Bryce: so for those who don’t know where are you guys from? And who is in the band?
Anthony: Everyone in Shop 11 Phoenix lives in West Sacramento Ca. I (Anthony) play guitar and sing Brandon plays bass and sings and Aaron plays drums.
Bryce: sweet How is the scene is Sac? Is there a lot of diversity? Where do you guys play mostly?
Anthony: Right now the scene is sort of suffering a little from the impact the Great White Incident” has had on all the clubs… the maximum occupancy code is now being strictly enforced so less kids can get in to shows now and that’s causing cover charges to go way up. But overall it’s still pretty strong. I’m seeing a lot of people step up and do what they can to come up with solutions and make the necessary adjustments. There’s as much musical diversity in Sacramento as there is cultural. There’s something for everyone and that’s really cool about Sac.
Anthony: The clubs we mostly play at are The Boardwalk and Capital Garage… both awesome joints!
Bryce: I must say those places have given me many a good night.
Anthony: Both those places also get really good tours coming through too.
Bryce: serious speaking of tours I hear you are going on one with Underdog Conspiracy how long will you be on the road?
Anthony: it’s scheduled to start in Phoenix Az on June 12th and we’ll be on the road until August 16th.
Bryce: cool and of course all info can be found on your site www.shop11phoenix.com
Anthony: As soon as we hear something it’s posted so if not all the dates are up yet they will be as we get the info.
Bryce: I heard your new CD “Now and Forever E.P” its rad what is the thought behind the title? How have you guys grown since your last release “This is Your Life”
Anthony: The title came from the name of one of the songs Brandon wrote for the album… I think we chose that title for the album not necessarily because of the song but I think it represents us pretty well in our direction and motivation… Shop 11 Phoenix will push on – no matter what we’ll always be here. I think we’ve progressed musically… this E.P. is really diverse stylistically. While it’s all punk there are a lot of sub-genre’s that we’ve touched on the album. We tried to step it up a notch… I personally worked my butt off on writing actual melodies more. That was something I challenged myself to do… I think that’s what we all did. We challenged ourselves. It wasn’t about proving anything to anyone else.
Bryce: that is awesome I especially like your hardcore track and if I knew a cool italian phrase to say EXCELLENT I would insert it their
Anthony: I’m a huge fan of hardcore but I realized I didn’t want that to have TOO much of an influence on the band’s music… but as you know there are some hints of it in there.
Bryce: well your “hint” sure rocks my face off
Anthony: Thanks my friend!
Bryce: when will the new CD be available for people to order or is it just being sold on tour?
Anthony: it’s going to be available by mail order when we return from tour at our website but until then you will just have to come see us on the road!
Bryce: As far as topics go what do the lyrics in the songs cover?
Anthony: Personally I’ve been going through a lot in my life that’s really challenged me spiritually… these songs are really up front about what I’ve been struggling with and dealing with. There are others about relationships and feeling let down by someone. We also wrote about sort of “taking the plank out of our own eyes” and getting our acts together so that we are more able to help others.
Bryce: So it is also pretty diverse lyrically Bryce: good times Bryce: Are there any bands that you could attribute to helping shape the sound of this album? Bryce: influences and such
Anthony: To generalize it I’d say this album is about us dealing with the issues in life that can either kill us or make us stronger.
Bryce: true that
Anthony: Ummm… I was listening to a lot of Stretch Arm Strong at first and of course NoFx… umm… Sublime The Police Pennywise Lagwagon Anguish Unsaid The Offspring Green Day…
Bryce: any Queen?
Anthony: Funny you should mention them… ha ha!
Bryce: heheh that being said lets leave it up to the inquistive folks that read this to figure it out? what do you say?
Anthony: Sounds like a plan.
Bryce: I noticed you had a hidden track a nice suprise when you think the CD is over I have let a couple people hear it and they were suprised they let you play that song because it is a very “we need God” sort of song how was that being interviewed on 98 rock (a local Sacramento station)?
Anthony: It was a lot of fun! We brought our guitars and played a new song called “No Use Talking To Me” that ended up not being recorded. It was an awesome experience though. We’re hoping to record the song in the studio for a compilation or something.
Bryce: Did you talk about the song the message behind it or anything like that? Unfortunatley I was not able to hear the broadcast.
Anthony: They didn’t really ask us about the song so we didn’t really say much about it… we just let the lyrics speak for themselves.
Bryce: exactly the seed was planted regardless.
Anthony: We don’t like to get all high and mighty on people about God… that has a negative effect a lot of times… it’s all about being subtle and letting God work.
Anthony: At least that’s OUR take on things…
Bryce: good call there is a time and a place and God will let you know
Anthony: For sure!
Bryce: So for all you folks out their reading this interview be sure to be praying for these guys while they are out on tour. Bryce: Is there anything you want to add before we say goodbye?
Anthony: We can’t wait to see all the friends we made last summer! Hopefully we’ll make some new one’s this year! Come to our shows and buy the album! It will rock your face off!
Bryce: I fully support that statement be looking out for our review of “Now and Forever” by Shop 11 Phoenix thanks a lot for the oppurtunity to talk to you later man.