black market baby

BLACK MARKET BABY has been a mainstay of the DC punk scene for several years now. With a sound more reminiscent of Sham 69 than the likes of most DC hardcore bands, they reflect the original punk sound and spirit in a modern way. Their first lp "Senseless Offering" on Fountain of Youth Records, was an eastern hit but as of yet the band is all but unknown on the west coast. Their track on the Flipside lp is the first featuring the return of original guitarist Keith Campbell (Scott Logan did the lp) and the last tracks to feature bassist Myk Dolfi and drummer Tommy Carr, though Keith's return was not instrumental in their leaving. This conversation was done via a very poor telephone connection between vocalist Boyd Farrell and FS man on the phone Bill Bartell.

Current lineup

FS: So there's been a major lineup change. What happened?

Boyd: Well, I guess after three years with the same people you need a change. We're all still friends. Myk is playing guitar in Iron Cross, who by the way features our original bassist, Paul Cleary.

FS: What the game plan?

Boyd: Well we haven't played since February, opening for Girlschool. We're writing a new lp. We've got six newer songs and a few we didn't record on "Senseless", plus we're going to re-do our single "Potential Suicide" and "Youth Crimes".

FS: Myk and Tommy were major contributors tot he bands material, do you think you and Keith can make up for their absence?

Boyd: when we started we wrote all the material. Then after a while we got lazy and Tom and Myk kept coming up with great stuff. It came to the point where I'd just give the words to them because Keith went through a pretty dry spell.

FS: Well, you're married and have a kid and really aren't in a position to do a major tour. Does that get frustrating for the band?

Boyd: Well yeah, it does. We did a little one up the east coast when the lp came out. I guess further down south it's like hick city so there isn't much point. I guess we're really popular in New York.

FS: Your songs seem to be more social, aimed at the kids, rather than political, aimed at the government or other authority figures.

Boyd: Yeah, I live in suburbia, boredom gives me a lot of time to reflect. It's really pointless to complain about that when these problems came out of the way people were raised, the way people treat each other, which is something you can affect. You have to look to yourself and set all that straight before you tackle the big boys.

FS: What are your musical influences? I noticed a Germs shirt on the back of the lp cover, but don't see too much of that in the band.

Boyd: More of the Ruts, Sham 69, early Ramones. Alice Cooper. We're not a hardcore band. A lot of hardcore is generic, which is something I always liked about DC bands, they all have a distinguishable sound, like you can tell Scream from GI and Minor Threat.

FS: What about straight edge in DC?

Boyd: Well it's sad, all those little kids that were on skateboards a year or two ago are on heroin now. It's like DC lost its innocence. It's been deteriorating since the end of Minor Threat, though obviously it isn't their fault. It's like a fashion thing now. It's like it lost the sincerity, the anger, and became more cynical. You used to be able to go to the clubs and get a buzz from the bands' energy.

FS: Anything else you want to add?

Boyd: Well, on our lp the song "Gunpoint Affection" is about rape, and I sing about it in the first person perspective, as if I'm the rapist. I had to do it that way, because rape is such a horrible thing. I wanted it to be graphic, and a lot of people misunderstood it. They thought we were advocating rape and that we hated women. I have a wife and a daughter, of course I don't have women. It was just wrong to sing it any other way. I just want to clear that up. And we'll have a new lp out around September we'll try to get out west if we can...

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