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TAT

July 31, 2009 by  
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tatphotoRock trio TAT is no stranger to Warped Tour, they’ve contributed three of the past four years to the traveling musical summer camp, so it was no coincidence that that’s just where we found them this summer.

With a sound influenced by rock and punk in the nineties TAT is aware that they aren’t exactly the normal Warped Tour fare, but that’s part of the fun and the exact reason that they crossed the pond in the first place. Hot on the heels of the release of their album “Soho Lights” they wanted to introduce their music to a wider audience. Warped Tour gives them the perfect opportunity to give a big “Hello, how do you do” to thousands of music fans every day.

Recently chosen as one of Revolver Magazine’s coveted “Hottest Chicks in Metal” lead singer Tatiana DeMaria is more than just a pretty face, the lead singer/songstress/guitar player’s commanding presence leads the way for this band rounded out by Nick Kent on bass and Jake Reed on drums.

The exuberant threesome sat down with TWRY staffer Lexi at the Pittsburgh, PA for some honest talk about life on the road, their eclectic sound, doing things the indie way, and their upcoming tour with Social Distortion.

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro | July  2009

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Keith Murray of We Are Scientists

October 23, 2008 by  
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wasmainWe Are Scientists, primarily made up of the duo of Keith Murray and Chris Cain have taken a brave new approach to music…they’re having fun. Their biting sense of humor and the rapport between the two permeates throughout their live set and its hard to leave one of their shows without a smile on your face.  The two first met in college where the idea of forming a band was born (while watching an episode of Dawson’s Creek if you believe anything they say…but we don’t!) Originally a trio with Michael Tapper on drums, the band has had various musicians help them out on tour since Tapper’s departure the in fall of 2007, the latest being Max Hart and Adam Aaronson from The High Speed Scene.

Their latest musical experiment “Brain Thrust Mastery” was released in March.  The subject matter on the album is a bit of a departure from the last with more of a darker melancholy tone, the music delivers with the pop synth goodness and the catchy melodies that we’ve come to expect.  We Are Scientists are currently out on tour with Kings of Leon, so check them out when they come to a city near you.  Keith Murray took some time to sit down with TWRY staffer Lexi to charm her pants off with an all you can eat buffet of sarcasm and silliness.  Talk about right up our alley!

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro | October 2008

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Matt Hoopes and John Warne of Relient K

October 16, 2008 by  
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birdsRelient K’s latest release, The Bird & the Bee Sides, is pretty much as good as it gets for a fan of the band and music fans in general.  It’s called an EP but houses 26 songs, sounds like they’re setting the bar for other bands up there to step up to the plate!  Offering up rarities, acoustic versions and new songs all on one disc, there’s a little something for everyone and then some.  Giving music fans a taste of Relient K’s future while still holding on to the past seems to be the encompassing theme of the disc.  Relient K fans are a passionate bunch and this EP is sure to keep them satisfied.

Fresh off or Warped Tour Relient K is currently out on the Uncle Fest Tour with Ludo and This Providence sharing the stage with them.  If you’ve always wondered what Thiessen would look like as a vampire, here’s your chance to find out.

TWRY Staffer Lexi caught up with guitarist Matt Hoopes and bassist John Warne earlier this year at Warped tour to discuss the finer things in life – Harry Weinhards root beer and other guilty pleasures.

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro | October 2008

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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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Warped Tour Exclusive Part II – Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die

July 23, 2008 by  
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lexikeithIn Part II of our Warped Tour adventures, our Pennsylvania staffer Lexi gets down to the heart of things with Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley.  ETID (Buckley on vocals, brother Jordan Buckley on guitar, Andrew Williams on guitar, Michael Novak on drums and Josh Newton on bass) have become a quick crowd favorite on the Warped Tour circuit.  Some people call them metalcore, some call them a punk infused with southern rock, but don’t take our word for it, check them out for yourself!

Their last album “The Big Dirtry” was released on indie label Ferret in September of 2007 and received a round of applause from music critics around the globe who were looking for that diamond in the rough.  Adored for their sense of humor and their ability to keep the fun in their songs the only complaint that was really heard was how short the album was.

Keith gives us the scoop on Warped Tour, his ever growing collection of body art, the lowdown on their label situation, and their desire to make it onto G4’s urban dictionary list!

