Interviews,  Music

Getting To Know Louisville’s Next Attempt. They Are Bringing Punk Back In A Big Way!

I was shoveling my face with one of Frank’s Deli ‘s behemoth turkey sandwiches, trying to figure out how I was going to fill a two-hour gap between classes when I decided to send a message to an artist friend of mine, see what was going on in the local art scene. Between shows, she said she was working on album art for a local Pop Punk Group. My interest was piqued, so I inquired further.

The group was called Next Attempt and they have been logging the hours on the local scene, produced a quality EP and have something of a following in Louisville. I typed in their name on iTunes to sample their music and after listening to their EP, Just Between Us, and after merely killing time in a deli parking lot at three-thirty in the afternoon, I found the next band I wanted to interview for Capture Kentucky. There was youthful energy to their music, a coming of age vibe, as it were. The cover to the EP was of two students passing something in class while the teacher’s back was turned.

The album played like angry youth rebelling against the world they were coming up against. The lyrics were something more below the surface. Amongst the youthful angst was something dark, something deep, and something real. The album was mistakenly labeled Metal on iTunes, and though there were some mild aspects of the genre at certain points, that label was rather ridiculous. I was honestly wasn’t certain if they were Punk until I listened to “Uncle Rico.”

This track had the fast pacing and all the piss and vinegar of an angry Punk song. It was an open letter to a particular bad bastard we’ve all met in some shape or form in our lives. Listening to this song was also when I realized, “I’ve seen them before!” But where? I racked my tired, whiskey-soaked brain for the answer but came up empty-handed. I knew “Uncle Rico” was more than just the dorky, kind-hearted dancer’s uncle from the high school movie I watched repeatedly in my youth.

It was a song I’ve heard at some time at someplace that I did not remember. This was just another reason to interview them, I could find out where they’ve played and when. I scheduled the interview with Hunter Caudill, the lead singer. We agreed to meet at the band’s regular haunt, Martin’s BBQ on Barret.

Capture Kentucky: All right. So, when did you form the band?

Hunter Caudill: 2016, pretty while ago. Different people were in the band. You know, but.

Capture Kentucky: So, you guys didn’t originally know each other?

Hunter Caudill: No, actually yeah. All met through music though. I knew Dan from a bunch of other bands. And Noah, there’s a local band called Refractions and they sent us to Noah when we needed a new drummer.

Capture Kentucky: What was it like for you in the beginning?

Hunter Caudill: I don’t know, like, I would say that just like any local startup, you have no idea where to go. No idea what to do. And I’m not a big social media guy either, so sharing and always commenting and promotion through that is like kind of hard. If I knew what I know now maybe we’d be a little bit farther, but you know, that’s just hearsay.

Capture Kentucky: Who were some of your influences?

Hunter Caudill: For me personally, I grew up with a lot of like thrash metal. So that’s what got me with my guitar style. And then I also have a lot of like jazz and blues because I used to do music in college. But I would say like more recent bands. I’m still a big Day to Remember fan. Rise Against, Bowling Pursuit, Blink 182. Pierce the Veil is one of mine just because I like their musicality. They’re really different. So I can’t really deal with his voice, but then again, he sings really high, I sing really high sometimes. It’s a match made in heaven, right?

Capture Kentucky: Yeah. What genre would you say you are? I’ve heard-

Hunter Caudill: That’s a good question.

Capture Kentucky: Post-punk, I forgot where I read that, but that term’s floating around.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah. So, I don’t know.

Daniel Mudd: It’s weird. Google just says metal.

Hunter Caudill: Google … No.

Capture Kentucky: Yeah. Your album on iTunes or your EP on iTunes, just says metal.

Daniel Mudd: It just says rock or metal.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah. I think it’s more like … someone told us, I think it was … we used to have a manager who used to work for Hopeless Records. I think that’s … yeah, Hopeless.

Capture Kentucky: Hopeless Records? There’s a name that gives you comfort.

Hunter Caudill: And they said it was like new wave post-punk, and that’s also what Google calls us, so.

Capture Kentucky: Do you know what the hell post-punk is though? Because I’ve heard it. I’ve heard post-punk came out in the ’70’s when punk was coming out.

