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“The stuff that (Nick) was doing was fucking amazing. I still listen to the stuff he did in high school, and I love it. I’m still like, ‘This could be a Surf Curse song.’” know, I hear from all of these people who are just like “Yeah it was really bad. I was addicted to heroin when I was in high school.” or “Yeah, I was addicted to these fucking pills.” but all I can say is “Yeah, I was addicted to fucking chicken wings man.” haha. Me and Nick, all we did was be miserable in high school, wait until the weekend to hang out with each other, and then just watch movies and eat fucking boneless wings. Occasionally—rarely we’d get stoned. I got stoned three times in high school, but that was it! When did you guys start making music as Buffalo 66? I think it was in the last two years of high school when we were like, “Let’s just fucking start a band.” and we ended up recording music on his laptop. It was really shitty… Well, it was really shitty, but kind of impressive for two high school kids making the type of music we were doing. There was just stuff about it that was nice. It was cool and it felt great, but I still wanted to do my own thing and Nick was doing his Nicholas Project stuff. Everything that he was showing me was incredible, and my stuff was very much like Atlas Sound kind of shit. I mean, I’m proud of it I guess. My project was called The Lonely Fox, haha. But one of the first songs I wrote was “The Smell Saved My Life” and then that became a song we used later on. But the stuff that he was doing was fucking amazing. I still listen to the stuff he did in high school, and I love it. I’m still like, “This could be a Surf Curse song.” or “This could

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be as good as a Jay Reatard recording.” It’s so insanely good and for someone to be 17 or 18 making that. I still feel like, “Hell yeah, good job bud.” So we started out in that band, and then our friendship bloomed from it. Then he was in another band and I was just kind of secretly making music, and I showing him my music. Then he was like, “Well lets just keep making music together.” So the band he was in Fuhknee (pronounced “funny”)—such a bad name, but it was cool to be around that creativity and watching them record music—they broke up. Then we started doing Buffalo 66 in high school and just occasionally recording music and putting it up on MySpace. Then we moved to Reno for college and recorded maybe two or three more Buffalo 66 songs. We lived together and talked about making music still, but never did because I was mad about him not doing the dishes all of the time, haha. When did you become aware of the music scene that was happening in Los Angeles?   I was a kid that was obsessed with Pitchfork in high school. During my senior year Pitchfork was doing this thing where they would release these videos of different concerts. They did one where people performed on a roof, and one where people performed in a cathedral, and so on. Then they would also do this thing where they would show a movie for a week and then they would take

FORGE. Issue 16: Perspective  

FORGE. is a quarterly submission based art magazine, with the sole purpose of showcasing the work of different artists on the internet and a...

FORGE. Issue 16: Perspective  

FORGE. is a quarterly submission based art magazine, with the sole purpose of showcasing the work of different artists on the internet and a...