I never know what day of the week it is, so I’m always afraid I’m going to post the wrong hashtag on Instagram.
I might be hanging by a fucking thread, but there’s a little left.
Oh hey, wouldja look at that.
See you soon, Canada.
After interviewing for a job with the Academy of Art and finding out at the end of the interview that the pay is $13.50/hr, I wrote a nice thank you note: “Thanks for speaking with me today. After looking over my expenses, $13.50 will not be enough for me to live on. The average rent for a one bedroom in San Francisco is $2,897, and $13.50 an hour would only amount to $2,160 per month. Only if you increase the rate to at least the living wage, or offer housing, this will not work for me.”
Her reply: “At this time, the pay rate for the role is $13.50.”
My reply: “I suggest your institution reconsider its priorities. As one of the largest landowners in SF with a real estate portfolio worth at least $320 million, and annual revenues more than $247 million, you would think you could spare enough to pay full time labor enough to afford to live in one of the Academy’s overly priced buildings. Just sayin.”
Greed on both sides of the equation, the landlords and the employers, makes for a citizenry forced to depend on loans and credit which, surprise, just funnels more money into the pockets of the wealthy.
Pretty sure I can never afford to move back to San Francisco.
Already planning out the band’s group costume for Halloween / Fest
#fbf to my homemade #adventuretime #princessbubblegum costume - #halloween 2011
The boys of Survay Says! have been consistently cranking out an average of 150+ shows each year since 2011, spreading their high-energy ska across the country. The combination of melodic horns and pop-punk guitars is without a doubt some of the most fun music you’ll hear all day. A three-week US tour with ska legends Big D & The Kids Table has solidified SS! as a band you definitely shouldn’t sleep on. Their new album Observations of the Human Condition comes out this Tuesday, April 8th.
For Fans Of: We Are The Union, The Waffle Stompers, Mustard Plug
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by Ashley Aron
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Henry Menzel – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Dennis “D.Jay” Menzel – 2nd Lead Vocals/Trombone
Michael Fenton – Saxophone
Ricky Coates – Trumpet
Colin Keebler – Bass Guitar
Brent Friedman – Drums/Vegan
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
We’re based out of Blairstown, NJ, but, we have members from coast to coast. Ricky is from Buffalo, NY, Colin lives in East Norriton, PA, and Brent actually just moved all the way from Huntington Beach, CA, to Blairstown to record and tour full time!
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
We started in 2008 by Henry and I (D.Jay) up in our guestroom with an Ibanez Gio, a Tascam Portastudio, and a free mic from MusiciansFriend. I was 14 at the time, and we just covered songs we liked and put them up on Myspace. We grew up in a town with absolutely no local scene, just a couple bands that got together every year for the town festival. But that was enough to inspire us to write original music and play shows. We wrote our first record in summer of ‘08 and played our first show in January ‘09 at the Stone Pony with a reggae band called Echo Movement. From there, we knew that we found our passion!
How have you grown since you started?
There’s been a lot of changes since our start. Our songwriting has improved, we’ve become better musicians, and we’ve experienced a lot more in life. Two years ago in April of 2012, Henry and I lost our father. It was an incredible impact to us and the band as a whole. Right then, we took a step forward. We took that negative experience and turned it into a positive, focusing on our tours and our writing more than ever. I think a lot of that will reflect in our new record.
What sets you apart from other bands?
We set ourselves apart from the crowd with our personalities and our energetic, entertaining stage show. We work as hard we can, within our means, to entertain any crowd we’re put in front of. We also set ourselves apart with our work ethic. Since our start, we’ve played over 550 shows. In 2011, played 101 shows. 149 in 2012, and 208 shows in 2013. All booked independently by Henry and now, with the help of Brent, we are on track to play over 200 shows this year. We want to be everywhere at once and show everyone what we’ve got!
What’s the best part about being in your band?
There are so many things. I know for me, I love writing music. I love seeing the world and being in new places. I look forward to being on stage every day. But, I think the best part is making friends all around the country. Almost every show, it’s like meeting up with the group of friends you haven’t seen since high school, always catching up on life, getting dinner, and reminiscing about past shows. It’s so nice to feel at home when you’re 3000 miles from there.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
We take in a variety of influences. We’ve always had an eclectic taste in music that I think shows through in our writing. I know that as a whole we’re influenced by Less Than Jake, Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years, Reel Big Fish, and Big D and the Kids Table. But we also take influences from places you wouldn’t expect. We take a lot of lyrical inspiration from bands like The Academy Is…, All Time Low, The Promise Ring, to underground hip-hop like the Cunninlynguists, Tonedeff, and MF Doom. I know that Colin and Brent are super into black metal like Darkthrone, Mayhem, and Gorgorath. Ricky is the happiest guy you’ll meet but always puts on super depressing music in the van, i.e. La Dispute, Balance & Composure. And Mike likes… I don’t know. Probably Kenny G.