Hunter Caudill: Right, yeah. I don’t know. I think it’s kind of like postmodernism kind of, maybe? Like that very nihilistic… Actually, not nihilistic, pessimistic maybe would be the word. I know that our songs when you deep dive into the lyrics, they’re not the happiest songs, they’re pretty emo. We talk about a lot of things that some people are uncomfortable talking about but that’s because music is expression, you know?

Capture Kentucky: So do you feel it’s necessary to feel a certain way to write a song?

Hunter Caudill: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Capture Kentucky: Like if you’re writing a love song, you have to feel like you’re in love, or a happy song, you got feel happy or if you’re writing an angry song, you have to be really pissed?

Hunter Caudill: I feel like it’s not genuine-

Capture Kentucky: Or could you just sit down and write?

Hunter Caudill: My opinion is … it’s really just my opinion, but I think it’s not genuine if … I like songs that I can read into the lyrics and kind of feel like I know who the artist is, you know? Like it’s an extension of themselves. They’re expressing themselves but I can relate to it, and having music that you can relate to because a lot of songs are just like, “Oh, I got drunk, had a good time with my friends. My girlfriend broke up with me.” All that stuff’s kind of like normal, but a couple of the new songs that we have are just a little bit deeper, I think.

Capture Kentucky: So you’re an actual artist, not someone just trying to make a quick buck.

Hunter Caudill: I wouldn’t, yeah, I mean I’m not trying to make a quick buck. We’re definitely not making money.

Daniel Mudd: No sir.

Capture Kentucky: But I mean, you have a lot of singers and the truth is like they’ll get a manager and they’ll tell them, just write these types of lyrics, they’re formula tested to have greater play on Spotify, so on and so forth. It’s like how they write movies in Hollywood. People just write for the promise of money and quick and temporary fame.

Hunter Caudill: Pandering.

Capture Kentucky: It’s all about … modern so-called country music is pretty much a getting drunk off Jack Daniels and riding around on a tractor and yay America. I mean, nothing wrong with any of those things, but you can tell it’s fake.

Hunter Caudill: Or that it’s not.

Capture Kentucky: And what you’re talking about sounds like it’s real.

Hunter Caudill: We’re about to drop a single on the 26th called “You’re Wrong and I’m Drunk,” and the whole point of the song is it’s us asking questions of like, have you done this? Have you also been through this? And then at the end of the song we talk more about our situation and living in the south end of Louisville around like drugs and violence and stuff like that. And like how I’ve lost friends, like I’m not even 25 yet and I’ve been to more friend’s funerals than I have my own family. So, you know, it’s one of those things where it’s like, it’s just expression. Instead of bottling it up, might as well just let it out.

Capture Kentucky: I ask everyone this question and you pretty much did already answer it. Is music about making money or making money what allows you to keep making music?

Hunter Caudill: If it was about making money, I don’t think I’d be still doing it. Would you?

Daniel Mudd: Yeah. If we were just in it for the money, I probably wouldn’t feel like…

Capture Kentucky: It takes a while.

Daniel Mudd: Well then, we’d also probably play a different genre.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah, yeah.

Daniel Mudd: Probably go into like hip hop or.

Hunter Caudill: Oh yeah.

Daniel Mudd: Like making some beats or something. Not that hip hop’s not genuine. It depends on the artist.

Hunter Caudill: It can be sometimes.

Capture Kentucky: There’s this one-man band member who is first-generation Irish cop who plays uilleann pipes and he’s got a few rap songs and it’s, or hip hop songs, and it’s interesting you ever hear an Irish ex-cop, ex-piper rapping. Fascinating stuff. And a lot of people are in it for fame and fortune, and well, the truth is they won’t be famous in 10 years. You’ll be slower to find success, but you’ll be successful longer with actual art because bands that conform to pop culture standards become fads and fads fade. Real artists like, guys like Dropkick Murphys –

Daniel Mudd: I love Dropkick Murphys.

Capture Kentucky: They’re not mainstream, but they’re still around.

Daniel Mudd: They’re so good though.

