with the skateboarding videos and crazy prank calls
of Jackass, CKY resists being labeled and becoming
any part of a “scene”. Their dedication
and DIY attitude have helped them to prosper. The
band stays true to their music and doesn’t need
any radio play to prove themselves to anyone –
The Alliance takes care of that. Chad Ginsberg, guitarist,
took time from his day off to discuss the watering-down
of rock music, over the top prices in pawn shops,
and the fact that you just can’t use the bathroom
on the tour bus.
Hey, Chad! How are you?
Fine. In the Pawn Shop – looking at some things
for my guitar. It’s a day off and I needed to
get away from the rest of the guys.
Well, let’s start of with
what are some of your major influences?
Chad: Cute voices – like yours. No really…I’ve
been having one of those days and it’s nice
to hear a cute voice on the end of the line.
How would you describe CKY to a
The sound of CKY is one you’ve not heard if
you have not heard CKY.
What’s the basis of the name
Camp Kill Yourself? And why shorten it?
Originally it started as a pseudo-horror film title…our
singer is really into slasher film. Thinking of a
band title is one of the most pretentious things you
can do besides forming one. Thinking of a name is
not the easiest thing to do so when CKY came along
we were like “yeah, great.” Then when
we got with Bam he was doing a movie at the same time
we were doing the first record and we combined the
two and called it CKY.
What do you always take with you
It’s something that I forgot this time –
I always take this mounted GG Allin flyer from one
of his last shows…I’ve just been doing
that for a long, long time. I put it in the back of
the bus – which I claim as my own territory.
Tour’s going good.
What is your favorite aspect of
The people – travel. New places everyday. Kind
of a mixture of the two. You get to meet all the people
that have been listening to your music. There are
a lot of benefits to the tour. I hate days off…I
hate sitting at home. I hate pricing the same cameras,
that I’m not going to buy, over and over again
(he’s perusing the pawn shop’s array of
digital cameras at this moment). Touring, the show
part, is a great hour and a half. The rest of it is
a lot of waiting around. You get to talk to people
in that time. We make so many friends and you like
to see familiar faces. Watching 13 year olds grow
into 18 year olds.
What is your biggest regret?
Not using the bathroom in the hotel earlier last night.
Having to walk through pawn shops without restrooms
for me to use. I’m full of shit – pun
intended. My other regret is telling you that I should
have used the can earlier last night. I didn’t
do it to make you feel uncomfortable.
What is your least favorite aspect
The shitting thing – I think every band knows
this. You can’t shit on the bus. And being on
the same bus as Deron Miller.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Um…where do we get it? CKY, we record and write
our own music, so we produce and mix our own albums.
So the inspiration is just our love for doing it I
suppose. The Alliance. Even when we hate each other…we
love each other enough to just hate each other today…
And why do you hate each other
We haven’t been out on the road for like a year
and a half or more. It’s just getting back into
the swing of things…
What was the hardest track to record on the album?
Umm…that album was not fucking easy at all by
any means. Hardest track – there was no easy
to please ourselves and there’s no one who says
“that’s good enough.” There’s
no time limit so every song seems equally hard in
my mind…but Id rather be doing that then digging
ditches or making burritos. Hardest to mix was probably
“As the Tables Turn.”
How do you think that you have
evolved as a band?
I feel that we evolved in the sense that we have said
every awful thing we possibly could to each other
to the point that we’re still working together.
If we’re able to overcome that...the music has
become better…we got a new bass player. The
live shows are really tight and thick sounding –
more than they’ve ever been. It’s all
growing…just curious if we’re mentally
growing apart. I don’t want CKY to break up
in any way.
What is your favorite venue to
Philadelphia – anywhere in Philly is really
good. I like it because that’s where we’re
from. It’s just a different vibe when we’re
there. People travel from all over the place to come
see us in Philadelphia. Electric Factory. I don’t
like big shows…I can’t interact.
You lose something in big venues.
I want to sweat on the kids and I want them to sweat
back on me. I need to see if they’re okay…I
can’t see if they’re thirsty or getting
crushed or not. We did Warped Tour for a few years.
You have to be able to get off the stage and get out
What do you do in your spare time?
Never get any spare time. I guess I’m in spare
time right now. I do this in my spare time (visit
pawn shops). I’m actually pricing microphones.
How do feel about the direction
rock has taken – with hoards of sound-a-like
It always happens when everybody decides that they’re
buddies and get into a scene. We don’t have
really any true friends in this industry so we don’t
have a scene to be a part of. Once everybody decides
that they’re cool they start to band together.
And they start to sound the same. CKY has been labeled
everything in the book – we could be jewelry
rock, we could be camera rock…whatever the hell
they want to call it. It’s fucking hysterical
to me…I’m starting to enjoy the new ideas
of how to label music. That’s probably why we
don’t get radio play. They don’t have
a format to put us in.
How do you achieve your unique
We do it ourselves. Produce it ourselves. Mix it ourselves.
Don’t let anybody tell us what to do. Ever.
From the start. When they met me I was recording every
band in the area…so just putting together the
combination of doing it ourselves…you get what
the band wants. It’s a hundred percent truth
to what we can deliver. There’s nothing we regret
from any album we release.
What can you tell me about the following excerpt from
ROLLING Stone writer Jenny Eliscu has complained to
Island/Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid that one of his
label's bands, CKY, is waging a harassment campaign
against her - including the wish that she "die
soon" - because she panned their new album.
That’s so misunderstood – so blown out
of proportion. With Jenny, the writer, she likes press.
That’s why she’s part of it. You can look
all over the Internet, you can look anywhere you want
- try to find any proof that we’re campaigning.
We’re not into campaigning. Her review, which
I did have the misfortune of reading, was not an album
review. It was a call-out to our fans -”wanna
fight” and then she cried when she got what
she asked for. The Alliance does what they’re
gonna do. Don’t mess with a band with fans that
actually care about them.
Do you have any last comments?
Yes, I do… you have a sweet voice and a kind
manner to you. Thank you.