Jesse Malin and guitarist Derek Cruz dropped by Q104.3 New York's "Out of the Box" with Jonathan Clarke recently to talk about Malin's new EP, Meet Me at the End of the World, available now.
Malin, whom you may also known from '90s punk outfit D Generation, was born and raised in Queens, but he's put down roots in Manhattan's East Village and some of his friends refer to him as the neighborhood's mayor.
"I've heard that," he says. "I kind of live in Manhattan. I go all over the place. I just try to stay out of trouble. Queens I'll represent."
Malin's band is getting itself into shape with summer tours of the U.K. and the U.S., as well as some truly massive one-off gigs coming up. The group is playing Lollapalooza in Chicago in August and will be among the bands opening for Green Day in London's Hyde Park on July 1!
With the songs on his new release, Meet Me at the End of the World, Malin says he addresses some of the ever-present anxiety that has perforated modern life.
"I feel like these days people don't know what's gonna happen. But everybody is just trying to survive. I think there's a lot of fear, and I think there's a lot of confusion about what we're doing with each other, with our leaders and what's happening to the planet."
The spirit of rock and roll, and New York, he adds is about getting through hard times no matter what.
Check out the full interview above, including Malin and Cruz's acoustic performance of the song "Meet Me at the End of the World"!