Cry Havoc! is a punk / hardcore band from New Britain, CT. They play loud, they play fast and usually blast through a very quick very energetic set. They have become one of Connecticut's best and most playing punk bands. They have 2 albums available at shows and patacrecords.com. This is definitely one band to check out. I sat down with lead singer Johnny Disaster and asked a few questions. Here is some of those...
DHR - Describe Cry Havoc!
JD - WE ARE 4 FRIENDS THAT STARTED A PUNK HARDCORE BAND OVER 5 YEARS AGO IN NEW BRITAIN, CT. JESSE AND I HAD BEEN IN APUNK BAND THAT HAD BROKEN UP AND WE WANTED TO GET SOMETHING ELSE GOING. SO WE HAD OUR FRIENDS SK0T AND SNYDEROCK JUMP ON, AND CRY HAVOC! WAS BORN.
DHR - Everyone asks the bands influence. What are Your influences?
JD - WE'RE ALL INFLUENCED BY A TON OF DIFFERENT MUSIC AND BANDS. AS A WHOLE WE'RE MOSTLY INFLUENCED BY PUNK AND HARDCORE OF THE 80'S ERA. LIKE THE AMERICAN HARDCORE STUFF AND THE 80'S UK STUFF. BUT WE DRAW INFLUENCE FROM TONS OF PLACES.DHR -Cry Havoc! Has been around for a few years now. Do you have any advice for all the new bands who want to have longevity?
JD - I WOULD SAY TO BE PATIENT. IT'S GONNA TAKE YOU A BIT TO GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE, IF YOU STICK IT OUT AND WORK HARD THINGS WILL PICK UP. IT'S ALL ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU PUT IN, BUT AS LONG AS YOU HAVE FUN DOING IT YOU'LL BE GOOD. NETWORKING IS KEY, GET TO KNOW THE OTHER BANDS AND PEOPLE IN THE SCENE.
DHR - Connecticut has always had a really good punk scene. How do you feel the CT punk scene is at the moment?
JD - I THINK THE CT SCENE IS REALLY GOOD RIGHT NOW, WITH EVEN BETTER THINGS ON THE HORIZON. I THINK RIGHT NOW a lot OF THE BANDS HAVE REALLY COME TOGETHER TO WORK TOWARDS PUTTING CT PUNK ON THE MAP, WHICH IS AWESOME. I ALSO THINK CT BANDS HAVE TO SLUG IT OUT HARDER TO GET OUT THERE SINCE THERE IS A SERIOUS CLUB SHORTAGE, WHICH I THINK HELPS BRING a lot OF US TOGETHER.
CT HAS SOME OF THE FUCKING RADDEST BANDS RIGHT NOW THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LIKE: SADPLANT, STRESSBOMB, M-13, THE BLACKNOISE SCAM, NO!, WESTSIDE INFECTION, PROGRESS, DAMN BROADS... THERE ARE a lot OF GREAT FUCKING BANDS.. TOO MANY TO LIST!
DHR - If you could join a CT punk band for a day who would it be?
JD - OH GOD...... THIS IS WAAAY TO HARD. STRESSBOMB IS THE SHIT, LOVE THOSE DUDES, THEIR NEW SHIT IS FUCKING SICK BY THE WAY!!. M-13 IS FUCKING INCREDIBLE ONE OF THE ABSOLUTE BEST BANDS GOING RIGHT NOW. WHEN FREEDOM DIES IS GETTING BACK TOGETHER. I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE IN A 90'S POSI-HARDCORE BAND. SADPLANT... I CANT SKATE THAT GOOD THOUGH SO I WOULDN'T LAST.. SHIT!!!
DHR - What is your favorite record of all time?
JD - DUDE.. I DON'T KNOW. I CAN NAME A FEW THAT WERE HUGE IMPACTS IN MY LIFE.... THIS IS BOSTON.. NOT LA comp // RANCID- LET'S GO // DYS – BROTHERHOOD // MINOR THREAT – DISCOGRAPHY // CRASS - CHRIST THE ALBUM// H20 – THICKER THAN WATER // THE EXPLOITED - TOTALLY EXPLOITED // 7 SECONDS – THE CREW... EARTH CRISIS, STRIFE, THE FREEZE, INTEGRITY, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, BLACK FLAG... THIS COULD GO ON FOREVER....
DHR - Black Flag or Minor Threat?
JD - GAHHHHHHH... BLACK FLAG... MINOR THREAT..... I'LL GET BACK TO YA ON THAT ONE!
Cry Havoc! plays New Haven this Saturday at Elm Bar ( Former location of Rudy's) 372 Elm St. New Haven, Ct 9pm 21+ $3