Flashback Friday 003. Featuring The Relapse Symphony
Posted 4 years ago by Joel Funk
Every Friday here on 36VULTURES, we do a Flashback Friday interview with some of our favorite bands. This week, we got to ask Bret Von Dehl of The Relapse Symphony some questions about the early life of the band, as well as some of his favorite personal Flashback Friday Moments. Check that out right after the cut.
- Where/When was your bands first show? How did that go?
BVD: The Relapse Symphony’s first gig was at a place called Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Va. It was a great show as far as I was concerned! We were local so we had a good draw but, we were playing with bigger pop bands with a crowd that wasn’t ready for our very aggressive stage performance. A lot of people just stood there in awe so, I jumped on them. Good times.
- Did you guys play any covers? If so, of what?
BVD: We actually didn’t! We had a handful of material at the time and we were opening so, we just played all originals.
- What was the first song you guys wrote as a band? Is it on any of your releases?
BVD: The first song we ever wrote was “Make Your Move”. JC wrote most of it up and me, Alex and JC finished it up and demoed it in my basement. We released it on our debut EP, Time’s Running Out and Re-recorded it for our new full-length coming out July 8th called Shadows.
- Did your band ever have a different name?
BVD: We toyed around with a couple stupid things but, eventually settled on the name, The Relapse Symphony that JC had come up with.
- When did you decide that making music was something you really wanted to pursue?
BVD: I knew it when I was learning how to talk. As a toddler I was obsessed with Elvis Presley. I’d watch “The ‘68 Comeback Special” all day, everyday while I was dancing around and doing the lip. I’ve never changed my mind.
- What is the first band you remember getting really, really into?
BVD: The Ramones. I really loved Elvis Presley and GNR since I could walk but, I heard Ramones when I was 10 and it changed everything! I mean, everything.
- What was the first album you bought with your own money?
BVD: I was like, 9 years old. I was at the mall with my dad and I saw $20 laying on the floor. Someone must’ve just dropped it. I had no clue who had so, I picked it up, and stuck it in my pocket and bee-lined right to the music store and bought Murderdolls “Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls”. Finders, keepers and keepers get to buy punk records.
- What was the first show you went to?
BVD: My first show was at the age of 5 and my dad took me to see Poison and LA Guns. I had such a blast.
- Favorite One Hit Wonder?
BVD: I don’t really listen to any bands that technically had a “hit”. Maybe like New Order. I think “Blue Monday” was their only “hit”. Who knows, I don’t really care about that stuff.
- Favorite movie? Can you quote anything from it?
BVD: The Crow. If you’ve got the time I’ll write the script on here right now. Haha. I do love Eric’s “Jesus Christ” joke though.