FAQs answered by Daniel and Jon.
Q: Is the whole “Parks and Records” theme a gimmick?
This is a fair question. In the time of big corporations marketing almost all of their products as “organic ” and “natural,” it is wise to be skeptical. Basically, we do the best we can. Any chance that we get to re-use packaging, or use recycled or at least recyclable materials, we do. We find good-doing organizations to donate a percentage of our sales to. In our personal lives, we try and walk the walk and support our local parks. We get outdoors as much as possible for hiking and backpacking, and lately, we are really getting into bike camping. Did you know that you can arrive at any state park on a bike and get a campsite without a reservation? So sweet.
Q: Why is half your store Rum Diary Releases?
Well, we are two of the 4 members in the band, and after 7 years and 12 releases, we have some left-overs including some very cool and rare vinyl records. It’s true, most of the packaging is the old school jewel case type, and for that we are sorry, but those were the more care-free college days, when all we worried about was how to get the time off work to go on tour.
Q: Will The Rum Diary ever play again?
According to multiverse theory, we have always been playing, are playing now, and will always be playing.
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Q: Did Daniel and Jon really go to kindergarten together?
Indeed we did. In fact, here is a class picture of us sitting side-by-side oddly wearing very similar clothes to ones we wear today. The style has come full circle. Jon is cuter, and has cooler shoes, but my hair is way more rockin’.
Q: Do you have any interns?
We do, we have two. The younger one, Parker, has been caught several times trying to eat the inventory. The older one, Charlie, will only agree to dinosaur-themed artwork. But the energy they bring to the label is essential.
Q: If you could be any of Fletch’s aliases, which would you choose?
Q: What is your favorite Fugazi album?
Wow, it’s like I’m asking myself these questions. Personally, I like “In on the Kill Taker,” but I can’t really say one is my favorite with absolute certainty. There are so many great songs.
Q: What was the best live show you have ever seen?
A couple honorable mentions are Fugazi at Maritime Hall, and At the Drive In at Bottom of the Hill, but nothing was as jaw-dropping as Rocket From the Crypt at Berkeley Square in 1997. The roof was officially raised that night. Speedo actually breathed fire.
Q: Would you be prepared if gravity suddenly reversed itself?
Yes. The only thing we can’t figure out is how to keep the change in our pockets. Wait, we’ve got it. Nudity.