Today we interviewed Reed Dunlea of Brooklyn punk band, Dipers. (Described on one show flyer as “Reed-fronted fart terrorist punks.) He’s a really nice, high energy giant who slow-moshes at most hardcore shows in NYC, and tough guys can’t do anything about it because Reed is too big to fail. Dipers played a tour kickoff show last night at 538 Johnson in Bushwick before they head out on tour to Chicago.

Reed told us about fireworks and knife throwing last night at the show, his radio show DISTORT JERSEY CITY on WFMU, his zine, and why the band is called ‘Dipers.’

 

 

Stream Diper’s new 7-inch, Shit House:

DIPERS Tour June 2012:

Playing a show

Superchief: So who’s in Dipers?

Reed: dips is me singing, zeke the freak on bass guitar, matty v guitar and singing and dirty dave on drums, plus martin hladik spiritual advisor.

 

Are you guys big Wipers fans… or big Diapers fans?

Who are the wipers? I have 18 adult diapers under my couch right now waiting to be shatted out on new years eve.

 

They were like desert nirvana. haha

Oh, no, fuck the west coast.

Reed getting ready to be shit housed

Are you excited to go on tour later today?

So psyched to not go to work everyday and drink copiously for 11 straight days with Max Wolff, the ultimate party boy.

 

Where are you guys headed? do you have a van?

Chicago and back, gonna be rad times. Psyched to go to some towns I’ve never been to before like Pittsburgh, Columbus and Cleveland–mostly house and basement shows so we’re hoping to get pretty rowdy.

 

That’s tight. Are you going with any other bands or flying solo?

Mostly flying solo, doing 2 shows with Drug Lust from Pittsburgh. Playing with some awesome bands like Shaver, Bad Noids, some chicago fucks, Girls of Porn, Cancer, Monster Movie, Limbs Bin, Secret Police etc. etc. and last night’s kickoff show at 538 Johnson was really fun with lots of friends and fireworks.

 

O ya, tell me about the show last night. How was Goosebumps?

Goosebumps was totally solid as always, Ray was wearing a bunch of eye makeup. Wild Child is one of my favorite recent bands, they killed. Brain Slug and Nuclear Spring killed it NYC style. People were throwing knives in the hallway–a good Thursday night.

 

Sounds awesome. God bless that un-named place. You just recorded Wild Child on your radio show, right? Tell the kids about the radio show, and how your system of interviewing and featuring bands works with that.

I’m doing a weekly show on the greatest radio station on the planet WFMU. Tuesday night/Wednesday mornings 3am-6am right after the best show and then Solid Gold Hell. It’s for all the coke addicts, insomniacs, and Europeans and also people on the internet because it’s archived. I try to bring on as many bands as I like as possible and its fun stuff, we’ve recorded some really great sets so far.

 

Do people call in?

People can call in, yeah. WFMU is a real community station with all volunteer djs and they do shit that nobdoy else does–old school existence in a physical realm get into it. Free your mind, man.

 

It kind of seems like you are doing the only true punk radio show in all of NYC. 

Yeah, you might be right, there are a lot of shows at WFMU that blend into punk but are either more metal or more garage or rock n’ roll based. There’s a good show on East Village Radio by the Death by Audio guy that is punk and hipster stuff. Oh, no sorry WNYU–”Crucial Chaos and Useless Generation,” which Jolie is gonna be hosting Crucial Chaos soon. I’m guest djing it in August I think. Yeah, listen to Jolie’s show we basically play the same stuff. But yeah,  NYU students are all drug addicts and bloggers, especially the people who work there like in the religious studies department and shit like that.

True that. How come so many punks are art school students? For a bunch of people who are so ‘anti-hipster,’ especially the NYC kids right now, isn’t there an unusual amount of art school students?

Because their parents give them an allowance and they buy records, it’s like that HBO show “Girls” …Which Mateo was prominently featured on.  But yeah, theres also an ususual amount of people who run blogs like superchief.tv.

 

Haha Mateo was on girls?

Yeah dude, he dated one of them and Adam Whites was an extra.

 

He dated her on the show or in real life?

On the show, it was brief, they more like hooked up I think…I don’t know I havent seen it yet….. How’s the new Superchief party space going?

 

So excellent. We’re doing office hours for the first time as we speak. 

Sick, living the dream.

 

We’re gonna sell art to wealthy people and pay our friends.

Robin Hood shit. Yo man, Robin Hood is still right. Fuck this 1% bullshit get with the times.

 

Robin Hood was the art of crime and revolution, we’re just scammers. All our friends went to art school.. and you know how art school kids are, so someone’s gotta get them paid.  

 

How would you handle it if you ran someone over with the tour van? Would you flee the scene or are you on a tight schedule?

All life is precious, everything is cyclical, we would probably eat everything and not notify the police but notify their family. But let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Dirty Dave is not driving on this tour so we should be all good.

 

That’s deep. Have fun, dawgie. 

 

If you catch Dipers on tour, also be sure to pick up a copy of Reed’s third issue of his zine, Greatest City in the World.

Greatest City In The World Issue #3 will be out next week. Interviews with the almighty Seattle/Michigan party heroes THE SPITS, Bay Area heavy hitters NO STATIK, Boston heavy drinkers MALE NURSES, second all time hardest New York band CREEM, and Western Mass powerelectronic freak LIMBS BIN. No columns, reviews or other bullshit. 100 copies. Available in person at Chaos In Tejas, leftover copies on June DIPERS tour, leftover copies after that at http://shithawkpunks.bigcartel.com/.

You can keep up with all things Dipers at their blog, Shit Hawk Records.

 

-Bill Dunleavy

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