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Guttermouth

On Sunday July 23rd I interviewed Guttermouth vocalist Mark Adkins in St. Petersburg, FL.


How long have you guys been Guttermouth?

We’ve been Guttermouth for 11 years.

Did you do anything before that?
Yea I did all kinds of stuff before that. Like lots of different little garage bands and stuff with all my friends from high school and everything. I have been playing with Scott since 1982. So we have been playing a long time.

Have you had any lineup changes?
Just the bass players have changed. Bass players are very unstable people. I don’t know what it is but I think that because it is easy to play bass, it is only four strings, their mental capacity is far lower then those that play six strings or drums or anything like that. So yea, bass players are generally retarded.

Is that the only change?
Yes.

How many bass players have you had?
This is our third. Except this bass player used to play drums. The Captain as we call him used to play drums but he graduated to bass so we hired a retarded child to play drums.

What is your favorite Guttermouth record?
Musical Monkey, no question.

So whats up with the label change?
Umm… nothing really. We put out six records on Nitro and we thought “well lets try something new, it sounds exciting. Why not?” so we went to Epitaph.

Is it any different?
Oh, I don’t know. We don’t know yet, we don’t have a record out yet so we have no idea. But we wanted to try something new and we got bored doing the same thing over and over again. They do a good job there but we just wanted to try something else.

What are your plans for a new record?
We are making it right when we get home. We got home from this tour tomorrow (7/24), tonight is the last show, and we start in the studio at midnight Monday night (7/24).

How many songs?
I dunno. Who knows? It just depends how everything comes out. We don’t really plan ahead too much. We are a punk band, we don’t have to. Nothing matters, its all easy.

Have you ever been faced with any lawsuits?
Not in a long time. But yes, I have been busted for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer. Assaulting security, insighting a riot, and exposing myself in front of a bunch of moms. I got arrested in Canada for getting naked on stage and got asked to leave the country. I was kicked out of the whole country for two years and I just got a lawyer and I just got back in so now I can go back, I have to be fully clothed at all times. We just did our first show there last month and over 3,000 people came to see us. Quebec City, it was soo good.

I got an email about an outside show you guys played and asked everybody to rush in and when that happened things got really control, what’s the deal with that?
It was a stupid setup. It was at a place that like Bob Segar would play, ya know like an outdoor shed/arena type place. And they had a punk show there, like a big festival in southern California. And we went on when the sun started to go down and people were starting to get a little more rowdy. Everyone was drinking all day, they were serving beer to minors, and it got pretty out of control so they busted me saying that I caused it. It never even went to court, they didn’t have a case, it was retarded and it wasted all of our time and money, a pretty typical police move. From what I have learned, what the police do is point the blame at somebody to make themselves look good for the immediate press release the follows such an incident as a riot or whatever and they blame blame blame you you you and then the story dies down and it makes them look good. And it’s all forgotten and my attorney explained all that to me. Its scary because police can charge you with anything they want, whether its true or not, and take you into custody.

Who is on the cover of “Gorgeous”?
My friend Wayne. Wayne is a transvestite, part time. He has a regular job and stuff but he dresses up as a woman sometimes like on Wednesdays and Thursdays he has his places he goes to.

Is there an overall message that you are trying to convey through music?
No, not at all. Messages through music, to me, are a waste of time because you an interpret things in so many different ways. We like to leave people a little bit confused.

What motivates your lyrics?
I dunno. A bringing I guess, a coming. Jamie and I write all the lyrics and its just whatever we are thinking about at the time. There are no real interesting stories behind it at all.

What does your mom say about the band?
My mom doesn’t take knowledge of the band. She would rather me stayed in school.

How far along in school did you get?
Just to my second year in college.

Well you have a career now soo…”
Yea I guess you could say that. It has its good points and its bad points.

Is there anything you would rather be doing right now?
I’d rather be at home with my girlfriend right now. Its hard being away for weeks at a time, it sucks.

Is there any reason why you guys didn’t do Warped Tour?
No. We decided to make a record instead and everything was about timing. There is only 12 months in a year but it feels like there is 4, you’re always so busy.