Capture Kentucky: And they have a huge following. Yeah, they have people that will always go to their show and their shows will always sell out. Then that’s because it is about the music not fallowing an imposed formula. Now, tell me about recording. You recorded in Indianapolis, you said?

Daniel Mudd: You want to take this one? Well, I think it was two years ago is when we first started recording an EP. Like, once I joined. Cause we’d been writing for a while and then we just couldn’t find a day to actually go. So then when we went and we unfortunately we had to part ways with our other guitarist. So it was just Hunter, myself and our, the original drummer. And that went pretty well for the most part. And then he ended up parting ways with the band and then we found him, and you know-

Hunter Caudill: Noah.

Daniel Mudd: We found Noah.

Hunter Caudill: There we go.

Daniel Mudd: So, we ended up deciding to go back up there. And we also had, you know, we wrote some new songs and then he, Noah added his own a little flair to a songs we already had. It was a kind of a tedious process and I was kind of hard-headed at first because I didn’t want to go back up there since we had already spent so much time and money. But you know, once we got back up there, once we spent the time in the studio and you know, got feedback postproduction, it all like, you know, I was happy. I think it definitely benefited the band.

Capture Kentucky: It’s great quality, sounds like you’re no strangers to a record studio.

Hunter Caudill: Oh really?

Capture Kentucky: Yeah, I forgot I was listening to your EP because it sounded so clear and professional, not like someone at the start of their career.

Daniel Mudd: Good.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah, thank you. Thank you so much. So we just, Noah looked up the definition of post-punk and it says less aggressive and more, more tech. More technical.

Daniel Mudd: More technically instrumental.

Hunter Caudill: But I would say that we’re more technically instrumental and still aggressive. Cause like, listen, I love playing in like let’s go 190, 200, like, beats per minute. Let’s go. No. Thank you so much. Like, yeah, no. Did you say, did you hear any of the newer stuff? Did that happen to get through your ear or was it from the previous EP?

Capture Kentucky: It’s the last EP. Yes.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah, the EP.

Capture Kentucky: I can’t believe I forgot the name of it.

Hunter Caudill: Just Between Us.

Capture Kentucky: Just Between Us. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m just going to listen to that one.

Hunter Caudill: Just Between Us was kind of like, it was a record just kind of about all the firsts that we kind of experienced. It’s a young, it’s a young record. It’s supposed to be like, you know, it’s supposed to reflect us like when we were 18, you know. Right.

Capture Kentucky: Yeah, you had some high school lyrics in there.

Hunter Caudill: High school lyrics. Yeah. But it’s just kind of like, “Sorry, Not Sorry,” which was like one of … that was the single that we dropped. It was about like the first time that we ever like experienced breakup, but it was a good breakup, you know it was like a, yeah, it’s not me. It is you and I’m leaving. “Hopeless Romantics” was about the first-time dating. You know, you get into like the darker songs like “The Black Sheep” and then “Uncle Rico.” Those are, and it’s just all about firsts. Going in through that and that’s why we called it Just Between Us.

Capture Kentucky: What’s touring like? What sort of places are you playing right now?

Hunter Caudill: Bars.

Daniel Mudd: Since Noah joined the band we’ve played, you know, a number of shows here and there but-

Hunter Caudill: Mainly local.

Daniel Mudd: Yeah.

Hunter Caudill: Mainly local. We are, we’re waiting on, we’re trying to finish up this record. We really wanted the production of the record to really be good for, you know when we do start touring again outside of Kentucky. Playing local venues is such a blast, too, because we’ve been able to kind of reconnect with people in the scene and you know, find new friends and fans and stuff like that.

Capture Kentucky: Is this what you plan on doing for the rest of your lives?

Daniel Mudd: Oh, I hope.

Hunter Caudill: I hope. Yeah. I hope. I don’t want it to be a hobby. It’s too fun. Yeah, it’s too fun. Being up on like stage. Was it? We were, we were in, where was it…we were in Indianapolis and playing the Irving Theater. So, we played that in Indianapolis and some of the crowd was actually singing one of our songs and that was just …

Capture Kentucky: That would be a great moment.

Hunter Caudill: That was, that was so weird. But it was so cool, too. And I wouldn’t trade that feeling.

