by Jordan Finn
Who is System Restore?
Five guys, (not THE Five Guys) stuck in a slowly dying town, watching entropy in action, all around them.
Who's really System Restore? Like, really though?
Kindred spirits with matching core values, passion for their musicianship, hatred of governmental overreach, and a secret love of various nerdy pastimes.
Casper, Wyoming huh? How bout that eclipse? How does the city's scene (and the eclipse) influence your music?
This city is a vacuum. Anyone and anything that doesn't meet with their definitions of art is shut down. We have since learned to survive in the culture vacuum, by making excursions away as often as possible
Apparently Dick Cheney grew up there. Can you contribute to the already amazing mythos surrounding this most peculiar of political figures (bar fights, easement litigations, hunting -errr- mishaps, etc.) by supplying a possible anecdote?
We know where the mailbox for his ranch is. We think it would be wonderfully artistic if that mailbox were detonated with a sizeable amount of explosive whilst a video camera was rolling...
So, you guys just released what seems to be your first EP. What was that experience like? Any ‘Spinal Tap’ moments in the studio?
It was a wonderful experience. We recorded at the Blasting Room, Arguably the only studio for punk rock. Some days it was really surreal, Bill Stevenson walking by and starting up a conversation about the weight bench, being surrounded in priceless memorabilia from so many amazing bands, and having random amazing people working on other projects popping in to see what you are doing.
I detect just a hint of the political in your songs, aren't you kinda glad for living in such fudged up times so that you have something to protest?
Not really. This is the last generation that might be capable of throwing off their controls and effecting real change in government. But most are already too ingrained in their relationship with work/car/phone/media to notice not everything is as it seems. But, there have been turbulent times throughout the history of punk rock, and to revel in the nihilism while the bomb looms overhead is a part of our history. The 70's Kids had the end of the cold war, the 80's kids had Reagan marching secret assassination squads into every South American country he could spell, the 90's kids had the start of the middle eastern wars that we've all grown numb to today.
Have you ever thought of doing a cover of The Beatles "Back in the U.S.S.R." with the lyrics changed to protest Russian influence on the 2016 election so that the chorus states "Hack in the U.S.S.R.?" If so will you please reference my influence on this decision before playing it live sending any complaints to P.O. Box 538 in Elko, Nevada?
We would probably NEVER cover the Beatles, but you should check out our YouTube page as there is a video for a song that didn't make the EP describing this very thing.
You claim on your Facebook page that you make music cause there's not much else to do in Casper. Though a quick visit to your city's tourist site indicates a cornucopia of activities for all age groups. What gives?
You're welcome to visit and try any of said activities. Personally, we don't recommend drinking the Kool-Aid.
What do you gentlemen foresee for the band's future? First live concert filmed entirely by drones?
Well, this would be the first official announcement for a couple of these things, but in the short term, we have a show in Foco with former label mates The Bricheros at Surfside Seven the end of August. We will be travelling to Albuquerque in the middle of September as Direct support for Total Chaos, and we have a 10-day Midwest tour starting the end of September with The Hybrids and Avenues. Past that, we will be writing and recording our first full length this winter.
What should fans/newcomers/surreptitious Russian agents listening via iPhones expect from System Restore at this year's Dreyfest?
Mayhem. And bad movie dialog.