DOTO: ok, whats your name. what current bands are you in / what bands were you in and your positions?
JUSTIN: my name's justin m. ogden, i play bass in let down, up until recently i thought that was my only band but wrong answer may or may not still be a band, every time i see them they talk about practicing and shit and then blame the fact that we haven't done anything in a year on each other, so who knows. previous bands? kidnapping lindbergh, lazzaro, fuck this, rip it, and i may or may not have been the original singer of rope burn. hopefully if you're reading this you're not old enough to remember any of that.
DOTO: whats up with let down lately...we know you guys are going on that huge tour with have heart, ceremony, and blacklisted....whats next for Let Down after the tour is over?
JUSTIN: it's kind of hard to say and we haven't really discussed it, at first it seemed like 'we're in this alone' would be the last thing we ever record but recently bob started talking about how he was pissed off enough to write another 7 inch so maybe we'll do that. i doubt we're going to do a normal winter tour like we always do because touring at that time of year usually sucks, everyone does it so places that have shows are having shows every night of the week with like 9 bands on it. don't get me wrong, tour is tour and it's better than home but we only ever really toured then out of necessity. i know that we're going to play this is hardcore next year, whether that's one of our last shows or not remains to be seen. i don't feel like let down is stale or anything and i still have fun with it but it's been a LONG time. we'll keep going until it doesn't make sense to go anymore, but who knows when that will be.
DOTO: Let Down has been around for so long. What has been your favorite local show and favorite non-local show? Don't be afraid of explaining why..
JUSTIN: my favorite local would definitely be the war pigs record release, it was awesome to see so many kids come out for an all-local show (well, all local and wilkes-barre, but we're pretty much one and the same at this point) and then have everyone go nuts. back in what people now describe as "the glory days" or whatever of shows around here we would get turn outs like that but it was just because people in bands were popular in their stupid high school or whatever, 200 kids would come out but all except like 30 would stand in the back because they weren't hardcore kids. that show proved that with a great lineup we can get that many legit kids to come out for a show with all real bands on it. i had more fun at that show at the age of 23 than any local show i'd been to since i started coming out when i was like 15. as for non-local, probably every time we play cleveland and people throw fireworks, the one last winter was pretty fucking crazy. cleveland kids are some of the best on earth.
DOTO: you've been in this situation before....some kid outside a Doylestown show wants a good slice of DOTO pizza...where are your top 5 places to get a piece of pizza around here?
JUSTIN: very very important question. my first choice is always italian delight, you go there, you get a great slice of pizza for not a whole lot of money, they bring the thing out to your table, it's a no-bullshit kind of a place. if you're looking for some fancy shit with all sorts of wild toppings, then i'm about pina's III over by k-mart, they do BBQ chicken and chicken parm pizza right. number three would be franco's over by the 7-11 at 202 and shady retreat, they used to have the cheapest fucking lunch special (2 slices and a drink for 2.99) that kept me going when i was broke as shit and still living in chalfont. number four would be pina's II at bristol and 202 for their sweet all you can eat pizza/pasta nights, and number four would be that weird little shack over by the dairy queen on main st (spatolas), haven't been there in forever but it was good. nat's pretty much sucks, pizza for tourists and retarded teenagers, and if you really want to eat at jule's, fuck you hippy, go back to new hope.
DOTO: you are on a long drive to somewhere and you wanna put an album you wont have to change from start to finish. top 3 long drive albums...go.
JUSTIN: during the day: screeching weasel - my brain hurts, integrity - those who fear tomorrow or humanity is the devil, judge - bringin' it down
at night: brand new - deja entendu, unbroken - life. love. regret., raekwon - only built 4 cuban linx
DOTO: it seems to be the cool thing in hardcore now to get drunk, smoke weed, yada yada. how do you feel about the current state of straight edge in hardcore?
JUSTIN: oh man it sucks so bad haha. like there are some decent straight edge hardcore bands out there but there's no powerhouse or anything, there's no judge, no floorpunch. most of the decent edge bands are just like, project bands that don't really do anything, which is cool and all but somebody needs to fly the flag, you know? the rest of the straight edge bands seem to downplay how straight edge they are, i mean they'll put it on a shirt or allude to it in their lyrics but i never see full bands Xed up anymore, nobody wants to be in your face about it except for a bunch of 'bring back prohibition' weirdos from the desert. i dunno i think it's pretty beat, it's obvious that a lot of people in bands actually have some concept about how their actions will determine how succesful they are in 'the hardcore scene' and that's so wack, it's not popular to be straight edge right now so nobody wants to be 'that guy' and put themselves out there as being straight edge and face the judgment of the crowd. in light of all of that, for the last 4.5 years let down has pretty much Xed up for every show, all of us, and we never downplayed straight edge. if you look at the lyrics to 'we're in this alone' it's more about straight edge than it ever was before. we play places where people will very likely be hostile towards that because it goes against what they're about and we don't not X up/downplay what we're about to try to make new friends and sell a bunch of t-shirts. this pisses people off because it's strange to them to see a band actually doing the things they talk about in their lyrics. oh well, fuck them all.
DOTO: any last words, shout outs, shit talking that might make it on the headlines of other blogs?
JUSTIN: my last words are, if the things you read about let down on the internet piss you off and make you not want to like our band, then chances are you never read our lyrics anyway or had any concept of what we were about as a band so whatever, good riddance. shout out to everyone who follows the herd mentality in hardcore and is so afraid of a faceless bunch of retards judging them that they'll hide their real opinions in order to be accepted. shout out to doylestown hardcore now and forever, war pigs, mother of mercy, lil matt, babi dani, bob meadows, perkasie kids, the montgomery county scragglers, wilkes-barre kids, all the straight edge kids, all the drunk scumbag assholes, everyone who makes the scene here what it is, for better or for worse i couldn't think of a better place to live and go to shows, and i've been all over the goddamn place. shout out to toronto kids, cleveland kids, birmingham alabama kids, lubbock texas kids, omaha nebraska, the 15 cool people we met in europe, my cat, my roommates, carousel flowers, cyborg one comics, kevin the dude i vaccuum the country club with every night, kyle kimball - still fart noises for life, joe hanlon and the llocal troll crew, allie v, someday i'll take you to a decent place for dinner, everyone who posts on doto.activeboard.com. check out LD on the fall tour, check out the other bands on that tour they'll all great, check out that new cold world record. in case you haven't opened a newspaper lately, it's the end of the world, see you all in hell. PEACE - XXX.
Check out Justin's band Let Down on tour with Have Heart, Ceremony, and Blacklisted all this fall across the US of A:
10/20: Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
10/21: Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
10/22: Atlanta, GA @ MJQ
10/23: Orlando, FL @ Blackbox Collective
10/24: Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
10/25: Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9
10/26: Memphis, TN @ Singleton Community Center
10/27: Tulsa, OK @ Pinkeye
10/28: Austin, TX @ Red 7
10/30: Phoenix, AZ @ Modified Arts
10/31: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
11/01: Berkeley, CA @ Gilman
11/02: Portland, OR @ Satyricon
11/03: Tacoma, WA @ Viaduct
11/05: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
11/06: Mission, KS @ Mission Theatre
11/07: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
11/08: Madison, WI @ Club 770 / University Of Wisconsin
11/09: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
11/10: Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
11/11: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
11/12: Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
11/13: Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project
11/14: Syracuse, NY @ Klub Polski
11/15: Boston, MA @ The ICC
11/16: Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
11/17: Manhattan, NY @ Knitting Factory
11/18: Maplewood, NJ @ Garden State Music
11/19: Deer Park, NY @ Deer Park VFW