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Josh Todd of Buckcherry

September 23, 2008 by  
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buckcherrymainBuckcherry (Josh Todd on vocals, Keith Nelson on guitar, Jimmy Ashurst on bass, Stevie D. on guitar and Xavier Muriel on drums) is back with the follow up to their smashingly commercially successful album 15.  When a band like Buckcherry hits the mainstream, the core fans sometimes fight back.  For some reason, Buckcherry has been able to hold on to their old school fans while picking up legions of new fans without having to compromise a thing.  Staying true to the grit, the grime, the sleaze and the slime that is rock n’ roll, Buckcherry has climbed up the slippery ladder of success in the music industry rung by rung and are now sitting at the top serving as an inspiration to garage bands coast to coast.

Their fourth studio album, Black Butterfly, dropped on September 16th.  Working again with producer and writer Marti Frederiksen , the band fell right back into the studio after their lengthy touring schedule for 15.  With influences to the glory days of rock the songs for Black Butterfly range from the party anthem “Too Drunk” to the balladesque “Don’t Go Away” to the opening, fist in the face rocker “Rescue Me”.  There’s a little something for everyone on this one on this one.

Drawn to the stage like moths to a flame Buckcherry are aready back on the road in support of Black Butterfly, this band never stops…..so a great big thank you for lead singer Josh Todd for taking some time out of his day to talk to us about the new album.

Interviewed by: Ellen Leonard & Mary Ouellette | September 2008

You just finished up Cruefest and your set was one of the highlights if not the set of the night for a lot of fans, you seem to take a lot of pride in your live show and that’s where you really shine, would you agree that you feel most at home on a live stage?

Definitely! That’s when all the hard work pays off – being locked up in a rehearsal room at home and working day in and day out on songs, when you finally get to be in front of the people that’s when you get to see it all come full circle. It’s really exciting!

You are a madman onstage, how do you stay in such great shape?  You don’t seem to stand still for a second.

I work out, actually. I have this regimen of kind of a boxing workout where I do push-ups and sit-ups and jump rope to keep my cardio up. It helps me sing better.

Where do you find time to do that in your crazy schedule?

I do it in the morning when I wake up.

Your album dropped on Tuesday….did you do anything special to celebrate on that day?

Yeah we played a show in Moline, IL and celebrated it with a great rock show.

After the success of your last album, did you feel any pressure going into the writing process for the new album?

Yeah, there’s always more pressure when you’ve had a successful record. We just kind of got back to the basics, which is being in a band and writing songs for the sake of writing songs, and it all worked out!

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Did you feel you had to live up to any standard or was it just a natural progression for you?

No, I felt like we had to elevate our game and dig deeper on this writing cycle than any other writing cycle because a lot of people were looking at us to outdo 15. That was going to be hard work because that’s a really great record.

The songs on the album cover a range of styles. What are the highlights on the album for you personally?

I really like “Power To You”, “Rescue Me”, and “Dreams”. I like the whole record I have to say, but those are some of the highlights.

A lot of your songs tell pretty personal tales about your life and on this album you wrote the song “Fallout” that tells another chapter of your story, do you want to elaborate on the song for us?

That’s kind of written in the third person. When I heard that music it made me feel sinister and evil, I wanted to write it from a perspective of somebody who felt like they had just lost everything in their lives and they were broken hearted in every area and didn’t care anymore. They were on a mission to self destruct. I’ve often felt that way.

You worked with producer/songwriter Marti Frederiksen again on this album who co-wrote a few of the songs on your last album.  What was it like with him as producer and did he contribute to the writing on Black Butterfly as well?

Yeah! He co-wrote three or four songs. Marti’s just a really talented guy. He really understands and has such a great sense of song. He’s great with melodies and he was great with me when I was recording vocals and we have a great chemistry. It was so great doing a record with him.

The album is called Black Butterfly and I read that there is a song called Black Butterfly that didn’t make the album, but the name stayed.  Do you think that at some point you’ll release the song?

Yeah, I think it’s going to have a different title probably, but absolutely. We want to release that song, it’s a great song! There’re a few other great songs that didn’t make the record that we’ll probably put on other records.

I heard that 15 is named 15 because it was recorded in 15 days! How long did it take you to record Black Butterfly?

It took us about 21 days.

Your song “Rescue Me” is available for download for play on “Rock Band”.  Are you a gamer at all?  Have you guys had a chance to play Rock Band to your own song?

Yeah! We play “Rock Band” when we’re out on the road and it’s awesome. It’s so cool to be a part of that because that’s how a lot of kids are hearing music for the first time, through gaming. We were so stoked to be a part of the rock version of the gaming community, because we weren’t on “Guitar Hero”. It was really cool, and it’s really fun to watch other people play your music!

The terrain of the music industry has changed a lot since the inception of the band but Buckcherry has always found a way to stay true to its roots and find success with it.  What’s your secret?

I think part of it is believing and being passionate about what you do, and that’s what we do. Really really working on your craft and fine tuning your skills is important, and we’re always focused on that. We’re really focused on the outcome when we go in to make a record, and that’s making a great record from beginning to end, not just thinking about songs that are going to be on the radio.

You started your co-headlining tour with Avenged Sevenfold a few days ago.  Avenged Sevenfold seems to have a different fanbase than Buckcherry, are you seeing this as an opportunity to introduce yourself to new fans and how has the reaction been?

That’s why we thought it would be great to tour with them, but unfortunately, you must not have heard that they had to pull out because the singer had some vocal problems that he’s dealing with. He’s going to be okay but he had to be put on four week rest, so we won’t meet up with them again until November. Right now we’re out here with Shinedown and Saving Abel and the shows have been great!

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Over the years, have you noticed your fanbase change as you become more mainstream?

Absolutely! Our fanbase is anywhere from age fourteen to forty-five. We love that! That’s just what rock and roll is all about. It’s timeless and everybody can enjoy it.

Has your set changed from the set you played on Cruefest?  Have you added more material from Black Butterfly?

Very much so! We get to play an hour and ten minutes here. The Cruefest set was only forty-five minutes, so we get to play about four more songs which is fantastic! It’s a good mix of everything.

What is next for the band?

We’re just going to be touring a lot since we JUST released the new record. We tour a lot. We’ll probably be touring for the next year and a half!

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Does It Offend You, Yeah?

