Episode 039: Fun Size w/ James Menefee

Fun Size started more or less in 1991, in Richmond, Virginia. The members consisted of James, Allen Brian, and Orice. They put out a few releases including a 7” on Fueled by Ramen in 97 called “The Process of Selling Out,” a play on the Black Flag record “The Process of Weeding Out” and also poking fun at Less Than Jake for recently signing to Capitol after Vinnie told James about all the undeserved flack the band was getting for signing to a major. In 98 they released “Glad To See You’re Not Dead” and disbanded soon after.

The band did, however, reunite in 2012 when guitarist Brian moved back to Richmond, VA and they released “Since Last We Spoke”. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this album, then do so because it’s really good. Especially the song “End of the Road” which has been on heavy rotation on my Spotify playlist for months.

I met these guys back in 98 on their last tour through NJ. My old band Lanemeyer played a show with them at JT Skate Zone in West Orange, NJ. We also did a mini-tour if you can call it that with James’ second band River City High which we also talk about in this interview.

I reached out to him through Facebook to see if he’d like to talk about 96-2002 and he was more than happy to spend 2 hours discussing this time period. And here is what we talked about:

  • Performing as a kid in front of his 5th grade class
  • Did Richmond have hall shows?
  • Tim from Avails advice on touring
  • Getting signed to fuled by Ramen
  • His pen pal in Denville, New Jersey
  • Matt Red Leader
  • The formation of River City High
  • Big Wheel and Doghouse Records
  • Dealing with the scene changing in the early 2000s
  • Brett from the Juliana Theory
  • Fun Size reuniting in 2012 to record an album and play shows
  • And a ton more

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