Interview – Call In Dead

Call In Dead are an amazing punk band who recently released a new song, titled Patriarchy. They’re bringing a fresh new sound to the punk genre, so anyone into that scene should check it out!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Patriarchy. What can you tell us about the song and where can it be purchased?

Ripley, our singer, said, “I wrote this song to call out how toxic masculinity affects all genders. The constant pressure to fit some arbitrary standard set by the generation before creates men who are incapable of functioning in a healthy way and enables the trampling of the ability for women to be equals in our society. It’s pervasive in our culture, and it needs to stop.

The band seems to be quite political in nature. Are there any current issues you’d like to draw attention to?

It’s hard to separate the political from the punk rock. Even if you’re not an inherently political band, just the act of being part of a subculture that leans towards criticism of the mainstream world and a rejection of the norms thrust upon us all since childhood is a political act. As the old protest slogan stated, ‘The Personal is Political’.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

It made everything grind to a halt. We had to cancel our first tour, and cancel a lot of dope shows with bands like Field Day and Pro-Pain. On the other hand, we took the time in the beginning to do a fundraiser for the Mental Health Association of Central Florida because we thought the pandemic really shined a light on mental health as well as physical health. We raised over $2,000. Our bassist and drummer also turned from just booking shows to recording live streams of punk, hardcore, ska and metal bands, which they started release on vinyl through the new label they started, DCxPC Live. They have just released their six album this month.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

We have done most of our recordings with our buddy Josh “Danger” Dobbs of Danger Room Recording Services. He’s a great guy and really goes for ALL when recording bands. He also does almost all the live recordings that our label DCxPC Live releases. As for the process, we try to play live as much as possible, so we lay down the drums while also playing the guitar and bass with the occasional scratch vocals. Once the drums are down, we listen back to the bass and guitar and decide if we need to overdub or redo any parts. Main vocals and backing vocals are always done at the end.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

We have a full length album coming out with Wrecking Crew Records with our old singer, Jaeh Peck. That will be out in the fall. We already have a sick cover song recorded with Ripley that we will be releasing soon, and we have several new songs in the works that we hope to record and release when we return from tour.

Are there any plans to release an EP or an album anytime soon?

See answer above

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

We are kinda all over the place. It’s pretty hard to nail down since despite all being fans of punk and metal, our tastes are fairly broad and include the following and more: Gouge Away, G.L.O.S.S., NOFX, Minor Threat, RKL, Converge, Slayer, Motorhead, Bad Religion, The Cramps, Black Sabbath, The Stooges, Reagan Youth and non-punk/metal such as Billie Holiday, Glen Miller, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Kesha to name more than a few.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

We are based in Orlando, FL, and it’s a fun scene with different venues to play in Orlando and the surrounding areas. Since we blend our influences we tend to get on both punk and metal shows. Where we are often either the heaviest punk band or the lightest metal band. The only thing different down here from my shows up North is the dearth of all-ages shows. Nothing feeds a scene better than a venue where teens can go see bands, and then get inspired to form their own and start playing.

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

We have a short tour planned this summer. We leave June 23rd and return July 3rd. The first date is in Atlanta, GA followed by Piney Flats, TN; VA Beach, VA; Brooklyn, NY; Trenton, NJ; Coplay, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Silver Spring, MD; Roanoke, VA; and Charleston, SC. You can see all the tour dates here: Events Page on Facebook or on our website: Call in Dead.

Before we start the tour, we get the privilege of opening for the Necromantix at the Haven in Orlando with our buds in Noxious Profit.

We play hard and fast and keep it short. We firmly believe that when playing for a new crowd, especially if you’re opening for other bands, it’s best to come in and kill it and then get off the stage in 20 minutes. Better to leave people wishing for more than wishing you had ended early, so they can see the headlining band coming after you. In the first ten minutes people are giving you a chance, the next ten they may actually like you, ten minutes later they are getting another beer, taking a piss, or just getting impatient for the headlining act. Keep it shorter, faster and louder.

Any last words for the fans?

Some of us have been doing this for more than 30 years, and it’s never stopped being the thing that makes life fulfilling. Never made any money, never made a living out of it, but we’ve always played with people we love, did what we loved, and loved who we met. So thank you to any and all who are out there supporting the scene by playing shows, putting on shows, going to shows and more. You’ve all been part of what has made our days and nights better. Books, articles and stories about punk rock tend to focus on the bands and the music, but the real beauty is the people and community that has allowed each of us to be who we are and work towards who want to be in an accepting, diverse and inclusive scene.