September 23, 2008 by  
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doesmainBritish Electro-popsters Does It Offend You, Yeah? bring their debut album “You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into” to the states to wow crowds with their outrageously fun, should be against the law, hanging by the rafters live show.  With their album currently eating up the UK charts, it was time for the band to start making some noise. With sold out dates at nightclubs all around the country, they’re paving their way one show at a time.  The band (James Rushent on vocals and bass, Dan Coop on synths, Morgan Quaintance on guitar, synth, and live vocals, and Rob Bloomfield on drums) who at one time described their music as “junk” ended up signing to a major label a month later and sharing the stage with the likes of Bloc Party and Nine Inch Nails.

The guys sat down with TWRY staffer Ellen over dinner to discuss their fast success, their thoughts on the current music industry, and to share some stories from back home in the UK.

Interviewed by: Ellen Leonard | September 2008

Every time I mention your band name to someone, they always think im asking if something offends them. *laughter*. Where did you come up with your name?

Rob: The band name Dan and James started making a few tunes together when they weren’t actually a proper band, just two guys having fun. They wanted to upload their songs to Myspace for other people to hear them. They needed a name for their Myspace, and when they turned the TV on “The Office” was on, Ricky said “does it offend you, yeah, my drinking?” and at first that was going to be the band name but we shortened it to Does It Offend You, Yeah?. That’s as exciting as it gets.

I love the name of your CD (“You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into”). Can you give me an idea of what I AM getting myself into?

Rob: You have no idea! *laughter* That’s a really good question. Musically, I guess, it’s kind of rock-electro. Basically the name is because when I joined the band, I noticed it written on a table so I think it was kind of a band motto. It was something that was in my head when we were writing the album. We actually didn’t know what direction we were going in, so we had no idea what WE were getting ourselves into, and I think that people who are buying the record in England didn’t know what kind of album it was going to be. I think it was also a warning to them that they had no idea what they were getting themselves into by buying it.

I read that you actually got signed because of making yourself “MySpace famous”. Is this true? Can you tell me a little about that?

James: Sort of! It happened really quickly! We put some tracks up and we started getting people mailing us telling us they liked our tracks and that was cool. Then somebody from a magazine said they liked it and wrote something up about it, and someone from a record label heard it, so they sent us an e-mail. Usually there’s more of a foundation then they come along, but they jumped on quite early! It was a bit weird, really. It took us by surprise because we were like “man, this music’s rubbish! Why would anyone sign us?” It was nice! We didn’t quite believe it!

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What are your thoughts on the current music industry?

James: With the way it’s going at the moment, with all the free downloading and stuff, there’s good things about it and there’s bad things about it. I think the good things about it is that albums are starting to become obsolete. A single is also becoming obsolete. It’s just going to be EP’s and things like that, there will be no lead up time, things can just get pitched right now. I think that’s quite exciting. But then again, it’s made it a lot harder to make a living, being in a band, especially if you’re a new band. It’s a knockout effect, people not buying your record, because then the label doesn’t have enough money to put money into your band to promote your band. That’s definitely a down side of it. It needs to be worked on a bit more. I think kids need to come to the fact that they need to support their artists. I mean, they’re not stupid, they know what’s going on. The last few months I’ve sort of had the feeling and talked to people and they’ve been saying they’re buying the albums, though. More and more people are starting to buy records again, so that’s good.

You just finished a stint touring with Nine Inch Nails. What was it like touring with them and what was the crowd response like at the shows?

Dan: We only ended up doing two dates with them! We had another prior engagement playing at a Reading Hometown Festival! We only got to meet Trent, and the rest of the band, and when they did see us, they were really really nice to us. The crew are amazing! The catering was good as well! As far as the crowds, it was really weird playing stadium venues because we’re not used to it. I think with a band really well established, like Nine Inch Nails, a lot of people are just there to see them and they don’t really care about the support act. It’s kind of our job to win them over, and I think on both gigs that we did a good job. By the end, people were really into it! The two gigs did really good for us!

You are originally from England. Is it any different playing shows in the US for you guys?

Rob: We played the Bowery Ballroom in New York last night, and it was a sold out headlining show. It really felt like a sort of gig that we play at home! The crowd was going kind of nuts! I think it’s starting to feel like we’re making waves here! Oh and there’s more American’s here then in England!

Your music is so energetic and fun. Do you have any rituals you do before you go on stage to get up that energy?

Morgan: I think that everyone’s got their own separate things that they do. James warms his voice up, Rob shadowboxes and things. He’s starting to punch walls these days! Not like holes, just gentle nudges! I don’t really know what I do to get ready to get on stage. Maybe a combination of all three. Except I don’t punch walls! *laughter*

Dawn Of The Dead

I watch a lot of movies and I get the feel that you guys are movie buffs yourself based on your song titles on the record. Your song “Feeling Bad Feels Pretty Good” happens to be one of my favorites, and it’s rumored that it’s inspired by The Breakfast Club, also one of my favorite 80’s movies! Can you elaborate on that?

Morgan: I wasn’t actually there when this tune was recorded, but I think when they decided to do it, they were watching a clip of “The Breakfast Club” where someone was dancing.

What is your favorite 80’s movie?

Morgan: Desperately Seeking Susan. It was a good movie!
James: A toss up between Back To The Future and Ghostbusters.
Rob: An American Werewolf In London.
Dan: If it’s a pop culture film, probably either Lost Boys or Ferris Buellers Day Off.

What was it like filming your latest music video “Dawn of the Dead”, with this zombie feel? How exciting was it to sort of create your own “movie”?

Rob: I was really excited! We were kind of swept in there, and did the whole thing in a day, really quickly and efficiently. A guy called Ace Norton, who put it together. It was really fun because it was a first time as a band in the US, and right after we did SWSX we were swept to Hollywood to film like a zombie type film.  We were actually eating dinner together during the interview, and in the middle of when Rob was answering the previous question, a woman started singing opera type singing right at the hostesses stand to a few girls working there. It inspired a story from Morgan.
Morgan: My friend lived in a place called a New Town, they build them in the UK for workers that work in bread factories and shit. So the people there are kind of backwards. Anyway, there’s this shopping center our far away, and we went there to see a film. This girl, it was her job to just walk around there and sing opera! She just walked around the restaurant singing, and people would pay her!

What’s next for the band?

Dan: After we finish our tour of the US, we’re going straight to Australia. We play five shows in the five biggest parts of the city there! Then we fly home, and then we do a three week tour of the UK. We get two weeks off after that, then we start recording the new album! We’ll probably be back here sometime next year.