What did you listen to growing up?
All kinds of stuff. Everything from my parents disco to… my parents were total disco heads. When I was 9 or 10 they used to have big parties at our house, it was weird. They would have like a jukebox and just these huge parties and they would get drunk it was creepy. Me and my two brothers would peek in and watch all these drunk folks dancing and it was so freaky watching that. So then you got to know that music, whether you wanted to or not you learned it. That is what I listened to the most when I was like a little kid.

What made you chose to be a punk band, how did you get into that?
I dunno, I have no idea it just happened. I cant even explain it, if it’s a good thing or bad thing I dunno.

How old are you now?
33. I’ve been doing this a long time.

What was the biggest tour you have been on?
We have done so many big ones. We have supported Offspring several times, we have supported NOFX several times. We just got back from Europe with NOFX, The Bosstones, Snapcase, Good Riddance, and Terrorgruppe, and a bunch of other bands. We played a couple of shows with like 11,000+, it is great. It is such a rush to do that. We played this show in Australia it was like a Woodstock where everyone camped out for three days. And the drinking age was 18 so it was just chaos.

If you could change one thing in society what would it be?
The racist issues, those bug me. They bug me a lot, I don’t understand it. Ya know, its like… I have a Japanese girlfriend, she is great.

How long have you guys been together?
For about 6 months.

Is “Lipstick” a true story?
NOOO!!! No, not at all. I make up tons of stories.

What do you think of Britney Spears?
I think she is pretty hot, her appearance. Yea she’s a dish, I enjoy looking at her.

Would you like to play with her one day?
In private. Yea I would, who wouldn’t? If anyone says they wouldn’t they are lying.


Interview by :
Josh Stern : josh@punkinterviews.com

NOFX Interview

OK, I know what you’re thinking. How the hell could Moisst get this interview hooked up? They don’t do interviews anymore with anyone.. No video interviews, magazine interviews, nothing! Well I’ll tell ya… Moisst has been around long enough that we were able to conduct an interview with the elusive Fat Mike of NOFX before they decided they had, had enough of the same old. Sure this was a little dated but what the hell. Everything in this interview has little to nothing to do with what NOFX is now it is dedicated more directly with what NOFX are about in the grey area. If you want to find out about new releases or new inspiration check the FAT WRECK CHORD page on the internet and forget you ever saw this interview.

MOISST: Where are you playing after the states on this tour?
MIKE: Germany.

MOISST: Do you like the fraulines? The sweet Germans with the hairy legs?
MIKE: No I like the Dominatrics, actually I’m married, so you know how that goes.

MOISST: I don’t believe that shit.(At this point Mike whips out a photo of a beautiful woman from his wallet)
MIKE: That’s her really,

MOISST: Are you sure you didn’t dig that up out of a Victoria Secret catalog?
MIKE: No that’s really her.

MOISST: OK, What’s the difference from doing the tours you used to do in the cleaning van and now with the gigantor touring bus?
MIKE: The difference is, well were just stoked you know. Actually the difference is you can jack off in there.

MOISST: And no one is going to get shot in the eye.
MIKE: Exactly.

MOISST: How do you get along with the road crew. A long time ago you had the moron brothers with you when you would come through town and they were fucking insane with the spit gobs and mouthful of beer fights during the show. Now they’re no where to be found now.
MIKE: Our whole road crew, they are like our best friends. We like everyone on the bus. If we didn’t they, wouldn’t be there. We have a great time together.

MOISST: No leeching at each others throats?
MIKE: No, not really.

MOISST: Any crazy pranks pulled you can recall.
MIKE: Pranks? I can tell you what we did to Chad from Face to Face. It was his birthday and we were out in Ottawa Canada. Anyway, it was cold as shit when we were there. What we did was we duck taped him to a telephone pole. There were a bunch of kids hanging out when it happened and it was hilarious. We left him outside for a while.

MOISST: How many illegitimate kids do you have floating around?
MIKE: I don’t have any, I’m sterile.

MOISST: Was the Bad News Bears life better for El Heffe or is NOFX?
MIKE: Well, he blew all the money he made off that movie on drugs. So I guess he had no choice but to join NOFX.

