Thanks for taking the time to do this. I know we’ve talked about it off and on and now seems like the right time to get it done with the EP being released. How did Stolen Wheelchairs come about and where did the name come from?
First off, thank you for taking the time to do this. I’ve been looking forward to being a part of this zine since my pops brought home the issue that he did for The Lot. This project started with five tunes that I had kicking around that I recorded myself right around the time that I turned sixteen. I just wanted to make the best product I could with the resources I had. So I released the record on bandcamp and thought that would be it. I guess the right people heard it and a couple weeks later Rory and Collin from Posers (who had just split) said they were down to do bass and drums. My dad said that he’d play guitar and well, here we are. As far as the name “Stolen Wheelchairs” I thought that it would be something hard to forget, something that would grab people’s attention if they saw the name on a show flyer.
I think I know the answer but, was your dad a big influence on you becoming a musician?
Definitely. He taught me how to play with a band, how to structure songs, etc. A lot of what I know about music is because of him. It helps that he’s been playing in bands since he was my age. After almost twenty years of doing this, he has a pretty good idea of what to do, and what not to do.
Since you are so young have there been any problems getting booked for shows? I know there are quite a few places that are 21+.
Thankfully, all of the venues that we’ve played so far have been pretty understanding of my age. I also try to stay away from the bar and stick to only drinking water which helps to keep things running smoothly. Oddly enough, I don’t think that we’ve played a single all ages show yet.
Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?
Bands like Far From Finished, The Boils, Bad Religion, Rancid, Gorilla Biscuits, Dag Nasty and Bad Brains (just to name a few) are bands that heavily influence my own stuff.
Do you have any crazy and/or funny stories from being on the road? In either The Lot or Stolen Wheelchairs?
I’d have to go and say that my dad falling off the stage at our third show in Wilmington DE is at the top of my list. But honestly, the little things that happen before or after shows are my favorite. Like spending the morning with our friends in JBR and Mike Kane & TMA arguing in their respective New York and Boston Accents on whether or not a Fox is closer to a cat or a “dahhg”. Or playing skee-ball in a Chuck E. Cheese in Worcester with our drummer from The Lot while people were eyeing us up, wondering why a grown man was in a Chuck E. Cheese with a high school kid.
I'll see if I can link the vid of the stage fall. Thankfully, he's ok so we can laugh at it now. Is there any location you would like to play still?
Honestly anywhere. It would be cool to get out to the west coast soon, or do something in Europe in the near future. I definitely want to try to do a leg of an east coast tour though.
How has it been being involved in the making of your own album?
It’s been a really unique experience since I wrote, played, and recorded everything alone. It helped that I got to sit in on the recording of The Lot record before I was in the band, that helped give me a starting point for what I needed to do. But for the most part I was just messing around with stuff until I got something that sounded decent.
Where can people listen to/buy your music? Where can people buy merch?
People can listen to our stuff on Spotify, ITunes, etc. Our 7” is available at State Line Records on Get-Punk.com. People can check out our Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on merch and future shows.
What do you wish to bring to the music scene?
I want the songs that I write alone in my bedroom to help more people than just myself. I write so that I don’t explode and hit everything that moves. Everything I write is honest and raw and I want people who wouldn’t normally have the chance to talk to me to remember what it’s like to be a kid, or at the very least, get a better glimpse at who I am. l want people to know that they’re seeing something legitimate and not someone going through the motions.
What is your biggest challenge as a band? How have you been able to overcome it?
That would probably be trying to get together a line up that works. Everybody in the band are at different stages in life so it’s hard to get our schedules to match.
It’s hard enough to be in a band with people in general, let alone being in a band with a kid who’s in high school.
What advice would you give to people who want to start a band?
Do it. Try your best with the situation that you’ve been given and make the most of it. Whether it’s just you and a friend, try to find a way to make it work. Even if it’s just you, play acoustic sets until you find people. If it’s really something you want to do you’ll find a way to make it work. The most important thing is to make what you have as good as it can possibly be. Try to have a good time doing it too.
Osc4r Capps - Vox
Oscar Capps - Guitar
Rory Cain - Bass
Milo Effect - Drums