Any last words for the fans out there that might be reading this?

Dan: Come to the shows, we want to sell out this whole tour! Rob: I’d really love to add something really poignant and amazing, but I can’t really think of anything other than come to the shows, and thanks for coming to the shows! Thanks for buying the album. Stay off drugs. Stay in school. Do your homework. Stay healthy. Don’t vote for John McCain, although that’s not my place to say since I’m not from America, but that’s just me being Bono. *laughter*

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Keaton Simons

September 23, 2008 by  
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keatonmainWith the release of “Can You Hear Me,” Los Angeles native Keaton Simons shows that perseverance has its rewards.

Simons possesses an impressive resume. He’s shared a stage with major players from across the musical spectrum, including Coldplay, Gnarls Barkley, Snoop Dogg, and frequent writing partner Josh Kelley. His unique brand of bluesy, soulful rock has been featured in film and television multiple times. Yet Simons has struggled to make a name for himself on a national scale, and had to endure the collapse of his former label, Maverick Records. After the frustration of recording an album for Maverick that was never released, Simons is now enjoying a new beginning with CBS Records.

Currently, he’s on tour in support of “Can You Hear Me,” with a set that features songs like the irresistible, upbeat “Good Things Get Better” and the ballad “Without Your Skin,” a versatile track that’s remarkably affecting either plugged in or acoustic.

TWRY caught up with Simons before a recent show to talk about this new chapter in his career.

Interviewed by: Heather Kobrin | September 2008

You’ve been described as a “triple threat” because of your singing, songwriting, and guitar skills. Is there one element of your abilities as a musician that you most closely identify with?

You know, it’s always different. Ask me any day, and I’ll probably give you a different answer. The times when it all locks into place, that’s what I like the most.
In college, you studied Ethnomusicology. Looking back, how do you feel your education has impacted your sound today?

It’s had a massive impact on my sound. Studying music from around the world taught me to open my ears and to hear music that was so unfamiliar and so different from what I was used to. There’s music in the world that some people will hear and laugh, or say “Ah, that’s terrible.” But to be able to study it and understand it and love it is a really powerful experience. I also learned that music is an ingrained part of human nature, and that everywhere there are people, there’s music. Even the most isolated, remote areas have people who play music. And they do it because they love it. They don’t do it because they make a lot of money or because they get on the covers of magazines. So it helps to really remind me why I do it — the core of why I do this.

Over the years, you’ve worked with a pretty interesting range of artists. I mean, consider the musicians you’ve appeared with on “The Tonight Show” — Snoop Dogg and Josh Kelley. Do you think there’s a common denominating factor amongst the people you find yourself teaming up with?

Not really (laughs). It’s hard to say. I mean, they all love music. Even Snoop. You wouldn’t necessarily think it from his persona, but that guy knows music. He knows what feels right and what sounds right, and he knows when something is even slightly off. He gets into it and he feels it. And for me, I’ve been fortunate that the people who I’ve played with and who have played with me all love music, and they know why they’re in it. I guess that could be a common denominator, but it’s not intentional. I just hope that my love of music attracts other people who feel similarly.

In talking about the collaborative process, you’ve been quoted as saying, “When you co-write a song, you’re able to create something that neither person would have been able to create on their own.” Who would you like to write with that you haven’t yet, whose style you feel would complement your own?

Joni Mitchell or Paul McCartney. That would be amazing. I would’ve loved to have written with Jimi Hendrix, if he were still alive, because I love his guitar playing. I’ve been really influenced by him.

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Ok, let’s talk about the album. What’s the significance of the title, “Can You Hear Me?”

Well, it’s meant to be humorous and also just appropriate. I’ve been doing this for a while, and it’s amazing how much a person can do and still not reach everywhere. I’ve done so many tv shows and movies and radio, and played shows all over the place, and opened for this person and that person. And there are still a lot of people who don’t know who I am. So it’s kind of my way of saying, “All right, well here’s my debut record.” I made a record four years ago that never came out. Now finally, I’m able to put this record together and put it out properly, and it’s like, “All right, can you hear me now? Here I am.” (laughs) So that’s what it’s all about.

Do you feel like the record has an overarching theme lyrically? The complexity of relationships is an element that seems to be present in many of the songs.

Definitely. But the lyrics explore all different types of relationships. I’m fascinated by the way one thing relates to another. We’re all connected, but how are we connected? How is one thing connected to the next?

Can you take me through a few of your favorite tracks from the record and share something about the inspiration behind each?

“Without Your Skin” is one of my favorites, for sure. It’s definitely inspired by that idea about the way things relate to each other — the duality of people being unique and independent and autonomous, and then also being completely interconnected. The idea of where one ends and another begins. That was really inspiring to me when I started writing that song. And “Misfits,” I love the way it came out, I love the way it feels. That was inspired by my sister and our experiences growing up. “Unstoppable” is one of my favorites too. With that one, I was kind of forlorn. I think I started writing it at 3:00 in the morning on February 14th. I was alone in Maryland on tour, and it was snowing. My girlfriend at the time was back in Los Angeles, and they had just had this weird freakish snowstorm in Malibu. And so that song was about finding ways that we could feel connected. The inspiration was love and yearning. As much as my songs may sound like it, that’s not usually the inspiration. Usually it’s something a bit more cynical. But in that case, I was just really missing my girlfriend. It was late (laughs).

You’ve said that your writing process is different depending on the song. Can you take two tracks from the album that came together in different ways and tell us a bit about how each was composed?

Well, for “Without Your Skin,” when I started off, I had those lyrics. I had written the first verse as a poem, and I was experimenting with putting it to a song and figuring out what kind of melody I wanted. Then the idea of “Without your skin, I’m naked” kind of came, and then the song just came together that way. Another song, “Nobody Knows,” I co-wrote with The Matrix. I had written the verses a few years before, and I had the song set up a very specific way with all of these chord changes. I played the song for them, and they said they wanted to finish it and really shape it. So we got together and threw lyrical and melodic ideas back and forth. The way it came together with them — the fact that the actual production of the song was a part of the writing process — that was something I hadn’t really done before. Usually, I would write a song, and then if I had the chance to record it, great. But with this, we were in the studio, reshaping the song around the production, which was really cool.

You’ve noted that with this record, you wanted to focus on “the strength of the songs and not the added embellishment of the arrangements.” Do you feel like that’s a problem inherent in a lot of the music we see on the charts today?