MOISST: Did your parents force you to drink Ovaltine as a child?
MIKE: No, but my mom once told me that If I was going to smoke pot I had to smoke it with her. I didn’t smoke pot till I was twenty one.

MOISST: Have you ever dreamt about livestock, or specifically having any sexual relations with livestock?
MIKE: No, no. I like leather and shit but not the cows in that kind of way.

MOISST: What about life size Barbies?
MIKE: To tell you the truth I really don’t like that shit.

MOISST: What do you guys do to kill time when your not on stage?
MIKE: Favorite pastime? Well we all suck each other off. We play the circle game. If you can break the circle you get sucked.

MOISST: What bands do you like that you’ve played with recently? Are they all on Fat Wreck Chords?
MIKE: Lagwagon and Propaghandi. They’re good and that’s all it takes! I think all the bands on my label are good. Like I had a chance to sign 7 Year Bitch when they were making some noise, but they suck. You know they sold a lot of records but they still suck. You can sign a lot of bands and make a lot of money, but I just want good bands I really like on the label.

MOISST: How long have you had the label Fat Wreck Chords?
MIKE: Seven years now.

MOISST: What’s next for NOFX?
MIKE: Same old shit.

MOISST: Are you going to play Phoenix any time soon?
MIKE: Never, well O.K. Next month maybe. We just didn’t do Phoenix on this tour because we’ve got to go home and get into the studio.

MOISST: Was the horn thing for El Heffe a childhood thing?
MIKE: He played in marching band as an infant.

MOISST: What’s you favorite Glam Rock band?
MIKE: Hanoi Rocks. (At this point Mike pauses to sign some gals underwear. He’s been signing various article through out the interview. Mike tells us this is the first time he’s ever signed underwear.)

MOISST: What’s your favorite porno?
MIKE: We got this one on the bus call “Please Mistress”. It’s some S&M Lesbian shit. It’s goooood!!!

MOISST: Have you ever heard of Life In The Fat Lane part 2″ the porno?
MIKE: You know I don’t watch porno’s with dicks in them. I really hate seeing cock shots. I am more into bondage, whips, leather and lesbians.

MOISST: On that note I say thanks for the time and good luck with the tour.
MIKE: No problem!

And with that Mike staggered back into the club with his breast beer mug waiving!

 



Interview by :
Moisst Underground Noise : http://www.moisst.com

Catch 22 Interview

Jeff Davidson of Catch 22 recently sat down with The United Front and had a heart to heart talk about the band and other big issues in music today.  Their new album, “Alone In The Crowd”, has already won them countless new fans across the country.  These guys are primed to explode.

 

The United Front: Ok start off by introducing yourself to everyone.

Jeff: I’m Jeff Davidson, I sing vocals.

The United Front: So I heard you talking about how great Chicago is.

Jeff: Yah, its seriously our home away from home. Everyone is so good when we come here. Its always been very receptive.

The United Front: You ever gotten the chance to play anywhere else in Chicago?

Jeff: We’ve played at the Fireside a bunch of times, that was fun. We also played at House of Blues once.

 

The United Front: What bands did you like the best that you’ve toured with so far?

Jeff: Theres always different levels with that-theres the nicest people, theres the people who have helped us out a lot, and then there is the overall people like The Suicide Machines. Regardless of what people are saying like how they’ve sold out, whatever, The Suicide Machines are the nicest people, it doesn’t matter who your are, if you’re some local band, or for any other band they’ll take care of you. Their tour manager acts like your tour manger.

The United Front: With your new release “Alone In A Crowd”, do you feel anything stands out about it that makes it different from past releases?

Jeff: I think that if anything it evolved and morphed into something different and we finally figured out what we were going to do with song writing, and who was ganna do what and the whole process. I think that its something that people were not expecting, the way it came out, either people were expecting us to be completely different or a step in the direction of the “Washed Up” EP.

The United Front: So how were you able to sign on to Victory Records? Are they treating you good?

Jeff: Excellent. No complaints whatsoever. The band (before I was in it) sent a demo to a label called Toy Box Records and the guy who owns Toy Box Records used to work at Victory and he played the tape, and the guy who owns Victory basically heard it through a wall. The next day they got in touch with Catch 22 and they were signed.

