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Dead Leaf Echo – Pale Fire

Previously posted on PopWreckoning.com on 7/30/2008:

The 70s and 80s had a lot of good, innovative music. It only makes sense that modern bands would try to emulate the sounds that skyrocketed groups like The Cure and Depeche Mode to a level of success that allows them to sell out tours even to this day. However, with all the great music ideas, there are also many bad ones and New York indie rock group Dead Leaf Echo comes close to learning what happens when the best and worst ideas are paired together.

Their latest release, Pale Fire, features all the effects and distortions that any shoegaze fan would expect, but the caterwaul vocals are so overly distorted and imbalanced at times that the EP makes a person think this group would have been better off naming themselves Dead Cat Echo instead of Dead Leaf Echo. Dead Leaf Echo constantly teeters between their goal of lush, ethereal vocals and obnoxious, over the top mewling.

If Dead Leaf Echo could have harnessed what they were trying to achieve, this record could have been brilliant. The instrumental explosion found at the end of “Thought Talk” gives a taste of this potential brilliance. The density of the instrumental build carries the listener from track to track, effortlessly using decrescendos and crescendos at the perfect moments.

By the end of the EP, the fluidity of the songs leaves the listener feeling that they took a dark trip through one long, emotional piece. Sure there were ups and downs like the bumps in the road caused by the inconsistent use of vocals, but it was an interesting trip. Although, if this really was a car ride, I doubt many would have the patience to sit through it.

Dead Leaf Echo’s Pale Fire is available now on Year of the Gallon.

Tracklisting:
01. Warm Body
02. Thought Talk
03. Tears
04. Cry the Sea
05. Pale Fire
06. Reflex Motion

Dead Leaf Echo: website | myspace

Person L – Initial

Previously posted on PopWreckoning.com on 7/30/2008:

“I’ve been hearing rumors about a revolution” is boldly written at the top of Person L‘s MySpace page. The question is whether The Starting Line‘s singer Kenneth Vasoli‘s declaration of independence from record labels and the Starting Line would result in a positive or a negative change.

Person L’s debut album Initial definitely is a revolution. Fans should not go into this album expecting songs as pop and radio friendly as “Island” or as girl-focused as hits “Bedroom Talk” and “Best of Me.” Vasoli’s experimental side is a lot more dramatic than his previous band’s. Creepy harmonies and eerie chords in minor keys make songs like “Help Yourself” downright haunting.

Instrumentally, the clean chord progressions of the Starting Line have been replaced with grittier progressions as Vasoli plays around with reverb effects. When listening, really notice the percussion. It’s subtle, but things like the cutback to just bass drum at the end of “Wooden Soldiers” brilliantly closes the song, thus giving the perfect feeling that soldiers are marching away.

“Sunshine” is the most accessible song on the album and because of that I had at first brushed it off because I thought it was too safe. After a second listen, however, the beautiful piano and the pondering presented in the lyrics make it a song worth listening closely to. This song, and album closer “Storms,” are probably the closest to the style of the Starting Line.

I commend Vasoli for taking risks on this album and trying new things. However, since he was able to do whatever he wanted, this album lacks a cohesive flow. “Canyonlands” seems superb on its own, but it clashes when “Born in the Rainy Days of May” follows. Individually, the songs have something to offer, but as an album, there is still work that needs to be done before Vasoli proves to me that he is really better off on his own.

Person L’s Initial is self-released by Vasoli’s Human Interest on August 5, 2008. Think twice about illegally downloading this since a portion of all proceeds benefits a human-interest charity in honor of the label name.

Tracklisting:
01. Wooden Soldiers
02. Holy Hell
03. Help Yourself
04. Canyonlands
05. Born in the Rainy Days of May
06. We’re Gonna Run Out of Road
07. Sunshine
08. Storms

Person L: myspace

Written by: Bethany

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Scars on Broadway – Scars on Broadway

Previously posted on PopWreckoning.com on 7/29/2008:

After playing with the successful rock group System of a Down for ten years, it is understandable that Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan would want to shake things up a bit and with Scars on Broadway‘s self-titled debut, the guys are getting that chance.

