By Nicholas Jason Lopez
While their new single “YRUDFL” lasts shorter than two minutes, DFL’s fans have declared it has been worth the nearly 24-year wait.
The hard-hitting track is the first to come from the punk/hardcore legends’ upcoming EP on Say-10 Records and SBÄM Records, produced by Greg Hetson, their first major release since 1997’s ‘Grateful’ via Epitaph Records.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to talk with drummer Adam Gardner about “YRUDFL” and more.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Adam Gardner – Everything. It’s fast and exciting. Plus, I love watching people go nuts in the pit. We feed off of that.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Adam Gardner – If you’re not a fucking idiot about it, then it can be the best thing for a band promoting themselves. It’s a great way to feel connected with your fans and them with you and that’s more important than anything in music.
Music Bugle – What made you want to release “YRUDFL” as the first single from the upcoming EP?
Adam Gardner – Because it’s a dope track and if you like “YRUDFL,” then the rest of the EP is going to kick your ass. We’re like that friend you haven’t seen in 20 years and when you reconnect, you pick up where you left off like no time has passed at all.
Music Bugle – How would you compare your newest music to your earlier material?
Adam Gardner – Do you like old DFL? Then, you will like new DFL. We tried to make sure we stayed true to the DFL sound.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Adam Gardner – We have a lot of cool things happening behind the scenes that we can’t really say right now, but trust me, if you are a fan of us, you will be very excited for the rest of 2021-22.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Adam Gardner – I am obsessed with Black Pumas’ self-titled album.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Adam Gardner – From life in general? To practice. I get lost behind my drum kit for hours.
Music Bugle – What is something that people might be surprised to know about you?
Adam Gardner – I have a tattoo of Popeye the Sailor Man on the bottom of my foot. Oh, and I eat raw potatoes like it was an apple!
Music Bugle – What’s some advice you would give younger musicians just starting out?
Adam Gardner – If you’re just starting out and you are playing a show, remember, just because you are not necessarily the band people went there to see, doesn’t mean you can’t be the one they go home talking about.
Music Bugle – What do you hope for from the rest of 2021?
Adam Gardner – Good pizza, great shows and COVID in the rearview mirror.