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with Jason Hall, singer/guitarist for Western Addiction

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Indy: You finished up a tour in Japan recently. How was that? Did the Japanese kids dig old hardcore?

JH: We played with NOFX. Our first show was for 1,600 people and I was ready to crap my drawers, because we never play for that many people. Before you even play one note, people go berserk.

Indy: You certainly sound like way-back-when punk, recalling Circle Jerks and the like. What do you think of this era of mainstreamed punk?

JH: Well, we're smaller, so we don't have to worry about those things. The best we can hope for our band is to break even and play some shows. When you start making decisions based on money, that's when it gets weird, and I should know because I work at a label (Fat Wreck Chords).

Indy: One of your songs is "The Church of Black Flag." What would one of the church's commandments be?

JH: To do things for the right reasons. Half is about doing what you love, and half is being crazy. To do this, you've got to be crazy. I'm a grown man, but I'm sleeping on some person's floor in the middle of nowhere. That's nuts. But there's something that makes you do it.

-- Kara Luger

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