Malakian takes the vocal reins on this side project and with Dolmayan they expand on the popular music of their wider known counterpart, S.O.A.D., and introduce some subtler styles and electronic beats. The social issue commentary and energetic frustrated emotions are still there, but the presentation has changed.

That isn’t to say that the influence of S.O.A.D. has vanished. In fact, it is present in full force, especially on songs like “Exploding/Reloading” and “Serious.” However, S.O.A.D. fans might be surprised to hear a little twang to “Whoring Streets” or a little more of a melodic sound to a song like “Funny.”

In fact, it is the songs that break away from the been-there-done-that sounds of S.O.A.D. that make the album worth your time. “Funny” gives the album’s first taste of that change by adding electronic beats and playful sound effects. The rhythm changes offer a nice break from the frazzled driving rhythms so often prevalent on S.O.A.D. songs.

For his first attempt at complete songwriting control, Malakian puts up a commendable effort. Especially when he offers up his social commentary on a song like “3005” singing, “I’ll be there shooting up your world, / Watching all the resurrection junkies losing ground.” However, he still has a lot to learn about writing good lyrics. I could have done without the ridiculous chorus to “Stoner-hate:” “La, la, la, la, la. / Stoner-hate has got your back.” Seriously? Maybe if I were stoned I would like this, but right now I just hate it.

This isn’t a bad debut album, but there is definitely room for improvement. For now, though, this should tide over fans disappointed with SOAD’s hiatus announcement until that gets figured out.

Scars on Broadway’s self-titled debut is released by Interscope Records on July 29, 2008.

Tracklisting:
01. Serious
02. Funny
03. Exploding/Reloading
04. Stoner-Hate
05. Insane
06. World Long Gone
07. Kill Each Other/Live Forever
08. Babylon
09. Chemicals
10. Enemy
11. Universe
12. 3005
13. Cute Machines
14. Whoring Streets
15. They Say

Scars on Broadway: website | myspace

Written by: Bethany

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Noah and the Whale – Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down

Previously posted on PopWreckoning.com on 7/28/2008:

British folk rockers Noah and the Whale got their band name from combining the name of their favorite film with the director: Noah Baumbach and his film The Squid and the Whale. However, after listening to their debut release Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down, it seems like they were channeling a different film as the whole album sounds like it would have have been perfect as part of the soundtrack to Juno.

It is really hard to find anything to criticize about this album. Instrumentally, it is one of the most diverse albums of the year. Of course the basic instruments are there, but the band also uses xylophone, ukulele, fiddle, trumpet, harmonica and more. The group also utilizes body effects like snapping, clapping and whistling as well as any instrument. Noah and the Whale effortlessly balances these instruments from having a big climax in song where all these instruments are brazenly used like in “Shape of My Heart” to holding back so the listener’s heart is just left quivering along with the smooth vibrato of Tom’s fiddle playing.

Lyrically, this album is ridiculously clever and funny. Charlie’s vocals snap through verses that describe the misery of love in “2 Atoms in a Molecule” and he leaves little time to wallow before he reminds the listener, “A tragic event, I must admit, but let’s not be overblown.” He then humorously suggests that the problem with his love life is that “Maybe I just need a new cologne.”

The band brilliantly juxtaposes happiness and misery on multiple tracks. On “Shape of My Heart” the summery tempos are combined with sad lyrics, “Oh, when I look to the shape of my heart, it’s separated only by scar that cut in and cut out and will leave me without a heart that functions at all.”

That isn’t to say that all the tracks describe miserable situations while the rest of the band whistles merrily along. Some of the songs are just flat out happy. Single “5 Years Time” is downright effervescent. Make sure you watch the music video for this song, which is probably one of the most adorable music videos you’ll ever watch. Also make sure you watch it so the Noah and the Whale dance can take the place of “YMCA” at your next party. You’ll appear to be much trendier.

