The Shell Corporation are a punk band from Burbank, California. They release records and tour a lot. The band’s previous full-length album Mandrake was released in 2014 through Paper + Plastick and Solidarity Recordings.
INTERVIEW: By Jason Bolduc/Curtiss Lopes (Guitarist)
J.B: So you guys are called the Shell Corporation is that having to do as a metaphor of what once was or the actuality of Suncor energy?
CURTISS: Nope, different meaning. Plus it has also gotten us absolutely NO free gas at Shell Stations. You’d be surprised just how little gas station attendants give a shit that our band shares their name. I mean not even a smile. Just “here’s your change back, get your dirty van away from my store please”. You’d think if we called ourselves Starbucks or something we’d at least get a free latte now and then.
J.B: This release is titled “Fucked” is that in reference to the feel of the lyrical content? The songs seemed focused on personal experiences?
CURTISS: Being from Canada you might not (or hopefully not) have been paying attention to the direction our country has been going lately. That’s good, there’s nothing to see here, all is well. We certainly didn’t elect a cartoon mafia Don whose mission in life seems to be to jackhammer anyone who doesn’t belong to a country club. Also, our singer Jan, had a shitty year. We asked him to sing about the Snapchats and the vape pen's but he told us where to shove it.
J.B: Your sound is similar to that of an older skate sound meets Authority Zero but the overall album has varying tracks from “Make it rain” to Rooftops? That has laid back mid tempo anthemic sound?
CURTISS:Correct! The LP also comes with a plastic sleeve that should fit directly over the listeners head.
J.B: It’s really hard to pick a specific track on this release you guys are really exploring on this one I mean Poor Devils has that insane reverberated intro with an interesting build up and rhythm that carries through, They Live has that really fat sick bass line and a really progressive feel throughout it is there any track that really stood out for you on this one?
CURTISS: I love all my children equally. I really can’t answer this question without making the other songs feel bad. I guess “I came for the waters” stands out for me because its too fast for me to play live and that makes me feel old.
J.B: So this one is La Escalera Records how did that come about? Your previous release was on Paper and Plastick?
CURTISS: La Escalera is run by a great friend of ours named Will, who is in an awesome band called Western Settings. They are kind of the hub of a scene down here and it makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside to be a part of it. Also, I tried to do that thing like in Airheads where you take a radio station hostage and get the attention of a huge record label by throwing the best show OF ALL TIME in the parking lot! Well it turns out no one really listens to the radio anymore and KROQ is now its just a mechanical chicken that presses play on a laptop.
J.B: What was the recording process like on “Fucked”?
CURTISS: Our buddy Chris has a studio in his garage. It’s pretty nice though. The studio, not the garage. I mean, it's still a nice garage, if you need to do laundry and or fix a tire while you are tracking you totally can. So we’d drive over there. Have a few shots of Jameson. Then make dumb jokes for about an hour. Then it was time to eat. So we’d go get Sharky’s or some Thai food. Then we’d come back and sit in a food coma for an hour and watch youtube videos. Then Chris would have to watch his kids. So we'd take a couple more shots and then finally Chris would set up a mic. One of us would play a part badly for about a half hour. Then we’d go home. This is why the record took so long to finish.
J.B: Your art work is unique on the album sleeve and also those rad limited editions merch you had on those Babylon shirts?
CURTISS: Thank you! We owe it all to our dear friend Luc Martin. Or is it moose friend. Anyways, he’s rad.
J.B: Man you guys tour a lot like a lot is there any insane tour mishaps that you want to share?
CURTISS: Sean’s toe fell off in Calgary! For real, the morning after a show he got up early and slipped on a staircase. Ripped his toe right off. Just bone sticking out and a toe hanging from a little peice of flesh. So we are all sleeping and we hear “HOSPITAL! HOSPITAL! I NEED A HOSPITAL”. So we hauled ass to the nearest doctor and they stitched it right back on. And the best part it was only like $400. In America you have to mortgage your house to get a toe back on. So anytime someone in America tells me how shitty universal health care is and all the problems Canada has, I just say “THEY PUT SEAN’S TOE BACK ON FOR THE COST OF A PS4 MOTHERFUCKER!"
J.B: Any upcoming tours specifically that you’re really looking forward too?
CURTISS: Europe! Going back there in May and we have much excitement in our loins.
J.B: We always end with a famous book or quote that inspired your life anything really come to mind?
CURTISS: "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
1. Kumbaya 2. Make It Rain 3. Not Funny 4. Waters 5. Rooftops 6. All Down To Me 7. Cold Reason 8. Von Braun 9. Fighting For 10. Poor Devils 11. They Live 12. One Last Thing