6/18/04 -- Bottleneck-- Lawrence, KS ironictheory Tuesday 03 May
Ashley: Introduce yourselves.
Matt: I'm Matt.
Kyle: I'm Kyle.
Ashley: Give me the history of the band in the form of a
Matt: Once upon a time there was a prince named Tim. Tim
was traveling across the country on tour, looking for a
beautiful princess. So he was traveling and he came to the
wonderful land of Texas and he met this knight named Matt and
he's lik,e "Hey, Sir Matt. Would you like to help me find this
princess?" The knight was like, "Sure, I guess." So the knight
and Prince Tim went back to the land of California, where the
prince had already been looking with the court jester, Paul.
They had already been looking for the princess in California, so
the knight and the prince and the jester were all still looking
for this princess. They came across the local blacksmith in
California, which was Dustin. He made them this...
Matt: ... This wrench that was going to take them to the
princess. They finally made it to where the princess was, but in
order to get to the princess they had to go through the king.
The king was Kyle. Once they met the king, the king was like,
"You wanted a princess. Ok, no big deal." So they all got
together and they found the princess. They lived happily ever
Kyle: Her name was Letter Kills.
Ashley: How's the tour going?
Kyle: This tour is fun. The F-ups are really nice guys,
pretty good band. It's been a lot of fun. Humbling, I guess you
could say. We've been very fortune with past tours. There've
been awesome tours with big draws and it's cool to play clubs
that would normally hold like thirty kids sometimes.
Matt: It's been a lot of hanging out, this tour. Since
it's smaller, we get to hang out with a lot more kids and just
hang out with each other with a lot of off time. It's been
Ashley: What's the best tour you've been on?
Both: Motion City Soundtrack and Story of the Year.
Ashley: Who'd be on your ideal tour?
Kyle: I'd have to say Story of the Year. As far as people
I'd like to tour with, I'd have to say Velvet Revolver. Those
guys, individually are awesome. Shoot man, this is tough! You
know, I'll take Guns and Roses instead of Velvet Revolver.
Ashley: I'll give you four bands.
Kyle: Four! Story of the Year, Guns and Roses, Black
Crows, and Frank Sinatra. He'll bring the house down!
Ashley: What about Warped last year? You were on the full
thing without even a release.
Matt: Yes! I don't know why, but we did. I guess they
liked us or something.
Kyle: Management had a lot to do with it.
Ashley: How long have you been with Island?
Matt: We've been with Island since...
Kyle: A year and a half.
Matt: Yeah, about a year and a half. It'll be two years
Ashley: Are they your first major label?
Matt: Yes it is. It's our first label ever.
Ashley: How's working with them?
Matt: Awesome! They're very good with as far as when we
first got started, we were a new band when we first got signed,
and they understood that. They're very understanding as far as
letting us tour and kind of develop what we can with a fanbase
and kind of just make ourselves into what we are now. Kind of
find out who we're going to be. Since a lot of new bands, it
takes a while to find out who you really are as a band and find
out what you're doing. It kind of gave us time to do that. When
it came time to make the record, they kind of jumped in and did
Ashley: Talk about your writing style.
Matt: We kind of just let everyone do thier own thing.
There's a certain amount of musical respect with each other. We
trust each other to write their own parts. There's no
predominant songwriter in the band. We all write together. We
let everyone do their own thing and it works.
Ashley: Who are some of your favourites/ musical
Kyle: I'd have to say as a band, glancing on everyone,
the Beatles, Tom Petty, Motley Crew, Guns and Roses, Black
Crows, Dixie Chicks, Frank Sinatra and some folk stuff.
Matt: I like a lot of folk.
Kyle: Singer/songwriter stuff. We're all into different
Ashley: What about outside of music?
Matt: I like baseball and fishing and horses. Things like
that. Little boy stuff.
Kyle: I don't know what I do! I don't really have time to
do anything. I play video games and read a little bit.
Matt: We have our own video games right now that we're
Ashley: What did you listen to as a kid?
Kyle: I still am a kid. I'm not too happy with what I
listened to in high school. I listened to a lot of Get Up Kids
and Jimmy Eat World.
Matt: It's all good stuff.
Kyle: It's all good stuff, just not what I'm really into.
Matt: I didn't really listen to music growing up. I
Ashley: What's the one place you'd like to go?
Matt: Personally, I want to go to Austrailia and catch
Kyle: As a band, I want to go to Japan and tour over
Ashley: What's you favourite place you've been?
Matt: Good places to play as far as the kids and
everything are like St. Louis and Hartford, CT. Those shows are
always really high energy.
Kyle: San Diego, also.
Ashley: Have you played Lawrence before?
Kyle: I think Warped Tour in Kansas City.
Ashley: Where do you want to go with the band?
Matt: To the top.
Kyle: We want to play to as many people as possible. We
don't want to close any hardcore scene or any of that out.
Matt: We want to try to bring back people listening to
good bands because they're good bands, not because they're
hardcore or emo.
Kyle: With our album, we want to bridge the gap between
Ashley: When does the album come out?
Matt: July 27th.
Ashley: Do you have any closing comments?
Matt: Thank you.
Kyle: Closing comments are hard.
Matt: We like to leave things open.