The Shit-Talk with Jimmy Wrizzle; Tony Teixeira (Nothington/Cobra Skulls)
“The Shit-Talk with Jimmy Wrizzle” is a new interview feature that I’m very pleased to host. Jimmy Wrizzle is one of my best friends, my co-conspirator and my boy. He can explain it best himself. Please enjoy!
All questions by Jimmy Wrizzle.
Every now and then you meet people in life that go on to have quite an influence on you, even if at the time that meeting was brief and you may not appreciate it fully. They might spark an interest in things in life you hadn’t considered, might inspire you with the music they are part of making or even just be someone that makes you laugh. Punk music has thrown up a few people like that in the past 15 years for me. So I’ve decided to try and ask one of them some questions.
A few years ago the band I play in were lucky enough to tour with Cobra Skulls where I met one Tony Teixeira.
Tony Teixeira is the bass player for Western Addiction on Fat Wreck Chords. He previously played in Cobra Skulls and Nothington.
He lives in San Francisco, California.
What was your first experience of punk rock?
My older sister was always listening to Jawbreaker, Rancid, Bad Brains and other punk bands. In 1996 I lied to my parents about where I was going and went to a Skankin’ Pickle concert. I got kinda fucked up and had an amazing time. I was hooked.
What made you want to play guitar? Do your family play music or was there someone you grew up with exposed you to it? Did you take lessons or just wing it?
I remember being at summer camp. There was an older kid who brought an acoustic guitar and would play for all of us. He knew how to play some Alice and Chains, Soul Asylum, and Stone Temple Pilots tunes. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. when I got home I picked up my dad’s acoustic guitar that was collecting dust in the corner of the living room. I played all the time. I took a few lessons but mostly learned playing with my friends and along with Nirvana records.
What was the first guitar you ever owned?
My first guitar was a Rockwood. I think it cost like $100, real piece of garbage. My first REAL guitar I got a couple years later. It was an American Stratocaster, cream colo[u]red. I fucking loved that guitar. years later it got stolen out of our trailer on a tour. I couldn’t believe it, but I cried my eyes out when i found out it was gone. I truly loved that guitar and haven’t found anything that compares since.
What’s the best show you’ve ever been to? Both playing and paying?
The best show I ever played? hmm.. maybe with Nothington at Fest 7. It was the first show I ever played where the crowd was going completely insane and singing every word. it was the best feeling. I remember looking over and some kids had Chris up on their shoulders while he was playing. Jay was surrounded by about 100 fists and screaming faces. I couldn’t believe it. I just smiled and played. It was quite a night.
The best show i’ve ever been to was probably Green Day at the Fillmore in 1998. It was the first/best time i ever saw them. They played for three hours and it felt like 30 minutes. I was able to experience pretty much everything off of their first 5 records. Very special.
What’s your favourite green day song?
FUCK…that’s a tricky one. Definitely something off Nimrod. Maybe Scattered, Prosthetic Head, The Grouch, Redundant? They’re all gold.
Would you tour as the lead character in American Idiot the musical? You have to wear eyeliner and cant make any disparaging twitter remarks.
I would! Gladly! At this point I would rather do ANYTHING than work at the shitty fucking grocery store I work at now. The problem is I can’t really sing, dance, or act…but I think I’d look pretty good in eyeliner. Don’t you?
Was there a moment or incident that sparked your interest in being vegan or was it a combination of things?
When I was a kid my family went to Hawaii for vacation. I went for a walk one night and found some kids torturing frogs. They were laughing and enjoying themselves very much. I ran back to our room and cried to my mom. I knew I never wanted to have anything to do with cruelty towards animals and that I would try to live my life fighting for them. later on I learned, through punk rock, that there were actions that I could take in my everyday life to stand up for animals. Going vegan and abstaining from the use of any an animal products is a great first step.
Being vegan, does it bum you out how out of touch people seem with that or is it getting better?
I’ve been vegan for nearly 14 years. I used to get really angry and bitter at my friends and family for not giving a fuck. I still do, but its easier now. I can’t make people care, I can only be responsible for myself. If I’m ever NOT angry about it I’ll know there’s a problem.
You can name a fantasy band, max 4 members. dead or alive. who’s in?
My fantasy band would just be Dead to Me where I take Ken’s place. Sorry Ken. Me, Chick, Ian and Sam. Yeah, perfect.
You told us on tour (I was so drunk so its hazy) that you used to live in Matt Freeman’s house? Or he was your landlord? How disappointed were you hearing him “sing” that boomshackalacka bit on the last Rancid album? What’s your favourite rancid song?
