Last week we streamed the brand new album from Colt 45 and we loved it so much we thought we’d have a quick chinwag with the guys. So why not have a read of our chat with drummer Adam Lewis.
How did Colt 45 come to be?
Neil and Gareth started back in 2008 playing locally in Cumbria, I was working at a venue (The Brickyard, in Carlisle) and saw them play a few times, and thought they were great. Neil called me up one day and said their drummer was leaving and did I want the job, which I jumped at straight away. That was in 2010. It just clicked at the first rehearsal, we wrote Chasing Yesterday and that was it – touring and recording ever since, and now finally releasing our debut album.
Your Facebook says band interests include ‘cuss words’, what are some of your favourites and why?
Shite. It’s different from shit. Shite has so much more depth. Our song Shit Happens has just been called SHITE on the set list for ages.
Piss. It’s just a good one to say. Different contexts as well – piss, pissy, pissed, piss off, piss myself, etc. It’s not offensive, but it pops up in conversation more frequently than you’d think.
Fuck/fucked/fucker/fuck-head/fucko/fuckroid/fuck-rag/fuckface/fuck sake – anything with the letters F, U, C and K in that order is always good. An obvious choice, but superb in all situations nonetheless.
Fanculo. My girlfriend is Italian, and this word can mean anything from ‘fuck off,’ to ‘dickhead’ depending on what comes after it. So yeah, I hear that one quite a lot.
Loser/Idiot. Again, not the most offensive choice, but you’re damn well gutted if anyone ever calls you either of these things.
Bollocks. Just another versatile one. Something can be bollocks, yet it’s also an expression of exasperation, and we also have bollocks. Well, some of us!
What drew you toward that American punk-rock sound?
Just our own personal taste I suppose. I think there’s an equal amount of British influence prevalent on the album as well – certainly many of the bands we have always listened to are British – stuff like the Manics, Smiths, The Cure, Richard Hawley. But yeah, we all grew up listening to bands like Brand New, Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World, At The Drive In, stuff like that, so there’s always going to be a lean towards that US sound I guess, musically anyway.
Who would be in your ultimate punk band?
That’s easier. Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Topper Headon and Paul Simonon. That was the ultimate punk band.
Your album is called Coughing Up Confessions – tell us a secret.
We nicked Lower Than Atlantis’ rug from a show a couple of years ago. We’d supported them and they hadn’t packed it up when they left. So it became ours, and then perished along with our old van, the late Gus the Bus.
Colt 45 is both the name of a gun and liquor – which are you named after?
Neither. It’s just a name the guys had way before my time. And way before we ever imagined we’d be getting asked about it, it’s just stuck. Obviously, there are the gun and beer connotations, but really it’s just a name – it’s easy to say and remember, and we try and make it as easy as possible for people to find. REM just means ‘rapid eye movement’ for fuck sake – they just picked it out of a dictionary! We all like it though, I guess we are noisy like the gun, and rowdy (sometimes), like the beer.
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