Look for Noah and the Whale’s Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down to hit U.S. shores on September 16, 2008 on Cherrytree/Interscope, although for those of you impatient fans you can either buy the single “5 Years Time” on iTunes now or import the full album from the U.K. in August.

Tracklisting:
01. 2 Atoms in a Molecule
02. Jocasta
03. Shape of My Heart
04. Do What You Do
05. Give a Little Love
06. Second Lover
07. 5 Years Time
08. Rocks and Daggers
09. Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
10. Mary
11. Hold Me Hand as I’m Lowered

Noah and the Whale: website | myspace | download “Sometimes”

Written by: Bethany

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Interview With: Nate Novarro and Alex Suarez of Cobra Starship

Previously posted on PopWreckoning.com on 7/27/2008:

If you thought I was done posting interviews from the Bonner Springs, Kan, Warped on July 2, then you thought wrong. Here is yet another that I did with some of the members of Cobra Starship: bassist Alex Suarez and drummer Nate Novarro. Due to time constraints and the decision to avoid having a paper, rock scissors challenge to the rights to the interview, I opted to conduct a joint interview with Andy Powell of ProDJPublishing so some of his questions are included.

Bethany, PopWreckoning: Can I get you guys to state your name for the record and the instrument you play in the band?
Alex Suarez, Cobra Starship: I’m Alex Suarez. I play bass guitar.
Nate Novarro, Cobra Starship: I’m Nate Novarro. I play drums.
PW: You guys recently released “Guilty Pleasure” in Spanish. Are there any plans to do any more songs in Spanish or is that kind of a one time thing?

AS: We’re just playing it by ear. I wish I could say that in Spanish. We’re not sure. We’re just going to play it by ear.
(In Spanish it would be “Lo estamos jugando por el oído,” I believe.)
Andy Powell, ProDJPublishing: How long did it take you guys to record that and actually pick it up in Spanish?
NN: Well, Gabe [Saporta] is fluent in Spanish, so he translated the song and he went and recorded it. We had the music already done.
AP: Is that how you guys usually write? Lyrics first then music?
AS: The song was basically written already, so we went in the studio and the guy that mixed our record just added the Spanish vocals over the same music that’s already on the CD.
PW: Are you guys working on any new songs right now?
NN: Always, always. We’re always working on new songs.
PW: Any new styles we can expect to hear from you?
NN: We’re trying to kick up the electronic notch a little bit, you know? We play a few songs live that way like “Kiss My Sass” and “Scandalous.” All keyboards, all the time and the added drums. We’re trying to make some more songs like that. Kind of test the waters that way a little bit.
PW: Does every one contribute to the writing process?
AS: Yeah.
AP: Who do you guys listen to? Who were your inspirations?
AS: Growing up? Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, 311, I don’t know. Metallica. Yeah. A lot of hair metal. I was born in ’81 and my brothers were older and they kind of turned me on to a lot of hair metal stuff like that. Then I kind of got into the punk and the goth.
PW: You are one of the few bands that has a female in the group. What have you done to help her survive Warped Tour?
AS: We beat her up every day.
NN: We’re verbally abusive. Yeah, anything. Shit on her pillow. Anything.
AS: No, we understand. She’s tough as nails, too. So, she can beat us up, too.
PW: So, it’s the other way around?
NN: Yeah, she kicks our ass on the tour.
AP: How did you guys come together?
AS: Well, Gabe had the song “Snakes on a Plane.” He wrote a record and had his friends on the record. He met me through the first song demo. Then he met Nate.
NN: Yeah, he met me and he had like a four song demo at first. It wasn’t even “Snakes on a Plane.” He showed them to me because I knew Gabe from like three to four years prior and then he was like, “I need a drummer.” And I was like, “Word. I’m in.” And that was my story.