Oh yeah, absolutely. The issue is that a lot of people need that stuff. But the better the artist, the less crap around them I want to hear. I used to overproduce stuff all the time, because I’m used to myself. For me, there was no novelty in just hearing myself sing. I hear that all the time (laughs). So I wanted to get into the production aspect of it. But the more I did, the more I realized that what I really want to hear when I listen to great artists, is just them. That’s all I want to hear. I’m one of those annoying guys who says to my friends, “I like it better when it’s just you and a guitar.” I never thought I’d be that guy. And I realize I’m starting to want that from myself. I want my real self to shine through, and the more you layer on top of that, the harder that is to achieve.

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Clearly, you’ve faced a lot of challenges getting to this place in your career. Given this, what does it mean to you to have created this record, to have label support for it, and to be able to share it with such a wide audience?

It feels amazing. It’s wonderful. And I also have the perspective of having gone through it all. I get it. There are a lot of people who get opportunities very quickly, and either take them for granted or they don’t understand things. And they fizzle away. For me, I know the angles. So I’m really excited and wiser for all my experience, and that really increases my confidence. Because I get it now. I know what to do with it.

What’s the most satisfying part about playing live? How do you know when you’ve genuinely connected with a crowd?

You know, it’s when I connect with myself that I connect with the crowd. Because it helps build the same type of energy. If I’m up on stage, and I’m thinking, “Oh, there’s not enough people here,” or “I had a bad day,” or “My voice doesn’t feel so good,” then that’s not a show. Even if I sound great. But when I’m up there, and I’m thinking about how much I love music, and how much I love performing, and how thankful and grateful I am for every single person out there, whether its ten people or a thousand people, that’s when it starts to connect. When audiences are great and attentive, I shower them with compliments, because it feels so good, and I know how it feels the other way. It is so much better when people are listening. I say to people, if you want to see the best show you can, listen. If you want to get what you paid for, you can contribute to that. You can make the show better by being in it, and by being involved as an audience member. When Josh Kelley and I toured together, we used to say to the crowd all the time, “Aren’t you guys glad you didn’t stay home and watch tv tonight?” They might have had that moment of thinking they didn’t want to go out, but once you’re there, no one’s standing there saying, “I wish I’d stayed home and watched tv.” They think, “Yeah, I am happy. I’m glad to be here, and I’m here for a reason.”

You’ve said you don’t want to turn into “just another guy to pick up a guitar.” Where do you seek inspiration in order to continually set yourself apart?

Here’s the thing – When I said that, it was before I had this epiphany, this moment of realization, when I realized that it’s not about trying to be something else. It’s about trying to be myself as much as possible. The one thing we all have that nobody else has is our true self, and that’s it. I might be another guy holding a guitar and singing songs. I might be one of hundreds of billions of people who have done that over the course of time. But it’s the only time I’ve ever done it. And if I can really bring my whole self, that’s what I have to offer that’s unique. Of course, I always try to bring uniqueness to my music. But I don’t sit around saying, “Oh, this sounds too derivative, or too clichéd, or too blues.” I lighten up on myself a lot more, because I’m just going to be me and let it come out the way it comes out. I’m just doing the best job of showing myself and letting that shine through, and allowing that to be what sets me apart.

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Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Farm Aid

September 20, 2008 by  
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Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Farm Aid
September 20, 2008
Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
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Farm Aid 2008

September 20, 2008 by  
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Farm Aid 2008
September 20, 2008
Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
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Chap Stique and Nadaddy of Family Force 5

September 10, 2008 by  
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ff52Every time Family Force 5 rolls into town it’s like a rock and roll circus on sterroids, and music fans just can’t get enough of it.  On this Warped tour, they were rocking some new digs straight out of the future armed and ready for an intergallactic battle that they seemed to reinact onstage.  Energetic doesn’t even come close to describing their set, it’s like a Jane Fonda workout on crack, and we’re jonzin for another fix.  More keytar!

With their Dance Rawr Dance II tour following up Warped tour, a new dvd and cd in the works, there was lots to catch up on with the band.  TWRY staffer Lexi, or, as Family Force 5 would name her, “Hush Puppy” sat down with Nadaddy and Chap Stique to catch up on all things FF5.

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro | September 2008

(We highly recommend listening to the audio version of this interview for the full Family Force 5 experience.  You can listen to it here.)

So, I am here with Chap Stique and Nadaddy of Family Force 5…

Chap Stique: Yeah! There you go!

And this is…

Chap Stique: Hush Puppy!
…Hush Puppy reporting!

Chap Stique: Do you ever use that name when you’re interviewing other bands?
No, I can safely say I’ve never introduced myself to Hush Puppy as anyone… to anyone as Hush Puppy…

Chap Stique: Well, I am honored.
Nadaddy: …as Hush Puppy to anyone.
Yeah, it’s been a long day in the heat.

Chap Stique: That’s an honor. It’s like an inside joke we have.
I was honored that you bestowed a gangster name upon me, so…

Chap Stique: It happens every now and again, but you got a better one than most other people. We called someone… what was the one we came up with the other day? Triforce…
Nadaddy: Triforce Entendra.
Chap Stique: …Entendra. That’s a ridiculous gangster name.
Nadaddy: I think that’s an album name.
Chap Stique: Yeah.
Nadaddy: That needs to be our third album, honestly.
I’m definitely happy with Hush Puppy, then. Thank you very much!

Chap Stique: *laughs* No problem.
SO, I figured I wanted to catch up a little bit with you guys, since it’s been about a year now since the magazine has gotten to talk to you. And, a lot has changed for you. The Dance or Die album is wildly anticipated by the large fan base that you’ve amassed in such a short period of time. Fans got a quick taste of what to expect from the E.P., but what else can you tell us about the upcoming album?

Nadaddy: The album is very sweaty rock and roll music. There’s a lot of stuff to make you move like there was on the last record. There’s a couple of slow songs on this album that might tug at your heart strings a little bit. It’s just very future-sounding music. It’s like the soundtrack if Voltron and Transformers had a huge intergalactic battle in the year 3030 on some sandy, future Netherworld.
Chap Stique: Yeah.
So, You just signed with Tooth and Nail. How did that come about?