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro | July 2008

(For the full interview experience, listen to the audio from this interview by clicking here.)

The tattoo on your chest translates to “embrace your fate.” What do you feel is in the cards for you ultimately? What do you feel your predetermined fate IS?

According to my psychic, not music. *both laugh* I went and saw a psychic right before Warped Tour and they said it definitely wasn’t in music. So, I would hope that it’s somewhere in the education process, whether it be teaching or lecturing somewhere. I would hope that that’s something that I can keep maintaining.
So, whenever you’re done with Every Time I Die, would you like to go back to teaching?

Yes, very much so. I would like to go back to college and finish my Master’s program
So, then, are you more of a believer in fate than free-will?

No, not at all. Not so much, anymore. I think that fate is really… I don’t know, it might really be a misuse of the term, because I feel that it’s more of just accepting what you have and where you’re at and being happy with it, and just knowing that you’re there because you belong there. But, I mean, I think it takes free will to get you to that point, anyways.
A mixture of the two.

Yeah, yeah.
With as epic as your lyrics are, even though you’ve referred to them several times as absolutely meaningless *Keith laughs*, it comes as no surprise that so many fans identify with and then opt to get tattoos of various ETID lyrics. Can you think of any fan tattoos that you’ve seen that stand out in your mind as being a personal favorite?

Well, the most common is “The greatest lovers were murderers first,” which is definitely one of my favorites. That was kind of based on Othello, when I was writing that song; that line kind of came from that Shakespeare play. I don’t know… I’m trying to think. I know I have seen a good one. Somebody got one on their chest and I was like “Oh, cool! I haven’t seen that line yet!” I can’t remember.
Ok, well, what about the back-piece for “When in Rome, we shall do as the Romans…”

Yeah, that was funny. I felt really bad when I said that, because that was totally a joke. I was absolutely kidding. But, no, that was pretty sweet. That’s dude’s awesome. We’ve been in touch with that dude. He’s a good guy.
Would you be willing to show us some of your other tattoos and explain the meaning behind them?

Sure!
What about the new one you just got on your hand…

This new one I got, which is still healing, is a painting by Mark Ryden. He did this instillation of paintings called “Blood,” and this specific one is called “Weeping.” And, it’s just this one painting. It’s this girl with her head kind of on this boy’s shoulder, but they’re crying blood. I don’t know, I’ve just always been a real big fan of his. And, the fact that Oliver Peck, who I’ve admired as a tattoo artist for a very long time, was on tour, willing and able to do it was a big thing for me. So, I was kind of saving my hand spots for that. Uhm, other ones… this is one is because I’m afraid of teeth. So, it’s a tooth that says “scary.” I‘m trying to think what else has meaning… this one is a party snake, ‘cause I like to party and I like snakes *laughs*. Let me see… these are my fiancé’s initials with a martini glass; our first date was at a martini bar. And, this is my grandpa’s war plane, the War Goddess, in World War II. Other than that, they’re just random shit *laughs*.

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Click on one of Keith’s tattoos to view a larger version

You guys have publicly defended your friendship with Fall Out Boy…

YES!
… You enjoy Bjork and Sigur Ros and used to be a high school English teacher, and Jordan has a penchant for his little dachshund. Tell me some other unexpected things about you guys that would surprise most people.

You know, that’s the thing… I don’t know if there’s anything we haven’t said! You know what I mean? We’re very blatant about everything that we do. And, at this point, I think the fact that it’s public knowledge that we like Fall Out Boy and those dudes in particular, and we do listen to different music, I don’t know if anything I said would come as a surprise to anybody, really. I mean, unless I said that I was, like, a child molester… but I’m not! But, I said that I had no way of surprising people. So, I have no criminal history! Jordan got arrested one time for breaking a gum ball machine. Andy doesn’t have a drivers’ license and he lives with his parents. Our drummer just moved out of his parents’ house into an apartment. That’s about it. That’s all I can think of!

No more deep, dark secrets of yours?

Uh-uh! I don’t have any! I really don’t. I hopefully won’t go to court with my ex-landlord that I just got an e-mail about today. So, we’ll what happens with that; I’ll keep you posted.
Keep us posted. With the revolving door that has been your bass player slot, do you feel like you’ve finally found permanence with Josh Newton?