AS: Ryland [Blackinton] and I, he met us through the drummer in Midtown, his previous band, because I lived right upstairs from that kid who was the drummer. He was like, “Yo, my friend’s starting a side project from our band. He’s looking for some guys so if you guys want to do that with that’d be sweet.”
NN: We met Victoria [Asher] through MySpace.
AS: Yeah, Gabe was searching because we lost our previous keyboard player and whatever, things went the way they did.
NN: You [and Victoria] were already friends, right?
AS: Yeah, a friend of friends. Yeah, I was acquainted with Victoria already and Gabe was on her MySpace and was like, “Keyboard player. Brooklyn. Female.” You know? And this MySpace picture is up and I’m like, “Holy shit. I know that girl!”
He’s like, “No way!” So, we called her up and sure enough and here she is now.
PW: Are there any new bands or friends that you’ve made on Warped Tour that you would recommend to check out?
NN: Every Time I Die. I love those guys. They’re awesome. They’re the sweetest dudes to hang with. We’ve kind of been brought up with a lot of bands: The Audition, we already knew. I just met the dude from The Higher the other night and he was pretty cool. A very nice guy.
AS: It’s like a huge hangout. A huge summer camp thing.
AP: Give me a day in the Warped Tour.
AS: A day in the Warped Tour: you wake up, maybe get some coffee, brush your teeth. There’s enough time to pull yourself together and look for the closest port-a-potty or bathroom and well, that’s actually crucial. Yeah, that is crucial.
First thing in the morning. Early. You do that maybe and have a little something to eat. Find out what time you play. Some days we play at 11:20. Today we play at 5:50. Then I find out what bands I want to go see.
NN: Yeah, you look at the schedule and you see who is playing when and you’re like cool.
AS: I have press at 1, a signing at 3, we play at 5.
NN: You kind of set your day up by looking at the schedule in the morning. Cool, I can squeeze these guys in on the way from press and to catering. I can catch these guys on the way from catering back to the bus.
AS: Halo.
NN: Yeah, I can play Halo with these guys and system link our buses together.
PW: Is that really what you guys do?
CS: Yeah, for sure.
PW: First Halo or?
NN: Three, but we play all of them. We don’t have all of them on tour. We actually love one the best.
AP: Which do you guys prefer: Facebook or MySpace?
AS: I just got a MySpace.
NN: Ugh, I just couldn’t handle MySpace anymore.
AS: It’s overwhelming with fake people that find me on MySpace and I’m like I’m done. I don’t want to deal with it on another site. It’s a lot of work.
AP: What’s on your iPod?
AS: Tons. We got a lot of hip hop, classical, early rock, lot of sixties rock, pop rock, metal.
NN: Actually, when I got my iPod, I went to my dad’s computer and I was like give me everything.
PW: Tell us the most embarrassing thing on your iPod.
NN: Kenny Chesney.
PW: Do you listen to it?
NN: No, never. But it’s there. If I ever want to make a joke, I’ll play it.
AS: I want to say my own would be Britney Spears‘ “Toxic,” but I just think that song is awesome. It is one of those most perfectly produced songs in history and that will last like 15 years.
NN: Maybe there will be a metal version.
AS: We should do it karaoke and record it.
NN: I think I actually have the acoustic version of that.
AS: Oh really? I should get that from you.
AP: Best place to play and if you say Kansas, I’ll know you’re lying.
PW: Psht, I don’t know. Lawrence has Pita Pit. (I happen to know from a previous Cobra Starship show in Lawrence that Nate Novarro has a soft spot for Pita Pit).
NN: (Eyes wide) Pita Pit! I love Pita Pit. Lawrence does have Pita Pit. Lawrence is sweet.
I like playing my hometown of Atlanta.
AS: I’ve noticed that our shows in Long Island and New Jersey are usually just the most insane shows. Like we did an in-store one time in New Jersey and the venue could only hold 300 people. Over a thousand kids showed up. It was amazing.
NN: Their shows are usually the craziest shows.
AS: Yeah, the crowd’s awesome, the shows are great.
AP: That’s all I have.
PW: Thank you, guys.

Cobra Starship: website | myspace

Alex Suarez’ side project This Is Ivy League: website | myspace

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Low vs. Diamond – Low vs. Diamond

Previously posted on PopWreckoning.com on 7/26/2008:

They are called Low vs. Diamond and on their self-titled debut album, I think “diamond” wins out because this is a gem of a record. Not to get all cliche on you, but it’s the truth.

