Teenage Bottlerocket Interview

Teenage Bottlerocket has been a force to reckon with, ever since they burst onto the scene in 2001. Immediately releasing the A-Bomb EP in 2002, immediately followed by the full-length Another Way in 2003. Since then, the Bottlerocket boys have toured relentlessly, and haven’t let up for a second continuing to write and record their own brand of good ol’ raucous punk rock. I had a chance to speak with Lead Singer/bassist Ray Carlisle, and here’s what he had to say…

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Thrillcall: What was the experience like recording your newest EP, “Mutilate Me”?

Teenage Bottlerocket: It was totally bad ass, we ended up recording ‘Mutilate Me’ and ‘Punk House of Horror’ at the Blasting Room. Rise Against were recording there a day earlier, and they were mixing in LA that day. They still had all their gear set up at the Blasting Room, so we just used their stuff. It ended up saving tons of set up time. So we finished recording the songs in a day. Andrew Berlin is a solid engineer at the studio and we trust him to get the sound we want.

Thrillcall: What are you most looking forward to on your upcoming tour with NOFX and Old Man Markley?

TBR: I can’t wait to eat poutine.

Thrillcall: Does it give you guys a touch of nostalgia to have Red Scare re-releasing your debut LP? How do you think you guys have grown since then?

TBR: I don’t feel too nostalgic about the re-issue, it seems like we recorded that record a couple years ago to me. I’ve always been proud of the “Another Way” full length. Until recently it was only available on vinyl. I’m stoked that Redscare wanted to give people a chance to hear some of the older stuff that don’t own record players. We’ve grown in several ways since “Another Way” came out in 2003. Back then we had a different philosophy on how we were going to write and record songs. Some rules were put in place that we have grown to ignore. Rules like, let’s not do any drum fills and every song has to be 3 chords.

Thrillcall: What do we have to look forward to in the future of Teenage Bottlerocket?

TBR: We are writing a new full length at the moment.