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SOCRATIC Before their show at The Bitter End in New York City, we sit down with Socratic at a restaurant across the street from Madison Square Park. The members of Socratic, Mike Neglia, Duane Okun, Louis Pancio, Greg Scalera and Thomas Stratton, come from Linden, N.J. They’ve played a couple of shows recently, but due to the end of their relationship with Drive-Thru Records, there has been a lack of traditional touring. Despite this, the band are still completely dedicated to fans. To prove their love, they are recording a live album based on fan feedback. We asked front man Duane what the band have to say about their relationship with Drive-Thru, the upcoming record and their future plans.

WORDS: CHRISTINE O’DEA PHOTOS: CATHERINE POWELL WHY DID YOU RELEASE LUNCH FOR THE SKY ON VINYL? DUANE The guy who did the vinyls for us, Larry from

Broken Heart Records, he emailed me. He contacted us and said he would do it for free, give us our profit and keep what he makes.

WHY LUNCH FOR THE SKY OVER YOUR OTHER RECORDS? DUANE Instead of doing a new record, we wanted to do it more for the novelty aspect of it. We thought it’d be a cool thing to give back to anyone who wanted to keep up with us.

WHAT HAS THE BAND BEEN UP TO LATELY? DUANE Lately we’ve been trying to play as much as we

can, more within New York City. We’re promoting within the interweb. And we actually just started recording a free live movie [last week] since we haven’t been touring for a couple of years. We thought it’d be a good idea for people who have never seen us or for those who used to see us play…a live CD instead of just listening to the tracks on the record.

ARE YOU GOING TO START TOURING AGAIN? DUANE We’re definitely trying to tour but we lost our van and trailer when our contract (with Drive-Thru Records) ended. Crappy, but I would love to tour again. We just haven’t had the means to do it. And the last couple of tours we didn’t weren’t that great so we lost a lot of money doing it, so we took a break.

WHAT HAPPENED WITH DRIVE-THRU RECORDS? DUANE We didn’t really want to get off of that label, but

after we did (2008 album) Spread the Rumors, there were a couple of months after that with promotion and they kind of told us that there wasn’t much they could do for us and the record so that’s when we stopped touring. If no one’s really helping us then it’s just difficult to do it. We didn’t get off the label until after that though, about 5 years. It was a weird time, like a limbo.

DID YOU TRY TO SIGN WITH ANOTHER LABEL? DUANE No, we all were just sour about having people own our music because it’s strange. It felt like I worked at Target and they fired me, and I wanted to work at Walmart but I couldn’t because Target still had my soul. It’s like your old job is saying you can’t get a new job. It’s very weird. We toured ourselves for about a year or two after Spread The Rumors and then we just got to the point where it wasn’t working. So we stopped and started writing the new record and during that we realized that we had the art and everything done, but we still weren’t officially released. So we contacted them and we still had the van and trailer. And we said if you give us the van and trailer, we’ll call it even so we decided to do that.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR GOALS NOW THAT YOU HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL OF YOUR MUSIC? DUANE I guess playing in New York City as much as we

can, promoting online and trying to build our area fan base by ourselves and not worry about someone else owning our music.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PROMOTE YOUR FANBASE ONLINE? DUANE : Everything. We had no online presence before

except our own Facebook, but these last few years we weren’t really doing anything. We just want to keep putting out more music. NKD

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