Nadaddy: Let’s clarify!
Chap Stique: Let’s clarify! Family Force 5 is actually an independent band, but we are working with Tooth and Nail. We have a distribution deal through EMI.
Nadaddy: Their parent.
Chap Stique: EMI is the parent of Tooth and Nail, so we use a lot of the EMI affiliates to help promote and market it. So, we are very excited to have their help, and it’s already been great, and they’ve been very cool to us. That CD’s going to be in Best Buy, and Hot Topic, and Wal-Mart, and maybe Target, and F.Y.E. So, we’re real excited; it should get out to the fans. But, Tooth and Nail’s been awesome, too. It’s cool to be associated with bands like Jonezetta.
But, you still want to stay an independent band.

Chap Stique: Yes, we are.
Nadaddy: We are an independent band.
So, Tub-O has recently left the Family Force 5 crew for other ventures. Can you tell me about the projects that he is working on?

Chap Stique: Sure! He’s a great guy, and he’s got a really cool concept to do a video about how people in other countries… they always get portrayed as being these poor people who need our help, and they don’t have any money or education. And he’s been on a lot of trips and met a lot of these kids, and been like “These kids, they totally get life. They’re living it abundantly, and they‘re cracking up and they‘re funny, and they‘re making the best of what they have. And, so, he’s making…it’s almost like a comedy kind of film, but it’s all real stuff. And, he’s in Africa filming a lot of kids and kind of showing all of us that they are really making the best of life with nothing. And, it’s kind of a wake-up call for all of us in our comfort zone in America. Or, not just America, but those of us that think we have it bad sometimes. But, it’s going to be really cool; he’s always dreamt of doing that. And, he’s going to finish out four more Really Real shows, and then we will have four complete seasons. So, be on the look-out for the DVD.
That was actually my next question: when is the DVD going to be coming out?

Chap Stique: We don’t know yet. Soon, we hope.
And, what about after Tub-O’s gone completely? Will there be any more Really Real shows?

Nadaddy: Ah, maybe, maybe not. We may take this opportunity to kind of move in a different direction and do something else. We’re a very visual band, so we definitely want to keep that video element /content, coming to fans like that, and we love doing it. But, we may kind of go off and be creative in a different way this time.
Because, on the blog that you guys posted about Tub-O actually leaving, there is just a complete 50/50 split; it was “Oh, no, I’m going to miss him” / “…What about the Really Real shows?” And, it seems like your fan base is really desperate for you guys to keep making those, so I just wanted to find out plans.

Chap Stique: We will continue to entertain in SOME way. We’re not sure exactly how.
Nadaddy: It may not be called exactly Really Real Show.
Chap Stique: Yeah, I don’t know if we could do the Really Real Show without Tub-O. We may have to come up with the Fakey Fake Show. I don’t know, we’ll see.

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Chap Stique live on Warped Tour – Full gallery here

So, you guys have a new spacesuit-esque wardrobe going on.

Chap Stique: Yes, we do.
What inspired the change in attire?

Chap Stique: We just always wanted to look like Voltron. That was our dream. That’s what the name Family Force 5 means; it’s like five robots that come together to form a giant robot that brings peace and justice to the galaxy. The record Dance or Die, like Nadaddy said, is very futuristic, and we wanted to look the part. We want to look like warriors from the future.
Nadaddy: These look like radiators.
Chap Stique: Yeah, like radiators, and that’s what they are. I think Ewoks kind of inspired some of the coats, too.
Who makes your costumes for you guys?

Nadaddy: There’s actually a designer named Sharon Toxic of Canada that has helped us out with this run of costumes, and we worked with her to get these in time for Warped Tour. But, as Family Force 5, as an entertainment kind of company, we’re going to be trying to move forward and kind of come out with our own line hopefully soon. Within the next year is kind of what we’re hoping for. So, be on the lookout for that, as well. We’ve got a lot of kids asking us here at Warped Tour, “Where can I get those pants?! Where can I get those?!” So, we’re going to try to give you guys what you’re asking for.
Chap Stique: But, hopefully a little less smelly. We don’t get to wash ours that regularly, so…
You smell just fine to me right now.

Chap Stique: Oh, thanks!
Maybe it’s because I’ve been sitting in the heat all day, too.

Nadaddy: Your nose is shot.
Chap Stique: You’re missing out.
Nadaddy: Your olfactory nerve is shorted.
I heard the release of the video for Never Let Me Go was pushed back to due legal issues? Can you tell me what happened or why the video actually got pushed back?

Chap Stique: There was nothing major or oppressing or anything. We were just in-between different situations with some record deals that we’ve had, and certain balls got dropped, and certain people were out of communication loops. So, it’s fine. You know, we‘re…
Nadaddy: Please check out the video! We spent a lot of time on it. We like it. It’s really cool!
Yeah, who came up with the concept for that? Where did that come from? It’s so out of left field.

Nadaddy: We all kind of brainstormed, and there was a couple ideas that we started with. We liked the kind of stop-animation type things, but we wanted to make it a little bit different and kind of make it our own. And, just the whole tick-tock type thing in the song just made it fit really well with how we were doing it. And, it’s all still images that we used.
And the animal heads?

Chap Stique: Why not?!
Why not the animal heads?

Chap Stique: Actually, you know where the inspiration for the animal heads came in was we did this tour with tobyMac, and it was at this church. And, we walked in and we’re like, “Do you guys have a drama room?” And they were like, “Yeah!” And so, we went in the drama room and found these incredible outfits that were like gorilla suits. So, we played an entire show dressed up as these neon pink and green and purple gorillas. And, everybody freaked out about it and they loved it.
Yeah, I remember seeing pictures of you guys in that. I remember that.
Chap Stique: Yeah, it was weird. It was like Sesame Street characters playing or something.
Nadaddy: It was very surreal.
Chap Stique: And, we looked at the pictures, and then there were some where we were in the full outfits, and we were like, “Oh, this is hilarious.” And, then there were some where we had these big furry suits on, but no animal head, and it was just our normal head, and it looked incredible. Everybody was like, “That’s SO hilarious-looking!” So, we decided to do it the other way and have our human bodies with animal heads on it and it was incredible. We actually became those animals in our minds when we did it. *pause* CAW-CAW (bird noise)!

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So, there are so many updates regarding your personal lives since we last got a chance to talk to you guys. Soul Glow had his baby, Cash. How old is Cash, now?

Nadaddy: Almost a year old.
Chap Stique: Yeah, we’re having a birthday party.
Nadaddy: We’re going to have a bash for Cash.
Chap Stique: Chuck E. Cheese!
Nadaddy: But not money, the kid!
So, what changes have you noticed in Soul Glow since Cash came?

