For Fans Of: Anti-Flag / Minor Threat / The Unseen
With something to say, this Philly four piece banded together to create a vortex of in-your-face, spitting punk that’s pumped full of energy and cutting riffs. Heavily influenced by traditional punk, Stolen Wheelchairs dragged it into the modern climate, put their own middle-finger-in-the-air spin on it and churned out the fourteen exciting songs that make up their debut album, The America. We chat to vocalist, Osc4r Capps about self-recording and more.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
We’re a punk outfit from Philly. About two years old, maybe a bit younger, but I’m not too sure. The name is something I came up with that would grab people’s attention and raise a few questions. We’re the Robin Hoods of healthcare, but the lore does not go much deeper than that, haha. And we have a new record out! The America is streaming everywhere and we have our second pressing available on vinyl at GetPunk.com.
Going way back to the beginning, can you recall your very first memory of music?
Probably my mother singing to me, honestly. I can’t remember my life without it as cliche as that sounds. A cool early memory was when I was eight and saw Far From Finished and Flatfoot 56, and The Casualties backstage on Warped Tour 201o when I was nine.
“If you like your punk rock fast, loud, raw, and fun, Stolen Wheelchairs should absolutely be on your radar.”
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
Ramallah, Pears, Grade 2, Murphy’s Law. Those would all be some cool bands with similar enough sounds that something cool could come out of I think.
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
A weird one was when we were playing cranking and skanking fest with The Bosstones, our drummer was walking in the crowd before we played and a dude came up to him, took his sunglasses off, broke them in half, and said “These are dumb take mine”, and gave him some weird aviators. I’m sure there are some others but this comes first to mind.
You just released your album, The America. What were some of the most fun and most challenging aspects of recording?
Recording it ourselves was very difficult and rewarding. I was incredibly stressed wanting to make sure everything went well engineering-wise. It allowed us to be incredibly relaxed and save a lot of money that we could drop on mixing. I learned a lot also that I will take into account when recording the next record.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
Absolutely not. Although both are good when eaten separately.
Rising to the challenge, Stolen Wheelchairs have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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