If you've ever seen No Innocent Victim play live, you know their equal is hard to find in today's hardcore scene. Their message is straight foreword and they are probably the nicest guys you'll ever talk to. I got a chance to learn a little more about N.I.V. and more specifically their guitarist Tim Mason via an email interview. Read on!
Nate: I guess to start, for those out there who may not know you, tell me a little about what you do and what your involved with.
Tim: What's up, my name is Tim Mason and I play guitar for No Innocent Victim.
Nate: If you fought for G.I Joe, who would you be?
Tim: If I fought for GI Joe, I would definitely be Snake Eyes, that guy is so tuff and he doesn't say a word.
Nate: Worst action starůVan Damme or Segal?
Tim: They both are horrible, but I can't stand Van Damme's attitude. Besides I could take them both.
Nate: When you're not out on tour, what's a typical day like for you?
Tim: Well, I usually just work as much as I can. Pretty boring huh?
Nate: What do you think the next year will hold for the band?
Tim: We are recording our new album now and it should be out in May. We have a little over a month planned as far as a tour for the summer but we have just been concentrating on this album.
Nate: How has being on Victory Records changed things?
Tim: It's been good. They have awesome distribution and they really get behind their bands.
Nate: How has your relationship with Christ effected your view on N.I.V.?
Tim: It's all about our relationship with God, why we do any of this. Being in a band is hard, a lot of things come up but we are all accountable to each other. That in turn just strengthens our relationship with God by leaps and bounds. I hope I didn't confuse you.
Nate: When did you become a Christian?
Tim: Well my dad is a pastor so I've grown up in the church. But I really got serious and straight when I was about 14 years old.
Nate: What new bands have been grabbing your attention recently?
Tim: This band The Deal is just awesome. They're just good oi! punk rock. They sound a lot like the anti-heroes.
Nate: If there were a competition for the best California band who would win?
Tim: Us of course. No, I don't know. They're are so many different bands in California, different styles mean, just so many.
Nate: I'm guessing you love music (being in band), what started that fire?
Tim: Four words, Agnostic Front, "One Voice." When I heard that album I can't even explain. But the sole
reason I play music is to just be obedient to what God has for me.
Nate: What was the first album you ever bought?
Tim: Madball, "Ball of Destruction." I'm pretty sure that was it. I bought it about a year before "Set it Off" came out.
Nate: Who in your opinion is the best hardcore band of all time?
Tim: Actually I have two, but they are kind of the same. I love Agnostic Front and Madball, they are my favorite. I would also have to say xdisciplex.
Nate: Getting to play all over the country, which has the better hardcore scene, East Coast or West Coast?
Tim: I don't know. They both have good qualities. It's really hard to say. I couldn't tell you.
Nate: What's the best city to play in?
Tim: Ah, don't do this to me. Probably Corona, California at the Showcase Theatre. That place is awesome.
Nate: Where do you see the next two years taking you?
Tim: Hopefully to a new level. I also hope just a lot more kids get into us and buy our albums.
Nate: Anything else you want to add?
Tim: Thanks so much for the interview. Be looking out for our album in May on Victory Records.