How was 2012? Favorite shows you played? Favorite bands you've seen, played with?
2012 was an amazing year for us, and if someone would have told me half the stuff that happened, I wouldn't have believed them. I am extremely humbled by the way things turned out.
It's been nice to have played shows in more than one genre of music. We played 305 Fest in Miami, which was a mixture of lots of different genres, and just being able to have our stuff translate well was a huge achievement for us. I remember this random guy came up to me after our afternoon set and told me how intense we were and that he felt fortunate to have come early -- just super sincere the way he said it -- and that literally floored me.
Brian from Dropdead, which is a band I grew up listening to since high school, made it a point to catch our set that day as well. I don't think my feet touched the ground for the rest of the night after he said that. On a different note, we also drove a lot of people out of rooms in 2012, and that has made my empty heart full of life knowing punk rock still works.
Any good anecdotes from 2012?
If I could think of a funny anecdote, it would be when we were playing St. Augustine on a small Florida tour with Paint Fumes and Bazooka (from Greece). Steve didn't sleep well the night before, so I gave him some Adderall to wake him up. Let me tell you, that set was like lighting that night! We got back to the hotel, and Gabe and I just passed out face-down on the bed while [Steve] was wired to the ceiling. I think he could have swam to Cuba if he wanted to.
New Coke performs with the Cop City Chill Pillars and Lars Finberg at 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 5 at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami. The 21-and-up show costs $5. Call 786-752-6693.