Ann Beretta Interview

So who is this and what makes you so darn special?

I’m Rob and there’s really nothing special here I’m just a guy in a band. That’s all.

How do you think outside appearances are different from what’s actually inside people?

I think sometimes it’s like night and day but it’s hard to say. Outward appearance tends to make for a bad judge of character. Actions are where it’s at, my friend. They truly do speak louder than words.

What do you think about the perpetual punk rock myth that bands change their sound once they join a label like Fat Wreck Chords or Epitaph? Do you find truth in this? Can we expect you guys to sound a bit more like the Mr. T Experience now that you are on Lookout!?

There’s no way will we sound like MTX. There definitely is some validity to that statement though. I know what you mean. Take Fat Wreck Chords for example. Five years ago, all the bands sounded like NOFX. Part of that, I think had to do with using the same studios, same engineers, and same producers. Of course, everything’s going to sound the same. I think that especially now they’re doing a better job with diversity. I mean there’s no way Avail is going to sound like NOFX, you know?

As a kid, I never went to many parties. Can I live vicariously through you? Please, tell me a party story or two.

I never really started partying until I got to college and then, of course, the whole motivation is getting drunk and laid. I really haven’t been to a party in years though. I kind of fell out of that whole loop. I mean I’m like almost 28 now. I hate to say it but I guess I outgrew the whole party scene. Bummer.

Why do we believe that spies are so much more intelligent and sophisticated than ourselves? Should I continue to believe that they are inherently better than myself?

I wouldn’t say they’re better than anyone else. They are just better trained and maybe educated but those are things that can be solved through personal choice. You want to know more, learn more, you know?

What have been the most indelible moments in your life thus far? How did they change you as a person?

Here’s a perfect example of what I was just talking about. I have no idea what indelible means. I should go look it up, I guess, when I feel a little more like educating myself but don’t think you’re better than me, ok?
Note From Trevor: I won’t.

What were the lessons learned from your tour with Less Than Jake? How did that go and what did have you taken away from that experience?

We definitely learned a lot about the rock and roll machine and how it works and how it doesn’t. Those guys are really professional and still maintain their integrity and their focus. They’re a major label band with DIY ethics. So I learned that and I learned a lot about performing. Working with an audience and so on. I also learned this, if you are someone who is in a position to help out someone else. You have to do it. No matter how small or how great you think that help is because chances are you’re in that position because someone helped you. Chris from LTJ taught me that. It’s a never-ending cycle. Someone helped them, they helped us, now I help out my friends as much as possible. Whether it’s as simple as passing on a phone number or taking a band on tour. It’s all relative.

Did you ever try on your mother’s clothes as a kid just to know what it felt like?

Not that I remember but that doesn’t mean anything.

What games did you enjoy as a child? How do they make you feel today?

I grew up in the country so I was always playing in the woods. Making forts and doing guy shit like that. Fun stuff.

What would you do if a very effeminate man came on strongly to you and told you that your “fruit basket” looks very appetizing?

It doesn’t bother me. I’ve been hit on by guys before. Enough times to not let it bug me as long as it’s not rude. I mean what’s the difference in being hit on by a girl. You’re either into it or not. It’s just how you deal with it that turns the situation bad. But like I said if it’s a rude situation from the start then it’s a whole new ball game.

What are some ideals that you hold that may be different from other people’s?

I don’t know. I don’t feel the need to justify any of my actions. I stay true to myself and to the people who are important to me. I do the things I do because they are important to me and I don’t feel like I have to explain why. I respect other people’s space and appreciate when they do the same. Is this even answering your question?
Note From Trevor: YES!….er….yeah

Are dentists scary? What kind of oral work have you had done?

Well, now this question could go in several directions. As far as dentists, I haven’t been to one in years. I probably should. I had braces when I was a kid. I’ve had cavities and on and on just like everyone else.

I’m reading this book on my mom’s desk called “Nuggets Of Life”. It states that “When you complain, you open the door to the devil and close the door to the answer”. Do you find truth in this statement or is my mom just a religious freak?

Well, see I love to complain but again the answer is what you do about it. Complain and do nothing or change what needs to be changed to end the complaint. Sometimes, that’s not possible. Other times, it takes longer to complain so whatever. As far as your mom, who am I to say? We’re all a little quirky.
Note From Trevor: That’s an understatement.

What have we learned from this interview?

What have we learned? I don’t know. That I talk too much about nothing? I don’t know. What have you learned?
Note From Trevor: How to love again?

Any final words for our viewing audience?

Yeah. There’s a new record out in October on Lookout! Records. We’ll be touring in September with the Swingin’ Utters. That’s it. Thanks a lot.

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