In an interview with Canada's Exclaim! magazine, Joey Cape revealed some tidbits about his song-per-month plan for 2nd solo outing Doesn't Play Well With Others, along with some rather disheartening news for fans of his main pop-punk gig, Lagwagon:
Q: Give me a quick Lagwagon update. Anything going on?
A: I… no. You know, I don't even talk to those guys right now. It's not a bad thing or anything but none of them call me. I hear through the grapevine that maybe we're going to do some shows in Europe… There's no weirdness in our band, we're a family, we love each other, I think everything's great, but everybody's doing other stuff, or… I don't know what everybody's doing. But I say yes to everything we get offered. That's all I know. I mean, that's my band. But I'm a musician, so if we're going to be sitting around, I'm not going to be doing nothing. I can be honest and say that I'm pretty sure we don't have a bass player. I think our bass player, Jesse [Buglione]… he would probably sit in a room with me and say, "Don't say that," but he's basically quit our band. He's made it pretty clear that he can't keep touring because he has to have a real job and make a living. He has a child and a mortgage; that's real stuff, I get it. I totally get that, I don't think anything bad about that at all, but that makes it hard for me to be motivated about doing things with the band because there's only a few original members in the band.
It's a weird thing when I think about that band. It's hard to give any kind of good answer. It's always just kind of a little bit of sadness. But I'm always up for doing something with that band. I would really be into doing the one-song thing with that band. because making a record is such a drag with a band. It just takes so much time. I think something like what I'm going to do is a great idea for Lagwagon. It would be super easy for us to get together once a month and write and record a song, or do two or three every few months."
Just in case anyone was confused by the disassociation, Lagwagon IS Joey Cape's band. Or was. Read the whole interview at the link:
RIP pretty much. They're not dead yet, but it's pretty inevitable that they're on their last legs, it seems. I was really thrown off by him calling Lagwagon "that band". Ah well, dude's heart has clearly not been into it for a while now, and the I Think My Older Brother EP was a pretty good indication of that. Still sucks, they were a huge influence on my musicianship.
They've got great songs, but the only album that I really love as a whole (having heard Resolve, Blaze, and Double Plaidnum) is Resolve. That cd really moved me, as I'm sure it did for a lot of people.
That sucks! These guys and Bad Religion are like the punk bands that I've always loved...
I can't believe that nobody has told PanasonicYouth to get Trashed. That is the definitive LagWagon album. Hey you! Get Trashed and then get Houston: We Have a Drinking Problem by Bad Astronaut (Joey's other band... they're awesome and sadly broken up too, due to suicide).
Trashed is great but their newer stuff was a bit more refined. But yeah do what Willie said and get anything by Bad Astronaut while you're at it.
I dunno, I thought it was pretty fucked that he basically threw Chris Rest and Dave Raun under the bus with that "no original members" comment. Both of them have been in Lag for almost 15 years, longer than Shawn and Derrick were and put out much stronger material than the original lineup did (with the exception of Hoss maybe)
The only thing that can top this as the worst news story of the day for me is if I find out that No Use for a Name died in a bus accident, A Wilhelm Scream signs to a major label, and Bad Religion cancels their San Diego shows (which I am going to March 20, 21 :D ).
You can feel this band being on life support for much of this past decade, but this is like finding out that your hospitalized loved one has an incurable virus on top of the illnesses that landed him/her in the hospital in the first place. It still sucks!