decided to that it was high time to do an interview with Tyler Vile..
He is a Freshman in High School, sings in the band The Communist
Eyes and writes for Punk Globe... I am truly impressed with
Tyler and hope
you enjoy this interview.. He proves that there really is nothing you
can't do if you put your mind to it..
Punk Globe: Thanks for doing the
interview Tyler. Give the readers some background information about
Vile: I'm a teenage frontman, poet, journalist, punk,
weirdo with Cerebral Palsy. Freshman in high school and I enjoy
Punk Globe: Were you born in Baltimore?
Tyler Vile: Yes,
Baltimore born and bred
Punk Globe: What got you
involved with the "Punk" scene, Tyler?
Tyler Vile: My
sister, Jamie, who's 9 years my senior used to play a lot of Rage
Against the Machine as a teenagerand
her friend Dan Bock (very cool guy) used to constantly burn me CDs of
bands like The Ramones, Rancid, and The Misfits. I got involved with
"scene" when I went to a show where Cheap Sex I think, was the
headliner and bands like Blondsai and Fishnet Stalkers (then featuring
Shane Scum) were supporting my friend and I quickly realized how good
these local bands were and thus we started The Media Pigs the rest is
Tyler with Brett, Lars
and Tim from Rancid
Punk Globe: Was The Media Pigs your first band?
the traditional sense of the word, yes. I'd been playing music and
writing lyrics for about a year before that with some friends
Punk Globe: Were you playing with the Media Pigs at
last years Freaker's Ball?
I was not, I'd been kicked out by that point. I didn't do anything
wrong, they just thought at the time it would help the advancement of
the group musically as they thought my timing was terrible. They did
fall apart to a certain degree after my departure, but it's cool
because we've patched things up and there are two former members in The
Punk Globe: Most all the younger bands
that I spoke with all were talking about how Operation Ivy changed
their life. They were all excited to hear I knew Lint, Jesse and Matt
from Gilman Street and the East Bay scene.
Vile: Operation Ivy has been a tremendous influence on me
a way that I really can't convey. My lyrical and vocal styles have been
compaired to the great Jesse Michaels. I can often be seen at shows and
in school with an Op Ivy shirt on. I'm a Jawbreaker fan as well.
Crimpshrine is a severely underrated band from the East Bay. Charm City
Artspace in Baltimore is modeled after 924 Gilman in that it's
an independently run, all-ages punk venue.
Punk Globe: Conley
turned me on to The Prostitutes and it was so funny they wrote me a fan
comment telling me that it was an honor for me to take an interest in
them.. Maybe they should be your next interview?
Vile: Oh yeah, I'd absolutely love to do that!
Punk Globe: Is there a group of teen bands that all
play shows in the Baltimore area?
but we're not networked as well as we should be. There's ZebraCake, The
Side Affects, The Skanarchists, and a bunch more as well as new kids
forming bands so hopefully we can get everything organized.
Punk Globe: Was it hard putting together a new band
after parting with Media Pigs? Tell us about The Communist Eyes?
kind of. Bands and lovers are very similar, you don't want to rush into
something new right after you're done the last one.The musicians I
already had semi-lined up, Keith, the Media Pigs' drummer's twin
brother and MP's former biggest fan was a good friend and bass player,
so he and I formed the band.
Punk Globe: I remember that the name you originally
were going to use was Cause For Alarm...
it was, we also tried The Ultra Violents, Sons of Medusa and The
Commies. Nobody really liked those
Punk Globe: Did you get any flack from Cause For
Alarm for using the
but that's exactly what we were afraid of. We like those NYHC bands and
didn't want to anger them
Globe: Now that you have the band name straightened out.. Tell us about
the shows you have been playing. Where did The Communist Eyes play
first show at?
played at Michell David Teen Center,
a venue run by a Jewish youth group. I'd invited kids from school but
they called me a fag, fuck them. We brought about 20 punk kids total
and we moshed all night and sang "Sex and Violence" while the people
who ran it
stared on in bewilderment. That was a fun night!
Punk Globe: I Know that you have a big
show coming up at The Sidebar with The
Living Wrecks and the final show for one of your favorite bands Chelsea
booked that one by the way
Punk Globe: What bands are The Communist Eyes are
Another Shot of
Vile: Ready! Set! Namedrop!! Circle
Jerks, Adolescents, Operation Ivy, The Germs, Choking Victim, Dead
Kennedys, The Stooges, David Bowie, New York Dolls, Misfits, T. Rex,
The Damned, Jayne County, The Prostitutes and Raped/Cuddly Toys
Punk Globe: Who writes material for the band?
Vile: I write all of the lyrics, the boys read them, we
take direction from eachother and it comes out sounding pretty.
Punk Globe: Tell us who is in the band besides
plays Bass, Gunnar plays Guitar and Aaron plays Drums.
brother, will sit behind the kit on occasion when Aaron is
Punk Globe: Are you aware of The Insaints from The
really, but I'll look into them. I like obscure bands because
they need exposure for the hard work and good sounds they produced.
Globe: The late great Marion Anderson the lead singer of The Insaints
was somewhat like a Female GG Allin. ...Doing interviews and
reviews is another one of your many talents. What got you involved with
did, Ginger. You offered me that position and I just took to it. I read
a lot and thought wouldn't it be cool to do that. But I didn't
really have the means until you came along.
Punk Globe: I remember asking Kevin from The Living Wrecks to interview
The Night Time Dealers and he immediately said get Tyler Vile to do
it.. So you are getting recognition from your peers..
Travis from The Transplants
truly flattered, I'd love to do that too. Fat Dave Preno is one of the
coolest people I've met -- real sweet guy like a punk rock teddybear.
Punk Globe: Tell us some people you have on your
wish list to interview?
Vile: Jesse Michaels, Lars Fredriksen, Iggy Pop, Shane
West among others
Globe: I did tell Shane West you wanted to interview him. He was
psyched to do it.. but has been very busy with E.R... Remember to ask
about the Movie he did with my pal Colleen Fitzpatrick who played Amber
Von Tussle in the original "Hairspray" Debbie Harry and Sonny Bono were
her parents.. Colleen later became Vitamin C.. And that all happened in
Punk Globe: What is your favorite club to play in Baltimore and have
you toured with any of the bands that you have played with?
I've never toured but I want to. The Sidebar is my favorite venue, it's
like a second home to me They've been wonderful to me since I started
going there. Much love to Curt, Matty and Richard
Anything else you want to accomplish before you hit 18?
Tyler Vile: Believe
it or not, I'm not that much of an ambitious person. With MP
"Hey, let's start our own band." With Punk Globe I thought, "Cool, I'm
published writer now."
really like writing poetry and short stories so
I would like to have maybe a novel published in the future
after 18) and oh, definitely world domination, or at least a US tour.
Punk Globe: Can you give us your My Space Profile addresses?
my personal profile, and this is the bands http://myspace.com/thecommunisteyes
Punk Globe: One last thing - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TYLER !!!! Any
last words for Punk Globe readers?
support your local punk scene. If there isn't one, get
belittle a kid with heart, and my birthday was great, I share it with
Dave Z of Chelsea Graveyard, Saddam Hussein, and the author of To
Kill a Mockingbird.
Peace to all
I hope you enjoyed the interview with Tyler Vile.. We need more youth
like Tyler who Rawks.......