For the better part of two decades, the boys in Me First And The Gimme Gimmes have been disappointing their mothers and ruining their all-time favourite songs by reimagining them as fast, loud, straight up musical abominations. But, don’t let me be the one to hype up the supergroup. Have a look at what Spike of Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s has has to say about the bands ongoing North American tour and projects currently in the works.
The scene demands fresh flesh and the Gimmes must abide. Ours is torn, frayed, stretched, and distended; theirs is smooth, pliant, and new–but, take my word for it, fully developed.
How much poutine do you guys plan to eat while in Montreal, and will it have a positive, or negative effect on your show?
One man’s curd is another man’s turd (vice-versa?). We’ll take all of it, please. Fuck a show.
Rake It In is your new greatest hits album. Where did the idea come from for an underground punk rock cover band to release a greatest hits album?
We’re not underground yet, goddamnit. We are above ground, but we are not above cynically exploiting our back catalogue to catapult ourselves to Canadian fame and fortune. Help us help you help us, Canadia.
I’ll consider considering it. What’s next after this tour? Are you going to commit musical sacrilege and release a new album after doing a Greatest Hits?
I’m thinking another greatest hits record? But seriously, I’m excited to share my monotone, spoken-word poetry with Gimmes fans and the world at large. I can say without hyperbole that it will be an absolute mastur-piece.
What is your process for picking new covers to perform? Do you shoot for a ballpark era, or theme? Are you creeping in to the newer hits in order to stay relevant and hip with the kids?
Are we “creeping in” to stay “hip with the kids?” I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the direction this conversation is taking. My record was expunged years ago, and it was only a minor offence anyway (pun intended). I’m advocating for more AM Gold (you guys have AM radio in Canadia, right?).
Oh yes. It’s all the rage with your core demographic. Since all members of the band are usually busy contributing to better bands, what determines when you guys put everything on hold to go on a tour like this one?
Loonies and toonies, baby.
There’s no Fat Mike on this tour, what’s the reasoning for that?
He’s too busy taking a bath in your money. He wanted me to say “thanks.”
He’s most welcome. So, you’re already living everybody’s lifelong dream of being in a successful punk rock cover band. Is there anything left on your Bucketlist?
Hot capocollo (pronounced, gabbo-ghoul).
Be sure to check out Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s in Montreal TOMORROW at Club Soda. For more info, click here.
Written and compiled by Mathieu Perrier
*edited by Danielle Kenedy