Chap Stique: He’s gentle.
Nadaddy: He’s very happy when he’s around his wife and kid.
Chap Stique: Cash can almost say “daddy” now. He goes “D-D! D-D!”
Nadaddy: It’s pretty awesome. He’s loving being a father, and it’s really cool to see that and be able to watch the kid grow up and stuff like that, and just see their interaction, him fitting this new role. It’s really cool.
Chap Stique: It is cool. He’s very excited.
Nadaddy: It makes me excited to be a dad eventually.
Chap Stique: He’s a good dad.
So, you and Crouton both got married, too.

Chap Stique: Oh, it’s true!
So, what kind of impact has that had on your life? What have you learned from married life thus far?

Chap Stique: I’ve learned a lot. It’s pretty incredible. I think a lot of marriage is just trying to be as selfless as possible and kind of to make sure that you really take on the responsibility that your job, at the end of the day, is to love the heck out of that person, more than anybody else does, you know? And, that’s a big responsibility, and it’s been fun. We’re having a blast. My wife’s out on the road. She got a job with one of the sponsors of the tour, so we get to hang out every day on Warped and be really sweaty and go eat catering together, and it’s awesome. So, that’s been great, and marriage is fun. It’s like having a slumber party with your best friend every day. So, it’s pretty cool.
And, this is where we insert the collective, like, girly “Awwww.”

Nadaddy: Awwwww!
Chap Stique: Yeah, please do that!
Nadaddy: Awwwww!
Chap Stique: …when you post it.
Like, in parentheses, “All ‘awwwww’.”

Nadaddy: If you transcribe it, yeah.
Okay.

Nadaddy: You need lots of W’s.
[ALL “AWWWWWWWW”]
So, what are your plans for after Warped Tour?

Nadaddy: We have a fall tour coming up that’s going to be called Dance RAWR…
Chap Stique: RAWWWWWR!
Nadaddy: … Dance II.
Oh, a sequel.

Nadaddy: Yeah, the sequel to last year’s Dance Rawr Dance. And this year, it’s going to be us headlining and then it’s going to be Pray… PlayRadioPlay, Danger Radio… “PrayRadioPray!”Chap Stique: That sounds like a good… “PrayRadioPlay.”
Nadaddy: “PlayRadioPray.”Chap Stique: Yeah, I like that.
“PlayRadioPray” though sounds more like prey, like p-r-e-y.

Chap Stique: Oh, yes.
That sounds like one of the RAWR band names.

Chap Stique: That’s true. RAWR!
You’d want to go with “PrayRadioPlay.” It sounds like you’re praying… for… a song or something.

Nadaddy: Or, their real name, PlayRadioPlay!
Yeah, you could do that too.

Nadaddy: … And, Danger Radio and Ultraviolet Sound, also will be on that tour. So, that’s going to be really fun. It starts in the beginning of October, around October 6th, I think is when the start date is.
Chap Stique: *In Japanese accent* I clap so hard when you pray.

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It’s not just a show, it’s an adventure

So, there’s a few questions that we never got to ask you guys. It’s always bothered me… “Put Ur Hands Up.” Apparently, it’s whack, but what is step 3?

*Both think and start retracing lyrics*
Nadaddy: Press rewind?
No, there’s no step 3!

Chap Stique: *Thinking* Yeah, you got it now… *laughs* I’m not the singer. I don’t know! *laughs* Wait a minute!
There is no step 3 in that song.

Chap Stique: What are you claiming, here?!
Nadaddy: So, you’re saying that we say there’s a step 3, but that we don’t tell you what it is.
Mhm. You skip straight from step 2 to step 4, and you say that step 3 was whack… There’s no step 3.

Nadaddy: Well, if it was whack!…
Chap Stique: I don’t say it, Soul glow says it.
Nadaddy: If it was whack, then you don’t even need to know. That means that we read it over and we’re like, “Naw.”
Chap Stique: “No man.”
Nadaddy:  “That ain’t cool. Write the 4.”
Chap Stique: Who wants three when you can have four? It’s like James Brown said…
Nadaddy: Some canolis!
Chap Stique: “Just play the one. The rest of the measure doesn’t matter. You do whatever you want. Just meet me on the one.” You know?
Nadaddy: It’s just like canolis.
*Both in Sopranos-esque accents*
Chap Stique: Canoli, canoli.
Nadaddy: Why do you want one or two or three when you can have four.
Chap Stique: Hey, so you’re buying one canoli for your girlfriend? You only love her that much? Why not buy four?
Nadaddy: That’s garbage.
Chap Stique: Garbage. Three! That’s…
Nadaddy: Four canolis, two each.
Chap Stique: Four canolis.
Nadaddy: Two for you, two for you.
Chap Stique: What are you, a cheapskate or something?!
Nadaddy: Give all four to her. You can get some more later.
*All laugh*
Chap Stique: I don’t know. I want to go look at the lyrics right away when we get done.
Nadaddy: I’m going to go listen to that song.
You know what, we at They Will Rock You would appreciate that. If you could somehow get back to us after talking to Soul Glow and find out what step 3 is supposed to be.

Chap Stique: That’s hilarious.
That has plagued me. Every time I listen to that song, it drives me crazy.

Chap Stique: *laughs* I’m sorry!
Nadaddy: Rest assured, it was whack.
Chap Stique: That was before my time that that lyric was written.

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So, you guys don’t overtly speak of God or Jesus in your songs, opting to do so instead subtly. They seem to be love songs and so on and so forth, but if you start to look for it closely, almost all of your songs seem as if they could be referring to God (with the exception of songs like Drama Queen, of course). Is that the case? Are the majority of the lyrics actually allusions to God and religion?

Nadaddy: A lot could be both, especially on this new record. Like Chap Stique was mentioning earlier, there’s a whole concept/story that goes along with the album, and in that way the songs have a double-meaning, as well. They have one meaning in the plotline and then one meaning just all on their own. And then, of those meanings on their own, it could go totally very specific to another person or it could be also a reference to God. A lot of them are meant and are written to be both. They’re not meant to be one in particular. Some of them are just about break-dancing or seeing somebody cut a rug, but others are definitely speaking of a relationship with either someone else or God or both.
Chap Stique: I think you reach a certain level of depth when you leave a little bit of ambiguity in a song, and if you make it too specific, then someone can’t relate to it or connect with it as well. And, we try to write songs that might mean something for one person and something else for another. I mean, it’s a very interesting process. We were talking about this yesterday. But, most bands have one person write a song, and therefore, they can say this is what the song’s about, but we have five people writing all of our songs and all of our lyrics. And so, a line that Nadaddy may say might mean something totally different to him than it meant to me or vice versa, you know? So, yeah, most of our songs have very spiritual meanings behind them to us, but even in-between the five of us might be a different way. And, I think relationships, our love here on earth, is the most incredible form of spirituality we have. So, they kind of go hand in hand and when you blur that line a little, it purposely makes it a little bit more intriguing.
So, with the various audio blogs and Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer and everything, are there any plans for a Christmas album? Because, that would be purely awesome.

