Has the experience of making a new record been any different this
time around with the new label?
have to say no, simply because we had the record completely finished
before we signed. It was really great working with John Goodmanson, and
Jonah spent some time with Blag Dahlia of the Dwarves for pre-production,
but all that fun stuff was independent of the new label.
Can we expect a big tour after/around this album?
currently on tour with The Birthday Massacre and will be heading out
with Sum 41 for a few weeks starting in late september.
What influenced you to transform yourselves into this type of band?
dont think there's been any conscious effort really. We like what we
like- horror movies, vintage science fiction, oddities- and we just
thought writing through the aesthetic of those things would lend to
How does Bumbershoot compare to say….Woodstock or Lollapalooza?
in the same vain, only it really incorporates every single genre of
music you can imagine, plus comedy and film. It takes place at Seattle
Center, which is huge, and its three days long, so they cover a lot of
ground. Like, Fergie headlines but Davendra Banhart, David Cross, and
some soul group from Detroit are scattered all over
Is it safe to say that Halloween is your favorite annual holiday?
What’s your second?
safe assumption. Its a fun day when we get to use fake blood in the
set. 2nd place goes to. . .boxing day?
Dating back to your earliest memories, when did you truly start
loving and trying to reenact your favorite artist’s songs?
me it was definitely middle school. I was really obsessed with "Live
Through This" I dyed my hair blonde, started taking guitar lessons, the
whole nine yards. First year of highschool I met Jonah and he introduced
me to pop punk. We practiced a lot of misfits covers.
Your bio says, “They’re here to scream in your face and deliver a
much needed kick in the crotch of the music scene.” Does that
accurately describe this album to you?
Music has entered a very treacherous state of boring homogeny. Bands
look the same, sound the same, no one's doing anything new. We're not
banking on this record changing the world, but kicking and screaming seems
like the appropriate thing to do right now.
After listen to the album, I believe you have an insane amount of
musical talent. How hard is it to hone in on that while making and
writing new material?
of the key elements of our band is that everyone other than Jonah is a
highly trained and talented musician. BUT, Jonah happens to be the main
songwriter of the group. He maintains its easier to come up with cool
musical ideas when you have no legitimate musical education, and then its
up to the rest of us to craft those ideas into something audible, and
hopefully pretty awesome.
Have you ever seen Alice Cooper live?
but my mom saw him last year and said he was fantastic. he brought the
Could we in the future see you on a tour with Alice Cooper or a set
think it would be an honor to be on tour with Alice Cooper. He and Jonah
could trade golf tips. Ultimately we just want to tour as much as
If you can share the stage with any artist ever, who would it be and
or Guns N' Roses. we love them. that's why.