Interview with Bo McDowell of Stickup Kid
I’ve been a big fan of San Jose, California based Pop-Punk band for a while now. A few days ago, Bo McDowell, their guitarist, was nice enough to do a brief interview with me. We talked about, beer, pizza, The Superbowl, and Isanyoneup.com just to name a few. Not familiar with Stickup Kid? Head over to their facebook and give them a listen. We’ll dive right in to the questions after the break.
How did Stickup Kid start and how long have you guys been together?
Tony and I were on a trip to see his family in Kansas, we started writing a song, and we finished it while in Kansas City. It ended up being the first SK song “Sometimes, Kansas City”. When we got home we jammed with Cameron(Drums) and our friend Keith(Bass). After a few practices Keith told us he was too busy with school and other stuff, so thats when Jonathan, who has been one of my best friends for years, joined the band. We just hit the two year marker as a band, and we’re stoked on everything that’s happened thus far.
I relate to a lot of songs on the album (The Sincerest Form Of Flattery), what do you mainly draw your inspiration from?
Life problems, girl problems, problems. I guess a lot of the songs have to do with coping.
“Sometimes, Kansas City”, and “Wyandotte County Lake” are about Kansas. I’m from Kansas, so what’s the story behind these songs?
Tony was born in Kansas City, KS. I met him when he moved out here in 7th grade. Both songs are really about him coming to terms with life out here in CA. That kid is the most loyal KC Chiefs fan I’ll ever meet.
What is your favorite City/Venue that you’ve been to on tour?
We’ve played Midland, TX a few times and that place is great. Gotta say though, the last couple times we’ve been to Washington, the shows were fucking awesome. We love everyone that’s involved with the WA scene. It may not be the biggest scene, but there’s so much dedication to it, and that’s something a lot of places lack.
You’re stranded on an island and you get to bring three things with you. What do you bring and why?
A guitar, a pizza oven, and Saves The Day. Pizza, jamming, and watching Saves The Day would be an ideal situation.
I know you work at a pizza parlor. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever been asked to put on a pizza, and what’s the craziest thing you’ve put on a pizza for yourself to eat?
A good chunk of people in CA love complicated toppings whereas people in other states, or on the East Coast, love simple one or two topping pizza’s. Someone orded a pizza with tomatos, anchovie, sausage, pineapple…Weird ass. The weirdest pizza I’ve made was called “The Beantown Pie.” It had a baked bean base, cheese, ground beef, broken up totrilla strips and fresh cut lettuce on top. It was amazing.
If you could be a super hero for a whole day which one would you be and why?
Mr. Mosh from International Superheros of Hardcore so I can mosh the fuck out of bad guys.
Where do you think the underground music scene will be in the next few years?
I’m hoping it will continue to grow. It seems like there has been a ton of awesome music coming out and that makes me happy. I’m hoping that kids will go to shows to discover new bands, not just to see their favorite band. There’s no better feeling than finding that one new band that’s stuck in your head all day. The underground music scene will continue to grow from bands touring, and kids going to shows. Everyone in this day and age grew up with the internet so only a small amount of people actually purchase music. All I can say is to support the bands you love, buy a t-shirt, buy a record, go to a show, and keep them on the road.
Where do you think all of the hate and negativity has come from in the pop-punk, hardcore, metal scene in the last few years?
I’m not really sure. If I had to venture a guess I’d say there are some elitist kids out there that look down on people that don’t like a certain band, or don’t live a certain lifestyle, and that’s pretty lame.
What is your favorite seasonal beer, cheap beer, and expensive beer? And what is your least favorite beer?
Not big on drinking, although I am about to turn 21. But I enjoy Blue Moon and Red Stripe. As far as cheap beer goes, Pabst Blue Ribbon is tight. I absolutely hate Fat Tire. Gross.
What’s your pick for the super bowl?
PITTSBURGH STEELERS ALL DAY!
What bands made you want to start playing music and what is the one record above all you will remember as that one record that started it all?
The record that changed my life was The Shins “Wincing The Night Away”. It opened my eyes to an unlimited amount of bands, and I get serious nostalgia every time I listen to that record. BUT, as far as punk goes, Saves The Day’s “Can’t Slow Down” was my senior year anthem. It was a record I was able to relate with perfectly, at the perfect time in my life. Bands like Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, Latterman, Boys Night Out, and New Found Glory make me strive to write more music, play more shows, and meet more people. Punk/Hardcore is a beautiful thing when you relate to someone elses pain. It lets you know that you aren’t the only one feeling the way you do. The listeners are no different than the writers. We’re both just looking for people to share the pain with, and when you finally find it there’s no better feeling.
If everyone in the band was a character from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who would be who based on their personal traits?
That’s a tough one, cause we all love pizza, and we all love beating the shit out of giant rats.
What are the plans for Stickup Kid in 2012?
We’re putting out a new record in the Spring. Hopefully we’ll have another release by the end of the year as well. We’re gonna tour as much as we can, and try to meet more friends around the country. We’ve got some stuff planned that we’re really excited about, and can’t wait to get it out there.
What is your stance on at Isanyoneup? So many bands are on this site, being in a band how do you feel about it?
Haha I’ve never really been on that site. I’ve heard a lot about it though. I’m looking at it right now, and I think it’s pretty lame. Although, nude pictures are pretty whack. People have no right to post them online, that’s a private thing between the sender and reciever(no pun intended).
Check out Stickup Kid’s record The Sincerest Form of Flattery, available now.