LOS ANGELES, March 16, 2013 — Implants, you could say, is a punk rock super group with five members: Chris Dalley (Ten Foot Pole and Voodoo Glow Skulls) on drums, Rob Ramos (Strung Out) on guitar, Jim Blowers (Pulley) also on guitar, Chris Del Rio (Ten Foot Pole) on bass, and Ken Conte (Brown Lobster Tank and The Tank) on vocals. Chris Dalley took some time during a band practice break to discuss Implant’s formation, touring and their new album, From Chaos To Order, due to be released May 7 on Cyber Tracks.
Kevin Wells: What made you guys want to start a new band together?
Chris Dalley: It happened pretty naturally. Initially it was just gonna be a project of songs that everybody had that didn’t work out for all the other bands and they were just going to record ‘em. What happened was our bass player, Chris [Del Rio], had gotten in touch with Jim Blowers, who is one of our guitar players who is Pulley, and said, “Hey would you want to jam on some songs?” And they started talking about a second guitar player and Jim recommended Rob [Ramos]. Rob heard what Chris had written and really liked it. So he joined on and then we Ken [Conte] in. And then I joined about a week after Ken did. Initially, it was just gonna be a project to record our ideas. Once we got them on file, it sounded great. So we thought we just might as well pursue this and it’s been taking off pretty good.
KW: How hard is it to work around the other bands’ schedules to find time for Implants?
CD: It’s actually not that hard. Ten Foot Pole is pretty much, you know, on hiatus. We do maybe six shows a year and Pulley is a part time band too because Scott [Radinsky] is involved with the baseball thing. And then Strung Out, they tour and all that stuff, so we had time to go around and do everything else. It’s not too much of a thing. We all have blackout dates for when Strung Out has shows or when Pulley has shows or Ten Foot Pole and then we just work around that.
KW: Will the older bands still take precedence over Implants should there be scheduling conflicts?
DC: Yeah, pretty much, I mean, that’s how we make our money, how we get by. Strung Out is a pretty successful band. Same with Pulley and all that stuff. From what everybody is saying Implants is really good, so we’ll see what happened when the album comes out in a couple months and then we’ll just go from there.
KW: How did the deal with Cyber Tracks come to fruition and why did you choose to release your debut album, From Chaos To Order, on that label?
DC: Actually, the funniest thing about it is, we had released a couple songs on Soundcloud and Jen, who is El Hefe’s wife [El Hefe and Jen both own and operate Cyber Tracks], had heard the song, “Life Passes.” They had only heard that one song and fell in love with it. They started talking to Rob because they had known Rob for a long time. They thought, “okay, we really like this, when can we hear some more?” We all just talked about it and we decided to start this thing out. So, we signed with them a couple weeks after having a meeting with them. They’re really, really into the band. That’s what we wanted. They’re a new label and we’re a new band, we’re gonna kind of help each other grow.
KW: Do you have any plans to tour the U.S. or Europe?
DC: Right now, for the U.S. we just got a few local shows around California. We’re actually flying to Belgium, just for the weekend. We’re playing that Groezrock, which is pretty much like the world’s biggest punk festival. We actually already have a tour being booked right now for Europe for two weeks in July. The thing is, for us, especially in America with how the economy is and how much gas prices are, it has to be really worth it for us to go on a big tour around the U.S. Unless we become successful right out of the box, which is hard to do, it would have to be with a pretty big band for us to support. In the meantime, when the right offers come along, we’ll be out there.
KW: What bands made you want to start playing in your own bands originally?
DC: My first concert was KISS. So seeing guys wearing makeup with a drum set on top of an army tank kinda made me want to do drums. Iron Maiden, definitely. As far as punk goes, definitely Descendents, Bad Religion, later on, NoFX and Lagwagon and Strung Out, for sure. It’s actually pretty cool because I am playing with one of my favorite guitar players of all time, which is pretty much an honor for me.
KW: Did those same bands influence the writing process for Implants?
DC: Some of it, yeah. We wrote the songs just the way they came out. It came out pretty much how we expected it to be, which was like the mid-90s skate punk sound. It’s been something that’s kind of been missing for a while and we kind of just wanted to bring it back, but also have it updated. It has that 90s flavor, but we brought it up to the standards of how we would want to do it today.
KW: Do you see yourselves making more than one record together?
DC: Absolutely. Chris especially keeps writing songs. So this is not gonna be just a one album deal and then just stop. We want to keep pursuing this. In our opinion, this album is all killer, no filler. There’s not one bad song on this album. We’re all really stoked on how the whole album sounds. So, I think if we continue doing this, I can’t foresee us wanting to stop any time soon, especially for the fact that we’re a part-time band right now. You can’t get too much on each other’s nerves or whatever.
KW: I notice you guys do a lot of the Slabratory Clothing shows in San Diego. How did that come about?
DC: One of the guys that runs Slabratory is our manager. So what he is trying to do is get his clothing company off and he’s got a lot of insides with other punk bands. Since we’re pretty much a Slabratory band by some means, I guess, we just like to play out there. Plus, San Diego’s been a great spot for us. It just worked out really well with this whole Slabratory Clothing thing.
KW: Is there anything else you want your fans to know about Implants?
DC: Just that we made an album we’re really proud of and I just hope everybody feels the same way. Give it a listen and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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