The Other F Word Interview: Josh Cain

posted by Richard Gill

In anticipation of THE OTHER F WORD having its Minneapolis premier this weekend as part of the Sound Unseen film festival I decided to talk to a few of my fellow “punk rock dad” pals and get their opinions on what it’s like to be a touring musician in a scene that’s historically a young person’s genre while at the same time trying to be a responsible parent and good role model for your kids.

The first person we’re gonna hear from is Josh Cain, guitarist and founding member of Minneapolis’ own Motion City Soundtrack. Over the last several years MCS has logged more tour miles than most of their contemporaries so I was interested to hear if / how that would be changing now that Josh has 1 1/2 year old at home. It’s a short but sweet interview so enjoy.

SBC: Motion City Soundtrack recently played Yo Gabba Gabba. How did that come about and now that you have a young child yourself do you feel like you maybe appreciated it a little more than people in the band that don’t have kids?

JC: Our manager is a talent buyer for Detroit Live Nation (and) he worked it out for us. Yeah, I was super stoked! Dot and I already love watching that show (so) it was amazing to be on stage with them and have her see that.

SBC:MCS is notoriously a very heavy touring band. Now that you’ve had a child do you see the band slowing down at all or going just as hard since you have the added financial burden of supporting another person?

JC: I think it will be a mix of both. Longer breaks but when we release a record I think it will be tour, tour, tour. That is going to bum me out but it is important cause that is how I provide for my family.

SBC: Mark Hoppus has a great line in the film where he comments on how he never imagined he’d have to get the edited versions of his albums to play for his kids. While MCS is pretty poppy and upbeat musically the lyrics can be pretty dark and deal with some really heavy issues. Your daughter is still pretty young but do you eventually see that being an issue when she want to listen to you band?

JC: Luckily I have edited versions of all our records for her to rock to, unfortunately I need to get better at not swearing.

SBC: Both you and your wife come from an indie / punk rock background. In what ways, if any, has that influenced your parenting or how do you see it influencing your parenting in terms of values, religion, etc. as your daughter gets older?

JC: Both Jill (and I) were brought (up) with religion in our childhoods but have since removed that from our life so she will be brought up sans religion and we will teach her to be a loving and compassionate person that is grounded in common sense.

SBC: There’s a line in the film by Jim Lindberg where he says, and I’m paraphrasing here, “As punk rockers we thought we were gonna change the world and maybe the way we do that is by raising our kids a little better than our parents raised us.” (note: the actual end of that line is “the way we do that is by raising better kids”. Pretty much the same idea.) Do you think that’s an accurate statement?

JC: Haha, I like it. I think we always try to do better than our parents (not that I think my parents did a bad job). I think of it more as a challenge because for me my childhood was great. Now I need to give Dot what I had but even better. This is the hardest, most rewarding thing I have ever had in my life (and I am) beyond stoked for the future.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 9:00 am