Chap Stique: Not yet, but you might have just given us an idea! I think it’s usually crappy when bands try to do Christmas songs.
Yeah, but they always try to do them so seriously or they take themselves too seriously. I think of you guys made one…

Nadaddy: There’s a radio station that used to put out a Christmas album every year in Atlanta and it was always SO bad, so…
Chap Stique: We’ll have to see.
Nadaddy: I don’t know. Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see.
Chap Stique: *Sings Sleigh Ride in banjo-esque “ding” syllables*
So, do you guys have any last words?

Nadaddy: Pick up our album, August 19th, Dance or Die.
Chap Stique: Y’unz! Y’unz is one of my last words.
Y’unz?

Chap Stique: We’re in Pittsburgh.
It’s y’inz!

Chap Stique: Y’inz!
Yes, y’inz or y’inzers.

Chap Stique: Y’inz is packed in there like sardines!
Nadaddy: Whoa, wait!
Chap Stique: Ginzers?!
Nadaddy: Y’inzers?!
Y’inzers.

Chap Stique: Ginster?!
No, y’inzers!!!

Chap Stique: Y’inzers?! *laughs*
Nadaddy: Please explain what that means.
Well, since Pittsburghers say “y’inz,” if you’re referring to people who are the cliché Pittsburgher that would say “y’inz,” they’re y’inzers.

Chap Stique: WHAT!?
Nadaddy: So, we’re around a bunch of y’inzers!
I am not a y’inzer. I like proper grammar and speaking without the accent.

Chap Stique: That is hilarious!
Yes, but, Warped Tour… you’re around a lot of y’inzers.

Chap Stique: Well, we heard a lot of it today. That’s hilarious!
You could probably impress a lot of people.

Nadaddy: What a great term!
Walk up, and just be like, “Hey, y’inzers…”

Chap Stique: There’s a food which is somewhat like a Hot Pocket that you can buy in Europe called the Ginster, which is what I thought you were referring to. Ginster!
No, no, no. We don’t call each other Hot Pockets.

Chap Stique: *laughs* That’s awesome, though. Y’inzer. That’s my last word.
So, you got an interview and a word of the day, so…

Nadaddy: That’s definitely the word of the day. It’ll be the word of our audio blog, too.
Y’inzer? Will you say it in an audio blog?

Nadaddy: Yes, we will, for sure.
Chap Stique: Yes.
Alright, and, you have to credit…

Chap Stique: As long as you listen to it.
I will! You have to credit the wonderful Pittsburgh-ese instructor, Hush Puppy, that taught you this word. Okay?

Chap Stique: Alright.
Nadaddy: Alright.
Chap Stique: Giant Eagle!

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The Kings Royal

September 6, 2008 by  
Filed under Interviews

tkrmainSometimes in the world of music the very thing that we all love the most get’s lost, the music.  For The Kings Royal that focus was never lost.  Their penchant to write meaningful songs that people loved as much as they did and their drive to make them unforgettable have lead to their well-crafted debut album “Beginning” – and how intuitive indeed because this is definitely just the beginning for this quartet.  Each a rock and roll veteran in their own right (Benny Marchant on vocals and guitar, Adam Kury on bass, David Krusen on drums, Sean Hennesy on guitar and Walker Gibson on keyboards) together they have formed and army armed and loaded to unleash a barrage of songs that are reminiscent of the seventies infused throwbacks where the music spoke for itself through masterful musicianship.  Some people call it simple or elegant, others just call it rock and roll in its purest form.  Crediting producer David Holman for helping them find themselves in the, The Kings Royal have released an album that transcends modern trends.

With early reviews comparing the band to The Doors, that’s quite a bit to live up to but when this band hits the stage, they are definitely summoning the spirits of rock gods gone by.  Currently out on tour with Candlebox (with Sean and Adam pulling double duties on stage playing for both The Kings Royal AND Candlebox every night) The Kings Royal are introducing themselves to music fans across the nation and hoping they come back for more.  Something tells me they will…again and again.

Interviewed by: Stacie Caddick-Dowty | September 2008

Let’s start off with your roots…Sean and Adam, you played together in another band called the Hiwatts, correct? What was the inspiration to form The Kings Royal and how did everything fall into place?

Adam:  I guess I can answer this… it really started with Benny.  Benny was writing songs and putting together an album and everything… working with some session guys.  The drummer that he was using at the time was actually the drummer from Hiwatts.  At some point they decided to make it a band instead of a solo project.  The drummer Brian (Burwell) brought in both Sean and I, and we’ve been working together for over a year now.

Benny, so this was your baby in the beginning?

Benny:  In the beginning, yes.

You just released your debut album “Beginning” and worked with producer David Holman, can you tell us what he brought to the table for you and his impact on the album since a lot of fans probably don’t understand the true role of a producer.

Benny:  Oh man, he did so much!  I can’t even… let me just scrape a little bit up.  He made me find myself.  It took me about the year and a half to convince him to work with me.  I kept showing up at his house with written music, and he kept turning me away saying “Get another song.” He really just made me find myself, cause all the other music that I was writing and trying to perform was very pop oriented and sort of fake.  Not really me.  Him helping me find myself which makes me more comfortable on stage because I can be me.  This is my first time as a front man and it makes thing much easier.  As his role, he crafted the songs.  I would bring him the melodies and he would show us where to go and how to do it.  The goals that we came up with were just making it a very open sounding record, very old school and retro sounding.  He did it!  That’s a great producer right there, to start off with a focus and keep going till you create that sound.

Going into the writing for the album, what were your main goals?  Did you have a plan per se?

