Five “jackasses” playing post-punk right out of someones parents basement, Prison City Brigade boast of representing misfits and outcasts of America.
How would you describe your music?
PCB: Generally we just describe our music as post hardcore/post punk. That’s the easiest way to put it as we incorporate different styles and genres to help create our own unique sound. We always to do make something for everyone, if you don’t like one song check the next one out.
Tell us about the history of the project?
PCB: Started in late August of 2013, however, we didn’t start to gain momentum until the spring of 2014. Since then, there has been multiple line-up changes that ultimately have brought us to our current style and sound. We’ve released three albums in this time span, War On Boredom (2017), Trials of Survival (2018), and our latest Rough Skeletons February (2020.)
What are your influences/musical heroes?
PCB: We all have different influences that range from blues to heavy metal, folk punk all the way to ska. There’s not one specific. The list would be endless if we went into it.
What inspires you?
PCB: Inspiration comes in many forms when it comes to our writing. Most of the time we take situations that have happened to us personally and incorporate them in our music.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
PCB: Most of our writing is done in between albums and shows at practice and on our own. We started bouncing ideas off the walls of the bus for our next EP or album when we were briefly on the road as the Covid-19 lockdown began.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
PCB: It all depends on the crowd and who we’re playing with. We’re kind of the odd ones out in our area. Most bands around here are all metal which means we can play our heavier songs, but when we play with other punk bands we get to mix it up a bit.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
PCB: I think our dream tour at the moment would be to have a tour fully succeed without any circumstances that interferes. 2019 we had bus issues/the whole polar vortex. 2020 we tried going out, but only got 2 shows in before all the states started going into lockdown. Here’s to later this year and 2021! We’re not giving up yet!
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
PCB: The music industry seems to be as it always has been, pretty cutthroat. There’s a lot of talent out there, but unless you have a shit ton of money, or some sort of connection the odds of getting your name out there are slim to none. We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing and making music and playing shows. Whatever comes our way comes our way. Nothing is ever taken for granted on our end. Have to give a quick shout out to our manager, Damon, at Inner Light Agency who has been doing a fantastic job helping us grow and advance in our journey.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
PCB: That’s a tough one. The funniest so far has to be trying to find a bathroom while waiting for the venue in Charleston, WV to open on our last tour. It was worth it though, wound up at the downtown mall and we all got characters done. As for weird moments, probably all the weird looks we got getting into certain towns or driving our flat black short bus… Not many people act like they’ve seen people who just woke up from a rough night’s sleep in a bus.
What are your future plans?
PCB: Right now our big plan is to survive this Covid-19 thing. Not being able to play shows right now is really a bummer, but we’re looking to the future to keep our minds occupied. We want to start planning our next tour run to reschedule the dates that we missed, however until the lockdowns end it’s difficult. At least during this time we have already started writing new music, so at least we’re being productive. Other than that, we’re taking time to spend with our family and friends.