 

The United Front: Do you feel different or somewhat intimidated being on a mostly hardcore label?

Jeff: Not at all. The people at Victory and even the bands are all open minded. Nobody has ever had a problem with our style of music being on Victory. All the bands who we’ve been on tour with who are signed to Victory are all very nice and support us. At this point right now we’re very comfortable with our situation. I don’t think anyone is ignorant and hates us because of our style of music. When you sign to Victory everyone treats you like family.

The United Front: In the band you have a wide variety of ages. How do you get it to work? Do you usually get along well?

Jeff: Yah, we all get along great. The reason why we get all along is because we all have the same common goal in mind, we all love what we do and we love music. I don’t think age has anything to do with ANYTHING, EVER, as long as there is a common interest in the music. When it comes down to it, we’re all little kids. We’re all 13 year olds at heart, you know? If you ever were to hang out with us, you could never tell we were all different ages.

The United Front: Are there any bands in particular who has influenced you the most?

Jeff: No because we all listen to different music and we’re open to everything. In a way, we listen to all the same things, and we also listen to all different things. My personally, I’m very personally influenced by reggae music. When it comes to punk, I’d have to say Rancid. It just all depends because again theres always different ways to look at it. Bands influence you in different ways by song writing, bands can influence you by ethics, and their stories. I’m a very inspirational guy. I mean every time I hear the Kurt Kobain story, that’s just amazing to me, hes in my heart. Tim Armstrong and his story and songwriting as well, I think that’s what does it more for me. Theres so many different sides of music. Theres the music, and then theres the life of people involved with the music. That’s me, personally, I mean everyone in the band is different. When it all comes down to it though, we all come together, but we all listen to different things, and I think that’s what makes it so great, that we can come together.

The United Front: What do you think of Napster and what that brings to the table? Is it a good thing or bad thing to you?

Jeff: I’m very indifferent about it. I think it’s a good thing for a lot of reasons. The only bad thing that I think of Napster is that it takes away from the hype and excitement of a new album. That’s the only thing that really bothers me about it. I mean people have new albums coming out, and everybody’s getting all excited about it and waiting for it to come out and then someone comes up to you and is like “I got the new album by….” and its like “You do, already?” It gives people something to call their own when it comes down to it saying how they have it first, but when you are in a band, and you have something coming up, and you’re building the hype, and then you find out people have it before it came out it takes the excitement out of it. I’m down with people getting music for free, I don’t have a problem with it at all, I think it’s a great thing for bands who are singed. I mean we were luckier than anything. Its all luck, its all who you know, With people getting new exposure of bands by just having a computer, and converting files, that’s just all amazing to me. I still don’t know if it’ll change everything, but I think it will.

 

The United Front: Any last comments you want to say?

Jeff: Of course please check our our website at http://www.njcatch22.com  If anything though, I want to say that everyone whos stood behind us regardless of anything, and kept an open mind, and hasn’t been doubtful, we appreciate that, COMPLETELY. It hasn’t gone unnoticed. I mean anyone whos came up and said “Great show!” we appreciate that, and don’t feel intimidated to say that, because it keeps us going.


Interview by :
United Front Webzine

Dashboard Confessional

This is an interview I did with Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional on Sat. December 16th, 2000 in St. Petersburg, FL.


How long have you been Dashboard Confessional?

I recorded last year and released it but I didn’t play any shows or anything like that, I played just a few select shows like I played with Saves The Day because they talked me into it and then I played a couple of coffee house shows but then I didn’t do anything because I was in another band for a few months and the record still sold pretty well so I thought I should go out and try and do something to support it so I have been on tour now for 2 and a half months. And now its over… tomorrow is the last show and then I get to go home and see my mom.

How long have you been writing music?
Umm.. well… a long time. I really don’t know when I wrote my first song but… a long time.

And you said you have been in a few bands…?
Yea, I was in a band called Further Seems Forever most recently. I was in The Agency, they are on Fiddler Records, Further Seems Forever was on Tooth & Nail. And I was in Vacant Endings (spelling) and they are on Fiddler Records also but I am not in those bands right now.

