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A brief chat with Masked Intruder


Wisconsin masked pop-punkers Masked Intruder play the Fat Tour alongside many of their Fat Wreck Chords label-mates at the Fillmore on August 20, so we chatted with the Blue one.W

Yellow Scene: When did the band form and what was the mission?

Blue Intruder: Masked Intruder formed in 2010. We released our first demo in 2011. The goal was to try to get as many girls as possible to just sort of get crushes on us, so we could go and maybe get girlfriends.

YS: Describe your sound…

BI: It would be silly not to say that we’re pop-punk. That’s what we are. What we’re basically doing is creating power-pop that has a bit of a throwback to classic pop from the 1950s through the ’80s and ’90s. We’re got a lot of influences in pop music. We’re also very profoundly influenced by the punk rock bands that came before us, like a lot of the bands on Fat Wreck Chords and of course other bands from that period, like Epitaph bands. We’re a power-pop band that sounds like some cool dudes that may or may not have been incarcerated for most of their lives.

YS: How does it feel to be a part of the Fat Wreck family?

BI: It’s amazing. When we first got the phone call that Fat Wreck Chords was interested in working with us, we were in the tour van and we had to pull over because we were freaking out. It was hard to believe – it was like a dream come true.

YS: Do you like playing Colorado?

BI: Oh yeah. Colorado’s one of my favorite states, as a matter of fact. For one thing, it’s so pretty. There’s a lot of mountains, and it’s a cool place. Also, you guys have got that marijuana legal, which is interesting. For me, things are more fun when they’re illegal but I can understand why you would wan to legalize it. Colorado is a cool place and we love coming there.

YS: When this tour’s done, what’s next?

BI: The next thing is a little tour that we have planned for October. We like to get out there and make the rounds as much as we possibly can. We’ll do a few dates, including the Gainesville Fest in Florida. We’ll see. We’ve got some surprises coming round the corner – you never know what we might do.

Masked Intruder play with NOFX, Lagwagon, Strung Out, the Flatliners, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, toyGuitar, and Swingin’ Utters on the Fat Tour at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 20 at the Fillmore; 1510 Clarkson St., Denver; 303-837-0360; $42-$45.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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