You know it’s good right from the start when drummer Howie Diamond steadily carries you into the sad story told in the first track, “Don’t Forget Sister.” This deeply emotional song gives a good taste of what is to come for the rest of the album: big moments reminiscent of U2, gorgeous instrumentals and a lyrical depth that most albums strive for but few achieve. Singer Lucas Field cleverly twists the lyrics in this opener, leaving the listener to ponder who really needed help and who was offering it.

The biggest shame of this album is that “Don’t Forget Sister” is such a strong track that the following tracks, although fine, aren’t quite able to live up to the quality of the first track, thus making “Killer B” and “Cinema Tonight” come off as a little cheesy instead of clever. There just is no way that a line like, “In my demise you sting my eyes, Killer B” can stand up to a line like, “Getting asked a lot of questions, but my answers are all wrong” from “Don’t Forget Sister.”

Without a doubt, Low vs. Diamond are at their strongest when they are singing about relationships with family or having to say goodbye. Any shortcomings of the previous tracks are quickly forgotten by the time keyboardist Tad Moore‘s soft piano hails the start of another tale about family problems in “Actions Are Actions.” This song weaves an interesting pattern and starts with just piano and vocals before instrumentally building up into the dizzying pain caused by all the wrong actions described in the lyrics. The song then fades back to just the piano and vocals with Field crooning, “You’re hurting us all; you just don’t know the cost.”

As the album continues, the individual story lines get more cynical and bleak and as that happens, the songs continue to get more interesting. “Heart Attack” criticizes, “We pretend and we try and act surprised as we watch the world end.”

The band does a good job of leaving a lot of interpretation up to the listener. I had to listen to the final track, “I’ll Be,” multiple times and I still can’t decide if I find it optimistic or cynical. So take a listen to this album yourself and decide what you think. Instrumentally it is very accessible to listen to and there is enough going on lyrically that this has the potential to blow your mind if you let it.

Low vs. Diamond’s debut self-titled album was physically released by Epic Records on July 22, 2008.

Tracklisting:
01. Don’t Forget Sister
02. Killer B
03. This Is Your Life
04. Cinema Tonight
05. Actions Are Actions
06. Heart Attack
07. Song We Sang Away
08. Woah
09. Save Yourself
10. Annie
11. I’ll Be

Low vs. Diamond: website | myspace

Written by: Bethany

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Interview with: Matt Thiessen, Relient K

Previously published on popwreckoning.com on 6/24/2008:

Bethany recently got the chance to talk with Relient K‘s Matt Thiessen about their headlining gig on this summer’s Warped Tour and the new The Bird and Beesides EP due out July 1st. Check it out:

Bethany, PopWreckoning: Hello.
Matt Thiessen: How are you doing?
PW: I’m doing alright. How are you Matt?
MT: I’m doing well. Trying to fit everything I could possibly need for the next two months into to a suitcase right now.
PW: You’re getting ready for Warped Tour?
MT: Yeah I’m leaving this afternoon.
PW: So you guys have played Warped tour before right?
MT: Yeah, three years ago we did it with about half of it, a little more maybe.
PW: And you’re on for the whole time this year?
MT: Yep, we play every single show.
PW: So how’s Warped Tour different than other tours?
MT: Well, Warped Tour is really different than a lot of tours. It only happens during the summer so there are a whole bunch of weather factors involved like it’s usually pretty hot on stage. . .you’re usually pretty much sweating the whole time and It is hard to shower and you kind of operate like you’re at summer camp, which also makes it really enjoyable.
PW: Are you guys going to be playing some of the new songs on Warped?
MT: Yeah, I think so. We haven’t decided what songs we’re going to play yet, so I’ll find out that more as we start practicing and stuff.
PW: Yeah, you guys have what? Two weeks to start prepping before June 20th?
MT: I think the first show is a week from this Friday or Saturday, this Friday? Very exciting.
PW: That is very exciting. So on this new EP, how did you guys decide on doing two EPs kind of merged on to one record?

