Self Defense Family

Biography //

Ask any touring musician and they’ll agree: years spent on the road can be measured like dog years. Over time, the unpredictable nature of the lifestyle starts to become not only predictable, but all-consuming. On the band’s latest full-length Have You Considered Punk Music, singer Patrick Kindlon reflects on his time as a musician, taking a closer look at the bottomless drive to create that he’s spent his life exploring. “I’ve been doing something for a long time that I find really fulfulling, and I’m able to look at it with more clarity as time passes,” says Kindlon. “I can look at things from 10 years ago, or the reason I even got involved in this thing in the first place, with more perspective. The changes I’ve gone through as a person over time are interesting to me. I spend almost all my waking hours making things, and that’s a relationship I assumed was normal, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve started to understand that that’s not the way everybody is looking at life,” says Kindlon.

His choice to reflect on his experiences isn’t a topic he discusses with ease - “It makes me sound like I’m 200 years old,” he jokes - but it’s one he does well, distilling personal, specific experiences into simple and relatable metaphors. “It’s about feeling very intensely about a thing you’re becoming increasingly aware the rest of the world doesn’t give a shit about,” says Kindlon. “It’s like how people feel about their cats: they love their cat, but you don’t give a shit about their cat.”

Kindlon’s passion for making music is matched by his bandmates. While many bands have found themselves stuck in a rut after years of making music together, Self Defense Family’s unique structure ensures that the band never ends up at a dead end. Their tours aren’t mandatory, but instead an open invitation to whoever would like to come, whether that be three members or seven. Their recording process is equally as open ended; when one member gets creatively burnt out, another will take their place, often offering a new take on the song at hand in the process. This type of system can lend itself to chaos at times, but to the band, it’s worth it in the end. “While it can be frustrating to sift through a million ideas, at least you have a million ideas to sift through,” says Kindlon.

The album was recorded in just under two weeks, the longest the band has ever spent in the studio at one time. As they often do, the musicians in the group who chose to participate in the project came to the studio completely unprepared and wrote the songs as they tracked them. “For us, recording is largely about first takes,” says Kindlon. “We don’t see recording as creating a product - we see it as capturing whatever’s going on at the moment, and if we mess it up, we’ll do better next time. This album is different for us in the respect that it’s a fairly polished final product.” It’s a perfect fit for a record about making records - that, simultaneously, the band hones in on their craft while dissecting the craft itself.

Photo by Reid Haithcock

Apparel & Merchandise //

  • Self Defense Family - Australia 7
    Self Defense Family
    Bundle: Australia 7
  • Self Defense Family - Skulls Shirt
    Self Defense Family
    Skulls Shirt
  • Self Defense Family - Australia Shirt (Black)
    Self Defense Family
    Australia Shirt (Black)
  • Self Defense Family - Australia Shirt (White)
    Self Defense Family
    Australia Shirt (White)
  • Self Defense Family - Lust For Nuke Shirt
    Self Defense Family
    Lust For Nuke Shirt
  • Self Defense Family - Clingy Shirt
    Self Defense Family
    Clingy Shirt
  • Self Defense Family - Performative Guilt 12
    Self Defense Family
    Performative Guilt
  • Self Defense Family - The Power Doesn't Work In The Presence of Nonbelievers 12
    Self Defense Family
    The Power Doesn't Work In The Presence of Nonbelievers
  • Self Defense Family Bundle - Have You Considered Punk Music & Superior
    Self Defense Family
    Bundle: Have You Considered Punk Music & Superior
  • Self Defense Family - Respect Nothing Shirt
    Self Defense Family
    Respect Nothing Shirt
  • Self Defense Family - Shirt Bundle
    Self Defense Family
    Shirt Bundle
  • Self Defense Family - Karate Chop Shirt
    Self Defense Family
    Karate Chop Shirt
  • Self Defense Family - Colicky LP
    Self Defense Family
    Colicky
  • Self Defense Family - Fish Hook Shirt
    Self Defense Family
    Fish Hook Shirt
  • Self Defense Family - When The Barn Caves In b/w Alan 7
    Self Defense Family
    When The Barn Caves In b/w Alan

Releases //

  • Self Defense Family - Make Me a Pallet Fire On Your Floor / Local Clerics
    Self Defense Family
    Make Me a Pallet Fire On Your Floor b/w Local Clerics
  • Self Defense Family - Have You Considered Punk Music
    Self Defense Family
    Have You Considered Punk Music
  • Self Defense Family - Wounded Masculinity 12
    Self Defense Family
    Wounded Masculinity
  • Self Defense Family - Superior
    Self Defense Family
    Superior
  • End of a Year (Self Defense Family) - You Are Beneath Me LP
    End of a Year
    You Are Beneath Me
  • Creative Adult / Self Defense Family - Split
    Creative Adult / Self Defense Family
    Split
  • Self Defense Family / Meredith Hunter - Split
    Self Defense Family / Meredith Hunter
    Split
  • Tigers Jaw / Code Orange Kids / The World Is a Beautiful Place / Self Defense Family - 4-Way Split
    Tigers Jaw / Code Orange Kids / The World Is a Beautiful Place / Self Defense Family
    4-Way Split
  • Self Defense Family - I Heard Crime Gets You Off b/w To Your Scattered Bodies Go
    Self Defense Family
    I Heard Crime Gets You Off b/w To Your Scattered Bodies Go

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