about it.

DR: Great Talking with you, anything else you might want to add?

AR: Thanks for the interview. Eat pretzels and listen to the worst rap that you can find.

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Black and White photos were sent to me by Adam the others are Iphone 5 pics by me  from Fridays show.

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  1. Reblogged this on XCLUSIVX fanzine and commented:
    Nice One!

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