Do you plan on staying solo?
No, it was never supposed to be just me that is why it is called Dashboard Confessional and not Chris Carrabba. That’s why tonights show had my friend Dan who played bass and an instrument called the “mellotica” (spelling) because it is supposed to for my friends that are free or don’t have to work or are on hiatus with their bands are welcome to come along and play. The crowd is always a big big part of it with their singing along and everything so I never really thought of it as a solo project. I am gonna take a drummer out on the next tour or the tour after that for sure.

What made you decide to do something as original as this?
As opposed to just a standard band? These are just the songs I was writing and I wanted to be in the studio again and do something in the studio and be productive. I was also in a band that, as bands are, very regimented ya know standard, the same guys all the time which I enjoyed, I love the guys but I had all these other friends who were in bands and I was like “well wouldn’t it be great if I had something that whenever they were around they could play with me” and like I said ya know when my friends bands were home and if I have a show somewhere and they could come with me and play whatever instrument they play. So that was kind of the initial plan for doing it this way but sometimes I like to be up there all by myself too, because it’s scary and fun.

How do you feel about “Swiss Army Romance”?
I am very proud of the record but it is just kind of insighted to where I was at that particular point of my life I guess, I write from the heart so you can kind of tell what I am feeling when you listen to those songs. I never really listen to it but ya know I play those songs every night so its like it brings me back to where I was when I wrote those songs so I am fond of it for memory sake and I think it’s a solid record so, I like it.

The name Dashboard Confessional, how did you think of that?
Well, I wasn’t sure like at one point I was like “well its just me for now so I guess I am supposed to call it Chris Carrabba” but then I felt really uncomfortable doing that for various reasons, I felt really vein so I had written a song called “The Sharp Hint Of New Tears” which at that point wasn’t called “The Sharp Hint Of New Tears” and in the song it says “on the way home, this car hears my confessions.” So that name kind of popped into my head, Dashboard Confessional, and I thought that would be a good name for the tune but then I was like “well that sounds like a band name” so I was like “well im gonna save it incase I start another band” and then I was like “well why cant I just call this band Dashboard Confessional, and so that’s kind of a long winded answer.

I think it fits really well because, well I listen to the record in the car and like when you’re in a car and your by yourself you think about your feelings and think about how you relate, and its just all around a perfect name.
Well seriously Josh, that’s actually a really solid capture of where I came up with the name. Because it had to do with that line and then I started thinking about it and I was like “ya know, I do a lot of driving” especially being in a band and I break cd players from listening to them soo much and like, you lose the outside world and become really introspective, and try not to crash, but and that’s kind like, it was very appropo to what I was doing.

I read that you were a pre-school teacher?
I used to be a pre-school teacher and I am an administrator at a elementary school now for about seven years I have been. Total seven years I have been doing it because I was in high school when I started the pre-school.

Do the parents ever get a little worried because of the tattoos?
Well, to be honest with you the parents don’t really see the tattoos very often because I wear long sleeve shirts but then again the local newspapers have done a few articles and one of them was the cover of the entertainment section. Ya know the parents read that newspaper so they were like “oh so you have lots of tattoos” and I don’t keep it secret. It’s funny, all the kids know, they just notice if the shirt sleeve comes up a little but they don’t care at all. And the parents, I gotta give them credit, they don’t seem to care much at all.

That’s very surprising, you know how parents are, especially in elementary school.
It is surprising, and I think its because they got to know me first and know that I care for the kids first before I care about my tattoos or whatever and so since they knew me well it didn’t bother them when they found out. But I guess if I walked in there with a short sleeve shirt and asked for a job and my first day came in with my tattoos blazin’ or whatever I don’t know that I would make to many fans among the parents. But Im on a sabbatical right now, Im at a leave of absence for about a year to try and tour full time.

