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PEARS Fat Wreck-signed crew mix up punk and hardcore to winning effect.
URNING in one of the best punk albums of 2016 so far, New Orleans’ Pears are sitting pretty with the fantastic ‘Green Star’. In the weeks following its release, guitarist Brian Pretus filled us in about the album, signing to Fat Wreck and what punk means to the band.
What did becoming a Fat Wreck band mean to you? “Ever since we were in bands together when we were younger we had always joked about the possibility of that ever even happening, so it was always definitely a big dream of ours to be in a band on Fat, it’s still pretty surreal honestly, it’s one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to us.”
When writing ‘Green Star’ did you apply any lessons you learned from ‘Go To Prison’? Did you change up the recording process at all? “We definitely did. For both, we had a method to how the songs got written. Basically all the songs are moulded from little clips of us that we’ve recorded onto our phones of riffs we like, and we have a gigantic mountain of these riffs piled up, some are my riffs, some are Zach riffs,
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and I piece them together and add new parts or connecting parts all on the computer to make a full songs demo, and we definitely became more efficient at it by the time ‘Green Star’ was happening. But we definitely learned a lot of lessons in the studio with James Whitten (who engineered and mixed both) as far as tones we would’ve made better, and a more efficient recording process was the outcome of just learning how to work together while recording ‘Go To Prison’, so ‘Green Star’ was much easier to tackle because of it.”
How important is a DIY work ethic to Pears? “That idea is at the very core of our band for sure, we basically still do most things ourselves, we just have an awesome label helping us out when we get ourselves in a jam now, which is a huge relief. It’s great to do stuff on your own, and every band should, to a certain degree. I feel like If you try to do literally everything yourself, then everything you do is only going to come out as good as you knew how to do it, which is why we choose to have people who are better at stuff like recording and that kind of thing do it for us because it makes for a much better product in the end, just having someone who knows what they’re doing instead of trying to do something you know nothing about. Same thing goes with automobiles. We’re never going to try to repair the axle on our van because we definitely won’t do as good of a job as someone who knows how to do it.”
Where do you hope ‘Green Star’ will take you? Do you have any goals or targets to hit? “We’re hoping that ‘Green Star’ will rocket us into the richest 1% in the world, because being broke sucks, but realistically we just want to see the entire world, so if the album helps us in doing that then it would be enough for us. Hopefully by the time we go to record our third album we will have been to at least every continent. We still haven’t been to South America or Africa or middle or Western Europe, or Japan or China so we have a lot to do still.”
What values from punk and hardcore do you apply to your own personal lives? “We’ve been involved in that scene since we were all little kids and I’d say most of the things we do day to day are affected by the values of punk and hardcore. I mean as far as not being a scumbag and thinking for yourself and everything. Doing things yourself is always a great way to handle things as long as you are capable of doing that thing. And you know, the whole unity thing is cool too. Everyone should be nice to each other, but that should just be a value of every day life anyways.”
BRINGS IT LIKE: NOFX / GNARWOLVES / PROPAGANDHI OUT NOW: GREEN STAR (Fat Wreck)