The following conversation took place on facebook chat between 1:03am and 1:53am.
Gavin "brass knuckles" Parnell is probably the most legit dude i know.He also bought me Hulk hands for my birthday.Thats the kind of awesome guy he is.
I initially wanted to get an aspect of the band from someone who wasn't actually a member.We ended up talking about everything except Famine.
i think were alone now
Gavin:Such a good song.
Chris:Oh most def.what do you remmeber about the first ff show?
Gavin:It was in Lee's house. They were awesome. I had really long hair then. Nelly moshed and knew some of the lyrics from watching those videos they recorded in Franny's shed. Cruise fell over, didn't he?
Chris:yeah so robbie said.
i dont remember that very clearly though
Gavin:I watched the video of it recently.
I'm sure it's in that.
Everyone looked really different.
Chris:oh you know it
Gavin:We looked like we were on our way to a Norma Jean show.
Chris:well apart form Lee,Robb and me
we looked the same
Gavin:Haha, I remember that.
That was the fashion in 2006.
Chris:you know it
im actually wearing an OFAC shirt right now
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i remember splitting the floor in the sitting room and pissing myself
Chris:i was stoed on a fund raiser show to fix it though
2007 bro, sorry.
did you like the name forging friendships when you first heard it?
i know Ian Fox didnt
yo you there?
piece of shit internet
Gavin:Yeah I am.
I just got up to mosh to the new Harm's Way record for a minute.
I thought it was a cool name.
It seemed more posi to me at first but I didn't care when I found out what it actually meant.
I remember hearing Derry was going to join the band but wouldn't because of the name, haha.
Imagine Derry was in Famine.
Chris:Haha.wierd.my memory of shows back then was long hair,huge names on fliers and no stage dives
was it really like that?
Gavin:Yeah. Ireland's first stagedive happened in 2009.
Chris:i thought as much.can you name that person?
Glenn actually pioneered stagedives in Ireland by killing himself during Emily at Chalk White Fest in 2006.
Chris:haha i dont remember that but if youre going to do it to a band i would hope it would be emily
Gavin:He dived on a bunch of girls.Not even buff girls.
Chris:You went on tour with Famine to Europe.How was that?
Gavin is offline.
Chris:PIECE OF SHIT INTERNET
Gavin is online.
Chris:i just connected to the fucking neighbours wireless.
i can see the fucking router from where i am
Gavin:Oh for fuck sake.
It's telling me my message is too long.
Too awesome. Probably two of the best weeks I've ever had. That tour was kind of broken up a bit. It was weird. They flew to the mainland in the middle of May to play some shows in Belgium and the Netherlands. Bitter End and True Colors were on a bunch of them. I was supposed to go but I got chickenpox the day before they left. It was the worst thing ever. They were away smoking weed and breaking their legs while the whole venue is moshing to Bitter End and I was stuck in my room for two weeks looking like a freak.
They came home for a few days after that and by the time they were leaving for tour again at the start of June, I was better so I went with them. My face was still kind of fucked up from being sick but it was fine. Jack came too. We went to the UK first and they played a few shows before we went to Europe. I say Europe but I really only mean Italy with a stop in Munich to see Terror. Italy was rad. We hung out doing nothing for ages and on the last day we discovered these massive cans of Coke. Delish like. Then we drove all the way from Rome to Dublin and it took a while. We were all really tired.
Such a good tour.
Chris:i wish i could have gone on that
medicating Robbies ass looked....entertaining
Gavin:Haha, that was the September tour that I didn't go on.
Chris:well either way its engrained in my mind
youre going out with them again with Forced Out.where are you hitting up?
Gavin:Haha, yeah. "Forced Out". On that tour we're going to be 3/5 Famine and 2/5 original members.
Gavin:At the moment we're starting the tour in Birmingham and then we've got other shows in Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and maybe some other places. I haven't been paying a lot of attention.
Chris:you should leave it like that and record the rest of the instruments in your room on your pc
Chris:the beat laboratory for real
Chris:apart from the big ass cans of coke whats the best thing about shows in europe?
Gavin:Seeing Euros in their natural habitat.
Chris:haha.white crew necks and huge nikes?cause that sounds like heaven to me
Gavin:Nah, bro. Bane t-shirts. Everywhere.
Chris:that also sounds good to me.
Gavin:I can't actually remember what people wore but I know everyone in Europe loves Bane.
Chris:Thats why Europe is number 1 in....europe?
who should Famine do a split with?
Chris:that would be a good split.if you said Eighteen Visions though....
Gavin:Holy shit. I thought we were only talking about active bands but if Eighteen Visions is an option, definitely them.
Chris:oh fuck yeah
any band ever
within the realms of good taste of course
how many colours should this new record be on?
Gavin:How many colours is that Half Hearted Hero record on? Twice as many as that.
Chris:i think that was on ten
Gavin:Ten? I'm sure I saw at least fifty.
Chris:im so down with that you don't know
if i had Sams number id call him and ask
i could open a tab but you know..
what was your favourite FF/Famine shirt?
The Fuck That one.
that was a goodie
Gavin:So limited and with a message I can get behind.
Chris:what was that out of?
Gavin:25 or something. I'm pretty sure there's some that were never sold.
Chris:i want to bootleg that shit
They need to do a 2010 version.
Chris:a stash of shirts???
i need them for my vault
Gavin:Do you remember at Betrayed they were selling old shirts for like €1 each?
I was losing my mind behind the merch desk.
Chris:were people asking you how much they were?
Gavin:There were a few of the emo beatdown shirts that day I think.
I don't even think there was a price. You could pay anything.
But there was no sort of order to the shirts at all and trying to find sizes was impossible.
Chris:i picked up a few to "complete" my collection
how am i going to get that silver print hoodie you own?
can i have it when you die?
Gavin:Yes. You can have my complete Famine merch collection when I die.
Chris:can i kill you?
Gavin:I don't actually have the hoodie with gold print actually.
Gavin:I just kept saying actually.
did you ever notice Famine actually have the most parts to circle pit to?
Gavin:Haha, out of any band in the world?
more than Walls Of Jerhico anyway
Gavin:Yeah they have some pretty fast parts.
Have you ever seen Walls Of Jericho?
we saw the at Pressure fest
Oh yeah, I think we did.
Chris:YES!that small bitch punched me in the ear
that fucking hurt
That fucking edge breaking cunt.
i was talking about a girl moshing in the crowd
Gavin:I thought you meant the singer from Walls Of Jericho.
if she punched me in the ear
im pretty sure id be dead
Chris:ok ill wind this up.
waht was your most memorable Famine/FF show?
Gavin:Maybe the Moshspace anniversary 2008. I just remember them being amazing that night.
And everyone was stoked on being there.
Chris:where was that one?
I wish I was here for their album launch. I'm sure that was good.
Chris:that was legit
biggest venue ever
Any last thoughts on these pricks?
Gavin:Best band and even better people. I can't wait to watch them while they sleep in June.
Thanks Gav <3<3