7 questions with Ben Social of Sadplant
Ben Social is the singer/guitarist of the Connecticut punk band Sadplant. If you dont know who this band is you should A.S.A.P. They have taken not only the thriving Connecticut punk rock scene by storm but most of western Massachusetts and all of New England on a complete joyride through a black hole of phenomenal punk rock over the past 3, almost 4 years. I sat down with Ben recently and here are some Questions i asked him.
D.H.R.- You've been involved in the Connecticut punk scene for awhile now. How do you feel about the state the"scene" is in right now?
BEN SOCIAL - its definitely better than it was 5 years ago and definitely worse than 10 years ago. im a glass half full guy so lets just say its better than it was 5 years ago.
D.H.R.- Do you think there are any bands today that have the "staying power" of bands of yesterday (ex - the Pist, Death Threat, Hatebreed)?
BEN SOCIAL - shit, tough one. every time i say shit like "this is the best band in CT" they break up within a month. i dont wanna jinx anybody.
D.H.R. - Sadplant covers some unusual songs like "Gay Bar" and "Dammit". Why do you choose these songs as opposed to more traditional punk songs?
BEN SOCIAL - i dig hearing bands cover shit like minor threat and black flag, but i know playing blink bums kids out and i get off on it. fuck the kids.
D.H.R. - What are your main influences?
BEN SOCIAL - motorhead, the jerks, black flag, old school shit. they influence the shit out of me, im just no good at ripping their sound off.
D.H.R. - It seems there is a plethora of Sadplant material. Do you have an immense back catalog, or are you just a hit machine?
BEN SOCIAL - i can write 5 songs in a day some days. i dont have alot to do.
D.H.R. - What C.T. city do you like playing in the most and why?
BEN SOCIAL - i like new london alot, kids come out and are pretty fucking nice to me....yeah, new london without a doubt
D.H.R. - If you could join one band for a day who would it be?
BEN SOCIAL - fuck! any band that is touring alot i guess, i would love to stay on the road.
Check Sadplant out on the web at www.myspace.com/sadplant.