South Puget Sound Community College students Paulie Wildey and Kevin Anson and their friends, former SPSCC students Jeremy Johnsen and Tony Staples, are members of the local punk band, Kill Shot. The band was recently voted the number one punk band in Olympia by the website, reverbnation.com.
Kathryn Herron: How long ago did you guys form Kill Shot?
Paulie Wildey: Kill Shot was formed in Feb. of 2010. We originally got together as a joke. We wanted to make a punk version of Spinal Tap.
Tony Staples: After our first or second show, people started asking whether or not we had an EP and if we had any more shows coming up.
Paulie Wildey: That was when we realized Kill Shot had the potential to be an actual band and we dropped the joke aspect.
Kathryn Herron: What made you want to start this band?
Jeremy Johnsen: Even though it started as a joke, we formed Kill Shot because we wanted to revive the punk rock scene in Olympia. That was part of our mission statement.
Tony Staples: For the longest time, you could go to a show downtown, and no one in the crowd would be dancing or moshing. We wanted to try to change that.
Kevin Anson: In the two years that we’ve been together, we’ve noticed a change in the Olympia music scene. We’re just now starting to break into the Seattle scene.
Kathryn Herron: How did you guys meet?
Paulie Wildey: Kevin and I went to highschool together. Tony owned a local bookshop that we used to go to all the time. We met Jeremy (everyone just calls him Germ) through Tony.
Kevin Anson: We’ve been in other bands together as well. Back Alley Kicks is the last band we were all in together (minus Tony).
Kathryn Herron: What exactly is your mission statement?
Jeremy Johnsen: We want to bring the punk scene back and make music more accessible here in Olympia. Too often there’s a distance between performers and the audience, but that distance tends to close with punk.
Kevin Anson: We want to be as involved with our fans and the scene as possible.
Tony Staples: After playing a set, we get down and mosh to the other bands on the bill. It’s that sense of camaraderie which is more common with this genre of music. The Deceptives (Germ’s other band) has the same ideal.
Kathryn Herron: Do you have any upcoming shows?
Tony Staples: We’ll be playing on Feb. 1 at Cafe Racer in Seattle with Germ’s other band, The Deceptives. We also have a show in Seattle Feb. 8. We’ll be playing in Olympia at the 4th Ave Tavern on Feb. 22 and on St. Patrick’s Day.
Paulie Wildey: We also just found out that we’ll be playing with The Seven Seconds in November.
Kathryn Herron: To give readers an idea of what you sound like, can you name a few of your influences?
Paulie Wildey: Boston hardcore punk is our biggest influence. We’re actually really influenced by the music that comes from the straight edge there, which is funny since none of us are straight edge. In fact, we’ve been described as sounding like a drunk Minor Threat.
Jeremy Johnsen: We’re also influenced by early street punk and late hardcore.
Kevin Anson: The Adolescents are another one of our major influences.
Kathryn Herron: You all seem to have slightly varied taste. What is your writing process like?
Tony Staples: Kevin writes all the music and Paulie writes all the music. I arrange stuff to make it sound nice and Germ adds flourishes.
The Sounds: Where can readers hear your music?
Tony Staples: We recorded a seven-song EP a few months back with South Sound Sounds. It’s actually seven songs and a video. The rough cuts are currently available online at www.facebook.com/killshotoly and www.reverbnation.com/killshotoly.