POZ Interview: Gameface
PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman sat down with Jeff Caudill of Gameface at SXSW a few weeks ago. We chatted with the band about SXSW, reuniting, the release of Now Is What Matters Now, potential touring, and much more. Check out the interview below!
by Jesse Richman
POZ: Can I get your name and what you do in the band?
JC: Jeff Caudill. I play guitar and sing.
POZ: So you guys just rolled into South By?
JC: We came in last night, and just hung out and tried to stay safe.
POZ: Had you been down here before?
JC: Back in the old days, we played a very un-un-un-unofficial thing. We tried to always have our tours correspond to this, just because it’s a fun place to be. But we were never a South By band. In recent years, I’ve come just to hang, and play a little acoustic thing here and there.
POZ: How has it changed from back in the day? Is it even recognizable?
JC: It gets bigger and bigger and bigger every year. It’s crazy. It’s absolutely crazy now.
POZ: So like you said, you guys played unofficial back in the day but then weren’t here for a long time. That’s because there wasn’t a band for a long time! You’re now back together. How does it feel? Has it settled in that you’re really doing this again?
JC: Maybe after this week it will. Our record [Now Is What Matters Now] comes out on Tuesday [March 18th]. It has been; it’s been very surreal. We got together in 2012 for some reunion shows — just a few — and that went really well. We didn’t mean to start the band again. Basically, we wanted better closure. Our break-up was messy; we basically imploded in 2003. It had been icy since then. It took ten years for us to be friends again. And then when the opportunity to do the Revelation Records anniversary shows, we said if we’re going to do it, we should do it now. Let’s just see how it works. We got back together just to rehearse for those shows. It was awesome. It feels different now because all of the expectations, and just all of the stuff you deal with when you’re really trying to do a band, it kind of means something different now because we don’t really care about all of that stuff. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. When we got back together to do the shows, we had no intention of doing new material. We just wanted to see if we could be friends, see if we could have fun, and revisit those old songs. I even said “we’re not writing new material, this is not a thing.” But it just felt good, it felt good enough. And then I started writing a lot. Like a lot, like all last year I wrote. It got to be really, really exciting.
POZ: So is the new album all stuff that was written in the last year? Were there songs that were leftover from the old days?
JC: It’s all brand new. It’s all from 2013, pretty much. We were pretty good about editing ourselves, and not having too much run over, even in the old days, so there weren’t any old Gameface songs lying around. And even if there were, I don’t think we would have touched that anyway?
POZ: Was it tough to start writing for Gameface again? Or does it come back to you like riding a bike?
JC: Oh man, honestly it just happened. And the thing is, I do other projects and play with other bands and write music all the time. I didn’t even have to write specifically for this band. This is just how we sound when these four people play music together. A lot of people have asked, “did you consciously try to update your sound? Did you try to sound like you did back in the old days?” And we didn’t really try anything at all. This is just how it works. And I think, it doesn’t sound dated, but it doesn’t really sound like be tried to be all 2014 either.
POZ: Did you have to keep stuff out that didn’t fit you guys?
JC: No, not at all, it was completely natural. This is just what this band does. I’m sure that, to some people, we might sound like belong in the 90s. But whatever, that’s just who we are.
POZ: Well I’m not sure you guys fit into the 90s, in the 90s!
JC: Nope! That’s a whole other conversation.
POZ: Well let’s have that conversation! You guys kind of were odd ducks in the 90s. No one really sounded like you, and I think maybe there wasn’t a natural fit in terms of a scene. Do you feel like that’s changed now? Do you still feel like you’re way out there?
JC: Now? I have no idea. I really don’t. And the beauty of it is, that’s not important to me anymore. It used to bother me. It used to bother me that we didn’t have a scene. We didn’t fit in with the emo thing but we were embraced by part of it. We also didn’t really fit the pop-punk thing, but we were embraced by part of that. We’re not a Warped Tour bad, and we’re not a Jade Tree band — that was kind of how we felt. But now, it’s great. We’re fuckin’ 40 years old and we don’t give a shit. We’re just playing what we love to play. And thank god for Equal Vision, and for people who still care about our band. That’s the only reason we’re doing this.
POZ Session: Set It Off - “Partners In Crime” + “Kill The Lights”
PropertyOfZack met up with our friends in Set It Off at the start of the Weird Kids Tour to to film a brand new Session. Watch the band perform stripped down versions of “Partners In Crime” and “Kill The Lights” below!
One of my favorite SIO acoustic sessions to date — check it out!!