Daniel Mudd: I think one of the coolest parts too is that there’s this married couple that lives down in Atlanta and them, I don’t, for someone unknown reason, I don’t know how they found us, but they did. They came to one of our shows and ever since then like they’ve traveled to like when they would travel to Louisville, or when they’d be passing through Louisville, they would try to, you know, hit us all up and see if we could meet up. And usually, you know, we’re all pretty busy, but Hunter’s been able to meet up with them more than us, but like they-

Hunter Caudill: They’re just like, Oh, you need a place to stay?

Capture Kentucky: That’s something.

Hunter Caudill: Dude, it’s so cool.

Daniel Mudd: They’re really, they have tattoos of our lyrics.

Hunter Caudill: Shout out Alison for getting that tattoo of a song that’s not out yet. Hopefully everybody else likes it as much as you do. I’m feeling it.

Daniel Mudd: Yeah. It’s the craziest feeling knowing that there’s somebody that actually, you know, has so much appreciation.

Hunter Caudill: And isn’t from the area.

Daniel Mudd: Yeah.

Hunter Caudill: Is from like a completely different state. Like…

Capture Kentucky: It’s good that you can establish a following in different states.

Daniel Mudd: I mean, honestly. As long as there’s just a few people that like what we’re putting out and it can help them emotionally. Like I’m fine with doing it like this. Not to say that I would, I would love to get big, but as long as like a few people are like getting something from it, then that to me is, that’s music.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah. Yeah. It’s self-expression, but relatability as well. Just kind of helping people through because we need help too.

Capture Kentucky: You have a local artist doing your cover art, right?

Hunter Caudill: Yeah. So, we actually have two. There’s a guy named Brandon T. Wood and he did the artwork for the new single coming out next week. He’s a graffiti artist and he do a lot of like car pinstripes. And then we also have Jocelyn Center. And she’s doing our Icarus artwork for our single, we have another single coming out in November. She’s also doing our record, Red Flags. So, it’s going to be awesome. And everybody should check them out.

Hunter Caudill: Let’s see, I’m trying to remember her tag. Art by Jozzi on Facebook or something like that, yeah. Yeah. And I saw her artistic take on like Icarus and I was like,

Capture Kentucky: The Greek character?

Hunter Caudill: Yeah. Let’s see, what is it about Icarus that … lyrically we make references to the Greek myth. But the song’s more so about like ourselves and like the mainline is “Kid, I know you want to make a name for yourself, but you’ve got to weigh out your options before taking the first step.” And that’s just kind of like the idea. It’s a letter to ourselves to not let our egos get before us.

Capture Kentucky: So, have you gotten to open for anyone big?

Hunter Caudill: Let’s see, we almost got to open for Pierce the Veil at Mercury. That was cool. But-

Daniel Mudd: That’s almost.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah, almost. We didn’t have a music video. I wouldn’t say, I wouldn’t say anybody too .. I wouldn’t say anyone like, big, big. We opened for Smile Empty Soul, which is like an older band. And then we also opened for … let’s see… Framing Hanley. But that was like early on. Cause they were doing like their they were doing like their farewell tour. They’re from like Tennessee. I would say that we’ve had a lot of experience playing with bigger bands, though.

Capture Kentucky: Have you played any festivals?

Hunter Caudill: MSN Fest. We’ve played that. And that’s over in like Morris Town or Morrison, Indiana. One of those. It’s just a big like weekend music festival and I think I heard through the grapevine that we might be playing at Skiptopia next year. But I don’t know, man. We got to hear back.

Daniel Mudd: Wouldn’t mind playing at Louder Than Life.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah, the local festival.

Capture Kentucky: So, you guys didn’t play Petefest.

Hunter Caudill: No.

Capture Kentucky: I know I’ve heard you before. I’m pretty sure. I think I’ve heard you before and it’s been bugging the hell out of me.

Hunter Caudill: I have no idea.

Capture Kentucky: You ever open for the Slams?

Hunter Caudill: No, no. That’d be cool though.

Capture Kentucky: They also opened for the Slams, so you wouldn’t have.

Hunter Caudill: No…

Capture Kentucky: Seven Sense Festival?

