Shipwrecked at The Shore Interview Series: The Dead Precedents

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In a scene rife with awesome talent, it’s no surprise to us that members of different bands would get together and form a supergroup. Yes, even local scenes can have supergroups.

Comprised of members of punk rock outfits The Blacktop Kids and Lost in Society, The Dead Precedents are starting to take off — recording an EP of original tunes and performing tonight, November 19th at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, N.J. for Pop-Break’s Shipwrecked at the Shore Music Showcase.

Recently we caught up with Sam, Tom and Dylan from the band — and they gave us quite a number of interesting facts.

Pop-Break: Let’s start with the simplest question — can you tell the story behind the name and does it have anything to do the with the mid-90s crime drama starring Chris Tucker?

Dead Precedents: We ripped our name from a Paint It Black song, it sounded badass. Did you know Chris Tucker is $11.5 million dollars (US) in debt? Oh, how the mighty have fallen, right?

PB: How did you guys come together?

DP: We all meet at a backyard ‘Beer B Q’ hosted by Nick and his illustrious girlfriend Daryl ‘Strawberry’ Carr. Did you know Darryl Strawberry hit 30 home runs (hr) in 1987?

PB: You guys are members of Lost in Society and The Blacktop Kids — how does your sound differentiate between those bands, which are pretty well known in the scene?

DP: As far as our sounds go, we really didn’t go into forming DP with a concrete idea. We kind of just started writing some songs and just ended up forming a sound that is a little outside our past endeavors.

PB: You guys have an EP out on BandCamp, which song would you tell people to check out in order to get the best sampling of what you guys are all about?

DP: We think people should check out all of the songs for the best representation of our sound. There are only three, don’t be lazy. Did you know, in 1827, Sir Charles Wheatstone was the first person to coin the phrase “microphone?”

PB: You guys have been around the Asbury scene for a while — what are your thoughts about the current scene and who are some of your favorite bands in it that you love to catch live?

DP: Well the Asbury scene is practically our home when it comes to music, friends, and good times. Tom really likes the Black Jesuses. The Obvious are always a rad act to watch. The good people at the Lanes are always putting on good acts so any band that goes through that venue is usually fun to view. Did you know Asbury Park’s local government consists of a five-member City Council, with all positions elected at large in nonpartisan elections, to serve four-year terms of office on a concurrent basis?

PB: What are your plans for the rest of 2012 and next year?

DP: We have some big intra-continental plans coming up that we cannot announce as of this moment but we’ll keep everyone posted. We are also planning on playing a hurricane Sandy benefit with our buds, Lost In Society, at Monmouth University, Tom’s alma mater. We mainly plan on playing some shows, drinking some beers, and releasing a ton of EPs. Short releases, we feel, are more fun and spontaneous. Did you know the average life expectancy at birth for a Canadian is 81.16 years, the eighth highest in the world? The United States ranks 46th, at 78.14 years.

The Dead Precedents will be performing tonight at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, N.J. along with Canadian rockers The Hunters and Asbury faves, The Obvious. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Bill Bodkin is the owner, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Pop Break. Most importantly, however, he is the proud father of a beautiful daughter, Sophie. He can be seen regularly on the site reviewing The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and is the host of the site's podcast, The BreakCast. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism & English. Follow him on Twitter: @BodkinWrites