Interview with Cold AS Life bass player Craig Holloway about his hardcore-punk roots. Cold As Life will release their new single Suffer via Demons Run Amok Entertainment in August.
Do you remember the first hardcore / punk show you went to? Is the club still open today?
The first HC/Punk show I went to was to see the DESCENDENTS at the Graystone Hall in Detroit. July 31 1986. (I had to google that).
What is your all-time favorite club or location?
Blondies in Detroit. So many great bands and memories growing up.
Do you remember the first hardcore / punk record you got?
I got it inadvertently from my older sister. It was a cassette tape by a Canadian Punk Band called DEATH SENTENCE. Shortly after hearing that I was on a quest to find more. One prolific day for me at the record store was when I bought MINOR THREAT, MISFITS Earth A.D. and the CRO-MAGS AOQ. Talk about a life changing moment.
In your opinion what is the perfect hardcore show?
I always liked the matinees. One thing good about HC shows is you get to see a lot of band s and discover new ones. Matinees are cool because it’s more of a hang with friends and usually you don’t have to be concerned with getting home at a decent hour if you have to work or go to school the next day. Or nowadays get your kids ready for schoos. LOL
What is your all-time favorite show you’ve played?
Just recently it was Sofia Bulgaria at the GRINDHOUSE. Super nice people and the energy they had was out of this world. Can’t wait to go back!
Is there a show you missed in the past that still makes you angry that you could not be there?
Yes I missed seeing GWAR at Blondies in Detroit when they toured for the Hell-O lp. It was a week night and I had finals the next day.
What band would you like to see again?
Damn too many to list.
Is there a person who has influenced you especially in hardcore / punk?
Artistically of course PUSHEAD, Shawn Kerri, and Pettibone. Musically hats off to Roger and Vinnie Stigma. The Godfathers.
What are you top 3 hardcore-punk front men (women)?
Jimmy Gestapo, Roger Miret and Jesse Adkins. Jesse may not be as well known …yet. But that guy is genuine and passionate about HC.
What is in your opinion the most underrated hardcore-punk band?
The Bouncing Souls. Good dudes and catchy music that can appeal to just about everyone. The deserve more recognition.
Are there some newer bands you could mention?
Depending on what your definition of newer is I’d say POWER TRIP, and Detroit’s FREEDOM.