COLE BECKER SWMRS

HE’S POP-PUNK’S HOTTEST PROP­ERTY. BUT WILL COLE SINK OR SWIM WHEN IT COMES TO BE­ING A ROCK­STAR?

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ON ROCK’N’ROLL… HAVE YOU EVER SPENT A NIGHT IN A JAIL CELL?

“No, but I’m try­ing to be­come com­fort­able with the idea.as an ac­tivist in the Trump era, there will be a lot of times when I’ll be protest­ing, he’ll call in the Na­tional Guard and peo­ple will be get­ting ar­rested. I’d like to be ready for that, but I don’t know if I’d sur­vive in prison, if I’m hon­est.”

WHAT’S THE STRANGEST PLACE YOU’VE EVER WO­KEN UP?

“I’m not sure if it’s strange, as such, but I re­mem­ber the worst wake-up I had was en route to play Bestival.we played the day af­ter we played a show in Paris, so we drove to… some­where… I think it was Portsmouth, to catch the ferry to the Isle of Wight. I got wo­ken up at some hor­ri­ble time in the morn­ing, and was just mis­er­able. I didn’t want to hang at all.”

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN KICKED OUT OF A HO­TEL?

“No, but we’ve walked out and tried to get our money back. In St. Peters­burg, Florida there were empty Mcdon­ald’s bags and a used con­dom in a room, which had been cleaned that day, so some­one had bro­ken in to use it since.that was freaky, and made me think of The Shin­ing, walk­ing in on that old, mouldy lady in the bath…” And she was eat­ing Mcdon­ald’s and chuck­ing the wrap­per on the floor?

FAIL­URES AND F’UPS… HAVE YOU EVER FOR­GOT­TEN THE WORDS TO ONE OF YOUR

OWN SONGS?

“Oh yeah, plenty of times – def­i­nitely more than once! I have a brain that moves re­ally quickly, and some­thing in the crowd might trig­ger a thought and I’ll start analysing it… and all of a sud­den I’ll be go­ing, ‘What the fuck!? I to­tally can’t re­mem­ber the next line!’ If I can re­mem­ber one word I can usu­ally get it back, though.”

HAVE YOU EVER FALLEN OFF A STAGE?

“Yeah, a lot of times. One time in New York City I was hang­ing up­side-down from a light­ing rig. I felt like peo­ple were hold­ing on to me, and that made me think I could let go with my legs. It turned out these peo­ple were barely touch­ing me, and I landed with the stage mon­i­tor in the mid­dle of my back!” Was the mon­i­tor okay?!

LIFE­STYLES OF THE RICH AND FA­MOUS… WHAT’S THE BEST FREEBIE YOU’VE EVER RE­CEIVED?

“Guitars are nice – re­ally nice – but the best thing is prob­a­bly a T-shirt I got from Youtube. We played at their of­fice, and in ex­change we got some knowl­edge on how to use it, and they also gave us this swag bag of socks, shirts, sweat bands and gui­tar picks.and they have a slide in their of­fice, which we got to ride!”

WHO’S THE MOST FA­MOUS PER­SON IN YOUR PHONE?

“I guess it’d have to be our drum­mer Joey’s dad [Green Day’s Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong]. I text him all the time, but that’s be­cause he’s my best friend’s dad and he helped raise me, so I don’t think of him as fa­mous. How­ever, I do get re­ally starstruck ev­ery time I text with Tim Arm­strong of Ran­cid!” Al­right, al­right, you win…

ON THE HY­PO­THET­I­CAL… HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF A BROAD­WAY PRO­DUCER WANTED TO TURN DON’T BE A DICK INTO A ‘PUNK-POPERA’?

“I’d prob­a­bly tell them to fuck off! It would be an in­ter­est­ing process, though, and I think if we only ever had one chance to do that I wouldn’t want it to be that par­tic­u­lar al­bum, be­cause I think we could do a lot bet­ter, and I’d rather do some­thing more col­lab­o­ra­tive.”

YOUR IN­STA­GRAM MAKES IT CLEAR YOU LOVE DOGS – COULD YOU SHOOT A WEREDOG WITH A SIL­VER

BULLET IF YOU HAD TO?

“Prob­a­bly not – though it might de­pend on the breed of dog. If it was a Lab, Corgi or French Bull­dog, no way. I’ve al­ways re­ally iden­ti­fied with dogs, so if it bit me and turned me into a weredog it wouldn’t be the end of the world!” It might…

SPIR­I­TUAL HEADMELTER… IS GOD DEAD, OR MERELY REST­ING?

“To me, God is very much alive – I don’t see God in a Judeo-chris­tian sense, or as a prov­able thing, but be­liev­ing in that helps me deal with the con­cept of a uni­verse that’s so huge and ex­pand­ing and scary. I think God is alive in a lot of scary ways, too, with so many peo­ple’s ver­sions of him mak­ing a lot of prob­lems in the world.” So… is he or isn’t he?

“I DON’T KNOW IF I’D SUR­VIVE IN PRISON…” COLE BECKER

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