Remembering how one of my favorite records of 2013 was Weekend Nachos‘ Still, I anticipated to finally see the band live. It was a surprisingly cool night, a deviation from the usually unbearable Texas heat. John Hoffman, lead singer of extreme music act Weekend Nachos, stood outside of a warehouse called Vice Palace, located in West Dallas. The amicable Chicagoan was leaning on a red car that he assumed to be mine, as we talked about music, Fall Out Boy, touring, religion and of course, One Tree Hill.
(Interview Key: Michael-Michael White; Weekend Nachos-John Hoffman)
Michael: How did you get into One Tree Hill?
Weekend Nachos: My girlfriend got me into it. She was always talking about it and I thought “I don’t want to watch this stupid show.” But then I watched one episode with her and I was hooked.
Michael: The main reason I got into it was because my friends- well I go to an all boys school so-
Weekend Nachos: Oh, so it’s like a private school?
Michael: Yeah. It’s the same school that Riley from Power Trip went to.
Weekend Nachos: Oh that’s sweet! I was just talking to Riley like a few hours ago.
Michael: Yeah, he’s supposed to be coming tonight right?
Weekend Nachos: Yeah the dude’s awesome.
Weekend Nachos: He lives in Chicago now-
Michael: Yeah that’s crazy. Well as I was saying. I go to an all boys school and the main topic of conversation is women. And the women on One Tree Hill are some of the most attractive people I’ve seen in my life.
Weekend Nachos: It’s good. I’m trying to think of who my favorite is…I like Rachel. Yeah Rachel’s my favorite.
Michael: I haven’t gotten that far yet, I’m only on Season 3. I don’t care about spoilers though, I always forget. Is she the one that f*cks up a lot?
Weekend Nachos: Yep that’s her.
She’s my favorite I think.
Michael: My favorite is hands down, balls on the table…Brooke Davis
Weekend Nachos: She’s ok I guess
Michael: Well, here’s the thing: I’m a fan of short girls and she’s 5′ 4″-
Weekend Nachos: Did you know that she was like engaged to Chad Michael Murray or something?
Michael: Yeah and he cheated on her with like Paris Hilton or something. I dunno, I gotta look that up again. Peyton’s also pretty.
Weekend Nachos: Yeah she’s a pretty attractive girl, she’s sweet. What part are you on right now?
Michael: Uhh, I just started Season 3 and I’ve been using coke and popcorn. Are you familiar with it?
Weekend Nachos: Yeah I watched some of the early episodes with it
Michael: Yeah it sucks, but my Netflix just came back so-
Weekend Nachos: There you go. I’m trying to think of-I mean, there’s nine seasons of this show.
Michael: I know, it’s long.
Weekend Nachos: And the whole thing [show] is incredible! And you’re going to be enjoying it for a while.
Michael: Yeah. Worst case scenario if it starts getting dumb I can just mute it and star. It’s good eye candy-
Weekend Nachos: No, trust me. That’s the least good thing about it. It’s THAT good of a show
Michael: I mean it’s well-done but it’s kinda cheesy.
Weekend Nachos: Well it’s a teen drama so it HAS to be somewhat cheesy. But it’s fantastic
Michael: Speaking of One Tree Hill, perfect segway, I know you did [the song] “Jock Powerviolence” with Patrick from Fall Out Boy and they were on the show back in the day.
Weekend Nachos: Yeah I did. They were! I asked Joe from Fall Out Boy about that and I was like “WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING ON ONE TREE HILL?” He was just, I dunno, he didn’t seem to care that much.
Michael: I don’t think…cause that was WAY back in the day right?
Weekend Nachos: Uhh, I don’t know, I think they were still pretty big.
Michael: Oh ok, but like that’s so sick though. You have a connection with One Tree Hill, I mean-
Weekend Nachos: Yeah I’m more excited about Fall Out Boy being on One Tree Hill then Fall Out Boy being on one of our songs.You know…
Michael: That’s crazy. Repping the chi-town, sort of….
Weekend Nachos: Drew is really good friends with Patrick, actually with the whole band, and he has been for quite some time now. And I’ve known Joe for such a long time. For us they’re just like our friends that just blew up as a band and-
Michael: Oh did you know them back in the super early days?
