Iâ€™d like to start off by mentioning that I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever been to a metal show. WhenÂ a friend of mine asked if Iâ€™d like to check out a few metal bands at Frankâ€™s Power Plant, IÂ committed to it without really giving it another thought. I checked out the bands online,Â listened to a few songs and figured I could get down to this show.
Upon arriving at Frankâ€™s, I honestly wasnâ€™t sure what to expect. Five bucks got you in theÂ door to see four different bands: Midwives, Galactic Cannibal, Rad Payoff and PopulationÂ Control. The show started at 10 p.m., but I arrived early, which resulted in my being able toÂ sit down with the closing band, Population Control, to talk making music, old people candy,Â alcohol and, of course, metal.
This is the remnants of that conversation. Who knew you could have such a good time atÂ Frankâ€™s, watching a metal show, surrounded by a sea of incredibly smelly people?
OnMilwaukee.com: How did Population Control first get started?
Mike Gamm: Jesse and I pretty much started jamming once, basically because we were boredÂ and hungover. Ricky was drunk once and we were trying out singers. He was in the HideÂ House with some of our friends and just hopped on the mic. I play with John (our bassist) inÂ Architects of the Aftermath. So it was an easy option to ask him. To be consistent with theÂ theme, he was probably drunk too.
OMC: It sounds like thereâ€™s a strong alcohol correlation; do you guys ever play sober?
Jesse Zuniga: Always, except for right now Iâ€™m having a beer.
Rick Ramirez: I usually need like 9 shots to calm me down.
OMC: How did you come up with the name Population Control?
MG: My old band Hammered had a song called "Population Control," and it felt right, IÂ guess. We didnâ€™t spend too much time on it. All the other suggested band names were bad,Â they were really bad.
OMC: What was the first song you guys ever played together? Was it your own music orÂ covers?
JZ: We pretty much started jammi…Read more...