Benny:  Yes, we had a huge plan!  The plan was to bring music back.  Keep it simple.  Two guitars, drums, bass, keyboards…
Adam:  To be fair, the whole process isn’t really writing records.  We didn’t go in and “make a record”.  We went in a tracked a lot of songs.  When we needed to make a record, we picked.  We never went in and made a record, that’s never been in the process for this band.
Benny:  Yeah, it’s weird how “Beginning” came about because we weren’t ready to put out a record yet, but this Candlebox tour came around.  We were so lucky to become a part of this tour we needed to pick out of the 30 songs.  Well out of the 30 we had like 20 done, so we had to pick from those, and have a CD ready to go.  So it was kind of spur of the moment.

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The Kings Royal – Photo by Stacie

You wrote over 30 songs…how did you narrow it down to those that made the cut?  And will fans get an opportunity to hear the songs that didn’t make the cut?

Benny:  We kind of have two sides to us, we have strait up rock and roll, but we also have a very mellow Doors-y retro feel.  So we put some of those songs on there, but kept it mostly upbeat.  We’re saving the other songs.  We’ll actually be putting the others on; we’re actually going to be having two more releases in the next year.  One is going to be a record, like an actual vinyl on 60’s oriented sound.  Songs that didn’t make this record and some that did like “In My Own World” will be on this vinyl.  Then we’ll be putting out a CD, there are seven songs that we demoed before we went out on tour.  We’re still writing as a band, and we’re going back into the studio when we finish up and get another CD ready to go.

So the work never ends…

Benny:  Yeah, we’re going to be very prolific.  We’re going to do it, how they did it back in the day, which is just record and tour.

There have been quite few comparisons to The Doors on your new album ….how do you feel about that comparison?  Do you feel any pressure being compared to a band that was so influential to music?

Benny:  Any kind of comparison to that band and I’m like “Sweet!!” What an amazing band, what an amazing frontman!

So it works?

Benny:  That’s fine!  But, I also want to make sure I don’t go too far into that barrier.  I don’t think we are though.  They are definitely a big influence though, them and the Kinks.

Your sound stays very true to the roots of rock and roll and letting the music speak for itself.  Is this an approach that you wanted to take or was it more of just a product of you working together?

Benny and Adam:  It’s both!
Adam:  I think its one of those things that was definitely spoken to approach it that way.  I think we’ve all been in a band and thought we’d love to be in something and work that way.  When you can actually do something the way you feel it should be done…
Benny:  It’s really cool!  Every day is just an enjoyable day.  Except for when I have to do some guitar work.  I have to make sure it’s done right.  For Sean it’s a lot easier, he’s an amazing player.  I can’t wait till we can go back in because we can have this kid Krusen (Dave Krusen) and Gibson (Walker Gibson) over there.  It’ll be really nice to have those two personalities put in as well.  It’ll make it full fledged.

Do you want to walk us through a few of the songs on your album both musically and lyrically, to give people an idea of what you’re all about?

Benny:  Man… being artsy and creative just whatever comes to your head.  “Invisible” is about being an artist, but very scared about what people are going to think about it.  “On and On” is a very pompous, you know “that’s right we’re really going to fucking make it in this industry” doing whatever it is we have to do…

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You had a month long residency at The Viper Room in LA…for us East Coasters, can you explain what that experience was like?

Sean:  It was all about exposure.  Personally the Viper Room is a funny place to play for me.  Its ups and downs, depending on the night.  What did we play?  Tuesdays?!
Adam:  Tuesday and Wednesdays.
Sean:  Yeah, a weekday?  One day we’d play at 9:30 and the next day we’d play at midnight.  Some nights there were five people and another there was twelve.  There was one night we played there, and there was like fifteen people but everyone was just dancing.  So we were like “lets just keep rocking, lets keep going till they pull the plug! ” Residencies are fun, because after a while the word starts to get out and more people start to show up.
Benny:  The more your name is posted on Sunset Strip; you know… that is kind of a good thing.

What kind of impact has this tour (With Candlebox) had on the band?

Benny:  Dave…
Dave:  Well it’s definitely gotten this group together.  So it’s formed this band.  Their drummer was not able to do the tour, so they got a hold of me.  Adam and I had just worked together in the studio.  So I listened to it and was really excited to check it out we just sort of gelled.  Then Walker came in.  It’s definitely been a good bonding experience, both musically and personally.

Is it Adam and Sean who are playing with Candlebox as well?  How do you manage to rock out two sets a night?

Sean:  Lots of booze!
Adam:  It’s what we do!  We love playing so in that regard it’s not hard at all.  You do really look forward to your off days.  I think this is the first time on tour that I said “Oh thank God a day off!”
Sean:  Two days off!  No way!!

Given the friendships among the bands on tour, it must be great to be out on the road with all of your friends.  Do you guys get to do any fun things on your days off or are you just catching up on sleep?

Sean:  Yesterday we caught a train from Bridgeport, CT and the four of us… this guy (Benny) “slept”.
Adam:  He’s an amazing sleeper!
Benny:  …and I’m a gamer too, so I’m fine just playing video games.
Sean:  So back to me!  We went to New York City yesterday and walked around.  Went to Coney Island and had a corn dog, had a brewski, hit the Cyclone.
Walker:  Sean almost died!
Sean:  I almost died…
Adam:  Very close to feeling like your kidneys are being shaken up.
Sean:  Someone ringing your testicles like a door bell.

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Benny, do you write most of the lyrics or is a group effort?

Benny:  I write the initial ideas.  Then with David he finishes it up.  At least on this record.

Simple, timeless, Classic, Elegant are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the band.  What one word would each of you use to describe yourselves?

Sean:  Single.  Chocolaty!

Chocolaty?

Sean:  Yeah, I spilt chocolate in my bunk, and it melted everywhere.  I woke up and there was chocolate everywhere.
Benny:  What would you say about yourself?
Adam:  I would say persistent.
Benny:  Yeah, me too actually.  Persistent.
Walker:  You can’t take his word!
Benny:  Do we have a thesaurus in here?
Sean:  Driven!
Benny:  Driven, I like that.
Sean:  I’m sticking with single.
Dave:  I’m grateful to be here.
Walker:  goofy!

Goofy?  You do seem like the goofy guy in the group.

Sean:  I’ll agree with the goofiness.
Walker:  Sean called me a cartoon character.  Maybe I’ll go with cartoon.
Sean:  Cartoony
Walker:  Cartoony, that’s a word!
Sean:  Animated.

You have tour dates through mid September…what comes after that for you guys?

Benny:  Recording, and then more touring.  We’re actually starting to work on, everybody back in LA; they’re starting to figure out where we’ll be come January and February.  In the meantime we’ll be recording.

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