Yeah, definitely. He fits in extremely well. He’s just very mild-mannered, a great writer, as far as the music goes, and he just gets along with everybody. His music taste is just as varied and he’s come from a bunch of other bands that we’ve respected and listened to growing up. He’s the oldest member in our band right now, too. He beat out Andy. Andy was the oldest, and now Josh is the oldest.
And, no more line-up changes any time soon?

No, not that I foresee…unless he quits. But, he’d have to do that before we kicked him out.
What do you do to your bass players, man?!

I don’t understand! I don’t know, I don’t know. But, it’s funny, because they all go on to do really good things. It’s not like we kick them out and they’re on skid row or anything like that. Chris Byrnes is partners in our management company. Steve Micciche moved out to California and became Guitar Center salesman of the year and got a free car. Keller is now expecting a baby. So, it’s like, everybody’s doing really good.
So, what led to the discovery of your vascular malformation? What indications were there?

Just a lot of nervous ticks that couldn’t be cured with medicine that I had had for a long time. So, I finally went and had blood work done and had an MRI, and they‘re like, “Yep, there it is. That’s probably the cause of it. There’s a lot of pressure on a certain point in your brain that there shouldn’t be.” I think they’ve gotten better, though. I think they’ve finally gotten me on the right stuff. But, it’s something that’s genetic and it’s not ever really going to go away. So, I’ve just got to kind of cope with it.
Has it ever affected you on stage?

No, not really. Honestly, it’s kind of like where people have a speech impediment, but then they sing, and you don’t know that they do. It’s just kind of like it’s a different part of the brain and something just clicks when you’re doing that and it goes away. So, that’s why I very much cherish that part on stage.

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I read that it can lead to seizures and some really serious things. Do they think yours is going to get that bad?

They don’t mine’s going to get that bad. But, it’s kind of degenerative; it’s not going to get better. It COULD only get worse, or it could stay the same. So, I’m trying to just stay healthy. And, too much stress is definitely the leading cause as far as it deteriorating to a state that I couldn’t bring it back from.

Well, how do stay stress-free when you’re out on tour?

I get WASTED. *laughs* I get drunk and don’t think about it… play video games.

So, you guys have a more laid-back attitude and approach to all of this. You’ve talked about not taking yourselves too seriously, and courtesy of the Shit Happens DVD, fans were granted access to see the rapport between you guys. Has this attitude or your humor ever gotten you guys into trouble, though?

It doesn’t get us into trouble. It just gets us into really awkward situations, where a lot of people think that because they’ve seen a DVD that they know you personally and take the liberty of saying things to you that strangers shouldn’t say.
Such as?

Such as, like, commenting on your girlfriend or your fiancé or whatever it is, like, how she looks and things like that and acting like they know them. You know, as far as Lindsay and Kate are concerned, who are featured in the DVD, I’m sure it’s really weird for them to have fans of our music talk to them like they know them and ask pretty personal questions. So, yeah, people take a lot of liberty when they have that insight, which I think is pretty terrifying, because that’s how people end up being stalked.
Right.

Or, some people come up to the merch table, and will be like, “Hey, can you say this again?!” like we’re actors. It’s like, well, it wasn’t a script. It’s not really… we’re not like… and then they get mad at us, like, “WHAT THE FUCK” like we have egos or something. It’s not like that. It just wasn’t that big of a deal. We’re not actors. We’re not taking direction from anybody.
So, a few weeks ago you guys left Ferret…

Well, no, that’s actually not true!

Really?

Yeah! Well, our contract was up when The Big Dirty was done, so, I mean, I don’t know. We were officially off Ferret since August or September or whenever the record came out. So, it’s not like we left Ferret. I mean, they’ve talked to us, and we’ve amicably decided to split ways, but it was never like we broke a contract or anything, you know? We were done, and we just decided it was time to leave the nest.
Have you had any offers from a major label? And, if you had them, would you take them?

No and no. We’ve never been a band to entertain any offers from major labels, so I don’t know what an offer would have been like. I mean, I know bands [labels?] who have gotten in touch with our management, but it’s never gone as far as “okay, well, we’ll see what happens.” We’ve never set up meetings or anything or had phone calls or dinner. But, no, there’s no way we could go on a major.
So, what are you looking for in a label?