Weekend Nachos: Yeah, WAY before. So it was like… For us it’s like, everyone thinks it’s crazy that they were on our song, but we knew that people would react that way by us putting them on.
Michael: It was a smart business move, and it was fun.
Weekend Nachos: We just wanted to throw people off. It’s different for us: when we see those dudes, it’s not like, “Holy s**t! It’s Fall Out Boy!” We just think it’s crazy they blew up the way they did. It’s awesome that they’re successful.
Michael: Do you really wanna do an entire interview about OTH?
Weekend Nachos: Yeah, of course! There’s nothing else to talk about!
Michael: Well, I mean…(sarcastically) what upcoming releases do you have planned? Let’s get these questions out of the way.
Weekend Nachos: We’re not really working on anything right now, we just did our last LP in November. We’re just playing whatever shows we can. I don’t know when we’re gonna work on something again, but when the times comes we’ll do another LP or EP. We’ve got a fest that we’re playing in Florida. We’re doing this show in Dallas with Infest. We have a 10 Year Anniversary show in Novemeber.
Weekend Nachos: Yep, Chicago. It’s gonna be at The Beat Kitchen. It’s gonna be Dead End Path, Full Of Hell, Sex Prisoner…I don’t know if you know any of those bands.
Michael: I’m new, but I’ve done my research. I know some of those bands. Full Of Hell is coming on a school night, but I wanna go.
Weekend Nachos: Try to go. They’re awesome dudes, too, you’ll like them.
Michael: Dead End Path, I’m not super familiar with, but I know they’ve played a lot of shows with a lot more melodic bands.
Weekend Nachos: Yeah, they’re like a heavier, more Merauder influenced band. They get their name from a Merauder song. They’re singer, Uriah, is such a sweet dude. I wanted all the bands that played this show to be people I liked, so. Sex Prisoner, from Tuscon…gotta check them out.
Michael: Speaking of bands that you like, what’s your relationship with Harms Way? You always say “we’re Harms Way from Chicago” at shows.
Weekend Nachos: I said it like one time, as a joke. I used to be in that band. I played bass for the first few years, and those dudes are all friends.
Michael: What is the lead singer’s workout routine?
Weekend Nachos: I actually don’t know. I know he eats a lot of McDonald’s, which is pretty cool.
Michael: If you said “chicken,” that would make more sense.
Weekend Nachos: He eats a lot of chicken, too. I was just making a joke. It’s funny, because James has always been into fitness and sports for as long as I’ve known him. It’s just funny that that’s how people know him
Michael: It’s the first thing you notice [because he’s extremely buff].
Weekend Nachos: Oh yeah, it’s hard to miss. It’s funny to me, because he’s my friend and I’ve known him for so long.
Michael: How did this show come about?
Weekend Nachos: Jesse, the guy who’s booking it contacted us and said, “Hey I’m trying to get infest to come out here and it would be cool if you guys played.” He offered to fly us out here, and here we are.
Michael: If I wanted to book you guys in my living room, how would I make that happen?
Weekend Nachos: If we were on tour, it could happen very easily, but because we probably won’t be on tour. Since we don’t tour that often, it would probably cost you a lot of money to fly us out here. We would probably do it. You wouldn’t have to pay us very much money at all to play, but it would be expensive to fly us out, unfortunately.
Michael: I know you have some other projects, is that why you don’t tour as much?
Weekend Nachos: Yeah, we don’t tour because at one point it was like, “we could do this band full-time and risk overstaying our welcome and just kind of fading out really quick, or we could just do it sporadically and get regular jobs and still try to make it work.” Realistically, I don’t think we ever thought this would be a regular, full-time band. We just kinda made the decision to do this band whenever we could. We’ve all got girlfriends and wives and jobs. Real life gets in the way of being a full-time band.
Michael: What do you do at home?
Weekend Nachos: Just hang out with my girlfriend. I work at a mortgage company. That’s my day job. I don’t like it, but it’s whatever.
Michael: It makes ends meet? That kinda thing?
