Madison punks Masked Intruder are truly one of a kind. The group is comprised of Intruders Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow (sometimes Orange), a band of criminals set to break into your home and steal your heart. Like, actually steal it. Their new EP, “Love and Other Crimes”, comes out on July 8th on Pure Noise Records, and will be supported with a run on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Blue Intruder took some time out of his busy life of crime to answer some questions for us, about the new record, the band, and upcoming plans:
B&E: I’ve always wanted to know, how did the concept of a band of criminal lovers come about?
Blue Intruder: It was just something we came up with. Seemed like it would be cool. Cause, you know, crime is cool. And ladies are the coolest.
B&E: How did people react at some of your early shows? Did they get it?
Blue Intruder: Honestly, shows went well right off the bat. Not everyone ‘got it’, but that’s still true and always will be. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it’s a lot of fun when people are just confused.
B&E: Switching gears, a lot of your songs are great love songs on their own, before mentioning that you’re breaking into someone’s house. Do you ever feel forced to work in the Masked Intruder “criminal” aspect when writing songs?
Blue Intruder: Not forced. More like driven. It’s part of the fun. It’s like, regular love songs are boring. There’s just too many of them.
B&E: What are your personal favorite songs on “Love And Other Crimes”?
Blue Intruder: That’s hard to answer. I like them all for different reasons. I like “Still Always on My Mind” a lot. It’s fun to play.
B&E: You’re playing the Warped Tour this year. Are you looking forward to it?
Blue Intruder: Absolutely!
B&E: Follow up question: Are you prepared to play day in, day out, in the heat, with the masks?
Blue Intruder: Oh yeah. No problem. It’s all about staying hydrated. Also, I mean, the ski masks probably actually make us cooler. Cause, you know, they block the sun or whatever. And they look cool.
B&E: Besides Warped Tour, any other tours in the works?
Blue Intruder: Nothing we can announce at this point, but I can tell you we are definitely touring more this year!