Do they all know about Dashboard Confessional?
Yea, my family there at the school is incredibly supportive as a matter of fact I even thanked Mrs. Noush, who is my vice principal and everyone at JC Mitchell, which is the elementary school that I work at. I thanked them, they are incredibly supportive. I have a young staff, because what I do, Im in charge of the day care and so I have about 12 counselors that work for me and they all come out to my shows and stuff, a lot of the teachers come out to my shows. You wouldn’t expect it, even when I was in heavier bands before, they like this better, but when I was in heavier bands they still came out and its really cool.

What do you listen to?
I listen to the Movie Life, I love the Movie Life. I listen to the Rocking Horse Winner, that’s the girl who sings on my record’s band. And then I listen to the old standards like I listen to a lot of the Beach Boys, I listen to Hot Rod Circuit, I listen to a lot of Tom Petty and I dunno, I could go on for a long time. We drive sometimes 17 hours so we listen to lots of music.

Swiss Army Romance, the song, I can relate that to pretty much every person I know. Was there a particular person in your life at that time that you wrote the song about or was it about a group of people?
Well yea there is a particular person in my life that I wrote that about, or that I started to write that about, and then I realized after I wrote the first verse that that person was indictive of a lot of people. Or that trait in that person was in a lot of people, and myself too sometimes I think, and everyone frankly. It was initially about one person and eventually about a lot of people that I know and its not meant to be derogatory, and I don’t think it is because I know its about me too. As a matter of fact theres a line in there that says “you’re dying to look smooth in your tattoos but you’re searching just like everyone, you could be anyone.” That is as much about me as it is anyone else.

What do you think, in you, brings out the way you are able to vocalize your emotions?
Well I think that I am not the best singer in the world and I think that I am not the best guitarist in the world but I really know what I feel, I guess. I used to dress it up a little more and then eventually I was just like ya know what, theres nothing wrong with saying what I truly feel. So that’s it. And if other people can relate to it, that wasn’t my intention, obviously to alienate people, but it wasn’t my intention to do something that everybody can relate to or that I was trying to speak for a whole group of people, that wasn’t my intention at all. But the fact that so many people can relate to it is kinda telling, it must be kind of basic feelings that people have and I was lucky enough to capture that, I don’t think that I intended to.

What is your personal favorite song on the record?
Umm, I dunno, that’s a weird question because I don’t really listen to my own record. I guess my favorite song changes every night depending on if somebody asks me to play a song, the fact that they knew it and knew it by name its my favorite song that night. It means that somebody cared enough to pay attention to the song title, which I don’t even always do. There is some of my favorite bands and I would go to the show and want them to play a song really bad and just be like “track 6!!”

Is there any songs that you really don’t like on the record?
No because like I said they are like a real snapshot of where I was. However, that is kind of a lie. “The Sharp Hint Of New Tears” is really painful for me to sing, like it really… all those songs dredge up something to me every night when I play them I really feel whatever it is, I remember exactly what it was and exactly how bad it felt, or how good it felt, and that song felt particularly bad, or I felt particularly bad at the time when I wrote that song. And so it makes me feel band, I don’t play it very often.

So how has the tour been with River City High, Midtown, and New Found Glory?
Its been awesome, especially considering that I am definitely the odd man out. I play an acoustic guitar, its been strange like the nights that I have to play first if there’s no local band or whatever if its just my turn to play first I get really nervous if the kids are ravenous for punk rock like I said and they have been standing in line and they get up there and they see my silly guitar and me sitting on a stool, they are like “what are we in for with this??”.But I have to give the kids the most credit, well I have to give credit to all the bands for having the guts to take me out, like New Found Glory didn’t have to suggest me for this tour, but they like it so they suggested it and I am really grateful for that. And Midtown has taken me out before, just like a month before this tour, and they same goes for them. But I have to give credit to the kids because you would think that they would only, I even think that they’re not gonna like it. I don’t give them enough credit sometimes, I just initially think they’re gonna hate me. But they don’t. They may not all like me, but a good amount of them are really receptive so its been an incredible tour to be on, just to have my eyes open. Like, because Im a punk rock kid but I like music like this. I like to listen to singer/songwriter stuff like Pedro The Lion. Obviously I am not alone, in that. Its been really neat, Ive loved this tour and plus its been an incredibly cool tour because New Found Glory and I, well the guys in NFG and me have been friends for a long time. My old band Vacant Endings went out with them on their first before anybody was anything. And the guys in Midtown have become my really good friends over the past year. And I have been able to become really good friends with Hot Rod Circuit and River City High, and the Movie Life, and everybody that has been involved at any point on this tour. I have never been on any tour where there was not any competition at all. I have been on other tours with other big bands, and I wont name names, when I was in my other bands that were really competing for each others fans and each other sales. But like were out there pushing each others records. I can tell you that every night I hear the guy from New Found Glory say “go check out the dash stuff” and every night I say “check out the video for sale at the Midtown table”, CRVM check it out, its got lots of cool stuff on it.

