Last Saturday at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the next few weeks, we've been releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, We Are The In Crowd, The Ready Set and tons more!
In today's installment, we have The Maine who explain why they have about 80 pairs of socks on tour with them currently, Warped royalty Roger from Less Than Jake, and the painted faces behind The Protomen.
Listen to the interviews and read a short write up below!
Pat & Kennedy
From: Phoenix, Arizona
--- Staying Clean on Warped Tour ---
Kennedy: It’s that pack of like 8 shirts from Walmart. Seriously. I just wear then until they’re gross, then I cut the sleeves off ‘em, wear them as a tank then…
Pat: In the trash
Richie: Is that what you do as well, Pat?
Kennedy: He’s been wearing that shirt for a month
Pat: I took a shower last night so, I’m uh not doing bad. [Smells his pits] It’s alright.
Kennedy: It’s very much like that. I feel like on this tour especially, you feel like you’re on a campground every single day. You’re kind of away from the general society. For us, this last part of the tour has been a lot of shows in a row. We did ten shows right before our day off yesterday. So yesterday we felt almost like culture shock just being back in a normal city and walking around and doing stuff.
--- Ecstatic Fans ---
Pat: Honestly for us, just having people that support what we do as a band is exciting. So the fact that they’re energized and they’re excited to tell their friends about our band, I mean, you couldn’t ask for a better group of fans. … Pat: There’s honestly like so many things they know and they find out about us. Just thinks that somehow become a thing. Like I’ve probably gotten 80 pairs of socks on this tour, all from fans. [Shows Richie his shark socks.]
Richie: Oh those are killer!
Pat: Yeah they’re acutlaly killer.
Richie: Yeah they’re killer sharks.
Pat: I’ve probably gotten close to 80 pairs just on this tour and it just kind of became a thing. I’ve never said bring me socks. And actually just before I came over here, I was hanging out at the merch table and a girl handed me a big with 15 pairs of funky socks.
--- New Music in 2015 ---
Pat: We’re going out in to the middle of the desert probably in November of this year and we’re gonna record a new record, and it’ll be out in some point in 2015…It’s actually this crazy looking house. It’s like a giant dome. And we’re gonna get all the good vibes we can.
Kennedy: It’s a space ship. The aliens built it.
Less Than Jake
--- New Generation of Fans ---
We're around 22 years right now, it's crazy man. We have parents bringing their kids out and being like 'I saw you guys play when I was twenty and now I'm bringing my ten year old daughter to come see you guys play' and you're like wow, it's become a generational thing. It's mind-blowing.
--- Being on Warped Tour Again ---
Honestly, it's Kevin Lyman. We've had a great relationship with him for a really long time. When this tour started, it was really punk rock at it's core. All the production and all the people working this tour we've known for years, we're friends with them. It's a very comfortable place for us to be, this is easy. We understand what's going on out here, it's good to have some perks after being out here for so long. It's a great tour to do. Who knows, music has changed so much, there's not really a lot of punk rock out here. A lot of the bands are more modern and more screaming and what have you, but that's what the kids are listening to. Warped Tour morphs pretty quickly. Who knows if we'll ever been here again but this year, actually it's been a blast. There's been some bands out here that, I never really got to see The Story So Far before they're a great band live. A band called Four Years Strong, that I'd only heard a couple songs of but I've been watching them all summer, blowing me away. Even for me, I've been out here a long time, there's still stuff to discover, it's still a good time.
--- Keeping the Shows Interesting ---
We try to mix it up. We're known for our stuff that came out in the late 90's and that's cool. We're still making records, we put out with a record last year, we still put out singles, we have a single out right now. And just kind of being interesting with merch and with playing new shows and new possibilities. For example, we're going to go play in Russia right after the Warped Tour and we've never been there before, been a band for twenty two years and that's never happened. So, there's still new discoveries to be made and to us it's still an adventure.
--- Giving Advice to Other Bands ---
Sometimes you become friends with some younger bands and then you find yourself holding court a little bit, giving some ideas or what you went through or some opinions and stuff. But it's funny because we're towards the end of the tour and now is where a lot of these guys in younger bands are like 'man, I've been scared to talk to you the whole tour but I listened to your record when I was in Jr. High'.
--- Full make up ---
I wash it off and it's still there five days later.