Just one that really understands the history of the band and knows that we’ve done it our way for ten years and we’ve gotten this far, you know, with a lot of help, but at the same time, with a lot of diligence. I mean, we still travel in vans, we still play at smaller clubs, our guarantee isn’t astronomical. We still have the same attitude that we’ve always had, but I think it’s just a little different now. It’s on kind of a bigger scale. I just want a label that understands where we’ve come from and where we hope to take it and doesn’t want to polish our sound too much or do anything like that.
You still want to maintain as much control as possible…

Very much so. Yeah.
Is that a motivating factor for why you wouldn’t want to do a major label?

Yeah, I think because as long as we’ve been doing this, I think we’re a little apprehensive about whether we’re doing it right, so I think that if a lot of pressure were to come in from the margins and say, “Okay, well, I do this for a living, and I’ve done this for twenty years, and I know that this is what works, so we have to kind of do this to your song,” I don’t necessarily know that we’d have the capability to say “fuck you,” you know? Because, obviously there’s a part of us that still could be intimidated by that. I think we’d be a little more lenient. So, I think just to (blank it all?) and say absolutely no pressure from the outside is the safer way to go.
Tell me a little bit about The Finale.

It’s amazing. It started when we were writing the Big Dirty, where I realized that I had all these lyrics and these vocal patterns that I wanted to use, and I’m like, “Well, if I squeeze them in Every Time I Die songs, it might just sound too tacked on, so let me just keep them off to the side…” So, I had all these ideas for stuff, and I was talking to my friend one night when we were out. And I knew he played guitar; he had just never really done it in a real band. I knew he was really good at it. And, he’s like, “I just want to write, but you’re always on tour.” And, I’m like, “Well, so, what? You have the internet. Send me some stuff, I’ll send it back.” And it was like, “Alright, fine.” So, we sat down one day and we put down a song, and that night I had the vocals done for it. It was just so free-flowing and so much fun for me to do, and then to actually be able to get in the studio and do it and to do it live, it’s definitely a huge outlet for me that I like. I think people will like it.

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So, you and your girlfriend are high school sweethearts. Tell me the cutesy little story of your first meeting in high school. Was she the cute girl in math class?

No, no, no. Well, I met her in seventh grade. We had a school assembly, and I remember I was sitting down next to my friends, and one of my friends was friends with one of her friends, and I didn’t know any of them. And, she just turned around, and I was like, “Oh my god! Who’s that?!” It was, like, instantly… I gotta know this girl. So, seventh grade we dated a little bit until she got threatened to be beaten up by more popular girls who wanted to date me. *laughs* So, she gracefully bowed out of the picture. And then, in high school, we met back up, and I had to lie to a bunch of teachers about some sort of vision problem or medical condition or something to get my seat changed so I could sit next to her. And then, we had to end it when I moved away to college, because I moved to Virginia, and then came back, and we met up again, and the rest is history.
So, how did you guys come up with the name “Every Time I Die?” Where is that from?

I don’t even know! It came about as we were just practicing one day, and we were throwing out names. I mean, we were so young when this band started out. I was like, sixteen or seventeen. I think our drummer thought it was a line from a Drowningman song, this old band from Vermont. And, it sounded like he said “every time I die,” and he’s like, “That’s kind of a cool phrase. Let’s go with that.” And, I’m like, “Alright dude,” and everyone’s like “DEATH. YEAH, DEATH IS SUPER-COOL.” And, now it’s all over.
You could have been like “xx Every Time I Die xx.”

*laughs* Yeah, yeah! But now, every band is like “Die Something,” and it’s so lame. So, I wish we could change it.
No, you were the first. You were the original.

*laughing* I would like to think we were one of the first!
So, do you have any pre-show rituals or rituals for your down-time as a band?

No, I think just kind of before we play I just like to… this tour, not so much so, even. It’s kind of just like, I just need at least ten minutes by myself, just to kind of go over the set in my head, and that’s about it. Other than that, it’s just, getting up on stage is just about as much fun as being offstage. So, that’s really a pretty natural flow for us.

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ETID – The Big Dirty

Explain the origin of “shinfo.” Who was the first person to ever say that?