Hunter Caudill: Nope. But we’re always down to play more festivals. I’ll break my leg on the stage. I don’t care. Like I’ll do something.

Capture Kentucky: Alright, now tell me about the music video.

Daniel Mudd: Wow.

Hunter Caudill: Alright. The music video was great. It was also weird because we had originally planned on trying to shoot a video when we were recording in Indianapolis. And I guess due to the time constraints and because we were rushing more towards just getting the music, you know, recorded that we didn’t so much on, you know, actually trying to create ideas like for a music video. So, we decided to push it off. And I think it was maybe the following week, we all met up at Hunter’s house and tried to just have a rough draft of what we wanted to do and try to make a music video that wasn’t in a studio. We thought it would be better.

Daniel Mudd: We decided to, we were like, ‘wait, why don’t we just shoot it out at the house?’ And so, we threw a house party and invited a lot of our friends over and said, Hey, do you want to like have a couple of drinks and help us, you know, shoot this music video. And so we threw a house party and it’s one of those, especially because of the song the “You’re Wrong and I’m Drunk” it’s kind of like when you watch the music videos, it’s kind of like a dark, a little dark take on like coping with things like getting way too drunk and getting-

Hunter Caudill: You can definitely see hints of that throughout the video with different people.

Daniel Mudd: And like just doing things that you wouldn’t normally do or like waking up super late, you know, because of the night before, and like, just kind of like the aftermath of like, it’s like a great party scene, but there’s the reason why you party. You know? It’s kind of like that layer. Like people go out, the people that live for the weekend, you know, like the person that’s like, Oh, I hate my job, I hate this, I hate that. And I live for the two days a week that I get. Well, it’s not a lot, you know.

Hunter Caudill: Filming was an interesting experience though. Mainly because I think it was their first video and it was my second. The second time I’ve ever been in a music video recording. But it’s crazy cause you always learn something new, you know, technically.

Daniel Mudd: And also, we all ended up, oh this is actually funny. So we were, after the music video, we were all like, we were all drunk. As one does and I think like was it, there were like half of the people that were in the party were like half-naked in our front yard and there was a cop, I’m not even kidding, like a cop just like rolls up. He’s like, you know, you think that he’s going to get us for like public intoxication and like all this. And then he goes, he goes, Hey guys, there’s a shooting down the road. If y’all could just go inside, that would be great.

Daniel Mudd: And we’re all like, okay, just go back into that house. It was like, wow, what a, what a natural charisma.

Capture Kentucky: Right. He had bigger things to deal with that day.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah, a couple of bigger things. South end. No, remember that you can always be drunk outside. The video starts with a rather amusing story involving my inebriated roommate.

Noah Mounce: It was awkward.

Hunter Caudill: He got really drunk one night off a bottle of Jameson and we put him in the bathroom. And he’s lying on the ground. He’s sitting, lying next to the toilet, and he pukes all over the bathtub. This projectile vomit all over the bathtub. And the next day.

Daniel Mudd: He’s crazy.

Hunter Caudill: He didn’t clean it up. He just sprayed Febreze on it when he was drunk.

Daniel Mudd: Stop!

Hunter Caudill: So I wake up and I’m like, “All right, I’m going to get a shower.” No. And so in the music video we were like, “Dude, let’s do that. Like let’s re-enact it.”

Capture Kentucky: The vomiting?

Hunter Caudill: Yeah, in the music video, the song’s so short so the first minute of the music video is just me falling out of my bed, walking over to the bathroom door to watch him puke in the toilet. And we re-enacted it and he sprayed Febreze on it, and it was great. We were like, “Oh this is going to be great.” Not even kidding. That night, our producers, they leave for the music video. The cameras are gone. Everybody’s kind of quieting down. It’s just a handful of people left in the house. And I hear this. I’m in the kitchen and I hear… Because I helped him to the bathroom and I posted him on the bathtub, sitting on the bathtub right in front of the toilet.

Daniel Mudd: So he can aim for the toilet.

