The Damage Done was a hardcore band from California from 2001-2003. I did this interview with their singer Kyle in August of 2003 for a zine I was working on. Long story short none of the other bands got back to me with their interviews, and the 2 friends I tasked with reviews flaked on me as well, so I decided to not do the zine. The band ended up breaking shortly after that. After their last show Kyle and I were talking and decided to update the interview a bit and then submit it to Maximum Rock N Roll who ran the story in the March 2004 issue #250.
The Damage Done wasn't the best hardcore band, but they had substance. They walked the walk, and showed everyone what integrity is.
ST: Ok lets start from the first practice. Give me a little history about how the band started, and did yu think you'd make it this far?
d up. We played a record release show on November 23rd, 2002 for the Never Wash Away
ize that this long distance thing was pretty hard on us. We managed to write 5 new songs during this period, and we were planning to write a full length and record it in the fall. But around May of 2003, we all sat down and had a talk and realized that with Dave and Chris going into their last year of college, and with James re-locating to the Bay Area, shit was going to be too difficult. We decided to call it quits, but keep it kind of quiet and just play Sink With Cali and Che Fests during the summer. In August, we went in with a friend and recorded those last 5 songs we wrote and released it as our final release "City Of Hope".... You asked me if we're proud of how far we've come? Fuck yeah I am, man. We started this band as a group of friends, 3 of which were learning their instruments as we fucking went along. Shit man, we didn't even know what we were doing. We had no ex-members-of hype, nothing like that at all. We just worked our asses off, and I think that last 5 song record we did is a really good hardcore record. The other records, they're pretty sub-par, pretty average hardcore... But I think the last record is something to be really proud of, especially since we just went in and recorded it for like $300 and in one day. We just wanted something for people to remember us by, to see how much we've grown, you know?
volved in anything else besides the Damage Done? bands/zines/whatever
aren't what's "cool" or whatever. Of course I'm not saying we won't be putting things out that have ex-members and all that, but what I'm saying is that we are not doing this label to "get big" or make money or any stupid shit like that. We're doing this label because I think hardcore is moving more and more from its DIY roots and I feel like good kids are slipping through the cracks because they don't wear the right kind of running shoes or cargo shorts. You know what I mean? Anyways, our first three releases are available NOW! The first is a 5 song CDEP by PHYSICAL CHALLENGE (from Portland, Oregon), entitled "Some Still Care." The Damage Done played with them in Portland on our last trip to Seattle back in March, and they really blew me away. They're just good kids, playing good hardcore. Zach and I both agree that musically and vocally it's sort of Striking Distance meets Stay Gold. It's always hard to describe a band's sound real easily, but I think that most people could agree with that comparison. If anyone's interested in hearing a song, you can go to www.RivalRecords.NET (be careful, because RivalRecords.com is some defunct R&B label). The title track of the record is up there in MP3 format, along with ordering information. It's $6 postage paid ($5 at shows). Seriously, if anyone out here has a few extra bucks or a few extra seconds, at least check out the MP3 and give them a chance. They're a hard working band that deserves to be heard. Our other 2 releases - Rival #002 the debut 10 song CD from the SF Bay Area's TIME yle hardcore like Madball or Killing Time with the heart of modern bands like Modern Life Is War and you've got Time For Living. I'm so psyched on this band, both as an individuals and as a band, and it's great to get to work with them. Check them out at one of their local shows andpick up their record. We also put out The Damage Done final recording entitled "City Of Hope". It's the 5 song CDEP I was talking about before. We also have a few new releases planned for this winter - watch out for a 7" by Seattle's Rosary + some more. So yeah, this stuff is keeping me pretty busy lately - check it out at www.RivalRecords.NET.