That was a collective effort, I think. I remember the story of how that came about. We were sitting there, and Andy’s like, “I’m going to go into McDonald’s,” and we’re like, “Alright, man.” And, he’s like, “I’m probably going to get a cheeseburger or two,” and we’re like, “Okaaay, man.” And, he’s like, “Yeah, I’ve only got like, four bucks, so I could either get this or a bunch of cheeseburgers,” and, I think it was Jordan who was like, “Man, that is the SHITTIEST information I have ever heard. Why do you need that?! It’s shitty info.” And, then we’re like, “So, it’s ‘shinfo’.” And, then everybody laughed. So that’s basically what it means: it’s just the worst information.
Because, your little word has caught on and now has mass-usage…

I know! What I’m hoping for is… there’s this channel called G4. It’s kind of like a video game channel. “Shinfo” is in the Urban Dictionary, now!
Oh, really?

YEAH! And, on that channel, they have excerpts from the Urban Dictionary that say it on the screen. So, I would LOVE if that made it to G4, just grabbed out of Urban Dictionary.
So, attention, G4 producers…

Yeah, seriously! Layla Kaleigh, or whatever her name is… she needs to find out.
So, after all the years of screaming and smoking and drinking, how is your voice holding up, and do you do anything in particular to take care of it?

No, unfortunately. *laughs* I know that I’m not young anymore, so I definitely have to start paying more attention to it, getting a little more sleep and stuff. Actually, this tour is pretty good for me, because I haven’t been drinking before at all, which I used to… you know, like in a club setting, or I usually have to to kind of loosen up a little bit. But, I‘m not drinking anymore before we play, and I noticed my stamina’s a little bit stronger than it used to be. But, yeah, I just try to get some sleep. But, I never would have expected that ten years into doing this, that I could then start Finale and sing with no problem. You know what I mean? So, it’s kind of surprising.

[Insert my getting yelled at for going way over my allotted time limit. My apologies, Warped Tour staff, but it’s not every day that you get to converse with Keith Buckley.]

So, do you have any last words, then, for They Will Rock You?

Where is it out of? Where are you out of? Are you out of Pittsburgh?

We’re national.

Keith: Okay becauseI know we’re doing a tour in November on the East coast, so people should definitely come out to that. Other than that, just keep following our webpage, because we try to keep everybody posted thoroughly.
Alright, thank you very much!

No problem, thank you!

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Every Time I Die – Official Website

Every Time I Die – MySpace

matt pond PA

October 20, 2007 by  
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mpmatt pond PA has gone through an inception or two, and have never shied away from trying new sounds and reinventing themselves both in the physical and metaphorical sense.  After several line up changes, a location change from PA to Brooklyn and and a side project here and there, one thing remains the same – visceral songwriting that reaches out and grabs you from the inside out, grabbing your heart and giving it a little shake, not unlike full on heartbreak and falling in love at the same time.

Never one to mask emotions matt pond PA (Matt pond on vocals and guitar, Dan Crowell on drums, Steve Jewett on guitar, Chris Hansen on guitar and keyboards and Matthew Daniel Sisken on bass) lay it all out on the line with their latest release Last Light.  With help from the likes of Neko Case who makes a cameo appearance, Last Light invites you onto the matt pond PA rollercoaster of longing, loving, and everything in between.  While this album is a bit richer and edgier than albums past, it doesn’t lose any of it’s emotional intensity.

The band tours incessantly and can currently be found making their way from the west coast to the east coast of the US before heading off to Japan, catch them if you can!

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro| November 2007
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Dennis Casey of Flogging Molly

October 20, 2007 by  
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fmmainGuitar, bass and drums..sure, sounds like the recipe for a great band.  Add mandolin, accordian, tin whistle and fiddle and you’ve got yourself a party, a party that calls themselves Flogging Molly.  With their uniquely delicious blend of pop-punk and traditional Irish sounds, for Flogging Molly it’s just second nature.  The seven piece band (Dave King on vocals and acoustic guitar, Bridget Regan on fiddle and tin whistle, Dennis Casey on electric guitar, Matt Hensley on accordion, Nathen Maxwell on bass, Bob Schmidt on mandolin, banjo, and George Schwindt on drums) is the brainchild of Dave King, who came to the US with a previous band, and searched to find his niche in the music industry.