MT: We had a bunch of songs that we had released on EPs and stuff through the past seven years or whatever. And we didn’t know what to do with these songs and the kids couldn’t really get a hold of them but they would all make it online for download illegally or the few copies that sold out- you had to buy them on eBay.
We just had all these songs and we’re like we’ll put them all together and make a b-side record. But whatever we put out, I don’t know, I’m not into greatest hits or b-sides or any of that stuff, but my favorite type of record is when in the past bands I’ve liked have put out a b-side record. They put originals on it or newer songs, then I usually get more into it. We just wanted to put some new original songs on our b-side record and it turned out to be like 13 songs. So we just ended up putting a bunch of songs on it.
PW: So on the first part of it, the Nashville EP, those are all new songs, right?
MT: Correct.
PW: But one of them, “Catch a Thief” is kind of a new version of an old song?
MT: Yeah, we have a song on an EP called the Apathetic EP and the song is called “The Thief.” And we just started reworking it this year, we wrote a new intro and we played it a full band. It used to be just piano and vocals pretty much. So we sort of changed it around a little bit.
PW: Why just one song that you kind of changed around and the rest all original?
MT: I don’t know. That’s kind of the way it happened, I guess so, I liked that song “The Thief” and we never really did anything with it and I we couldn’t really play it live the way it was so we went back and changed it and we decided to rework it and tried to make the song have a little more substance to it. The guys liked it enough so when we finished tracking the new songs we decided to try the new version.
PW: Okay. There’s some other styles on this EP that I haven’t been hearing before like I’ve being hearing a lot more ska on it?
MT: Yeah, there’s a little bit of that on there, yeah. Well, our new drummer, Ethan, he used to be in a ska band. So on his new song that he wrote, there’s a little bit more of that. You know on “The Lining is Silver” it’s a little bit more of a reggae, steel drum feel to it. I like that stuff. I’ve been listening to a lot of Goldfinger right now and band’s like that.
PW: I also noticed on a lot of the tracks on the Nashville EP, you weren’t necessarily singing lead vocals. You guys switched it around a bit more than I’ve heard in the past.
MT: Well, I think every single person in the band sings lead on at least one song, other than me. And then I sing the rest of them. So, you know, we did it like this because I think it is fun to do that.
PW: Do you have a favorite song that you guys are really, really proud of? A potential single off this b-side?
MT: I wouldn’t say single, but my favorite song off this b-side record is called “Curl Up and Die.”

