Unhealthy Faith wrapped up a sequence of competition gigs earlier this month, because the band continued to help its 2019 album, Age of Unreason. On the Louder Than Life competition in Louisville, Heavy Consequence caught up with guitarists Brian Baker and Mike Dimkich, with the pair discussing the pandemic, how the political local weather impacts punk music, and progress on a brand new album, amongst different subjects.
Each Baker and Dimkich are veteran musicians, having been members of Minor Risk and The Cult, respectively, earlier than becoming a member of Unhealthy Faith. As musicians who’ve been touring for many years, they needed to alter to the shutdown of the live performance trade through the pandemic.
“The shutdown was when all of us assessed who we’re as folks, like, ‘Who am I?’ I’ve been kinda like faking my life enjoying music, however I didn’t actually have time to ponder life’s complexities,” Baker advised us within the video above. “And I did that for about three weeks, after which I went again to only being me, making an attempt to write down music at residence. The dangerous half is that we couldn’t play for individuals who had purchased tickets.”
Dimkich, in the meantime, at one level feared that reside music might by no means come again. “I actually had a deep suppose the place I used to be like possibly if this factor doesn’t get underneath management, reside music … could be a factor of the previous. And it was fairly scary.”
With the band’s newest album, Age of Unreason, being recorded and launched through the Trump administration, and with a number of the biggest hardcore music popping out through the Nineteen Eighties throughout Ronald Reagan’s time in workplace, we requested whether or not the perfect punk music comes when proper wing and conservative administrations are in energy.
“Battle has all the time bred good music,” responded Baker. “Punk is a folks music, so it’s the kind of factor when there’s a celebration in energy that stands for all the things that you simply don’t approve of, that you simply really feel is unsuitable, what higher car to talk out. And in Unhealthy Faith, we’ve had a fairly good historical past of making an attempt to level out issues which might be harmful to the human situation.”
With three-and-a-half years passed by for the reason that launch of Age of Unreason, Baker says the wheels are turning on a brand new Unhealthy Faith album.
“I simply talked to [guitarist] Brett [Gurewitz] the opposite day, and he’s beginning to mud off his writing boots,” Baker revealed. “And the method is identical as all the time. A brand new file comes as soon as Brett and [singer] Greg Graffin have written sufficient songs that they need to share with one another and see, “OK, are we on the proper path?” … It’s thrilling that it’s gonna begin. So, hopefully, we get one thing performed subsequent 12 months.”
With Baker having been a founding member of legendary hardcore act Minor Risk, we didn’t need to let him go with out asking in regards to the legacy of that band. “My favourite half is how a lot the band meant to folks. As a result of it was really an after-school band. And nobody had any long-term imaginative and prescient of this band nonetheless having a lot significance to folks so a few years later.”
He added, “I’m extremely grateful and likewise happy with it, as a result of it was only a one-in-a-million shot. … And all these relationships I made [with other punk and hardcore bands] once I was 16 years previous, I nonetheless have now, and that’s invaluable. And that’s factor I believe that Minor Risk did essentially the most for my life.”
Elsewhere within the interview, Baker additionally talked in regards to the youthful bands who’re thrilling him now, together with Amyl and the Sniffers and Turnstile.
In associated information, Baker’s supergroup Faux Names — additionally that includes Refused singer Dennis Lyxzén and Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, amongst others — have simply introduced their sophomore album, Expendables, set for launch on March third.
Watch our full interview with Unhealthy Faith’s Brian Baker and Mike Dimkich within the video above.
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