--- Band name ---
It's actually a play on the character Proto Man from a video game from 1987-ish. It was a game called Mega Man, you remember it, really good game with a sweet soundtrack. We basically just took that game idea, the story of that, and said eh, we can make that story a lot meaner and make it more like Escape From New York or Mad Max. Kind of make the whole thing an anti-hero tough epic, sweet update of that story line. We just kind of did that with music.
--- Band history ---
Our first song was written in 2003, and the next year we played the first show. So I guess technically, [we've been together] since 2004, then we started touring in 2006. Our first tour was from Nashville to Los Angeles, it was a dumb, dumb idea. Just straight from Nashville let's not do any cities in between, let's paint our faces and just start driving to L.A., smart. And our bus blew up on the way.
So there I was two nights ago. I was embracing my insomnia and listening to music when I forgot about this podcast I had, which I managed to keep forgetting to listen to. It was about 11:30p, so I did what anyone who wants to focus on something does: I went for a walk. I walked from my house to the University of Utah and back down South Temple enjoying how nice the city can look when you only see its form. The lack of detail was good, non-distracting company. The perfect place to be to listen to my favorite musician talk about his upcoming album.
Jack White's new album will finally be released on June 10th. It's his second solo album and there are rumors of another Racountours album along with an infrequent release of music from The Dead Weather. And since he has a new album coming out he has been hitting the interview gauntlet pretty hard. The one must here interview is from NPR's "All Songs Considered" where Jack breaks down some of the new songs, his songwriting, his love of studio spontaneity and his dislike for keeping things around that aren't perfect.
If you've been waiting for some new music from Mr. White and June 10th still seems too far away this interview should tide you over.
Click here and enjoy the interview.
From: Glasgow, Scotland
A lot of people struggle with the pronunciation think that it's "chu-vur-ches" which is hilarious to me and baffling at the same time.
Previous band names:
The Runner Up choice was Shark Week.
"The Mother We Share" as their first single
We just wanted to go with what we felt was our strongest song or our most immediate song perhaps. Or even the song that best represents the sound of our band for the first time.
"Under The Tide"
I like that song a lot! It's an unusual choice. It doesn't have Lauren on lead vocals...Lauren writes most of the lyrics in the band so I never ask her what the songs are about. I have a feeling that it's a really sad story behind that song, but what it's actually about I have no idea.
Switching between lead vocalists
In terms of Martin being on lead vocals for that song, we never really plan out thinking, "Ok this is gonna be Martin's song, this is gonna be Lauren's song". We tend to kind of have both of them sing - whichever one feels right for the song - and that'll be the one that we end up going with. The song "We Sink" which is the second track on our album - that was going to be Martin on lead vocal right up until the last minute and then we decided to go with the Lauren version. I think it's good that we have two really good singers in the band as well because we get to vary things up a bit.
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Nick Hexum "The Brony"
My wife did get me a my little pony tee-shirt that I humbled myself and wore to Disney Land.
How is the Quintet different from 311?
It is a different thing. It's more vintage sounding. It's not heavy. Probably come out in a blazer. It's more of a kind of an upscale kind of deal. Definitely wanna encourage people to dance and come ready to party, but it's not a moshing kind of situation. It's a lot of improvisation, funky styles, solos, and we're gonna do some covers. We actually do this thing called the Dice Jam where we roll dice to pick tempos and keys and scales and then just go. So it's much more unscripted than anything I've ever been apart of.
Next up for 311
We just tweeted an announcement over the pre-order...There's 15 songs to the new record. It's coming out on March 11 - 3/11 day - and we're holding our big concert in New Orleans on that day.
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People know you from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but you also do a million other things. Lets talk about you, where did you come from?
I grew up in Princeton New Jersey. I have been acting since I was a kid. I think I did a stand up in fifth grade. I was about ten years old. Its hard to remember but I did a lot of Steve Martin Jokes from the album Let's Get Small. I don't know what half the jokes were or why they were even funny. The fifth graders liked them.
How are you guys preparing for The Tonight Show?
I don't have too much to do with it. The set is done, we finally built a whole new set. It's very exciting, we are bringing the tonight show back here to New York. Nothing is really going to change that much. The same staff, same office, it's just a new set in pretty much the same room it has always been in.
Let's talk about the show on National Geographic
Duck Quacks Don't Echo. It's National Geographic's first science comedy. It's hosted by three different comics. Each one of us has a different series we present. Sometimes we do giant production experiences with a LIVE audience.
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