Hunter Caudill: And I just hear, “Help. Help me.” And I’m like, “What’s going on?” He goes, “Help.” I look over, and I just see him still in front of the toilet, and I just watch him go “euuuuh” over his shoulder. And it’s in the bathtub. I’m like, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” I was like, “Damn.” I was like, “Dude, we should’ve just had them stay. We could have recorded that.”

Noah Mounce: Yeah, the real deal.

Hunter Caudill: I was like, “And the Oscar for best performance, most realistic performance goes to next attempt from Lowell from Kentucky, (name removed).” Oh, shit. I said his name.

Capture Kentucky: You said his first name. If you want, I can cut it out.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah, that’d be great in character.

Daniel Mudd: Yeah, I’m sure he would appreciate people like, “Yo, guess what? Now I’m going to puke on purpose.”

Hunter Caudill: But yeah dude, it was so bad.

Noah Mounce: I still have the video of you coming home from the show and like yelling at him.

Hunter Caudill: Because I came home from the show and he still hadn’t cleaned. There’s puke there.

Speaker 7: Where is it?

Hunter Caudill: Right there.

Speaker 7: Well I can’t see it.

Hunter Caudill: No shit, you can’t see it. It’s right there. Spray, spray. And make it smell good. He goes, he is then you know that dragon breeze, it works. I was so mad because it was my shower curtains too. My mom bought me those. She was like “Hey, here you go.” Pukes all over them the first time. And then after the music video I had to throw them away.

Daniel Mudd: Man that sucks.

Hunter Caudill: I know right? Like I just wanted to share that because I was like that’s something about the music video that no one.

Capture Kentucky: That’s good stuff.

Hunter Caudill: Anyone that sees this is going to be like, “Oh my God, I don’t understand why they did that now.”

Daniel Mudd: I had to throw away my favorite pair of socks after the music video.

Hunter Caudill: Really?

Daniel Mudd: Yeah, because.

Noah Mounce: Stepped on it?

Daniel Mudd: Yeah, because I didn’t wear shoes because my character was supposed to be super introverted. And so, I was in my socks and we’d walking through the kitchen and where people have been partying and I just stepped in so much food. Like I got home, and I was like, “I can wash them.” And I throw it in my hamper, and I woke up. And the next day said it was like fermented baby. I just had to toss those. A little sad.

Hunter Caudill: Was it? And then we also had a bubble machine going on in the kitchen too. And that was the very last shot that we could do.

Daniel Mudd: And in the bathroom.

Hunter Caudill: And in the bathroom, yeah, Dan’s doing his hair, the bathroom with bubbles.

Daniel Mudd: Bubbles were floating around me while I did my hair.

Hunter Caudill: Bubbles are amazing.

Daniel Mudd: Bubbles works good on them all.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah, the music video is great. Oh yeah. Cole Crutchfield from Not To Lose. He’s in the music video. He punches me in the face. That’s always fun. I was always wondering like Cole punching me in the face. Is that going to cause all Not to Lose fans to hate Next Attempt or are we going to be like “Ooh, Cole punched him in the face.” I want to meet the guy that Cole punched in the face. It’s so funny too though because like.

Daniel Mudd: I feel like it could go either way.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah. I don’t know. But Cole’s a great guy. So I was just like, “Dude, you should totally punch me in the face, why not?” Because I-

Capture Kentucky: Well it just comes up in conversation.

Hunter Caudill: The reason why though for the record, the punch in the face was not supposed to happen. But the show that we had the night before, I gashed my head open on a cymbal because we were playing and my guitar went out and we’re three-piece, so it’s not like there’s another guitarist to pick up the slack. So I just set the guitar down and I just started beating just a standard like pop-punk frontman I guess would be the sense. And during the breakdown of one of our songs, All you, again, just bass and drums. So I just start beating my head up against a cymbal. Noah’s not wearing glasses, so he doesn’t know that I’m doing that. He just sees a white blob, just moving in front of his set. So he hits the cymbal and as soon as my head goes down, the symbol goes up and it hits me right in the forehead. So, I had this big old gash on my forehead and so we were like, “Well let’s make it continuity.” And that’s why I texted Cole. I was like, “Hey man, I already have a concussion. You wanted to just add to it?” I couldn’t sleep at all that night after the show.

Noah Mounce: Right. 24 hours. Not supposed to.

