1. What is the biggest mistake your group ever made?
college for too long. If I had my way, Josh and I would’ve quit college
and focused on the band and hit the road while we were still young. Now
we’re 27 trying to live like 22 year olds, when we should’ve been
roughing it, building this band up on the road when we actually were
22. I’m not complaining, what’s done is done, but now I’m at a point in
my life when when I have way more the right mindset for learning things
the right way in a college environment, but everything’s backwards. I
went to college when I was a dumb kid full of energy and now I’m
travelling the country in a beat-up school bus when I’m a staid old man
2. What is the smartest thing your group has ever done?
Play good music and not care what anyone thinks, and
not pay attention to trends. Oh, and using violin as a lead instrument
instead of something cheesy like lead guitar.
3. What advice can you give for a group looking to improve their live show?
Make sure all
your stuff works before hitting the stage. Set up all your stuff
offstage somewhere and look over things. Really be passionate and
mindful of what you’re using to make your sound. In terms of playing,
always listen to what’s going on around you and play off you’re
bandmates in terms of mood and feel, even when it’s stuff that’s
through-composed. A band has to play as a unit and sound good and full.
Also, figure out what songs go good together and create an arc with
your setlist. Have songs flow into each other with minimal breaks.
4. What advice can you give for a group to build up a buzz?
I have no idea. We’ve been struggling with this one since the
beginning. These days you need to just be on the internet with creative
videos and things, and consistently play shows like the one listed
5. What is the coolest piece of gear you have come across recently?
C&C Custom Drums. They made us a kit and they
rule. And a Mesa 15 bass cab that used to be owned by Ween that Pat got
from his brother.
6. What is something you should bring on tour that most people may not think of?
Fireworks. Just don’t try to bring them over International borders.
7. Tell us something you learned from your last recording experience?
Click tracks can be OK sometimes. 15″ snare drums are amazing.
8. What is a piece of equipment you can’t live without? And Why?
Our Korg Delta synth that’s our signature sound.
9. What is the dumbest thing you see other groups do?
Go on headline tours when they’re not ready and still only draw 30
people in each town. Go on six-band tours where they’re the first or
second to play each night. Play the “bar scene” planning to get huge in
whatever town they’re in, especially NYC. Move to LA or NYC to get huge.
10. What have you learned songwriting wise recently?
Less is more. Slow is good. Quiet is good. Acoustic and minimal is good sometimes.