AA: What have you guys been up to for the past ten years?
T2: When Twenty2 ended, Jo (drums), Frank (guitar) & I (vocals) were starting a new band called Go.Static. We did that for about 3 years. After that, we all kept playing music to some degree & we all have different lives / jobs / interests. Jo (drums) is a professional MMA fighter so he’s been doing a lot of that & has had different bands as well. Frank (guitar) is a PE teacher and plays in The Lookout. Dan (bass) always has a bunch of different projects going that I have a tough time keeping up with so I’m not too sure what he was up to all those years, but I know he’s been busy. As for me, I work in the clothing industry handling East Canada sales for brands such as OBEY, which has a tie with music as well. I have had multiple music projects during the 10-year T2 break, some of which were with Frank &/or Dan &/or Jo, so we’ve never lost touch. I am also currently playing guitar in a band called All.Bled.Out & may have another one starting with some current & ex-T2 members as well.
AA: Why did you decide to come back?
T2: None of us stopped playing music. With all the different projects we tried to start, I think at some point it just seemed simpler to just do Twenty2 again. The big thing is we were never satisfied with what we’ve done in the past, so we wanted to do something that we could be proud of, if nothing else, which is this new EP. Also, it’s important to note we’ve always had the support from Jeremy @ New School Records, who never stopped being interested in releasing something new from us, that definitely helped.
AA: When you guys started working on the new EP together again, what was that like? Was it easy back to get into that creative flow?
T2: Basically, I was sitting on a bunch of songs or riffs that I wanted to record. Dan & I met a few times to work on some stuff, we brought that to the rest of the guys & started from there. It was very easy. We had the songs, everyone put their personal touch to them, and then we had an EP.
AA: What song took the longest to come together? What song came together the fastest?
T2: It was all very quick. But, some of those songs I had for years. “Can’t Hold On, Can’t Let Go” I wrote at least 5 years ago. Another one that didn’t make the EP which is called “I’m Not Done Yet”, was written in 2016, & we think we will re-record that one for our next release.
AA: What's changed with recording music since the last time you guys did it?
T2: Very little since we last recorded, which was “Defective” in 2006. At that point, it was already ProTools etc. The process was pretty much the exact same except there was less “gimmicks” this time. Like with “Defective”, there was some experimenting at that point with stuff like recording drums without the cymbals & then adding them later, which was definitely a fad, let’s never do that again.
AA: Had you guys worked with Marinof before? Why did you guys decide to work with him for this EP?
T2: So that band we had for 3 years after Twenty2, Go.Static, was with Gautier Marinof. He’s a longtime friend of Jo’s, they had a few bands together, so we’ve known him forever. We could almost count him as the fifth member. There’s the friend aspect to it, we had written & played songs together already, we knew it would be a great fit, and it was.
AA: There are a couple of features on the EP, how did those come together?
T2: Al from The Almighty Trigger Happy is a longtime friend of mine. That one was easy. I asked & he said “Fuck yeah!”. He’s also my favorite singer ever, my biggest influence. & then Stephen from ALL/Descendents is a bit of a longer story. I’ll try to make it short. Back in 2006 when we recorded “Defective”, we were unhappy with the final mix & almost had it remixed by Stephen. That's when I first got in touch with him. I sent him our songs - which included a cover of ALL’s “Just Perfect” - he might have just been polite but said he dug the cover & wanted to work with us, so that’s how it started. It didn’t work out to get the remix done but we stayed in touch on & off through the years after that. & then while we were recording the new EP, the Descendents came to Montreal & Stephen hit me up because he needed to demo some songs so I took him to Gautier’s studio & that's how it all happened. Very stoked on that as he is by far my all-time guitar hero & ALL is by far my all-time favorite band. So, I have 2 of my all-time favorites in this thing, it’s pretty crazy.
AA: There any plans to play shows and tour with the release of this EP?
T2: We've been playing shows here & there. There was supposed to be a full tour, but it fell through. Now there’s actually plans for another EP & there is talk for some shows to go with the release of that. Nothing confirmed yet though, keep checking our social media. But yes, we’re playing whenever we can, & we’re much better at it than we were 10 years ago, on a good night at least.
AA: What's the most important thing you want people to take away from the EP when they listen through it?
T2: What I’ve always wanted: that it’s honest. This music is my therapist, that’s why I need it so bad. There’s no fluff in what I write, I just spill my guts. And then on the music side, it’s a good representation of us for once. Like I said earlier, we were unsatisfied with our previous releases. We’re pretty happy with this one. -aa