ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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A DAY IN THE SUN. On a break from working on some new material,
Full White Drag relax in the sunshine.
Dave Mueller, frontman of the Windsor-based “post-punk” outfit
Full White Drag, took a few moments to answer some of The Gazette’s
“Post punk” is one of those ambiguous terms that
doesn’t really have a definite meaning, but one often
used to describe you guys. What does it mean to you and is
it a fitting label for your band?
To me, post-punk bands are bands who grew up listening to and
subscribing to the punk rock, [do-it-yourself] attitude but
don’t really play in punk rock bands. We are not really
a “punk” sounding band but we all grew up with
that mentality of do-it-yourself and do it your own way and
try to do it differently then anyone in the past has ever done
Describe the Windsor scene.
We have a nice little community of bands [in Windsor] doing
some amazing things. We do have a bit of a shortage of decent
venues, but we seem to be surviving. The nice thing about
Windsor is that pretty much all of the “elite,” hard-working
bands sound totally different but all share a common bond
in work ethic, mutual respect and community spirit.
Your music has been a staple on campus radio for awhile. What
is your take on campus radio and the eclectic blend of music
it delivers? Do you think it is a better forum for your sound
than mainstream radio?
Campus radio rules. We are all avid listeners and two of our
members have been regular DJ’s on CJAM/UWindsor radio.
So we are full believers in the “power” of campus
radio. As far as campus radio versus mainstream radio, they
are two completely different forums. Some bands can only exist
on campus radio, some can only exist on mainstream radio and
then some are blessed to be able to have a following on both...
so we’ll see where we end up.
You have played with some pretty cool bands (e.g. And You
Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead, Hot Hot Heat and Girls
Against Boys). What have you learned about the industry from
We’ve learned if you work hard, know what you’re
about and believe in what you’re doing you can be a successful
band. You also have to be incredibly tight and beyond well-rehearsed,
know how to entertain and put on a good show and try to write
great songs. We’ve also learned no band will ever “make
it” until the entire survival of each member depends
on the success of the band.
Is there anything you wish
you’d done differently on
the last album?
No, not really. The Independence is a portrait of what we were
about at that time. We are proud of it. I think there are some
great songs on there that have stood the test of time [and
us playing them hundreds of times]. But we would never attempt
to make the same record again. The new stuff is an evolution
and we couldn’t be more excited.
What inspires your songs?
When I first started writing lyrics I was really into more
abstract themes, but lately I have just been laying it all
on the line and saying exactly what I want to say, which
is way more liberating and also more rewarding. I sing about
anything that moves me at the time we’re writing the
songs, from love found or lost, to spirituality, to the city
I live in, to the moments in between... and whatever else
needs to be sung about along the way.
How does it feel to read glowing reviews of your music in
large Canadian music publications such as Chart and major newspapers
like the Toronto Star?
Ha. It is a nice feeling to get respect from “the critics.” But
we don’t measure success by what they think at all, because
for every critic who thinks one way there might be 10 others
who think another and you can never really win unless you get
thrown onto some hype train and everyone and their mother falls
in love with you for three months. The most important reaction
for us is that from our fans... if we can connect with them
and move them then we are very happy.
Full White Drag play Call The Office tonight Oct. 16 with
PW Longs’ Reelfoot.