Decapolis: 10 Questions answered by the punk rockers from Cumbria

Monday 24th February 2003

Cumbria's Christian punk rock band DECAPOLIS faced the infamous Cross Rhythms quizmaster.

Decapolis: 10 Questions answered by the punk rockers from Cumbria

1. So who's in the band?

Dan Powell (drums and main vocals); Pete Thompson (guitar and backing vocals); Amy Gill (bass).

2. Why play punk music?

Punk rock is the style we all love. It's a great way of communicating with people our own age. Punk is all about standing up for what you believe in. It's full of life and all about having a great time.

3. What's with the name Decapolis?

The name Decapolis is taken from the New Testament. It was the name given to the 10 towns where the Christians fled just before the destruction of Jerusalem. It's also where Jesus spent a lot of his time.

4. There seems to be a punk revival going on. Do you know all the other bands like Cephas and Zedisforzebra?

Yes, we have been in contact with them, along with a great Christian punk band from Scotland called Gopherwood. Hopefully we are going to organise a gig together around London later in the year, something to look out for.

5. What's the best thing about your EP 'Rebel'?

We are on it! Nah, the best and most important thing is that we wrote all the songs for the only one worth writing songs for.

6. What's the worst thing?

Phil, an ex-guitarist, left the band just after we recorded it! No, only joking, Phil has moved on to pursue other goals and the band has matured to form a solid three-piece.

7. Have you ever spit on the audience?

Only our relatives. Well, not actually spit, that's disgusting, but incidents involving hurling toilet rolls and running around hitting tea pots has been known at our gigs in the past.

8. What's the most embarrassing thing that has happened to the band?

Lately our webmaster has decided to post many pictures of us when we were younger. We hadn't realised that at one of our gigs the engineer had got hold of these pictures and was showing them on the big screen throughout the show.

9. Choose one - Sex Pistols or MxPx?

MxPx, although the Sex Pistols are responsible for starting off the craze we now call punk rock, but instead of using anarchism and violence to state our beliefs we use the one and only Jesus Christ.

10. What does your church/churches think of punk music?

Well, we are yet to be permitted to play in a meeting on a Sunday morning, but through the youth groups the churches are seeing the impact we can create. CR

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.
About Tony Cummings
Tony CummingsTony Cummings is the music editor for Cross Rhythms website and attends Grace Church in Stoke-on-Trent.


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