“The first time we came together to play, there was an energy in the room that I’d never experienced in any other band I’d been in and it wasn’t due to any single ingredient, instrument, or musician” states King.  It was about the symbiotic nature that the instruments and musicians bring together as a whole, a sound best played live.  Indicative of this strength is the fact that the inspiration for their name was the club called Molly Malone’s in L.A. where King and fiddle player Regan first came together.

Flogging Molly spent the summer on Warped tour playing to tens of thousands of fans new and old, and are currently working on their new album due to be released in early 2008.  During their Warped stint, guitarist Dennis Casey sat down with TWRY staffer Lexi to discuss touring, tats, beer and of course all things Flogging Molly.

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro| November 2007
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Biffy Clyro

September 25, 2007 by  
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bc1Mon the Biffy!!!!!!!!!

Hailing from a small town in Scotland Simon Neil and brothers James and Ben Johnston, collectively known as Biffy Clyro, have been making music together since they were teenagers. However, it is with the release of their latest album, Puzzle, that they have reached a whole new level of commercial success and have broken into the worldwide market.

Puzzle, produced by Garth Richardson (of Rage Against the Machine fame) pleases even the most devoted of Biffy Clyro fans while creating a new allegiance with music fans across the globe.  It’s tough to please both critics AND fans but Biffy Clyro seems to do this with ease.  The new album is being touted as everything from modern to expiremental, but simply put, the album just plain rocks.  Although the band is only a three piece, that didn’t deter them from an amalgam of sounds with everything from strings to keys with each member contributing to the vocals and rich harmonies.

The album is capped off by amazing artwork by Storm Thorgerson who you may recall created the album cover for a little album titled Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.

While on the Warped tour, Simon and James took some time out to chat with TWRY staffer Lexi about the new album, their writring process, touring the US, and all things Biffy!

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro | September 2007
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Derrick Frost & Pat McManaman of Chiodos

August 23, 2007 by  
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chiodos1Chiodos, who’s name is derived from an obscure term used in 80s horror movies, isn’t scaring anyone – in fact fans can’t seem to get enough of them.  Call them post-hardcore, call them metal-core, but when you get right down to it Chiodos pulls sounds and inspiration from all varieties of music and rocks them out like only Chiodos can.  The six piece (Craig Owens on vocals, Bradley Bell on keyboards, Pat McManaman on guitar, Matt Goddard on bass, Jason Hale on guitar and Derrick Frost drums) first came together as a band when they were friends in high school in Flint, MI.  They’ve come a long way from yearbooks and pop-warner though.

They essentially made a name for themselves by hitting the road and letting word of mouth take it’s course.  This lead them to Equal Vision Records and their first album All’s Well That Ends Well.  Spending the summer out on the WARPED tour the band is bringing their infectious live act to the masses and the kids are turning out in absurd numbers to check them out.

On September 4th Chiodos releases Bone Palace Ballet, the follow up to their debut disc.  According to drummer Derrick Frost, Bone Palace Ballet, a name borrowed from a book of poems by Charles Bukowski, is Chiodos at a whole new level.

Derrick and Pat sat down with TWRY Lexi at Warped to talk about the new albums, trouble with the law, and all things Chiodos!

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro | August 2007
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Ronnie Winter of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

August 20, 2007 by  
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rja2Hailing from Florida with a name that often leaves people scratching their heads, you might be disappointed to find out their name means absolutely nothing, it was chosen arbitrarily when the band first came together – they put their passion into their music and the name was more of an afterthought.  It’s funny that something that started out so simple, could evolve into something so big.

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (Ronnie Winter on vocals . Duke Kitchens on guitar, piano, and vocals, Elias Reidy on guitar and backing vocals, Joey Westwood on bass and vocals and Jon Wilkes on drums and vocals) introduced themselves to the world with their debut release Don’t You Fake It.  The album yielded their gut wrenching, addictive single Face Down and started what could only be described as a Red Jumpsuit army. While the band is young in years (they are all in their early twenties) their lyrics are evocative, honest and daring to take on the world and their music stretches the boundaries.  They’ve been called everything from emo to screamo to metal infused pop-punk, so you decide.

And you just never know who you might run into at Warped tour!  TWRY Staffer Lexi was lucky enough to meet up with Ronnie who was cool enough to answer a few fun questions.  Here’s what he had to say!

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro | August 2007
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