Haha…hmmm…I think I must’ve been pretty fucked up when I said that haha…I don’t think I ever lived in Matt’s house. Rancid has always been one of my favourite bands. The last two records didn’t really do anything for me but the preceding ones are nearly perfect. My favourite Rancid record is Life Wont Wait. My favourite Rancid song is Radio.
How fucking awesome is Napalm Dream by Tenement?!
Napalm Dream is flawless. Tenement is like a new Descendents! It’s been pretty much all I’ve listened to for the past couple years. That and the rest of their releases. Shotdown got to play a couple shows with them. One of the best live acts I’ve ever seen.
What’s your impression of Europe from touring?
Touring in Europe is amazing. People there actually give a fuck about music/bands and not just the fashion/status that goes along with it. My touring days are pretty much done in the US. Good riddance. But any chance I get to go back to Europe I will gladly take. I’m already unofficially planning on going back early next year shhh…aside from the band part of it Europe is beautiful. I saw a castle one time.
What’s your worst ever tour story?
The first tour I ever went on was with a hardcore band called Envain. I think I was 18 years old. We did six weeks across the US. A lot of terrible things happened, but at the same time it was also really fun. I learned a lot. Most of my terrible tour stories are a little too “adult” to be recorded on the internet haha…I’ll gladly tell you next time we’re hanging out.
Is there anything you wish you could go do musically you haven’t already?
I really want to learn how to play drums. I always wanted to record a full record by myself. Tour wise I always wanted to go to Japan and Alaska. Someday for all of these things.
Your twitter (@Tony_Teixeira_) is fairly fucking awesome and knuckle-to-the-bone. Have you ever thought about doing a podcast?
Thank you! I’m glad that someone even reads my twitter hahaha…for the record everything I say is 100% correct. It seems like everyone’s doing a podcast these days. I was a Radio/Television major in college. Me and Chris from Nothington were room mates in the dorms and had a radio show. It was a lot of fun. T-Bone and the Weez. It was kind of a podcast I guess. So, to answer your question, yes, I think that would be cool.
If you could have anyone on twitter follow you, who would it be?
You talk on Twitter about your co worker Jan…I also have a co worker called Jan, he’s a cunt. In an ideal world if you could force your Jan to have one piece of advice he had to follow for 30 days what would it be?
My only advice for that piece of garbage would be to stay the fuck away from me. I will murder Jan and his entire family with the hell-fire of 1000 suns.
Has anyone ever told you that you look like a young Al Pacino?
My best friend James used to say that. I’ve heard it from a couple people. I am quite down with the comparison.
Describe your ideal day.
My ideal day is spent in bed with good television, good food, and someone I love next to me.
You are the only person I’ve ever seen play a telecaster that I didn’t hate. (guess that’s not a question)
Tele’s are great! Real fun to play with a nice bright sound. I just bought a ’77 Gibson SG that I’ve been paying a lot of attention to. I’m looking forward to recording again so I can hear how the two sound together.
Whats the worst British band you’ve ever heard?
Hmm…the only British bands I can think of are really good ones. Oh wait! Is Pink Floyd from England? They suck ass.
Mexican food; I’m buying. Where are we going and what would you like to eat?
My friend, I hope I have the chance to show you the many delicious burrito spots in San Francisco California. Best in the world. We definitely need to hit up El Farolito, Taqueria Cancun, and Papalote.
Tattoos – you have a few, any special ones, ones you regret?
I kinda wish I never got any tattoos. I used to think they were cool but not so much anymore. My favourite one is the script I have across my chest that says “today’s empires, tomorrow’s ashes”. If you don’t know then you weren’t meant to.
You don’t need to answer the next part, and if you do I wont publish it unless its cool, I’m just curious. I have recently decided to stop drinking/getting fucked up for good, I’ve had to but I also have friends close to me that have quit drinking/partying/etc. Was there a specific situation that forced that in your life or was it a build up of stuff?
First of all, I’m proud of you dude. I am happy to answer this question and have it published. Sobriety has been the hardest thing that I’ve ever encountered. I always kind of knew I liked to drink/party too much but it started to take over my life. I was starting to lose everything that I loved. Some people can handle that shit. Me, I don’t know when to stop. It sucks, but I know that I would probably be dead if I didn’t change my life. It’s a lonely way to live. I always think about that line in the Fifteen song Lucky “the only way around your problems is straight through them”. It’s true.
Replace Me by Shotdown (http://shotdown1.bandcamp.com/) has anyone released that? I’d love to!
You have no idea how happy it makes me that people listen to and enjoy Shotdown. Those songs mean a lot to me. No one has released it. I’m open minded to getting it put on wax. Let’s discuss.