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Jack is a member of many bands such as toyGuitar, Dead To Me and Swingin' Utters, but he's also the founding member of the classical band One Man Army and have toured with the US Bombs as a bass player. Even being on tour right now with toyGuitar, Jack found some time to talk to us.
__ Please, start telling us where and when you love for music started.
I guess my love for music really started with my cousin Jeff. He was always in bands playing music. He would show me Ramones and New York Dolls stuff. How to play guitar, how to hold chords..it was him man. He played in Johnny Thunders's band before he died. Also, skateboarding. Skating got me into a lot more punk music.
__ Which band got you to be addicted to punk rock?
First band that got me into punk rock? Hmm, deff the Ramones, clash, dolls. I dunno..it was a long time ago haha.
__ One Man Army was formed in 95, did you have any goal back then or it was just about having fun?
The goal? We wanted to have fun. That's what it was and always will be. That's what everyone in every band should aspire to achieve. Anything else that happens after fun is a bonus.
__ OMA had something different from the other bands of that time, much because of your guitar skills. Did you always feel secure about using them or, because it was punk rock, you maybe thought about making it simpler?
I think my guitar playing is absolutely terrible! I've never really learned how to hold anything other that simple chords or bar chords. It's all about how you put them together.
__ Which differencies you see in fans and public in general from those days to today? Is this kind of audience smaller nowadays?
I think for the most part, shows are still the same maybe? All those people that were at OMA shows are older now, like me haha. So when I play deadtome, or now toyGuitar shows, the crowd is a lot younger, which is really cool. It's always changing, and changing for the better too. I think people at shows these days are generally more tolerant and accepting of other people and other cultures.
__ What you had in mind when you started Dead To Me? It was just about keeping the show on, or you wanted to do something different from your previous band?
I really wasn't even looking to be in another band when OMA broke up. I got a phone call from my best friend Brandon, who was OMA's original drummer. He said, "hey I've been playing with this guy chicken..you should come down and play some guitar with us. We're just fucking around." I told him ya totally, as long as I don't have to sing. That worked out great huh, haha. With DTM it was more about moving from me being the solo writer in OMA to working together with chicken for the DTM stuff. It really gave it such a unique sound I feel like. It just kinda took off. I don't think any of us were really trying ya know?
__ OMA eventually returned with a great EP called "She's an Alarm", but unfortunelly, Heiko passed away a little bit after that. You had more plans for the band besides this EP? It must have been hard times, feel free to answer or not.
I don't know that we (OMA) had big plans to come back and be a band again or anything. I think we hang out and play a couple shows here and there. So when Heiko passed that all just went with him sadly. I have no interest in ever doing OMA shows without him. It hurts too much. I think about him everyday, and I still find stuff of his around my house when I'm cleaning sometimes. His ghost is strong haha.
__ US BOMBS tour stories are known for being gnarly and destructive, how was the experience of touring with them?
It was gnarly and destructive haha. Duane missed the first week of shows, so we (bombs) had to get our friend Tom Leroy to come sing them while Duane was gone. The rest of the stuff that happened will stay on the road and out of print..dems the rules. Sorry!!
__ How the invitation to be a part of Swingin Utters happened? You actually fit the band so much, that probably a lot of people imagine that you were there at the beggining.
I've actually been in the utters since 2005. It's the band I've been in the longest, and along with DTM and toyGuitar..my best friends. Darius asked me, literally right when OMA broke up. Which was crazy, because I've been a Swingin Utters fan since their beginning. The utters made me want to start OMA. I'm still a fan playing with the utters. I'm very lucky.
__ I guess there's no one else on this business that we can call workaholic over you. How do you know for which project the song is going when you're creating it?
Oh there's people that work so much harder than I do. I do work hard, but it's at being a good dad and husband first, then music after that. I don't really know how to split up the songs I write. I guess there's just something i hear ya know? Like a certain chord that would sound like DTM? Or I hear Johnny's voice in my head on a part making it an utters song. The songs I'm super proud of I'll show miles, cuz he's such a crazy good musician. He's really pushed me to be better. He's my most fav dude in the whole world to write and play music with. Those songs I show him are always almost toyGuitar songs. It's all feel i guess haha.
__ Tell us what ToyGuitar meant when it was born and what does it mean today.
I started toyGuitar because I had a lot of songs accumulating and I wanted to play some of them. I would torture miles when we would tour together in the utters. So from the beginning he really had no choice but to play in toyGuitar or our relationship in the utters would have been strained haha. I don't know what meaning it has to anyone else, but for me it's really about family. I love these people I play with. It transcends just being people who play together in bands. I live, love and breath my friends in toyGuitar.
__ How would you describe ToyGuitar style and how different is the audience from the pogo dancers you are used to?
I don't know how to describe the style of toyGuitar. To me it just feels like the music we like playing. I don't know how to communicate how it feels. I don't know if people think it's punk or not, ya know? Like if they can dance or not dance to it. I do see a lot of people dancing at toyGuitar shows. I also don't care if they think that it is or isn't "punk". I've always felt that way about everything I've been apart of. I just want them to like it. I think it's important to listen music without genre limitations. Listen to what you want to listen to, or don't.
__ The great "Moving Like a Ghost" got released recently. How satisfied you are and how fans are reacting to this new piece of work?
The Move like a ghost release went great! Thanks! People seem to be digging it. I love where the toyGuitar vibe sits on FAT wreck. I feel like it's the weirdest sounding shit, sonically speaking, on FAT. They've been so supportive and have helped us a lot too. We're having a blast playing the new record on tour right now!
__ Do you know anything about Brazilian music?
Uhh..like Sepultura? Right?
__ Any chance to see you and one of your bands in Brazil or South America?
That would be amazing!! I don't know how to go about getting over there. It's been a dream of mine for a long time! I will keep trying I guess haha.
__ What's next for Jack Dalrymple?
Well, I'm on tour at the moment with toyGuitar. We are playing in Vancouver Canada tonight, almost to the border. For the next 3 weeks, I'll be in a van. I think after that, the utters and dtm will be working on new songs, so probably that.
__ Jack, thank you very much! Send a message for your brazilian fans and to every kid around the world who wants to start a punk rock band.
Thank you so much! Thank you for the interest, and for the love. It truly means more than you know. A message? From me? Uh...start a band with your friends, have fun! When it's not fun, do something else thats fun.
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