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Call & Response: Junior Battles

Posted by Luc / September 9, 2010

20100909-juniorbattles.jpg Call & Response is a series of Q&As with bands, artists and random people we dig that live in Montreal, visit here, or have some dubious connection to the city.

Junior Battles is about connecting with the tiny, enthusiastic, sober 16 year-old buried deep inside each and every one of us. And then pouring 40s of Black Ice all over them, raging to old Punkorama comps all night, and passing out at dawn. In October they will be departing for a short tour through the States, capping on in Gainesville on Halloween for Fest 9. They are a pretty rad group of guys and sitting in their tour van feels like being in a 70s scat porno. You can catch them this Saturday September 11th at L'Escrogriffe with Dig it up!, Oprhan Choir, and Blacklist Royals.

I recently had a chance to sit down with Aaron Zorgel from Junior Battles via G-mail chat and ask him some very in-depth questions about life and music:

Q: Who is your favorite Canadian Artist?
A: It's way too hard to narrow it down to one, so I've gotta be genre specific and talk about a couple of favourites. In terms of punk rock, I think every good Canadian would back me saying that Propagandhi is one of the best punk bands of all time. Now, let's pull a complete 180 and talk about Canadian domination in Top 40 pop music. They might not rep Canada as often as they should, but Drake and Biebs are killing it down south right now. That's right, I talked about both Propagandhi and Justin Bieber in the same answer. Chris Hannah is pissed. There goes what little punk cred I have.

Q: Besides family, friends, other music, and long summer nights, what influences
your music the most?

A: I find myself being inspired exclusively by envisioning and creating grandiose concept records. For instance, our last 7" is a 4-song opus, detailing the infamous Battle of Thermopylae, in which an alliance of Greek city-states fought the Persian empire of Xerxes. Actually, that's not true at all. We tend to write songs about what makes us angry or (once in a while) what makes us feel happy. It's that simple.

Q: Where is the best place to listen to your music?

In a room scented with luscious fragrance oils, decorated in sensual velvet and velour, on a spherical rotating bed, accompanied by a very attractive lady or gentleman of your choice. Obviously.

Q: What do you love most about Montreal?
A: The abundance of attractive people simultaneously makes me love and hate Montreal. I love feasting on delicious eye candy, but it also makes me feel like more of a bridge troll by comparison. I just can't win, Montreal.

Q: What do you love most about Poutine?
A: I love everything about it. Except when I eat way too much of it right before we play rock music in Montreal.

Q: What do you hate most about Poutine?
A: Come to L'Esco on Saturday night to find out. It involves the previous question, and me making a big mess.

Q: Who was your first live concert? Was it everything you had ever imagined?
A: When I was in Grade 7, I went to see Fuel and Zebrahead play in Kitchener, ON with my Dad. We were simultaneously the youngest and oldest people in the club. I went home and immediately created a Zebrahead Geocities fan website. I just really loved So-Cal pop-punk with a rapping DJ when I was 11 years old.

Q: If your music was a famous historical figure, who would it be and why?
A: I don't know if he counts as a historical figure, but I want to say Terry Fox for some reason. Inspiring, tough as nails, stubborn but driven, selfless, mind-blowingly badass. That doesn't really sound like us. Maybe we're more like Ben Jonhnson. Celebrated, local heroes, but soon to be scorned and ostracized when everyone finds out how many steroids we take. That's more like it.

Q: What's the best way to spend a Million dollars in 10 minutes?
A: I'd probably hop in a taxi, and hang out of the window, tossing cash at people while driving down the busiest streets in my city. Then I would pay my fare without tipping the cab driver, because I'm a HUGE ASSHOLE.

Q: What's the best place you've ever been to?
A: There's this chain restaurant called Genghis Khan's Mongolian Grill. It's a massive pay one price buffet restaurant. There's one section that's like a regular Chinese food buffet, which is pretty good, but the really awesome section is the aforementioned MONGOLIAN GRILL. It's a humongous round flat grill, and you can pick out your meat, your noodles/rice, your veggies, and your sauces, pile it all in a bowl, then the chef tosses it on this massive grill, and skillfully swoops it back into your bowl with some kind of a sword after it's sufficiently cooked. God, it's the best place I've ever been.

Q: What's the worst place you've ever been to?
A: If I name a city, I'll be at risk of alienating a part of our massive international fanbase, so I'm going to have to answer this in code. Let's just say the worst place I've ever been rhymes with Joshua, and smells like sadness. And I'm pretty sure they don't have a Mongolian Grill there.

Q: How did you spend your 16th birthday?
A: It was the pilot episode of "My Super Sweet Sixteen" and Sisqo came with his silver spray on hair and sang about underwear. I got really mad at my parents because they bought me a Land Rover when I specifically asked for an H3. God, I was such a brat. But really,
I think I either ordered a massive party sub, or rented a karaoke machine - potentially both. It totally would have made for a good Super Sweet Sixteen episode.

Discussion

11 Comments

Pissed Off / September 29, 2010 at 11:52 am
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THese guys sound like the rest of the bitch ass indie movement. Fucking hippies... Anarchism=Best of both worlds bitches.
Pissed Off / September 29, 2010 at 11:52 am
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THese guys sound like the rest of the bitch ass indie movement. Fucking hippies... Anarchism=Best of both worlds bitches.
Tom Gabel replying to a comment from Pissed Off / September 29, 2010 at 05:25 pm
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Fuck you, kid.

*face smash on table*
Tom Gabel replying to a comment from Pissed Off / September 29, 2010 at 05:28 pm
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Fuck you, kid.

*face smash on table*
3374692 / June 19, 2011 at 08:40 am
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What a lovely day for a 3374692! SCK was here
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