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A Conversation With Ian
Samuel Barker
April 4, 2001


Samuel: What is your name and what do you do?

Ian: I'm Ian from Reach The Sky and I sing.

Samuel: So you've guys have been on tour for quite a while now. Do you guys get the music out by constantly touring?

Ian: Yeah, that's the idea. It's a whole change in the way we live, but that's really the only way you can do it. The tour started a month ago and we're going until May, it's the longest consecutive tour we've done. We don't have any days off. The new record just came out and it's the only way to get it out and let people know who you are. We got this opportunity to play with the Dropkick Murphys, the biggest punk band in the world. You're playing in front of all these people like tonight and there are 10 or 15 people who know who you are and then you're exposing yourself to so many people and that's exactly what we want to do with this band, play in front of so many people. And that's what this opportunity has given us.

Samuel: Yeah, what happened tonight?

Ian: City enforced curfew at midnight, four bands. Normally it's half an hour after doors open that we go on but they didn't open the doors until 8:10 because the bar wasn't ready or some bullshit. That's what held it up and killed it a lot. But there were a lot of kids out there who showed a lot of spirit and a lot of energy. If people are into it I don't care if there are 2000 or 5 people out there. We did the best we could and that's the whole reason we're here. It's not that bad, I was actually pretty psyched. We played a show in St. Petersburg Florida where there was a mob and people just stood there. Tonight people were into it and that was great.

Samuel: Is that the normal set time for you guys or did you get cut?

Ian: We cut it down to fit it in. We played 6 songs, we usually play 10. We went on later to let more people in because the club fucked up, but that's the negative part. The positive part is that we played the songs, a bunch of kids came up and we played the songs they wanted to hear, it was great.

Samuel: Has it been fun on this tour so far?

Ian: Everyone on this tour is amazing. They're all amazing bands, but they're better people.

Samuel: Everytime I see you guys touring it's with different bands with different sounds, has that helped evolve your sound?

Ian: Well, yeah. Initially we just wanted to hardcore kids. We've toured with the Misfits, Dropkicks before, Earth Crisis so it's like all different kinds of bands, but punk rock and hardcore are all the same shit anyways. It has helped us out a lot, but it's also given us a little difficulty in finding a core audience.

Samuel: You guys are from Boston right?

Ian: Yeah.

Samuel: Is there a good hardcore scene coming up there?

Ian: Yeah. You have the older guys like Slapshot, D.Y.S., S.S.D., and Wrecking Crew. Then there's Ten Yard Fight. You have Blood For Blood, Hope Conspiracy, American Nightmare like newer bands now are always awesome bands. Unbelievable scene, awesome kids, it's helped us immensely being from there. It's really cool.

Samuel: What are some of your future plans?

Ian: The new record just came out last week, Friends, Lies, And The End Of The World. We're just touring non stop on that.

Samuel: So you guys are gonna head back out after this tour?

Ian: Well, this tour doesn't end until May. Then we'll go to Europe, play there a month. Then maybe a week for ourselves, I dunno. Then we'll hit the road again.

Samuel: Is it a lot of fun being on the road a lot?

Ian: Yeah it is. There's nothing I'd rather be doing. The other guys in Reach The Sky are great people, so we get along with that and everyone else on the tour gets along. It's what we want to do, you can't do this forever, we won't be like the Stones and put out 25 records or Aerosmith, we're a hardcore band. If you don't do it now to the fullest you won't get to do it. That's why we're here. I'm said that a couple times "Why we're here" but in all reality we just want to go off and do this as hard and to the fullest as we can, and that means being on the road. You miss a lot of stuff at home, but it's not forever. It's a sacrifice for now.

Samuel: So you feel it's important to go at it with your all and enjoy what's there?

Ian: Of course. That's exactly how we've been with this band since we first put a demo out, we were on the road constantly driving all over place and playing as many shows as possible. We're coming up on our fourth year and we've done 450 shows. That's a lot of shows for a band, some big, some small, but we've been to Europe and everything, but we've been around this country a bunch of times. Like I say, it's not forever so we're going to live it to the fullest.

Samuel: Anything you'd like to add?

Ian: Just that the new record is out, Friends, Lies, And The End Of The World, it's on Victory Records, and we have a website at http://www.reachthesky.org. Check it out.

Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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