Cities #15 – Walk The Plank über Washington D.C.


Passend zum Beginn des Vorwahlkampfes bewegt sich unsere Rubrik heute ins politische Zentrum der USA. Was es neben dem Capitol und dem Weißen Haus sonst noch über Washington D.C. zu berichten gibt, erzählen uns Walk The Plank:

Since when do you live in Washington D.C.?

We’ve all lived in the area for many years. Most of us grew up right outside the city in Northern Virginia. Ian is from Boston and Aaron grew up a couple hours away in Strasbourg, Virginia. Tim and Ian have lived in the city itself for the last few years while the rest of us still live in Nothern Virginia. DC is a strange city because most of the people in the area don’t actually live in DC itself, but rather just outside of it in Maryland and Virginia. The city has 600,000 residents, but the metropolitan area is closer to 5 million.

What should everyone know about Washington D.C.?

It is the Capitol of the country and marijuana is legal. How about that for ironic!

Is there a thing that totally annoys you about the city?

the city has been heavily gentrified in the last several years. Neighborhoods have been completely turned upside down. This also raises rent and makes everything expensive. We also have some of the worst traffic in the country.

What is the greatest thing about living in Washington D.C.?

There is a great deal of culture to experience. Cultures from all over the world converge here. Also, any kind of entertainment you would want you can find.

How does the city reflect itself in your music? Does it influence you in any way?

Yes it does, it makes us angry. The world’s politics is always at the forefront here in DC. There is a lot of negative energy in this city. DC is becoming steadily more and more expensive, the cost of living is becoming very high and it affects both the rich and the poor. The rich are stressed because they have very demanding jobs with a lot of responsibility. The poor are stressed because they have to work multiple jobs to just eat. Everybody is over-worked and struggling in some form. People just start to feed off each other’s negativity. So there are a lot of bands that play angry music. We, in Walk The Plank, try to stay sane by including some hope in our music as well.

Whats your favourite venue to play in Washington D.C.?
The Rock and Roll Hotel, our singer Ian bartends there, it’s kind of our home base. The Black Cat is really great too.

What’s your favourite place in the city?

I don’t know if that is an easy question to answer. There are so many great places! I’ll say, wherever our next show is.

Do you have a favourite song or movie about Washington D.C.?

“Banned in DC” by Bad Brains. One popular movie spot people from out of town like to see is the stairs from “The Exorcist”. They are located in Georgetown.

If you would not live in Washington D.C., which city would be your favourite to live in? Why?

Anywhere that has sun, ocean, and more relaxed people. Our bass player Tim used to live in Los Angeles and loved it out there.  We also really love the Costa Rican pacific coast. We got experience it first hand on our recent tour there. Amazing.

What would be a perfect slogan for Washington D.C.?

Well, we wish it was “Welcome, please leave your politics at the door.”. But we can’t avoid crooked politicians and their agendas I guess.


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