Each pop-inclined band went with Atlanta’s Douchemaster Records for its first LPs — Wax Museums’ self-titled debut in 2008 and Bad Sports’ self-titled debut a year later. Both acts went north for their respective follow-ups last month. Wax Museums’ first offering in three years, Eye Times, came on Chicago’s Trouble in Mind Records, while Bad Sports will release Kings of the Weekend through Portland imprint Dirtnap Records Aug. 16.
Sonically speaking, Wax Museums is brash and bratty, and while Bad Sports is still generally hard-hitting, the group’s songs reside on the lower end of the spectrum.
Wax Museums frontman Paul Parks and Daniel Fried, who plays guitar alongside Parks but also lends his bass playing skills to Bad Sports, offered some help in separating the two bands—but somehow, it’s still pretty messy.
How long have you known each other?
Parks: Me and Daniel have known each other since we were 17, I think, so almost 10 years. The three main people in Wax Museums—me, Daniel and Peyton [Green]—have known each other for about 10 years.
With the overlapping and hanging out, do you guys ever get sick of each other?
Daniel Fried: Yes.
Parks: We’re constantly sick of each other. But with friends, you can tell each other that you’re sick of each other and just not hang out for a while.
Speaking of genres—and because both bands are so pop-inclined—what do you two think the difference is between awful pop-punk and poppy punk?
Fried: Crappy pop-punk typically relies on the same three chords. I could tell you which ones they are.
Parks: We just rely on the same two chords.
Fried: Pop-punk bands usually try to do stuff that sounds like pop-punk, and we try to do stuff that sounds like straight-up punk and ends up being poppy.
Parks: Everyone likes a pop song.
Well there’s certainly a Ramones influence—especially on the new Bad Sports album.
Fried: Yeah, sorry.
No, it’s okay.
Fried: The Ramones are my favorite band of all time, so I don’t mind ripping off my favorite band — all the time.
Parks: I think we all consider the Ramones to be a punk standard, so we kind of work from there sometimes. They built the foundation for everything we want to do.
So if you’re based in the same city, share a member and are both big Ramones fans, what’s the difference between Wax Museums and Bad Sports?
Fried: With Wax Museums, there’s intentionally a sort of songwriting that’s always punk. With Bad Sports, we venture out into other things — glam, semi-hard rock songs. Wax Museums sticks with one kind of area, whether we want it to or not. It always ends up sounding kind of the same.
Have you two ever considered forming a big band called Bad Museums?
Parks: I don’t like Orville [Neeley of Bad Sports] and he doesn’t like me. So we’d never be in a band together.
Parks: No, he likes me, and I don’t like him. That’s a dumb idea. Next question. (Laughs.)
Why the three-year break between the first Wax Museums LP and Eye Times?
Parks: I was living out of state and we all just wanted to do other stuff for a little while. Wax Museums is something that, because we’re all friends, we can come back to after however much time we need. We just wanted to see what else we could do. That’s why the new album reflects a little bit of progression.
Was there any particular reason to get back into it now?
Parks: ‘Cause we wanted to! Nah, last year we got together and recorded a bunch of songs and we just wanted to do an album. We just decided we wanted to do it some more.
You guys churned that LP out in one weekend, right?
What about the new Bad Sports?
Fried: We turned that out in a weekend too.
Is the title a reflection of your productive weekends?
Fried: No, ha ha. Whenever we record for any band, we pretty much just do everything in one take.
Parks: We’re used to doing things on time constraints, so we try to go into the studio environment with our shit together so we’re not wasting a lot of time. Some bands will waste so much time and they’ll never even get together a product or anything. We like to have our stuff together before we even attempt to make an album.
On “Sunburn” (on the new Wax Museums LP), you complain about how uncool sunscreen is. Do you ever think you’re just putting it on wrong?
Parks: I find that I don’t really do anything wrong, so no.
Are you the Daniel Tosh of punk rock or something?
Parks: I don’t know what that is because I don’t watch that show because I choose not to. I only watch Degrassi.
Do you guys have any funny joint stories to share, like from tour and whatnot?
Parks: Daniel doesn’t smoke joints. No funny joint stories.
Fried: I have a couple of Spike Lee joints, does that count?
The Atlanta show is only the second date in your two-week tour. Anything we should look forward to?
Parks: Hold onto your butt.
Fried: [Something about pulling your butt out and making it look like your face?]
Parks: If you’ve seen Bad Sports, then you’re halfway ready to see Wax Museums. So just get ready.
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