just try and be the hardest, or the fastest or the catchiest, and no one seems to give two shits about what's actually in the lyrics, as long as they sound good with the music. And there's a fine line there, and I've struggled with that because I want to fit a certain amount of content in the songs, but at the same time, the vocals have to fit everything else, just like the guitar has to fit the drums, etc etc. But anyways, I've realized all along that nearly EVERYTHING has been said in one form or another in the past, but I do feel like some things aren't said enough, and some things can be said differently. Maybe I can't say it better or even as well as someone else, but every person has their own experiences and should be able to add something to a topic without just re-hashing someone else's thought. And so far, I think this band has done a pretty good job of not being cookie-cutter in what we are about. We don't have one particular agenda, we don't have any cheesy slogans or anything like that, we're just a hardcore band that really doesn't give a shit about classifications or what clothes you should wear or anything like that. I guess what I'm trying to say is: we started this band to be a fucking hardcore punk band that has something to say, plain and simple. We didn't get together and go "ok, let's start a youth crew band", or "dude, we need to play THIS kind of music" or anything like that. Unfortunately, I think we sometimes get categorized into one genre of hardcore or another and because of that, kids don't give us the time of day, but I wouldn't say that we're just your typical ANY type of band... We're kind of all over the place... (which can be both good AND bad. haha.) As for what motivates me to keep moving on in this band, well.... This band is breaking up, and our last show is at 924 Gilman St on October 4th, but that has nothing to do with what does or doesn't motivate me. I'm still motivated by the energy, the sincerity, the passion, and the anger that is embodied by hardcore and most likely will be for a very very very long time. A lot of people try to say that it's time to throw in the towel, that things are fucked and hardcore is completely "lost" at this point, but when I see certain kids out there at shows that have that fucking "look in their eye" (and Dave, I know you know the look that i'm talking about), I know that this shit isn't dead. There's just certain people out there that won't let it die. People that see through all the shit, people frustrated as fuck with how the world is turning out, people who are just plain angry and/or depressed, and peope who want to make things fucking better. Those are the real deal hardcore punk kids,
t definitely NOT one particular message or "agenda" or any shit like that. What I mean is, even though every member of this band is straight edge, we didn't want to be a "straightedge" band, or be a band that is all about one particular topic you know? I just wanted to be able to write songs that were revelant to both punk rock and the world today, and have people be able to relate to some shit and hopefully make them think a lilttle. Writing lyrics is hard man, because everything's pretty much been said before. But what makes them unique is the personal experiences you bring to the table, to actually fucking say something that maybe someone hasn't heard before... Like I everyone else involved in punk rock (for the most part), I've had some fucked up shit happen in my life, that's why I'm part of this punk community. Some people haven't experienced the exact same things I have in the exact same why I have. Some people aren't as angry about a particular thing that I'm angry about, and maybe they SHOULD be... Maybe some people could read some lyrics and go "shit, i never really thought about it exactly in those terms." That's what makes personal experience and communication so important with lyrics. Take a topic that you care about, and fucking add something to it, don't just regergatate the "buzz word" hardcore topics. I know that's what separtes punk rock for me from other genres of music.. The intensity, the aggressiveness, the fact that it's thought-provoking. So anyways, I woudln't say I have one particular "theme" in my lyrics, besides the fact that this world is FUCKED and you can either sit around and feel overwhelmed and depressed about that, or you can keep your fucking chin up go out and try to make a positive impact on the people and things around you. The stuff I write about ranges from growing up in a broken home and trying to raise younger siblings on your own, to dealing with the loss of people you love to cancer, to being disheartened and angered by the rat-race and money grubbing world where everything is measaured by "net worth". Basically, I'd prefer to write about relevent social issues rather than write so many songs about "hardcore" related stuff. I have a few songs about the "scene" and shit like that (the song "STAND" for example), but I feel like I've used those one or two "scene" songs to get some shit of my chest and say some things that needed to be said, so i don't feel the need to continually write about it. Some people do that a lot, and do it well, so there's a place for that, certainly. But if we're in this little sub-culture where all we do is discuss "scene" issues, how are we really going to make any REAL sort of changes inside ourselves and those around us? Yeah, it's easy to say one person can't change the world. But fuck all that, every person "changes the world" each day by simply getting out of bed in the morning, or driving down the highway... So you can either choose to have the aggregate of all your changes make a change for the BETTER, or you can have those changes make a change for the WORSE. ...Your choice. Personally, I'd at least rather take the 50-100 people I interact with on a weekly basis and try to help make their lives better, you know? It just takes a little thought....
est coast simply because they really like our music. That's a rare kind of kid that is becoming increasingly rare in the U.S. Shit, it's hard to get people to throw $4 in the mail for a 7" these days! So I really appreciate the support that both my band, and now my record label, has gotten from the international hardcore scene.
s. They were about one month apart. One was November, 23rd, 2002 - our record release show for the Never