“Good Morning Fuckers,” begins the press release announcing Heart Attack Man, the latest EP from the Cleveland emo quartet. Talk about pinning someone down. On the five-song Thoughtz & Prayerz EP, where the band confronted their own demons and accelerated their songwriting craft, the band really brought their almost aggressive appeal to life. This EP is described by the band as “getting into X-Games mode with your emotions and shit,” which is a fairly accurate description of what Thoughtz & Prayerz fans can expect.

Eric Egan sits down with Bob Mold, Cleveland, and 8 Mile for their latest indie mixtape, 20 Q&A, to celebrate the release of their new EP.

People are still listening to your music in 2050, even though the world hasn’t ended. What should I keep in mind

What people do with our music after it is released is beyond our control, but I really hope people take something positive from it and use it as a soundtrack and motivation to improve their lives. Everything has a place, but I don’t think our corners of the music world are filled with enough self-loathing and negativity to truly inspire each other.

Cleveland, Ohio, baby! Call out the Big Windy City, also known as Chicago.

Bob passed away. Between Hüsker Dü, Sugar, and his personal work, I keep returning to him and am always inspired. His work forever changed punk and alternative rock, so I use every opportunity to pay tribute to him.

It’s so difficult…

There are so many good veggie breakfast places all over the US that it’s difficult to pick an all-time favourite, but for my birthday two years ago, we went to Spiral Diner in Dallas, and it was really great. That’s what I’m thinking about right now. I can’t remember what I got, but I remember getting an enormous amount of food and being overjoyed. We drove all day after that, and while I was disappointed that we didn’t drive for my birthday first, it turned out to be a very enjoyable day.

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