Weekend Nachos: Yeah, exactly. It pays the bills. If you’re in a band that’s successful enough full-time it could work, but even those bands don’t make that much money sometimes. So for a band like us that is only marginally popular, we wouldn’t be able to make it work full-time. It’s kind of like this or nothing. We just do what we can.
Michael: I know what you mean. I work at a pizza joint, and I LIKE the actual work, but I don’t like doing it all the time at night, but i feel like you gotta grind to make the fun even more fun
Weekend Nachos: That’s true in life. You gotta take the good with the bad. It’s pretty much a metaphor for life. If you have to do some stuff that sucks during the week, then hopefully you’ll have money that lets you do things elsewhere.
Michael: I know that sometimes in your lyrics you berate the church. I’m a Catholic, but I think there’s things in the church that are messed up…(I start stumbling over my words trying to ask a question without igniting a debate)
Weekend Nachos: I can answer this for you. I’m absolutely not against religion. I’m not against the Church. It’s kinda been misconstrued over the years. People think we’re some kind of atheist anti-god band, and that’s actually not true. I preach freedom of religion, beliefs, all that. mainly what I speak about is what you said, it being all messed up. We live in a country where religion is the norm and people feel like they have to be a part of religion and they need it in their lives when there’s another way. It’s whatever works for them. I think that it’s great when they’re people into hardcore that are Christian or Catholic or whatever it is. I think it’s really good for people to know that you can still be punk and be into religion. There’s nothing that’s anti-punk about religion. I think religion is fine, it just doesn’t necessarily work for everybody. i think the problem in America is that we have religious people who seem to make it their agenda to make people believe what they believe, and i just think people should believe what works for them. if that’s how you are, then more power to you. i think that religion is great, as long as it works for you.
Michael: As long as it’s not detrimental to someone else.
Weekend Nachos: Yeah, as long as you’re not putting people down for just living their lives. I’m against racism, I’m against homophobia, I’m against sexism… I don’t think you should discriminate against others in the name of your religion, but at the same time people believe what they wanna believe. As long as you’re not pushing that on someone else, I think that’s great. Everybody needs to believe what they wanna believe. I think that everyone should do their own thing. I don’t think being religious is anti-punk at all. What’s punk is doing what YOU want to do and knowing what works for you and embracing that to yourself.
Michael: I was just curious cuz of songs like “Satan Sucker.”
Weekend Nachos: Satan Sucker is actually the opposite: that song makes fun of the thought that you have to be satanist to be metal.
Michael: Oh! Well, that’s why I had to ask the question!
Weekend Nachos: I’m glad you asked. If you read closely, you’ll see that I’m being sarcastic against people that are like, “I’m going to be into death metal, I better be Satanist.”
Michael: I’ve been jamming the new Behemoth, and I feel like at their core those dudes would be okay with me listening to their music even though I believe in God.
Weekend Nachos: Dude, I’m okay with you believing in God. we need a punk scene where people can believe in God and be into Christianity or whatever it is, so people can come in and believe what they wanna believe and be into what they want to be into and not feel like there’s some set of rules you have to follow.
Michael: I’m not like super religious, but I’m just saying, in the grand scheme of things…
Weekend Nachos: We have a shirt that says, “Defeat the Christian Right,” and that’s just a shirt that says I’m against the Christian right in America, because there’s not a certain way anyone needs to be. No one says you have to be Christian to be equal in this country. You should believe what you want to believe, equal rights for all people, whether you’re a Muslim or an Atheist…personally, I’m an Agnostic. I don’t denounce God, I just don’t know what’s out there. I kinda plead ignorance about it. I think that you should be able to come into the punk scene if you WERE super religious.
Michael: I feel like punk/hardcore/whatever you wanna call it…it’s most beautiful when it’s most diverse.
Weekend Nachos: Exactly! I agree.
Michael: It’s like a tapestry. I think the more colors you have…
Weekend Nachos: You should be yourself and embrace who you are, but still bond with people because you’ve found this place. It’s a community that’s not specific to any one thing. it’s a conglomeration of people that want to be themselves and embrace who they are.
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