Did you fall in love with skateboarding and rock 'n' roll at the same time as a kid?
Before skating there was BMX. The soundtrack back then was Judas Priest, Motorhead and Van Halen. That was the early '80s. Shortly after came skateboarding and the soundtrack changed almost immediately. I got a hand-me-down Gator in late '85 and around a month later someone gave me my first punk/thrash mix tape. It had S.O.D. on one side and Flipside Vinyl Fanzine Vol. 2 on the other. That started the love affair with punk rock. Me and the three other kids in my town that skated started buying up any punk vinyl we could find at the shitty local record shop. We'd each buy an LP and trade with each other and make tapes. I still have tapes my friends made for me back then and that was over 30 years ago. Skateboarding and punk rock were synonymous back then.
Lost Bombers has a nice '70s Oi!/punk sound with skate lyrics. What are the band's biggest influences?
A lot of times when we're coming up with new songs someone will say, "Man, this sounds like that one song!" We don't want to reinvent the wheel. We just want to play the music we like, so if something we come up with sounds like an old punk or Oi! song, we're, like, "Fuckin' rad!" We want to play music that old dudes like us will be stoked on, but every now and again we get kids that are into it. If we can hype up one skater kid out there on some old punk and Oi! then it's all worth it. We need more punk in skating. If you want to check out some shit we're into, listen to The Templars, Chron Gen, Combat 84, The 4-Skins, Criminal Damage, Cock Sparrer, The Last Resort, The Macc Lads, Slaughter and the Dogs.
"Frontside disaster in front of some asshole" paints a familiar picture. Who comes up with the lyrics?
Matt generally writes the lyrics but we all collaborate a bit. Sometime's I'll come up with the idea for a song and a few verses, and Matt will fill in the blanks. Once we get a solid idea for a song, the lyrics come together pretty quickly. It's not rocket science. Like on "Locals Only," "You come from out of town to skate our spots/no respect you think you're calling the shots." That almost writes itself.
If you were forced to burn just one: skateboard collection or record collection, which would it be?
I'd have to say the skates. Some of the vinyl is pretty rare. Like The Chiefs "Blues" 45 I got from Mikey Rat like 20 years ago. That one came from his older sister (RIP), so there's a shitload of sentimental value in there too. There's also a lot more of it. I've got a few decks that would suck to lose, but I think the vinyl would hurt more
What's the best and worst thing about being a skate punk band in Portland?
I guess the best thing is that there's a pretty good crew out here that goes to shows and generally supports the skate/music scene. The worst thing, to me, is that there's not too many other skate punk bands to play with. There's a big skate scene here and there's a big punk scene too, but somehow they don't overlap too much. We'd like to see more punks coming to the "skate" shows.
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There's way too many hilarious stories from those days. I could fill a few zines with some of those.--Zach Connolly
1. Going to jail with Pigpen in Wyoming. That's a good story.
2. Australia with Darren, Hewitt and Fuckin' Eddie Alioto. The only time I ever pissed the bed. On my birthday. 10 days of demos at a shitty state fair with Hungry Jack's for breakfast everyday.
3. Nude bowl/Palm Springs/Salton Sea missions with Matt Dyck and the crew in the early days.
4. Marseilles with Heddings. Total shit show. Flew into Marseilles, half drunk with absolutely no fuckin' idea where to go. Luckily, Alex Chalmers was on the flight with us from London and he speaks French. He was able to tell me and Neil's taxi driver to take us to the skatepark.
5. The VAN. Always in the fuckin' van. With a generator leaking gas and like three pit bulls, two twelvers, at least one felon and a bag of weed.