Episode 070: Element 101 w/ Crissie Verhagen

Element 101 hailed from New Jersey and molded their own brandish scale of punk rock, reminiscent of Elvis Costello, the Go-Go’s, All, and the Descendents. They issued their debut Future Plans Undecided in spring 2000. Stereo Girl followed in early 2001. By the time Element 101 prepped for their third album, they’d reach a new musical level. More Than Motion, which was released in fall 2002, showcased a new found confidence from the band as well as a melodically tight sound.

I luckily found their Instagram account and went down the rabbit hole to get in touch with Crissie and she was stoked to chat.

Below is what we talk about:

  • Growing up in Wyckoff
  • Interviewing Ian McKaye
  • Using MTV’s mailing labels to get press
  • Plow United
  • What it was like having multiple bands on the label
  • Working for Sanctuary Records in Raleigh, NC
  • Danny from Jill owing Jack some songs
  • And a ton more

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