PW: Oh, that;s my favorite, too.
MT: Yeah, that’s my favorite song-genre.
PW: You say “genre?”
MT: Yeah, that “Curl Up and Die” song is a whole different feel to it than that faster rock stuff. That slower stuff is more fun for me to write because I haven’t really for the last ten years of writing whereas if you’re writing a punk rock influenced fast song, well we’ve kind of gone through that before so it’s more fun to write like that.
PW: And the second half of the EP, the actual b-sides and demos, how did you decide what made the cut for that?
MT: Whatever was performed, a lot of our older songs, or songs even written poorly at times, just you know, I know that I can sing a lot of the songs better than the way they were recorded, so just a lot of that prideful sort of thing. You look back at your old stuff and you say, “Oh man I wish I would have done that better.” You just have to pick the best b-sides: the ones that would be easy to listen to and make you not want to skip tracks a lot. The rest of the b-sides were just to make them available to everybody.
PW: I also saw that you guys were considering doing a digital album as well as those?
MT: Yeah, we were sort of looking at the album from a table scraps perspective and well we could only fit 26 songs on to the actual physical copy of the record, but we still got more and we wanted to up the value of the record. If you buy the record, we’re going to work it out where you get a code to get some more free songs out of it. That way we’re kind of getting rid of everything that we’ve got and for someone who is a real fan of our band they get a lot of extra songs to have.
PW: Yeah, that’s really cool. I’ve noticed that you guys have a really good interaction with your fan base. You guys blog and do podcasts and lots of picture updates for your fans.
MT: There are certain people that we’ve noticed sort of stick with us who have know us for ten years or eight years, there are people who have been with us the whole time and we try to acknowledge their loyalty, the longevity of their interest by giving them whatever we can.
PW: I heard a rumor that you guys might be doing like an online Easter egg hunt sort of thing?
MT: Yeah, we were working on an idea, I liked the idea, but someone said, “Hey let’s try to do some sort of scavenger hunt.” We’ll give you clues. We’ll try to give you songs on the website or my blog: maybe go here, you’ll get another clue to go here and then you’ll end up on somebody’s website where you get a free song for your effort from just paying attention and following the clues or something like that. So yeah there’s an extra five songs that will go out on that.
THIS SCAVENGER HUNT HAS ALREADY STARTED. START LOOKING FOR CLUES NOW!
PW: Another song I thought was really interesting on your b-side was the “Bee Your Man” song where you guys just kind of breakdown and have some fun and do the buzz sound.
MT: Yeah, that’s the song that John Schneck, our guitar player, wrote and he sings the leads on the beginning of that.
PW: Was any of that freestyle, too?
MT: He just kind of wrote the song, he wanted to write like a country song. He’s been practicing country songs. So, he played all the guitar on that song. It was kind of a showcase for him. Because I think he was online studying country guitar licks and stuff, so he did pretty good. And it’s funny to hear him play all that stuff. And we liked the way it wrapped together the whole theme of the record. I mean there’s a couple of moments on the Nashville EP where it sounds like Nashville. It sounds like a little country and so for the last song to be country like that, it kind of ties the whole thing together. It’s fun.
PW: So you mentioned Ethan was writing some of the new songs. Is Ethan fitting in well with the band and contributing?
MT: Yeah, that’s the thing. When we decided that we were doing an EP along with the b-sides, I called up the other guys and I asked if they would be interested in writing a song for it just so we would have a few more songs. So they all wrote songs, and I ended up writing more than I thought I would, but that’s why we ended up with 13 songs.
But yeah, Ethan’s great. He was the first one done with his. He has been a friend of ours for a really long time, about eight years, and he was our guitar tech, he’s been my guitar tech for about the last year and a half. So it is not like there’s any trouble with him fitting in to the situation because he’s been a part of it for a long time.
PW: Has it been difficult for you guys to put this together since you’re all kind of dispersed now-some of you are in Nashville, some are in Ohio?
MT: We just try to have a plan. Right now I’m leaving to go to Nashville so we can rehearse and practice. Our bass player is flying in, so we’ll practice on Sunday/Monday before we go out to Warped Tour. You know. We got to have a plan, we can’t just jump on the road for a couple of shows. You got to practice and get together. But I like Nashville, so it’s fun to go there.
PW: I think that’s a majority of my questions, I have one last random question that a friend really wanted me to ask.
MT: Cool.
PW: Have you ever seen the show “Pants Off, Dance Off” on Fuse?
MT: Yeah, is the girl from “Full House” still hosting it?
PW: Jodie Sweetin? I think on occasion. My friend wanted me to ask, if you were on that show, what music video would you dance to?
MT: Okay, if I could take off my clothes to a song? Huh. I guess “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” by The Feeling. Have you heard this song?
PW: By who?
MT: The Feeling. They’re a really cool band. Check it out-their song  “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing.” Oh wait, no, no, no. Never mind–a Scissor Sisters song. I picked the wrong band. It’s a Scissor Sisters’ song. That would be the one. You’ll have to look it up, it’s a really cool song.
PW: Oh, okay, I’ve heard Scissor Sisters. Would Jodie Sweetin have to be the host?
MT: Yeah.
PW: I think that’s everything. I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. I’ll see you on Warped Tour.
MT: What show?
PW: I’ll be at the KC show in Bonner Springs, KS.
MT: Oh, cool. That will be fun. Make sure you come say “hi.”
PW: Will do. Thank you so much, Matt.
MT: Ok. Take it easy.
PW: You too, bye.