What do you do in your spare time?
If I ever had any spare time I suppose I would skateboard and write songs. I write songs more then I skateboard these days because it seems necessary for me to have fresh songs when Im out on the road because I have to play them every single night. And I enjoy reading and seeing my friends which I never get to do anymore.

Do you read many books?
Yea, I read constantly. This tour has been strange, I haven’t been able to read very much because drives have been long but my favorite author is John Irving. He wrote “A Prayer For Owen Meany” and “The Cider House Rules”. He is very inspiring to me. Every book that John Irving wrote is absolutely well worth purchasing.

What do you like listening to?
Well we have been listening to those cds but in general I like listening to things that have really pretty lyrics. Like The Weakerthans is a band that when we were in CA we stayed with Darren from Hopeless Records and he was kind enough to give me a Weakerthans cd. Initially I heard it and was like “this is fairly good, I kind of enjoy it” and then I listened to the lyrics more and I was so floored that I started calling my friends and was like “you have to go out and buy this record.” Its just phenomenal.

What or who has been your biggest influence?
My mother has been the biggest influence on me. Strongest person I’ve ever, even now being an adult and being in the world not under her wing, I still think shes the strongest person. Ive never met anyone who is as strong and capable as she is, and she is a big influence on my music to. She is a singer and pianist and is phenomenal at both, much better then I will ever be at what I do. And she always encourages it forever, and she never discouraged me when I wanted to take time of college. I mean she was never happy that I wanted to take a break from school but she understood, shes great.

Being from Florida, what do you think of the election?
Well whats funny was that I left and realized that I didn’t register to vote and the fact is I would have voted for Nader anyway, but I felt like a hypocrite. I cant remember what state I was in, somewhere really cold though, I can remember that much, when the election blew up. I was kinda making jokes and then they were like “palm beach county” and I didn’t even vote so I cant be makin cracks so I felt pretty stupid, I was really disappointed in myself so I cant knock the voting system when I wasn’t even a part of it this time. But it was weird because at one point I was in Connecticut, which was where I grew up. I moved here when I was in my sophomore year of High School, and like they were making fun of me they were like “yea you moved to Florida, you should move back here look at they blew the election.” It really could have just happened anywhere, they were really close in a lot of places.

What do you think of Napster?
Now the people at my label would probably shoot me for saying this, but I think Napster is the greatest thing ever. I think Napster has a lot to do with the fact that people know my lyrics, Im a big proponent of it and I really believe, I guess I think differently, but I really believe that if they are gonna like the record they are gonna buy the record because they might wanna read the lyrics, and read the thank yous, and see the pretty artwork. Im selling a lot of CD’s a night and those kids already know the words so I really believe that it works. And ya know, I don’t own a computer. I don’t go on Napster, I’ve never been on Napster, but I’ve had people make me mix tapes and people hand me a pavement tape that they copied from their cd. And I might not buy it that week because I have that tape to listen to but eventually Im gonna go out and buy it, and I do. Sometimes the sponsor tours too.

What do you think of Britney Spears?
I’ll tell you my honest truth. I used to not like her very much. I used to think she was not as pretty as everybody says but now shes getting older and she is just ridiculously hot. So I’m a big fan, of her music to. We listen to it a lot because you can only hear so much punk rock and when you are on tour for two and a half months with punk or various punk rock bands you have to listen to Britney Spears every now and again for you’ll lose your mind.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Listen to the Movie Life.

 

 Interview by : Josh Stern – josh@punkinterviews.com