It’s Casual has been bringing their two-piece hardcore/punk noise to the masses since the mid-90s. With songs about the maddening commute through downtown, the loyalty of Latina ladies, LA’s public transit ticket, and more – the band is all about an honest commentary of what they know and see in their everyday life.
I caught up with Eddie Solis, frontman for the fearless duo. A man of few words, he mostly lets the music speak for him, but my questions managed to reveal some things that It’s Casual fans may not already know…
MAA: It’s Casual is a two-piece band. Was this a pre-meditated decision or just a result of musician flakiness?
Eddie: We started out as four piece – and members would change… It became too much work for something that was supposed to be fun. So the choice to be a two-piece was all about consolidation!
MAA: The band’s first record, The New Los Angeles, was inspired by your commute from Pico Rivera to Hollywood. Will future material follow this theme? Perhaps move on to the dire prospect of airport security lines at LAX?
Eddie: Correct, “The New Los Angeles” spawned from a non-fiction experience: the daily commute. The next album, The New Los Angeles 2” is linear, but not quite the same.
MAA: It’s Casual plays everywhere from skate parks to big venues. Which venues are your favorite to play at?
Eddie: Some of my favorites around the United States include the Double Door in Chicago, The Casbah in San Diego, Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, Neumos in Seattle, and of course The Troubador and the Viper Room in Los Angeles.
MAA: Ok, grab your ipod(or open your music player). Put it on shuffle, and tell us the first 5 songs that pop up, and why they’re in your library. No cheating!
Eddie: “Black Magic Woman” by Santana. An essential growing up, and essential for me to hear from time to time.
“Stoned Raiders” by Cypress Hill. This is from, in my opinion, the darkest, most grim Cypress Hill release, Temples of Boom. This song is my favorite on that record. Mid tempo; the piano runs have a diminished feel.
“It’s In My Blood” by Blast. This is the best band to crank when skateboarding on a half pipe.
“I Remember” by MDC. Anything MDC does, in my opinion, is gold. Gotta have it all(and I do!).
“Protest and Survive” by Anthrax. Scott Ian sings this cover track and it is mandatory!
MAA: You guys are playing with HIGH ON FIRE and INDIAN at the Viper Room on November 12th. How did you guys get on this bill? Do you think It’s Casual will be well-received by the stoner/doom crowd?
Eddie: This will be our third show with High on Fire, and yes, we will hold our own! We have shared the stage with bands such as Testament and Mastodon before.
MAA: Is there an overall message you wish to convey with It’s Casual?
Eddie: Yes! To be sincere. Musically, I grow daily in my ability to play instruments, and expand my knowledge of what is out there… It’s Casual is an extension of what is inside me. Its that simple. It has always been a direct one two punch and always will be!
MAA: What’s next for you guys?
Yes, the future! “The New Los Angeles II” is on it’s way, as well as a new video for the song “The Redline”, directed by Rick Kosick of Jackass.
There you have it folks. Metal Army is giving away two tickets to the High on Fire/It’s Casual show at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. To enter the giveaway, simply post a comment on our official facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/metalarmyamerica
We will announce the winner on Tuesday, November 8th!