105 – REEL BIG FISH & MAD CADDIES interviews at Ska Brewing 20th Anniversary Party!

Damian ventures to Durango Colorado for the Ska Brewing 20th Anniversary Party, drinks too much and chats with REEL BIG FISH's Matt & Bill as well as Dustin and Graham from MAD CADDIES!

Damian ventures to Durango Colorado for the Ska Brewing 20th Anniversary Party, drinks too much and chats with REEL BIG FISH’s Matt & Bill as well as Dustin and Graham from MAD CADDIES!

HAPPY 20th SKA BREWING!! A few weeks back I traveled to Durango, Colorado for the best damned beer festival in the United States, the Ska Brewing 20th Anniversary Party & Brewers Invitational! I decided to commemorate the experience by interviewing Mad Caddies & Reel Big Fish at the Festival!

Since we were at a beer festival, drinking BEER, you’ll never guess what we talked about! BEER! First beers, favorite beers, making beers and more and more sudsy talk!

These interviews were also videoed and posted to YouTube so that you can watch Damian make an ass out of himself instead of just listening! You can find the Mad Caddies interview at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XuPhncFAdU
Reel Big Fish interview: (Will be online later this week.)

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48 – GOLDFINGER Interview! The guitarist, Charlie Paulson, gets candid in this interview about his early musical experiences, drug abuse and career!

Beautiful Bearded Badasses! Dammit Damian and Charlie Paulson from Goldfinger at Colemans Soul Food in Denver!

Beautiful Bearded Badasses! Dammit Damian and Charlie Paulson from Goldfinger at Colemans Soul Food in Denver!

BUDDIES!

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was for today’s episode! You see, when I was 15 years old, GOLDFINGER was my punk rock gateway band. Charlie goes on to tell us that he’s never really thought that Goldfinger was a punk rock band, but regardless, they opened up a world to me that I felt right at home within. Without being sick with a stomach virus, staying up late to watch 120 Minutes on MTV and seeing the video for Here In Your Bedroom; who knows where I might be today!

It took 17 years for me to finally catch the band live, and while Cervantes in Denver is far from my favorite venue, Goldfinger played a fantastic show, and without the aid of a set list. It was sloppy, it was silly and it was everything I could have wanted and more! I secretly hope the day comes when we can see the band perform their Self-Titled album front to back, perfectly paired with HANG-UPS, of course!

This interview was originally pitched with singer/songwriter, John Feldmann to be the subject of the interview, but when it came down to it,  John was not available. Charlie stepped up to the plate and we hit this bad boy out of the park! Before the interview started we bonded over our mutual love for Mark Maron of the WTF podcast. Then without much hesitation, Charlie opens up and gives us the goods. He gets down to the nitty gritty and gives us a super personal, candid recount of his early musical foundation years, his drug abuse in his late teens and his feelings on his career! I was super blown away with just how open he was to our conversation. I don’t think we could have gotten this kind of interview with Feldmann. I can’t believe the goods we got! Hell, I can’t even believe that after 17 years, I finally got to meet the members of one of my most influential bands. THANKS CHARLIE!

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26 – REEL BIG FISH & SKA BREWING’s BILL GRAHAM!

The interview with Reel Big Fish had a BEARDS ONLY policy!

Drinking Straight from the source with Bill Graham from Ska Brewing in Durango, Colorado

Hello Friends! This week’s episode my old roommate Sean Neu and I travel to southern Colorado to the wonderland that is Durango! We were there to celebrate 17 years of Ska Brewing. While there, we had several wild nights on the town, met a ton of wonderful people and most importantly: We drank a TON of BEER!

I’m a gigantic fan of craft beers. I’ve been wanting to interview more and more small craft breweries. I’ve emailed dozens of small Colorado Breweries, but I’ve not yet gotten a response… Until now! Bill Graham, Co-Founder of Ska Brewing enthusiastically wrote back. As the gates opened up and the crowd flowed into the Ska Brewing festival, Bill was kind enough to take me and Sean on a small, personal tour of the grounds. He stopped and talked to us briefly about the breweries early beginnings and punk rock ethos.

Then we are joined by the bearded members of REEL BIG FISH in a hidden back room on the Ska Brewing facilities. Dan Regan, Ryland Steen, Matt Appleton  and I talked about their early musical studies and what bands changed their lives. We discuss how their musical instruments found them, why Ska music is making a comeback, and if it ever really went away. Not to mention we talk about their new album: Candy Coated Fury and the recording process is with the well oiled machine of Reel Big Fish.

Thanks to Durango for all the wonderful hospitality. The Hometown Hostel was wonderful, as was the dive bar: El Rancho. Ska Brewing’s 17th anniversary party was the best Beer fest I’ve ever been too. Make sure you check it out next year! I will!

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