By Nicholas Jason Lopez
After a 14-year hiatus, California punk band and Fat Wreck Chords alumni Love Equals Death will co-release a split 7” with post-punk group The Static Age (formed by singer-songwriter Andrew Paley) between Say-10 Records (United States) and SBÄM (Europe) on Oct. 30, 2020.
Both acts previously toured with AFI, Tiger Army, The Explosion and The Street Dogs and planned a U.S/Canada tour that was unfortunately written off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with Love Equals Death lead singer Chon Travis about the split 7” and more.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Chon Travis – The way I’ve been most affected by COVID-19 is the same as most bands. We haven’t been able to play shows or practice as much. Practice is an obstacle in itself anyways. Our bassist Jeremy Lantz and drummer Johnny Myers both live in Los Angeles and I live in Northern California, but when you add the fact that most practice spaces were closed during the first three months of this thing, it just made it hard to get things done musically.
Music Bugle – What made you guys want to reunite?
Chon Travis – Well, I was tired of not playing music and I had a lot of things to get out of my head. I just couldn’t sit around any longer and deprive myself of that expression. It was really eating me up, so I decided to talk with my manager, Ken Seaton about how to move forward and here we are.
Music Bugle – What are some differences you’ve noticed in the music industry since when you originally formed and nowadays?
Chon Travis – For me, it’s all the same. I have music inside of me that wants to get out, I have a certain amount of those people who want to hear it and then there’s the “industry.” The industry is enigmatic to me. It seems like the point in which the corporate world meets the D.I.Y. world. As long as there’s good music, there will always be an industry to support it, or vice versa.
Music Bugle – How did the idea for the split 7” with The Static Age come about?
Chon Travis – The idea for the split arrived in my email inbox from a very awesome dude named Felix Willikonsky. He was in talks with SBAM Records about it and brought it to my attention and we jumped on it.
Music Bugle – What was the most memorable show you’ve ever played?
Chon Travis – The most memorable show has to be either the time we played Amsterdam or the show at The Armory in Eureka, California with AFI.
Music Bugle – What do you miss the most about performing in front of a live audience?
Chon Travis – The thing that I miss the most are the people. Getting to see people that you haven’t seen for a while and meeting new people are the best things about a show for me. I love putting on a good show, but the people coming together to enjoy a mutual bond is priceless.
Music Bugle – Away from music, what’s something that people might be surprised to know about you?
Chon Travis – Well, let’s see… I ran for City Council, I’m an ordained minister, my name really is spelled with a “C” and I use a lot of swear words.
Music Bugle – What’s something you wish happened more in the world?
Chon Travis – Human appreciation.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you feel the need to escape?
Chon Travis – The place I go to escape is either Knott’s Berry Farm or my studio.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Chon Travis – The quote that keeps me going is, “Keep on keeping on.”