Lagwagon still rolling, two decades on

Joey Cape once promised Lagwagon fans that he'd never be on stage when he hit the big 5-0.

With that birthday only four years away, he isn't sure whether he can live up to the lyrics in Falling Apart.

"I'll keep playing music but it may not be quite as intense. I said I'll never be Ozzy [Osbourne] on stage when I'm 50 because I remember looking at him at that point and thinking he needed a walker, but we'll see - I could totally be a hypocrite," he chuckles.

Cape has been at the helm of Californian punk band Lagwagon for more than 20 years.

While some musicians get annoyed when fans demand they play their early work instead of newer hits, you get the sense history is important to Lagwagon.

Not only because Cape is happy to talk and laugh about the old days, but also because rather than compiling an album of their greatest hits, last year the band remastered and re-released their first five albums in the Putting Music in its Place box set.

Cape says this is partly because Lagwagon doesn't have any hits, but also because they wanted to honour their two decades of work and their supporters.

"Best of records bury the history of a band. I don't like that. It bothers me. There's something interesting and romantic of an album as a time stamp of a band, where they were and what they were thinking at the time," he said.

"We're proud of everything we've ever done; we've always waited until everyone in the band felt good about it."

Even though their hardcore fans love to indulge in the '90s songs Lagwagon have been focusing on during their latest tour, everyone has been pestering the band as to when a new album is coming out. A fair question, as it's been four years since their EP I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to Lagwagon came out, and even longer since the last full-length album.

Cape insists they are in no rush to produce anything, but says the band is in a good place right now and will probably look at recording some new tracks once this tour is over.

"I'm not making excuses but this is a good excuse: we've always been proud of everything we've done and for years I didn't really know what we were supposed to do, what the new identity for the band is and where the evolution is leading.

"Now there's a lot of talking and I've been writing a lot for that and it's really been so many years since our last record."

Punk rockers Lagwagon.

Punk rockers Lagwagon.


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