Flashback Friday 006. Featuring Mike Bell & The Movies
For introductions sake, please be sure to include both your name and position in the band.
Mike Bell: Guitar/Vocals
Peter Helmis: Bass player/Vocals
Greg Labold: Drums
Evan Bernard: Lead guitar/Vocals
- Where/When was your bands first show? How did that go?Mike: The first Movies show was in 2011 at this spot called Bookspace in North Philly. It’s a used bookstore that put on shows as well, so bands played surrounded by some of the greatest literature of all time…on a makeshift plywood stage.
We were just a three piece (Peter Helmis, Joe Reinhart and myself) with no “original” Movies songs yet, so, we stuck to the material I had written for my second solo tape “The World’s Most Unremarkable Man”.
I vividly remember Peter borrowing a bass cab that had reverb, something bass cabs don’t generally have, and the first song he had the reverb turned to 11…giving the song a weird space vibe…imagine pop punk in space.
- Did you guys play any covers? If so, of what?
Mike: Not that first show, but since, yes.
- What was the first song you guys wrote as a band? Is it on any of your releases?
Mike: “New World Record” off our first 7”, “Stuck in a TV” (Self Aware Records/R.S.M. Ltd). That was the first song I wrote with the clear intention of removing the “solo artist/backing band” stigma we had acquired. Of course, then Peter and Joe went ahead and put my name in the band name…totally fucking that one up.
- Did your band ever have a different name?
Mike: Every week, we just never actually pull the trigger. Best one thus far “Mark Ball and the Boobies”…that’s an Evan Bernard original.
- When did you decide that making music was something you really wanted to pursue?
Mike: The moment Marty McFly uttered the words, “this is a blues riff in B, watch me for the changes, and try to keep up.” I was four years old.
- What is the first band you remember getting really, really into?
Mike: Green Day, I got Dookie for Valentine’s Day ’94 from my Mom. I had to send her to the one record store in town that didn’t have a parental advisory sticker on the jewel case, at the age of 12, that’s a lot of research/phone calls for pop punk. Peter: Michael Jackson Greg: My dad would listen to Frank Sinatra every Sunday while we’d clean the house. It really stuck with me. Because of this, I will forever sing “My Way” in karaoke bars. Evan: Eric Clapton or Pearl Jam
- What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Mike: Aerosmith’s “Get a Grip”. Saw Alicia Silverstone hanging from an overpass giving the finger, within hours I had smashed the shit out of my piggy bank and was begging my mom to take me to the mall… Peter: Aerosmith’s “Get a Grip” Greg: I bought Oasis “What’s The Story, Morning Glory?” and Bush “Six Steen Stone” in 1995. I was also listening to a cassette tape of Green Day “Dookie” on the regular. I was in 5th or sixth grade. Evan: Backstreet Boys, “Self Titled”
- What was the first show you went to?
Mike: April 8th, 1997, CoreState Spectrum, Bush/Veruca Salt, Razor Blade Suitcase Tour Peter: Stone Temple Pilots Greg: The first real punk show I went to was a the Trocadero. I got to see the legendary QUEERS. It was my 16th birthday and my older brothers friend gave me a Lagwagon Shirt. I felt so punk. Evan: Steel Pulse and a Grateful Dead cover band when I was like six with my parents and ate Cherry Garcia. After that it was Goo Goo Dolls, Sugar Ray, and Fastball.
- Favorite One Hit Wonder? If you don’t have one, then Favorite song not from this
Mike: The New Radicals, “You Get What You Give” Peter: The Beatles, “Love Me Do” Greg: “I Always Love My Momma” by The Intruders. “You only get one!”, that’s a quote from the song. Go listen to it now and call your mom afterwards! Unless she was really awful. Evan: Harvey Danger
- Favorite movie? If you can recall, favorite line?
Mike: E.T. Every time that puppet says, “I’ll be right here”…it’s over, I’m in tears. Favorite quote, however, come from Raiders of the Lost Ark; “it’s not the age, it’s the mileage.” Peter: Home Alone, “Keep the change ya filthy animal.” Greg: Brain Candy by Kids in the Hall, “This is a drug for the world to give worms to ex girlfriends! You just don’t get it here! Whoooo!” Evan: Die Hard III (editors note: Die Hard w/ a Vengence)
Free Write//Shameless Self Promotion
We just released our first music video for the song “Everyone” off the album Nothing Works. The premiere was handled by the AV Club and can be found here: link.
We are also deep in the writing of our second full length, which should be ready to record by December with an early 2015 release.