Hunter Caudill: Yeah, I mean I eventually passed out. Yeah, I think I made it to like 18.

Noah Mounce: Yeah, I got knocked out once in my life. I have no idea what happened. I’ve never really looked into it. No one said, Hey, I saw, he got hit by baseball. Just I woke up.

Hunter Caudill: Oh my God. That’s like, Oh yeah. My roommate when he blacked out and puked all over the bathtub the second time, he didn’t believe me when I told him in the morning. I was like, “Dude, I am so irritated at you.” And he goes, “Why?” And I’m like, “Dude, you puked all over the bathroom.” He goes, “No, I didn’t.” I was like, “Oh yeah you did. I just wasted an entire thing of bleach disinfecting the bathtub.”

Daniel Mudd: The best thing is, is when we got done shooting the video before I packed up, he came up to me and was like, “Dude, guess what?” And I was like, “What?” He said, “I’m so drunk right now. Like you have no idea how drunk I am. I need water.” And he like put the cup under the sink but completely missed. He just turned it on. “I need water.”

Hunter Caudill: Insert cup 20 degrees to the lower right. Oh my God.

Capture Kentucky: Now, the album comes out in December, right?

Hunter Caudill: December 13 it’s supposed to be out.

Capture Kentucky: And will it be available on just digital or will there be hard copies, too?

Hunter Caudill: So, we’re working on hard copies right now. We’re waiting to get the artwork back from Jocelyn and everything. She’s been going through a lot right now, so no rush, you know, and yeah, but what we’ll do is we’ll come out with a, just like a sleeved CD, you know, nothing like immaculate, but a physical copy for people that want it.
Capture Kentucky: And it will also be available on iTunes, right?

Hunter Caudill: It’ll be available on almost every platform. Any platform that will accept our music, you know. I know that we’re definitely already on Spotify.
Well, we’re set to be on Spotify, iTunes, iHeartRadio, stuff like that. Pandora, I don’t know, we still aren’t on Pandora, but.

Capture Kentucky: Though people should make sure they look in the local record shops first. Will you be touring to support the album?

Hunter Caudill: I think we’re going to be waiting. Are we going to be waiting after winter? I know that we’re going to, we’re trying to throw a show the day after the release, here in Louisville. We’re waiting on a venue to message us back to see, but we’re going for December 14th and it would be all ages and there’s a lot of good supporting bands, too. Like a shout out to Refractions, Scrooge Mandela, which is a smaller punk band, and then also Isolator, which is closer to like thrash metal and core. So, we’ve got like a wide variety. Refractions is like prog-pop. It’s like Polyphia with lyrics. I think that’s a pretty accurate statement.

Capture Kentucky: Anything you guys would like to add?

Daniel Mudd: No thanks.

Hunter Caudill: Noah, do you want to say something? Follow Noah @mysteriousdrummer99 on Instagram.

Capture Kentucky: Alright. You feel like that’s good?

Hunter Caudill: Yeah, that’s awesome. Thank you.

Well, the interview was a success, or at least I thought it was. Apparently, I talk too much. I edited that part out, but it is interesting to read a transcript of a conversation that took place when you leave the room and forget the recorder’s still running. Heh heh no worries, I did talk a wee bit much, tends to happen when I take this lovely little pill or nerve pain. Makes me a regular Chatty Cathy. They had plenty to say, plenty of stories, some that made me chuckle, some that made me think Will they make it. I don’t know. You never can tell in this business, it’s a crapshoot. Not that that says anything about ability, it’s just a bloody hard business that sees more failures than success. I do think they have a right good shot at it, though. They have a sound that has enough aspects of mainstream accessibility and gritty Punk lyrics and riffs to give them a fighting chance. I know I’m rooting for them, not just because they’re good group of guys, but because they’re damn decent musicians. Be sure to listen to Next Attempt’s EP Just Between Us. Their new single “You’re Wrong and I’m Drunk” is out now n all platforms and their new album December 13.

Damn it! I never found out where I saw them. One of Life’s mysteries, eh? Anyway, here’s where to find information on their touring schedule and album releases.

Also, check out the local artists we discussed in the interview.