We chatted with Cool Ass about their latest single, “Fuck You COVID-19” and the inspiration behind the iconic track.

What was the inspiration for the band, and how did you all first 
get started?
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always had music pop into my head
out of nowhere. My big struggle was learning how to take what I hear
and get it out of me and put onto instruments so it sounds right.

A few years ago a song popped into my head that was so catchy, it got
stuck there for months until I just couldn’t ignore it any longer …
and since I could already play some instruments, I set about recording
it and learned how to do all the audio production myself. I was so
pleased with the final result that I decided to share it with the
world, and so Cool Ass was born.

Everyone hates COVID-19, but what made you want to put it into a song?
Like all my music, it just popped into my head one day. I was actually
getting ready to record some other songs at the time, when suddenly
out of nowhere, we got hit by this virus and everything changed. This
“new normal” took a lot of adjustment for me, and when I finally
adapted to it, this new song was stuck in my head … It was such a
catchy tune and was so relevant to how people were feeling, I had to
put all my other plans on hold and record this one instead.

How much has the pandemic impacted you, and how have you been getting by?
Well, I haven’t left the house in four months! I really have no desire
to go into the world if it’s like this. Nowadays, you can have almost
anything delivered, so I order all my essentials and then disinfect
them when they arrive. I haven’t visited with friends since this all
started other than chatting on the phone, and it’s weird saying hi and
talking to my neighbors from a distance.

Thank God I have my son to  keep me company! Despite being stuck at home, we have a lot of fun  together, even if it’s just playing chess, streaming movies, or throwing the baseball around in the backyard.

Why do you think humor is an important part of music? Do you think 
bands take themselves too seriously?
I think some bands do, but then other bands tackle very heavy topics,
so they need to be serious. The beautiful thing about music is it can
be so many different things, and that includes being funny. I like to
inject humor into my songs because it’s my preferred state of mind.
The world’s already serious enough for me. I just want to laugh and
have fun!

What else do you have in the works in addition to this song? Can we 
expect an album soon?
I already have a lot of songs written, but right now, I plan on
recording and releasing more singles. When I have enough for an album,
I’d really love to have it pressed onto vinyl. I love vinyl records!
There’s something about playing a record that makes the experience
more real—the artwork, the writing on the sleeve … even just
dropping the needle makes the listening experience more interactive.

I have some records with beautiful etchings in them, and they’re real
works of art. I’m really looking forward to pressing a record onto
vinyl because, to me, having a brightly colored vinyl record would be
totally Cool Ass!

Do you have any livestream or distant touring plans in the works?
Right now, I’m doing everything in the studio, but I’d love to tour! I
remember playing shows with my band in high school, and people would
crowd surf and everybody got so pumped! Right now because I do
everything myself, I can’t really play live, but at some point, I’m
itching to put a band together and play shows. The studio’s cool, but
it’s a totally different vibe from being on stage, and I love live
music!

Where would you like to see the band in five years?
Honestly, I’m so focused on the present I haven’t thought that far
into the future! My definite goals are to keep making great music and
awesome videos and to keep putting smiles on people’s faces.

Everything is so uncertain, especially right now, that I think it’s
just best to go with the flow. Maybe I’ll put a band together and
tour, or maybe I’ll work mostly in the studio and hang out with my son
every day … whatever happens, I know it’ll turn out perfect.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Just that to me, Cool Ass is more than a name. It’s also an attitude.
It’s about being good to others, but especially about respecting and
believing in yourself. We all have talents, and we all have a purpose
for being in this world. When you discover what that is and don’t let
people scare you away from being who you really are, that’s the most
Cool Ass thing I can think of.

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Addison is reviews and online news editor for New Noise. She specializes in metal, queer issues, and dog cuddles.

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